Stemming from a text in early 2020, The Finch has adapted from a podcast meant to quell quarantine boredom to a movement for accountable reporting. Highlighting weekly articles and inviting global experts, the podcast keeps on.


Alex Benoit

Alex is a Franco-American high school senior full-time dual-enrolled at UGA studying microbiology and mathematics. He plans on studying Organismic Evolutionary Biology and Public Policy at Harvard University next year. His research interests rest in infectious diseases, market regulation, and metaphysics.


Will Fang

Will is a Chinese-American high school senior at Cedar Shoals High School also dual-enrolled at UGA. He plans on studying Computer Science with a focus on Artificial Intelligence at Stanford University next year. He is also passionate about ethical computing and equity in education.


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Starting local, The Finch Podcast began by interviewing the premier researchers at the University of Georgia. Today, the podcast has featured Nobel laureates, a NASA astronaut, Representatives, Ambassadors, and professors from around the world. And we're just getting started. 

American University of Beirut

Rami Khouri Professor of Journalism and Director of Global Engagement & Harvard Nonresident Fellow

Brown University

Dawn King Director of Undergraduate Studies & Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Environmental and Society

Cambridge University

Mike Hulme Professor of Human Geography and Fellow & Geography Director of Studies

Sander van der Linden Professor in Social Psychology of Society & Director of the Social Decision-Making Lab

City of Athens

Deborah Gonzalez Georgia Western Circuit District Attorney & Former State Representative for GA District 117

Hugh Acheson Chef and Owner of 5&10, Empire State South, by George & Iron Chef Judge

Sgt. John Q. Williams Athens-Clarke County Sheriff

Jonathan Wallace Former State Representative for GA District 119

Kelly Girtz Mayor of Athens, Georgia

Michael Ripps Co-owner and President of Jittery Joe's Coffee

Neal Priest Chief of Emergency Medicine at St. Mary's Regional Hospital

Peter Dale Chef and Owner of The National, Seabear, Condor Chocolates, Maepole

Columbia University

Graciela Chichilnisky Professor of Developmental Economics & Founder and CEO of Global Thermostat

Dartmouth College

Justin Mankin Assistant Professor of Geography & Director of the Climate Modeling and Impacts Group

Harvard University

Laura Phillips Sawyer Assistant Professor of Business, Government, and International Economy

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Charles Stewart III Kenan Sahin Distinguished Professor of Political Science & Director of Election Lab

Middle East Institute

Amb. Gerald Feierstein Institute Senior Vice President & Former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen (ret.)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Jessica Meir Astronaut on ISS Expedition 61, 62 & Participant in First All-Woman Spacewalk

John Mather Nobel Prize in Physics Laureate & Senior Astrophysicist & Goddard Fellow & JWST Project Scientist

Oxfam America

Scott Paul Humanitarian Policy Lead & Foreign Policy Commentator

Princeton University

Max Weiss Associate Professor of History and Near Eastern Studies

University of Chicago

John Rappaport Professor of Law & Ludwig and Hilde Wolf Research Scholar

University of Florida

Juan Gilbert Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor of Computer Science & Department Chair

University of Georgia

Biao He Fred C. Davidson Distinguished University Chair & GRA Distinguished Scholar in Veterinary Medicine

David Bradford Busbee Chair and Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs

Eric Zeemering Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy

John Drake Distinguished Research Professor & Director of the Center for the Ecology of Infectious Diseases

Justin Ingels Assistant Research Scientist of Health Policy and Management & Director of Economic Evaluation

Kim Fowler Director of the Human Research Protection Program

Melissa Fahmy Associate Professor in Kantian and Biomedical Ethics

Michelle vanDellen Associate Professor of Social Psychology in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program

Richard Slatcher Gail M. Williamson Distinguished Professor in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences Program

Scott Atkinson Jasper Dorsey Chair of Utility & Professor of Economics

Scott Pegan Professor of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences & Director of the Center for Drug Discovery

Timothy Yang Assistant Professor of East Asian and Biomedical History

University of Pennsylvania

Sandra Mayson Assistant Visiting Professor of Law & Former Public Defender Trial Attorney

University of South Florida

Eric Winsberg Professor of Philosophy of Science

University of Virginia

Brian Williams Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Batten School of Leadership

William Ruddiman Lyell Medal Laureate & Professor Emeritus of Paleoclimatology

Yale University

Robert Mendelsohn Edwin Weyerhauser Davis Professor of Forest Policy & Professor of Economics

Other Organizations

Simply Youth Podcast

Strike Magazine

USG Online Option

Waive the Fee

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John Mather

Deborah Gonzalez

Brian Williams

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Biao He

Jessica Meir

To dissect complex issues with a multidisciplinary approach.

All of our episodes are carefully crafted to include equal air-time for opposing views, experts are best in class, and research is sourced from non-partisan academic circles. The goal is to leave the interpretation to the listener alone.

Depth was our clarion call. The airwaves are saturated with false dichotomies on a daily basis. Bringing everyone to the table is not only fair, it's intuitive. Seemingly simple issues are often incredibly complex, and tackling them requires a symphony of expertise. It's why we are The Finch.

We pride ourselves in covering news that matters. We've covered the rise and demise of democracy around the world, asking those on the ground as situations emerge. Around are just some of the topics we've investigated.


Amassing thousands of listeners across six continents, The Finch has expanded beyond an Athens-area podcast. Our audience is global, speaking over 60 languages, and our scope has placed us in top charts around the world.

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That's 67 languages!

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