The Next Wave Radio Project en Celeste de la Rosa- Turning A Disability Into An Opportunity <p>The job interview can be an intimidating experience even for the most prepared and confident candidate, but a job seeker with a disability faces an even greater set of challenges.&nbsp; They have to show the employer they can do the job, but they also&nbsp;have to overcome any fears and assumptions the employer may have about working with someone who has a disability.&nbsp; As part of our Next Wave Radio Project, WUOT’s Celeste de la Rosa looks into how some of those job candidates are turning their disabilities into opportunities...&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 08:30:00 +0000 Celeste de la Rosa 7076 at Celeste de la Rosa- Turning A Disability Into An Opportunity Lauren Blankenship- Arithmomania Has Twelve Letters <p></p><p>Unless you spend a lot of time doing crossword puzzles or tweeting, counting the number of letters in a word might seem like a pointless endeavor.&nbsp; But for a tiny segment of the population, the urge to count letters is irresistible, sometimes to the point of distraction.&nbsp; WUOT’s Lauren Blankenship knows a lot about counting letters.&nbsp; She's been doing it since she could read.&nbsp; As part of WUOT's Next Wave Radio Project, Lauren filed this reflection...</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Lauren Blankenship 2168 at Katharine Lusky- Pilots 'n' Paws <p><span style='font-family: "Times New Roman","serif"; font-size: 10pt;'><font color="#333333">The U.S. Census Bureau says more than 4 million pets are euthanized each year in America because there’s not enough space in shelters. Here in Knox County, the Young-Williams Animal Center had to euthanize more than 60% of the animals they housed last year. But a national charity with roots in Knoxville is trying to change that. Airplane pilots working for the group "Pilots ‘n’ Paws" donate their planes, time and money to fly these animals to people who want to adopt them. Thu, 09 May 2013 19:27:54 +0000 Katharine Lusky 1932 at Madeline Brown- Circus Class <p>The Knox County Commission recently approved a $7 million increase in funding for the county school system. Some of that money is earmarked for a program known as the Community Schools Initiative. This collaboration between the county, the University of Tennessee and the United Way attempts to provide poorer schools with a variety of services and techniques to help disadvantaged students learn basic skills. Thu, 09 May 2013 19:25:59 +0000 Madeline Brown 1931 at Missy La Vone- The Healing Farm <p>For more than a million Americans every year, a cancer diagnosis becomes a transformative experience. For Leaf Myczack of Rockwood, it was a catalyst to a healthier, happier life. As part of WUOT’s <em>Next Wave Radio Project,</em> Missy La Vone has the story of a man who declined conventional treatment when he discovered the path to his recovery meanders right through his East Tennessee farm.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 19:23:37 +0000 Missy La Vone 1930 at Kathleen Schuster- Bilingual Hands <p>Learning English to get by is challenging for many adult immigrants. At least at home, they can use whatever language they want to---that is, unless their kids refuse to speak anything but English. Many immigrant families deal with this language-problem daily and find a compromise. But what if they have child who is deaf or has hearing loss? As part of WUOT’s<em> Next Wave Radio Project</em>, Kathleen Schuster reports on how one local Hispanic family has balanced not two, but three languages.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 19:20:26 +0000 Kathleen Schuster 1929 at Kathleen Schuster- Aging Out <p>Since 2007, a non-profit group known as "Computers For Kids" has been giving away laptop computers to various organizations-- like the Boys and Girls Club. And more than 2,000 of them have gone to kids aging out of Tennessee's foster care system. Whether or not the computers are actually helping these at-risk kids is debatable and hard to track. But some have found them to be an important part of the transition from life in foster care to life in the Real World. Kathleen Schuster has this report, part of WUOT's <em>Next Wave Radio Project.</em></p><p></p><p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 19:17:06 +0000 Kathleen Schuster 1928 at Annie Byrnes- Home Brew <p>When you think of the process of brewing beer, you might conjure images of elephant-sized copper kettles and elaborate networks of pipes.&nbsp; But here in Knoxville, a group of brewers is making beer on a much smaller scale – in their kitchens, garages, and driveways.&nbsp; As part of WUOT’s <em>Next Wave Radio Project</em>, Annie Byrnes takes a look at the passion behind the process of making a good brew.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 19:13:24 +0000 Annie Byrnes 1927 at Jennifer Parker- Feeding the Birds <p>The painkiller Oxycontin was introduced in 1995 as a panacea drug for people suffering from chronic, extreme pain.&nbsp; Among its early users were patients who suffered from cancer, debilitating injuries and severe arthritis.&nbsp; But before long, recreational drug users began taking it because of its narcotic high.&nbsp; And they soon found it to be highly addictive.&nbsp; As part of WUOT’s <em>Next Wave Radio Project</em>, Jennifer Parker spoke to a young Maryville man who now lives his life in the grip of this powerful drug.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 19:05:26 +0000 Jennifer Parker 1926 at Amber Harding- Seniors and Pets <p>Recent studies, like one done by the Baker Medical Research Institute in Australia, have found that owning pets can actually help people live longer, healthier lives.&nbsp; These benefits can be especially valuable for the elderly.&nbsp; As part of WUOT's <em>Next Wave Radio Project</em>, Amber Harding takes a look at a program in Knoxville that’s bringing lonely seniors,and lonely pets together.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 09 May 2013 19:03:11 +0000 Amber Harding 1925 at