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Economics
5:00 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Economist: Employment Better, Housing Worse In First Quarter Of 2015

Credit Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

It's often been said that numbers don't lie. Perhaps not, but that doesn't mean they always tell the truth.

Tennessee's unemployment rate has been stuck above the national average for quite some time, despite improvements in the job market in the wake of the recession. The state jobless rate for March, for instance, clocked in at 6.3 percent, with the national average at 5.5 percent. But that doesn't necessarily mean Tennessee is beset by a mysterious economic force that depresses hiring.

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Civil Rights
4:00 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Interview: Marian Wright Edelman On Civil Rights

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Marian Wright Edelman is a civil rights activist and attorney; she was the first African-American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar; and in 1973, she founded the Children’s Defense Fund. She was in Knoxville recently and she told WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper that the civil rights movement in this country has never ended…  

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tenn words
4:30 am
Thu May 7, 2015

What Keeps You Up At Night?

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

If asked to answer that question in ten words or less, how would you respond?

"My cancer coming back"

"Losing my job"

"Someone hurting my kids"

"My daughter's employment status"

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Law / Capital Punishment
4:00 am
Wed May 6, 2015

Interview: Dwight Aarons On The Death Penalty In Tennessee

Tennessee's Electric Chair
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The Tennessee Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether death row inmates can challenge the constitutionality of electrocution as a method of execution. The hearings stem from a lawsuit against the state by 34 death row inmates.

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Dialogue
1:06 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Dialogue: The State Of Our Air

Credit nps.gov

Knoxville and the communities that surround the Great Smoky Mountains have been dealing with dreadfully poor air quality for generations.  

In recent years, however, the news has actually been encouraging.

A combination of tighter restrictions on air polluters and the migration away from coal as a fuel source by utilities like the TVA means the air is actually cleaner and healthier here than it has been in decades.   

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Economics / Sociology
4:00 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Interview: Wilma Dunaway On The History Of Appalachia And Capitalism

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Wilma Dunaway studied sociology at the University of Tennessee, is a professor at Virginia Tech, and is a specialist on how post-Civil War Appalachia became part of global capitalism. Dunaway told WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper that her knowledge of Appalachia came from studies of economic and political systems all over the world… 

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Civil War Conference
4:30 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Civil War Conference Highlights Tennessee's Difficult Transition To Post-war Peace

Some editions of Parson Brownlow's pro-Unionist "Knoxville Whig and Rebel Ventilator" newspaper encouraged readers to kill confederates returning home to Knoxville.
Credit Library of Congress

Hundreds of Civil War experts from around the country are in Knoxville this week to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war's end.   The four-day conference features speeches, tours, music and all forms of historical discussion, specifically relating to the end of the Civil War and Tennessee's transition to peace time.

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Science and Society
5:00 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

The Method: What's Up On Pluto; Checking Up On Waterway Health

As of this writing, this is mankind's clearest view of Pluto. Really.
Credit NASA

If all you know about the dwarf planet Pluto is that it’s small, cold and very far away, well, you’re not alone. Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has refused to give up much information. Even the best images from the Hubble Space Telescope show little more than a small dot with orange and black smudges on it.

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109th Tennessee General Assembly
5:24 am
Mon April 27, 2015

News From The Hill: Tom Humphrey 12

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Tom Humphrey discuss the latest events in the Tennessee legislature... The Tennessee General Assembly has now adjourned for the session.

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Arts
3:23 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Knoxville Opera presents Verdi's "Il Trovatore"

Credit Insideofknoxville.com

The Knoxville Opera is putting together a production of Verdi's romantic drama, Il Trovatore.  Performances are Friday, April 24th at 8pm and Sunday, April 26th at 2:30.  Maestro Salesky will host an opera preview 45 minutes prior to each performance and opera fans who find themselves without a companion to see the opera are encouraged to inquire about KO's new program, the "Sempre Opera Society."  Il Trovatore will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.

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