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Asheville musician Shane Parish treats us to some solo acoustic music and discusses his intimate new recording.  He'll be back in town for the Big Ears Festival in March. 

Inside of Knoxville

As the 20th century rolled into the 21st, Scott West was considered a whiz-kid entrepreneur, one of the architects responsible for the revitalization of Knoxville's downtown.  But the conversation about Scott West changed in 2006, when he was arrested for his role in a marijuana-smuggling operation, one in which he was convicted of using his popular downtown properties to launder drug money.  

Recent Knoxville transplant talks about integrating his guitar music into the local jazz scene.

Jess Mador

  

In Roane County, Tenn., the legal and personal costs of the opioid epidemic collide at the county courthouse.

 

As an assistant to the local prosecutor, Charlene Hipsher helped launch a special "recovery court" with the goal of getting drug addicts into treatment instead of jail.

"Roane County is such a beautiful part of the country, with lush mountains and beautiful rivers," Hipsher says. "But we do have a terrible problem here, and it's opiate addiction."

National Endowment for the Humanities

Writer James Agee died in 1955, but the re-discovery of his work continues today. This month, the University of Tennessee Press will release new collections reflecting on Agee’s work as a critic and journalist. Tuesday evening, Professor Michael Lofaro will lead a discussion about Agee’s nonfiction work as part of UT’s Conversations and Cocktails series.

Dweezil Zappa's Dilemma

Jan 6, 2017

Dweezil Zappa discusses his ongoing legal dispute over the use of his family name. Improvisations  host Todd Steed and Dweezil also discuss details on guitars, teaching and his upcoming performance at the Bijou Theatre in Knoxville. 

In in the early 1950s, a girl named June Kent borrowed an encyclopedia volume – the letter A. Reading that volume, she learned about astronomy, aeronautics and a new field called astronautics – sending machines and people into space. Years later, June Kent would marry test pilot Dick Scobee, and the two of them shared an excitement about Dick’s role in the space shuttle program.

U.S. Geological Survey

In September, I invited the University of Tennessee's Dan Feller over to talk about the latest printed edition of The Papers of Andrew Jackson. The hefty volume includes Jackson's letters, other correspondence and handwritten minutiae from the year 1832.

Jeff Wolfe And Aaron Smyth Talk Nutcracker

Dec 9, 2016

Afternoon Concert host Garrett McQueen speaks with "ballerinos" Jeff Wolfe and Aaron Smyth about their roles in Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker" ballet, presented by the Appalachian Ballet Company, with live music by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra.

Songwriter Todd Burge stops by for an enjoyable performance and chat on Studio 865.  Todd discusses his history on Mountain Stage and life in West Virginia. 

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