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Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

Friday, May 18, marks the 85th anniversary of the Tennessee Valley Authority. To mark the occasion, the utility agency is directing attention to perhaps its most recognizable visual symbol: Its network of dams and reservoirs. TVA historian Pat Ezzell joins WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth for this conversation about the anniversary, and why dams are central to the agency's identity.

Leslie Snow

In an ordinary classroom, a group of mostly inner-city students is seated around a chalkboard. They tease each other and joke with their instructor as they engage in a discussion about “green” building techniques.

Despite the jovial atmosphere, the twenty-seven students gathered for Knoxville Leadership Foundation’s construction training program are serious about their work. And they’re relieved to be done with something called “mental toughness.”

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited park in the country, but how safe is it? What precautions should you take if you go hiking or camping? These are good questions for David Brill. He's an avid hiker, adjunct UT professor, and author. His latest book, Into the Mist, tells the story of the dangers that befell the park's visitors dating back to the Great Depression.

Michelle Cann Celebrates The Legacy Of Florence Price

May 16, 2018

Pianist Michelle Cann performs Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" and the Piano Concerto of Afro-American composer Florence Price on the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra's 2017-2018 season finale. In this interview she sits down with Garrett McQueen to discuss these performances, as well as her relationship with composers of color, including Florence Price, Margaret Bonds, and Julius Eastman. 

Pamela Ruiter-Feenstra is an organist who's passionate not only about making music, but also about advocating for marginalized populations while doing her part to ensure that music remains a vehicle for learning for children and adults. She does this through her own compositions, including her Muse project. Dr. Ruiter-Feenstra frequently creates programs that combine her compositions with scripture readings and hymn singing. These programs are holistic and non-denominational, and usually address a singular theme such as love, or gratitude.

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