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Tubas and Euphoniums
6:24 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Tuba Beginning To Win Fight For Respect

The hundreds of tuba and euphonium players and aficionados who are descending upon Knoxville this week have one thing in common:

They love the tuba.  

And not in a "gosh, that's so cute" kind of way.  They respect and admire the instrument's broad range, its smooth tones and its potential as a tool for awe-inspiring virtuoso performances.

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Education
6:53 am
Tue March 17, 2015

For Ernie Roberts, Math Is A Lifelong Learning Process

Credit TN Learn/Mathline

Math teacher Ernie Roberts has a busy definition of retirement. He still teaches at Bearden High in Knox County. And every weeknight, he drives to the studios of East Tennessee PBS to teach to an even bigger classroom – a television audience.

Roberts' program, called Mathline, is designed to help students. But Roberts discovered curiosity about math is shared by people of all ages.

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109th Tennessee General Assembly
8:19 am
Mon March 16, 2015

News From The Hill: Tom Humphrey 08

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On this week's News From the Hill, WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Tom Humphrey discuss the latest events in the Tennessee legislature...

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Howard Baker, Jr.
4:30 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Late Senator's Passion For Cars To Benefit Howard Baker Center

1937 Cord 812 Beverly 4-door
Furrow Auction Co.

On Saturday, March 14, six antique automobiles from the estate of the late U.S. Senator Howard K. Baker, Jr. will go up for auction.  The proceeds of the auction will be donated to the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee.  

WUOT's Matt Shafer Powell spoke with Blake Wilson of Furrow Auction Company and Baker's daughter Cissy to learn more about the Senator's passion for his cars.  

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Nature and Conservation
6:49 am
Tue March 10, 2015

New Smokies Superintendent: Preserving Park Involves Communities

Credit Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cassius Cash’s arrival as superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is something of a homecoming. A Memphis native, Cash’s path took him from owl habitats in Washington state to managing historical sites in Boston. But now, as the National Park Service official in charge of the system’s busiest park, he faces unique challenges and benefits that happen only in the Smokies.

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109th Tennessee General Assembly
5:13 am
Mon March 9, 2015

News From The Hill: Tom Humphrey 07

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On this week's News From the Hill, WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Tom Humphrey discuss the latest events in the Tennessee legislature...

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Nature and Conservation
3:58 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

Dialogue: Tennessee Uncharted

"Tennessee Uncharted" host Erick Baker
Credit Bryan Allen

Whether you’re a native Tennessean or a newcomer, the state’s natural diversity and wild landscapes are among the most visible trademarks of the Volunteer State. But maybe you’ve never explored those places, even in your own neighborhood.

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109th Tennessee General Assembly
5:10 am
Mon March 2, 2015

News From The Hill: Tom Humphrey 06

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On this week's News From the Hill, WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Tom Humphrey discuss the latest events in the Tennessee legislature...

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Science and Society
5:50 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

The Method: The Science and Art of Cartography; College Baseball's Quest for "Pop"

Willem Blaeu's 1643 map, Saltzburg Archiepiscopatus Carinthia Ducatus (The archbishopric of Salzburg and the Duchy of Carinthia).
Credit McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture

Today, a map is something you look at on a tiny smartphone screen, showing where you are and what's within fifty feet. But for most of cartography's history, maps took a broader view, showing not only political and geographic boundaries, but culture and art. Cartography is a melding of science and art, as Matt Shafer Powell learned while looking through the McClung Museum's newest acquisitions.

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McClung Museum Maps
4:30 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Maps In UT Collection Blend Art With Worldview

Lindsey Waugh leafs through several ancient maps recently entered into the McClung Museum collection
WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

The University of Tennessee's McClung Museum of Natural History and Culture recently received a gift of 191 maps, some dating from the late 16th century.  Many of the older maps blend artistic renderings of sea monsters, sailing ships and native peoples with practical depictions of the physical landscape.  In short, the mapmakers put the "art" in "cartography".

That was not uncommon at the time, says Lindsey Waugh, Coordinator of Academic Programs at McClung.  "These maps represent expressions of civic pride, of national pride."

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