Jennifer McEachern, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The federal government says 84 counties in the thirteen-state region classified as "Appalachia" are economically distressed. That designation comes from tracking income levels, unemployment rates and poverty rates. Using the same criteria, Tennessee officials say seventeen of the state's 95 counties are distressed.

Rob Travis, University of Tennessee

On December 14, 1972, the crew of Apollo 17 was on the long homebound leg of their journey to the Moon. Astronaut Harrison Schmitt and mission commander Gene Cernan had just completed an intense, three-day exploration of a lunar valley called Taurus-Littrow. As they and command module pilot Ron Evans settled in for the comparative monotony of the three-day trip back to Earth, Mission Control in Houston radioed up a message from President Richard Nixon.

U.S. Geological Survey

This week marks six months since wildfires swept into the city of Gatlinburg. The fires damaged or destroyed nearly a thousand buildings in town and killed fourteen people. City manager Cindy Ogle spent the night of November 28 at an emergency command center. Her husband joined the thousands who fled the city. Their house burned.

Healthcare In Tennessee: What Does The Future Hold?

May 26, 2017

Walter Davis is the Executive Director at the Tennessee Healthcare Campaign, a nonprofit consumer healthcare advocacy group. In this interview with WUOT's Victor Agreda, he voices concerns about how Tennessee has handled access to healthcare, and considers the re-entry of Blue Cross in the state healthcare exchange. 

Anna Shternshis On Newly Discovered Music By Soviet Jews

May 24, 2017

Garrett McQueen speaks with Prof. Anna Shternshis from the University of Toronto about newly discovered music by Jewish people living in Soviet Russia.