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Gift in December
5:14 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Give the Gift of WUOT in December

  As you’re making a list and checking it twice, we hope that this station is on the side “nice.”

December is a wonderful time to support WUOT Public Radio! Your end-of-year gift to WUOT is a tax-deductible charitable donation that directly benefits you and everyone else who enjoys this station’s outstanding programming.

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Education
8:25 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Dialogue: Exploring Online ("Virtual") Education

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On December's Dialogue: 

The opportunity for online education.

How does it work? Who’s using it, and why? 

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper discussed it with Kimberly Estep of WGU; Paul Percy of Carson-Newman University; Aaron Hennon of the University of Tennessee...

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

The Method: Talking Turkey And Preventing Cyber Crimes

America's proud national bird. Ben Franklin wishes.
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The Department of Energy’s reservation in Oak Ridge is home to a variety of wild animals, including turkeys. But it wasn’t always that way. Matt Shafer Powell talks with a man who helped bring the turkeys back.

And Chrissy Keuper speaks with ORNL researcher Raymond Borges about his work designing cybersecurity systems.

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Wild Turkeys
4:30 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Twenty-five Years After Re-introduction, Wild Turkeys Now Common Sight In TN

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If you happen to see a wild turkey waddling down the road near your East Tennessee home, you have Billy Minser to thank. 

By the 1950's, turkeys had all but disappeared from the region.  In 1979, Minser and friend Jack Murray were among a small group of wildlife conservationists who released 18 wild turkeys from Missouri into the woods at the University of Tennessee Arboretum in Oak Ridge. 

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Panhandlers
9:12 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Knoxville To Consider Crackdown On "Aggressive Panhandlers"

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If you live or work in downtown Knoxville or you've been there to visit, you've probably been confronted by a panhandler.  The Knoxville city council meets Tuesday, where it'll discuss plans to beef up the ordinance that attempts to prevent "aggressive panhandling".  In this interview with WUOT's Matt Shafer Powell, Knoxville's Downtown Coordinator Rick Emmett says it's time to tweak the law...

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Arts
3:41 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Lineup For Big Ears Festival 2015 Features Kronos Quartet

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Hailed by Christopher Weingarten of Rolling Stone Magazine as: "the most ambitious avant-garde festival to emerge in America in more than a decade" and praised by Philip Glass as a "tremendous experience", Knoxville's own Big Ears Festival is gearing up for another weekend of incredible music, art exhibitions, film screenings, and more.

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Politics
6:00 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Briggs Looks To Lead Seventh District In New Direction

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Knoxville physician Richard Briggs is one of 27 Republicans who will represent the GOP in the Tennessee Senate when state lawmakers get to work in January. He succeeds one of the most colorful characters to inhabit the Senate in recent years, Stacey Campfield. In fact, it's hard to have a discussion with Briggs about his upcoming tenure without mentioning his predecessor. But if you're looking for Stacey 2.0, Briggs says, he's not your guy.

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Medicine / Neuroscience
4:57 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Anesthesia: States Of Consciousness

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Our brains undergo all kinds of states of consciousness... But how? And what are those states? 

Helen Baghdoyan (Beaman Professor) and Ralph Lydic (Robert H. Cole Endowed Professor of Neuroscience) teach Anesthesiology and Psychology at the University of Tennessee. They spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper about their research on how the brain regulates various states of consciousness, and how anesthesia actually works…

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NPR Clock Change
6:44 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Hey! Wait! Something Sounds Different!

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You may have turned on WUOT this morning and thought, "Hey! Wait! Something sounds different!"

Maybe you thought, "Now I could swear they usually do the news at this time..." or "Did I slip into some weird space-time continuum from which there's no escape?"

Well, it's not your imagination--something is different. (But it's not a weird space-time continuum.)

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Native Flute
4:30 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Native Flute's Haunting Sound Keeps Cherokee Tradition Alive

As a child, Randy McGinnis learned to play the Native American flute, but he didn't begin to appreciate its fragility as an important symbol of his Cherokee heritage until he was an adult.   "About twenty years ago," he says, "I realized it was disappearing.  There was nobody playing the Native American flute.  It was fading away."

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