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Wilma Dunaway studied sociology at the University of Tennessee, is a professor at Virginia Tech, and is a specialist on how post-Civil War Appalachia became part of global capitalism. Dunaway told WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper that her knowledge of Appalachia came from studies of economic and political systems all over the world… 

Library of Congress

Hundreds of Civil War experts from around the country are in Knoxville this week to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war's end.   The four-day conference features speeches, tours, music and all forms of historical discussion, specifically relating to the end of the Civil War and Tennessee's transition to peace time.

NASA

If all you know about the dwarf planet Pluto is that it’s small, cold and very far away, well, you’re not alone. Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has refused to give up much information. Even the best images from the Hubble Space Telescope show little more than a small dot with orange and black smudges on it.

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Tom Humphrey discuss the latest events in the Tennessee legislature... The Tennessee General Assembly has now adjourned for the session.

Insideofknoxville.com

The Knoxville Opera is putting together a production of Verdi's romantic drama, Il Trovatore.  Performances are Friday, April 24th at 8pm and Sunday, April 26th at 2:30.  Maestro Salesky will host an opera preview 45 minutes prior to each performance and opera fans who find themselves without a companion to see the opera are encouraged to inquire about KO's new program, the "Sempre Opera Society."  Il Trovatore will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.

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This week, Ellen Turner,one of the founders of Knoxville’s fabled Love Kitchen, passed away at the age of 87.   Since 1986, Ellen and her twin sister Helen Ashe have been providing meals, comfort and care to some of Knoxville’s less fortunate residents.  In the meantime, they’ve emerged as local folk heroes with an international following, even appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show.  But those who know the sisters say the notoriety never changed them--- they remained humbly committed to their mission of feeding Knoxville’s poor. 

Nissa Dahiln-Brown, Howard Baker Center for Public Policy

How dangerous is Deborah Jones' job? So dangerous that she has been working out of another country for nearly a year.

The U.S. Ambassador to Libya is based in Malta, mainly over safety concerns. From there and many other locations around the Mediterranean, Jones works to bring together the various factions fighting for resources and political control in Libya.

Dave Boucher/Tennessean

Tennessee's state Republican Party has a new leader. Former state Representative Ryan Haynes says a big part of his job as chairman will be making sure Republicans don't lose the political ground they've gained in the state over the last few election cycles.

Haynes recently spoke with WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth. He talked about how he thinks young voters perceive the party, what to do about intra-party divisions and his plans to lead state Republicans into the future.

In part two of this Changing Course interview with Todd Steed, Ashley Maynor and Paul Harrill discuss their latest film projects. 

    

    

In part one of Todd Steed's interview with Paul Harrill and Ashley Maynor, the Knoxville-based filmmakers discuss their latest project, 'Something, Anything.'  The introspective film has garnered rave reviews. 

    

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