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The focus of each edition of The Method is how science affects our lives. We give that theme special focus this month, with three stories that show how people use science and related fields to tackle interesting issues in their lives, and ours.

Chrissy Keuper speaks with two researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. They study the state of America's hydroelectric power sources.

Brandon Hollingsworth meets Vinny Cevasco, an Ohio high schooler who came to Knoxville last week to learn how to tackle problems using science, technology and design.

Last month, folk music legend and political activist Guy Carawan died at the age of 87.  Guy and his wife Candie were stalwart forces in both the national Civil Rights movement and East Tennessee's folk music scene. 

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

Our Tenn Words display made its debut at the International Biscuit Festival in downtown Knoxville on May 16 and we were thrilled with the response.  Throughout the day, visitors to the festival had the opportunity to read the wall, discuss the responses that were pinned to it and post their own ten-words-or-less answers to the question "What Keeps You Up At Night?".  Some of the answers were whimsical and fun; others were quite poignant and provocative:

  The 91.9 Inc. Board and Suttree’s High Gravity Tavern are putting the PUB back in public radio Thursday, May 28! Grab a beer and you’ll benefit WUOT--Suttree’s is donating a portion of all profits to the station.

 

Suttree’s is at 409 S. Gay Street and focuses on bringing the best high-gravity beer selections to Knoxville, as well as some tasty food and nonalcoholic beverages. Founders Brewing Co. is the featured brewery of the night.

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

It's often been said that numbers don't lie. Perhaps not, but that doesn't mean they always tell the truth.

Tennessee's unemployment rate has been stuck above the national average for quite some time, despite improvements in the job market in the wake of the recession. The state jobless rate for March, for instance, clocked in at 6.3 percent, with the national average at 5.5 percent. But that doesn't necessarily mean Tennessee is beset by a mysterious economic force that depresses hiring.

http://www.childrensdefense.org/about/leadership/marian-wright-edelman/

Marian Wright Edelman is a civil rights activist and attorney; she was the first African-American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar; and in 1973, she founded the Children’s Defense Fund. She was in Knoxville recently and she told WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper that the civil rights movement in this country has never ended…  

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

If asked to answer that question in ten words or less, how would you respond?

"My cancer coming back"

"Losing my job"

"Someone hurting my kids"

"My daughter's employment status"

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The Tennessee Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether death row inmates can challenge the constitutionality of electrocution as a method of execution. The hearings stem from a lawsuit against the state by 34 death row inmates.

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Knoxville and the communities that surround the Great Smoky Mountains have been dealing with dreadfully poor air quality for generations.  

In recent years, however, the news has actually been encouraging.

A combination of tighter restrictions on air polluters and the migration away from coal as a fuel source by utilities like the TVA means the air is actually cleaner and healthier here than it has been in decades.   

http://profiles.spia.vt.edu/wdunaway/

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… 

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