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

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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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11:25 am
Thu February 26, 2015

The easiest way to ensure that WUOT is there for generations to come? The WUOT Endowment Fund.

Or you could do something else. Matt Shafer Powell has some suggestions, but we're not really sure that they'll work. Here are just a few of Matt's ideas...

·         Tell everyone that George Washington once used your computer printer, sell it on ebay and donate the proceeds to WUOT.

·         Invent an amazing time machine that allows WUOT to make money out of recycled candy wrappers.

·         Let WUOT staff stay in the room above your garage and give us free refrigerator privileges indefinitely.

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109th Tennessee General Assembly
7:30 am
Mon February 23, 2015

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper catches up with Tom Humphrey after winter weather shut down the Tennessee General Assembly... 

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109th Tennessee General Assembly
4:54 am
Mon February 16, 2015

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The deadline for introducing legislation has come and gone. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Tom Humphrey about some of the bills that made it under the wire...

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Religious Studies
1:53 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

What Jews And Christians Can Learn About Each Other In The New Testament


Amy-Jill Levine is a New Testament scholar who specializes in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

She's also Jewish.

"People do think it's weird that I'm a Jew and I happen to be an expert in the New Testament," she says.  "But when we think about that, Jesus is Jewish, all of his immediate followers are Jewish, the New Testament talks about Jews, so at the very basic level, studying the New Testament is studying Jewish history."

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Arts and Culture
12:00 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

"Master Harold" Examines Race Through The Lens Of Apartheid

Bryant Bentley (left), Rico Bruce Wade and Eric Sorrels star in the Clarence Brown Theatre production of Athol Fugard's "Master Harold...and the Boys."
Credit Liz Aaron

The place is South Africa, during the time of apartheid. A young white man, referred to as Master Harold, has a tense relationship with his black servants, Sam and Willie. The play is called Master Harold...and the Boys, and it’s rooted in the real life experiences of playwright Athol Fugard.

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Economics / Health
9:50 am
Wed February 4, 2015

Dialogue: Food Insecurity And Hunger In East Tennessee


WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Elaine Streno, the Executive Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, and Pamela Williams, Director of the Davis YMCA and founder of the Knoxville Community Giving Gardens, about why more people are hungry in our area, especially children… 

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