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The saying goes, the camera doesn't lie. But cameras don't snap images on their own. They're operated by people, and those people bring their own feelings, backgrounds, philosophies and biases to the process of documenting life. The result, says Thomas Allen Harris, tells us about the photographer, the subject and ultimately, the viewer.

"I tell my students, you could show 50 people the same photograph, and they could come up with 50 different interpretations," Harris says.

Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

What does an orchestra sound like? Well, it sounds pretty much like you'd think an orchestra would: Brass, woodwinds, strings and percussion playing classical music. But Aram Demirjian says it should also sound like its hometown.

"The most successful orchestras in the country [are the ones] embracing the character of the cities in which they reside," Demirjian told WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth. "And I hope that's what the Knoxville Symphony will be able to do."

Charlene Hipsher has a unique vantage point from which to witness East Tennessee's addiction crisis.

From her position as Executive Assistant to Roane County Prosecutor Russell Johnson, Hipsher sees a daily flow of opiate addicts surging through the courts.   

  These are people she knows.  From families she knows.  She says it's heartbreaking to see.  

"I'm talking to those parents who are not so different from me," Hipsher says, "and they're burying their kids." 

A few years ago, Jim Stokely was looking through some boxes in the Newport, Tennessee house where he was raised with his brother Dykeman, his father James and his mother, the late author and historian Wilma Dykeman.  In the bottom of a flimsy shirt box, he found a typewritten manuscript, held together by decaying rubber bands.  

He began to read it.  And within seconds, he realized it was the memoir Wilma Dykeman always said she wanted to write.

It’s an election year for the ages. Political animosity divides the government and pits former allies against one another. A fierce battle develops over the nation’s economic future. And tensions over the balance between state and federal power nearly tips into armed conflict.

The year is not 2016, but 1832. Andrew Jackson was the man in the White House, and it was a volatile year of his presidency. The University of Tennessee’s Jackson Papers Project has just released a volume of documents, many from Jackson's own hand, covering 1832.

UT Returns To Wales

Sep 6, 2016

On Changing Course, Todd Steed interviews Dr. Millie Gimmel about the return of one of the most popular UT Study Abroad programs. 

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

If you’ve used the free, official highway map of Tennessee, you have Bob Boutiette to thank. From his tenth-floor office at the Tennessee Department of Transportation in Nashville, Boutiette helps edit and update the state map issued each year. And it starts with Post-It notes.

“It just so happens that...over on my desk, I have a 2015 state map with sticky notes on it," Boutiette says. "Because that’s the best way to really keep track of [changes and errors].”

Matt Shafer Powell, WUOT News

Unmanned space probes and rovers are impressive feats of engineering, and they take great photos, but there’s something missing. The last time humans brought back a piece of the place they visited was during the Apollo program, nearly 45 years ago. Now, NASA is ready to embark on a mission that will swoop down close to the surface of an asteroid called Bennu. A long arm of the spacecraft will scoop up soil and rocks, and fly back to Earth.

The 2016 presidential campaign is breaking all the rules when it comes to how the candidates speak, communicate with the public and get their messages out to voters.   On this episode of Dialogue, WUOT's Matt Shafer Powell welcomes University of Tennessee Political Communication professor Stuart Brotman, a veteran of four presidential administrations.  They look at how this year’s race for the White House compares with past campaigns—and how it will inform future campaigns.

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On August 29, 2016, our morning news updates left the impression Tennessee State House candidate Rick Staples is resigning from the League of Women Voters of Knox County.  In truth, Staples is resigning from LWV's Board of Directors, but he will remain as a member of the organization.

Staples has resigned his position on the board because the League's by-laws prohibit board members from running for public office.   

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