The University of TN School of Music is hosting a very unique contemporary music festival this week and next: The Nief-Norf Summer Festival.  Not only is this an educational festival, where students and professionals alike come to learn, collaborate, and perform, but it's also a festival that brings new and exciting music to the public, as well as thought-provoking lectures. 

The Knoxville Museum of Art is showing the first major US exhibition of Evan Roth, who calls himself a "hacktivist" artist. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Stephen Wicks, the KMA's Barbara W. and Bernard E. Bernstein Curator, about Roth's show...

Music lovers from around the world are making the annual pilgrimage to the tiny town of Manchester, Tenn. for the four-day Bonnaroo Festival, which starts Thursday.  This year's lineup of musical acts includes Billy Joel, Mumford & Sons, DeadMau5, Florence and the Machine and dozens more.  

University of Tennessee School of Music instructor Dr. Kelly Thomas died Sunday night after suffering an allergic reaction to a wasp sting.   Thomas was 40 years old.

In a message sent out to School of Music faculty, students, staff and alumni, Director Jeff Pappas referred to Thomas as "our beloved tuba professor".

The Metropolitan Opera has announced the death of radio host Margaret Juntwait, who passed away this morning after a long battle with ovarian cancer. For millions of listeners around the world, Margaret was the voice of the Met for the past decade.

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On June 1, 1796, the federal government of the United States took a narrow strip of territory from the Appalachians to the Mississippi River and called it the State of Tennessee. But most of that land still belonged to American Indians. As late as 1825, maps still labeled the southeastern parts of Tennessee, around what is now Chattanooga and as far north as Athens, as “Cherokee Lands.”

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.