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 In his book From Thug to Scholar: An Odyssey to Unmask My Full Potential, University of Tennessee Professor, Dr. James A. Williams talks about his life growing up in the projects and how he "unmasked" to become the person he is today. Dr. Williams, a graduate of the Air Force with a Ph.D from Iowa State University, is in his second year as a professor at the UT. He comes to Knoxville after a two year stint at James Madison University. I had the distinct opportunity to sit down with Dr. Williams and talk to him a little bit about his story.

An Interview With KSO Guest Conductor Jacomo Bairos

Mar 18, 2016

 Afternoon Concert host Whitney Dodds interviews Jacomo Bairos, guest conductor for the KSO on March 17th and 18th, and finalist for the music director position with the symphony. 

Saturday, March 5th, an exciting and unique saxophone and guitar duet, Duende, is presenting a recital at the Episcopal Church of the Good Samaritan in Knoxville.  This concert is presented as part of the 2015-2016 Knoxville Guitar Society season and will begin at 7pm.  Duende is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and consists of saxophonist, Ethan Miller and classical guitarist, Krystin O'Mara.  They will perform a mixture of traditional classical repertoire, contemporary compositions, and works with Spanish, flamenco, jazz, Brazilian, and world music influences.

Jorge Variego talks about his musical journey around the globe that led him to Knoxville.  He also performs improvised music during his interview. 

Assistant Professor Nick Geidner has created a way for students to make their own documentaries. 

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About 40 years ago, Christian preachers in the U.S. started singing a seldom-heard hymn: God rewards the wealthy. It’s called the prosperity gospel, and though its roots can be traced to the late nineteenth century, it was the rise of televangelism in the 1970s and '80s that lofted prosperity theology to a wide audience.

Announcing TruckBeat! from Jess Mador on Vimeo.

KNOXVILLE—WUOT, the public radio station licensed to UT, has already launched its new crowdsourced health project called TruckBeat, but the beat has been without a truck—until now.

Kevin Richard Doherty sits down with soprano, Lindsay Russell and stage director, Candace Evans of Knoxville Opera's upcoming production of Engelbert Humperdinck's Hansel and Gretel. Candace tells us about digging into the psyche of Humperdinck's masterpiece. She also talks about how her production of Philip Glass' Akhnaten was chosen by the composer himself as the definitive version for DVD.

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Tennessee voters will head to the polls on primary day, Tuesday, March 1. Gone are the paper ballots of decades past – the process is virtually all electronic now. So what happens once you press the button that records your ballot? Where does the information go? To find out, Matt Shafer Powell spoke with Chris Davis of the Knox County Election Commission.

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There are currently 72 people waiting  to be executed on Death Row in  Tennessee, but with general support for the death penalty waning, their fate is now uncertain.  On this episode of Dialogue, University of Tennessee Law Professor Penny White and death penalty attorney and litigator Stephen Kissinger join host Matt Shafer Powell to talk about how attitudes are evolving about the question of whether a crime should be punishable by death.  

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