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A Big Ears Interview With Cellist Maya Beiser

Mar 31, 2016

Whitney Dodds talks with Maya Beiser about the Big Ears Festival, defying musical genres and being a cello goddess.

Kamasi Washington talks to Todd Steed about his Big Ears performance and his booming career. 

WBMA Birmingham/ABC 33-40

If you grew up in the South, you grew up with tornadoes and tornado warnings. But you probably didn’t know there are some big differences between the tornadoes that happen here, and their Midwestern cousins. They’re typically deadlier. They’re harder to see. And they’re more likely to happen at night, an especially dangerous time.

CBT Satire Examines Generosity In All Its Complexity

Mar 30, 2016

On the surface, generosity may seem like a rather simple concept.  Person One is nice to Person Two and Person Two is grateful.

But the new Clarence Brown Theatre play "The Open Hand" reveals a hidden complexity that accompanies nearly every act of generosity.   "It's about not only our discomfort with generosity, but how people are ungenerous," says Calvin McLean, the play's director. 

When Watches Become Warnings

Mar 30, 2016

Do you know the difference between a severe weather "watch" and a "warning"?

Here's how National Weather Service (NWS) meteorologists make the distinction:

Guitarist Mary Halvorson discusses the joys and challenges of playing solo.  Halvorson is here in Knoxville this week as part of the Big Ears festival. 

Jazz musician Wadada Leo Smith talks to Todd Steed about his upcoming Big Ears performance.

Benjamin Benschneider

In her time, the ocean liner Lusitania was the finest ship to ply the Atlantic passenger route between New York and England. Her opulence and speed were well-known, and passage on the ship was considered near the height of luxury.

In eight years, Lusitania made 201 trips across the pond, sometimes setting new speed records for the transatlantic crossing. But her final voyage – number 202 – ended in tragedy, confusion and mysteries that linger to this day.

UT Professor and Author Taps Into Best Possible Self

Mar 20, 2016

 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. 

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