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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...

Furrow Auction Co.

On Saturday, March 14, six antique automobiles from the estate of the late U.S. Senator Howard K. Baker, Jr. will go up for auction.  The proceeds of the auction will be donated to the Howard Baker Center for Public Policy at the University of Tennessee.  

WUOT's Matt Shafer Powell spoke with Blake Wilson of Furrow Auction Company and Baker's daughter Cissy to learn more about the Senator's passion for his cars.  

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Cassius Cash’s arrival as superintendent of Great Smoky Mountains National Park is something of a homecoming. A Memphis native, Cash’s path took him from owl habitats in Washington state to managing historical sites in Boston. But now, as the National Park Service official in charge of the system’s busiest park, he faces unique challenges and benefits that happen only in the Smokies.

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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...

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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On this week's News From the Hill, WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Tom Humphrey discuss the latest events in the Tennessee legislature...

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.

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."

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

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