Four years ago, the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, helped launch a national debate about how law enforcement deals with minority communities. Similar conversations have arisen, over how we talk about and implement racial diversity in workplaces, government, media and daily life.


Americans have debated for nearly three centuries the relationship between church and state. The question has never been settled in a way that satisfies every political and religious faction. This doesn't surprise University of Southern California professor Diane Winston.

From her position analyzing media and religion, she sees common threads that date to the beginning of the country.

Race And Classical Music - Part 2

Feb 1, 2018

In the fall of 2017 Afternoon Concert host Garrett McQueen interviewed 3 classical musicians of color to explore the intersection

of race and classical music. In part two of this discussion he speaks with Jeff and Andrea McNeil, who head the hip-hop inspired Illharmonic Orchestra. 

Bach Performed on Stradivarius Violins

Feb 1, 2018

In this interview Afternoon Concert host Garrett McQueen speaks with Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Concert Master William Shaub about his upcoming  solo performance with the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, and the Stradivarius violin he'll use for the performance. 

Kenneth Jones And The Origin of Alabama Story

Jan 31, 2018

Kenneth Jones' play Alabama Story is about censorship. It's also about Civil Rights, human relationships and the struggles that always come with change. Jones drew his inspiration from real life events in 1959 Montgomery; it tells a story from an era log past, but with lessons for today. Brandon Hollingsworth spoke to Kenneth Jones about Alabama Story and its meaning.