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Nearly a century ago, when medical science was in its relative Bronze Age, a severe strain of influenza spread around the world. The flu of 1918 killed between 50 and 100 million people. Today, many people think of the flu as a routine illness. But the flu strains of today are the genetic descendants of the 1918 flu. Dr.

An Interview With KSO Guest Conductor Aram Demirjian

Jan 22, 2016

Afternoon Concert host Whitney Dodds talks with Aram Demirjian, guest conductor of the Knoxville Symphony, and one of the candidates for the music director position with the ensemble.   

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John Baker knows a thing or two about how dangerous it can be to drive on Alcoa Highway. He lives just off the four-lane road in south Knoxville.

“Depending on the time of day, it’s sometimes a kind of scary thing to pull out onto Alcoa Highway,” he says. “It is definitely sort of a hold-your-breath-and-punch-it kind of deal.”

Baker’s car is one of the estimated 47,000 vehicles Alcoa Highway handles every day. State transportation officials say they want to make the route connecting Knoxville and Maryville safer. They also say it will cost a lot of money.

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Just before lunchtime Monday, Knox County School Superintendent Jim McIntyre announced his resignation, which will take effect in July.

MIT's Jim Walsh discusses international security concerns for the coming year. 

The decorations have been put away. The nights are long, and spring seems like a long way away. Now is a great time to chase away the winter blues with some good science books!

No, not those dense science textbooks from your school days. Books that bring the stories of science to life. As we close out 2015, Method host Brandon Hollingsworth and two previous guests suggest some great additions to your winter reading list.

Vince Staten is back to discuss his writing career and his recent induction into the East Tennessee Writer's Hall of Fame.

Over the years, University of Tennessee professors Ed Caudill and Paul Ashdown have written a series of volumes examining the legends and myths behind some of our most notable and controversial military figures.  How much do we really know about men like William Tecumseh Sherman, Nathan Bedford Forrest, John Singleton Mosby and George Armstrong Custer?  How did their legacies develop?  And how have they changed in the 150 years since the Civil War?

An interview with Susan Hellauer, one of the founding members of the all-female vocal quartet Anonymous 4.

Liz Aaron

"I wear green velvet knickers, a forest green velvet smock and a perky little hat decorated with spangles. This is my work uniform."

That’s how humorist David Sedaris' opens his dyspeptic take on the most wonderful time of the year. His essay, The Santaland Diaries, is a jaundiced but hilarious view of Christmas, as told by a Macy’s department store elf named…Crumpet.

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