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5:00 am
Tue December 9, 2014

DataONE: Data Observation Network For Earth

The University of Tennessee’s College of Communication and Information has just begun phase two of a National Science Foundation project called DataONE:  the Data Observation Network for Earth.

Suzie Allard, the college’s Associate Dean of Research, spoke with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper about the project…

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Holiday specials 2014
4:05 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

Special Programs for this Holiday Month

  There are many holiday specials scheduled for this month beginning with An Afro Blue Christmas on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. Other programs include A Chanticleer Christmas on Dec. 18 at 9 p.m., St. Olaf Christmas Festival on Dec. 23 at 8 p.m., and Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, on Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. The ever-popular Paul Winters Solstice Concertis planned for Friday, Dec. 19, at 10 p.m.

Complete list of holiday programs
 

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Unsilent Night
4:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

The Cacophonous Beauty Of Knoxville's Unsilent Night

Participants serenade downtown Knoxville during the city's inaugural "Unsilent Night" performance in 2012
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  Since 1992, Holiday revelers in cities around the globe have been taking to the streets each December with boom-boxes and other portable music devices to perform Phil Kline's sparse, nebulous composition "Unsilent Night".  

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Transportation
6:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

School Bus Safety: Seat Belts May Not Be The Answer

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Six states require seat belts on school buses. Tennessee is not one of them. Tuesday’s deadly school bus crash in Knox County prompted State Representative Joe Armstrong to draft a bill that would change that. But automotive safety experts say that the concept we're taught from childhood - buckle up when in a car -  works in personal vehicles. But it isn’t necessarily what’s best for children riding in school buses.

Counterintuitive, right?

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Gift in December
5:14 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Give the Gift of WUOT in December

  As you’re making a list and checking it twice, we hope that this station is on the side “nice.”

December is a wonderful time to support WUOT Public Radio! Your end-of-year gift to WUOT is a tax-deductible charitable donation that directly benefits you and everyone else who enjoys this station’s outstanding programming.

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Education
8:25 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Dialogue: Exploring Online ("Virtual") Education

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On December's Dialogue: 

The opportunity for online education.

How does it work? Who’s using it, and why? 

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper discussed it with Kimberly Estep of WGU; Paul Percy of Carson-Newman University; Aaron Hennon of the University of Tennessee...

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

The Method: Talking Turkey And Preventing Cyber Crimes

America's proud national bird. Ben Franklin wishes.
Credit Encyclopedia Britannica

The Department of Energy’s reservation in Oak Ridge is home to a variety of wild animals, including turkeys. But it wasn’t always that way. Matt Shafer Powell talks with a man who helped bring the turkeys back.

And Chrissy Keuper speaks with ORNL researcher Raymond Borges about his work designing cybersecurity systems.

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Wild Turkeys
4:30 am
Fri November 28, 2014

Twenty-five Years After Re-introduction, Wild Turkeys Now Common Sight In TN

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If you happen to see a wild turkey waddling down the road near your East Tennessee home, you have Billy Minser to thank. 

By the 1950's, turkeys had all but disappeared from the region.  In 1979, Minser and friend Jack Murray were among a small group of wildlife conservationists who released 18 wild turkeys from Missouri into the woods at the University of Tennessee Arboretum in Oak Ridge. 

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Panhandlers
9:12 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Knoxville To Consider Crackdown On "Aggressive Panhandlers"

Credit M. Michelle Powell

If you live or work in downtown Knoxville or you've been there to visit, you've probably been confronted by a panhandler.  The Knoxville city council meets Tuesday, where it'll discuss plans to beef up the ordinance that attempts to prevent "aggressive panhandling".  In this interview with WUOT's Matt Shafer Powell, Knoxville's Downtown Coordinator Rick Emmett says it's time to tweak the law...

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Arts
3:41 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Lineup For Big Ears Festival 2015 Features Kronos Quartet

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Hailed by Christopher Weingarten of Rolling Stone Magazine as: "the most ambitious avant-garde festival to emerge in America in more than a decade" and praised by Philip Glass as a "tremendous experience", Knoxville's own Big Ears Festival is gearing up for another weekend of incredible music, art exhibitions, film screenings, and more.

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