Marian Wright Edelman is a civil rights activist and attorney; she was the first African-American woman admitted to the Mississippi Bar; and in 1973, she founded the Children’s Defense Fund. She was in Knoxville recently and she told WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper that the civil rights movement in this country has never ended…  

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

If asked to answer that question in ten words or less, how would you respond?

"My cancer coming back"

"Losing my job"

"Someone hurting my kids"

"My daughter's employment status"

The Tennessee Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether death row inmates can challenge the constitutionality of electrocution as a method of execution. The hearings stem from a lawsuit against the state by 34 death row inmates.

Knoxville and the communities that surround the Great Smoky Mountains have been dealing with dreadfully poor air quality for generations.  

In recent years, however, the news has actually been encouraging.

A combination of tighter restrictions on air polluters and the migration away from coal as a fuel source by utilities like the TVA means the air is actually cleaner and healthier here than it has been in decades.

Wilma Dunaway studied sociology at the University of Tennessee, is a professor at Virginia Tech, and is a specialist on how post-Civil War Appalachia became part of global capitalism. Dunaway told WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper that her knowledge of Appalachia came from studies of economic and political systems all over the world… 

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Hundreds of Civil War experts from around the country are in Knoxville this week to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the war's end.   The four-day conference features speeches, tours, music and all forms of historical discussion, specifically relating to the end of the Civil War and Tennessee's transition to peace time.


If all you know about the dwarf planet Pluto is that it’s small, cold and very far away, well, you’re not alone. Since its discovery in 1930, Pluto has refused to give up much information. Even the best images from the Hubble Space Telescope show little more than a small dot with orange and black smudges on it.

WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Tom Humphrey discuss the latest events in the Tennessee legislature... The Tennessee General Assembly has now adjourned for the session.

The Knoxville Opera is putting together a production of Verdi's romantic drama, Il Trovatore.  Performances are Friday, April 24th at 8pm and Sunday, April 26th at 2:30.  Maestro Salesky will host an opera preview 45 minutes prior to each performance and opera fans who find themselves without a companion to see the opera are encouraged to inquire about KO's new program, the "Sempre Opera Society."  Il Trovatore will be sung in Italian with projected English translations.

This week, Ellen Turner,one of the founders of Knoxville’s fabled Love Kitchen, passed away at the age of 87.   Since 1986, Ellen and her twin sister Helen Ashe have been providing meals, comfort and care to some of Knoxville’s less fortunate residents.  In the meantime, they’ve emerged as local folk heroes with an international following, even appearing on the Oprah Winfrey show.  But those who know the sisters say the notoriety never changed them--- they remained humbly committed to their mission of feeding Knoxville’s poor.