108th Tennessee General Assembly
4:31 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Capitol Hill Update With Tom Humphrey (#12)

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WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Knoxville News Sentinel Nashville Bureau Chief Tom Humphrey catch up on what's happening in the Tennessee General Assembly…

    

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

The Method: Science On Social Media And Going Batty With An Expert

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Did you know nearly a quarter of all mammal species on Earth are bats? WUOT's Chrissy Keuper learned this and more when she spoke with Dr. Merlin Tuttle, founder of Bat Conservation International.

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Morning Concert
12:49 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Steve Reich visits Knoxville for the 2014 Big Ears Festival

Steve Reich
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The New York Times has recently called Steve Reich, "our greatest living composer" and The Guardian (London) has stated that: "There's just a handful of living composers who can legitimately claim to have altered the direction of musical history...and Steve Reich is one of them."

In 1990, he received a Grammy award for best Contemporary composition and in 2009, was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music for his composition "Double Sextet." 

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Ella Taylor is a free-lance film critic, book reviewer and feature writer living in Los Angeles.

Born in Israel and raised in London, Taylor taught media studies at the University of Washington in Seattle; her book Prime Time Families: Television Culture in Post-War America was published by the University of California Press.

Taylor has written for Village Voice Media, the LA Weekly, The New York Times, Elle magazine and other publications, and was a regular contributor to KPCC-Los Angeles' weekly film-review show FilmWeek.

Law and Government
6:16 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Political Realities Dilute "Amelia's Law"

Amelia Keown, pictured with her sister Chloe.
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On March 21, Governor Bill Haslam signed a bill called "Amelia's Law.”  The law was named after a Blount County teenager who was killed by an impaired driver.  But WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth reports the bill bears little resemblance to the one proposed last year by the girl's mother.

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Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival on WUOT

One of the world’s leading performing arts festivals, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is known for its enduring commitment to tradition, artistic excellence, innovation, and vision. Our weekly radio series reflects the Festival’s high standards and varied repertoire by presenting superbly recorded concerts and recitals by some of today’s greatest musical artists.

  The 2014 Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival radio series features performances recorded in 2013 in Santa Fe, New Mexico during this celebrated music festival's 41th summer season. Each broadcast hour typically contains two full-length works representing chamber music's core repertoire. The Festival also remains dedicated to lesser known composers and compositions, and to commissioning new works.

Death Penalty
3:59 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Death Penalty Bill Could Lead To More Electrocutions

Tennessee's electric chair, nicknamed "Old Sparky" is seen in this 1999 photo.
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  A bill passed by House and Senate committees on Wednesday would ease restrictive language that has kept the Department of Correction from using the electric chair as a means to execute death row inmates.

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Education
6:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

School Voucher Proposal Advances In Senate, Waits In House

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A state Senate committee approved a proposal to create a limited school voucher program on Wednesday, even as questions remain about how large the effort should be.

The Senate's proposal would include 5,000 low-income students from poorly-performing Tennessee schools in the program's first year, expanding to 20,000 students in its fourth year, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

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Consumer Affairs
3:30 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Some Tennessee Consumers To Share E-Book Settlement

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Some Tennesseans will start receiving account credits or checks this week as part of a partial agreement resolving an e-book price-fixing lawsuit.

The lawsuit was filed by Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and attorneys general from 32 other states against Apple, Inc., and five of the nation's six largest e-book publishers (Hachette Book Group Inc., HarperCollins Publishers LLC, Simon & Schuster Inc., Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC, d/b/a Macmillan, and Penguin Group (USA) Inc.). 

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Morning Concert
7:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Melony Dodson talks with ORSO conductor, Dan Allcott

The Oak Ridge Symphony Orchestra and Chorus presented a concert on March 22nd, featuring emotionally powerful music of Shostakovich, Verdi, and Henryk Gorecki.  Conductor Dan Allcott talked with Melony Dodson about these historically significant works, giving fascinating background information about why and how they were composed, as well as a few personal anecdotes on the way...

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