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Prior to coming to NPR, Nadworny worked at Bloomberg News, reporting on the White House. For Bloomberg, she's covered stories on immigration, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's return to the U.S. and the president's health. You can still occasionally catch her reporting from 1600 Penn on the weekends.

Religious Studies
1:53 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

What Jews And Christians Can Learn About Each Other In The New Testament


Amy-Jill Levine is a New Testament scholar who specializes in the teachings of Jesus Christ.

She's also Jewish.

"People do think it's weird that I'm a Jew and I happen to be an expert in the New Testament," she says.  "But when we think about that, Jesus is Jewish, all of his immediate followers are Jewish, the New Testament talks about Jews, so at the very basic level, studying the New Testament is studying Jewish history."

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Breaking News
4:26 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Senate Committee Kills Insure Tennessee Bill

The Tennessee Senate Health and Welfare committee has officially killed a bill that would have provided health insurance to thousands of low-income Tennesseans.  The plan, known as Insure Tennessee, was being touted by Governor Bill Haslam as an alternative to the federal Affordable Care Act.  However, the administration couldn't get enough votes to push it through the Senate committee.  The Senate committee vote came only moments after House speaker Beth Harwell announced she didn't have enough votes to get the bill approved in the House.

Contest Entry
2:09 pm
Wed February 4, 2015


WUOT's Dialogue program is alternately hosted by Matt Shafer Powell, Chrissy Keuper and Brandon Hollingsworth.  This live call-in program addresses a variety of issues important to Tennesseans and attempts to drill down to find the stories and the people behind the headlines.   In 2014, Dialogue featured live interviews on everything from homelessness and gay marriage to endangered animals and social media.  This particular episode explores such universal themes as racism, violence, friendship and forgiveness....


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Contest Entry
1:22 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

CONTEST ENTRY: From Two Worlds--- Tenn. College Students And Inmates Share Classroom, Friendship

In 2007, Lipscomb University in Nashville began the Lipscomb Initiative for Education, or LIFE Program. The program provides college courses for the inmates at the Tennessee Prison For Women, but it also gives traditional college students the chance to travel to the prison each week to take classes with the inmates.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

"Master Harold" Examines Race Through The Lens Of Apartheid

Bryant Bentley (left), Rico Bruce Wade and Eric Sorrels star in the Clarence Brown Theatre production of Athol Fugard's "Master Harold...and the Boys."
Credit Liz Aaron

The place is South Africa, during the time of apartheid. A young white man, referred to as Master Harold, has a tense relationship with his black servants, Sam and Willie. The play is called Master Harold...and the Boys, and it’s rooted in the real life experiences of playwright Athol Fugard.

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