Anastasia Tsioulcas is an Associate Producer for NPR Music. In this role she is responsible for producing, blogging and occasional reporting on classical and world music.

Tsioulcas is co-host of NPR's classical music blog, Deceptive Cadence, and also produces live concert webcasts, ranging from Member Station co-productions to other live concerts and special events, including Field Recordings and Tiny Desk Concerts, that she's helped curate and produce.

Gay Marriage
7:25 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Apply For Marriage Licenses In Three TN Counties

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 Four gay and lesbian couples approached county clerks' offices in Shelby, Davidson and Wilson Counties Wednesday to apply for a marriage license.  

Each couple was turned down, but none were surprised.  In fact, that was the idea.

The couples were taking the necessary first step toward a possible legal challenge of Tennessee's constitutional amendment that defines a legal marriage as "the relationship of one man and one woman."  In order to challenge the amendment, someone has to claim his or her rights were denied. 

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Health
5:52 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Initiative Seeks to Tackle Obesity Through Lifestyle Changes

Governor Bill Haslam and Rick Johnson (left) announce the Healthier Tennessee initiative in Jackson, Tenn., on Tuesday, August 6.
Credit The Jackson Sun

On Wednesday, Governor Bill Haslam traveled to Knoxville to talk about a new initiative to improve the health of the state’s residents. Healthier Tennessee will marshal local public health departments, school systems, healthcare providers and others to encourage Tennesseans to get more exercise and eat healthier foods. Haslam acknowledges asking people to change their lifestyles and habits on the basic level will take a while to accomplish.

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Marketplace Morning Report on WUOT

 Bringing you the morning business news "for the rest of us" in the time it takes you to drink your first cup of joe, Marketplace Morning Report is a great way to start your day. The eight-minute modules air weekdays during NPR's Morning Edition.

StarDate on WUOT

StarDate is the public education and outreach arm of the University of Texas McDonald Observatory. The daily program offers a balance of astronomy and space-science topics. About half of each month's programs are related to skywatching: eclipses, meteor showers, planetary conjunctions, stars and constellations, and so on.

Liz Jones is a general assignment reporter with a focus on immigration and diversity issues. Her work has taken her to central Mexico, where she produced an award-winning documentary about immigration and indigenous communities.

Previously, Liz worked as an editor and writer for Oxygen Media in New York.

One of Liz’s greatest challenges is staying put. She’s lived in Spain and Peru and loves to travel. But she finds a good radio story can often satisfy the travel bug – you get to meet new people, make sense out of something unfamiliar and find creative ways to communicate.

Her work has been heard on NPR and other national programs, including The World, Latino USA and Weekend America.

Tennessee Health: Childhood Obesity
6:13 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Obesity Growing Among Some Tennessee Preschoolers

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A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows obesity is growing among young children in Tennessee.

Tennessee was one of only three states with statistically significant increases in the percentage of obese children ages 2 to 4 in low-income families:  from 13.5% in 2008 to 14.2% in 2011.

The other two states were Colorado, with 10% in 2011, and Pennsylvania, with 12.2%.

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Education
3:59 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Tennessee Reveals School District Accountability Results

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The Tennessee Department of Education has released another round of ratings under a new accountability system for the state’s schools. It’s the second time the Tennessee Department of Education has graded schools under a 2011 waiver from federal benchmarks set in No Child Left Behind. Under the new system, districts and schools are identified as exemplary - in need of subgroup improvement - or in need of improvement. The system-wide report released this week shows three Tennessee school districts were considered in need of improvement, none were in East Tennessee.

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Science
5:50 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

East Tennessee Geologist Marks Curiosity's First Year on Mars

Geologist Linda Kah analyzes layered sedimentary rocks on Mars, not unlike those pictured here in Utah.

  

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