As a child, Randy McGinnis learned to play the Native American flute, but he didn't begin to appreciate its fragility as an important symbol of his Cherokee heritage until he was an adult. "About twenty years ago," he says, "I realized it was disappearing. There was nobody playing the Native American flute. It was fading away."
Communicable diseases are all around us. They range from the simple common cold to more serious illnesses, such as Ebola. One of these is dominating the news cycle. The other is not. In this edition of Dialogue, we find out why.
In an election day replete with landslides in East Tennessee, the battle for the 13th State House seat was a noticeable exception. Republican challenger Eddie Smith defeated Democratic incumbent Gloria Johnson by less than 200 votes in the hotly contested district. Shortly after conceding the race, Johnson announced her intentions to run for Democratic State Party Chair. And shortly after that, she spoke with WUOT's Matt Shafer Powell...
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