For more than a million Americans every year, a cancer diagnosis becomes a transformative experience. For Leaf Myczack of Rockwood, it was a catalyst to a healthier, happier life. As part of WUOT’s Next Wave Radio Project, Missy La Vone has the story of a man who declined conventional treatment when he discovered the path to his recovery meanders right through his East Tennessee farm.
Learning English to get by is challenging for many adult immigrants. At least at home, they can use whatever language they want to---that is, unless their kids refuse to speak anything but English. Many immigrant families deal with this language-problem daily and find a compromise. But what if they have child who is deaf or has hearing loss? As part of WUOT’s Next Wave Radio Project, Kathleen Schuster reports on how one local Hispanic family has balanced not two, but three languages.
Since 2007, a non-profit group known as "Computers For Kids" has been giving away laptop computers to various organizations-- like the Boys and Girls Club. And more than 2,000 of them have gone to kids aging out of Tennessee's foster care system. Whether or not the computers are actually helping these at-risk kids is debatable and hard to track. But some have found them to be an important part of the transition from life in foster care to life in the Real World. Kathleen Schuster has this report, part of WUOT's Next Wave Radio Project.
When you think of the process of brewing beer, you might conjure images of elephant-sized copper kettles and elaborate networks of pipes. But here in Knoxville, a group of brewers is making beer on a much smaller scale – in their kitchens, garages, and driveways. As part of WUOT’s Next Wave Radio Project, Annie Byrnes takes a look at the passion behind the process of making a good brew.
The painkiller Oxycontin was introduced in 1995 as a panacea drug for people suffering from chronic, extreme pain. Among its early users were patients who suffered from cancer, debilitating injuries and severe arthritis. But before long, recreational drug users began taking it because of its narcotic high. And they soon found it to be highly addictive. As part of WUOT’s Next Wave Radio Project, Jennifer Parker spoke to a young Maryville man who now lives his life in the grip of this powerful drug.
Recent studies, like one done by the Baker Medical Research Institute in Australia, have found that owning pets can actually help people live longer, healthier lives. These benefits can be especially valuable for the elderly. As part of WUOT's Next Wave Radio Project, Amber Harding takes a look at a program in Knoxville that’s bringing lonely seniors,and lonely pets together.
Since 1991, an organization known as “Tribe One” has been offering opportunities for Knoxville’s at-risk boys and young men to overcome the draw of the streets. Tribe One uses a combination of spiritual formation, entrepreneurship and civic engagement as an alternative to gangs and drugs. But now, Tribe One is extending its opportunities to young women and girls too. As part of WUOT’s Next Wave Radio Project, Celsy Rimmer takes a look a program—that is anything but ordinary.
Ginseng root has long been used in folk medicine in the United States and Asia. But now, it's big business, appearing in pills, energy drinks and even cosmetics. The manufacturers of these products buy ginseng from a seller. The seller buys it from a network of buyers. And those buyers purchase it from those who dig it out of the ground. So before all the glitzy packaging and promises, the main ingredient in your energy drink may have started in North Springs, Tennessee with Ward Kemp. As part of WUOT's Next Wave Radio Project, Kelsey Willis reports on how a scraggly root bec
Social networking websites began as a way to keep up with old classmates and make new friends online. More recently, sites like Twitter have taken on a different role, offering creative writers and easy and fast way to produce and publish their work. As part of WUOT's Next Wave Radio Project, Carolyn Lyden reports that while Short Fiction is not new, it is headed in a different direction.
If you've never been to East Knoxville's Love Kitchen, you're missing out on one of the city's truly remarkable stories. Over the past twenty-plus years, volunteers at the Love Kitchen have prepared and served hundreds of thousands of meals to the hungry. And it all began with a dream. WUOT's Ann Lloyd narrates this Next Wave Radio Project story, written and produced by Bobby Evans.