LA Opera on Air on WUOT

The WFMT Radio Network is pleased to continue its American Opera series.  In just a quarter-century of existence, LA Opera has become, under the leadership of The Eli and Edythe Broad's General Director Plácido Domingo, the United States' fourth largest opera company and now "...stands out as a newly important force in American Opera." (Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times). 

2014 Programs:
(cast listings are available at WFMT)

July 12 - Verdi's "Falstaff"
July 19 - Bizet's "Carmen"
July 26 - Mozart's "The Magic Flute"
August 2 - Britten's "Billy Budd"
August 9 - Donizetti's "Lucia di Lammermoor"
August 16 - Massenet's "Thais"


Tennessee Labor Lawsuits
7:02 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Ruling Allows Lawsuits Against Tennessee Labor Department To Proceed


A judge has ruled that a discrimination lawsuit can proceed against the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Former department employee Annie Hendricks sued the state in November, claiming that her duties were given to two less-experienced black employees. It’s one of two racial discrimination lawsuits against the agency. The other was filed by Donald Ingram, former administrator of the Division of Employment Security. Both claim that during the two years that former Commissioner Karla Davis ran the agency, Davis, who is black, forced white employees out.

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New Laws- 2013
4:30 am
Mon July 1, 2013

"Guns In Trunks" Among Several Tennessee Laws Taking Effect Today


Each July 1 in Tennessee, many of the laws approved during the previous legislative session go into effect.  Here's a quick rundown of some of the new laws:

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International Correspondent Emily Harris is based in Jerusalem as part of NPR's Mideast team. Her post covers news related to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She began this role in March of 2013.

Over her career, Harris has served in multiple roles within public media. She first joined NPR in 2000, as a general assignment reporter. A prolific reporter often filing two stories a day, Harris covered major stories including 9/11 and its aftermath, including the impact on the airline industry; and the anthrax attacks. She also covered how policies set in Washington are implemented across the country.

Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

The Method: Bees and Batteries

Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientist Jianlin Li shows a typical lithium-ion battery. Such batteries power smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices.
Credit Christine Jessel, WUOT News

This go 'round on WUOT's The Method, Christine Jessel talks to researchers who are trying to give batteries a boost. That could mean cheaper goods and more power in your electronic devices. Then, Brandon Hollingsworth sits down with University of Tennessee entomologist John Skinner to find out what could explain the mysterious disappearance of bees in North America and Europe.

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Graham Smith is a senior producer for NPR's All Things Considered.

Every day his responsibilities range from investigation and research, production, field recording, running the program, reporting, and photography.

Smith has worked all over the United States. Overseas Smith has worked in Iraq and Afghanistan, where he produced award-winning coverage of an IED attack and its aftermath in Kandahar.

Domestic Partnership Benefits
6:56 am
Fri June 28, 2013

East Tennessee City Could Be First To Extend Employee Benefits To Domestic Partners


The East Tennessee city of Collegedale is on the verge of being the first municipality in the state to grant health care benefits to all domestic partners.

Collegedale City Commission members passed the first reading of a plan to give the same benefits that married city workers receive to heterosexual and same-sex partners of city employees. Collegedale commissioners voted 4 to 1 in favor of including domestic partners in the city benefits plan. A second reading of the plan is expected in August.

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Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra on WUOT

Among the finest orchestras in the country, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra is the largest cultural organization in Wisconsin.  Since its inception in 1959, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has consistently received critical acclaim for artistic excellence.  Today, the MSO continues to reach new heights under the baton of its sixth music director, Edo de Waart. 

2013 Broadcast Schedule

Rare Birds
4:30 am
Thu June 27, 2013

New Technology Helps Track Rare Birds In Smokies

New voice recognition technology could be used to locate and track rare Smoky Mountain birds like the Prairie Warbler.
Credit U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service

If you want to find out if a rare bird like the Prairie Warbler is living near you, you can stand out in a field and listen for its call.  But that could take hours.  Or days.  Or months.  And you still might miss it.

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Joe Neel is NPR's deputy senior supervising editor and a correspondent on the Science Desk.

As a leader of NPR's award-winning health and science coverage, Neel focuses on stories about medical research and health-care delivery. Neel assigns stories to reporters and correspondents, helps them produce the stories and edits the pieces for broadcast or publication on He is a frequent guest or contributor to NPR's programs, blogs, and podcasts.