Next Wave- Byrnes
3:13 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Annie Byrnes- Home Brew

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.

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Next Wave- Parker
3:05 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Jennifer Parker- Feeding the Birds

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.

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Next Wave- Harding
3:03 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Amber Harding- Seniors and Pets

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.

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Next Wave- Rimmer
3:00 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Celsy Rimmer- Harambee

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.


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Next Wave- Willis
2:58 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Kelsey Willis- Ginseng dealer calls it a career

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

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Next Wave- Lyden
2:54 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Carolyn Lyden- Short Shorts

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.

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Next Wave- Evans
2:51 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Bobby Evans- The Love Kitchen

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.


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Next Wave- Shiela
2:48 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Shiela Hawkins- Equal Custody

Idaho is the only state in the nation that legally allows two parents who do not live together equal time with their children. Other states are being lobbied now to guarantee equal shared custody. Recently, the Tennessee legislature considered the proposal, but it was not approved. This leaves some fathers frustrated from navigating through a court system they say has a negative gender bias. Ann Lloyd narrates this report, produced for WUOT's Next Wave Radio Project by Shiela Hawkins.


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The Next Wave Radio Project

WUOT’s Next Wave Radio Project gives the brightest and most ambitious college students an opportunity to experience public radio journalism from the inside.  Most Next Wave students at WUOT serve the station as staff reporters, covering events, researching stories, recording and editing interviews and writing news copy for air.   At the same time, we’re able to introduce another generation to the passion that drives public radio. 

Below, you'll find radio stories produced by some of our distinguished Next Wave alumni.   Who knows?  Maybe one of them will be the next Audie Cornish or Steve Inskeep. 

(If you're interested in learning more about this challenging, rewarding and fun opportunity, contact Matt Shafer Powell at

Signing Bonus
10:38 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Tennessee DOE Offers Signing Bonuses For Teachers

Credit Christine Jessel

The Tennessee Department of Education will give teachers with the state’s highest evaluation scores signing bonuses to teach in the state’s lowest-performing schools. The Tennessee Department of Education is offering districts across the state enough money to give each new teacher at a priority school a $7,000 signing bonus.  In Knox County, one school is a priority school: Sarah Moore Greene Elementary, whose principal recently announced he would overhaul school staffing this year.

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