Dialogue on WUOT

The first Wednesday of the month from 1-2 p.m.

WUOT's monthly live call-in program; hosted by a member of WUOT's News Staff 

We'll take your calls at 865-974-5050; tweet us @WUOTFM or submit your question on WUOT's Facebook page. 

As America’s baby boomers continue to age, Alzheimer’s disease becomes a greater concern for the health care system, lawmakers and the public. It’s the sixth-leading cause of death among people 65 and older. It’s estimated that 110,000 Tennesseans suffer from Alzheimer’s and its effects, and that number is projected to increase more than 27 percent over the next ten years. And there is no cure.


WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Jennifer Richter (Associate Vice Chancellor and Director of UT's Office of Equity and Diversity) and Ashley Blamey (Director of UT's  Center for Health Education and Wellness) about the University of Tennessee's new policy regarding sexual assault on campus.

Pat Summitt may have been the most visible face of the Lady Vols, but for 28 years, Joan Cronan was the engine that moved the women's athletic program at the University of Tennessee.  A tireless ambassador for women's athletics, Cronan built the Lady Vols program into one of the most recognizable and respected in the country.   


We hear about technology conferences all the time, the gatherings held for developers and entrepreneurs in the tech industry. They've led to some of the most innovative products for tech consumers, and we have a conference coming up in July, right here in Knoxville. 

Last month, folk music legend and political activist Guy Carawan died at the age of 87.  Guy and his wife Candie were stalwart forces in both the national Civil Rights movement and East Tennessee's folk music scene. 


Knoxville and the communities that surround the Great Smoky Mountains have been dealing with dreadfully poor air quality for generations.  

In recent years, however, the news has actually been encouraging.

A combination of tighter restrictions on air polluters and the migration away from coal as a fuel source by utilities like the TVA means the air is actually cleaner and healthier here than it has been in decades.   


Today on Dialogue, WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Erin Gill, Director of the City of Knoxville's Office of Sustainability, and Louise Gorenflo of Knoxville Scores, about the city's involvement in the Georgetown University Energy Prize... 

TVA Energy Audit

Bryan Allen

Whether you’re a native Tennessean or a newcomer, the state’s natural diversity and wild landscapes are among the most visible trademarks of the Volunteer State. But maybe you’ve never explored those places, even in your own neighborhood.


WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Elaine Streno, the Executive Director of the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee, and Pamela Williams, Director of the Davis YMCA and founder of the Knoxville Community Giving Gardens, about why more people are hungry in our area, especially children… 

  On this episode of Dialogue,  host Matt Shafer Powell and Dr. Cheryl Johns, Pentecostal minister and professor at the Cleveland-based Pentecostal Theological Seminary examine the ways in which Christian evangelicals are making care of the environment an important part of their spiritual message.  How does it square with their beliefs about creation and end times?  And how does it affect long-standing political alliances?