Dialogue on WUOT

The first Wednesday of the month, noon - 1:00 p.m. ET

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. 

Chris Patriarca, Interstate Guide.com

Summer is travel season in the U.S., as it has been for decades. While American drivers take for granted the interstates and major highways that connect here and there, travel wasn't always so routine or easy. The highways that today carries millions of vacationers are the product of more than a century of planning, experimentation, legislation and controversy. This edition of Dialogue explores the roots and the effects of the country's long push to tie itself together.

  

  

When the Department of Energy designated Knoxville as a Solar City a decade ago, the number of solar installers was smaller, the public wasn’t as informed on the benefits of solar, and there were only two medium sized photovoltaic (PV) systems in the city. One was a 15-kilowatt system at Ijams Nature Center, and the other was an 8-kilowatt system at Mellow Mushroom near UT campus. How far have we come since then? And what are the options for homeowners looking to reduce their bills?

If you've ever wondered what the "Internet of Things" means, you'll want to listen to this month's Dialogue. We'll discuss connected devices in the home, and zoom out to look at how industrial uses of IOT devices are being integrated into Knoxville's infrastructure to help build the beginnings of a "Smart City."

The technology being put in place promises to help ease traffic woes, make traveling around town safer, and could even help bring autonomous vehicles to local roadways.

Wednesday, April 11 at noon on 91.9FM WUOT.

Jeffrey Beall, via Flickr/Creative Commons

Coal and Appalachia have long been considered synonymous. But that isn't the reality of the region. The industry has been shrinking for decades, and by 2015 fewer than 32,000 Appalachian residents are employed as coal miners. President Trump ran on a platform that included promises to revive the moribund industry, but economic experts have said that's virtually impossible.

Four years ago, the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, helped launch a national debate about how law enforcement deals with minority communities. Similar conversations have arisen, over how we talk about and implement racial diversity in workplaces, government, media and daily life.

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