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

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In early September, President Trump announced he wanted to end DACA, an Obama Administration policy that deferred deportation for certain undocumented immigrants. Trump passed the topic to Congress, urging lawmakers to formalize the policy into federal law or take on other immigration-related issues. While the announcement was met with some bipartisan support, whether Congress will indeed approve DACA is unclear.

Associated Press

If you think to yourself, "What kind of person believes that malarkey?" whenever you scan through your Facebook feed, consider this: Right now, someone is probably thinking the very same thing about you. 

"But wait!" you protest. "The facts are on my side! I'm not one of them."

On this month's Dialogue we discuss foster care in Tennessee, with a focus on Knoxville. What are the challenges facing the system and foster parents? What's it like being a foster parent, and how can someone who is interested learn more? We discuss these topics, the opioid crisis and its role in fostering and more in this episode.

National Park Service

Appalachia is the place to be these days, at least for reporters and columnists searching for…well, what exactly? The roots of Donald Trump’s appeal? The plight of former coal towns? Explanations for the rise of the alt-right?

Yeah, all of the above, and more. Our guest on the July edition of Dialogue says Appalachia is often used as a canvas, allowing commentators to paint whatever picture they like. And, she says, the resulting image is usually way off the mark.

Dialogue: Suicide In Tennessee

Jun 8, 2017

This year Farragut High School saw three students take their own lives, putting a spotlight on mental health and suicide prevention in the area. What’s being done and what can be done? While some parents say the school system was slow to act, others point out there’s a larger crisis looming – and recent figures showed suicides hit a record high in Tennessee. In fact, the suicide rate in Tennessee has been rising for years.