The Method

The Method is a series that explores the intersection of science and society. In modern journalism, science reporting often repeats the material in press releases or studies without engaging in the critical thinking that defines the scientific method. The Method will look at science through a different lens. How does scientific research affect you and your community? That's the story we hope to share with you. 

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The Method: Science On Social Media And Going Batty With An Expert

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Did you know nearly a quarter of all mammal species on Earth are bats? WUOT's Chrissy Keuper learned this and more when she spoke with Dr. Merlin Tuttle, founder of Bat Conservation International.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

The Method - Internal Clocks and Bright Lights From Above

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On Sunday, March 9, there's a good chance you'll wake up feeling a little jetlagged. And for good reason - without the aid of a flux capacitor, you'll have traveled one hour into the future, thanks to daylight saving time. University of Tennessee College of Arts and Sciences dean Teresa Lee speaks with Brandon Hollingsworth about the mental and physical effects of the twice-yearly time shift.

Then, Matt Shafer Powell finds out how the new LED lights illuminating Thompson-Boling Arena are breaking new ground for sports facilities.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

The Method: Evolution Battles and Saving Species

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In this edition of The Method: Tennessee legislators are considering changing the ten-member panel that evaluates school textbooks. Brandon Hollingsworth asks University of Tennessee professor of journalism Ed Caudill about the risks of political pressure seeping into science education. Then, Chrissy Keuper reports on a fascinating program at the Knoxville Zoo that seeks to ensure the protection and survival of animal species.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Method: Our 35th Annual Holiday Special

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It's holiday time here at The Method! Join Brandon, Chrissy and Christine around the fireplace as they reminisce on the most memorable science stories from the past year. Our stocking stuffers include the world invented by Thomas Edison, cave art from Tennessee's first residents, and the science of moonshine. So pour a mug of hot cider and join us for a holly jolly salute to the year in science.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri November 29, 2013

The Method: Science and Public Policy

The Tennessee River near Chattanooga. Georgia wants access to this part of the river to quench its growing thirst.
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The November edition of The Method looks at some current issues facing lawmakers as they try to marry science and policy.

First up, Chrissy Keuper speaks with Bill Colglazier, Science and Technology Advisor to Secretary of State John Kerry. Then, Brandon Hollingsworth talks about the sometimes-heated debate over water use with Terry Tyler, an energy expert lending his services to the Howard Baker Center in Knoxville.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Method: Spirits and Graves

On this edition of The Method, we examine how two researchers are putting technology to work to find and identify mass graves. Then, Christine Jessel goes in search of spirits -- the potable kind. The science behind moonshine is her story, so prepare to be jarred.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

The Method: Matters of Heaven and Earth

Images from the Spitzer Space Telescope show the asteroid 3552 Don Quixote is actually a comet.
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On this edition of The Method, we meet Josh Emery, a planetary scientist who just found out that not all is as it seems in the heavens above. And then, it's back down to Earth with environmental writer Bill McKibben, who argues that we either need to save the planet or start thinking about calling it something else.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

The Method: Migrating Trees, Radiochemistry and Preventing Blackouts

A TVA helicopter used to monitor power transmission lines from the air.
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This go 'round on The Method,  a scientist at Oak Ridge National Lab is working to predict how climate change will affect Tennessee's forests and possibly the 39,000 jobs they provide. Then, Chrissy Keuper interviews the new head of the University of Tennessee's radiochemistry lab. And ten years after the nation's biggest blackout, we look at how TVA is trying to prevent the next major power failure.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Method: Primitive Art and AIDS in Appalachia

A scanning electron micrograph of HIV-1 budding (in green) from a cultured lymphocyte
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This month on The Method, we examine two interesting fields of research - one rooted in the distant past; the other looking to the near future. Chrissy Keuper interviews Dr. Jan Simek about how archaeologists study some of the oldest cave art in North America. In the second portion of the program, Brandon Hollingsworth talks to researcher Joanne Hall about a first-of-a-kind study on end-of-life care for AIDS patients in Appalachia.

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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.
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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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