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Literacy and Culture
6:00 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

"Reading Appalachia" Celebrates Region's Literary Culture

Credit Knox County Public Library

When she was a student at East Tennessee State University nearly ten years ago, a chance discovery got Jamie Osborn a little hot under the collar. She came across the rich legacy of literature created by writers from Appalachia. As a child of Kentucky, West Virginia and Tennessee, Osborn wondered why her teachers never assigned books written by local authors, books she felt gave a unique voice to the people, culture and history of Appalachia.

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2:07 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Vintage Baseball Brings The Sport's Past To The Present

Ryan "Muggins" Riordan, of the Knoxville Holstons Vintage Base Ball Club.
Credit Dan MacDonald

It’s a little after three o’clock on a breezy Sunday afternoon, and on a rolling green field at Ramsey House in Knox County, baseball practice is underway.

At first glance, this match may be the strangest baseball game you’ve ever seen. The uniforms include suspenders. There’s no pitcher’s mound. There are no baselines, no concession stands. If you listen closely, you can even hear a different kind of language being spoken: an umpire is an "arbiter" here. The batter is a "striker." Your team's star hitter is a "muckle."

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5:50 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Smokies' Kirchhofer Talks Ballpark Changes

Credit Tennessee Smokies

For all the poetry and prose that have romanticized the national pastime, the fact remains that baseball is at its most basic a business. Figuring out ways to compete with digital entertainment and other pastimes for your disposable income is part of Doug Kirchhofer’s job. He’s in his 13th year as president of the Tennessee Smokies baseball team.

Kirchhofer joined WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth to talk about some new amenities the front office staff hopes will keep spectators engaged from the first pitch to the last strike.

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Election 2014
4:30 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Campaign Signs Fight For Attention In Crowded Election

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

A hopeless romantic might say the collection of campaign signs on the corner of Robertsville Road and the Oak Ridge Turnpike looks something like a flower garden, a festive, mid-summer explosion of reds, whites and blues.

“It’s ugly, it’s a nuisance and there’s no reason for it,” says Georgia Hudson, passing through the gauntlet of signs on her way to the Oak Ridge Visitors’ Center.  “I think they should be banned statewide.”

So much for hopeless romance.

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3:28 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Dialogue: Primary Matters

Credit Tennessee Court System

On Thursday, Tennessee voters will go to the polls to select candidates for local, state and federal offices. There are some high-profile races on the ballot, from Lamar Alexander’s fight to remain in the Senate, to the fate of three state Supreme Court justices, to a slate of local legislative races that will help determine the makeup of the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Science and Society
6:00 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

The Method: Exploring Prehistoric Life and Making Fuel From Plants

Students at the McClung Museum's fossil camp identify sample animal tracks.
Credit Heather Fritts, McClung Museum

This month on The Method, Brandon Hollingsworth meets a group of kids studying rocks, fossils and geologic time at the McClung Museum. What's it like to be dinosaur? We'll find out from the children themselves.

Then, Chrissy Keuper speaks with Jerry Tuskan, an ORNL scientist studying ways to extract fuel from eucalyptus plants. He'll tell us how the process might work.

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Earth Science
6:42 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

U.S. Geological Survey Raises East Tennessee's Earthquake Risk

The U.S. Geological Survey's updated earthquake hazard map shows higher risks in East Tennessee than previously thought.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

When the United States Geological Survey released updated earthquake hazard maps last week, media outlets here in East Tennessee quickly reported that the risk of a major shaker here in Appalachia went up. That got the attention of WUOT All Things Considered host (and nervous homeowner) Brandon Hollingsworth.

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5:50 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

UT's Joe Carcello Plans To Work For Investors On SEC Panel

University of Tennessee professor Joe Carcello.
Credit University of Tennessee College of Business

Chances are pretty good that you are an investor. Even if you don’t own any stocks yourself, your employer probably does. Your retirement fund probably does. Even if you never glance at the Dow Jones average, you are an investor. And it’s you that Joe Carcello thinks about when he helps make recommendations designed to make sure your portfolio, stocks or mutual funds get a fair shake on Wall Street.

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Science and Society
5:50 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

The Method: Science At The Mall

The SPECTRUM solar energy exhibit in Knoxville Center Mall.
Credit Point Five Digital

Imagine walking through your local mall and finding, amid the stores and food courts, a science museum. That's what happened to Brandon Hollingsworth recently. For this month's edition of The Method, Brandon returned to that exhibit, called SPECTRUM, and went inside this portable museum of solar power.

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Science and Society
5:50 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

The Method: Change In The Air


In this month's edition of The Method, Matt Shafer Powell looks at how the Tennessee Valley Authority's effort to adjust to new realities of the energy market is also helping clean up East Tennessee's air.

Then, Chrissy Keuper marks the silver anniversary of the Oak Ridge Environmental Peace Alliance.

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