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Tennessee Pork Report Finds Record Wasteful Spending

Aug 7, 2015

Each year, the non-profit Beacon Center of Tennessee puts out a report documenting fraud, waste, and abuse in local and state government spending. The Tennessee Pork Report is in its tenth year, and the Beacon Center found more questionable spending this year than in any other.

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

Nuclear science has been good to John Boyle.  

The retired chemist spent his entire career in Oak Ridge, learning about the effects of nuclear radiation and how it impacts the environment.  Now 97, he thinks of himself as lucky.  "I enjoyed my work, frankly," he says.  "A lot of people would probably find it boring, but I was always anxious to get back to work and find out how my results were turning out."  

Andrew Jackson died in 1845, but somewhere, his ears must be burning. This week, Tennessee Democratic Party chair Mary Mancini said it was time to have a discussion about removing Jackson’s name from the party’s annual Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner. And this year, there have been other such conversations, nationwide, about the legacy of the seventh president.


Back on our April show, University of Tennessee planetary scientist Josh Emery came by to brief us on the big questions about Pluto and its moons ahead of New Horizon's historic flyby. That encounter, the primary goal of the New Horizons mission, happened on July 14. Scientists here on Earth are just getting their first glimpses at the results, and Dr. Emery is back to tell us what they're learning.

Part of what fuels Abigail Langham's fascination with the potential of the human voice  is its perpetuity. The University of Tennessee vocal coach and acting teacher compares her study of speech and its regional and historical differences to an endless ball of wool.  "I feel like I'm never going to get to the end," she says, "and I'm never going to know everything."

Today is the first day of the 2015 and 16 fiscal year… and we have a snapshot of the budgets for the City of Knoxville and for Knox County.

Mayor Madeline Rogero sat down with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper to discuss the new $206 million budget for the City of Knoxville, which is heavy on funding for infrastructure, including sidewalks for the city’s neighborhoods…


The Appalachian Shakespeare Project aims to use classic literature to tell Appalachian stories. This year, the project is William Shakespeare's As You Like It.

Natalie Spar is Assistant Professor of English and Mark McGinley, Assistant Professor of Theatre at Lincoln Memorial University. They sat down with WUOT’s Chrissy Keuper to talk about why they chose that particular Shakespeare play…

Dialogue: CodeStock 2015

Jun 27, 2015

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.

At 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time this morning, the Supreme Court of the United States declared same-sex marriage bans unconstitutional. Marriage equality advocates hailed the decision as a victory for the nation, while opponents described the ruling as a misapplication of judicial power.

Regardless of your stance on the matter, today's decision was a watershed moment in American history. Part of that history was forged here in East Tennessee. Plaintiffs Val Tanco and Sophy Jesty were one of the couples that challenged Tennessee's same-sex marriage ban.

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Sending humans into space is a relatively recent achievement of the species. Yet, the half-century since Yuri Gagarin's historic one-orbit flight has seen manned space flight go from extraordinary to routine, a startling evolution.

In this edition of The Method, we examine what we can learn from the space program, even in its less-glorious years.