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4:30 am
Fri May 30, 2014

The TVA’s New Coal Strategy: Culture Change Or Simple Economics?

Credit WUOT News, Matt Moon


  For more than 30 years, Stephen Smith has been a thorn firmly planted into the side of the Tennessee Valley Authority.  The Executive Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has never been shy about holding the giant utility accountable, especially when it comes to the TVA’s dismal record on air quality

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Juvenile Justice
4:46 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Report Sheds Light On Juvenile Justice In Knox County


A lawsuit against Knox County, now before the Tennessee Supreme Court, is the subject of a report just released by the Center for Public Integrity, a Washington DC-based non-profit journalism organization.

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5:50 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

From Gemini to the Genome: John Noble Wilford's Career in Science Reporting

Credit Nate Sanders

If you look at the front page of the New York Times from July 21, 1969, the first thing that jumps out at you is the banner headline, “MEN WALK ON MOON.” But something that might escape all but the eagle-eyed among us is the byline, the name of the man who wrote that historic story.

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5:59 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Interview: UK Crew Filming Documentary Of Medicine Man Stan Brock

Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical

For the last two years, a film crew based in London has been working on a documentary about an iconic, but little-known figure in Knoxville:  

Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical.

We spoke with filmmaker Paul Angell about the documentary...

About the film

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Law and Government
5:50 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett Breaks Down The 2015 Budget

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett speaks with members of the media after his budget presentation, Thursday, May 1, 2014.
Credit Tim Burchett/Twitter

Thursday morning, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett formally presented his budget proposal for fiscal year 2015, which begind July 1. Burchett describes the $730-million spending plan as conservative, because it accounts only for natural growth in tax revenues collected from property owners and businesses. It includes no tax increase.

Mayor Burchett joined WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth to explain his budget priorities, the effect of low tax revenues and the latest on proposed pay raises for Knox County school system employees.

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Science and Society
2:46 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

The Method: Windows To The Past And The Future

A tapir skull found at the Gray Fossil Site in Washington County. Tapirs were abundant in the Tennessee of the Miocene geologic epoch.
Credit East Tennessee State University

This month's edition of The Method involves a little time travel. But don't worry; we'll take only eight minutes of your time.

First, Brandon's off to the Gray Fossil Site in Washington County. Miocene-epoch fossils found there have painted an incredible picture of life in East Tennessee five million years ago. Two paleontologists will tell us what makes Gray special.

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Science & Society
4:00 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Interview: Dr. Tim Persons, GAO Chief Scientist


WUOT's Chrissy Keuper speaks with Tim Persons, Chief Scientist of the Government Accountability Office, about the agency and the technology that is transforming the nation’s manufacturing sector, the National Nanotechnology Initiative… 

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5:50 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Fifty Years Ago, Strange Bedfellows Helped Break The Back Of Jim Crow

President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, July 2, 1964.
Credit Cecil Stoughton/White House Press Office

Half a century ago, Tennessee and other Southern states looked a little different. If you were a person of color, signs dictated the right building entrance to use, the correct water fountain, the right restroom, and more importantly, the wrong places. The places you couldn’t go. Those areas were reserved for white people only. Fifty years ago this summer – less than a lifetime ago – all that began to change.

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International Relations
5:50 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Iran Expert Sees Little Change In Tensions Between Washington and Tehran

Haleh Esfandiari knows the tense relationship between the United States and Iran from both sides. She’s an Iranian native that holds citizenship in both countries, and she established the Middle East program at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

In 2007, Esfandiari was jailed for more than 100 days as Iranian officials interrogated her about her work in academia. She was released only after her 93-year-old mother turned over the deed to her apartment to authorities in Tehran.

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Pilot Investigation
5:50 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

One Year On, Still Unanswered Questions In Pilot Probe

Credit WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

A year ago this week, federal agents from the FBI and the IRS raided the Knoxville headquarters of the nation’s largest truck stop chain. It soon became known that Pilot Flying J was being investigated for a long-running rebate fraud scheme that may have cheated many of the company’s commercial clients out of millions of dollars.

To date, ten Pilot employees have pleaded guilty in connection with the rebate fraud, and the company is still working to burnish its public image. And the federal investigation continues.

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