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TN Archaeology: Prehistoric Cave Art
5:00 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Tennessee Cave Art Charts Cosmology Of Prehistoric Peoples

Jan Simek, University of Tennessee distinguished professor of Anthropology, records Native American art in an undisclosed Tennessee cave (2008) / Photo by Alan Cressler
Credit http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/jul/19/making-tough-choices-ok-with-uts-interim-president/

The focus of a recent article in the journal Antiquity is on some of the oldest art yet found in North America… and it’s in Tennessee.

Archaeologists, starting with Charles Faulkner from the University of Tennessee, have been documenting prehistoric rock art in Tennessee and around the Southeastern US since the1970s.

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Dialogue
2:38 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Dialogue: Fracking in Tennessee

Credit popularmechanics.com

The natural gas drilling method known as fracking is igniting controversy in states from Pennsylvania to Wyoming. Fracking is going on in Tennessee, too, and that has environmentalists concerned. This hour of Dialogue is dedicated to learning about the pros and cons of fracking in Tennessee. In the first portion of Dialogue, we hear from Dr. Kevin Hoyt of the University of Tennessee. He's heading up the university's efforts to study fracking on the Cumberland Plateau.

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Antiques Roadshow
7:07 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Antiques Roadshow Filming In Knoxville

Credit http://esecaucus.com/2012/06/secaucus-antiques-roadshow-tonight/

This weekend, one of the most popular shows on public television will be taping episodes in Knoxville. Between five and six thousand people will bring their valuables and heirlooms to the Knoxville Convention Center on Saturday to be appraised for Antiques Roadshow. Those episodes will air on East Tennessee PBS sometime next year.

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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.
Credit Christine Jessel, WUOT News

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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From Foster Care To College, Part Two
3:59 am
Wed June 12, 2013

From Foster Care To College, Part Two: An Uphill Climb

Credit Christine Jessel

Last September, Briyana Dunn was enrolled at Pellissippi State Community College through a Department of Children's Services program for former foster care kids.

"I started from A and right now I feel like I’m all the way on like R - I’m getting to my Z," she said then.

But it didn’t work out. Briyana says she spiraled into a depression after a hard breakup with a boyfriend. She stopped turning in assignments - then she started missing classes.

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From Foster Care To College, Part One
3:59 am
Tue June 11, 2013

From Foster Care To College, Part One: Getting To "Z"

Briyana Dunn at Pelissippi State Community College, September 2012.
Credit Christine Jessel

Briyana Dunn would be the kid who picks you up and dusts you off after the school bully pushes you down - even though she might laugh at you a little first. She’s a no-nonsense, nonstop talker who makes up in sass what she lacks in stature.

It’s hard to reconcile the sunny person Briyana is today with the girl she was: An angry runaway cops hauled into juvenile custody at 16; the girl who, a year later, landed in a psychiatric care facility for youth. She’s just so … upbeat.

Briyana started college in Knoxville when she aged out of state custody.               

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June Dialogue 2013
9:04 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Dialogue: Women's Issues In Tennessee

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In this month's episode of Dialogue, WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Kim Lauth and Wendy Pitts-Reeves of the East Tennessee Women's Leadership Council. They discussed the upcoming East Tennessee Women's Leadership Summit in Knoxville as well as a number of issues effecting women in Tennessee... 

Tennessee Economic Council on Women

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Science and Society
6:22 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

The Method: Bats, Edison and Galactic Opera

Thomas Edison in 1878, a year before he patented the incandescent bulb.
Credit Library of Congress

In this installment of WUOT's The Method, Brandon Hollingsworth talks with author Ernest Freeberg about Thomas Edison's greatest invention: Modern America. Chrissy Keuper speaks with a biologist about the fungal infection threatening bat populations across the country. And we find the common ground between Edwin Hubble and Giuseppe Verdi.

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White Nose Syndrome
4:46 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Dr. Gary McCracken On White Nose Syndrome

Credit http://www.knoxnews.com/photos/2009/apr/03/52957/

Wildlife researchers say White Nose Syndrome is now a threat to bat populations across North America, having killed bats in 22 states and 5 Canadian provinces… and it’s still spreading. Gary McCracken is chair of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee and he's a bat biologist. Dr. McCracken is part of a group studying White Nose Syndrome and charting its spread across the country. He says they’ve already learned quite a bit about both the disease and the fungus that causes it… 

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Core Controversy
12:00 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Local Pickup Of National Common Core Curriculum May Face Challenges

Credit File photo by Christine Jessel.

Georgia and Alabama are among several states that recently proposed dropping Common Core curriculum. Susan Benner, the Director and Associate Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, has been following the political tussles.

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