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Examining Appalachian Women and Social Justice Movements

"Come all of you poor workers
Good news to you I’ll tell
Of how that good old union
Has come in here to dwell
Which side are you on?" By the end of the 1970s, the worker's anthem "Which Side Are You On?" would be on thousands of lips. But it was first penned in 1931, on the back of a calendar by a Kentucky union miner's wife as she walked the floor, watching over seven children while her husband hid in a corn field from coal company thugs. This week in Knoxville,...

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Tennessee unemployment rate rises slightly

Apr 18, 2013
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development says the state's unemployment rate in March rose slightly from 7.8% to 7.9%.   Despite the increase, LWD says this is the lowest March rate on record since 2008.  It's still a few tenths of a point higher than the national rate, which was announced at 7.6%.   

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What is sin? What's the punishment for it? And who gets to decide? Historian of religion Paula Fredriksen studied some of the earliest writings of Judaism and Christianity to find out. And her new book, Sin: The Early History of an Idea, explores the first 400 years of sin as a concept of Western religion.

On February 18, in advance of her appearance at the David Dungan Memorial Lecture at the University of Tennessee, Fredriksen talked to WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth about the concept of sin, its origins and its evolution.

All four of East Tennessee's congressmen are up for re-election on November 6, 2012 and so is one of the state's two senators. Though the biggest campaign contributions this year are going to swing states, money is an essential part of every political race. WUOT's All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth looks at who's paying for the region's Congressional races, and what it means.

Jeff Sharlet is a writer whose beat is belief and faith in America. His books have chronicled fundamentalist dogma in the nation's capital and Wiccan ceremonies in the nation's heartland. His most recent work is a collection of nonfiction essays called Sweet Heaven When I Die: Faith, Faithlessness and the Country In Between. It examines personal faith on a variety of levels in American culture.

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