Dialogue on WUOT

The first Wednesday of the month, noon - 1:00 p.m. ET

WUOT's monthly live call-in program; hosted by a member of WUOT's News Staff 

We'll take your calls at 865-974-5050; tweet us @WUOTFM or submit your question on WUOT's Facebook page. 

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Coal and Appalachia have long been considered synonymous. But that isn't the reality of the region. The industry has been shrinking for decades, and by 2015 fewer than 32,000 Appalachian residents are employed as coal miners. President Trump ran on a platform that included promises to revive the moribund industry, but economic experts have said that's virtually impossible.

Four years ago, the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, helped launch a national debate about how law enforcement deals with minority communities. Similar conversations have arisen, over how we talk about and implement racial diversity in workplaces, government, media and daily life.

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After Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault last October, many women came forward with their own stories about powerful figures and unsavory behavior. Prominent men in television, classical music, politics, and even public radio, saw their careers crumble as allegations poured forth. On this Dialogue, "Conduct and Consequences," a look at the national conversation over sexual misconduct.

Knoxville’s zoning ordinances haven’t been fully reviewed in about 50 years. But in that time the entire country has seen a rise in urbanization, as more people than ever are returning to cities.

In this edition of Dialogue, an in-depth look at Recode, Knoxville’s review of old ordinances, and the effort to bring those codes into the modern age.

 

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President Trump has a rocky relationship with the reporters who cover his administration. But he's not the first chief executive to struggle with the press. On this edition of Dialogue, we hear about the history of the White House press corps and its dynamics with the president.

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