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Losing Home: When Urban Renewal Came to Knoxville

When Knoxville City Council apologized to the Black community last year for urban renewal, it may have seemed like ancient history. After all, the program that demolished the city’s downtown Black neighborhoods ended almost 50 years ago. But many sociologists, historians and local Black residents agree: Urban renewal isn’t over. Uprooting most of the Black population between 1959 and 1974 directly contributed to today’s Black poverty, struggles for education, poor housing conditions, crime...

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Losing Home: Urban Renewal and Black Neighborhoods

A WUOT News series examining the effects of urban renewal on Knoxville's Black neighborhoods

MONTREAL — With just over 3% of Canadians fully inoculated against COVID-19, a growing number of America's northern border states and communities have stepped up to offer excess vaccines to Canadians.

Truck driver John Harrower was on the road last month when he heard on the radio that North Dakota had agreed to vaccinate truckers from his home province of Manitoba.

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Updated May 17, 2021 at 5:38 PM ET

President Biden on Monday announced his intention to ship surplus doses of the coronavirus vaccine to needy nations abroad, including millions of doses of the U.S.-authorized Moderna, Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. The majority of the planned shipments will be of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which does not yet have authorization for use in the United States.

A judge in Hennepin County, Minn., on Monday said probable cause exists to support the charge of second-degree manslaughter against former Brooklyn Center officer Kim Potter in the killing of Daunte Wright.

Sohini Mitter is a huge cricket fan. Normally, she would never miss the Indian Premier League (IPL), a glamorous, action-packed cricket tournament held every year during the months of April and May — and one of the biggest in the world. But this year, Mitter had other things on her mind.

"My parents' illness coincided with the IPL," Mitter told NPR.

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Every time the president of the United States travels, he's accompanied by a cadre of Secret Service agents. Sometimes seen wearing crisp suits, sunglasses and ear pieces, the agents charged with protecting the president present a striking visual.

But Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post investigative reporter Carol Leonnig says the Secret Service itself is something of a mess.


2020 WUOT Impact Report

Read about WUOT's 2020 year, including special projects, additions to the staff, a virtual celebration, and more...

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The Sounds Global Show

The Sounds Global Show is a new world music program Sundays on WUOT-2, hosted by Katharine Emlin and John Habel

Your legacy is the future

Learn more about WUOT's planned giving society:
Legacy Circle

Raised In Knoxville

Explore the history of country music in East Tennessee

This Saturday at 1 p.m. the Metropolitan Opera presents Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro, with Ailyn Pérez, Nadine Sierra, Isabel Leonard, and Luca Pisaroni.