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Richard Powers Brings It Home

Richard Powers discusses his love of the Great Smoky Mountains and the connection of the park to his new novel, Bewilderment. Powers sat down with Todd Steed outside of the Townsend Visitor's Center for a wide-ranging chat about his decision to move to Tennessee and some of the pressing concerns raised in Bewilderment.

A Knoxville native, Todd began working at WUOT in 2006 as jazz coordinator now serves as music director and host of Studio 865/Flipside, Improvisations and Changing Course. Todd's newest podcast is Improvisations to Go. Todd got his start in radio at WUTK, where he served as both news and music director while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at UT. He later earned a master’s degree in education, also at UT. Recently, Todd was inducted into the East Tennessee Writer's Hall of Fame.