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When The World Came to Knoxville: Energy and Urban Renewal

As Knoxville celebrates the 40th anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair, WUOT will be airing a series of podcasts on the history and legacy of the fair. In our first episode, UT History professor Ernie Freeberg speaks with historian Michael Camp, who has written a book on energy policy in the 1970s and 80s. Camp says that the long lines at the gas pumps caused by the energy crisis of 1973 and 4 set the stage for the Carter administration’s focus on energy conservation—and inspired its support for Knoxville’s proposal to host an international energy exposition almost a decade later.