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When the World Came to Knoxville: Energy and Urban Renewal


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 1973/74 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.

Ernest Freeberg is an American historian in 19th and 20th-century American culture, currently a Distinguished Humanities Professor and Departmental Chair of History at the University of Tennessee.
A Knoxville native, Todd began working at WUOT in 2006 as jazz coordinator and host of Improvisations. He is now the music director and host of of Studio 865/Flipside and Changing Course, and also produces podcasts such as Improvisations to Go and Raised in Knoxville. 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.