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. 

The results of the 2020 U.S. Census are out. Tennessee has seen continued population and economic growth as well as a changing demographic landscape in the last decade. In September's Dialogue, WUOT's Chrissy Keuper spoke with Stephanie Bohon, Nicholas Nagle, and Tim Kuhn about the data and what that growth and change mean for the state and for Tennesseans.


More than a quarter of Tennessee counties don’t have a hospital and a fifth don’t even have an emergency facility, though they may have an ambulance service. When a hospital closes or there's no hospital at all, rural economies suffer. It's impossible to recruit businesses and to keep employers, residents, and retirees in the area. The communities impacted by all of this are disproportionately made up of the uninsured, the elderly, the chronically ill, and those living in poverty.

Dialogue: A Look at the History of Barbecue

Jul 7, 2021

East Tennessee is not exactly known for its barbecue the way other regions of the South are. Kingsport-native and barbecue expert John Shelton Reed describes his shifting perspective on East Tenessee BBQ in his new compilation On Barbecue writing, "I'm now convinced I was wrong to write that East Tennessee has 'no real barbecue tradition,' but it's fair to say that it has no real tradition of barbecue restaurants, and what restaurants exist now don't adhere to any local tradition."

When Tennessee students ask for help with their mental health, or more likely don’t ask for help, what help is available to them?

Dialogue: Urban Renewal in Knoxville

May 3, 2021

Urban renewal projects in the 1950s, 60s and early 70s did more than tear down buildings and build highways. What was branded as a push to end blight uprooted families, killed businesses, scattered Black neighborhoods and disrupted unique traditions and cultural connections.

On the next Dialogue, we explore what urban renewal did in three Knoxville Black neighborhoods. Host Brandon Hollingsworth will be joined by two guests:

Dialogue: How Climate Change Impacts East Tennessee

Apr 7, 2021

When you hear climate change, you might think of sea-level rise or shrinking glaciers. So what impact does climate change have on landlocked Tennessee? In April's episode of Dialogue, we'll take a look at the relationship between human actions and extreme weather and biodiversity in this corner of the world. We'll also talk about what's being done to fight the impacts of climate change in East Tennessee.

Tennessee’s elderly residents have been among the first to be vaccinated for COVID-19 and many are already making big plans for the next year. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and guests from the state, the East Tennessee region, and Knox County looked back at how the pandemic has affected the lives of Tennessee seniors over the last year and what that could mean for the future, for all of us.


Tennessee's General Assembly spent a week in January working through new education legislation that aims to address pandemic learning loss. Advocates say there's still a long road ahead to equity in education both during, and after the pandemic.

Dialogue: Action on Racial Equity in Knoxville

Jan 6, 2021

The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery last year prompted a shift in opinions about institutional racism, relationships among people, police and governments, and reckoning with past and present. In this edition of Dialogue, we’re asking what has changed in Knoxville, and what more needs to be done in the near future. Host Brandon Hollingsworth is joined by three guests working to put ideas into action: