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. 

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On a special edition of Dialogue, we discuss the fate of Knoxville's country music scene in the 20th century. One old adage is that country music was born in Bristol, raised in Knoxville, and then it went somewhere else to evolve or die or sell out, depending on who's talking...

But how and why did such a vibrant and popular country music scene leave our city?

Dialogue: Interpreting the Constitution

Aug 7, 2019
National Center for Constitutional Studies

People believe all kinds of things about the Constitution and the rights it offers. And they say so - online, on the editorial page and on cable TV. But even the nation’s top legal and judicial minds don’t agree on what the Constitution means. Many times, the document itself is vague, creating even more confusion. As Americans try to sort out 21st century disputes using an 18th century text, what do you need to know to be better informed about the Constitution?

In his first State of the State message, Governor Bill Lee asked for a modified voucher program called education savings accounts. The General Assembly granted his wish, but not in the form Lee originally laid out.

Today on Dialogue, we’re going to dive deep into education savings accounts. We’ll learn what is in the plan and how it may work. We’ll also look at why this victory for Lee and school choice advocates doesn’t spell the end of the debate.

Dialogue: The Great Society, Then and Now

Apr 30, 2019
Yoichi Okamoto, via the LBJ Presidential Library

Fifty-five years ago this month, President Lyndon Johnson delivered the commencement address at the University of Michigan. His speech that day wasn’t really aimed at the graduating seniors, but to members of Congress and the American people.

"In your time," Johnson said, "We have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society."

Dialogue: Knoxville's Music Scene

Apr 10, 2019

Knoxville has long been a crossroads for musicians. As stages have come and gone, while some endure, the shape of the city's sound has also changed. In this Dialogue we'll talk to some of the city's residents who have helped shape that sound in recent years. 

Dialogue: Elder Care in Tennessee

Mar 6, 2019

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates one in eight Americans is over the age of 65, a proportion that’s expected to reach one in five – that’s twenty percent – by the year 2030. In Tennessee, the percentage of senior citizens is even higher – about one in six.

Dialogue: Black History Month

Feb 6, 2019

February is Black History month in America, and along with the usual celebrations of notable African-Americans looms another question: How have we preserved this history? In this Dialogue we'll talk to two people who have attempted to document some African-American experiences, plus a man who lived it. The challenges and triumphs of documenting African-American history with guests Leslie Snow, William Isom II, and Theotis Robinson, Jr.

Dialogue: New Directions in State Government

Jan 9, 2019

Change came to Nashville in a big way last November. Later this month, we’ll have a new governor for the first time in nearly a decade. Many sitting state legislators retired, stepped down or found other jobs, opening up more than 30 slots in the House and Senate. Many of those elected, including Governor-elect Bill Lee, are first timers. The legislature opened on Tuesday, and Lee takes office on the 19th. So one of the biggest questions in the realm of Tennessee politics right now is, what’s next? We hope to provide some answers.

Host Brandon Hollingsworth is joined by:

Dialogue: Revisiting Recode Knoxville

Dec 5, 2018

Knoxville’s zoning code hasn’t had a major overhaul in over 50 years. In that time the country has seen a return to downtown, the rise of gig economies, and seismic shifts in land use. Knoxville’s Metropolitan Planning Commission has been hard at work for nearly two years to redo city codes, and Recode Knoxville has gained more attention as the process inches closer to the finish line. But there’s been enough feedback to delay a vote on the changes until next year. If you’re wondering what Recode is and what it could mean to you, listen in.

Dialogue: Veterans Coming Home

Nov 7, 2018

Depending on how you count, one percent (or less) of America's total population currently serves in a branch of the country's armed forces. Even when you include veterans, the figure is still just about seven percent. That group - the nation's current and former service members - is a small fraction, but its needs are great. And unique.

This edition of Dialogue explores the landscape that awaits veterans coming home.