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. 

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.

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.

Mental Health in Tennessee

Oct 3, 2018

According to the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, more than 400,000 Tennesseans experienced a serious emotional disturbance or mental illness in 2017. The department also found therapy deserts in rural areas of the state, meaning that options for mental health treatment are limited. Similar problems exist for Tennessee's homeless population. In this October edition of Dialogue, WUOT's Hannah Martin speaks with Dr.

Dilip Vishwanat, Getty Images

R.A. Dickey has a fascinating story to tell. His childhood in Middle Tennessee was full of challenges. He attended a prestigious private school, but lived in part by squatting in empty houses. His path to professional baseball was nearly demolished before it could be built. Once there, he still struggled, and found simply keeping a job meant cultivating a famously unpredictable pitch that few had mastered.

Dialogue: Sentencing Reform

Aug 8, 2018

In a well-intentioned move to curb drug crime, lawmakers in the 1980’s and 1990’s implemented a raft of legislation that required judges to impose mandatory minimum sentences for some crimes. Today, those laws are under scrutiny as jail populations have soared in a generation. Recently there has been bipartisan support of a bill that would reform many of these changes, and it seems to have tentative support from President Trump.

Chris Patriarca, Interstate Guide.com

Summer is travel season in the U.S., as it has been for decades. While American drivers take for granted the interstates and major highways that connect here and there, travel wasn't always so routine or easy. The highways that today carries millions of vacationers are the product of more than a century of planning, experimentation, legislation and controversy. This edition of Dialogue explores the roots and the effects of the country's long push to tie itself together.

Dialogue: The Practicalities of Solar Energy

Jun 6, 2018

  

  

When the Department of Energy designated Knoxville as a Solar City a decade ago, the number of solar installers was smaller, the public wasn’t as informed on the benefits of solar, and there were only two medium sized photovoltaic (PV) systems in the city. One was a 15-kilowatt system at Ijams Nature Center, and the other was an 8-kilowatt system at Mellow Mushroom near UT campus. How far have we come since then? And what are the options for homeowners looking to reduce their bills?

Dialogue: Smart Cities and the Internet of Things

Apr 10, 2018

If you've ever wondered what the "Internet of Things" means, you'll want to listen to this month's Dialogue. We'll discuss connected devices in the home, and zoom out to look at how industrial uses of IOT devices are being integrated into Knoxville's infrastructure to help build the beginnings of a "Smart City."

The technology being put in place promises to help ease traffic woes, make traveling around town safer, and could even help bring autonomous vehicles to local roadways.

Wednesday, April 11 at noon on 91.9FM WUOT.

Jeffrey Beall, via Flickr/Creative Commons

Coal and Appalachia have long been considered synonymous. But that isn't the reality of the region. The industry has been shrinking for decades, and by 2015 fewer than 32,000 Appalachian residents are employed as coal miners. President Trump ran on a platform that included promises to revive the moribund industry, but economic experts have said that's virtually impossible.

Dialogue: Systemic Racism

Feb 7, 2018

Four years ago, the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, helped launch a national debate about how law enforcement deals with minority communities. Similar conversations have arisen, over how we talk about and implement racial diversity in workplaces, government, media and daily life.

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