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. 

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. 

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.

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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.

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.

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