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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After Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault last October, many women came forward with their own stories about powerful figures and unsavory behavior. Prominent men in television, classical music, politics, and even public radio, saw their careers crumble as allegations poured forth. On this Dialogue, "Conduct and Consequences," a look at the national conversation over sexual misconduct.

Dialogue: Recode Knoxville

Dec 6, 2017

Knoxville’s zoning ordinances haven’t been fully reviewed in about 50 years. But in that time the entire country has seen a rise in urbanization, as more people than ever are returning to cities.

In this edition of Dialogue, an in-depth look at Recode, Knoxville’s review of old ordinances, and the effort to bring those codes into the modern age.

 

John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

President Trump has a rocky relationship with the reporters who cover his administration. But he's not the first chief executive to struggle with the press. On this edition of Dialogue, we hear about the history of the White House press corps and its dynamics with the president.

Dialogue: Immigration and the Future of DACA

Oct 4, 2017

In early September, President Trump announced he wanted to end DACA, an Obama Administration policy that deferred deportation for certain undocumented immigrants. Trump passed the topic to Congress, urging lawmakers to formalize the policy into federal law or take on other immigration-related issues. While the announcement was met with some bipartisan support, whether Congress will indeed approve DACA is unclear.

Associated Press

If you think to yourself, "What kind of person believes that malarkey?" whenever you scan through your Facebook feed, consider this: Right now, someone is probably thinking the very same thing about you. 

"But wait!" you protest. "The facts are on my side! I'm not one of them."

Dialogue: Foster Care In Tennessee

Aug 2, 2017

On this month's Dialogue we discuss foster care in Tennessee, with a focus on Knoxville. What are the challenges facing the system and foster parents? What's it like being a foster parent, and how can someone who is interested learn more? We discuss these topics, the opioid crisis and its role in fostering and more in this episode.

National Park Service

Appalachia is the place to be these days, at least for reporters and columnists searching for…well, what exactly? The roots of Donald Trump’s appeal? The plight of former coal towns? Explanations for the rise of the alt-right?

Yeah, all of the above, and more. Our guest on the July edition of Dialogue says Appalachia is often used as a canvas, allowing commentators to paint whatever picture they like. And, she says, the resulting image is usually way off the mark.

Dialogue: Suicide In Tennessee

Jun 8, 2017

This year Farragut High School saw three students take their own lives, putting a spotlight on mental health and suicide prevention in the area. What’s being done and what can be done? While some parents say the school system was slow to act, others point out there’s a larger crisis looming – and recent figures showed suicides hit a record high in Tennessee. In fact, the suicide rate in Tennessee has been rising for years.

U.S. Geological Survey

It's been six months since wildfires burned approximately 2,400 buildings, killed fourteen people and forced the evacuation of thousands of people from the Tennessee tourist hub, Gatlinburg.

Today, officials are trying to lure the tourists back, no small concern because tourism is the county's number-one industry and employer. Residents who lost their homes are struggling to get back on their feet in a tight housing market. And others examine what can be done the next time a fire threatens the area.

Dialogue: Donald Trump And The Future Of Science

Feb 22, 2017

Donald Trump’s public comments about science and his choices to run the Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency have given a lot of scientists cause for concern.  How will the President’s attitudes and opinions about science affect funding?  How will research on politically-charged issues like climate change be affected?  On this episode of Dialogue, we’ll examine the next four years from a scientists’ perspective. Panelists include Dr. Gordon Burghardt and Dr. Nina Fefferman of the University of Tennessee and Dr.

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