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: Refugee Resettlement In Tennessee

Feb 1, 2017
Bridge Refugee Services, Inc.

This edition of Dialogue joins a much larger discussion happening nationally about refugees and the American people. That discussion has been marked by political fights, misinformation, a lot of talking and very little listening. We'll explain how refugee resettlement works, so that you have context to better understand current events, such as President Donald Trump’s January 27 executive order. Host Brandon Hollingsworth is joined by three panelists:

Holly Johnson, state refugee coordinator for the Tennessee Office on Refugees, based in Nashville.

Inside of Knoxville

As the 20th century rolled into the 21st, Scott West was considered a whiz-kid entrepreneur, one of the architects responsible for the revitalization of Knoxville's downtown.  But the conversation about Scott West changed in 2006, when he was arrested for his role in a marijuana-smuggling operation, one in which he was convicted of using his popular downtown properties to launder drug money.  

There’s no place like home for the holidays…at least, that's what we're told. But after an exceedingly divisive election season and a result that left many wounds, the thought of politics rearing its head at family gatherings or office Christmas parties may have you reaching for the Tums instead of egg nog. On this edition of Dialogue, we discuss civility and relationships in this unique holiday season. Can our differences be fixed with wrapping paper and bows?

Dialogue: The Healing Power of Words

Oct 28, 2016

On this episode of Dialogue, our guest is Knoxville poet Marilyn Kallet.   For years, Kallet has been teaching others how to use the magic of language to help them overcome personal trauma.  She takes her poetry workshops to victims of domestic violence, to children who have endured various forms of heartbreak and loss and even to a women's prison in Oklahoma.  She joins host Matt Shafer Powell to talk about the healing power of words and what she's learned from watching others discover it.  

Brandon Hollingsworth, WUOT News

Many of us take the internet for granted, and may even think of it as a luxury, something to waste time at work or share cat videos. But for some people, no high-speed internet access could close the door to economic and personal growth, from job applications to online college courses. Today on Dialogue, we explore broadband access in Tennessee and what it means for residents, communities and the state.

Dialogue: The Changing Language Of Presidential Campaigns

Aug 31, 2016

The 2016 presidential campaign is breaking all the rules when it comes to how the candidates speak, communicate with the public and get their messages out to voters.   On this episode of Dialogue, WUOT's Matt Shafer Powell welcomes University of Tennessee Political Communication professor Stuart Brotman, a veteran of four presidential administrations.  They look at how this year’s race for the White House compares with past campaigns—and how it will inform future campaigns.

Dialogue: The Man At The Center Of Knoxville's Renaissance

Aug 3, 2016

  It’s nearly impossible to discuss the change in downtown Knoxville over the last decade or so without Bill Lyons’ name coming up.  Since leaving a professorship at the University of Tennessee to join City Hall in 2003, the Deputy to the Mayor and Public Policy Officer has become the gear that turns the engine of development in Knoxville’s City Center.  On this episode of Dialogue, Bill Lyons joins host Matt Shafer Powell to talk about how Knoxville's downtown has gone from a lifeless, aging hulk to a vibrant, urban destination.  

Five years ago this month, the final space shuttle mission ended, and with it, America's only homegrown route to manned space flight. NASA's present and future are defined by uncertainty. But it's almost always been that way. Even during the glory days of Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, NASA's existence and purpose were tied to overtly political goals. On this edition of Dialogue, an exploration of NASA and politics.

WUOT News, Matt Shafer Powell

In Nashville, conservative Republicans are in year five of a tense alliance with legislative leaders and a governor they sometimes accuse of being too moderate to get things done. And those same Republican leaders have had to put the brakes on legislation they deem too extreme or too unwise for state business.

On the presidential campaign trail, so-called establishment Republicans are grappling with what Donald Trump's rise means for their future. And Hillary and Bernie supporters are hurling insults at each other as much or more so than at their Republican opponent.

Dialogue: The Park And Its People

Apr 28, 2016

America’s National Park Service turns 100 years old this year and on this segment of Dialogue, we take an historical trip in time to celebrate our favorite national park—The Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Author Courtney Lix joins host Matt Shafer Powell to discuss some of the people who have contributed to the park’s legacy throughout the last century.  And she discusses her new book Women of the Smokies.  

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