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Dialogue: Looking Back at the 1982 World's Fair, the Knoxville International Energy Exposition

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Forty years ago, the world came to Knoxville for the 1982 World’s Fair, which was formally known as the Knoxville International Energy Exposition. WUOT's Chrissy Keuper and Todd Steed take a look back at the event that put Knoxville in the spotlight, built the iconic Sunsphere, and changed the city. But what were those changes? And what was expected from the fair that didn't happen?
Our guests: Jack Neely, Knoxville historian and Executive Director of the Knoxville History Project; Ernie Freeberg, University of Tennessee History Department Chair; and Eric Dawson, Manager of the Knox County Public Library's McClung Historical Collection.

Chrissy is WUOT's News Director, as well as host of All Things Considered. Her first job with the station was as a weekend student announcer while earning her bachelor's in Anthropology from the University of Tennessee. From 2004 to 2015, she served as the station's local host for Morning Edition. In 2019, she returned to the station as the local host for All Things Considered.
A Knoxville native, Todd began working at WUOT in 2006 as jazz coordinator and host of Improvisations. He is now the music director and host of of Studio 865/Flipside and Changing Course, and also produces podcasts such as Improvisations to Go and Raised in Knoxville. Todd got his start in radio at WUTK, where he served as both news and music director while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at UT. He later earned a master’s degree in education, also at UT.