Special Projects

Throughout the years, WUOT has produced many long-form audio projects that allow listeners to examine a particular issue or topic in great depth.  These series have been recognized for excellence by a variety of journalistic organizations, including the Radio-Television Digital News Association and Public Radio News Directors Inc.


I'm Still Here: My HIV Life (November 2013) This powerful, dynamic documentary leads listeners along an emotional journey through the day-to-day lives of five HIV survivors from East Tennessee.

Justice For All (October 2013) This two-part series offers an exclusive view of the American system of justice through the eyes of the public defenders who represent the poor and disenfranchised.

Mother And Child (October 2012) East Tennessee's prescription drug abuse problem is reflected in the many ways addiction has affected the bond between mothers and their children.

A Key To My Room:  The Women of the YWCA (October 2011) The women living in the Knoxville YWCA recount in vivid detail their stories of abuse, neglect, hope and redemption.

Pioneers And Engineers:  The WUOT Story (October 2010) In recognition of WUOT's 60th anniversary, we hear from the people who made WUOT East Tennessee's favorite public radio station.

The Other Side of the Street (November 2007) This intimate audio/photo essay gives Knoxville's homeless the chance to tell their stories in their own words.

Lost To War (October 2006)  Families and friends of the fallen remember the loved ones who have died in service to the country.


Five Guns (November 2016) Few issues in Tennessee generate the kind of passion and intensity as gun ownership.  For many, a gun is a swift and deadly instrument of mayhem.  Others, however, simply see a gun as a tool, only as dangerous as the hand holding it. This series presents five stories. In each, a gun played a significant and pivotal role in the life of the storyteller.   

TruckBeat (2016-17) With the help of freelance producer Jessica Mador, WUOT produced a series of in-depth reports about health issues in Tennessee. Coverage focused on the effects of opioid abuse on individuals, families and the community.

Tenn Words (2015-17) What keeps you up at night? From a single question flowed a multitude of answers, from people all over East Tennessee. Some of their concerns were personal. Some were professional. Others worried about the state of the world.  But many of the responses coalesced around a single theme: health. From there, TennWords gave rise to the health reporting project TruckBeat.

Without A Net: Voices of the Working Poor (December 2012)  This series probes the daily challenges and aspirations of those working East Tennesseans who live their lives below the poverty line.

My Life. My Vote. (October 2008) East Tennesseans discuss the reasons that propel them to go to the ballot box and cast their votes.


The Method (2013-2017) brought science closer to home for East Tennessee. Over the course of its four-year run, the monthly series profiled researchers and investigations being carried out in the region. Other episodes touched on the ways science affects the world we live in, from the taste of your morning coffee to what we think we know about the weather.


The station's Next Wave Radio Project shepherded student projects into fully-fledged narratives produced to public radio standards.