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May 17, 2013

Melony Dodson talks with cellist, Inbal Segev

Cellist Inbal Segev has performed around the world with leading orchestras, such as the Israel Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic, playing under the leadership of some of the top conductors of our time, including Zubin Mehta. Ms. Segev is in Knoxville this weekend, performing an original composition by Lucas Richman: 3 Pieces for Cello and Orchestra. She took a few moments from her schedule to talk to Melony Dodson about this work, as well as a little bit about her cello-playing background.

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May 08, 2013

Eyes on Syria: Dr. Jaber Hassan

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("People Are Resilient" - Aleppo, Syria - Photo by Jaber Hassan)

The current civil conflict in Syria has just entered its third year and the US government is weighing a decision over whether to provide official foreign aid and support to the country. Dr. Jaber Hassan is a Syrian-American doctor living and practicing in Maryville. He's made several trips to Syria during this conflict, providing medical care with the Syrian American Medical Society. He recently returned from Syria and spoke with WUOT's Chrissy Keuper about what he's seen... Listen Now

Syrian-American Medical Society: http://sams-usa.net/

April 30, 2013

Trial for Y-12 protesters begins next week (NPR)


Jury selection begins next week in the trial of three nuclear protesters who broke into the Y-12 Nuclear Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee last summer. The Department of Energy facility houses the nation's stockpile of highly-enriched uranium. The break-in was significant in a lot of ways--not the least was the fact that one of the three trespassers was an 82-year-old nun. Matt Shafer Powell of member station WUOT reports...

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April 26, 2013

Melony Dodson talks with Cinderella and her Prince

The Knoxville Opera is presenting a familiar story this weekend...Rossini's "Cinderella". A few days ago, Melony Dodson talked with the two leads from this production: Mezzo-soprano, Leah Wool (Cinderella) and Tenor, Michael Dailey (Prince Ramiro).

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April 19, 2013

Pilot-Flying J Gas Stations Target of Federal Investigation

Pilot-Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam talks to reporters on Friday, April 19. Photo: Christine Jessel/WUOT News.

This week the FBI and IRS raided the headquarters of one of the country's largest private employers: Pilot Flying J. The chain operates more than 600 gas stations and convenience stores in 43 states. It's owned by billionaire Jimmy Haslam. Haslam also owns the Cleveland Browns and his brother is Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, who owns shares in the company.

The company is accused of skimming money it promised to commercial customers through fuel rebates. WUOT's Brandon Hollingsworth filed this report for NPR's All Things Considered.

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FBI Affidavit: Pilot Officials Knew of Customer Rebate Fraud

Pilot-Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam fields questions from reporters on Tuesday, April 16. Photo by J. Miles Cary/Knoxville News Sentinel

An affidavit unsealed Thursday night alleges top-level officials within the Pilot-Flying J corporation knew about a long-running scheme to defraud money from some commercial customers.

According to the affidavit, Pilot has for years been skimming money from customer rebates, lowering the rebate rate without telling the customer, then paying the customer less than they were owed.

To help explain the complex investigation, WUOT All Things Considered host Brandon Hollingsworth joined Morning Edition's Chrissy Keuper in a live interview.

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