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  When heroin users overdose, it's often a fatal situation. An antidote called Narcan (also called naloxone) is able to reverse the effects of an overdose. Because of new regulations, Narcan should be fairly easy to obtain in Tennessee, but as WUTC's Baris Gusakal found out, that's not always the case--even though heroin use is reaching epidemic proportions.

    Dr. Rhea Seddon joins us to talk about what it was like to be one of NASA's first female astronauts. A Murfreesboro, Tennessee native, she was a medical resident who applied to NASA on a whim after hearing the organization was searching for women to join the space program. She was accepted, launched into orbit to conduct medical experiments, and found a family; she and her husband Hoot Gibson were the first married astronaut couple, and Dr. Seddon gave birth to the world's first "astrotot."

  In this interview, we’re talking about a place that’s home to some of Tennessee’s most important records. But workers at the building are running out of room for new documents. The Tennessee State Library & Archives is housed in a Nashville building that’s 60 years old, has accessibility issues and far too few public parking spaces. Officials are seeking $90 million for a new location.

  Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson has introduced a bill that would allow counselors to turn down potential clients if the client's goals, outcomes, or behavior conflicts with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor.  Some say the bill is really about allowing counselors to discriminate against gays and lesbians, but Senator Johnson disagrees.

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Tennessee's Inclusionary Zoning Debate Intensifies

Feb 23, 2016

A bill to ban inclusionary zoning mandates, which require housing developers to make a certain number of new units affordable to low-income residents, has been introduced at the Tennessee State Legislature. WUTC’s Baris Gursakal spoke to Glen Casada, the Tennessee State Representative who sponsored the bill, as well as Chattanooga Organized For Action’s Jefferson Hodge, who has the opposite view—Hodge is a local advocate who sees value in inclusionary zoning.  They also spoke about the state of the housing market in Chattanooga.


  So it turns out the U.S. embargo against Cuba isn't a total embargo.  American businesses are allowed to export food, and Tennessee is sending about 1.3 million dollars' worth of chicken leg quarters to the island.

Adelina Bryant joins us to explain why chicken legs from the Volunteer State are so popular in Cuba, and how the state's exports to grow by $100 million if the embargo were lifted.  Bryant is with Engage Cuba, a nonprofit advocacy group that supports doing away with the embargo.

Brenda Choresi Carter, Director of the Reflective Democracy Campaign, joins us to talk about their new Who Runs In Americareport, which examined local, state and national candidates during elections in 2012 and 2014.

  The Center for American Progress Action Fund ranked all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) on three main areas critical to a healthy democratic process: ballot accessibility in each state, influence in the political system, and representation in state government.  The report gave Tennessee a failing grade for ballot accessibility.

Lauren Harmon, one of the report's authors, joins us to talk about it.


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Remember the scene in the original National Lampoon’s Vacation when the Griswolds finally finish their long journey to Walley World and find the theme park is closed?

If you’re headed for a whitewater rafting trip on the Ocoee River and you don’t plan ahead, you might be similarly frustrated.

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State Rep. Jon Lundberg and Sen. Joey Hensley are sponsoring HB0143, the "Tennessee Right To Try Act," which allows terminally-ill patients to ask pharmaceutical companies for experimental drugs or medical devices that the FDA hasn't approved.


Gas prices have plummeted to lows not seen since 2009, and in Chattanooga, regular unleaded can be bought for as little as $1.80 per gallon. But the Federal Highway Trust Fund, which finances road construction and other transportation projects, is facing a $100 billion shortfall, according to U.S.

On Tuesday, November fourth, Tennessee voters will approve or reject four new amendments to the state constitution, along with choosing candidates in various elections.  Nooga.com's David Morton joins us to talk about the amendments and what a yes or no vote on each one could mean.

Tom Kanon joins us to discuss two intertwined, oft-overlooked military conflicts: The War of 1812 and the Creek War.  Kanon is an author and an archivist for the Tennessee State Library in Nashville.  His new book is Tennesseans at War, 1812–1815: Andrew Jackson, The Creek War, And The Battle of New Orleans.