21 episodes

TruckBeat is an interactive health storytelling project about East Tennessee. It's a collaboration between independent public radio reporter Jess Mador, and Knoxville NPR ­station 91.9 FM WUOT. Part of WUOT's East Tennessee Listening Project, and a national public media initiative called Localore: #FindingAmerica. We’re taking our truck-turned-mobile studio out on the road to report on community health topics in depth: addiction, obesity, mental health, access to health care – and why your ZIP code may matter more to your health than genetics. Add your voice to the conversation at truckbeat.org.

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TruckBeat is an interactive health storytelling project about East Tennessee. It's a collaboration between independent public radio reporter Jess Mador, and Knoxville NPR ­station 91.9 FM WUOT. Part of WUOT's East Tennessee Listening Project, and a national public media initiative called Localore: #FindingAmerica. We’re taking our truck-turned-mobile studio out on the road to report on community health topics in depth: addiction, obesity, mental health, access to health care – and why your ZIP code may matter more to your health than genetics. Add your voice to the conversation at truckbeat.org.

    Knoxville's Old City: booze, brawlers and black gum

    Knoxville's Old City: booze, brawlers and black gum

    East Tennessee's opiate-addiction epidemic is widely acknowledged as a health crisis. But it turns out it's not the first time addiction was a big problem in the Knoxville region. To learn more, I met up with a historian who’s investigated Knoxville’s 19th century history – an era when most days meant murder in some areas of town. TruckBeat is a new health storytelling project about Knoxville and East Tennessee. Part of a national public media initiative called Localore: #FindingAmerica. Add your voice to the conversation at truckbeat.org.

    • 7 min
    Hear What East Tennesseans Are Saying About Health

    Hear What East Tennesseans Are Saying About Health

    We spoke to people across the Knoxville region to collect their thoughts on health and health care.

    • 46 sec
    Hear What East Tennesseans Are Saying About Addiction

    Hear What East Tennesseans Are Saying About Addiction

    Opiate addiction is at epidemic levels in East Tennessee. TruckBeat and 91.9 FM WUOT have been asking people across the #Knoxville region for their thoughts about addiction. Here's a taste of what they have been saying. #FindingAmerica

    • 35 sec
    Voices of East Tennessee's opiate-addiction crisis

    Voices of East Tennessee's opiate-addiction crisis

    Our next episode examines one family's struggle to begin again after opiate-addiction.

    • 30 sec
    Starting over after opiate addiction: Kim and David tell their stories

    Starting over after opiate addiction: Kim and David tell their stories

    On this latest episode of TruckBeat, we ask you (in ten words or less) what you think of when you hear the word "addiction". And Jess takes us to Kingston, where a young couple is fighting against the deadly pull of drug addiction, while teaching others to do the same.

    • 7 min
    What's the Sunsphere got to do with TruckBeat?

    What's the Sunsphere got to do with TruckBeat?

    It was 1982. The World's Fair was coming to Knoxville. WBIR TV needed to find a way to broadcast live from the site. So they did what was cutting edge back then: they bought a bread truck. Now, TruckBeat and WUOT own the truck. And after several months of work, we're finally taking it out on the town for its official debut.

    • 7 min

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