6 Big Orange Rabbit Holes

From YouTube and Instagram to podcasts and blogs, here’s a list of UT-related or Vol-curated digital media rabbit holes for you to fall, or voluntarily go, down.


Back in 2012, student Fadi Saleh decided that he wanted to put words in President Barack Obama’s mouth, and an internet sensation was born. On his YouTube channel Baracksdubs, Saleh (’16) mashes up pieces of Obama’s speeches and makes him sing popular songs like “Hotline Bling” and “Uptown Funk.” Baracksdubs currently has close to two million subscribers, and the channel’s offerings have expanded to other public figures like Bill Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Fashion Dads

What started out as a conversation between friends Travis May (’06) and Ashley Hesseltine about their dads’ fashion choices ended up being the beginning of the tongue-in-cheek Instagram account “Fashion Dads,” otherwise known as Fathers on Fleek. May and Hesseltine, who had similar success with the account Bros Being Basic, caption photos of dads in truly unfortunate clothing choices as if they were on a fashion blog. You can even submit pics of your own dad, if you’re not too embarrassed.

Visit Fashion Dads

Camels & Chocolate

Woman in ski gear, looking toward a mountain

Dive into the blog Camels & Chocolate by journalist Kristin Luna (’05), whose writing has been featured in publications like Redbook, Glamour, Travel + Leisure, and Southern Living, just to name a few. For 10 years, Luna has been writing about travel (including lots of tips and tricks), the journey of renovating a Victorian house in Nashville, and the travel adventures of her dog, Ella. You can also follow Luna’s travels in real time on Instagram.

Visit Camels and Chocolate

Vol Photos


Tennessee Athletics photographers Donald Page and Craig Bisacre take some dynamite photos of all things Vols and post them to the webpage Vol Photos and the Instagram and Twitter accounts of the same name. You’ll find everything from football to swimming, Vols at home and on the road, Smokey, and behind-the-scenes shots.

Visit Vol Photos


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Wondering if La La Land is any good? If you want another Vol’s opinion about the top 10 movies of 2016 or to read reviews for well-known, lesser-known, old, or new movies, give the Cinematary podcast and website a try. The weekly film discussion podcast and print criticism website was started in 2014 by then-students Zach Dennis (’14), Andrew Swafford (’14, ’15), and Dylan Moore (’15) in close partnership with the UT Cinema Club. Other UT students have since been added to the lineup, allowing for a wide range of opinions and ideas about the cinema. You can subscribe to the podcast on ITunes, Stitcher, Google Play, and Soundcloud.

Visit Cinematary

WWII Oral Histories Collection

Soldiers in a huddle, making a plan

Over the last 25 years, the Center for the Study of War and Society at UT has conducted hundreds of oral history interviews focusing on individual veteran’s experiences throughout the war. More than 300 hours of interviews capture the experiences of veterans, including their lives before combat, motivations to enlist, personal experiences during the war, and experiences adjusting to civilian life. The audiotapes have been digitized and are available through the UT Libraries Digital Collections.

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woody harriman January 17, 2017 - 12:54 pm

My wife’s father, who died in 2013, left a few videodiscs containing some oral narratives about his experiences in the Battle of the Bulge. Is this something your dept. might be interested in?

Cassandra Sproles January 18, 2017 - 8:43 am

Hi Woody! You can email Cynthia Tinker at the Center for the Study of War and Society at ctinker@utk.edu. She would love to talk to you about these oral narratives.

Cassandra Sproles
Executive Editor

Gary Peevely January 21, 2017 - 5:01 pm

My father in law Raymond Thomas was a WW II vet and passed away this last October. We were fortunate enough to accompany him during the opening ceremonies of the WW II Memorial in Washington DC. We have digital copies of his visit there as well as interviews of him talking about his experiences during the war. He was at D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge. He drove a “Dragon Wagon” and hauled tanks into battle.

I am an alumni (EdD 1981) and my daughter Meghan Peevely Woodward is an alumni and staff member at UTK. I would like to share this information with UT.

Cassandra Sproles January 23, 2017 - 9:16 am

Hi Gary! You can email Cynthia Tinker at the Center for the Study of War and Society at ctinker@utk.edu. Thank you for sharing!

Cassandra Sproles
Executive Editor

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