Around and About Chattanooga

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Around and About Chattanooga is a local weekday radio program with interviews, feature news stories and information about the Tennessee Valley.

Comments?  Story ideas?  Questions about an interview you heard?  You can contact the public affairs desk at (423) 425-2224 or email Mike-Miller@utc.edu.

Chattanooga is transforming into one of the nation's most progressive, vibrant cities.  Guests on the Around and About program discuss the cultural events, art communities, environmental initiatives and other creative forces that are helping continue this transformation.

The concert calendar airs every Thursday with a look at what's happening around town in the music scene.

Looking for a story or an interview you heard?  Scroll down for streaming audio of recent Around and About segments.  You can also subscribe to the Around and About Chattanooga podcast feed.  iTunes link here.

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11:04am

Wed December 17, 2014
Happenings

12/19 - 21, WEAVE's Christmas Dance Show Features Funk, Hip Hop, Ballet & More

WEAVE dancers rehearse for their holiday show in this YouTube video.
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When WEAVE Dance Company performs their Christmas show at Barking Legs on December 19th, 20th & 21st, it won't be a typical Nutcracker ballet.  WEAVE blends eclectic dance styles: Contemporary-Funk, Abnormal Ballet, Hip Hop and more.  Shows are at 7:30 pm on the 19th and 20th  and at 2:30 pm on the 21st.  Tickets are available here.

The company also offers classes for amateur and professional dancers, ages 8 and up.

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4:51pm

Tue December 16, 2014
History Makers

The Impressions Are Still Singing, Still Recording in their 80's

This Youtube video shows The Impressions performing in 1963.
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When Chattanooga natives Fred Cash and Sam Gooden were still just teenagers they joined Curtis Mayfield to form The Impressions. The Impressions went on to become one of the most successful groups of the era. Between 1958 and 1975 they had a string of Top Ten hits including “I’m So Proud”, “Gypsy Woman” and “Amen.”

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11:45am

Mon December 15, 2014
Books

'Project Keepsake' Collects Life Stories

Project Keepsake is both a book and a Web site that collects stories about special objects--family heirlooms, old cookware, antique musical instruments, toys and other things people save.  Dozens of area writers, both professionals and amateurs, have participated in the project.  Many of the stories are poignant tales about significant life events or family members who have passed on. 

The book contains 55 stories, many from members of the Chattanooga Writers' Guild.

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1:29pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Happenings

The Civil Air Patrol Places Wreaths at Chattanooga National Cemetery

Credit Civil Air Patrol

Wreaths Across America honors fallen heroes by placing holiday wreaths on graves at National Cemeteries and locations world wide. 

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1:14pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Community

Neediest Cases Program Helps All Year Long

The United Way of Greater Chattanooga partnered with the Chattanooga Times Free Press again this year to help in the distribution of funds collected through Neediest Cases donations. 

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12:49pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Education

Step-Up to Raise Awareness of Abuse and Violent Behavior

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is beginning training on a new program to the campus.  Step-Up is  a national program that provides strategies to help address abusive and violent behavior. 

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12:21pm

Thu December 11, 2014
Happenings

Family Holiday Experiences are Happening Both Inside and on Top of Lookout Mountain

Rock City's Enchanted Garden of Lights is celebrating 20 years of lighting up the top of Lookout Mountain and Ruby Falls is opening a portion of the caverns rarely seen with their new Christmas Underground.

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11:43am

Thu December 11, 2014
Happenings

Choral Arts of Chattanooga Presents 'Wonderful Peace' Holiday Concert 12/13

Choral Arts of Chattanooga will perform a holiday concert on December 13th at First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  Michael Devine, the group's new artistic director, joins us for a conversation about the concert and about his background.  As a child, he was one of a small number of Americans to be part of the world-famous Vienna Boys' Choir.

From the Choral Arts Facebook page:

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11:21am

Wed December 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

Non-Verbal & Non-Linear, Jill Burton’s Singing Creates Spontaneous Soundscapes

In this Youtube video, Jill Burton performs at the Highwire Gallery in Philadelphia in 2013.
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Jill Burton has been active as a free, improvisational vocalist and dancer for more than 30 years.  In the 1980's, she lived in New York and was part of the experimental music, dance and performance art scene.  She's collaborated with many avant-garde musicians, including Davey Williams, LaDonna Smith, and David First.  She’s performed in Chattanooga several times at events curated by the Shaking Ray Levi Society.

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2:23pm

Tue December 9, 2014
Start It Up!

WUTC's Newest Show Focuses on Entrepreneurialism in Chattanooga

Monty Bruell hosts Start It Up. The show is produced by Bruell and Susanne Burnham.

You’ve probably noticed we’ve added a new show in the Around and About timeslot on Fridays. Called Start It Up, it focuses on the nuts and bolt of starting a business. But when Richard Winham talked to the show’s host Monty Bruell, he told him that while the show’s focus is mostly on the process of starting a business, it’s also about ideas.

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4:53pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Happenings

Hunter Museum Features Holiday Tree Tradition + NY Times Photo Exhibit

The Hunter Museum of American Art's Chief Curator Nandini Makrandi and the Director of Communications Hannah Legg join us to discuss two highlights currently at the museum: the New York Times Magazine Photographs exhibit and the Holidays at the Hunter trees.  Decorated by local small businesses and nonprofits, the trees

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11:00am

Thu December 4, 2014
Arts & Culture

'A Christmas Story, The Musical' Adds New Depth to Beloved Characters

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is performing A Christmas Story, The Musical from December 5th to December 23rd.  CTC Executive Director George Quick and Youth Theatre Director Scott Dunlap (who is directing this show) join us to discuss how the musical compares to the classic 1983 film A Christmas Story.  The musical gives expanded roles and new depth to some of the film's characters, such as Ralphie Parker's mother.

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10:57am

Thu December 4, 2014
Education

Polar Biologist Discusses Effects of Climate Change on Polar Regions

Dr. Jim McClintock has spent so much time studying life in Antarctica that they named McClintock Point in his honor. 

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3:06pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Happenings

Houston Museum Invites Public to Celebrate Christmas with Authentic English Afternoon Tea 12/7

On December 7 from 1 to 4 pm, The Houston Museum is hosting an English tea to celebrate the Christmas holidays. As they did last year, they are partnering with Denise Sarjant, an English lady from Birmingham, who makes authentic English teas year- round as Tea M’Lady. Richard Winham talked to Mrs. Sarjant who began by explaining the correct way to brew a cup of tea.

From the museum's Web site:

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1:23pm

Mon December 1, 2014
Happenings

Holiday Lights Brighten the Chattanooga Zoo

The Chattanooga Zoo is celebrating the holidays in style with evening strolls through holiday lights, half price Wednesdays, and a special wish list for the animals. 

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Podcasts

  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:00am
    Blake Blum is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior interning with WUTC. She's also a huge fan of K-pop, a genre of music originating in South Korea.
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014 12:00am
    The musical version of the classic film offers expanded roles and more depth for some of the characters.
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:00am
    Pulitzer-Prize winning historian James M. McPherson joins us to discuss his new book Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief, which re-examines the legacy of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
  • Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00am
    Drew Magary's novel The Postmortal explores what might happen if scientists discovered a cure for aging.
  • Monday, November 10, 2014 12:00am
    Kerry Howley teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and she's written articles and essays for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Reason and The Atlantic. Her debut book, Thrown, is literary nonfiction about mixed martial arts fighting, philosophy and a search for transcendence.