Around and About Chattanooga

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Around and About is a Chattanooga, Tennessee public radio show featuring news, interviews, and arts coverage. The show's host and reporters cover human-interest stories, Southern literature and current events & issues affecting the Tennessee Valley. 

Many guests are Chattanooga residents; others are national authors, experts and celebrities speaking on topics relevant to our community. The show is broadcast Wednesdays on WUTC NPR 88.1 FM, and the podcast is available here.

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For the past six years, Muse of Fire has been taking plays written by 10 – 12 year old budding playwrights and staging them with a repertory group of adult actors. Richard Winham talked to some of the playwrights and the actors about the newest batch of plays they will be performing in the McCallie School Theatre this weekend.

Southern author Janie Dempsey Watts has written two novels: Moon Over Taylor's Ridge​ and Return to Taylor's Crossing. Both were set in North Georgia, the area where she resides. But she’s also spent decades in California and traveled globally. Her newest work is a collection of short stories, Mothers, Sons, Beloveds, and Other Strangers​, and the collection is divided, geographically, into three sections: stories set in the South, stories set in California, and stories in Europe.

This Saturday, Chattanooga’s annual Southside showcase, Mainx24, kicks off early in the morning and continues for 24 hours straight. Richard Winham talked to Kelly Allan, one of the organizers, who told him that while the board oversees the event, it is truly curated by the community .

Friday, December 1st is World AIDS Day, a day to reflect on the impact of HIV and AIDS and memorialize those we lost to the virus. This year, an event will take place at the Waterhouse Pavilion in Miller Plaza.

WUTC’s Will Davis spoke to the keynote speaker, Jeanne White-Ginder.

Her son Ryan White was one of the first children with hemophilia to be diagnosed with AIDS back in the early 1980s.

This time last year EsDEX, a local charitable organization, organized a clothing and blanket drive for Chattanooga’s homeless. They invited people to drop off winter clothes and blankets through the month leading up to Christmas. A few days before Christmas the four partners in EsDEX and a group of volunteers packaged the donations as gifts and handed them out to the homeless on the street. It was so successful they want to expand it this year. Erwin Davis, one of the partners in EsDEX, talked to Richard Winham about their plans.

Experiential learning is learning through experiences outside of the traditional classroom. WUTC’s Will Davis speaks with Ashley Ewald, a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga graduate student who spent her summer very far outside of the classroom, teaching yoga to prisoners. 

Democrats in Hamilton County, Tennessee sound energized as they look ahead to next year’s elections, and former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a potential candidate for Governor, won a straw poll at the Hamilton County Democrats' annual fundraiser .

This Saturday, Chattanooga will have its first all day Hip Hop Festival featuring music, an open-air market, a sneaker expo and a range of classes covering everything from the history of hip hop to music production and a hip hop dance class. Hip Hop Cha, the organizers of the festival, have been in Chattanooga for less than a year. Headed by Cameron Williams, their goal, he told Richard Winham, is to bring everyone in the Chattanooga Hip Hop Community together for a day long showcase.

 

What’s a “bubble brunch?” We saw the posters and we wanted to know more so Richard Winham invited toe organizers to come into the studio to talk about their first brunch set for this Saturday, November 11th.

London native Richard Winham hosts WUTC’s afternoon music program each weekday from 2 to 4 pm. October marked a special anniversary: 30 years on the air with us, playing a mix of national and local artists. He frequently invites local artists to perform live on his show, and some of them say he launced their careers. In this story, we hear how some of those artists paid tribute with a musical celebration at Barking Legs Theater.

October 31st marked the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther publishing his objections to the Roman Catholic Church's theology, an act that led to the Protestant Reformation. In this feature, we hear how Chattanooga clergy are marking the occasion: with hymns and reflections on the Reformation's continued relevance.

The 25th annual Symposium on the 19th Century Press, the Civil War, and Free Expression takes place in Chattanooga this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Here’s WUTC’s Will Davis talking with David Sachsman about this year’s program. 

The fifth annual Stuffing Strut is a change from previous years. The 5K run/walk used to take place Thanksgiving morning. This year, it will happen Nov. 18 at 8:30 AM at Chester Frost Park. Marketing Chair Amy Katcher joins us to talk about the organizations that will benefit.

For the past eight years, the Public Education Foundation of Chattanooga has been offering professional people with an undergraduate degree in Math, Science or Engineering an opportunity to teach in a Secondary School classroom while at the same time earning a graduate degree in education in fourteen months. The object of the program is to recruit dedicated teachers to work in disadvantaged schools in Chattanooga.

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