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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The largest philanthropic gift in the history of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has been made to the University’s College of Business by Gary W. Rollins and Kathleen Rollins of Atlanta.

Read more at UTC’s news blog.

Sybil Baker’s While You Were Gone is the story of three sisters dealing with their father's death and uncovering secrets about him and other relatives who have passed away. They grow up in a large house on beautiful Missionary Ridge overlooking Chattanooga, and their extended family is part of the city's upper class. But the sisters feel shunned, and slowly learn why their family is fractured.

This Saturday, June 23rd, The Chattanooga Readers and Writers Fair is celebrating writing and reading from 10 am until 4:30 pm in the Chattanooga City Library. Writers will be reading from their work in the auditorium on the main floor, while on the 2nd floor there will be entertainment for the children. There will also be readings on the 4th floor, and vendors will be setting up booths on the 4th floor as well. From 12 noon until 1pm there will be an open mic on the plaza in front of the library along with food vendors for lunch. Richard Winham talked to Sherry Poff from the Chattanooga Writers’ Guild as well as three of the writers –Finn Bille, Dana Shavin and Paul Luikart—who will be at the fair on Saturday.

Austin Kleon visits Chattanooga on Wednesday, June 20th for an event at the Downtown Public Library at 6 pm. Kleon's Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative is the first selection in Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's Books With Berke club, examining themes of creativity, collaboration and changing the world. 

In Tennessee, we're ready to fight for freedom. We're known as as the Volunteer State because of our reputation for military service. But during the past few years' elections, we've been far less willing to get out and vote--our turnout numbers have been among the nation's lowest.

Why? And how does it affect who gets elected?

Shanna Singh Hughey, President of ThinkTennessee, discusses it with us. They're a Nashville-based, nonpartisan think tank studying voting issues, election security, and other challenges in the state.

Chattanooga’s first festival of Black Arts and Ideas starts Thursday and continues through Tuesday, June 19t h— the day known as Juneteenth, the anniversary of African American Emancipation. Over six days the festival will celebrate Black Americans’ contribution to theater, film, and music—concluding with a dramatic reading of the emancipation proclamation on the steps of City Hall. Richard Winham talked to the festival’s organizer, Ricardo Morris.

The Chattanooga area has already produced one Idol finalist. In 2011, a fifteen-year-old girl from Rossville, Georgia auditioned for the American Idol judges:

Lauren Alaina made it all the way to the end of the show's tenth season, finishing in second place overall, which launched her chart-topping county career. 

Why is Ernest Hemingway still so well-known decades after his death, but not his friend/contemporary John Dos Passos?

In this interview, James McGrath Morris, author of the biography The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos, and a Friendship Made and Lost in War, joins us to talk about it.

There’s a new special exhibition at the Hunter Museum of American Art. WUTC’s Will Davis talked to the artist, Karen Lamonte, about her process.

The Rise of the Rest seed fund team stopped in Chattanooga and invited eight local startups to compete for a $100,000 investment. Led by AOL co-founder Steve Case, Rise of the Rest seeks to help businesses rise up in areas outside of Silicon Valley.

Since 2011, the Muse of Fire project has been giving kids between 10 and 12 years old to opportunity to write their own play. For 10 weeks they work with a group of teachers and actors who help them figure out what they want to say and how to say it. At the end of the 10 week session a group of adult actors perform the play in the McCallie School Theater. Everyone is invited.

The downtown branch of the Chattanooga library features a new, 1000-square-foot recording studio with professional software and hardware for recording bands and podcasts. Library card holders can book a 3-hour session with Charles Allison, studio instructor/engineer, and record a project or learn about the art and science of working in a studio.

 The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga’s production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time opens in Barking Legs Theatre on Dodds Avenue on Friday May 18th at 7:30. Richard Winham talked to the director, Garry Posey, and two members of the cast, Kashun Parks and Normand Caissie, all of whom agreed the play presents a unique set of challenges.

 

Nancy Woods Daniel and Robert DeCarlo are two of the painters whose work is represented in the current exhibition in Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway. The two painters are both very sensitive to color and they are both attracted to rural landscapes, but as Richard Winham discovered when he visited the gallery to talk to them last week their paintings are very much a reflection of their personalities.

 

The 6th annual Elizabeth’s Outrun Melanoma 5K and Walk takes place May 12 at Enterprise South Nature Park. Proceeds of the event benefit the Elizabeth R. Smith Melanoma Fund at CHI Memorial, which supports the awareness and prevention of melanoma cancer. WUTC’s Will Davis talked to two people about the event: melanoma survivor Eddie Grant and Dr. Deanna Brown.

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