Around and About Chattanooga

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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.

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Harrison Scott Key's debut memoir The World's Largest Man is the funniest book I've read all year. Throughout his rural Mississippi childhood, he tried to make his father happy by accompanying the man on hunting trips and to other outdoor activities. But Key was more interested in reading than in hunting, and he and his father never seemed to understand him.

  On July 16, 2015, a homegrown terrorist attacked a recruiting office and a Navy Operational Support Center here in the Scenic City. Four Marines and one sailor were murdered. In the aftermath, the city united, with local residents visiting the attack sites and building makeshift memorials. The phrase #NoogaStrong appeared all over social media and T-shirts, a way for residents to express solidarity and sympathy for the heroes who died.

  Closed Door Entertainment is performing Ghost, The Musical at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga May 13 - 15. CDE Founding Director J.C. Smith and cast member Jonathan Wilson join us to talk about the show.

 

Renel Plouffe and Meredith Burns are two of the artists whose work is featured in the current exhibition in Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway. When WUTC's Richard Winham visited the gallery to talk to the two artists, he discovered that they already knew each other, so rather than pose questions, he sat with them and listened as they talked to each other about their work.

  Bob Boilen, the host and producer for NPR’s All Songs Considered as well as the popular Tiny Desk Concerts, has put together Your Song Changed My Life, a printed collection of some of the many interviews he has conducted with musicians in the nearly thirty years he has worked at NPR. He talked to WUTC's Richard Winham.

  Veteran Nashville songwriters Don Goodman and Steve Dean come down to Chattanooga every Wednesday to meet with a group of veterans in a counseling session called Operation Song. The songwriters listen to the veterans talk about their experiences in a war zone and then they distil their experiences into a song. This song, called “I Fought A Battle,” tells the story of Joe Engle, a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and his wife Kayla who faced equally devastating challenges of her own at home.  

The nonprofit organization SoundCorps will hold auditions this weekend for the Sidewalk Stages performance series. Stratton Tingle, the Executive Director of SoundCorps, joins us for an interview. The registration deadline is April 21 at 5 p.m.

From a media release:

  Claire Vaye Watkins won two major literary prizes for her 2012 debut Battleborn, a collection of short stories rich with details of desert life in her home state of Nevada.

Dimitris Kalogeropoylos / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

  

  When heroin users overdose, it's often a fatal situation. An antidote called Narcan (also called naloxone) is able to reverse the effects of an overdose. Because of new regulations, Narcan should be fairly easy to obtain in Tennessee, but as WUTC's Baris Gusakal found out, that's not always the case--even though heroin use is reaching epidemic proportions.

The 9th annual Chocolate Fling is on Sunday April 24, 2016 at the Chattanoogan Hotel.

  Chattanooga native Dennis Haskins may be American's best-loved principal. Or, more specifically, Haskins's portrayal of Mr. Belding may be. Haskins played the character for more than a decade on Saved By The Bell and its spin-offs.

    Dr. Rhea Seddon joins us to talk about what it was like to be one of NASA's first female astronauts. A Murfreesboro, Tennessee native, she was a medical resident who applied to NASA on a whim after hearing the organization was searching for women to join the space program. She was accepted, launched into orbit to conduct medical experiments, and found a family; she and her husband Hoot Gibson were the first married astronaut couple, and Dr. Seddon gave birth to the world's first "astrotot."

  UTC's Elder Scholars is a group of people 55 and older who meet on the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus once a month to learn about almost anything. Richard Winham talked to Jane Elmore, the co-chairperson fro the group, who told him that the older she gets, the better it gets.

  WUTC made history at the 2016 Chattanooga Film Festival with our first ever live remote, and that wasn't the only connection between WUTC 88.1 FM and the 4-day extravaganza.

Festival Director Chris Dortch and his father Chris Dortch Sr. host Connect The Dots, which airs the second Sunday of every month on WUTC, and Nooga.com journalist Josh Pickard, who joined us live, co-hosts Please Be Quiet Please, which airs every Saturday at 8 p.m.

The Money School is a free financial education day organized by Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise featuring financial professionals and nonprofits from around Chattanooga. This Saturday, April 9th, there will be 30 seminars for anyone over 13 years old on topics ranging from money management, budgeting and retirement planning to paying for college. Richard Winham talked to Jennifer Holder from Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise.

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