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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11:44am

Fri March 21, 2014
Pets

Behold, Bones Made From Beer Bran

Barley Bones, a Chattanooga company, crafts dog treats from the spent barley waste of local beer breweries.
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Ben Whitelaw was a brewer at Big River, the brew pub in downtown Chattanooga, when he first conceived a business making and selling dog treats. He was in the habit of taking his dog to work with him on the weekends. As soon as they got there the little dog made a beeline for the spent grain scattered all over the floor of the grain room. Other dogs are equally attracted to the grain left over during the process of brewing beer.

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2:47pm

Thu March 20, 2014
Happenings

Closed Door Entertainment Performs 'Titanic' (the Musical) 4/11 & 4/12

Closed Door Entertainment is performing the musical Titanic, which features an ensemble cast, an elaborate set and Tony Award-winning songs.  Although the musical premiered on Broadway in 1997, the same year as James Cameron's film, the musical is not related to the film.  Unlike the film, the musical focuses on real, historical people who boarded the doomed ship.

This segment features excerpts from the songs and a conversation with cast members.

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10:17am

Thu March 20, 2014
Happenings

Walk a Mile for A Smile To Remember 4/5

"A Smile To Remember" is a walk for Ovarian Cancer Awareness on Saturday, April 5, 2014 beginning at 9:00 AM at the 1st Presbyterian Church located at McCallie Avenue and Douglas Street. 

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2:54pm

Wed March 19, 2014
Arts & Culture

East Brainerd 'Backlot' Provides Meeting Space, Networking for Filmmakers

Do you dream about being on stage, or in front of a camera?   What about being involved with sound or lighting aspects of a film?

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10:32am

Wed March 19, 2014
Arts & Culture

Local Author Adds Southern Humor to Mystery Crime Series

Gretchen Archer, Author of the Davis Way Crime Caper Series.
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Gretchen Archer starts her day on Lookout Mountain well before sunrise, putting words to paper that will eventually become the next book in the Davis Way Crime Caper Series

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4:30pm

Tue March 18, 2014
Happenings

Yoga Instruction Classes Start Soon at Sports Barn

The Chattanooga Yoga School is offering an intensive course for people who want to be become certified yoga teachers. Offered over nine weekends between April and September, the classes, held at The Sports Barn here in Chattanooga, focus on the practice as well as the philosophy of yoga. Richard Winham talked to Madia Swicord, one of the co-directors of the school.

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10:05am

Tue March 18, 2014
Happenings

Wearable Art is Focus of Fiber Works at the Museum Center at 5 Points in Cleveland

Blue Diamonds handwoven shibori vest by Dianne Totten, one of the fiber artists at Fiber Works.
Credit Dianne Totten Handwovens

Fiber Works Fashion Show and Market will showcase hand made wearable art from regional fiber artists at the Museum Center at 5 Points in Cleveland Tennessee on Saturday March 29th. 

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11:10am

Mon March 17, 2014
Happenings

'Live Well with a Better Memory' Event Coming up 3/25

Tracy Dougherty, speech language pathologist, will teach simple strategies to assist with memory in everyday life on 3/25 at 5:30 p.m. at Life Care Center of Hixson.  RSVPs are requested.  The event & dinner are free.

WUTC's Mark Colbert has this conversation with Dougherty.

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10:02am

Mon March 17, 2014
Community

Young Entrepreneur Opens Her Business In The Howard School

Deshel Hambrick is collecting dresses for the prom with the Cinderella Event hosted by her business, 4 Ever Young.
Credit LAUNCH Chattanooga

High school senior Deshel Hambrick opened her business last week with funds she won in a competition after completing a High School entrepreneur program with LAUNCH Chattanooga

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10:44am

Fri March 14, 2014
Community

Would You Like To Make a Book? Dombrowski Hosting 'Artist Books' Events 3/14 & 15

What is a book? Most of us would have a ready answer for that question, but Chattanooga artist Bob Dombrowski wants to complicate it. In the past thirty years he has created more than 100 “artist books.” Simply put, an artist’s book is whatever the artist decides it is.

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9:43am

Fri March 14, 2014
Pediatric Health Series

Local Infant Mortality Rates Decrease, But African-Americans Still Disproportionately Affected

According to the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley, our region's children are among the unhealthiest in Tennessee and the nation.  One reason for that is our high rate of infant mortality.  In this feature news segment, Michael Edward Miller reports that infant mortality has improved over the last few years, but there are still challenges, particularly for African-Americans.  This is true both in Hamilton County and around the nat

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8:03pm

Thu March 13, 2014
Health

Ask the Doc: Should I Eat Backwards?

Many of us eat according to a predictable pattern: something small and quick for breakfast (because we're in a hurry), something moderate for lunch, and a large dinner.  But Dr. Danielle Mitchell recommends turning that pattern backwards, and eating the most calories at breakfast.

Dr. Mitchell founded the Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health.  She joins WUTC's Michael Edward Miller to talk about eating and exercise in this interview, part of our regular "Ask the Doc" series.

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9:34am

Thu March 13, 2014
Community

Poison Prevention Is Up To You

Credit Tennessee Poison Center

The number one cause of injury deaths in the state of Tennessee is poison.  National Poison Prevention Week provides an opportunity to remind communities about what you can do to reduce accidental poisoning. 

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11:17am

Wed March 12, 2014
Happenings

Ocowassee Festival Features Dozens of Free Outdoor Activities 3/28 – 3/30

The first-ever Ocowassee Festival starts March 28th and offers a wide selection of free, family-friendly outdoor activities such as mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, bird watching, orienteering and more.  In this interview, WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller discusses festival highlights with Tennessee State Park Ranger Angelo Giansante from the Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park.

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10:05am

Wed March 12, 2014
Happenings

Chattanooga Autism Center Hosts Conference, Invites Public to Awareness Day Event

Credit Chattanooga Autism Center

April is Autism Awareness Month, and the Chattanooga Autism Center has two events planned: one will take place on Awareness Day, April 2nd, at Miller Plaza.  The other is a conference on April 4th at the Chattanooga Convention Center. 

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Podcasts

  • Friday, April 11, 2014 12:00am
    Laura Johnston Kohl was a member of the People's Temple in 1978 when Jim Jones led more than 900 people to commit mass suicide. In this extended interview, WUTC's Richard Winham speaks with Kohl about getting involved in the group, surviving the massacre, rebuilding her life afterward, and why she says the United States is a country of cults today.
  • Monday, April 7, 2014 12:00am
    Pediatricians and community leaders have formed a new group called the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley, which is working on a strategic plan for long-term solutions to pediatric healthcare problems.
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00am
    Tennessee has about 890,000 residents who are uninsured and eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to Bill Corr, Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Corr speaks with WUTC's Michael Edward Miller in this segment.
  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:00am
    We have a special mystery guest on Around and About. You may not know his name, but you'll know his voice.
  • Friday, March 7, 2014 12:00am
    Chattanooga native Bill Dedman co-authored the New Yorks Times #1 Bestseller "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune." Dedman will be in Chattanooga 3/11/14 for a book signing.