Around and About Chattanooga

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Originating as a Chattanooga, Tennessee public radio show, Around and About Chattanooga features news, interviews, and arts coverage. In particular, the show covers human-interest stories, Southern literature and discussion of current events. Some guests are Chattanooga residents; others are national authors, experts and celebrities. The show is broadcast Mondays & Wednesdays on WUTC NPR 88.1 FM, and more information is at www.wutc.org.

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Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher described the bus crash that killed five Chattanooga elementary school students as "every public safety professional’s worst nightmare." Police arrested the driver, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, and charged him with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and other offenses. Authorities say one kindergartner, one first-grader, and three fourth-graders from Woodmore Elementary died. According to the arrest affidavit, Walker was speeding well...

Chattanooga is in mourning after a bus crash claimed the lives of five elementary school children. A dozen remain hospitalized; six in critical condition. The accident happened on Talley Road, less than a mile from Woodmore Elementary, while children were traveling home. Thirty-seven children were on the bus at the time of the crash. The driver, 24-year-old Johnthony Walker, is in custody and charged with vehicular homicide, reckless driving, and reckless endangerment. Speeding is being...

Kahmesha Herring, a volunteer with the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee, joins us to talk about their fundraiser coming up Saturday, which includes a chance for kids of all ages to dress up in animal costumes and walk through Warner Park. More information is here: http://www.epilepsy-setn.org/events/fun-walk-to-fight-epilepsy/

You may have noticed that lately Chattanooga looks like a dystopian movie, with plumes of thick smoke looming over the city and people wearing face masks. But it isn’t the end of the world. Just fallout from local wildfires. We spoke Dr. Pamela Sud, a pulmonologist at CHI Memorial, about the nearly 100 patients the hospital has treated for smoke-related breathing problems. Another local hospital, Erlanger, has treated more than a hundred as well.

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick nerds out about the power music has to affect the quality of life. She is the Executive Director of Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc . She joins us today to talk about how music is an ancient language that can help patients suffering from autism, PTSD, and Parkinson's disease. MTGIC has a free concert, Quartet for the End of Time , coming up November 18th, and Dr. Summa-Chadwick is also telling us composer Oliver Messiaen had a neurological disorder, synesthesia, and composed the quartet while being held captive as a POW during World War II.

Governor Bill Haslam created Insure Tennessee to help 280,000 low-income residents in the state get health insurance. But a small group of Republican lawmakers in the state Senate Health Committee killed the plan before it got off the ground, which inspired the creation of Women for Tennessee's Future, an organization opposing Republicans by grooming female Democratic candidates to run for office. The organization backed two locals: State Senate District 10 candidate Khristy Wilkinson and...

Wearing a "Make American Great Again" hat and dancing at the Hamilton County GOP election night party, local resident Matthew Huckabee described Donald Trump by using an odd but affectionate phrase: "He is what he is," Huckabee said, musing about Trump's sometimes-abrasive personality. "He's a monster of his own. But a monster for the American people." U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican incumbent from Tennessee who won re-election on the same night Donald Trump won the electoral...

WUTC has been interviewing Hamilton County major party candidates ahead of Tuesday's vote. On this episode of Around and About Chattanooga, we hear excerpts from our conversations with Melody Shekari, Chuck Fleischmann, Khristy Wilkinson, and Todd Gardenhire. Extended interviews, transcripts, and conversations with more candidates are here.

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The Library , a play by Scott Burns, now at the Chattanooga Theatre Center in the Circle Theater, looks at the aftermath of a school shooting, the shattered lives of the survivors, and the sometimes conflicting stories they tell. Richard Winham talked to the play’s director, Scott Dunlap.

The 2016 Head of the Hooch Regatta will bring thousands of competitors and spectators to the downtown Chattanooga riverfront, and is expected to have a 5 million dollar economic impact on the city. Organizer Paul Gaigelas joins us to preview the boat race. WUTC SPECIAL BROADCAST: Tune in on Saturday, November 5th at 1 to 2 pm for a live remote from the waterfront.

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When he's not writing bestselling books like When You Are Engulfed in Flames and Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, or reading essays on NPR , David Sedaris is walking alongside roads in England, picking up cans and candy bar wrappers and trash. Nobody asks him to do it, and nobody pays him--he's simply obsessed with picking up litter. In this interview, he explains how that obsession inspired the title of his next book, Theft By Finding. He also talks about the oddball inscriptions that...

In The Hidden Brain, NPR's Shankar Vedantam uses science and storytelling to unearth patterns, biases, and triggers that drive human behavior. He is speaking with us about the new season of the podcast and what illuminating topics listeners can anticipate. The new season includes a series exploring issues on the minds of voters during the political season; specifically, a nuanced and surprising discussion about immigration and how immigrants who've been settled in the United States for twenty...

Leslie Jordan, a Chattanooga native and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga alumnus, won an Emmy in 2006 for his role on Will & Grace. He's also appeared on Desperate Housewives , Boston Legal and American Horror Story. He's also a writer/performer. His one-man stage show My Trip Down The Pink Carpet , produced by his friend Lily Tomlin, is a hilarious and sometimes poignant glimpse into his life--growing up gay and Southern Baptist and all the conflicts (and eventual acceptance) he...

Guy Raz hosts two popular NPR podcasts: the TED Radio Hour , which launched in 2012, and How I Built This , a new one focusing on entrepreneurship. Both are very high on the iTunes charts right now. He joins us to explain why he started this new one, some of his favorite podcasts, and why he believes NPR produces so many of the best podcasts.

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