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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.

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11:00am

Thu December 4, 2014
Arts & Culture

'A Christmas Story, The Musical' Adds New Depth to Beloved Characters

The Chattanooga Theatre Centre is performing A Christmas Story, The Musical from December 5th to December 23rd.  CTC Executive Director George Quick and Youth Theatre Director Scott Dunlap (who is directing this show) join us to discuss how the musical compares to the classic 1983 film A Christmas Story.  The musical gives expanded roles and new depth to some of the film's characters, such as Ralphie Parker's mother.

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10:57am

Thu December 4, 2014
Education

Polar Biologist Discusses Effects of Climate Change on Polar Regions

Dr. Jim McClintock has spent so much time studying life in Antarctica that they named McClintock Point in his honor. 

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3:06pm

Tue December 2, 2014
Happenings

Houston Museum Invites Public to Celebrate Christmas with Authentic English Afternoon Tea 12/7

On December 7 from 1 to 4 pm, The Houston Museum is hosting an English tea to celebrate the Christmas holidays. As they did last year, they are partnering with Denise Sarjant, an English lady from Birmingham, who makes authentic English teas year- round as Tea M’Lady. Richard Winham talked to Mrs. Sarjant who began by explaining the correct way to brew a cup of tea.

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1:23pm

Mon December 1, 2014
Happenings

Holiday Lights Brighten the Chattanooga Zoo

The Chattanooga Zoo is celebrating the holidays in style with evening strolls through holiday lights, half price Wednesdays, and a special wish list for the animals. 

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12:22pm

Mon December 1, 2014
Happenings

Amani Holiday Sale 12/4 - 12/6 Benefits African Refugees

Amani Ya Juu is a fair trade sewing and economic development program for marginalized women in Africa.  Amani is an international program, and its distribution center is located in here Chattanooga at 420 S.

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12:54pm

Wed November 26, 2014
Happenings

Stretch Your Legs Walking the Stuffing Strut on Thanskgiving

The Stuffing Strut 5K starts 8:00 AM on Thanksgiving morning at Chester Frost Park. 

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9:55am

Wed November 26, 2014
Perspectives

Music News & Views: ‘When I Became Obsessed With K-Pop, I Was A Little Thrown’

K-pop boy-band MBLAQ stars in the fifth season of "Hello Baby," a reality show where small children are loaned to K-pop stars, so the stars can see what it’s like to be parents. Shows like "Hello Baby" are an example of how different the South Korean music industry can be, compared to mainstream American music stardom.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: Blake Blum is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior interning with WUTC.  She’s also a huge fan of K-pop, a genre of music originating in South Korea. “Gangnam Style” is the best-known example of K-pop, but it turns out there’s a lot more to the genre. In this story, Blum explains why K-pop appeals to her, even though she lives about seven thousand miles away from South Korea and doesn’t speak the language that most of the lyrics are sung in. “Believe me, Blum says, “when I became obsessed with K-pop I was a little thrown, too.”

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5:34pm

Tue November 25, 2014
Community

Main Streets Meats Wants to Be a Full Service Butcher Shop and Cafe

Chef Erik Niel and his wife, Amanda, have been running Easy Bistro on Broad Street in Chattanooga for  ten years. Now they are ready for a new venture, and so Erik and Amanda Niel have become partners in an old fashioned stand-alone butcher shop on Main Street in Chattanooga—Main Street Meats. When Richard Winham talked to Chef Niel about their new venture he told him he’d always wanted to work with animals.

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11:54am

Mon November 24, 2014
Happenings

Mainx24: All Day, All Night Southside Festival Features 100+ Events

Monica and Adam Kinsey join us for an overview of Mainx24, an annual festival that takes place on Chattanooga's Southside every December.  This year's Mainx24 will feature twenty-four hours of activities such as musical performances, open houses, an Art Bike Rodeo, a parade, art exhibits, a silent disco, and special offerings for children.  It starts the morning of December 6th.  More information is on Facebook and at the

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11:35am

Thu November 20, 2014
Best New Read

Author Interview: James McPherson Takes a New Look at an ‘Embattled Rebel’

Pulitzer-Prize winning historian James M. McPherson joins us to discuss his new book Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief, which re-examines the legacy of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.  In this extended interview, McPherson also talks about historical preservation and the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park.

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1:35pm

Wed November 19, 2014
Community

Recommended For Some Smokers, CT Scans Could Detect Lung Cancer Early

Chattanooga radiologist Dr. Trey Carr joins us to discuss low-dose CT lung scans, which are recommended for some smokers.  Such tests can detect lung cancer before a smoker experiences any outward symptoms.  In this interview, Dr. Carr discusses who should consider having such a test done, and how these quick, painless, non-invasive tests work.

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2:40pm

Tue November 18, 2014
Education

PEF's 'Project Inspire' Trains Professionals to Teach in TN's At-Risk Schools

The Public Education Foundation's Project Inspire is a federally-funded program training math and science professionals to teach in some of the lowest-performing middle and high schools in Tennessee. In this interview, WUTC's Richard Winham is speaking with Mark Neal—the Services Director for Project Inspire—and Tadd Russell, a first year teacher in the program. Mr.

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1:03pm

Tue November 18, 2014
Happenings

Grateful Gobbler Benefits the Shelter for Homeless Families

The 15th annual Grateful Gobbler 5K starts 8:00 AM on Thanksgiving Day, November 27th at Coolidge Park. 

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10:26am

Tue November 18, 2014
Community

66 Year Old Fitness Instructor Battles Cancer And Keeps Teaching

Roseann Grandy has been teaching fitness classes for more than 36 years.
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Roseann Grandy has been a fitness instructor for 36 years and continues to teach while she is battling cancer.

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11:27am

Mon November 17, 2014
Community

VITA Program Provides Free Tax Preparation Assistance

The Urban League's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program prepares Federal and State Tax Returns for families with low and moderate incomes, and there is no cost for the assistance.

"The VITA program saves the taxpayer on an average $250 in tax preparation fees," says Val Palmer, Area Coordinator of the VITA Program.  It returns $1.2 million in federal tax dollars to the local community, according to Palmer.

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