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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Two of the artists whose work is currently on display at Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway are inspired by the Tennessee River, but their work couldn’t be more different. Susan Parks creates intricate patterns using tiny beads, while Jim Tucker creates expansive renderings of the water and the landscape along the river. Richard Winham talked to Jim Tucker and Susan Parks about their work.  

Emma Bell Miles lived on Walden's Ridge in the early 20th century, writing about nature, Appalachian culture, and the hardships women faced in mountain life.  The new collection The Common Lot and Other Stories is a compilation of her short fiction.

  Tennessee State Senator Jack Johnson has introduced a bill that would allow counselors to turn down potential clients if the client's goals, outcomes, or behavior conflicts with a sincerely held religious belief of the counselor.  Some say the bill is really about allowing counselors to discriminate against gays and lesbians, but Senator Johnson disagrees.

  Jerry Harris was drafted into the army when he was 19 years old in 1968. Within a few months he was in Viet Nam. From the moment he left the plane he was traumatized. Almost immediately he began developing an alter ego, a separate identity he called “Old Jerry.” He spent the rest of the year he was in Viet Nam sublimating his emotions. It’s only in the past decade that’s he been able to talk about his experience in the war.

  WUTC's Baris Gursakal recently became a United States citizen. He recorded his thoughts on the road and during his naturalization process for a piece about the process and meaning of becoming a citizen of the United States. 

"I can finally say that I truly belong to the place I’ve always felt like I belonged," Gursakal says. 

Michael Edward Miller

  Kenyon Wilson, an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, has composed a musical tribute to the four Marines and one sailor who were killed during a July 16, 2015 shooting rampage at a Chattanooga naval reserve center.  Titled Five, it made its Chattanooga premiere on February 20th, 2016 during a performance by high school students playing in the 2016 Tri-State Honor Band.

Tennessee's Inclusionary Zoning Debate Intensifies

Feb 23, 2016

A bill to ban inclusionary zoning mandates, which require housing developers to make a certain number of new units affordable to low-income residents, has been introduced at the Tennessee State Legislature. WUTC’s Baris Gursakal spoke to Glen Casada, the Tennessee State Representative who sponsored the bill, as well as Chattanooga Organized For Action’s Jefferson Hodge, who has the opposite view—Hodge is a local advocate who sees value in inclusionary zoning.  They also spoke about the state of the housing market in Chattanooga.

As Jane Lupton sees it, The Houston Museum in Chattanooga is an “unappreciated treasure.”. Mrs. Lupton has been a volunteer member of the museum’s board for several decades. Along with her friend, Caroline Cavett, she also volunteers her time helping to run the museum dedicated solely to the collection amassed by Mrs. Anna Safley Houston during her remarkable life in the first half of the last century.

   David Epstein joins us to talk about the relationship between genetics and athletic ability.  Epstein is the author of The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance, which became a New York Times bestseller and inspired this TED Talk.  Epstein (and UT Vols coach Phil Fulmer) will be in Chattanooga on February 22nd to give a talk at the Tivoli Theater.

Early voting is already underway, and on today's show, we're speaking with four of the candidates running in the Hamilton County primaries.  Three of them are on the Republican ballot for Criminal Court Judge, Division 2: Boyd Patterson, Tom Greenholtz, and Mike Little.  (There is no Democrat candidate).  We're also speaking with Sterling Jetton, a Republican running for Assessor of Property.

   As part of their South Bound Lectures series, the Southern Lit Alliance is bringing Adrian Matejka to Chattanooga on Wednesday, February 10th.  In this interview, Matejka talks about The Big Smoke, his Pulitzer-nominated (and National Book Award-nominated) collection of poetry about Jack Johnson, the first African-American world heavyweight boxing champion.

The Rock City 4 are one of two barbershop harmony quartets available to sing for your valentine. They will come to his or her place of work or home, sing them a song chosen by you and present them with a rose and a box of chocolates. Richard Winham joined them in the studio as each member of the quartet sang his favorite song.

American Heart Association

February is National Heart Month and Friday February 5th is National Wear Red Day. 

CIA

  So it turns out the U.S. embargo against Cuba isn't a total embargo.  American businesses are allowed to export food, and Tennessee is sending about 1.3 million dollars' worth of chicken leg quarters to the island.

Adelina Bryant joins us to explain why chicken legs from the Volunteer State are so popular in Cuba, and how the state's exports to grow by $100 million if the embargo were lifted.  Bryant is with Engage Cuba, a nonprofit advocacy group that supports doing away with the embargo.

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