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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8:36am

Fri September 20, 2013
Photo Mystery

Do You Recognize this Couple?

Fifty-eight years ago, a Swiss photographer, Robert Frank, visited Chattanooga and photographed people going about their daily business downtown. He took fascinating snapshots of everyday life in 1955. But much more fascinating, at least for local photojournalist Billy Weeks, is that Frank failed to get any information about the people he photographed.

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11:10am

Thu September 19, 2013
Happenings

Annual 'Wine Over Water' Festival Taking Place on Walnut Bridge Sept 28

An interview with Ann Gray, Executive Director of Cornerstones

Have a taste for Goat White wine? Or Simply Naked Pinot Noir? Then you might consider the Wine Over Water Festival

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10:00am

Thu September 19, 2013
Happenings

Music and Magic on the Mountain at Hodgepodge 10/5 & 10/6

The 41st annual Fall Hodgepodge at the Signal Mountain Town Hall is Saturday October 5th from 9:00 to 6:00 and Sunday October 6th from 11:00 to 6:00. 

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5:23pm

Wed September 18, 2013
Happenings

Ninth Annual Go!Fest is Saturday, September 23rd at Chattanooga Zoo

Go!Fest is an annual celebration for everyone. Too often people with disabilities are left out of the party because it’s assumed they can’t or won’t fit in. But as anyone who has attended Go!Fest for the past eight years can attest, that’s all wrong. Most people with a disability—physical or intellectual—want nothing more than to be treated just like anybody else.
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10:02am

Wed September 18, 2013
Happenings

Events Planned Starting 9/21 For Tennessee River Rescue's 25th Anniversary

Boaters help gather trash at the Tennessee River Rescue.
Credit Tennessee River Rescue

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Tennessee River Rescue organizers will host an art contest, throw a party, and expect more volunteers than ever to help clean up the Tennessee River and its watershed. 

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3:56pm

Tue September 17, 2013
Southern Lit

Gilmore Weaves Compelling Tale of Small-Town Seamstresses in ‘The Funeral Dress’

Random House recently published a new novel from Southern author (and Chattanooga resident) Susan Gregg Gilmore. She won acclaim for her first two novels, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen and The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove.   The Funeral Dress is inspired by real seamstresses who worked at a Dunlap shirt factory in the 1970s.

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9:56am

Tue September 17, 2013
Happenings

Inaugural TasteBuds Tour Offers Farm Visits 9/22 & 9/23

On September 22nd and 23rd, the first-ever TasteBuds Farm Tour will offer a chance to meet local farmers and get a personal tour of some of the places Chattanooga-area food is grown. 

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3:21pm

Mon September 16, 2013
Let's Talk About the Weather

Climate Change: Did Paul Say It Would Be Like This?

WRCB-TV weatherman Paul Barys joins WUTC's Richard Winham for an extended chat about climate change and other topics relevant to Barys's long career. Barys is the longest-serving television meteorologist in Chattanooga. He started at WRCB in 1985, and "Paul said it would be like this" has become an oft-repeated phrase around town, a testament to his accuracy in predicting the weather.

10:16am

Mon September 16, 2013
Happenings

Tennessee Aquarium Hosts 'Decapod Duel'

Chef Virginia Willis
Credit Scott M. Porush

Serve and Protect is the sustainable seafood program at the Tennessee Aquarium, encouraging people to eat seafood that has been harvested sustainably. As part of Serve and Protect, celebrity chef Virginia Willis will participate in the "Decapod Duel," a cook-off involving shrimp and crayfish on Thursday, September 19th.

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5:12pm

Fri September 13, 2013
Books

The 'Color of Christ' and The Civil War: A Conversation With Edward J. Blum

An interview with Edward Blum.

Publisher's Weekly named The Color of Christ as one of the best religion books of 2012.  

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9:36am

Thu September 12, 2013
Dark Crime Wanted

New Chattanooga Book Imprint Focuses on Noir Genre

An interview with Tennessee Noir publisher Pamela Alexander

 The imprint is called Tennessee Noir.

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12:54pm

Wed September 11, 2013
Community

Chattanooga Neighborhood Association Council Prepares For Meeting With Mayor

An interview with Helen Burns Sharp of the CNAC

  The Chattanooga Neighborhood Association Council is a group which tries to unite and represent all of the neighborhoods in the city. 

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10:07am

Tue September 10, 2013
Happenings

Racing to Eliminate Breast Cancer

The 14th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is Sunday, September 29th at Finley Stadium starting at 2:00 PM. 

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2:23pm

Mon September 9, 2013
Arts & Culture

Chattanooga Artists Create Animal Art, Pet Portraits for Reflections Gallery

  Opening September 12th and showing through October 24th, the new Reflections Gallery exhibit features farm animals, wild animals and household animals.  Patrons can even commission portraits of their cats, dogs and other pets.  Reflections Gallery is located at 6922 Lee Highway.

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5:04pm

Fri September 6, 2013
Community

Chattanooga's Center for Mindful Living Hosts Open House Sunday, September 8th

The Center for Mindful Living, a non-profit center dedicated to teaching and supporting mindful practices, is hosting an open house on Sunday, September 8th from 3 until 5. In a press release from the center, mindfulness is summarized as “the practice of being present and accepting ourselves and others without judgment or fear.”

The 4000 square foot facility is divided into four offices as well as open spaces including a meditation and contemplation room with an adjacent outdoor garden, as well as an education studio, a library and a kitchen.

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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.