Around and About Chattanooga

Weekdays, 10am - 10:30am & 8pm - 8:30pm

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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5:25pm

Fri December 20, 2013
Happy Birthday, Ruby Falls

Millions Have Made the Underground Journey, But Lambert Did It First

Ruby Falls, inside Lookout Mountain, in Chattanooga, Tennessee
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In 1928, cave explorer Leo Lambert went on a long journey underground... so long that his wife thought he might have died.  He was gone so long because he'd discovered something unexpected: a waterfall inside Lookout Mountain.

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11:11am

Thu December 19, 2013
Happenings

Centerstone Offers Training for Potential Therapeutic Foster Homes

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Classes for the Parents as Tender Healers (PATH) program with Centerstone begin January 23, 2014.

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11:00am

Thu December 19, 2013
Finding the Data

Chattanooga Moves Forward With Data-Driven Innovation

A team of the nation's most talented web designers, coders, and technologists is coming to Chattanooga to improve city services in the digital 21st century.  

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12:46pm

Wed December 18, 2013
Happenings

TN Aquarium's Twist on 12 Days of Christmas: 'Yuletide Fishtivities' Starts 12/26

The Tennessee Aquarium's Yuletide Fishtivities begin after the Christmas holiday and last until January 6th.  WUTC's Mark Colbert reports.

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10:26am

Tue December 17, 2013
Arts & Culture

Tattoo An Artistic Expression

Jennifer Edge
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Jennifer Edge is truly passionate about art and enjoys her profession as a tattoo artist.  Edge joined Dan Siviter and Lynn Buckner to open Main Line Ink, a tattoo parlor at 317 East Main Street, Chattanooga. 

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11:36am

Mon December 16, 2013
Happenings

River Gorge Explorer's Winter Wildlife Cruise Launches 12/28

The cruise will provide passengers a chance to see Bald Eagles in East Tennessee.  WUTC's Mark Colbert speaks with the captain of the River Gorge Explorer.

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11:17am

Mon December 16, 2013
Storyteller Series

Peyton Miller Recalls A 'Failed Existential Moment'

Chattanooga resident Peyton Miller joins us for the latest edition of WUTC’s Storyteller Series.  This tale involves an island, a screaming girl in a Porta-Potty, and St. Augustine’s City of God.

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10:22am

Mon December 16, 2013
Education

TN Aquarium Breeds Southern Appalachian Brook Trout

The Southern Appalachian Brook Trout is the only trout native to Tennessee.
Credit Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute

The Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute is participating in a breed and release program for the Southern Appalachian Brook Trout. 

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12:09pm

Fri December 13, 2013
Community

9-Month Chattanooga Shootings Investigation Concludes; TFP to Publish ‘Speak No Evil’ on Sunday

Reporters from the Chattanooga Times Free Press pored over hundreds of court documents and conducted more than 150 interviews for a special report, "Speak No Evil."  The report examined about 300 shootings in Chattanooga.  Often, after a shooting, no one is arrested—even if witnesses saw it happen.  If a shooter is arrested and prosecuted, he or she may spent only a short time in prison.  That’s because witnesses are often unwilling to cooperate with police.

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12:00pm

Thu December 12, 2013
From Memphis to Monteagle

Oxford American Examines The Music of Tennessee

Oxford American just released their annual Southern Music Issue, which focuses on the music of Tennessee.

With Johnny Cash on the cover, there are essays examining historic radio stations in the state, Stax Records, and Chattanooga's own Bessie Smith. Poetry from Jamie Quatro and fiction from Lucy Alibar also appear in the issue.

In this conversation, Roger D. Hodge, editor of Oxford American, discusses the variety of music in Tennessee, Johnny Cash's presence in the issue, and the state's contribution to American music.

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10:56am

Thu December 12, 2013
Community

Collaborative Workspace & The Society of Work

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The Society of Work is a membership driven collaborative workspace in downtown Chattanooga that provides an open environment for individuals and business to work. 

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10:15am

Thu December 12, 2013
Community

Linda Bullard Recalls Past As Teen Mother to Help Others Understand Choices

Linda Murray Bullard
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Linda Murray Bullard, a teenage mother in the 1970's, learned to make choices that would set her life on a positive course of improvement. 

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11:15am

Wed December 11, 2013
Happenings

Tennessee Chamber Chorus Performing 'A Ceremony of Carols' December 15, 16 & 17

WUTC's Mark Colbert speaks with Dr. Cameron LaBarr, founder and Artistic Director of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, as well as Caitlin Hammond, a vocalist.  The chorus, comprised of professional singers, will perform A Ceremony of Carols at several different East Tennessee locations on December 15th, 16th and 17th.

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11:43am

Tue December 10, 2013
Education

CSAS Tops the List of Chattanooga's Grade Schools in 2013 Report

In the second  of two stories on local grade schools with innovative approaches to learning, Richard Winham talks to Kelly Coffelt and Jim Boles, the principals at Chattanooga’s oldest magnet school, The Chattanooga School for Arts & Sciences.

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11:11am

Mon December 9, 2013
Happenings

St. Elmo Holiday Hop Features Food, Art, Open Houses & More 12/14

WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller speaks with John-Michael Forman from Forman Pottery and Molly Gardner from Molly Gardner Photography about the upcoming St. Elmo Holiday Hop.

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Podcasts

  • Monday, July 28, 2014 12:00am
    This soccer coach from Sewanee has attended World Cup soccer games in every series since the mid-1980's. In this interview, Johnston talks about his incredible dedication to the sport.
  • Tuesday, July 22, 2014 12:00am
    "[I]n the last one hundred years," Janisse Ray writes in The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, "94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost." Her book explains why so many seed varieties have vanished.
  • Thursday, July 17, 2014 12:00am
    Keith Robinson's Island of Fog series first launched in 2009. Aimed at children ages 9 and up, the books have found a following among adult sci-fi/fantasy fans as well.
  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014 12:00am
    A new report says the state of Tennessee has wasted up to $180 million. That's because the state paid unemployment benefits to dead people, felons who are in prison, and other people who shouldn't be getting any money.
  • Thursday, June 26, 2014 12:00am
    Heather Crowe tried a new treatment option for migraines—a surgical option never before performed in Chattanooga.