Around and About Chattanooga

Mondays & Wednesdays at 10 am & 8 pm

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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  A new monthly comedy showcase starts on Friday, June 3rd at Cinerama. Ladie's Night (yes, that's how the creators spell it) showcases original short films created by the Ladie's Night team, films submitted by other groups, and live stand-up comedy. Former Chattanooga comedian Joel Ruiz started Ladie's Night in Atlanta with Zack Lamplugh and Brian Emond. The Atlanta showcase happens the first Thursday of each month; the Chattanooga showcase will happen on Fridays.

Noted painter and sculptor Mia Kaplan is in Chattanooga for an exhibition of her work in the River Gallery and the Sculpture Garden in the Bluff View Arts District, adjacent to the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga. Richard Winham talked to Mia Kaplan who told him that she will be finishing two of her sculptures in the garden prior to the opening of the exhibition on Friday, June 3.

  WUTC 88.1 FM has created a program featuring segments from Operation Song, a Nashville-based nonprofit organization that empowers veterans, active duty military and their families to tell their stories through songwriting. The Operation Song Memorial Day Special is an hour of music and interviews about unforgettable experiences on the battlefield and back home. Several veterans collaborated with hit songwriters to create the music.

  Welcome Home, a new Chattanooga nonprofit, has the answer. They provide compassionate end of life care to those in need.  Executive Director Sherry Campbell joins us to talk about the unique, vital service they provide to the community.

Wacker Chemical Corporation

Wacker Chemie recently celebrated the opening of their newest polysilicon plant in Charleston, Tennessee.

The Safety Coalition was established by the Mayor's Office in Chattanooga to offer opportunities for people to get involved for a positive change in our communities. 

  

Harrison Scott Key's debut memoir The World's Largest Man is the funniest book I've read all year. Throughout his rural Mississippi childhood, he tried to make his father happy by accompanying the man on hunting trips and to other outdoor activities. But Key was more interested in reading than in hunting, and he and his father never seemed to understand him.

  On July 16, 2015, a homegrown terrorist attacked a recruiting office and a Navy Operational Support Center here in the Scenic City. Four Marines and one sailor were murdered. In the aftermath, the city united, with local residents visiting the attack sites and building makeshift memorials. The phrase #NoogaStrong appeared all over social media and T-shirts, a way for residents to express solidarity and sympathy for the heroes who died.

  Closed Door Entertainment is performing Ghost, The Musical at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga May 13 - 15. CDE Founding Director J.C. Smith and cast member Jonathan Wilson join us to talk about the show.

 

Renel Plouffe and Meredith Burns are two of the artists whose work is featured in the current exhibition in Reflections Gallery on Lee Highway. When WUTC's Richard Winham visited the gallery to talk to the two artists, he discovered that they already knew each other, so rather than pose questions, he sat with them and listened as they talked to each other about their work.

  Bob Boilen, the host and producer for NPR’s All Songs Considered as well as the popular Tiny Desk Concerts, has put together Your Song Changed My Life, a printed collection of some of the many interviews he has conducted with musicians in the nearly thirty years he has worked at NPR. He talked to WUTC's Richard Winham.

  Veteran Nashville songwriters Don Goodman and Steve Dean come down to Chattanooga every Wednesday to meet with a group of veterans in a counseling session called Operation Song. The songwriters listen to the veterans talk about their experiences in a war zone and then they distil their experiences into a song. This song, called “I Fought A Battle,” tells the story of Joe Engle, a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and his wife Kayla who faced equally devastating challenges of her own at home.  

The nonprofit organization SoundCorps will hold auditions this weekend for the Sidewalk Stages performance series. Stratton Tingle, the Executive Director of SoundCorps, joins us for an interview. The registration deadline is April 21 at 5 p.m.

From a media release:

  Claire Vaye Watkins won two major literary prizes for her 2012 debut Battleborn, a collection of short stories rich with details of desert life in her home state of Nevada.

Dimitris Kalogeropoylos / https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

  

  When heroin users overdose, it's often a fatal situation. An antidote called Narcan (also called naloxone) is able to reverse the effects of an overdose. Because of new regulations, Narcan should be fairly easy to obtain in Tennessee, but as WUTC's Baris Gusakal found out, that's not always the case--even though heroin use is reaching epidemic proportions.

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