Around and About Chattanooga

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Around and About is a Chattanooga, Tennessee public radio show featuring news, interviews, and arts coverage. The show's host and reporters cover human-interest stories, Southern literature and current events & issues affecting the Tennessee Valley. 

Many guests are Chattanooga residents; others are national authors, experts and celebrities speaking on topics relevant to our community. The show is broadcast Wednesdays on WUTC NPR 88.1 FM, and the podcast is available here.

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Dark Princess Theatre cast members Hope Holloway, who plays Lady Gwendolyn, and Marcus Ellsworth, who plays Aleistaire Rook, join us to talk about their upcoming live, interactive Gold Digger's Revenge event. It takes place February 17 on the Southern Belle Riverboat and features a Western/steampunk/horror theme, with dinner, music, a costume contest, and more. The cutoff for tickets is February 6.

Co-authors Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak join us to discuss The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive In the Age of Populism. The book says power is shifting in the world, downward from national governments to cities and metropolitan communities, and gives examples of local government's positive impact in several cities, including Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Chattanooga residents are invited to help the fight against breast cancer by participating in Pink Week 2018. From CHI Memorial's Web site:

On 11/24/16, his birthday, noted Chattanooga drummer Josh Green went into his home studio to record a set of short drum tracks. The plan: do the same thing for the next 364 days. And in the process, he would create a huge library of short drum and percussion tracks meant for other artists to sample.

While the idea was simple enough, the execution proved to be almost overwhelming. He talked about it with WUTC's Richard Winham.

NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for 1/16, but rescheduled due to inclement weather. It will now take place 1/22 at 7:30 pm at UTC.

FROM A MEDIA RELEASE:

The Lookout Wild Film Festival, now in its 6th year in Chattanooga, is “committed to showcasing wild places and the people they inspire.” Richard Winham talked to the festival’s director, Andy Johns, who told him their goal is to show the kinds of stories that, he hopes, will inspire all of us to live more in the moment. The festival takes place January 18 - 21.

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"I'm anticipating life unassigned," NPR's Robert Siegel says as he looks forward to retirement. "No deadlines, no stories."

Whether he will come back on occasion, he doesn't know.

I hope he does.

Because he's been hosting NPR's All Things Considered for decades, I grew up listening to Siegel's voice every weekday afternoon. Like many WUTC listeners and employees, I'm going to miss hearing him.

Late in 2017, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new CEO—Christy Gillenwater—and she’s making history. WUTC’s Jinho Lim tells us why.

When Nashville native Ryan Taylor served in Iraq, he says, he was alert constantly.

"You hear that mortar rounds just went off. How close was it.... you start staying awake at night, and so to drown out the sounds, we would start, you know, tapping on our foot lockers. And we would start just like freestyle rapping. Some of us, all of a sudden, was like, 'Hey, you know, we're making some pretty good songs here.' I mean, we would just sit back and write music at night till four, five, six o'clock in the morning."

Dave Connis's young adult novel The Temptation of Adam is about a boy recovering from a type of addiction rarely seen in books for teens, something that’s uncomfortable to acknowledge. So the protagonist, 16-year-old Adam Hawthorne, starts the story in denial.

Adam is addicted to pornography.

Will Davis

Chattanooga has a new artisan cheese shop, and WUTC’s Will Davis takes us there to meet shop owner Jesse Watlington. The Bleu Fox Cheese Shop is now open at 330 East Main Street in Chattanooga’s South Side.

The male Choo Choo Chorus and the female Scenic City Chorus are joining together to present  Christmas in Harmony: An Acapella Extravaganza in the Frierson Auditorium at GPS this Saturday December 16th at 4pm. One of the quartets in the Choo Choo Chorus stopped by our studios yesterday to talk to Richard Winham and share a couple of songs.

Chattanooga residents had a chance to tell city officials how to spend more than $200 million dollars. That’s how much the city is expected to budget for fiscal year 2019. 

Recently, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke invited ordinary citizens to sit at tables with officials, pens and paper in hand, and help decide who gets a slice of the $200 million dollar pie.

For the past six years, Muse of Fire has been taking plays written by 10 – 12 year old budding playwrights and staging them with a repertory group of adult actors. Richard Winham talked to some of the playwrights and the actors about the newest batch of plays they will be performing in the McCallie School Theatre this weekend.

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