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.

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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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12:47pm

Thu April 16, 2015
Community

Volunteers Come Together to Clean and Green Chattanooga

The 8th annual Clean and Green is April 25th from 8 am to around noon. 

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12:17pm

Thu April 16, 2015
Happenings

Write Your Part in Story Drop

Story Drop Chattanooga begins on April 16th and offers a chance to write part of a story being created by a community. 

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12:03pm

Thu April 16, 2015
Happenings

Raise the Roof With Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga is hosting their annual Spring Dinner, Raise the Roof, at the Marriott Hotel on Friday April 17th beginning at 5:30. 

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11:44am

Thu April 16, 2015
Arts & Culture

Muse of Fire: Ten Original Short Plays Written by Kids, Acted by Adults

Stevie Ray Dalimore and Kate Forbes Dalimore have been described as a “Chattanooga power couple.” They are both actors who have worked in movies and television as well as the theater in New York. After moving to Chattanooga several years ago, Stevie Ray became the Director of the Theater Program at McCallie School while Kate continued working in the theater and they both still work regularly work in television and movies.

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11:11am

Wed April 15, 2015

2:31pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Arts & Culture

Celebration of Southern Literature: A Chat with 'The Joker' Himself, Andrew Hudgins

This is part of a series of interviews conducted with writers who will attend the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature April 16-18.  (Previously, WUTC has interviewed Jill McCorkle, Ron Rash and several others.)  More than 40 writers will be at the Celebration, taking part in discussion panels and other events, as well as meeting fans and signing autographs.  The public is invited.  The schedule and ticket information can be found here.

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6:29pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Books

Celebration of Southern Literature: Jill McCorkle on 'Life After Life' And Death

"I do believe there is a kind of good death," Jill McCorkle says in this interview.  Her most recent novel, Life After Life, addresses a subject many people find uncomfortable--conversations about death.  (The novel was initially inspired by her own father's passing, and she spent more than a decade working on this book.)  Set in a North Carolina retirement home, the novel is written from multiple points of view, and it contrasts the way the dyi

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1:03pm

Tue April 7, 2015
Poetry

Coleman Barks, Interpreter of Sufi Poet Rumi, Is Coming (Back) To Chattanooga

Coleman Barks is a poet, but he is best known both in the English-speaking world and the Middle East for his “translations” of the poetry written by the 12th century Persian poet, Rumi. Barks does not speak or read Persian so his work is not a literal translation, but rather a poetic re-working of literal translations by Islamic scholars.

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12:17pm

Tue April 7, 2015
Community

Treating 'Nature-Deficit Disorder': A Conversation with Trails & Trilliums Keynote Richard Louv

Richard Louv joins us.  He's the keynote speaker at the Trails & Trilliums Festival taking place in Sewanee April 10 - 12.  He's also the author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age.  Louv is also the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network.

From the Trails & Trilliums Web site:

Keynote Talk: "The Nature Rich Life"

Louv will present a keynote talk and book signing during Wine & Wildflowers, Saturday, April 11 at 6:00 in the Assembly Auditorium. Tickets for the wine and cheese reception and the talk are $20 a person, payable at the door or online. Following his talk, there will be a chance to purchase and get autographs in copies of the brand new 10th Anniversary Edition of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder.

Read more about the 3-day festival at Nooga.com.

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3:45pm

Mon March 16, 2015
Arts & Culture

Chris Dortch Previews the Chattanooga Film Festival

The second annual Chattanooga Film Festival will happen April 2nd through April 5th.  Chris Dortch, the festival's founder and executive director, joins us to discuss some of the highlights, which include film screenings and live events with actors/filmmakers Bob Goldthwait,

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4:59pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Community

Dancing the Neural Tango: Dr. Summa-Chadwick Talks Music & Neurological Therapy

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick is a concert pianist and Executive Director of Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc.  She joins us today to talk about ways music and rhythm can be used to help patients with Parkinson's disease and autism.  MTGIC has a free concert, Tales of the Neural Tango, coming up March 22nd, and so Dr. Summa-Chadwick is also telling us how neurological disorders affected classical composers Robert Schumann and Olivier Messiaen.

From a press release about the concert:

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10:02am

Thu March 12, 2015
Happenings

Money School Helps Plan For Financial Future

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Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) is working with local organizations and agencies to provide information on financial management. 

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5:19pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Southern Lit

Ron Rash on 'Serena,' 'The World Made Straight' and Knowing When to End a Story

Ron Rash lives in North Carolina and teaches at Western Carolina University.
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Throughout the next few weeks, WUTC will interview authors coming to Chattanooga April 16th - 18th for the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature.  Today Ron Rash joins us.  Rash is an acclaimed author of poetry, short stories and novels; much of his fiction takes place in North Carolina, where he grew up and continues to reside.

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12:29pm

Tue March 10, 2015
Community

National Poison Prevention Week Is March 15 - 21

The leading cause of injury death in Tennessee is poison.  The Tennessee Poison Center is working to raise awareness of the dangers of poison and encourage Tennesseans to call the hot line if you suspect someone has been exposed to poison.                 1-800-222-1222

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12:12pm

Tue March 10, 2015
Happenings

'Barefoot in the Park' Opens at the Colonnade Theater March 20th

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Back Alley Productions presents Neil Simon's 'Barefoot in the Park' on March 20, 21, 27 and 28 in Ringgold GA. 

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