Around and About Chattanooga

Mondays & Wednesdays at 10 am & 8 pm

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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Rabbit Zielke

The Southeast Conservation Corps partnered with the National Park Service to rebuild the historic Blue Blazes Trail at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park this summer. 

Caroline Johnson, one of GoFest's organizers, joins us to talk about the free annual event, which drew a crowd of more than eleven thousand people last year to the Chattanooga Zoo.  This year's crowd could be even bigger, so the city is offering a free shuttle from a parking lot at Engel Stadium.


The Ensemble Nagata Shachu, a group of five musicians from Toronto, is coming to Chattanooga to play in the Patten Performance Series on Tuesday, September 15. The music they play fuses centuries old Japanese folk music with contemporary rock, jazz and minimalism. The group’s leader and principal composer, Kyoshi Nagata, talked to Richard Winham.  

Since its inception in 2011, Jazzanooga has been promoting jazz in Chattanooga. But more than that, as the founder Shane Morrow put it, Jazzanooga celebrates all of the arts and their power to bring us together. Richard Winham talked to Shane Morrow who told him Jazzanooga is a mission.

Hunter Museum of American Art

Monet and American Impressionism at the Hunter Museum of American Art will be on display until September 20th.  Dulce Roman, the curator for the exhibit and chief curator for the Harn Museum of Art, was in Chattanooga for the ArtWise speaker series at the Hunter. 

  The Center for American Progress Action Fund ranked all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) on three main areas critical to a healthy democratic process: ballot accessibility in each state, influence in the political system, and representation in state government.  The report gave Tennessee a failing grade for ballot accessibility.

Lauren Harmon, one of the report's authors, joins us to talk about it.


Mike Wann

After the destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina photographer Mike Wann sifted through more than 20 years worth of photographs and mementos from his career as a press photographer.  What could be salvaged now resides in a few storage boxes which he brought to Studio Space Junk for display during AVA's Gallery Hop on September 12th from 2 to 8 PM. 

Alex Volz joins us to talk about his new album of kids' music, The Little Merman.

  Volz is known for creating sophisticated pop, rock, blues and punk songs that go beyond the usual kiddie fare. 

  There are two more shows to come in this year’s Riverfront Nights Series. WUTC's Richard Winham talked to Jeff Styles about the series. Styles booked all the acts again this year, but having done that, he’s now happy to be just another listener relaxing by the river enjoying the music.  

Rod Francis created The Grow Young Project, an online resource about healthy aging that includes articles and interviews with scientists and experts.  Francis joins us on Around and About to talk about the motivation behind his project and what he's learning.  He'll give a presentation at the Center for Mindful Living on August 29th from 1 pm to 4 pm. 

Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga

The annual First Amendment Dinner hosted by the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga featured guest speaker Morris Dees from the Southern Poverty Law Center

Director/co-writer Zachary Lee Ratchford, actress/co-writer Ashley Larsen, and co-writer Jeremy Pickard join us to talk about The Snare of the Fowler, an independent feature-length film that's being created in the Chattanooga/North Georgia region.  The team is seeking crowdfunding through the Seed & Spark Web site, where the story is described as:

Molly Gardner Photography

Amani ya Juu helps women in Kenya, Uganda and Liberia earn a living by creating hand-made goods.  The African fair-trade organization has Chattanooga roots--the founder, Becky Chinchen, is a Chattanooga native, and the organization's United States distribution center is located here on South Willow Street in the Ridgedale community near downtown.

Peter Lundberg is a renowned sculptor whose work is in cities across the country and in Canada as well as in China, Germany and Australia among other countries around the world.

Recently his friend, the sculptor John Henry, invited him to come to Chattanooga to create a monument to the four Marines and one Naval Officer killed here in July.

The Creative Discovery Museum is hosting the annual AmuseUm fundraiser Saturday August 29, 2015 with fun and games provided by Two Bit Circus