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.

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.

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2:18pm

Fri April 26, 2013
Smartphones Can Be Lifesavers

Red Cross Presents Free Tornado Movie Screening + Tornado Preparedness App

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Want to get ready for severe weather season?  There’s an app for that.  In this segment, WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller speaks with Greg Waite, the Community Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee about the free Tornado Warning App.  The local Red Cross is also partnering with other organizations to present a free screening of ‘Tornado Alley 3D’ at the Tennessee Aquarium’s Imax Theater on Saturday, April 27th at 10 a.m.

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4:52pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Southern Lit

‘She Who’: Dorothy Allison On Writing, Teaching & Her Next Novel

In 2012, the 20th anniversary edition of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out Of Carolina was published.

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviews Southern author Dorothy Allison.

In this interview, celebrated Southern author Dorothy Allison looks back on her novel Bastard Out Of Carolina, which was published more than twenty years ago (and was nominated for a National Book Award).  Readers discover (or re-discover) it every year--it’s both wildly humorous and shockingly brutal.  In this interview, Allison talks about using her own family legends as source material.  Allison also talks about leaving the South, teaching young writers, and discusses her long-in-progress new novel She Who.

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3:22pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Southern Lit

Maurice Manning’s Poetry Explores Changing Southern Landscapes

Maurice Manning's poetry collection The Common Man was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviews poet Maurice Manning.

Kentucky native Maurice Manning is in Chattanooga for the Celebration of Southern Literature (April 17 – 20), where he was inducted into the prestigious Fellowship of Southern Authors.  In this segment, Manning reads a selection from his new yet-to-be published book, talks about working Southern characters and narratives into his poems, and explains why he never met another living poet until he was in college.

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3:42pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Celebration of Southern Lit

A Conversation With Playwright Katori Hall

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller has an in-depth conversation with playwright Katori Hall.

Memphis native Katori Hall is an actress, writer and playwright.  She's won numerous awards, and her play The Mountaintop ran on Broadway, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.  Katori Hall is in Chattanooga for the Celebration of Southern Literature, which takes place April 17th, 18th and 19th.  In this interview, Hall discusses how The Mountaintop humanizes Martin Luther King, Jr., how she joined the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and what she'll be doing at the Celebration.

5:41pm

Fri April 5, 2013
April 18th, 19th & 20th

Fans Welcome At Celebration Of Southern Literature April 18 - 20

An interview with Susan Robinson, Executive Director of the Southern Lit Alliance, about the upcoming Celebration of Southern Literature in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
This biennial literary gathering used to be called the Conference On Southern Literature.  It draws major Southern authors.  But it's also open to fans--in fact, fans have always been welcome to attend.  This year, organizers have changed the event's name to the Celebration of Southern Literature to emphasize that the public is welcome.  Executive Director Susan Robinson expects the event to draw more than forty authors and a thousand fans to the Tivoli in Chattanooga.

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11:21am

Thu April 4, 2013
Long-Distance Thing

I Shaved My Back for This: The Story of a Desperate Roadtrip

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Local comedian Ryan Darling tells his roadtrip story

Local comedian Ryan Darling tells a story about his roadtrip to Bloomington, Indiana.  The trip turns into an odyssey filled with boredom, excitement, dangerous weather, a wedding, his ex-girlfriend, and hors d'oeuvres.  

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4:24pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Book Preview

Arthur Golden (Finally!) Has A New Novel Coming Out. Here's What He Told WUTC.

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviews Arthur Golden, a Chattanooga native who wrote the bestseller 'Memoirs Of A Geisha.'

In 1997, Arthur Golden's smash bestseller Memoirs Of A Geisha was published.   Since then, Golden's fans have eagerly awaited a follow-up.  Golden says his new novel, set in 19th-century Amsterdam and North America, will be published next year.  He stopped by WUTC recently and gave details about the story (and why he's taken so long writing it.)

10:19am

Wed April 3, 2013
Operators Standing By

Answering the Call at 911

Public Safety Telecommunicator Amy McBryar prepared to answer a 911 call at the Hamilton County 911 Call Center.
Credit Rabbit Zielke

In celebration of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week April 14-20 we visited the Hamilton County 911 Call Center. 

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9:49am

Wed April 3, 2013
PearlPoint Cancer Center

Wine and Pearls for Cancer Support

The 4th annual Wine and Pearls fundraiser for PearlPoint Cancer Center will be Friday April 19 from 6 to 9 pm at the Hunter Museum of American Art. 

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10:01am

Tue April 2, 2013
Locally-Grown

Chattanooga's Crabtree Farms Plant Sale Begins April 13th

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The 13th annual Crabtree Farms Spring Plant Sale is Saturday April 13 from 8 am to 3 pm and Sunday April 14 from 11 am to 3 pm.  

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10:21am

Mon April 1, 2013
Clean Up the City

Clean & Green in Downtown Chattanooga

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River City Company is hosting the 3rd annual Clean and Green downtown clean up on Saturday, April 6th from 8 am to noon. 

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10:08am

Mon April 1, 2013
Main Street Farmers Market

Spring-A-Ma-Jig!

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The Main Street Farmers Market is celebrating a birthday and everyone is invited to the party. 

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2:54pm

Thu March 28, 2013
In Memoriam

Dennis Palmer, ‘Truly Larger Than Life'

Barking Legs Theater in Chattanooga, Tennessee will host memorial performances on March 29th and 30th.

  

  In this half-hour special produced by WUTC 88.1 FM, Richard Winham, Mike Miller, Bob Stagner, Bruce Kaplan, Ann Law, David Smotherman and Tom Landis remember Dennis Palmer, who passed away unexpectedly in February 2013.  Palmer and Stagner co-founded the Shaking Ray Levis, an influential avant-garde improvisational music duo active in Chattanooga and around the world since the 1980s.  Palmer was also a visual artist, teacher and storyteller. 

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11:03am

Thu March 28, 2013
Working on the spectrum

Making the Transition: Autism in the Workplace

Over 500,000 children with autism will be in their adulthood within the next ten years, and studies have shown that one out of every three young adults with the disorder lack a job.

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10:07am

Thu March 28, 2013
Roland Carter Gala Concert

Celebrating Roland Carter

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Podcasts

  • Friday, April 11, 2014 12:00am
    Laura Johnston Kohl was a member of the People's Temple in 1978 when Jim Jones led more than 900 people to commit mass suicide. In this extended interview, WUTC's Richard Winham speaks with Kohl about getting involved in the group, surviving the massacre, rebuilding her life afterward, and why she says the United States is a country of cults today.
  • Monday, April 7, 2014 12:00am
    Pediatricians and community leaders have formed a new group called the Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley, which is working on a strategic plan for long-term solutions to pediatric healthcare problems.
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 12:00am
    Tennessee has about 890,000 residents who are uninsured and eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to Bill Corr, Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Corr speaks with WUTC's Michael Edward Miller in this segment.
  • Wednesday, March 12, 2014 12:00am
    We have a special mystery guest on Around and About. You may not know his name, but you'll know his voice.
  • Friday, March 7, 2014 12:00am
    Chattanooga native Bill Dedman co-authored the New Yorks Times #1 Bestseller "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune." Dedman will be in Chattanooga 3/11/14 for a book signing.