Around and About Chattanooga

Weekdays, 10am - 10:30am & 8pm - 8:30pm

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.

Looking for a story or an interview you heard?  Scroll down for streaming audio of recent Around and About segments.  You can also subscribe to the Around and About Chattanooga podcast feed.  iTunes link here.

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3:44pm

Thu January 31, 2013
Education

Tennessee Earns C- in Nationwide Report Card

StudentsFirst grades Tennessee

In the first week of January, StudentsFirst, an organization founded by education reformer Michelle Rhee, unveiled their nationwide report card.

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12:36pm

Thu January 31, 2013
National Mentoring Month

Mentoring Makes a Difference

10:24am

Thu January 31, 2013
No Refusal

Refuse a blood test for DUI? Not anymore.

The "No Refusal Law" is in effect in Tennessee which removes any chance a driver believed to be impaired by drugs or alcohol can refuse a blood test. 

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11:11am

Tue January 29, 2013
A New Kind of Public Library

Transformation at the Top

Participants in the Digital Public Library of America's first Appfest work on the 4th floor at the Chattanooga Public Library.
Credit Mary Barnett / Chattanooga Public Library

Until recently, the top floor at the Chattanooga Public Library was used for storage space. There’s still a part sectioned off for storage, but now, the rest is wide open and ready for new things. It’s mostly being used as an event space right now, but assistant director Nate Hill has big ideas for the 4th floor.

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2:50pm

Fri January 25, 2013
Underground Comedy

'Organic: A Comedy Tour Documentary' Comes To Chattanooga

Ryan Singer and Jarrod Harris will perform at JJ's Bohemia on Jan 29th
Credit Ryan Singer

The Organic Comedy Tour will stop in Chattanooga on January 29th.  More than a comedy show, it’s a documentary-in-progress about underground comedy.  In this segment, we explain what "underground comedy" is and how Chattanooga fits in.

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10:12am

Fri January 25, 2013
Save Water Drink Wine

Drink Wine and Help Protect Clean Water

TenneSEA and CaribbeanSEA are hosting a brand new event at The Barn Nursery to benefit clean water programs in the region and locations around the world. 

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12:59pm

Thu January 24, 2013
On The (Local) Media

Mr. Carroll Goes To Washington

Chris Carroll is getting ready for a big move.  Right now, he lives in Chattanooga and covers federal politics for the Chattanooga Times Free Press.  He'll move to D.C. in early February and be the newspaper's first reporter stationed there in several years.  In this interview, Carroll tells us about the job of political reporting and how he interned at The Daily Show.

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2:05pm

Wed January 23, 2013
Do Want

Local Man Makes Dog Treats from Barley

Interview with Ben Whitelaw of Barley Bones

Barley is one of the main ingredients for some your favorite beverages. In its malt from, the cereal grain is used in almost every single beer. But a Chattanooga man has found a way to use barley for dog biscuits.

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10:15am

Wed January 23, 2013
On Human Nature

Author of 'Race, Monogamy, and Other Lies They Told You' to Speak at UTC

Augustin Fuentes, professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame
Credit Courtesy of the University of Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame Professor Augustin Fuentes will deliver a lecture at UTC tomorrow called “It’s Not All Sex and Violence.” 

The lecture is scheduled from 2p.m. to 4p.m. on January 24 at the University Center Auditorium at UTC.

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2:19pm

Tue January 22, 2013
Packing Heat

How do you carry?

Credit Ryan Wilkinson

Tennessee is big on gun ownership. But how many people actually own guns, and how many carry them on a regular basis? Does the guy behind you in the checkout line at the grocery store have one under his coat?

In this segment, we take a look at how common it is to carry a weapon in Tennessee, and the sometimes unusual places people like to keep them.

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11:29am

Tue January 22, 2013
Dinosaurs:Land of Fire and Ice

Dinosaurs at the Creative Discovery Museum

Dinosaurs:Land of Fire and Ice at the Creative Discovery Museum

The second floor of the Creative Discovery Museum has traveled back in time and is now inhabited by dinosaurs!  The visiting exhibit Dinosaurs:Land of Fire and Ice provides multiple stations exploring life for the dinosaurs in the warm climate of a prehistoric Minnesota and the snowy landscape of Alaska.

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1:48pm

Fri January 18, 2013
Local Lit & Lore

‘Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge’ Quickly Became Bestseller

Moon Over Taylor's Ridge by Janie Dempsey Watts, published by Little Creek Books (2012)

An interview with Janie Dempsey Watts.

Janie Dempsey Watts’s debut novel Moon Over Taylor’s Ridge hit the shelves of the Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore in Chattanooga last fall and became one of the store’s bestselling local books.  In this interview, Watts talks about the North Georgia legends and true history that inspired her.

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5:37pm

Thu January 17, 2013
Attention Indie Film Fanatics

First-Ever ‘Gig City Film Festival’ Coming Up Feb 2nd

Kris Jones from the Heritage House in East Brainerd joins us to discuss the five films (mostly documentaries) that will be screened during Chattanooga’s newest all-day film event.  

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1:07pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Pink Tie Event

'Pink!' Gala to Raise Funds For Local Breast Cancer Centers

Credit Courtesy of Memorial Health Care System

The eighth annual Pink! gala is scheduled for February 2, 2013, at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Tickets are available online or by calling (423) 495-PINK (7465).

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12:07pm

Wed January 16, 2013
Guns In Classrooms?

Tennessee State Rep. Eric Watson, Others Discuss Pros And Cons Of Arming Teachers

Credit Philmeskips (Flickr.com) / http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/deed.en

In this segment, we explore reasons why people support or oppose teachers carrying guns at school.  Going beyond pro/con arguments based on hypotheticals, we look for examples of a teacher or school official using a gun to stop a school shooting.

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Podcasts

  • Monday, April 21, 2014 12:00am
    The Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition says our region's children are among the unhealthiest in Tennessee and the nation. One reason for that is our high rate of infant mortality. In this feature news segment, Michael Edward Miller reports that infant mortality has improved over the last few years, but remains a major problem for some.
  • 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.