Around and About Chattanooga

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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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Knoxville native Henry Cho has been doing stand-up for nearly 30 years, and because he does clean comedy, he's able to perform nearly anywhere--from Las Vegas to comedy clubs to churches.  In this interview, Cho talks about what it was really like to grow up Korean in Knoxville, how he became a successful comedian very quickly (opening for Jerry Seinfeld and others), and how he finds inspiration from his in-laws in Arab, Alabama.

The Chattanooga Folk School has a new Executive Director. Like the other directors before her, Laura Walker is a musician, but unlike her predecessors she has had experience in organizing and running a business. It’s those skills, along with her natural affinity for people, that she hopes will enable her to revive the flagging fortunes of the Chattanooga Folk School. She spoke to WUTC's Richard Winham.

UPDATE 7/13/15 @ 4:54 p.m:  NPR's Maureen Corrigan has reviewed Harper Lee's new novel Go Set A Watchman, and Corrigan calls it "a mess" and a "a troubling confusion of a novel."  Also, Tonja Carter, the attorney who claims she found the long-lost Watchman manuscript, has written an editorial in The Wall Street Journal discuss

Greenspaces is developing eco-friendly next-generation homes that could allow residents to never pay an electric bill.  Through solar panels, the homes could produce more energy than the homeowners consume.  The first will be built at 631 Hamilton Avenue on Chattanooga's North Shore.

Barnes & Noble at Hamilton Place Mall is presenting a month of pop culture with activities that feature the culture of the 1950's, 60's, 70's, 80's and beyond. 

The Hunter Museum of American Art is hosting the All American Summer Concert Series on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. 

Shawnessey Keith Cargile joins us to talk about the 5-week Objective Perspective series, which will happen at various locations in Chattanooga and feature live music, poetry, art, and opportunities for people to have an honest dialogue about (sometimes uncomfortable) subjects such as race and politics.


part 1. July 13th

Peter Pan opens at The Signal Mountain Playhouse July 10. Originally written as a play, it was re-written in the mid-1950’s as a musical starring Mary Martin. Since then there have been several popular adaptations of the story, but for their production the director Jennifer Arbogast and her cast are going back to the Mary Martin version. Richard Winham talked to Dr. Arbogast, who also teaches musical theater at Chattanooga State, as well as two of the lead actors, Kimberlin Lacy and Daniel Meeks.

Amy Pearson has worked with nonprofit organization On Point since 1997.  Promoted in 2011 to Executive Director, she's now been named the President.  She joins us to talk about their mission.

From a media release:

Hunter Museum of American Art

The temporary exhibit at the Hunter Museum of American Art features the work of French painter Claude Monet and the American artists that followed his Impressionism movement. 

The Hamilton County Fair will host the Home Centered Competitions at the 26th Annual County Fair on September 26th and 27th at Chester Frost Park. 

Linda Gassenheimer

The American Diabetes Association has endorsed a series of cookbooks designed to provide quick and easy meals that meet the dietary requirements for someone living with diabetes. 

Tim McCoy

Joseph Lusk II's story illustrates an aspect of local Civil War history that's sometimes forgotten: many people in East Tennessee supported the Union.

Tim McCoy is a great-great-great grandson of Lusk, and McCoy sponsored a new historical marker that tells exactly what happened in 1864 when 73-year-old Lusk fought back against rebel invaders.  The marker, located at 7723 Dalton Pike, S.E. in Cleveland, was dedicated on June 13th.  McCoy joins us to talk about the marker and about Bradley County history.

Sprinter, the sophomore album by southeastern singer/songwriter Torres, recently earned a spot on NPR's Favorite Albums of 2015 (So Far.)  Torres has also garnered praise from, Paste magazine and

This Summer there have already been music festivals somewhere in the country almost every weekend it seems—and there are still many more to come. Competition is fierce, but one promoter thinks he may have found a unique niche. Richard Winham talked to Ricky Ginsburg whose idea for a music festival in the Blue Ridge Mountains combine roots music with a Summer Camp-style weekend in the woods, which will take place September 18 - 20.