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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12:20pm

Thu October 30, 2014
Happenings

Launch Your Halloween Pumpkin at Crabtree Farm's Pumpkin Smash

Launching pumpkins with a trebuchet at Crabtree Farms.
Credit Crabtree Farms

The annual Pumpkin Smash and Fall Harvest Festival at Crabtree Farms is Saturday November 1, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 

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10:40am

Thu October 30, 2014
Happenings

Paul LaJeunesse's North Shore Mural To Be Unveiled 11/7

Paul LaJeunesse's mural, the newest addition to public art on the North Shore, will be unveiled at a public event on November 7th from 4 - 6 p.m.

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1:23pm

Wed October 29, 2014
Happenings

Symphony on Stringer's Ridge Brings Classical Music Outdoors 11/1

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Chattanoogans with a love for both music and the outdoors will be treated to a truly one-of-a-kind experience on November 1 with “Symphony on Stringer’s.” The event will be in Stringer’s Ridge Park from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and will feature a free concert by the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera brass quintet.

The concert will be held on “Old Baldy,” a cleared knoll overlooking the downtown skyline and the Tennessee River. Fall foliage should be in full array to offer an autumn backdrop and clear views from the ridge.

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1:17pm

Wed October 29, 2014
Arts & Culture

Chattanooga Painter Alan Shuptrine Plans to Walk and Paint Along the Appalachian Trail

Alan Shuptrine is an acclaimed and award-winning watercolorist whose work has been displayed in museums across the South. In the 1970’s, his father, Hubert Shuptrine, a celebrated watercolorist known as “the painter of the South,”was commissioned, together with the writer, James Dickey, to create a series of portraits of the South. The resulting coffee table book was a huge success and now Alan Shuptrine wants to create a similar series of stories and paintings celebrating Appalachia.

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11:16am

Wed October 29, 2014
Best New Read

Author Interview: Kerry Howley on ‘Thrown’

Kerry Howley teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and she’s written articles and essays for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Reason and The Atlantic.  Her debut book, Thrown, is literary nonfiction about mixed martial arts fighting, philosophy and a search for transcendence.

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2:52pm

Mon October 27, 2014
Community

Nearly 500 Years After Protestant Reformation, Area Catholics and Lutherans Eye Reconciliation

When Martin Luther posted his 95 theses to a church door in the year 1517, he started a revolution that split mainstream Christianity into Catholics and Protestants.  But in the last few decades, Catholics and Lutherans around the world have worked toward reconciliation, and congregations in the Chattanooga area will come together for a special service on October 31st to commemorate the 497t

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1:24pm

Fri September 26, 2014
Happenings

Public Education Foundation Hosts 25th Anniversary Luncheon 10/22

Chattanooga's Public Education Foundation is hosting the first-ever event in its 25-year history.  On Wednesday, October 22nd from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Chattanoogan Hotel, the foundation will host a luncheon celebrating its 25 -year partnership with Hamilton County public schools.  WUTC's Blake Blum is speaking with Shannon Edmonson, the PEF's Development & Communications Officer.

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1:23pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Storytellers Series

By Asking ‘Impossible Questions,’ A Traveler Creates Oral History

Corianna Moffatt poses with the niece of one of her interviewees from Cuba, NY at their family farm.
Credit Corianna Moffatt

In 2013, Corianna Moffatt quit her job and hit the road.  She was twenty-five years old and working as the Catering Manager at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“It was with good people in Boston, a city that I loved," she says.  "But I was unhappy very unhappy, and it was time.”

In this audio documentary, she explains why she was unhappy and what motivated her to spend four months traveling around the country, meeting strangers and recording interviews with them.  She also reveals the "impossible" questions she asked to spur conversation. 

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4:51pm

Tue September 23, 2014
Arts & Culture

Sculptor John Henry Plans 33-Acre Sculpture Garden on Chattanooga's Southside

John Henry is a sculptor with an international reputation. He has placed more than 2000 sculptures all over the world. His sculptures are large scale pieces designed to be placed outdoors. Examples of his work are on display in Chattanooga outside the Hunter Museum of Art and in the  Outdoor Museum of Art at Chattanooga State Community College. When Richard Winham talked to John Henry recently he began by asking him how he conceives such huge pieces.

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4:36pm

Fri September 19, 2014
Happenings

This Year's Fly Free Festival is Set for the Weekend of October 10th

Last Fall Corey Petree and his wife, Colleen, staged the first Fly Free Festival outside Nashville. About 1000 people showed up and everyone had a good time, according to Corey Petree—but he lost quite a lot of money. Just the same neither he nor his wife was ready to give up and they are trying again. This time they’ve chosen a location nearer to Chattanooga. In addition, he told Richard Winham, they have a stronger lineup this year.

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10:06am

Thu September 18, 2014
Books

In ‘Tennesseans at War,’ The Volunteer State Earns Its Nickname

Tom Kanon joins us to discuss two intertwined, oft-overlooked military conflicts: The War of 1812 and the Creek War.  Kanon is an author and an archivist for the Tennessee State Library in Nashville.  His new book is Tennesseans at War, 1812–1815: Andrew Jackson, The Creek War, And The Battle of New Orleans.

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3:03pm

Wed September 17, 2014
Happenings

Footgolf Tournament Benefits Blood Assurance 9/18

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1:53pm

Wed September 17, 2014
Happenings

Veterans Administration Is Hosting a Town Hall Meeting at the VA Clinic September 26

The Veteran's Administration is inviting local veterans to voice their concerns in a Town Hall Meeting on Friday, September 26th at 3:00 PM. 

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1:50pm

Wed September 17, 2014
Happenings

Sign Up for the Imagination Library at Park(ing) Day

The United Way of Greater Chattanooga will be on Broad Street near the Tennessee Aquarium for Park(ing) Day on September 19th on Chattanooga. 

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3:15pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Books

'The Postmortal' Paints a Terrifyingly Realistic Picture of Immortality

Drew Magary's novel The Postmortal explores what might happen if scientists discovered a cure for aging.

In this dystopian sci-fi story, governments initially outlaw the cure; many people obtain it and use it anyway, and the world soon faces overcrowding and increasing tensions between immortals and "organics" who remain mortal.

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Podcasts

  • Wednesday, December 10, 2014 12:00am
    Blake Blum is a University of Tennessee at Chattanooga senior interning with WUTC. She's also a huge fan of K-pop, a genre of music originating in South Korea.
  • Thursday, December 4, 2014 12:00am
    The musical version of the classic film offers expanded roles and more depth for some of the characters.
  • Tuesday, November 25, 2014 12:00am
    Pulitzer-Prize winning historian James M. McPherson joins us to discuss his new book Embattled Rebel: Jefferson Davis as Commander in Chief, which re-examines the legacy of Confederate President Jefferson Davis.
  • Monday, November 17, 2014 12:00am
    Drew Magary's novel The Postmortal explores what might happen if scientists discovered a cure for aging.
  • Monday, November 10, 2014 12:00am
    Kerry Howley teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and she's written articles and essays for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Reason and The Atlantic. Her debut book, Thrown, is literary nonfiction about mixed martial arts fighting, philosophy and a search for transcendence.