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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Chickamauga & Chattanooga Military Park

The 13th Amendment abolished slavery 150 years ago, and the National Park Service is presenting "The Death Blow is Final:  The 13th Amendment Becomes Official" on Saturday December 19th at 2:00.

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  North Georgia author Tim Champlin joins us to discuss his new book The Wild West of Louis L'Amour: An Illustrated Companion to the Frontier Fiction of an American Icon.  The book describes the real places, people and history that inspired L'Amour, who was one of the most prolific, bestselling American authors of all time.

Dennis Haskins/Instagram

  Actor (and Chattanooga native) Dennis Haskins is so synonymous with Richard Belding, the Bayside High School principal he played on Saved By The Bell, that he uses @mrbelding as his Twitter handle.

However, in spite of his signature role as an educator, he never finished college.  In this story, he tells us why, at age 65, he finally returned to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to finish his degree. 

J.C. Smith, founder of local theater company Closed Door Entertainment, joins us to talk about the musical Children of Eden, which is their final 2015 production.

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This Saturday evening December 12th at 7:30, The Choo Choo Chorus is presenting Christmas Memories, a concert of close harmony, “barbershop singing,” featuring several quartets, a men’s chorus, a women’s chorus, and as a finale, all of the singers together—more than eighty voices singing songs for the season. One of the quartets featured in Saturday night’s concert–The Rock City 4— stopped by the studio on Tuesday to give us a preview of the show. 

Hunter Museum of American Art

Seeking the Spiritual: The Visionary Art of Elliott Daingerfield is the special exhibition at the Hunter Museum of American Art on display through February 21, 2016. 

Brenda Choresi Carter, Director of the Reflective Democracy Campaign, joins us to talk about their new Who Runs In Americareport, which examined local, state and national candidates during elections in 2012 and 2014.

  J.D. Frost is the author of two crime thrillers set in Chattanooga: Dollface and Face2Face.  Both novels feature Chattanooga police detective Moses Palmer as the protagonist, and the books are the first two installments of a planned trilogy.  

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  Maintenance employees at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen assembly plant will vote Thursday and Friday on whether to allow the United Auto Workers to represent them.  However, Volkswagen objects to the election because the maintenance employees comprise only a small part of the plant’s hourly workforce.

In this interview, Glenn Spencer joins us to discuss whether a European-style labor organization called a works council could be established at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant.  Spencer is the Vice President of the Workforce Freedom Initiative, a division of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  The group has prepared a new 25-page report, A New Organizing Paradigm?

Cheryl Jackson has been sick for most of her life. She is now in her early 40’s and it is only in the last two years that she has been able to count on relatively good health.

  Dan Lothian travels the world while covering religion and ethics for PBS.  Before that, he was CNN’s White House Correspondent and Boston Bureau Chief.  In this interview, he talks about how he got his start—first as a Tennessee Temple student in Chattanooga, then as a reporter at WDEF News 12.  

This is the first of WUTC's new Civic Chats series, where we speak with lawmakers and community leaders about important issues in the region.

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