Around and About Chattanooga

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Around and About is a Chattanooga, Tennessee public radio show featuring news, interviews, and arts coverage. The show's host and reporters cover human-interest stories, Southern literature and current events & issues affecting the Tennessee Valley. 

Many guests are Chattanooga residents; others are national authors, experts and celebrities speaking on topics relevant to our community. The show is broadcast Wednesdays on WUTC NPR 88.1 FM, and the podcast is available here.

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A Chattanooga nonprofit is taking ownership of one of the city’s most iconic landmarks, making sure it’s preserved for generations to come.

Governor Bill Haslam has released his proposed $37.5 billion state budget for fiscal year 2018-19. Health & social services and education are the biggest spending areas. 

The Sycamore Institute--an independent, statewide, nonpartisan public policy research center for Tennessee--has released a budget summary to help you better understand what Haslam is proposing. 

This season’s production at the Signal Mountain Playhouse is “Dearly Departed,” a comedy written by two playwrights from Kentucky, David Bottrell and Jessie Jones. Set “in the Baptist backwoods of the Bible belt,” it tells the story of the Turpin family and their attempts to overcome their differences at the funeral of the family patriarch, Bud Turpin. Richard Winham talked to Michelle Ford who plays Bud Turpin’s wife Raynelle and Tim Forsythe who plays her son Ray-Bud.

Award-winning actress Mimi Kennedy and Chattanooga Symphony & Opera Music Director Emeritus Bob Bernhardt will star in a special one-night-only performance of A.R. Gurney's Love Letters at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre on 2/10/18. They join us to talk about the play and their careers--Kennedy as an actress who currently stars in the hit CBS sitcom Mom, and Bernhardt as a conductor who has performed with orchestras around the nation.

Agatha Christie is the best-selling author of all time, according to The Guinness Book of World Records. Her novels have sold over 2 billion copies and have been translated into over 100 languages.

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick joins us to discuss the sometimes-surprising way music affects brains and bodies, and how biomedical music techniques can be used to help people with neurological challenges. She and other musicians are participating in a free concert on February 2nd at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Dark Princess Theatre cast members Hope Holloway, who plays Lady Gwendolyn, and Marcus Ellsworth, who plays Aleistaire Rook, join us to talk about their upcoming live, interactive Gold Digger's Revenge event. It takes place February 17 on the Southern Belle Riverboat and features a Western/steampunk/horror theme, with dinner, music, a costume contest, and more. The cutoff for tickets is February 6.

Co-authors Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak join us to discuss The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive In the Age of Populism. The book says power is shifting in the world, downward from national governments to cities and metropolitan communities, and gives examples of local government's positive impact in several cities, including Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Chattanooga residents are invited to help the fight against breast cancer by participating in Pink Week 2018. From CHI Memorial's Web site:

On 11/24/16, his birthday, noted Chattanooga drummer Josh Green went into his home studio to record a set of short drum tracks. The plan: do the same thing for the next 364 days. And in the process, he would create a huge library of short drum and percussion tracks meant for other artists to sample.

While the idea was simple enough, the execution proved to be almost overwhelming. He talked about it with WUTC's Richard Winham.

NOTE: This event was originally scheduled for 1/16, but rescheduled due to inclement weather. It will now take place 1/22 at 7:30 pm at UTC.

FROM A MEDIA RELEASE:

The Lookout Wild Film Festival, now in its 6th year in Chattanooga, is “committed to showcasing wild places and the people they inspire.” Richard Winham talked to the festival’s director, Andy Johns, who told him their goal is to show the kinds of stories that, he hopes, will inspire all of us to live more in the moment. The festival takes place January 18 - 21.

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"I'm anticipating life unassigned," NPR's Robert Siegel says as he looks forward to retirement. "No deadlines, no stories."

Whether he will come back on occasion, he doesn't know.

I hope he does.

Because he's been hosting NPR's All Things Considered for decades, I grew up listening to Siegel's voice every weekday afternoon. Like many WUTC listeners and employees, I'm going to miss hearing him.

Late in 2017, the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new CEO—Christy Gillenwater—and she’s making history. WUTC’s Jinho Lim tells us why.

When Nashville native Ryan Taylor served in Iraq, he says, he was alert constantly.

"You hear that mortar rounds just went off. How close was it.... you start staying awake at night, and so to drown out the sounds, we would start, you know, tapping on our foot lockers. And we would start just like freestyle rapping. Some of us, all of a sudden, was like, 'Hey, you know, we're making some pretty good songs here.' I mean, we would just sit back and write music at night till four, five, six o'clock in the morning."

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