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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10:00am

Fri June 15, 2012
Extreme Makeover: Camp Edition

The TV Show May Be Over, But 'Extreme Team' Builds On In Chattanooga

Members of the "Extreme Build Team" work at their project headquarters in the mess hall at Camp Joy in Harrison. They're preparing for a blitz build in July.
Mary Helen Miller WUTC

A tornado hit Camp Joy in Harrison, Tennessee, in March and damaged some of its buildings.  Now, the camp is rebuilding, and it has enlisted some unusual help: a famous team of super-fast builders.

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9:37am

Fri June 15, 2012
Summer Vacation

For Some Kids, Summer Schedule Can Be A Struggle

School's out! Good news, right?

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10:14am

Thu June 14, 2012
Brew & Bluegrass

Leggo Build at Chattanooga Market

The Chattanooga Market has something for everyone in the family on Father's Day.  In addition to local produce and food the market will feature a sampling of local breweries Sunday June 27th with Brews and Bluegrass.

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1:04pm

Wed June 13, 2012
Glass Half Full

Glass House Gets $300,000 Grant For Art in East Chattanooga

Glass Street in East Chattanooga is the home of Glass House Collective, an organization with plans to bring art and commerce to the area.
Courtesy of Glass House Collective

Glass House Collective, which opened up on East Chattanooga's Glass Street at the beginning of the year, just got news of a $300,000 ArtPlace grant. The collective plans to use the money to commission art projects in its neighborhood. Director of Glass House Katherine Currin and local artist Kevin Bate talk about the grant.

9:44am

Wed June 13, 2012

11:42am

Mon June 11, 2012

11:25am

Mon June 11, 2012
Community

Why Jack Skowronnek is Bald

Jack's Chattanoggins

This is the 4th year for Jack's Chattanoggins, a special event to raise funds for pediatric cancer with a twist.  People shave their heads to raise funds and also show solidarity for children who have lost their hair due to cancer treatments.  Jack Skowronnek was 10 years old the first time he shaved his head for children's cancer.  Each year the event grows larger and more people shave their heads

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12:06pm

Thu June 7, 2012
Raising Canine

The Class Menagerie

Amy Boortz feeds rescue dogs in the old Wallaceville School in Chickamauga, GA, where she lives with them.
Mary Helen Miller WUTC

Wallaceville School was built in 1952 as an elementary school for African-American kids in Chickamauga, Georgia. Eventually, it was shut down and auctioned off as private property. Amy Boortz bought the place a few years ago to fix it up a little. Now, it's filled with life again. But this time, the little ones have tails.

4:04pm

Wed June 6, 2012
Riding Around

Out Of The Wheelchair, And Into The Saddle

Mason Plott rides a horse at Eagles Rest Ranch.
Courtesy of Ginger Brown

Usually, Mason Plott is in a wheelchair. But about once a week, he rides a horse at Eagle's Rest Ranch in Flintstone, Georgia, which has a horseback program for kids with disabilities. Riding helps Mason build muscle strength. And it gives him a chance to walk around, way up high. 

 

 

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1:47pm

Wed June 6, 2012
They Have A Listening Room, Too

It's Getting Loud At The Hunter With 'Sound +Vision'

This exhibit rocks.  The Hunter Museum of American Art is showing forty different artistic and iconic photos of Elvis, The Beatles, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Jay-Z and other musicians.

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11:33am

Wed June 6, 2012
A Go-Kart from the Man Cave

Triking with the Birds

If you've driven on I-24 West lately, around NickaJack Lake, you may have seen a strange aircraft in the sky. Is it something that looks like a flying go-kart or a pontoon boat with hang glider wings? Well, you're not dreaming.

The official name for the aircraft is a Krucker Cygnet, also known as a trike. WUTC's Garrett Crowe speaks and flies with trike pilot Erik Graper about the aircraft.

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11:49am

Tue June 5, 2012
Community

Jack's Chattanoggins

Jack and some of the Chattanooga Roller Girls that will be shaving their heads for Jack's Chattanoggins. Starting at left; Wagzilla, Tamara Obscura, Violet Heartbreaker, and Jack.
Jack Shaves for Kids Cancer

When Jack Skowronnek was 10 years old he read a book over the summer about a boy whose little brother had cancer, Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie.  In a show of solidarity with pediatric cancer patients Jack asked his mom if he could shave his head.  Jack just wanted to do something to show support for children fighting cancer.  The inspiration of a child has grown into an annual event. 

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11:28am

Mon June 4, 2012
A Vein Attempt No More

Blood Assurance Turns 40, But Transfusions Have Longer, Stranger Past

This image shows an early attempt at a blood transfusion. Starting in the 17th century, some doctors would use animal blood to treat human patients.
The National Library of Medicine

Blood Assurance opened in the early 1970s by providing blood for four hospitals in Chattanooga. Now it serves more than 50 healthcare facilities.

The first-ever blood donation involved a pope, three gold coins, and an unusual method for transfusion. Let's just say blood transfusions have come a long way, too.

In honor of Blood Assurance's 40th birthday, we look back at the history of blood donation in Chattanooga, and the long, storied past of blood donation itself.

 

 

 

 

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10:34am

Sun June 3, 2012
Theater

New Rock Musical 'Drift' at Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga

ETC opened 'Drift' this weekend at the St. Andrew's Center.  Director Garry Posey describes it as a "new edge rock musical."  This play about divorce is rock-driven rather than orchestra driven.  In that sense, it's different from most Broadway-style musicals.  It incorporates video elements as well as live performances.  'Drift' runs on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through June 17, 2012.  For more information, click here.

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10:34am

Wed May 30, 2012
Local Eats

Cooking with Local Kohlrabi and Fennel

Have you ever cooked with vegetables such as kohlrabi, fennel, or swiss chard? These are just a few of the ingredients commonly used in the new cookbook series from Gaining Ground. The cookbook series is called Eat Up, and the Spring Edition is available at many local farmer markets in the area.

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Podcasts

  • 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.
  • Friday, March 7, 2014 12:00am
    Chattanooga native Bill Dedman co-authored the New Yorks Times #1 Bestseller "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune." Dedman will be in Chattanooga 3/11/14 for a book signing.