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.

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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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12:30pm

Tue April 3, 2012
Trash Into Cash? Well...

Junk for Sale (Not Garbage, Mind You)

Greg Ross runs the junk shop, Estate of Confusion, on Main Street.

Greg Ross runs Estate of Confusion, a junk shop on Main Street. The place is full of old tools, machine parts, and other curiosities. The inventory might look a little worn or rusty to most people. But this is a junk shop, after all, and it takes a certain kind of imaginative customer to see the true potential in all the junk.

 

 

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10:00am

Mon April 2, 2012
Flutists Flouting It

Honor Wind Ensemble Concert April 21st at UTC

Sherry Burt

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Music Department presents the Wind Ensemble in concert on April 21, 2012 in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center on the campus.  The concert will feature guest performer Sherry Burt, a UTC alumna and member of the Air Force Band stationed  in California.  Other guest performers include high school students from the Tennessee All State Band.  The concert is free and open to the public.  The Honor Wind Ensemble performance begins at 5:00 pm.

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10:34am

Fri March 30, 2012
Community

Sangria on the Southside Celebrates Latino Culture May 4th

La Paz is a nonprofit organization that works with the growing Latino community in the Chattanooga region to promote advocacy, education, and inclusion.  The fourth annual Sangria on the Southside on May 4th is a celebration of Latino culture and a fundraiser for La Paz.  The event will include a performance of flamenco dancing, music, salsa dancing and of course, sangria.   Sangria on the Southside will be held a

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10:34am

Fri March 30, 2012
PTA All-Star

Scottie Goodman Summerlin to Represent Tennessee at 'Mom Congress'

Scottie Goodman Summerlin will represent the state at an education conference in Washington D.C. later this month.

Scottie Goodman Summerlin is heading to Washington D.C. later this month as the Tennessee delegate for "Mom Congress." Parenting Magazine picked Summerlin for the education conference because of her involvement in the public school system in Tennessee. Summerlin talks about what the conference will be like and what Tennessee has to bring to the table.

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3:41pm

Thu March 29, 2012
Happy Birthday To Zoo, Happy Birthday To Zoo

Remembering 75 Years Of Chattanooga Zoo History (Bunny Hugs Included)

The Chattanooga Zoo is celebrating its 75th anniversary.  In this segment, Marisa Ogles, the zoo's Director of Marketing & Communications, joins us to talk about zoo history--changes over the years, including the zoo's decline in the 1970s and modern revitalization.  We also get the details on 75 Days Of Fun (including Hug A Bunny Day), the big celebration leading up to the 75th birthday party on June 16th.

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11:20am

Thu March 29, 2012
Art Exhibition

MakeWork's Inaugural 10x10 Artist Showcase Starts April 13th

From April 13th to the 22nd, MakeWork will present the 10x10 Artist Showcase in Chattanooga as a part of the first annual Hatch Festival. According to MakeWork's Web site, the festival is hosting a "a 10 -day exhibition of 100 creative works. Streets, parking lots, parks, and abandoned buildings will become a medium to construct, innovate, and celebrate creativity." MakeWork's 10x10 will have showcases at Walnut Street Bridge, Ross' Landing, and Miller Plaza.

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2:58pm

Wed March 28, 2012
Talking to Birds

Irene Pepperberg to Deliver Lecture on Communicating with Parrots

Dr. Irene Pepperberg can talk with parrots. Not just to them. She actually communicates with them. Pepperberg has taught African Gray Parrots to count, speak, and understand certain things. Her research has made her internationally known in the field of animal-human communication.

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8:46am

Wed March 28, 2012
Arts & Culture

Think Nutrition - Think Dessert

March is National Nutrition Month and the focus for 2012 is the importance of making informed decisions.  Knowing what ingredients are in the food you purchase can help plan nutritious meals.  Desserts are not always part of the focus for a nutritious diet plan but a food producer in the natural food market offers products that are natural, wholesome and nutritious.  Wholly Wholesome products include pie shells and desserts that are quick frozen at the factory and baked at home by the consumer.  The company uses all natural ingredien

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2:14pm

Tue March 27, 2012
Cooking in Style

Junior League's 'Tour du Jour' to Feature Eight New Kitchens

One of the kitchens on this year's "Tour du Jour" features cabinets by Classic Cabinetry.
Courtesy of The Junior League of Chattanooga

The Junior League of Chattanooga is hosting its 7th annual kitchen tour on April 14th. It's a self-guided tour of new kitchens in the area.  Laurel Powell, the chair of the event, gives details about what will be featured on this year's tour.

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8:48am

Tue March 27, 2012
April 18th in Chattanooga

Odyssey 2012: Shuttle Pilot Eileen Collins, NPR Host Michele Norris Coming

The Young Women's Leadership Academy Foundation will host Odyssey 2012: Engineering a Dream on noon Wednesday, April 18th at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  Special guests include the first women space shuttle pilot and commander Colonel Eileen Collins and NPR's Michele Norris.  Odyssey 2012 is an award luncheon for the Supernova Award honoring local women professionals in the fields of science, engineering, technology and mathematics.  Outstanding students from the

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4:07pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Name that Frog

Different Croaks for Different...Frogs: Zoo to Teach Class on Frog Identifcation

Frog and toad populations are in decline around the world, and scientists in the U.S. rely on regular citizens to help keep track of population changes around the country. The Chattanooga Zoo is hosting a training session for people to learn how to identify local frogs and report their findings. Rick Jackson, who works with frogs at the zoo, explains what the training will be like and gives some on-air pointers for identifying local frogs.

 

 

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3:03pm

Mon March 26, 2012
Membership

WUTC-HD2 Goes Live; Talk Of The Nation Returns To Chattanooga

Listeners who have HD radio receivers can now tune in to WUTC-HD2, a new radio service broadcasting 24 hours a day in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  WUTC-HD2 provides hours of CD-quality music, plus two weekday NPR news shows.  Listen online or tune your HD radio to 88.1-1 and dial up WUTC's second channel at 88.1-2.

The Diane Rehm Show airs weekdays from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. EST on WUTC-HD2.

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8:16am

Mon March 26, 2012
Community

SARAH Project to protect elders from abuse

The Senior Services department of the Partnership for Families Children and Adults is raising awareness of elder abuse through the SARAH Project.  Safety And Resources And Help is the name of the project and in addition to pubic awareness the project is educating law enforcement officers on the signs of elder abuse.  Future plans include awareness programs for judges as well as supporting legislation to protect elders.  The Senior Services department

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10:22am

Fri March 23, 2012
Arts & Culture

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Opera Theater presents 'The Gondoliers'

The Opera Theater Department at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will present Gilbert and Sullivan's The Gondoliers March 29 through 31 at the Roland Hays Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center.  The Thursday March 29th dress rehearsal performance provides a special discount for students to attend this working rehearsal.  All performances begin at 7:30 pm.  Tickets available at the door or by calling 423-425-4269.

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1:22pm

Thu March 22, 2012
Art Exhibit

Local Homeless Art Exhibit at Chatt State Library

From now until April 13th, you can visit the Augusta R. Kolwyck Library at Chattanooga State Community College and view a local homeless art exhibit. It features charcoal and oil portraits, fine knitting, and hand-made jewelry. The exhibit comes from Hart Gallery Tennessee, a local nonprofit gallery dedicated to homeless and non-traditional artists.

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Podcasts

  • 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.
  • Monday, October 27, 2014 12:00am
    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
  • Monday, October 20, 2014 12:00am
    Produced in Chattanooga, Dark Princess Theatre is a serialized audio play set in the fictitious town of Ashwood, where the undead Lady Gwendolyn, her psychotic butler Aleistaire, a semi-retired Southern Grim Reaper and other characters live together in the spooky Hourglass Manor.