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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12:00pm

Thu December 12, 2013
From Memphis to Monteagle

Oxford American Examines The Music of Tennessee

Oxford American just released their annual Southern Music Issue, which focuses on the music of Tennessee.

With Johnny Cash on the cover, there are essays examining historic radio stations in the state, Stax Records, and Chattanooga's own Bessie Smith. Poetry from Jamie Quatro and fiction from Lucy Alibar also appear in the issue.

In this conversation, Roger D. Hodge, editor of Oxford American, discusses the variety of music in Tennessee, Johnny Cash's presence in the issue, and the state's contribution to American music.

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10:56am

Thu December 12, 2013
Community

Collaborative Workspace & The Society of Work

Credit Society of Work

The Society of Work is a membership driven collaborative workspace in downtown Chattanooga that provides an open environment for individuals and business to work. 

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10:15am

Thu December 12, 2013
Community

Linda Bullard Recalls Past As Teen Mother to Help Others Understand Choices

Linda Murray Bullard
Credit Linda Murray Bullard

Linda Murray Bullard, a teenage mother in the 1970's, learned to make choices that would set her life on a positive course of improvement. 

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11:15am

Wed December 11, 2013
Happenings

Tennessee Chamber Chorus Performing 'A Ceremony of Carols' December 15, 16 & 17

WUTC's Mark Colbert speaks with Dr. Cameron LaBarr, founder and Artistic Director of the Tennessee Chamber Chorus, as well as Caitlin Hammond, a vocalist.  The chorus, comprised of professional singers, will perform A Ceremony of Carols at several different East Tennessee locations on December 15th, 16th and 17th.

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11:43am

Tue December 10, 2013
Education

CSAS Tops the List of Chattanooga's Grade Schools in 2013 Report

In the second  of two stories on local grade schools with innovative approaches to learning, Richard Winham talks to Kelly Coffelt and Jim Boles, the principals at Chattanooga’s oldest magnet school, The Chattanooga School for Arts & Sciences.

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11:11am

Mon December 9, 2013
Happenings

St. Elmo Holiday Hop Features Food, Art, Open Houses & More 12/14

WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller speaks with John-Michael Forman from Forman Pottery and Molly Gardner from Molly Gardner Photography about the upcoming St. Elmo Holiday Hop.

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10:14am

Mon December 9, 2013
Happenings

Graffiti Gallery Showing Marionette Exhibit Until 1/6/14

Guatemalan artist Verónica Giracca's marionetas on display at Graffiti, a Hill City Art Joint through January 6, 2014.
Credit Axel Dettoni / Verónica Giracca

The marionettes of Guatemalan artist Verónica Giracca will be on display at Graffiti through January 6, 2014. 

An interview with Verónica Giracca.

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12:11pm

Fri December 6, 2013
Happenings

On Dec 7, Mainx24 Festival Features 100+ Events

WUTC's Rabbit Zielke speaks with representatives from the Mainx24 Festival, a 24-hour block party on Chattanooga's Southside.

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11:57am

Fri December 6, 2013
Arts & Culture

In A Band? The Chattanooga Music Database Seeks Info

Launched November 25th, the 423 PK Web site seeks to be a comprehensive database of Chattanooga musicians, and already features more than a dozen profiles.

Brothers David and Joel Ruiz are building an online database of Chattanooga bands and musicians.  Their Web site, launched November 25th, could become a comprehensive directory that gives local music fans more information about artists, and helps venue owners book acts.

Artists can fill out a profile and get listed.

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11:12am

Fri December 6, 2013
Education

Chattanooga Magnet School Addresses City's Chronic Need for More Engineers, Scientists

STEM School Chattanooga's logo.
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In the first of two stories on local grade schools with innovative approaches to learning, WUTC's Richard Winham talks to Tracey Carisch about the STEM School Chattanooga, a magnet school that focuses less on facts and information, and more on problem solving and collaboration.

Chattanooga's STEM Innovation Hub is hosting an Hour of Code event December 14th at the Chattanooga Library.  More information is here.

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11:47am

Thu December 5, 2013
Happenings

The Holiday Edition of Walk in My Shoes Begins December 13th

From December 13th to the 16th, the holiday edition of Walk in My Shoes will take place at the ReCreate Cafe in Chattanooga. It transforms true, authentic stories so the can be performed in front of an audience. Some of these stories detail what it is like to be homeless and living on the streets.

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10:14am

Thu December 5, 2013
Happenings

Compassionate Friends Group Hosts Candlelight Vigil December 8th

Jessie Anna Starnes January 3, 1999 - March 19, 2008. Jessie's mother, Lisa Rousseau, finds healing sharing her experiences with The Compassionate Friends.

The Compassionate Friends, a bereavement group for parents, are hosting a candle light event on Sunday December 8th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the Loose Cannon Gallery to honor memories of their children. 

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5:46pm

Wed December 4, 2013
Education

Need A Career Change? Project Inspire Offers Teaching Opportunities

In this interview, WUTC’s Mark Colbert speaks with Mark Neil, director of Project Inspire, a program designed to quickly train new science and math teachers and put them into Hamilton County classrooms.

Project Inspire has recruitment events coming up on December 17th and 19th.

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11:27am

Tue December 3, 2013
Happenings

Houston Museum Hosts Holiday Tea Fundraisers 12/8 & 12/15

Every year, the Houston Museum of Decorative Arts hosts a Holiday English Tea and Open House. This year they have partnered with two English ladies who promise to bring a touch of authenticity to the party. WUTC's Richard Winham talked to one of the ladies, Denise Sarjant, who told him she wanted to share the kind of tea parties she loved when she was a little girl in England.

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12:04pm

Mon December 2, 2013
Community

Handmade Goods That Help African Refugees: Amani Chattanooga Distributes Fair-Trade Items

African goods such as these oven mitts and wooden spoons are distributed and sold at Amani Chattanooga.
Molly Gardner Photography

Women affected by war and other hardships in Africa create handmade goods as part of Amani Ya Juu’s economic development program.  Amani is an international, fair-trade network with five locations in Africa, as well as one in Washington, D.C. and a distribution center in Chattanooga.

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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.