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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Jonathan Coulton used to write computer programs.  Now he writes about programmers–his songs like Code Monkey are funny, occasionally melancholy ballads about geek culture: burnt-out code warriors, zombie office workers and mournful, lonely sea monsters.

Danny Rubin, an author, teacher and screenwriter, wrote the original screenplay that became the classic 1993 movie Groundhog Day, starring Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell.  In this interview, Rubin discusses how he conceived  of the story’s premise, why he decided to set the story on Groundhog Day and how the script changed when director Harold Ramis got involved.

Some stories are meant to be heard out loud.  Particularly, stories from oral traditions, such as the Jack Tales, which originated in Europe.  Immigrants brought Jack Tales to Appalachia, and more than sixty years ago, folklorist Richard Chase collected these tales and published them in print form.

Chattanooga Resident Transforms Mugshots Into Fine Art

Jan 27, 2012

Ron E. Ott finds mugshots taken in Hamilton County, Tennessee, and he renders the photographs into colorful comic-book styled portraits.  He stopped by our studios recently and discussed what inspired him to start using mugshots as the basis for fine art.  He calls his project Chattanooga Mugshots.

The largest music venue in Chattanooga is the McKenzie Arena located on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's 125th Anniversary Celebration continues with a turn of the 20th Century, American opera called, "Treemonisha," by Scott Joplin.

Thomas P. Balázs,  fiction writer and UTC professor, will publish his first collection of stories in late January. The book is titled Omicron Ceti III. NecessaryFiction.com calls Balázs “an inspired and inventive writer resourceful enough to also draw on many diverse sources, cultural and pop-cultural.” Kevin Wilson, the author of The Family Fang, claims Omicron Ceti III is a “dazzling collection [that] boldly goes into unknown territory.” Garrett Crowe spoke with Thomas Balázs about his debut book.

The Association for Visual Arts already has an impact on Chattanooga--they are one of the city's largest arts organizations, with around 600 members.  But now AVA is doing even more to connect with the community.  Anne Willson, the new executive director, joins us to discuss new partnerships between AVA and nonprofits.  Also, Willson discusses a new magazine AVA is producing called The Bridge.

Interview with Kevin Wilson, author of The Family Fang

Michael Edward Miller

A Halloween Treat: Interview With John Hornor Jacobs, Author Of Southern Gods

Michael Edward Miller

Chattanooga, TN – Southern Gods is a new twist on an old idea--the trope about blues singers going to the crossroads at midnight and selling their souls to the Devil. In this story, instead of Satan, the supernatural forces that posses blues musicians are ancient, malevolent, pan-dimensional gods.

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