Arts & Culture

2:01pm

Mon April 29, 2013
Stories to tell

Around and About Wants to Hear from Storytellers

Around and About is gearing up for an upcoming storyteller project. Do you have a story to tell? Or a knack for storytelling in general?  We're searching for those interesting and authentic stories from people in our region. 

What's a story? It has a beginning, middle, and end (not necessarily in that order). It has character, plot, tension, and climax.  If you have a nonfiction story with these components, we want to put it on the radio.

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4:52pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Southern Lit

‘She Who’: Dorothy Allison On Writing, Teaching & Her Next Novel

In 2012, the 20th anniversary edition of Dorothy Allison's Bastard Out Of Carolina was published.

In this interview, celebrated Southern author Dorothy Allison looks back on her novel Bastard Out Of Carolina, which was published more than twenty years ago (and was nominated for a National Book Award).  Readers discover (or re-discover) it every year--it’s both wildly humorous and shockingly brutal.  In this interview, Allison talks about using her own family legends as source material.  Allison also talks about leaving the South, teaching young writers, and discusses her long-in-progress new novel She Who.

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3:22pm

Fri April 19, 2013
Southern Lit

Maurice Manning’s Poetry Explores Changing Southern Landscapes

Maurice Manning's poetry collection The Common Man was a 2011 Pulitzer Prize finalist.

Kentucky native Maurice Manning is in Chattanooga for the Celebration of Southern Literature (April 17 – 20), where he was inducted into the prestigious Fellowship of Southern Authors.  In this segment, Manning reads a selection from his new yet-to-be published book, talks about working Southern characters and narratives into his poems, and explains why he never met another living poet until he was in college.

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3:42pm

Thu April 18, 2013
Celebration of Southern Lit

A Conversation With Playwright Katori Hall

Memphis native Katori Hall is an actress, writer and playwright.  She's won numerous awards, and her play The Mountaintop ran on Broadway, starring Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Bassett.  Katori Hall is in Chattanooga for the Celebration of Southern Literature, which takes place April 17th, 18th and 19th.  In this interview, Hall discusses how The Mountaintop humanizes Martin Luther King, Jr., how she joined the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and what she'll be doing at the Celebration.

5:41pm

Fri April 5, 2013
April 18th, 19th & 20th

Fans Welcome At Celebration Of Southern Literature April 18 - 20

This biennial literary gathering used to be called the Conference On Southern Literature.  It draws major Southern authors.  But it's also open to fans--in fact, fans have always been welcome to attend.  This year, organizers have changed the event's name to the Celebration of Southern Literature to emphasize that the public is welcome.  Executive Director Susan Robinson expects the event to draw more than forty authors and a thousand fans to the Tivoli in Chattanooga.

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11:21am

Thu April 4, 2013
Long-Distance Thing

I Shaved My Back for This: The Story of a Desperate Roadtrip

Credit Giladr (Flickr.com) / http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/deed.en

Local comedian Ryan Darling tells a story about his roadtrip to Bloomington, Indiana.  The trip turns into an odyssey filled with boredom, excitement, dangerous weather, a wedding, his ex-girlfriend, and hors d'oeuvres.  

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4:24pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Book Preview

Arthur Golden (Finally!) Has A New Novel Coming Out. Here's What He Told WUTC.

In 1997, Arthur Golden's smash bestseller Memoirs Of A Geisha was published.   Since then, Golden's fans have eagerly awaited a follow-up.  Golden says his new novel, set in 19th-century Amsterdam and North America, will be published next year.  He stopped by WUTC recently and gave details about the story (and why he's taken so long writing it.)

6:05pm

Tue March 26, 2013
Meet The Man Who Created TAL

'It Has To Be Surprising': A Conversation With Ira Glass

Ira Glass created This American Life in 1995. The weekly show airs on hundreds of public radio stations, and 1.8 million people listen.

WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller interviews This American Life creator/host Ira Glass.  They discuss creativity, failure, how the element of surprise is crucial in radio stories, and much more.  Glass will be here April 7th for the George T. Hunter Lecture series.

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4:42pm

Tue March 26, 2013
Baseball Season

Forgotten History: Fifty Years Ago, The Lookouts Finally Integrated

Baseball In Chattanooga, by David Jenkins (Arcadia Publishing)

David Jenkins, a baseball historian, joins WUTC's Michael Edward Miller to talk about Chattanooga Lookouts legends and lore, such as the Lookouts' first integrated team half a century ago.  Jenkins is a sports reporter for the Chattanoogan.com, and Arcadia published his book Baseball In Chattanooga.

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12:33pm

Mon March 25, 2013
Reinventing Radio

'This American Life' Host Ira Glass Visits Chattanooga April 7th

Ira Glass, host of This American Life, will be in Chattanooga on April 7th for the George T. Hunter Lecture Series.
Credit Tom Murphy VII / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0

This American Life host & creator Ira Glass will visit Chattanooga and give an inside look at his popular radio show.  His presentation is part of the George T. Hunter Lecture Series, sponsored by the Benwood Foundation in partnership with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  The event is free and open to the public.  This American Life airs on WUTC 88.1 FM Sunday evenings at 7 p.m.

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3:35pm

Tue March 19, 2013
Roots Music

Tim O’Brien, Rhiannon Giddens Host Cumberland Trail Benefit Concert March 22nd

Tim O'Brien performs in 2006.
Credit Jordan Clien / CCA 2.0

  Grammy-winning Americana musicians Tim O’Brien and Rhiannon Giddens (from the Carolina Chocolate Drops) will host & perform at the Friends of The Cumberland Trail Benefit Concert on Friday, March 22nd at 7:30 p.m at the Tivoli.  

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3:01pm

Tue March 19, 2013
The Hills Are Alive With...

‘The Sound Of Music’ At Tivoli March 21 – 23

Georgia-based theater company Closed Door Entertainment is performing The Sound of Music at the Tivoli in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  In this interview, WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller speaks to cast members Grace Kling and Greg Glover about the timeless appeal of this classic musical.

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2:07pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Music Lit

Teddy Wayne Invents 'Jonny Valentine,' A Tween Idol For Adults

Teddy Wayne's novel The Love Song Of Jonny Valentine is a deft mix of pop-culture criticism and slick literary craft.  Jonny, the protagonist/narrator, is a tween singer similar to Justin Bieber, and he's savvy enough to understand he exists solely as a marketing tool.  Only eleven years old, his star is already fading.  The novel is meant for adults—it’s a scathing satire of the music industry's hype machine.  Critics are praising it.  

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5:47pm

Thu February 28, 2013
Southern Lit

Rising Literary Talent Jamie Quatro Shows Us ‘More’

I Want To Show You More, by Jamie Quatro (Grove Press)

Grove/Atlantic published Barry Hannah, Charles Frazier and other celebrated Southern authors.  Now, Grove/Atlantic is adding Jamie Quatro to their roster.  Quatro’s debut collection of short stories, I Want To Show You More, comes out in March, and she visited WUTC for an interview.

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12:01pm

Thu February 28, 2013
THE ONE

Composer Don Davis Gets Inside the Sounds of 'The Matrix'

The Matrix is near its 14th year anniversary. When released in 1999, the film was heralded for its action, storyline, and special effects. However, another important element to The Matrix was its score created by composer Don Davis.


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