Photographs, a trophy, a racer's uniform and a restored hot rod are part of the Museum Center's dirt-track exhibit.
WUTC's Michael Edward Miller speaks with historians Ron and Debbie Moore about their film "It’s a Dirt Track Life: Memories of Dirt Track Racing from Dawsonville to Gatlinburg." Also, Lisa Chastain, Curator of Collections at the museum, gives a tour of the exhibit "In the Dirt: The Fast & Dirty World of Dirt Track Racing."
Lalla Essaydi (b. 1956), Les Femmes Du Maroc: La Grande Odalisque, 2008, 43 1/2 x 54 1/2 inches (110.5 x 138.4 cm), photographic print, edition of 10, Museum purchase, 2011.1
Lalla Essaydi is a painter and photographer whose work hangs in galleries all over the country, as well as in England, Japan and Syria and a number of other countries around the world. Born in Morocco, she’s lived here in the U.S. for the past 18 years. She recently visited Chattanooga to talk about her work. One of her photographs is part of the permanent collection at the Hunter Museum of American Art here in Chattanooga. While she was here, Essaydi sat down to talk about her work.
The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's production Lunch Money is based on children's real experiences with bullying, and is intended to open a dialogue among children. Eleven Ooltewah Middle School students recently performed it. In this segment, Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Garry Lee Posey, Ooltewah Middle theater teacher Chris Cooper and student Ryan Cain talk about the play's impact and where it may next be seen. The play can be customized for different schools--it can be re-written to reflect the specific expe
Two authors co-wrote the latest Tupelo cookbook: Elizabeth Sims, who is a food writer, and Brian Sonoskus, the executive chef at the original Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville, N.C. The book centers on food from the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it explains how such recipes can differ from the usual Southern fare. In this interview, the authors speak with WUTC's Michael Edward Miller about Tupelo Honey Cafe: New Southern Flavors From the Blue Ridge Mountains. The cookbook is available at Tupelo Honey's
When Robert Gupta was only 17 years old, he graduated college with a degree in pre-med. However, in graduate school, he went in a different direction, earning a master's in music from Yale University. At 19 years old, he became a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. In this interview with WUTC's Michael Edward Miller, Gupta talks about the positive effects music can have on the brain. Gupta will be in Chattanooga May 9th for the Cam Busch Lecture Series.
The anthology Kaiju Rising features a short story by Chattanooga author Shane Berryhill.
Every few years, giant monsters rise from the ocean and smash cities--at least, in Hollywood movies and in fiction. Last year, Pacific Rimpresented a new twist on the theme, and this summer, yet another Godzilla remake will be released.
Nashville singer/songwriter T. Graham Brown had a string of hits in the 1980s, but his career faltered as he struggled with alcoholism and bipolar disorder. He stopped drinking, and his song "Wine into Water" came from the experience. In this interview, Brown talks about it, and reveals details about the gospel album he's currently recording, which will feature guest stars such as Vince Gill and Leon Russell.
One hundred works of African-American art from the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920’s to the turn of the last century are on display in the Hunter Museum of Art here in Chattanooga until the end of May. All of the paintings, photographs and sculpture in the exhibition are on loan from the Smithsonian’s Museum of American Art in Washington, DC.
The documentary Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered takes a close look at events in a small village on the outskirts of Chicago when holocaust survivors and their families stood against the neo-Nazi organization, the National Socialist Party of America.
An interview with Rick Hirschhaut, co-producer of Skokie: Invaded But Not Conquered.
The cover art of Dolly Parton's latest album looks like an airbrushed T-shirt design you might find in a souvenir shop at Dollywood. Both her flawless, beaming close-up and the mountainous skyline behind are her ringed in artist-rendered ribbons of mist, and the rising sun has a painterly, paradisiacal look to it. What gives her Smoky Mountain theme park its character is a combination of rural resilience, commercial sheen and aspirational sensibility.
WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller speaks with Atlanta author Alvin Townley. His latest book is Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned. It recounts the true story of 11 American soldiers who were imprisoned under especially harsh conditions, and it explains how their wives founded the POW/MIA movement to help free them.
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.
The inaugural Chattanooga Film Festival kicked off with a music documentary, "A Life in the Death of Joe Meek." WUTC's Rachel Smith attended the film's premiere and a Q&A with producer Howard S. Berger. In this segment, Smith explains why the film was a perfect choice for the first-ever major film festival to happen in the Scenic City.