Arts & Culture

9:43am

Thu May 16, 2013
Rewind or Fast Forward

Documentary on VHS Culture Screening in Chattanooga

Rewind This! official poster

A new documentary called Rewind This! explores the rise and fall of VHS and the nostalgia of the format in the 21st century. The film will be screened at Barking Legs Theater Friday night. 

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12:13pm

Wed May 15, 2013
The Plot Thickens

Chattanooga Podcast ‘Another Story’ Delivers Compelling, True Tales

Another Story is available for free through the iTunes store.

Ben Schnell, creator and host of Another Story, joins WUTC for an interview.  Schnell’s podcast features local people telling true, personal stories.  Schnell culls some of the stories from a monthly storytelling competition at The Camp House.  Other stories come from interviews Schnell conducts.  The free podcast is available through iTunes, and Schnell has also created a Soundcloud page.

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3:41pm

Fri May 10, 2013
Southern Lit

Rambles With Roy: One Of NPR’s Funniest Southern Voices Cuts Loose

Roy Blount, Jr., photographed at the 2007 Texas Book Festival
Credit © 2007 Larry D. Moore CC BY-SA 3.0.

Roy Blount, Jr. is a prolific Southern author and a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!  Often funny, occasionally cantankerous, he joins WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller for a loose, meandering chat.  Blount discusses his books, being a Southern expat and participating in the Celebration Of Southern Literature.

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11:07am

Wed May 8, 2013
Book Signing

Punk Musician/Author Ian Svenonius Visits Chattanooga May 10

Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group (Akashic Books, 2013)

Ian Svenonius is coming to the Winder Binder Gallery & Bookstore in downtown Chattanooga on Friday, May 10th, to promote his book Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock ‘n’ Roll Group.  The book is a music-industry satire.  The publisher says, “Pretending to be a ‘how-to" guide for aspiring rock stars, this book fuses a meticulously researched sociopolitical examination of the history of rock and roll music with the author's trademark humor and cutting wit.”

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1:30pm

Wed May 1, 2013
Book Talk

Pulitzer Prize-Nominated Ecological Author Speaking At UTC May 3rd

The Forest Unseen: A Year's Watch In Nature, by David George Haskell

David George Haskell, a University of the South biology professor and author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated ecological memoir The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch In Nature, will speak at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on Friday, May 3rd at 7:30 p.m. in the Benwood auditorium.  WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviewed Haskell last year about his book:


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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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