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Why don't people sing together anymore? During the Civil Rights movement, marchers used songs to bond with each other, but modern protest movements don't necessarily unite the same way. 

Dr. Ysaye Barnwell encourages people to put down their phones and make real-world connections through the power of group singing.

Jen Lewin's please-touch-the-art approach to public sculpture inspired The Pool. The globe-trotting installation will be on display in Chattanooga April 21-30, and by "on display," I mean that you're invited to jump and dance and boogie all over it and see how it reacts.

WUTC's Spring Membership Drive continues today, and when you donate, you could win an invite to a VIP meet-and-greet Friday with Paula Poundstone. She's performing at Track 29 in Chattanooga. Tune in to 88.1 for details.

The Muse of Fire Project is an opportunity for children from Chattanooga aged between 10 and 13 to write a play for adult actors. The children, mentored by working actors, meet every Monday after school for ten weeks in the Chattanooga Downtown Public Library where they slowly develop their plays. Richard Winham talked to three of the young playwrights as well as three of the actors and mentors who work with them in the project.

Songbirds Guitar Museum is located in the Chattanooga Choo Choo complex, with more than 550 acoustic and electric guitars on display. If you’re a Beatles fan, you’ll see examples of the band's favorite Rickenbacker and Gretsch models. Rows of glass cases also show off rare Fender prototype Telecasters, and Martin acoustics from the 1930s and 40s.

At Chattanooga’s Walnut Street Bridge, a new memorial could ensure an old injustice is never forgotten.

The bright blue bridge is usually a place for recreation, with men and women jogging, couples holding hands, and a scenic view beyond the handrails. Tourism officials tout the landmark as the world’s longest pedestrian bridge. It may be the Chattanooga's most iconic landmark, second only to the Choo Choo.

It can also be a somber place.

 

 Bra-Vo! Is billed as “fashion show celebrating life after cancer.” It is a celebration, but it’s also an essential fundraiser for Breast Cancer Support Services (BCSS) here in Chattanooga. BCSS offers spiritual, emotional and financial support for men, women and their families living under the shadow of breast cancer.

Since launching in 2014, the annual Chattanooga Film Festival has become a major event, featuring dozens and dozens of feature films and shorts, as well as secret screenings, discussion panels, and parties. Last year's event drew a crowd of more than 10,500 people.

This year's festival kicks off April 6th and lasts through the 9th. The full schedule is now online.

Festival founder Chris Dortch and his father (also named Chris Dortch) join us to preview this year's event.

Michael Gray has been hosting and producing the River City Sessions for several years now. The show is recorded live at Gran Falloon on Main Street and then airs on WUTC on the fourth Sunday of every month at 8 in the evening. River City Sessions is a showcase for storytellers, but as Michael Gray told Richard Winham, that wasn’t clear to him when he first began producing the show.

The next live taping is Thursday, March 9 at 7 pm.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke scored a big victory in the March 7 city elections, with a wide margin of voters choosing him for a second term. But some races will continue, as runoff elections are now scheduled for two City Council seats.

Chattanooga Times Free Press opinion writers Pam Sohn, Clint Cooper and David Martin appear on this episode to talk about winners, losers and surprises in the recent citywide vote. Dave Flessner moderates.

 Dr. Jonathan McNair joins us to discuss "O King," a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that will feature music and spoken-word performances. At the event, two new instrumental works by Dr. Jonathan McNair will premiere.

FROM A PRESS RELEASE:

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke finished far ahead of the three challengers who sought to unseat him on March 7.  

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Hosting a walkthrough of the Chattanooga Police Department’s new Real Time Intelligence Center (RTIC), Mayor Andy Berke vowed, "Our city will stop at nothing to prevent crime."

RTIC will gather data from cameras placed throughout the city starting this week. Police officials said they will use the cameras to create a "near real-time digital data warehouse."

On March 7, Chattanooga voters will choose between Larry Grohn, Chris Long, David Crockett, or incumbent Andy Berke as mayor. WUTC reached out to all four and requested interviews. Crime and affordable housing were the two main topics each candidate addressed.

Chris Long is an architectural consultant, small business owner and former builder. WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviewed Long. 

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT:

Chris Long, thank you for being with us today.

On March 7, Chattanooga voters will choose between Larry Grohn, Chris Long, David Crockett, or incumbent Andy Berke as mayor. WUTC reached out to all four and requested interviews. Crime and affordable housing were the two main topics each candidate addressed. 

Andy Berke is a former Tennessee State Senator. In 2013, he was elected as Chattanooga mayor, and is now running for a second term. 

INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT:

 

MIKE MILLER: Andy Berke, thank you for speaking with us. 

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