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Volkswagen unveiled the redesigned 2016 Passat in September, and a VW spokesperson confirmed the 2016 models are already in production at the Chattanooga plant.  

However, the company has no plans to actually sell the 2016 TDI diesel Passat (or other 2016 diesel Volkswagen vehicles) anytime soon, according to remarks Michael Horn, the President and CEO of Volkswagen Group of America, delivered during a Congressional hearing.

  In this segment, we visit the Cat Clinic of Chattanooga to meet the kitties and Dr. Marcia Toumayan, the clinic's founder.  We also hear about The Art’s Meow, a fundraiser featuring cat-themed artwork.

From a press release:

               “The Art’s Meow: 3rd Annual Celebration of Cats,” a fund-raising and educational event, is Sunday, Oct. 11, noon to 4 p.m., at Uptown Art, 115 Frazier Ave.

Closed Door Entertainment is performing a musical version of The Addams Family at the Tivoli October 16th - 18th.  In this segment, we get a preview of the show.

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick joins us with a musical preview of the upcoming Body and Soul III Concert at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on October 9th.  She is a piano player/teacher and the founder of Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc. 

From a press release:

Several  leading  regional  musical  organizations  will  collaborate  in  a  unique  chamber

music  concert  taking  place  at  the  Roland  Hayes  concert  hall  on  the  campus  of  UTC

  David Liebe Hart can be weird and hilarious.  He's an actor/comedian/musician/puppeteer who has done stand-up and appeared on television as a regular on the Adult Swim network's Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!  (In a sketch titled “Bad Cop, Worse Cop,” he played a police officer who used a ventriloquist’s dummy to smack around a suspect.)  He's also appeared in films, including the campy, low-budget comedy White Cop.

  Chattanooga Theatre Centre Executive Director George Quick joins us to discuss two of their upcoming productions.    Sister Act: A Divine Musical is based on the 1992 hit comedy.  The Broadway version was nominated for five Tony Awards.  It starts September 18th at the CTC and runs through October 4th.

Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health founder Dr. Danielle Mitchell joins us to discuss why she calls our current healthcare system "sickcare," and how she's offering her patients an new membership-based "fitcare" payment model, a pay-as-you-go model, and transparent pricing.

Caroline Johnson, one of GoFest's organizers, joins us to talk about the free annual event, which drew a crowd of more than eleven thousand people last year to the Chattanooga Zoo.  This year's crowd could be even bigger, so the city is offering a free shuttle from a parking lot at Engel Stadium.


The Ensemble Nagata Shachu, a group of five musicians from Toronto, is coming to Chattanooga to play in the Patten Performance Series on Tuesday, September 15. The music they play fuses centuries old Japanese folk music with contemporary rock, jazz and minimalism. The group’s leader and principal composer, Kyoshi Nagata, talked to Richard Winham.  

Since its inception in 2011, Jazzanooga has been promoting jazz in Chattanooga. But more than that, as the founder Shane Morrow put it, Jazzanooga celebrates all of the arts and their power to bring us together. Richard Winham talked to Shane Morrow who told him Jazzanooga is a mission.

Alex Volz joins us to talk about his new album of kids' music, The Little Merman.

  Volz is known for creating sophisticated pop, rock, blues and punk songs that go beyond the usual kiddie fare. 

  There are two more shows to come in this year’s Riverfront Nights Series. WUTC's Richard Winham talked to Jeff Styles about the series. Styles booked all the acts again this year, but having done that, he’s now happy to be just another listener relaxing by the river enjoying the music.  

Rod Francis created The Grow Young Project, an online resource about healthy aging that includes articles and interviews with scientists and experts.  Francis joins us on Around and About to talk about the motivation behind his project and what he's learning.  He'll give a presentation at the Center for Mindful Living on August 29th from 1 pm to 4 pm. 

Director/co-writer Zachary Lee Ratchford, actress/co-writer Ashley Larsen, and co-writer Jeremy Pickard join us to talk about The Snare of the Fowler, an independent feature-length film that's being created in the Chattanooga/North Georgia region.  The team is seeking crowdfunding through the Seed & Spark Web site, where the story is described as: