Chattanooga

11:26am

Tue June 25, 2013
8 p.m. Wednesdays on Fox

Chattanooga's Beth Kirby Could Be the Next MasterChef

Beth Kirby competes on the weekly cooking show MasterChef.

Beth Kirby, a food blogger and amateur chef who lives in Chattanooga, is a weekly contestant on MasterChef.  Gordon Ramsay hosts the cooking competition, which airs Wednesday evenings on Fox. In this interview, Kirby tells WUTC what it's like to be on the show, and she talks about her blog, Local Milk.

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3:58pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Best New Read

‘Bullets and Bread’ Serves Up WWII Memories, Chow Trivia

Kent Whitaker, a culinary author who lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has collected dozens of anecdotes, historical facts, humorous stories and first-person accounts in his new book Bullets and Bread: The Story of the Sacrifice in American Homes to Feed Troops in World War II.  He joins WUTC for an interview.

3:48pm

Fri June 21, 2013
Community

UTC's Get Healthy Project Helps People With Severe, Persistent Mental Illness

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's School of Nursing has launched a new program to help people who have severe, persistent mental illness get quality health care.  The project's innovative approach uses Tai Chi, wellness visits and education.      

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1:20pm

Tue June 18, 2013
All Aboard

Support Sought For A New ‘Chattanooga Choo-Choo’

Tiffany Muff and Landon Steele wear vintage clothes in their Kickstarter video.

Tiffany Muff and Landon Steele hope to record a new version of our city’s most famous song and film a 1940’s-style music video right here in Chattanooga.  They’re using Kickstarter to raise funds.  The deadline is June 22, 2013.

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11:27am

Wed June 5, 2013
Urgent

GPS Student Organizes Bone Marrow Donor Registry Drive June 9th

WUTC interviews Anjali Chandra, a GPS student who organized a bone marrow donor registry drive.

Anjali Chandra, a Girls Preparatory School Student, says that people of South Asian ethnic origin are particularly needed as potential bone marrow donors.

"There is a vast shortage of South Asian bone marrow donors. An individual of South Asian origin has as 1 in 20,000 chance of finding a compatible bone marrow match," she says.

The drive will take place at the Chattanooga Christian Assembly (CCA) on Sunday, June 9th from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm. People can call (423) 499-9888 for more information.

1:44pm

Mon June 3, 2013
Arts & Culture

3rd Annual New Dischord Features Noted Composer Malcolm Goldstein

WUTC previews the third annual New Dischord Festival with participants Tim Hinck, Ann Law and Marcus Ellsworth.

   The third annual New Dischord Festival will take place June 6th – 9th, 2013 in various Chattanooga locations.  Originally, the festival focused primarily on experimental and improvised music.  Now it includes art collaborations, with local and national poets, musicians, dancers and other artists working together.  Malcolm Goldstein, a violinist/composer active in experimental music since the 1960s, will perform on Thursday and Saturday. 

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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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11:33am

Tue April 30, 2013
La Paz's Annual Party

Sangria On The Southside: Music, Dancing & More May 3rd

A ticket to Sangria on the Southside comes with unlimited food and drinks--and benefits local Latino outreach organization La Paz Chattanooga.  The event will feature performances from the Calo Gitano flamenco dance company, food from Taqueria Jalisco, Mexican beer, and (of course!) sangria.  David Martin from La Paz joins WUTC to discuss the event, which will take place Friday, May 3rd from 7 – 11 p.m. at the Lindsay Street Hall.

2:18pm

Fri April 26, 2013
Smartphones Can Be Lifesavers

Red Cross Presents Free Tornado Movie Screening + Tornado Preparedness App

Credit redcross.org

Want to get ready for severe weather season?  There’s an app for that.  In this segment, WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller speaks with Greg Waite, the Community Chapter Executive for the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee about the free Tornado Warning App.  The local Red Cross is also partnering with other organizations to present a free screening of ‘Tornado Alley 3D’ at the Tennessee Aquarium’s Imax Theater on Saturday, April 27th at 10 a.m.

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5:41pm

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

Fans Welcome At Celebration Of Southern Literature April 18 - 20

An interview with Susan Robinson, Executive Director of the Southern Lit Alliance, about the upcoming Celebration of Southern Literature in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
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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4:24pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Book Preview

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

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller interviews Arthur Golden, a Chattanooga native who wrote the bestseller 'Memoirs Of A Geisha.'

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.

An extended interview with Ira Glass.

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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2:07pm

Fri March 15, 2013
Music Lit

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

New York author Teddy Wayne talks about his novel 'The Love Song Of Jonny Valentine.' Wayne is coming to Chattanooga March 21st for the Meacham Writers' Workshop.

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)

Jamie Quatro, author of 'I Want To Show You More,' joins WUTC for an interview.

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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11:16am

Wed February 20, 2013
By The Numbers

The Case For Chattanooga Arts: Thousands of Jobs, $106 Million Economic Impact

Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans For The Arts, discusses the positive economic impact from art and nonprofit arts organizations.  Lynch will be a keynote speaker at the February 21st fundraising kickoff event for ArtsBuild.  (Lynch will also participate in the Cam Busch Endowed Arts for Health Lecture Series on February 21st.)

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