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"Scenic Roots" offers conversations that matter in the heart of Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley.

From the mountains to the river, our conversations are rooted deep within every corner of our community - reflecting who we are, who we were and who we can become.

We engage with the news that affects our community, behind and beyond the headlines.  We build bridges that span from creators and innovators to storytellers and the outdoors.  We focus on our challenges as many communities in one - as we celebrate what inspires us.  We resonate with countless voices - in words and spaces, sounds and songs.

We are "Scenic Roots."

  • Ray Bassett hosts and produces "Scenic Roots" at WUTC. 
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  • When Steve Martin and Edie Brickell collaborated on a bluegrass album more than a decade ago, not only did the title song - “Love Has Come For You” - earn a Grammy, but their work inspired a musical: “Bright Star.” On Wednesday, March 14th, “Bright Star” opens at Artistic Civic Theatre in Dalton.
  • Women are the majority of the population here in Chattanooga - but less than a quarter of the city’s IT workforce. On Saturday, the Chattanooga Technology Council - or ChaTech - hosts this year’s “STEM for Her,” starting at 8 AM at the Gerald McCormick Center at Chattanooga State Community College.
  • For years, the Children’s Nutrition Program of Haiti - a nonprofit here in Chattanooga and the Tennessee Valley - has helped women and families to break the cycle of malnutrition in a remote and mountainous area of southern Haiti - but in the past few years, their work has been disrupted by shock after shock.
  • For a Chattanooga nonprofit, the work for children in Haiti. Gateways for future women in tech at this year’s “STEM for Her.” Shine the Light: “Bright Star” at Artistic Civic Theatre in Dalton. These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”
  • NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge is now in its sixth year - expanding to include a fourth-grade contest. This year’s challenge for students in grades four through twelve opened for entries a few weeks ago, with May 3rd as the deadline for entries.
  • State sunshine laws aim to increase transparency and protect officials from being excluded by their colleagues. But here in Tennessee, there's a catch - as William Newlin of Chattamatters tells us.
  • Last year, musical royalty graced the Hunter Museum of American Art here in Chattanooga. This weekend, Kimmie J. Soul and the African Kings and Queens of Classical Soul will perform again - on Saturday, starting at 7 PM, at First Baptist Church in Chattanooga.
  • Soon after I arrived here in Chattanooga nearly five years ago, I heard about The Chattery. The nonprofit learning collective – women-founded and Black-led - offers fun, affordable and accessible learning and art experiences for adults, cultivating learners and teachers one event at a time.
  • Ten years - and counting - of learning and fun at The Chattery. Kimmie J. Soul - on The African Kings and Queens of Classical Soul. Chattamatters: Sunshine Laws; NPR’s Student Podcast Challenge. These voices - and more - on this edition of “Scenic Roots.”
  • Nature at night is quite a sight by firelight and starlight. This Saturday, starting at 5 PM, Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center here in Chattanooga will host “Follow the Fire”: a chance for all ages to explore, experience and enjoy the outdoors at night.