Around and About Chattanooga

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Around and About is a Chattanooga, Tennessee public radio show featuring news, interviews, and arts coverage. The show's host and reporters cover human-interest stories, Southern literature and current events & issues affecting the Tennessee Valley. 

Many guests are Chattanooga residents; others are national authors, experts and celebrities speaking on topics relevant to our community. The show is broadcast Wednesdays on WUTC NPR 88.1 FM, and the podcast is available here.

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You might say it’s downtown Chattanooga’s newest music venue: the EPB Community Stage at the newly-renovated Miller Park is a building with a glass front that lifts up like a garage door. It overlooks a new 25,000 square-foot greenspace where people can walk, play, and sit and watch performances.

All day Friday, September 14, there will be live music, children’s activities, and performance art to celebrate the park’s re-opening after a year of renovation work.

Amanda Brown joins us, the Executive Director of the Creative Arts Guild, and Leanne Martin, the Operations & Events Director, to talk about the upcoming festival in Dalton.

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The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga’s upcoming production of Terence McNally’s play Things That Go Bump in the Night opens on Friday September 14th in Barking Legs Theater on Dodds Avenue. As with all of the plays produced by the Ensemble this year, McNally’s play centers on a fractious family. The Ensemble’s Executive Director Garry Posey told Richard Winham the main reason he chose the rarely performed play is because he’d long wanted to produce one of McNally’s plays in Chattanooga.

WUTC is speaking with Democratic, Republican, and independent candidates ahead of the November 6th midterm elections. Today, Joda Thongnopnua joins us. He's a Democrat running for Tennessee State House District 30, which includes East Ridge and East Brainerd. He faces Republican Esther Helton and independent J. Michael Holloway.

  Chattanooga 2.0 is a city and county-wide initiative. Their goal is to improve opportunities and outcomes for all Chattanooga and Hamilton County students from the moment of their birth until the day they begin their careers. For its first three years, Chattanooga 2.0’s focus has been on early childhood education—preparing children for kindergarten and beyond. As Executive Director Jared Bigham sees it, to truly improve the school system for all students will take a generation.


The opioid crisis affects children as well as adults. Community leaders gathered in a conference room at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce to talk about those sometimes-forgotten victims during a panel Council For A Strong America organized.  Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy discussed how new training is teaching officers to be more empathetic toward children, and Major General Leslie Purser talked about the opioid crisis's effect on military recruitement.

Welcome Home of Chattanooga provides a home to people who are terminally ill and have nowhere else to go; particularly, homeless people or people without much family support. The nonprofit also hosts educational events for anyone interested in end-of-life-care, including hospice workers and the general public.

National Drive Electric Week begins this Saturday and events celebrating plug-in vehicles are happening nationwide, including right here in Chattanooga. WUTC’s Will Davis is talking to James Dillard.

La Paz Chattanooga's mission is to guide, connect and strengthen Chattanooga's Latino community through advocacy, education, and inclusion. Angela Garcia, Director of Marketing and Business Development, joins us to talk about their 2018 Latino Leadership Awards. The public is invited to the ceremony on September 17, and part of the voting is open to the public.

William "Buddy" Scarborough wrote a Harvard Business Review article earlier this year about gender inequality in management positions, and joins us to talk about his research. Scarborough tells us about women and men being disproportionately represented in certain industries’ top positions. He also talks about the situation in Chattanooga.

Educators have long known that 80% of our cognitive development occurs before we are 3 years old. But for most of us that is a startling wake-up call. For Chattanooga 2.0, it’s the foundation of one of their primary goals—to make every new parent aware of just how important it is to read to their children from a very early age, every day.

This year’s Wine Over Water will take place October 4 through October 7. WUTC’s Will Davis talked with Amanda Carmichael about the popular food and wine festival.

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Let America Vote founder Jason Kander joins us to talk about voter suppression and how his organization is encouraging young people to vote. Kander will be in Chattanooga Wednesday, August 29th for Cap, Gown, Vote! At the event Wednesday evening, Kander, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, and members of the Mayors Youth Council will build strategies for registering, mobilizing, and energizing first-time voters in our community.


Retiring U.S. Senator (and former Chattanooga mayor) Bob Corker met with Chattanooga Christian School students in an auditorium, and he invited them to ask him questions on any topic. He also spoke with WUTC after the event.

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