Michael Edward Miller

Around & About Host/News Producer

A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Michael Edward Miller hosts Around and About.  His favorite radio programs and podcasts include This American Life, Radiolab and The Moth.  He and his wife Rachel are both Chattanooga natives. 

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  Dan Lothian travels the world while covering religion and ethics for PBS.  Before that, he was CNN’s White House Correspondent and Boston Bureau Chief.  In this interview, he talks about how he got his start—first as a Tennessee Temple student in Chattanooga, then as a reporter at WDEF News 12.  

This is the first of WUTC's new Civic Chats series, where we speak with lawmakers and community leaders about important issues in the region.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee is hosting their first-ever fun walk on Saturday.  Shawnessey Keith Cargile joins us to give us the details.

From their Web site:

Join Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee for our first-ever fun walk!

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The National Labor Relations Board has ruled in favor of the United Auto Workers’ bid for a second election at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen assembly plant.

  At first glance, 4 Paws Pantry might look like a pet store.  It’s stocked with chew toys, blankets for cats and dogs, and other pet accessories.  But it’s actually a food bank for pets, and sales of the items help fund the mission—providing free pet food to people going through financial hardships.

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  The United Auto Workers are seeking a an election to represent maintenance workers at Chattanooga's Volkswagen assembly plant.

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  In 1998, author Sarah Vowell went on a road trip and followed the Trail of Tears.  Vowell grew up in Oklahoma; her ancestors were Cherokee.  She visited Chattanooga and North Georgia, seeking the trail’s beginnings, then followed it to the West and created an hour-long episode of This American Life about her journey.

The trip changed her.  

About 10,000 people are expected at the third annual Mountain Arts and Crafts Celebration, which will take place at Cloudland Canyon State Park.

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  Last year, when workers at the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant voted on whether to allow the United Auto Workers to represent them, Volkswagen was accused of being too friendly with the UAW.  The UAW lost, and a new election could happen this year.  But this time, VW opposes it.  In this segment, we find out why, and speak with UAW Local 42 President Mike Cantrell about what's at stake in the election and whether it has anything to do with the recent VW diesel-emissions cheating scandal.

National Park Service

  The National Park Service is looking for your input on the future of a fairly new park in the Chattanooga area.  Today we're speaking with Michael Wurzel, Executive Director - Friends of Moccasin Bend National Park about what's at stake with the park's future.  The public comment period is open until November 13th.

  This year marks the 40th anniversary of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  In this segment, we discuss the cut film's history and speak with members of The Scarlet Love Conspiracy, a Chattanooga band who will perform at a special screening Friday, October 30th at the Revelry Room.  Doors open at 8 pm and the film starts at 9 pm.  A special cut of the film will be screened with the audio muted during most of the musical numbers; the band will play and sing live during those scenes.

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  Renowned composer Daniel Asia is coming to Chattanooga for a series of free performances and lectures in early November.  In this interview, we discuss the ways Judaism inspires and informs his compositions, his use of Paul Pines poems as lyrics, and a Huffington post article he wrote that caused a stir in the classical music world.

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  Russian-born artist Timur Akhriev created a series of 17 painting about his friend and cousin Ray Kronenberg.  The series is called Drifter, and it’s a series about the millennial generation.  The opening reception will take place Friday, October 23rd, 6 - 9p, at Feminology, which is located at 1405 Williams Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405.  The reception is free and open to the public.

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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.