Michael Edward Miller

Host/Feature News/Production Coordinator

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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12:36pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Books

Book News: A 'Treasure' Of Thrilling Westerns from Tim Champlin

"Treasure of the Templars" is one of more than 35 novels by Chattanooga-area author Tim Champlin, whose career began in the early 1980s.

Chattanooga-area author Tim Champlin's first few novels were published in the early 1980s.  Writing mainly Westerns, he's now penned more than thirty-five books.  In this extended interview, he discusses his long career.  Many of his novels originally published in paperback or hardcover are being re-issued as e-books.

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2:11pm

Mon July 21, 2014
In Chattanooga 7/24

Janisse Ray’s ‘The Seed Underground’ Explains Startling Loss of Seed Diversity

'The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food' by Janisse Ray. She will be in Chattanooga on July 24th.

“[I]n the last one hundred years,” Janisse Ray writes in The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, “94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”

Her book explains why so many seed varieties have vanished, and how this loss could pose serious environmental dangers.

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9:48am

Wed July 16, 2014
Books

Supernatural Suspense for Young Shapeshifters in 'Island of Fog' Series

Keith Robinson shows off several of the Island of Fog books.

Keith Robinson's Island of Fog series first launched in 2009.  Aimed at children ages 9 and up, the books have found a following among adult sci-fi/fantasy fans as well.

The protagonist, Hal Franklin, is a twelve-year-old shapeshifter who can turn into a dragon.  Along with his friends, he must keep an uneasy peace between humans and mythical creatures such as dragons, ogres, and centaurs.

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10:41am

Mon July 14, 2014
VW

VW Chattanooga Not Only Gets New SUV; Also Gets New Research Center

New midsize SUV from Volkswagen to be produced in Chattanooga (Concept car shown)
Credit Copyright Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Saying that the United States "is and will remain one of the most important markets for Volkswagen," officials at Volkswagen announced that the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant will assemble the company's new midsize, seven-passenger SUV.  About $600 million will be invested in new production, and 2,000 new jobs are expected to be added.

"This is also a strong signal for the US as an industrial and automobile production location," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in a prepared statement.

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9:17am

Fri July 11, 2014
Community

Here's Why UAW Thinks This New Push In Chattanooga Will Be Different

UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel speaks at a press conference announcing UAW Local 42 in Chattanooga.

The United Auto Workers' newest local union is forming in Chattanooga with workers from the same plant where the UAW was rejected earlier this year.  Called UAW Local 42, it's UAW’s latest effort to organize in the South.

In February, the UAW tried to unionize the entire VW Chattanooga auto plant, with cooperation from the company itself.  That bid was rejected in a 712-626 vote.  But UAW Secretary-Treasurer Gary Casteel says he believes this renewed effort will succeed.

"The main reason," Casteel says, "I think, is because there's no election involved here.  There's no opportunity for third-party interference."

During the UAW’s original bid to unionize the plant, Senator Bob Corker and other conservative politicians had weighed in, urging workers to reject the union.  Formation of this new local union doesn’t require a vote—just signatures from 15 employees.  But it also lacks official recognition from Volkswagen.  If the local union grows to represent the entire VW Chattanooga workforce, it would be the first foreign-owned auto plant to unionize in the South.

Many questions remain: is this new union a step toward a German-style works council at the plant?  What, if anything, does this have to do with the new SUV that may be produced at the plant?  This audio features excerpts from the press conference and analysis from Chloe Morrison, a reporter at our news partner Nooga.com.

UPDATE 7/11/14 at 1:30 p.m.: Senator Bob Corker's office has responded to the UAW annoucement.

“There has been some confusion about what happened yesterday related to the UAW’s announcement that they are opening an office in Chattanooga and its impact on Volkswagen's expansion considerations,” said Todd Womack, Corker’s chief of staff, in a prepared statement. “The fact is, nothing happened. Any union can rent space in any city and open an office. Volkswagen made it very clear in their statement that they have no agreement whatsoever with the UAW."

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12:36pm

Thu July 10, 2014
Arts & Culture

Almost Complete: A New 'Choo-Choo' Music Video

Behind-the-scenes footage for the Choo Choo video is available on Youtube.
Credit https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HVFqCqCRWyU

Tiffany Muff and Landon Steele are working on an ambitious project: they want to record a new version of the famous song "Chattanooga Choo-Choo" and release a music video for the song.  Last year, they sought Kickstarter funding for the project.  They met that goal, but need additional support to finish the video editing and music recording. 

Landon Steele joins us to talk about the project.

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1:25pm

Wed July 9, 2014
When Pigs Fly?

Did Cleveland, TN Really Redefine 'Mile High Club' With $42 Million in Pork?

The Beacon Center of Tennessee's 2014 Pork Report roasts government spending that the center claims is wasteful, including $42 million for a private jetport in Cleveland, Tennessee.

"Apparently," the report says, "Cleveland officials felt our well-to-do comrades should not be relegated to commuting with the common folk from the Chattanooga airport."

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12:36pm

Wed July 9, 2014
Arts & Culture

City of Chattanooga Pipe Band on a Winning Streak

In this Youtube video, the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band competes at the Loch Norman Highland Games.
Credit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hfkxz3Y5YAQ

The bagpipe players and Scottish drummers in the City of Chattanooga Pipe Band have won all three competitions they've entered this year.  Bagpipe player Diron Cundiff joins us to talk about the band's success and how the band is open to new members as well as experienced musicians.

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1:30pm

Wed July 2, 2014
Books

911, Cracked & the 'End of All Magic’: A Conversation with Author Jeff Hewitt

Former 911 dispatcher Jeff Hewitt writes fiction, humor, horror and more.  He co-wrote an article for Cracked.com, “5 Terrible Things I Learned As A 911 Dispatcher,” which currently has more than one million page views.  Popular horror podcasts Pseudopod dramatized his short story “Face Change,” with actor Anson Mount reading it.

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3:35pm

Mon June 30, 2014
Health

Ask A Doc: What Can I Do About Chronic Knee Pain?

How can athletes take care of their knees and joints and prevent future problems?  Does running cause arthritis?  What can a person do about chronic knee pain and osteoarthritis--is a knee replacement the only option?  Dr. Danielle Mitchell from the Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health joins us to discuss these topics and more.

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1:57pm

Fri June 27, 2014
Arts & Culture

These ‘Urban Heroes’ Bring Arts Education to Incarcerated Hamilton County Youth

Chattanooga artists Rondell Crier and Olga de Klein join us to discuss their Urban Heroes project, which brings arts education and training to youth who are housed in the Hamilton County detention center.

An ArtsBuild Community Cultural Connections grant is helping to fund the project.  From an ArtsBuild media release:

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3:31pm

Wed June 25, 2014
Cutting-Edge Treatment

How Could Plastic Surgery Alleviate Migraines? And Why Are Some Neurologists Wary?

Heather Crowe’s migraines began when she was in junior high.  The pain was blinding, and when they happened, she couldn't do anything except stay in bed.  She suffered for years, until she became a nurse and started working for Dr. Jimmy Waldrop at the Erlanger-housed Plastic Surgery Group.

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11:15am

Thu June 19, 2014
Made In Chattanooga

This App Could ‘Nudge’ Users Toward Healthier Lifestyles

The Nudge app is a free download in iTunes and the Google Play store.

Plenty of apps already exist to collect a health-conscious person’s data.  RunKeeper, FitBit and MapMyFitness can all track how often a person takes a walk, how far he or she runs, how often he or she sleeps, and more.  Some apps can also connect with wearables, such a smart watch that measures someone’s heart rate.

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1:58pm

Wed June 18, 2014
Community

When Dealing With A Loved One Who Has Dementia, Plan Ahead

Susan Farmer, Director of the Senior Life Program at Parkridge Valley, joins us with advice on dealing with parents and loved ones who show signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s.  Many families never discuss what to do if older relatives can’t remember basic information or become unable to live independently.

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3:17pm

Fri June 13, 2014
Arts & Culture

Mark Making Is On the Move

Frances McDonald, Executive Director of Mark Making, joins us to discuss how the organization helps underserved populations and creates large-scale public art projects that give a voice to people who are often ignored or marginalized.  Long housed on the North Shore, the organization is now moving to the Glass Street area, which will allow it to grow and further its mission.

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