Michael Edward Miller

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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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2:26pm

Fri April 24, 2015
Community

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke Previews 2015 State of the City Address

On April 27th, Mayor Andy Berke will give his second State of the City address.
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On Monday, April 27 from 5:30 to 7 pm, Mayor Berke will give the annual State of the City address at the Chattanoogan hotel.  "We want as many people there as possible," Berke says in this interview, and the event is free and open to the public.

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5:46pm

Thu April 23, 2015
Community

Castle Rock Climbing Site Protected By Conservation Easement

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust and the Land Trust for Tennessee have partnered to protect Castle Rock, a Marion County site that's popular with rock climbers.   Joel Houser, the Southeast Regional Director for the Land Trust for Tennessee, and Rick Huffines, the Executive Director for the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, join us to talk about the conservation easement protecting the location, which protects the environment while still allowing climbers to enjoy the spot.  On April 30th, they'll have a party at the Crash Pad to celebrate, and the public is invited.

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6:02pm

Wed April 22, 2015
Arts & Culture

Art Fusion Creates Pop-Up Galleries in Chattanooga

Rebecca Love joins us.  She's the creator of Art Fusion Collaborations, which is helping new and emerging visual artists get publicity and sales through pop-up galleries around town.  They currently have an exhibit on the third floor of City Hall, and they'll be displaying art during Jazzanooga on April 25th and 26th.

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5:29pm

Tue April 21, 2015
Arts & Culture

Hear Highlights of the Celebration of Southern Literature

(From left to right) Chris Dortch, Charles Frazier, Allan Gurganus and Ron Rash talk about what Hollywood gets right and gets wrong during a panel on books and film.

Hundreds of fans and more than 40 esteemed Southern authors participated in the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature, hosted by the Southern Lit Alliance at the Tivoli Theatre.  In this segment, we're looking back at a few of the highlights, including a panel discussion about adapting books to with with Charles Frazier, Ron Rash and Allan Gurganus and Chris Dortch; a musical performance from Clyde Edgerton & The Rank Strangers; and a poetry reading from Terran

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11:11am

Wed April 15, 2015

2:31pm

Fri April 10, 2015
Arts & Culture

Celebration of Southern Literature: A Chat with 'The Joker' Himself, Andrew Hudgins

This is part of a series of interviews conducted with writers who will attend the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature April 16-18.  (Previously, WUTC has interviewed Jill McCorkle, Ron Rash and several others.)  More than 40 writers will be at the Celebration, taking part in discussion panels and other events, as well as meeting fans and signing autographs.  The public is invited.  The schedule and ticket information can be found here.

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6:29pm

Wed April 8, 2015
Books

Celebration of Southern Literature: Jill McCorkle on 'Life After Life' And Death

"I do believe there is a kind of good death," Jill McCorkle says in this interview.  Her most recent novel, Life After Life, addresses a subject many people find uncomfortable--conversations about death.  (The novel was initially inspired by her own father's passing, and she spent more than a decade working on this book.)  Set in a North Carolina retirement home, the novel is written from multiple points of view, and it contrasts the way the dyi

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12:17pm

Tue April 7, 2015
Community

Treating 'Nature-Deficit Disorder': A Conversation with Trails & Trilliums Keynote Richard Louv

Richard Louv joins us.  He's the keynote speaker at the Trails & Trilliums Festival taking place in Sewanee April 10 - 12.  He's also the author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder and The Nature Principle: Reconnecting with Life in a Virtual Age.  Louv is also the co-founder and Chairman Emeritus of the Children & Nature Network.

From the Trails & Trilliums Web site:

Keynote Talk: "The Nature Rich Life"

Louv will present a keynote talk and book signing during Wine & Wildflowers, Saturday, April 11 at 6:00 in the Assembly Auditorium. Tickets for the wine and cheese reception and the talk are $20 a person, payable at the door or online. Following his talk, there will be a chance to purchase and get autographs in copies of the brand new 10th Anniversary Edition of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature Deficit Disorder.

Read more about the 3-day festival at Nooga.com.

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3:45pm

Mon March 16, 2015
Arts & Culture

Chris Dortch Previews the Chattanooga Film Festival

The second annual Chattanooga Film Festival will happen April 2nd through April 5th.  Chris Dortch, the festival's founder and executive director, joins us to discuss some of the highlights, which include film screenings and live events with actors/filmmakers Bob Goldthwait,

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4:59pm

Thu March 12, 2015
Community

Dancing the Neural Tango: Dr. Summa-Chadwick Talks Music & Neurological Therapy

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick is a concert pianist and Executive Director of Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc.  She joins us today to talk about ways music and rhythm can be used to help patients with Parkinson's disease and autism.  MTGIC has a free concert, Tales of the Neural Tango, coming up March 22nd, and so Dr. Summa-Chadwick is also telling us how neurological disorders affected classical composers Robert Schumann and Olivier Messiaen.

From a press release about the concert:

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5:19pm

Wed March 11, 2015
Southern Lit

Ron Rash on 'Serena,' 'The World Made Straight' and Knowing When to End a Story

Ron Rash lives in North Carolina and teaches at Western Carolina University.
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Throughout the next few weeks, WUTC will interview authors coming to Chattanooga April 16th - 18th for the 2015 Celebration of Southern Literature.  Today Ron Rash joins us.  Rash is an acclaimed author of poetry, short stories and novels; much of his fiction takes place in North Carolina, where he grew up and continues to reside.

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5:03pm

Mon March 9, 2015
Arts & Culture

'Dorothy Parker Would Not Approve' Is Stacy Chapman's Prize-Winning Debut Play

Last year, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre put out a call for scripts from new playwrights in the region.  They were looking for original, unpublished scripts for The Festival of New Plays.

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12:32pm

Thu March 5, 2015
Volunteer State

Community Match Connects Students with Service Opportunities

Community Match is online at communitymatchchatt.com.

Robin Howe, creator of the Community Match Web site, joins us.  Community Match connects high school and college students with volunteer opportunities in Chattanooga.

From the Web site:

Community Match helps high school and college students in the Chattanooga area find service opportunities according to their time and needs. We aim to help guidance counselors with their workload and small non-profits and charitable businesses let their needs be known.

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4:58pm

Wed March 4, 2015
Happenings

ArtsBuild Honors Mai Bell Hurley on 3/10

Dan Bowers and Mary Kilbride join us to talk about the 2015 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award honoring Mai Bell Hurley.  Dan Bowers is the President of ArtsBuild, and Mary Kilbride is one of the people chairing the event on March 10th from 6 to 8 pm at the Hunter Museum.

From the ArtsBuild Web site:

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5:49pm

Mon March 2, 2015
Education

UTC Partners With Zoo, Other Organizations to Help Animals

Last year, students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy helped create a new prairie dog exhibit at the Chattanooga Zoo.  Now more partnerships that will enrich animals' lives and gather research data are continuing and expanding.  Funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, this year's projects will involve the zoo, the Tennessee Aquarium, and the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center.

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