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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11:43am

Wed February 11, 2015
Arts & Culture

Seen And Heard: ‘Dark Princess Theatre’ Voice Actors Host Live Events, Too

Dark Princess Theatre cast members Hope Holloway and Marcus Ellsworth.

One of the funniest, most elaborately-produced podcasts in Chattanooga, Dark Princess Theatre is an audio series produced in the style of old-time radio dramas.  It centers on Lady Gwendolyn, who is an undead Southern belle; Aleistaire Rook, a.k.a The Bloody Butler, who is a droll sociopath; and other monsters who live in the fictitious town of Ashwood.

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1:14pm

Mon February 9, 2015
Happenings

Dalton Little Theatre Presents 'A Night of One Acts' Feb 13, 14 & 15

Local playwrights Jeremy Pickard and Jennifer R. Jones join us to talk about their one-act plays being performed at the Dalton Little Theatre in Dalton, Georgia.  Pickard wrote and is directing Dickcissel, an avant-garde work about a bird caught in a barbed-wire fence who interacts with a cowboy.  The play deals with themes of identity and the unanswerable questions in this world, according to the Dalton Little Theatre's Web site.  Jennifer R.

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11:30am

Fri February 6, 2015
CHA175

Chattanooga Oral History: Darrell McDonald's Story

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

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12:48pm

Thu February 5, 2015
CHA175

Chattanooga Oral History: Ray Laliberte's Story

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

Ray Laliberte, a teacher at Chattanooga’s Center For Creative Arts, talks about a memory that’s both his hardest one and fondest one.  He tells us about his student Kelly Butler, who passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly during her senior year.

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12:49pm

Wed February 4, 2015
CHA175

Chattanooga Oral History: Ellen Heavilon's Story

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

This story is from Ellen Heavilon, Executive Director and Founder of the Hart Gallery, which supports homeless and non-traditonal artists by helping them create artwork and giving them a place to sell it.  Heavilon's story is about trust and transformation.

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2:38pm

Mon February 2, 2015
CHA175

Chattanooga Oral History: Moses Freeman's Story

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

Moses Freeman joins us for this segment.  Born here, he's a City Council member who represents District 8.  He talks about growing up in Chattanooga and the changes he's seen in technology and civil rights.

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6:00am

Mon February 2, 2015
TN Capitol Hill

Will Terminally-Ill Tennesseans Get the ‘Right To Try’ Experimental Drugs?

Credit Nicki Dugan Pogue / Flickr/Creative Commons

State Rep. Jon Lundberg and Sen. Joey Hensley are sponsoring HB0143, the "Tennessee Right To Try Act," which allows terminally-ill patients to ask pharmaceutical companies for experimental drugs or medical devices that the FDA hasn't approved.

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6:39pm

Thu January 29, 2015
Arts & Culture

'Awesome Songs for Cool Kids' Wins Adult Fans, Too

Awesome Songs for Cool Kids was released in 2014.

Chattanooga native Alex Volz returned to the Scenic City after more than a decade of living in Los Angeles.  While in LA, he recorded a children's album, Awesome Songs for Cool KidsNow that he's back here, he's been performing his wild, hilarious songs at local events like Normalpalooza and the Mainx24 festival.

Volz has fans in both Chattanooga and Los Angeles.

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11:50am

Mon January 26, 2015
Arts & Culture

'The Future West' Film Team Seeks Crowdfunding for Sequel

Wally (Chris Schulz, left) and Sugar Baby (Geoff James, right) are two lifelong friends lost in the wilderness in Cindicate's 'The Future West.'

Southern dramatic short The Future West premiered at last year's Chattanooga Film Festival. Cindicate Productions created the  22-minute film about two friends lost in the Georgia wilderness, seeking direction--both literally and metaphorically.  Being lost together forces them to have deep, honest conversation about their lives.

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4:53pm

Thu January 22, 2015
Arts & Culture

Harping In Harmony: Beverly Inman-Ebel Previews Free CHE Concerts

For decades, Beverly Inman-Ebel longed to play the harp, but never got around to learning it.  In this interview, she tells us what motivated her to finally take lessons and become a proficient player.  She’s now active in the local harp community—she is president of the Jan Pennington Gray Harp Fund, and she performs with the Chattanooga Harp Ensemble, which is giving two free concerts at the end of the month.

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4:29pm

Wed January 21, 2015
Best New Read

Berryhill Gets His ‘Mojo’ Working in New Novel

In this version of Chattanooga, monsters hide beneath the streets and in lurk dark corners.

Shane Berryhill’s Bad Mojo features vampires—called “vipers” by the locals—who dwell in underground Chattanooga.  Zombies attack people in alleys near the Terminal Brewhouse.  Legendary dive bar the Stone Lion is still open for business, an enchanted, magically-protected haven for humans and supernatural creatures alike.

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11:33am

Tue January 20, 2015
Community

Family Justice Center: A New Approach to Helping Domestic Violence Victims

Chattanooga's Family Justice Center, which will open in a temporary Brainerd location in the spring, will help victims of domestic violence by placing many different support services under one roof.  Nooga.com journalist David Morton has been covering the new center, and he joins us to share excerpts of his interview with the center's Executive Director, Valerie Radu, and his interview with Chattanooga Police Chief Fred Fletcher.

In his Nooga.com article, Morton writes:

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1:26pm

Wed January 14, 2015
Community

Douglas Tallamy: Why Home Gardening 'Transcends the Needs of the Gardener'

Noted author Douglas W. Tallamy will be the keynote speaker at the Tennessee Valley Wild Ones' 2015 Plant Natives symposium, which will take place Saturday, January 24th.  Tallamy wrote Bringing Nature Home: How Native Plants Sustain Wildlife in Our Gardens, and he co-wrote The Living Landscape: Designing for Beauty and Biodiversity in the Home Garden.

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12:16pm

Tue January 13, 2015
Education

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Earns Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement

The Carnegie Foundation has designated the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga as a 2015 Community Engagement University.  Dr. Deborah Arfken, who chaired the committee that led the application process, and Dr. Steve Angle, the Chancellor of UTC, join us to explain how UTC won the honor and what it means.

From UTC's University Relations:

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1:50pm

Mon January 12, 2015
Slam Dunk

‘I Got Cut A Lot,’ Harlem Globetrotter Says, But Persevered Anyway

WUTC's Calvin Forrest and Harlem Globetrotter "Zeus" McClurkin pose in the WUTC studios.

When Julian "Zeus" McClurkin was in high school, he got cut from the basketball team for several years. But his love of the game kept him going.

"My perseverance came from the naysayers," he says in this interview with WUTC's Calvin Forrest and WUTC's Michael Edward Miller.

McClurkin became a professional player--first for the Washington Generals, and now for their rivals, the Harlem Globetrotters.

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