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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12:18pm

Mon November 3, 2014
Community

On Election Day, TN Voters Will Decide on 4 New Amendments

Nooga.com features an election guide where voters can type in their addresses and get personalized ballot information.

On Tuesday, November fourth, Tennessee voters will approve or reject four new amendments to the state constitution, along with choosing candidates in various elections.  Nooga.com's David Morton joins us to talk about the amendments and what a yes or no vote on each one could mean.

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10:40am

Thu October 30, 2014
Happenings

Paul LaJeunesse's North Shore Mural To Be Unveiled 11/7

Paul LaJeunesse's mural, the newest addition to public art on the North Shore, will be unveiled at a public event on November 7th from 4 - 6 p.m.

From a media release:

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1:23pm

Wed October 29, 2014
Happenings

Symphony on Stringer's Ridge Brings Classical Music Outdoors 11/1

From a media release:

Chattanoogans with a love for both music and the outdoors will be treated to a truly one-of-a-kind experience on November 1 with “Symphony on Stringer’s.” The event will be in Stringer’s Ridge Park from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and will feature a free concert by the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera brass quintet.

The concert will be held on “Old Baldy,” a cleared knoll overlooking the downtown skyline and the Tennessee River. Fall foliage should be in full array to offer an autumn backdrop and clear views from the ridge.

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11:16am

Wed October 29, 2014
Best New Read

Author Interview: Kerry Howley on ‘Thrown’

Kerry Howley teaches creative nonfiction at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and she’s written articles and essays for The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Reason and The Atlantic.  Her debut book, Thrown, is literary nonfiction about mixed martial arts fighting, philosophy and a search for transcendence.

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2:52pm

Mon October 27, 2014
Community

Nearly 500 Years After Protestant Reformation, Area Catholics and Lutherans Eye Reconciliation

When Martin Luther posted his 95 theses to a church door in the year 1517, he started a revolution that split mainstream Christianity into Catholics and Protestants.  But in the last few decades, Catholics and Lutherans around the world have worked toward reconciliation, and congregations in the Chattanooga area will come together for a special service on October 31st to commemorate the 497t

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1:23pm

Wed September 24, 2014
Storytellers Series

By Asking ‘Impossible Questions,’ A Traveler Creates Oral History

Corianna Moffatt poses with the niece of one of her interviewees from Cuba, NY at their family farm.
Credit Corianna Moffatt

In 2013, Corianna Moffatt quit her job and hit the road.  She was twenty-five years old and working as the Catering Manager at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

“It was with good people in Boston, a city that I loved," she says.  "But I was unhappy very unhappy, and it was time.”

In this audio documentary, she explains why she was unhappy and what motivated her to spend four months traveling around the country, meeting strangers and recording interviews with them.  She also reveals the "impossible" questions she asked to spur conversation. 

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10:06am

Thu September 18, 2014
Books

In ‘Tennesseans at War,’ The Volunteer State Earns Its Nickname

Tom Kanon joins us to discuss two intertwined, oft-overlooked military conflicts: The War of 1812 and the Creek War.  Kanon is an author and an archivist for the Tennessee State Library in Nashville.  His new book is Tennesseans at War, 1812–1815: Andrew Jackson, The Creek War, And The Battle of New Orleans.

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3:15pm

Tue September 16, 2014
Books

'The Postmortal' Paints a Terrifyingly Realistic Picture of Immortality

Drew Magary's novel The Postmortal explores what might happen if scientists discovered a cure for aging.

In this dystopian sci-fi story, governments initially outlaw the cure; many people obtain it and use it anyway, and the world soon faces overcrowding and increasing tensions between immortals and "organics" who remain mortal.

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12:14pm

Mon September 15, 2014
Happenings

Closed Door Entertainment Performing 'Chicago' 9/19 & 9/20

Closed Door Entertainment is performing Chicago on September 19th and 20th at the Memorial Auditorium's Robert K. Walker Memorial  Theatre.  Cast members Greg Glover and Randy Forester join us to talk about this Broadway favorite.

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11:07am

Thu September 11, 2014
Books

'Dollface' Sets A Serial Killer Loose In The Scenic City

Alabama-based The Ardent Writer Press recently published Dollface, a crime thriller set in Chattanooga.  The novel centers on Moses Palmer, a cop who runs afoul of his boss and the city's political powers as he tracks a serial killer.  Dollface is J.D. Frost's first novel, and he joins us for a conversation about it.

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1:49pm

Wed September 10, 2014
Community

Could Alcohol Abuse Cause Dementia?

Researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School tracked thousands of American adults for about 20 years.  They found that middle-aged adults with a history of alcohol abuse are at increased risk of developing severe memory impairment later in life.

Dr. Michael Osborne joins us to talk about the potential link between drinking and dementia.  He's a Chattanooga psychiatrist who has a board certification in addiction psychology.

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12:35pm

Fri September 5, 2014
Happenings

A GeoCASH Adventure: Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga Offers $35K in Prizes 9/13

The Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga is turning 50 years old, and they’re celebrating by hosting a race for a total of $35,000 in prize money.  Teams from 25 area nonprofits will compete September 13th in the Greater Race: A GeoCASH Adventure The public is invited to a finish-line party at the First Tennessee Pavilion in downtown Chattanooga.  The race begins at 9 a.m., and the public is encouraged to show up at the pavilion at 10 a.m.

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4:46pm

Wed September 3, 2014
Happenings

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Rolls out 'Railfest' 9/6 & 9/7

Robert Pettway joins us to talking about the upcoming Railfest celebration.

From a media release:

The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum is celebrating its 4th Annual Tennessee Valley Railfest on September 6-7 at the Grand Junction Depot off Jersey Pike in Chattanooga.  The weekend event is a salute to railroading history with unique excursions and family fun.

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11:33am

Fri August 29, 2014
Quite A Ride

Chattanooga UPS Drivers' 10-Million-Mile Journey Ends On Top

Charlie Millican (l) and Ronnie Tims (right) are retiring with perfect safety records and more than 40 years each on the road, which ranks them among the top 20 UPS drivers in the world.
Credit WUTC

Charlie Millican and Ronnie Tims have both been driving UPS trucks for more than forty years, have both stayed completely accident-free and have collectively traveled more than ten million miles.  Their perfect safety records rank them among the top twenty UPS drivers in the world.  Millican and Tims retired on August 28th, and it's truly the end of an era--Millican is the last original UPS driver in Chattanooga.

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5:43pm

Thu August 28, 2014
Books

‘Path of Valor’ Solves World War II Military Mystery

George Derryberry joins us to talk about his book Path Of Valor: A Marine’s Story.

In 1962, Lee Reynolds, a Marine, was on a work detail at Camp Lejeune, destroying old military equipment.  He discovered an old canteen with an inscription scratched on the surface:

SURIBACHI TAKEN I’M

               ON IT. KILLED 3 JAPS

               IWO JIMA ROUF GO

               MOVING ON TO CAVES

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