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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Closed Door Entertainment is performing a musical version of The Addams Family at the Tivoli October 16th - 18th.  In this segment, we get a preview of the show.

Dr. Martha Summa-Chadwick joins us with a musical preview of the upcoming Body and Soul III Concert at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on October 9th.  She is a piano player/teacher and the founder of Music Therapy Gateway in Communications, Inc. 

From a press release:

Several  leading  regional  musical  organizations  will  collaborate  in  a  unique  chamber

music  concert  taking  place  at  the  Roland  Hayes  concert  hall  on  the  campus  of  UTC

  David Liebe Hart can be weird and hilarious.  He's an actor/comedian/musician/puppeteer who has done stand-up and appeared on television as a regular on the Adult Swim network's Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!  (In a sketch titled “Bad Cop, Worse Cop,” he played a police officer who used a ventriloquist’s dummy to smack around a suspect.)  He's also appeared in films, including the campy, low-budget comedy White Cop.

  Chattanooga Theatre Centre Executive Director George Quick joins us to discuss two of their upcoming productions.    Sister Act: A Divine Musical is based on the 1992 hit comedy.  The Broadway version was nominated for five Tony Awards.  It starts September 18th at the CTC and runs through October 4th.

Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health founder Dr. Danielle Mitchell joins us to discuss why she calls our current healthcare system "sickcare," and how she's offering her patients an new membership-based "fitcare" payment model, a pay-as-you-go model, and transparent pricing.

Caroline Johnson, one of GoFest's organizers, joins us to talk about the free annual event, which drew a crowd of more than eleven thousand people last year to the Chattanooga Zoo.  This year's crowd could be even bigger, so the city is offering a free shuttle from a parking lot at Engel Stadium.


  The Center for American Progress Action Fund ranked all 50 states (and the District of Columbia) on three main areas critical to a healthy democratic process: ballot accessibility in each state, influence in the political system, and representation in state government.  The report gave Tennessee a failing grade for ballot accessibility.

Lauren Harmon, one of the report's authors, joins us to talk about it.


Alex Volz joins us to talk about his new album of kids' music, The Little Merman.

  Volz is known for creating sophisticated pop, rock, blues and punk songs that go beyond the usual kiddie fare. 

Rod Francis created The Grow Young Project, an online resource about healthy aging that includes articles and interviews with scientists and experts.  Francis joins us on Around and About to talk about the motivation behind his project and what he's learning.  He'll give a presentation at the Center for Mindful Living on August 29th from 1 pm to 4 pm. 

Director/co-writer Zachary Lee Ratchford, actress/co-writer Ashley Larsen, and co-writer Jeremy Pickard join us to talk about The Snare of the Fowler, an independent feature-length film that's being created in the Chattanooga/North Georgia region.  The team is seeking crowdfunding through the Seed & Spark Web site, where the story is described as:

Molly Gardner Photography

Amani ya Juu helps women in Kenya, Uganda and Liberia earn a living by creating hand-made goods.  The African fair-trade organization has Chattanooga roots--the founder, Becky Chinchen, is a Chattanooga native, and the organization's United States distribution center is located here on South Willow Street in the Ridgedale community near downtown.

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Philadelphia artist Meg Saligman travels around the world, getting commissions to create huge works of public art.  She’s painted a fresco in Mexico city, a water tower in Tanzania, and a 32,000 square-foot mural in Nebraska.

But her project on MLK Boulevard in Chattanooga is the largest one she's ever created.  In fact, she says it will be one of the largest murals in the United States, and she's asked local artists and dozens of volunteers to pick up brushes and help.

Dr. Kelly Rodney Arnold compares Clinica Medicos to Doctors Without Borders—the organization that goes on medical missions around the world.

"I commonly joke with my friends that we don’t need airfare to do the work that we’re doing here," she says.  "We have found and identified mission work to be done in an urban landscape."

In this interview, we're finding out why a new Chattanooga restaurant is partnering with a local nonprofit that’s protecting the Tennessee River Gorge.  We're speaking with Miguel Morales, one of the co-owners of the Feed Co. Table & Tavern.  Located on the Southside, it opened August 4th.  We’ve also speaking with Sarah Quattrochi, the Outreach and Development Director for the Tennessee River Gorge Trust.