Michael Edward Miller

Around & About Host/News Producer

A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Michael Edward Miller hosts Around and About Chattanooga.  His favorite radio programs and podcasts include This American Life, Radiolab and Everything Is Stories. During WUTC fund drives, he looks forward to cats clawing out another Pet Wars Day victory.

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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.

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.

Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Maury Wills is coming to Chattanooga on Tuesday, June 17th to be the keynote speaker at the 2014 Southern League All-Star Luncheon.  This year, the Chattanooga Lookouts will host the Southern League All-Star game, with the game itself on the 17th at AT&T Field, and a home run derby happening on July 16th at historic Engel Stadium.

Maury Wills and Lookouts President and General Manager Rich Mozingo appear in this segment to talk about how the all-star game luncheon will benefit the RBI Program of Chattanooga, which brings baseball to inner-city children.

Wills also discusses highlights of his career--a legendary shortstop known for stealing bases, he explains his "perfect practice" philosophy, and reveals his struggle with drug addiction after his baseball career ended, explaining how he got clean and now uses his story to inspire others.

In this interview, Chattanooga authors Becky Wooley and Michael W. Gardner and Chattanooga audiobook narrator George Taylor explain how to get free downloads of their work--available in June only.

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THREE CHATTANOOGA AUTHORS, ONE CHATTANOOGA NARRATOR

Bee populations have declined over the past few years, and as these pollinators die off, our own food supply could dwindle.  Scientists are researching a variety of causes, including controversial pesticides and a

“There’s a lot that happened [in Chattanooga] that people are not aware of,” acclaimed Civil War author Jeff Shaara says of the battles that took place in 1863, when Union forces controlled the city and Confederates cut off supply lines.  Shaara’s new novel The Smoke At Dawn dramatizes what happened, including conflicts such as the Battle of Lookout Mountain and the Battle of Missionary Ridge.

The Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon is coming up June 29th, and the Chattanooga Ironman competition is coming up September 28th.  In our monthly Ask A Doc segment, Dr. Danielle Mitchell from the Chattanooga Sports Institute and Center for Health joins us with advice about training for these kind of grueling competitions.

Cleveland's Museum Center at 5ive Points has a lot to offer racing fans this summer.  The exhibit In the Dirt: The Fast and Dirty World of Dirt Track Racing will be on display until August 16th, and the documentary film It’s a Dirt Track Life: Memories of Dirt Track Racing from Dawsonville to Gatlinburg will be screened on June 5th at 7:30 p.m.  Created by Cleveland historians Ron and Debbie Moore, the film explores the world of dirt-track racing in Tennessee and Georgia.

The Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's production Lunch Money  is based on children's real experiences with bullying, and is intended to open a dialogue among children.  Eleven Ooltewah Middle School students recently performed it.  In this segment, Ensemble Theatre Artistic Director Garry Lee Posey, Ooltewah Middle theater teacher Chris Cooper and student Ryan Cain talk about the play's impact and where it may next be seen.  The play can be customized for different schools--it can be re-written to reflect the specific expe

A new organization, iSolve Project, could create two communities in Chattanooga where people with autism (and other populations) could live together and find support.  This interview includes iSolve Project founder Lori Sanders and Dave Buck from the Chattanooga Autism Center. Coming up on June 3rd at 6:30 p.m., the center will host a meeting to gauge public interest.

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Brooke Brown of Brown Dirt Farm and Brad Solomon of Mountain Song Farm join WUTC's Michael Edward Miller to discuss a new option for artisan goods and local and organic food in Chattanooga.  The Northside Farmers' Market is located at the Northside Presbyterian Church, 923 Mississippi Avenue, and is open Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm.

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller speaks with Michelle Hecker Davis, Executive Director of LearningRX Chattanooga, about symptoms of ADD and ADHD, as well as treatment options.

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Rick Huffines, Executive Director of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust, and Sarah Quattrochi, Outreach and Development Director, join WUTC's Michael Edward Miller to discuss several ways the TRGT is supporting ecological preservation in the river gorge, including a climate change vulnerability assessment of the natural communities within the gorge.  A Lyndhurst Foundation grant is making the climate change assessment possible.  In this segment, Huffines and Quattrochi also discuss the TRGT’s annual fundraiser

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller speaks with On Point Executive Director Amy Pearson about Life On Point, a program intended to help teens make healthy choices in regards to drugs, alcohol, violence and other potential problems.  The Journal of Adolescent and Family Health recently published a scientific study about the program.  In this interview, Pearson shares what researchers learned.

Two authors co-wrote the latest Tupelo cookbook: Elizabeth Sims, who is a food writer, and Brian Sonoskus, the executive chef at the original Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville, N.C.  The book centers on food from the Blue Ridge Mountains, and it explains how such recipes can differ from the usual Southern fare.  In this interview, the authors speak with WUTC's Michael Edward Miller about Tupelo Honey Cafe: New Southern Flavors From the Blue Ridge Mountains.  The cookbook is available at Tupelo Honey's

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