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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12:05pm

Wed May 7, 2014
Arts & Culture

How Music Can Be Medicine: A Conversation with Robert Gupta

Robert Gupta performs during a 2012 Ted Talk.

When Robert Gupta was only 17 years old, he graduated college with a degree in pre-med.  However, in graduate school, he went in a different direction, earning a master's in music from Yale University.  At 19 years old, he became a violinist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  In this interview with WUTC's Michael Edward Miller, Gupta talks about the positive effects music can have on the brain.  Gupta will be in Chattanooga May 9th for the Cam Busch Lecture Series.

From a media release:

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5:02pm

Fri May 2, 2014
Books

For the Love of Kaiju

The anthology Kaiju Rising features a short story by Chattanooga author Shane Berryhill.

Every few years, giant monsters rise from the ocean and smash cities--at least, in Hollywood movies and in fiction.  Last year, Pacific Rim presented a new twist on the theme, and this summer, yet another Godzilla remake will be released.

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11:46am

Fri May 2, 2014
Arts & Culture

Singer T. Graham Brown Shares Story of Recovery, Talks About New Album

Nashville singer/songwriter T. Graham Brown had a string of hits in the 1980s, but his career faltered as he struggled with alcoholism and bipolar disorder.  He stopped drinking, and his song "Wine into Water" came from the experience.  In this interview, Brown talks about it, and reveals details about the gospel album he's currently recording, which will feature guest stars such as Vince Gill and Leon Russell.

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12:08pm

Thu May 1, 2014
Books

Chattanooga Author’s Creation Debuts on Free Comic Book Day

Shane Berryhill’s new comic book series Sherwood, Texas will debut on Free Comic Book Day, which is Saturday, May 3rd.  WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller speaks with Berryhill about the series, which is a modern re-imagining of the Robin Hood story.

The publisher, 12 Gague Comics, describes it like this:

A story older than all of us, told now for the first time!

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10:31am

Fri April 25, 2014
Community

Nuclear Power Expansion Expected In TN

WUTC's Michael Edward Miller chats with John Williams, a speaker for the group Clean Energy America, which visited the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga campus.  The group says nuclear power supplies about 33% of Tennessee's power and is expected to supply even more soon.

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11:34am

Thu April 24, 2014
Books

Townley’s ‘Defiant’ Uncovers History of POW/MIA Movement

WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller speaks with Atlanta author Alvin Townley.  His latest book is Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned.  It recounts the true story of 11 American soldiers who were imprisoned under especially harsh conditions, and it explains how their wives founded the POW/MIA movement to help free them.

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10:18am

Wed April 23, 2014
Take Me Out to the Opera

Baseball Opera 'The Mighty Casey' Coming To Engel Stadium 4/24, 4/26

From a media release:

The Chattanooga-based grassroots operatic group, Artisti Affamati, will be presenting the opera, The Mighty Casey, at historic Engel Stadium in April 2014.  Professional local singers, musicians, directors, and and crew are coming together to present William Schuman’s operatic adaptation of the classic baseball poem “Casey at the Bat”.

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10:11am

Wed April 23, 2014
Happenings

Parkridge Hosts Wine and Pearls Benefit April 25

From a media release:

Parkridge Medical Center is proud to present Wine & Pearls 2014, a benefit for PearlPoint Cancer Support, on April 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Hunter Museum of American Art. Funds raised at this event will provide vital personalized guidance, support, and information to Chattanooga-area adults navigating the journey through cancer diagnoses and treatments.

 

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11:09am

Mon April 21, 2014
VW Vote

Corker, King Comment on UAW Appeal Withdrawal

U.S. Senator Bob Corker is commenting on the United Auto Workers' withdrawal of their appeal of the recent UAW vote at Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant.  "It's time for VW, our state and our community to re-engage and move forward with bringing additional jobs to Chattanooga," Corker said in a statement this morning.

In February, the UAW had sought to unionize the plant and narrowly lost in a 712-626 vote.  The UAW then appealed the vote, saying that Corker and other politicians had interfered.

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12:24am

Fri April 4, 2014
Arts & Culture

A Look at 'A Life,' as Chattanooga's First Major Film Festival Begins

The inaugural Chattanooga Film Festival kicked off with a music documentary, "A Life in the Death of Joe Meek."  WUTC's Rachel Smith attended the film's premiere and a Q&A with producer Howard S. Berger.  In this segment, Smith explains why the film was a perfect choice for the first-ever major film festival to happen in the Scenic City.

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1:56pm

Fri March 28, 2014
Arts & Culture

Here Are 5 Must-See Movies at the Chattanooga Film Fest

Chris Dortch, director of the first-ever Chattanooga Film Festival, joins us to discuss a few highlights among the 50+ films being screened between April 3rd and April 6th.

Here are five must-see movies mentioned in the interview:

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1:07pm

Mon March 24, 2014
Community

Affordable Care Deadline Approaches; Medicaid Gap May Hinder Enrollees

People seeking ACA enrollment help can enter their zip codes at HealthCare.gov and find local organizations.

Tennessee has about 890,000 residents who are uninsured and eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to Bill Corr, Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

"For these people," Corr says, it’s "extremely important" to sign up.  People who miss the deadline may have to pay a penalty.

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1:50pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Why Pay Less?

Tennessee Ranks #1 In High Sales Tax

This map ranks states by combined average state & local sales tax rates. Tennessee is highest.
Credit Tax Foundation

At 9.45%, Tennessee has the highest combined average state and local sales tax rate, according to a recent report by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation think tank.  In this segment, WUTC's Michael Edward Miller speaks with Scott Drenkard, a Tax Foundation economist, about the reason why the foundation collects and publicizes this information.  They also discuss the oft-touted claim that in Tennessee, the sales tax is high, but it's offset by low income tax.

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1:31pm

Fri March 21, 2014
Community

Chattanooga Photojournalist Gardner Will Document Kenyan Refugees

Sales of these watercolor necklaces will help fund Molly Gardner's Kenya trip. Jocelin Yagel designed the ink logos, and Meredith Blanchard is the owner of LimeTree Products, the jeweler putting everything together.
Credit Molly Gardner Photography

Molly Gardner plans to fly to Nairobi, Kenya this summer to meet women who create goods for the fair-trade nonprofit Amani ya Juu, which helps refugee women earn a living by creating clothing and other goods.

Gardner, a Chattanooga photographer and artist, works as the event coordinator for the Amani distribution center here in Chattanooga.

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1:02pm

Fri March 21, 2014
VW Vote

BREAKING: UAW Revote Hearing Rescheduled to 4/21

Earlier this week, it was announced that the National Labor Relations Board will conduct a hearing in Chattanooga to determine whether a second vote should happen at the Volkswagen plant where workers narrowly rejected the United Auto Workers' bid for representation.  The hearing was originally scheduled for April 7.

However, according to a NLRB spokesperson, the hearing has now been rescheduled to April 21st.

We'll have more details as they become available.

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