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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1:52pm

Wed August 27, 2014
Arts & Culture

‘Dark Princess Theatre’ Podcast Blends Horror & Comedy

Hope Holloway and Marcus Ellsworth star in "Dark Princess Theatre." Holloway plays Lady Gwendolyn, and Ellsworth plays Alestaire and is the head writer for the episodic audio play.

Produced in Chattanooga, Dark Princess Theatre is a serialized audio play set in the fictitious town of Ashwood, where the undead Lady Gwendolyn, her psychotic butler Aleistaire, a semi-retired Southern Grim Reaper and other characters live together in the spooky Hourglass Manor.  Sometimes Lovecraftian, sometimes Seinfeldian, the show skewers genre tropes.

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11:19am

Fri August 22, 2014
Happenings

Comedian Duncan Trussell Performing at JJ's 8/26

Joel Ruiz joins us to talk about what's new with Chattanooga's underground comedy scene.  Ruiz is a comedian, writer, performer and show producer/promoter.  Through his production company Evatt & Bloom, he's creating film projects, comedy sketches, and more, and is editing the "Organic Tour" documentary about the alternative and underground comedy scenes in cities throughout the Southeast. 

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11:59am

Wed August 20, 2014
Community

How Low Impact Design Challenge Winners Would Transform Northgate Mall

Winning designs can be viewed at GreenspacesChattanooga.com

The Resource Rain Low Impact Development (LID) Design Challenge asked teams of engineers, architects and designers to come up with innovative, greener ways to manage stormwater runoff.  Teams created concepts for four sites around Chattanooga: Broad Street, Cherokee Boulevard, Bonny Oaks and Northgate Mall.  The teams who created the top design for each location were awarded $10,000 each.

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3:56pm

Thu August 14, 2014
Education

Innovation, Higher Education & Chattanooga’s Future: A Conversation with UTC Chancellor Angle

Dr. Steve Angle
Credit The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

About thirteen months ago, Dr. Steve Angle became the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s new chancellor.  In this interview, Dr. Angle reflects on his first year at UTC and looks ahead.  Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has proposed that the city create a new innovation district for businesses, and UTC could complement it, particularly if it’s located downtown near the campus.

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3:32pm

Wed August 13, 2014
Happenings

Climate Chattanooga Renewable Energy Festival Coming up 8/16

The Cool Down Chattown Climate Chattanooga Renewable Energy Festival will happen Saturday, August 16th at the Crash Pad.  Sandy Kurtz from the Chattanooga Healthy Energy for Everyone coalition joins us for an interview about the free festival and the new coalition.  In this interview, we also speak about the future of renewable energy with Chris Ann Lunghino, the Tennessee organizing representative from the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign.

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4:24pm

Thu August 7, 2014
Community

Images of Africa: Molly Gardner Photographs Kenyan Refugees

One of the women Molly Gardner photographed in Kenya.
Credit Molly Gardner Photography

Chattanooga photojournalist Molly Gardner traveled to Nairobi, Kenya and photographed refugee women who live there. The women work for Amani Ya Juu, a fair-trade nonprofit that helps the women create and sell clothing and other goods to earn a living. Amani has several locations in Africa, as well as a distribution center in Chattanooga.

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2:07pm

Wed August 6, 2014
Community

Hamilton County Election Day is 8/7. Here's How to Get Informed.

Nooga.com features an election guide at http://election.nooga.com/

August 7th will feature both Democratic and Republican primaries and will give Hamilton County residents a chance to vote on state and local judges, the Hamilton County Mayor, and more. The ballot has so many choices, it can be overwhelming. Here's how to get informed:

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11:48am

Mon August 4, 2014
Arts & Culture

Charlie Newton’s Art Classes Make a ‘SPLASH’ with Underprivileged Kids

This YouTube video shows children participating in a SPLASH workshop in February.
Credit YouTube/SPLASH Youth Arts

It's three p.m. on a sunny July afternoon, and even though it’s summer, the children inside the old James A. Henry school building look thrilled to be inside a classroom. Some of them are grinning as if they were on a trip to Disneyworld.

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11:19am

Thu July 31, 2014
Happenings

Closed Door Entertainment Presents 'Shrek' Musical August 15 - 17

Grace Kling, who plays Princess Fiona, and Johnny Krause, who plays Shrek, discuss Shrek The Musical.  Closed Door Entertainment is performing it at the Tivoli on August 15th, 16th, and 17th.  More information is at CDE's Web site.

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11:09am

Thu July 31, 2014
Happenings

Colbie Callat Headlines Siskin StarNight 8/16

Siskin StarNight co-chairs Charles and Betty Lebovitz join us to talk about the event, which features singer Colbie Callat and benefits Siskin Children's Institute.  It will take place August 16th at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

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1:11pm

Thu July 24, 2014
Community

Consumer Watch's Ellen Phillips Is In Your Corner

Ellen Phillips writes the Consumer Watch column for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, which appears on Sundays.  She's also written two books: Shocked, Appalled, and Dismayed!: How to Write Letters of Complaint That Get Results and Fight Back and Win!

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12:36pm

Wed July 23, 2014
Books

Book News: A 'Treasure' Of Thrilling Westerns from Tim Champlin

"Treasure of the Templars" is one of more than 35 novels by Chattanooga-area author Tim Champlin, whose career began in the early 1980s.

Chattanooga-area author Tim Champlin's first few novels were published in the early 1980s.  Writing mainly Westerns, he's now penned more than thirty-five books.  In this extended interview, he discusses his long career.  Many of his novels originally published in paperback or hardcover are being re-issued as e-books.

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2:11pm

Mon July 21, 2014
In Chattanooga 7/24

Janisse Ray’s ‘The Seed Underground’ Explains Startling Loss of Seed Diversity

'The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food' by Janisse Ray. She will be in Chattanooga on July 24th.

“[I]n the last one hundred years,” Janisse Ray writes in The Seed Underground: A Growing Revolution to Save Food, “94 percent of seed varieties available at the turn of the century in America and considered a part of the human commons have been lost.”

Her book explains why so many seed varieties have vanished, and how this loss could pose serious environmental dangers.

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9:48am

Wed July 16, 2014
Books

Supernatural Suspense for Young Shapeshifters in 'Island of Fog' Series

Keith Robinson shows off several of the Island of Fog books.

Keith Robinson's Island of Fog series first launched in 2009.  Aimed at children ages 9 and up, the books have found a following among adult sci-fi/fantasy fans as well.

The protagonist, Hal Franklin, is a twelve-year-old shapeshifter who can turn into a dragon.  Along with his friends, he must keep an uneasy peace between humans and mythical creatures such as dragons, ogres, and centaurs.

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10:41am

Mon July 14, 2014
VW

VW Chattanooga Not Only Gets New SUV; Also Gets New Research Center

New midsize SUV from Volkswagen to be produced in Chattanooga (Concept car shown)
Credit Copyright Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Saying that the United States "is and will remain one of the most important markets for Volkswagen," officials at Volkswagen announced that the Chattanooga, Tennessee plant will assemble the company's new midsize, seven-passenger SUV.  About $600 million will be invested in new production, and 2,000 new jobs are expected to be added.

"This is also a strong signal for the US as an industrial and automobile production location," said Prof. Dr. Martin Winterkorn, Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, in a prepared statement.

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