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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"In all of my work, I go out to listen and to learn," documentary filmmaker Robert Ashton Winslow says. "I have the stories I feel like I can approach, and then I just ask people what their experience is, what they think is most important."

Traveling around the South, working on a shoestring budget, Winslow has created about a dozen films as part of the Southern Dialogues series, including the feature-length Chattanooga Story.

By Ken Lund [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Remember the scene in the original National Lampoon’s Vacation when the Griswolds finally finish their long journey to Walley World and find the theme park is closed?

If you’re headed for a whitewater rafting trip on the Ocoee River and you don’t plan ahead, you might be similarly frustrated.

President Obama has declared May as Mental Health Awareness Month, and says this year "approximately one in five American adults... will experience a diagnosable mental health condition like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or post-traumatic stress."

Still, Obama says, millions of Americans still do not receive the care they need, and there is still considerable stigma associated with mental health treatment.

Steve Inskeep is best known as the host of NPR's Morning Edition, but he's also an author.  His new work of nonfiction is JACKSONLAND: President Andrew Jackson, Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab.   It centers on Jackson and Ross's twenty-year battle over ownership of Cherokee lands, a battle that "seems at once distant and familiar," according to the publisher.

Originally scheduled for April 18th and delayed due to inclement weather, the Little Owl Festival will take place Saturday, May 23rd from 11 am to 6 pm at Audubon Acres in East Brainerd.  Proceeds benefit the Chattanooga Audubon Society, and board member Ray Zimmerman joins us to talk about the festival.  We also hear several of the musical acts scheduled to perform.

Closed Door Entertainment

In this segment, we've got excerpts from Closed Door Entertainment's production of  Mary Poppins - The Musical.  It features new songs as well as many classics from the 1964 Disney film.  We're also speaking with Mary Beth Torgerson, who plays the lead role of Mary Poppins, and Johnny Krause, who plays George Banks.

Performances will be May 22nd & 23rd at 7:30 pm and May 23rd & 24th at 2 pm at the Memorial Auditorium.

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Pundits are already talking about the 2016 Presidential election, and the Tennessee primaries are less than a year off. 

Looking to get more informed as the election season ramps up?

Bernadette and Travis Upton, founders of WEAVE Dance Company, join us to talk about their nontraditional approach to teaching dance classes and performing as a dance company.  Described as a "creative entanglement of fearless movement," WEAVE has classes such as Abnormal Ballet, Abnormal Barre, Hip-Hop and more.

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In this segment, we're talking about TechTown, a 2.5-million-dollar learning center opening this summer.  TechTown is not a school; founders call it a "people's house of technology."  It's a place where kids can find their own interests and explore them at their own pace.

CEO Cordell Carter joins us to give us details about TechTown's innovative approach to education, the nonprofit TechTown Foundation, and their summer camps that begin June 29.

The 8th annual Chattanooga Jewish Film Series began in April and continues every Wednesday in May.  Films will be shown at 7pm at the Jewish Cultural Center.  Sanford Winer, Chair of the Film Series, and Ann Treadwell, Program Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga, join us to discuss the films.

Michael Devine previews Dan Forrest's 'Requiem for the Living,' a 40-minute, 5-movement work that's a very modern take on the traditional idea of requiem music.  Devine is the Artistic Director of Choral Arts of Chattanooga, which will perform the piece on May 2nd from 7 to 9 pm at First Baptist Church.

More information & ticket info is here.

"Jane Pauley 2012 Shankbone" by David Shankbone - Own work. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jane_Pauley_2012_Shankbone.JPG#/media/File:Jane_Pauley_2012_Shankbone.JPG

Rodney Battles, President of the AIM Center in Chattanooga, joins us today to talk about the organization's mission and 25-year history in the area.

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Award-winning journalist and bestselling author Jane Pauley will serve as the guest speaker at the AIM Center's Creativity and Courage in MentalHealth benefit and 25th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at The Chattanoogan Ballroom.

On Sunday, May 3rd, the eighth annual Chocolate Fling and VIP Brunch will raise funds for the Epilepsy Foundation of Southeast Tennessee, which provides free support and services such as advocacy, case management, and prescription assistance.  Christine Cates and her daughter Jenavieve join us.  Christine volunteers with the Foundation, and her daughter was diagnosed with epilepsy at a very early age.

Read more about the Chocolate Fling here.

Monday, April 13, 2015
Yee Won Liew

This segment is part of our Charity Begins at Home series, in which we profile nonprofits that have strong ties to the Chattanooga area.  The Chambliss Center for Children has a long history dating back to the 1870s.  Over the decades, they've changed from an orphanage into a facility that provides affordable childcare and early childhood education for low-income families.  They've also started several innovative initiatives, such as 24-hour child care and helping local teachers by running chi

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On Monday, April 27 from 5:30 to 7 pm, Mayor Berke will give the annual State of the City address at the Chattanoogan hotel.  "We want as many people there as possible," Berke says in this interview, and the event is free and open to the public.