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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Dan Bowers and Mary Kilbride join us to talk about the 2015 Ruth Holmberg Arts Leadership Award honoring Mai Bell Hurley.  Dan Bowers is the President of ArtsBuild, and Mary Kilbride is one of the people chairing the event on March 10th from 6 to 8 pm at the Hunter Museum.

From the ArtsBuild Web site:

Last year, students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy helped create a new prairie dog exhibit at the Chattanooga Zoo.  Now more partnerships that will enrich animals' lives and gather research data are continuing and expanding.  Funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, this year's projects will involve the zoo, the Tennessee Aquarium, and the Reflection Riding Arboretum and Nature Center.

Dr. Marshall Horton and Charlotte Smith joins us to talk about the 2015 Rump Run.  Dr. Horton is a Chattanooga gastroenterologist who is on the board of the Greater Chattanooga Colon Cancer Foundation.  Charlotte Smith and her daughter are colon cancer survivors.

From the event's Web site:


UPDATE 2/26 12:08 pm: By a 3-2 vote, the FCC today approved EPB's petition to expand its high-speed Internet service, as well as a similar petition filed in North Carolina by the city of Wilson.  In a news release, the FCC said:

"The Federal Communications Commission today opened the door for two community broadband providers to expand service, preempting state laws in Tennessee and North Carolina that prevented these and similar broadband providers in the two states from meeting local demand for broadband service.

From 2010 to 2013, the nonprofit group Gaining Ground took the lead in growing Chattanooga's local food scene.  But their $1.65 million in grant money ran out, so a new group,  Harvested Here, now helps local farmers get their products into Chattanooga's restaurants and stores.  Whitney Marks, the sales and marketing director for Harvested Here, joins us to explain exactly what they do.

Founders Kelly McCarthy and Aaron Gustafson describe Code and Creativity as a “social talk series” designed to connect developers, designers, and anyone else who wants to join in.  This eclectic group gathers every other month at The Camp House to hear one out-of-town and one local expert share their experiences.  Each event is free to the public and snacks and a beverage are provided.

Chattanooga's Relay For Life will raise money for the fight against cancer, celebrate those who have survived cancer, and give participants a chance to honor those who have passed away.  Although the event isn't until May 30th, you can visit the Web site right now and make donations, sponsor teams, and sign up to participate.

Bob Citrullo, Executive Director of the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga, took over in December of 2013.  In this interview, he talks about his first year as the executive director; challenges and long-term goals for the organization; how they're more than just an animal shelter; and creative ways to raise funds, including their upcoming murder mystery dinner.

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Linda Benton from the Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society Alliance joins us to discuss the second annual Med Rock Battle of The Bands, which will raise money for a scholarship fund.  We're also speaking with Courtney Green, a freshman at The University of Georgia, who won last year's $10,000 award.

From a media release:

What: 2nd Annual  Med Rock :Battle of the Physician Bands 2015 

Chattanooga's Center for Mindful Living is hosting an eight week course on mindfulness and stress reduction.  Instructor Claudio A. Barrientos (from the Mindful Center Knoxville) and local psychotherapist Julie L. Brown join us to explain how it works.

Information about the eight-week course and registration for the course is at the Center for Mindful Living's Web site.

One of the funniest, most elaborately-produced podcasts in Chattanooga, Dark Princess Theatre is an audio series produced in the style of old-time radio dramas.  It centers on Lady Gwendolyn, who is an undead Southern belle; Aleistaire Rook, a.k.a The Bloody Butler, who is a droll sociopath; and other monsters who live in the fictitious town of Ashwood.

Local playwrights Jeremy Pickard and Jennifer R. Jones join us to talk about their one-act plays being performed at the Dalton Little Theatre in Dalton, Georgia.  Pickard wrote and is directing Dickcissel, an avant-garde work about a bird caught in a barbed-wire fence who interacts with a cowboy.  The play deals with themes of identity and the unanswerable questions in this world, according to the Dalton Little Theatre's Web site.  Jennifer R.

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

Ray Laliberte, a teacher at Chattanooga’s Center For Creative Arts, talks about a memory that’s both his hardest one and fondest one.  He tells us about his student Kelly Butler, who passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly during her senior year.

In 2014, Chattanooga, Tennessee celebrated its 175th birthday.  As part of the celebratory events, WUTC  88.1 FM recorded interviews with approximately 30 residents for an oral history project.

This story is from Ellen Heavilon, Executive Director and Founder of the Hart Gallery, which supports homeless and non-traditonal artists by helping them create artwork and giving them a place to sell it.  Heavilon's story is about trust and transformation.