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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UPDATE 7/13/15 @ 4:54 p.m:  NPR's Maureen Corrigan has reviewed Harper Lee's new novel Go Set A Watchman, and Corrigan calls it "a mess" and a "a troubling confusion of a novel."  Also, Tonja Carter, the attorney who claims she found the long-lost Watchman manuscript, has written an editorial in The Wall Street Journal discuss

Greenspaces is developing eco-friendly next-generation homes that could allow residents to never pay an electric bill.  Through solar panels, the homes could produce more energy than the homeowners consume.  The first will be built at 631 Hamilton Avenue on Chattanooga's North Shore.

Shawnessey Keith Cargile joins us to talk about the 5-week Objective Perspective series, which will happen at various locations in Chattanooga and feature live music, poetry, art, and opportunities for people to have an honest dialogue about (sometimes uncomfortable) subjects such as race and politics.


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Amy Pearson has worked with nonprofit organization On Point since 1997.  Promoted in 2011 to Executive Director, she's now been named the President.  She joins us to talk about their mission.

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Tim McCoy

Joseph Lusk II's story illustrates an aspect of local Civil War history that's sometimes forgotten: many people in East Tennessee supported the Union.

Tim McCoy is a great-great-great grandson of Lusk, and McCoy sponsored a new historical marker that tells exactly what happened in 1864 when 73-year-old Lusk fought back against rebel invaders.  The marker, located at 7723 Dalton Pike, S.E. in Cleveland, was dedicated on June 13th.  McCoy joins us to talk about the marker and about Bradley County history.

Sprinter, the sophomore album by southeastern singer/songwriter Torres, recently earned a spot on NPR's Favorite Albums of 2015 (So Far.)  Torres has also garnered praise from Pitchfork.com, Paste magazine and

Rachel Smith

The first same-sex couple to wed in Hamilton County got married on the courthouse lawn Friday, following a U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized same-sex marriages in all 50 states.  That evening, more than a hundred people gathered at Ross's Landing for a celebration rally, where City Councilman Chris Anderson announced a non-discrimination bill he plans to introduce at the next City Council meeting.

Special thanks to Nooga.com's David Morton for providing WUTC with audio from the Hamilton County Courthouse.

The Museum Center at 5ive Points is hosting a traveling Smithsonian exhibit, IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas.  Sam Rumschlag, the Museum Center's Curator of Collections, takes us on a tour of the exhibit, which will be on display until July 3rd.

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Start Up Week 2014 was a big success, and organizers are seeking community input for the next one.  Project Manager Stephanie Hays joins us to talk about Start Up Week and an informational meeting happening on Thursday, June 25th.

From a media release:

Startup Week Chattanooga Calls For Event Proposals

Donna Williams joins us to talk about neighborhood leadership.

What does it mean to be a leader on your street?  What qualities does it take?  How do the needs of a new neighborhood differ from one that's been around for decades?  Is a formal neighborhood association always the best answer?

Donna Williams is the director of the Department of Economic and Community Development for the City of Chattanooga, and they offer several ways to help create stronger communities through stronger leadership.

Chattanooga potter and independent radio producer John-Michael Forman created the three-minute satirical audio piece What Could be Bad About This?  It's the first one he's produced, and impressively enough, it's up for an international award--it's a finalist for the People's ShortDoc Award in Third Coast International's 2015 ShortDocs Challenge.  His was chosen from more tha


Nashville band The Dead Deads will perform Saturday at 7:45 p.m. on the TVFCU during Riverbend.  A high-energy mix of grunge, rock, their music is both aggressive and fun.

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Hawaiian-born electronic musician Kawehi will give one of the more unusual performances at this year's Riverbend Festival. 

Using a microphone, loopers and digital effects, she alters her voice to sound like a guitar, a bass, and drums.  Her cover of Nirvana's "Heart-Shaped Box" went viral last year, winning praise from Courtney Love, who called Kawehi's work "genius."  Now her YouTube channel has around seven millions hits.

Her live shows are a mix of cover songs and originals.  Check out her Nirvana cover below, and catch her at 9:15 p.m. on the TVFCU stage during Riverbend on Thursday evening.

At the 2015 Bessie Smith Strut, Deacon Bluz and the Holy Smoke Band's performance was cut short by a thunderstorm.  Before the rain and lightning came, Bluz gave tribute to B.B. King, who passed away recently at the age of 89.  See a clip of the performance in the video below.

Chattanooga Theatre Centre

The Chattanooga Theatre Center will perform Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, a comedy which won the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play.  In this segment, we hear excerpts from rehearsals, and we're joined by director Scott Dunlap and actress Kristina Montague, who plays Masha.  It opens June 12 and continues through June 28.