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. 



Mon July 8, 2013
In Chattanooga July 19 & 20

'Spring Awakening' Musical Revives Banned German Play

Closed Door Entertainment will perform Spring Awakening at Chattanooga's Memorial Auditorium's RKW Theater on July 19th and 20th.  Intended for mature audiences only, this rock musical is based on a controversial German play from 1891.  Director J.C. Smith and actor Damon Gillespie join WUTC for this interview. 


Fri July 5, 2013

More Chattanoogans Choosing Argentine Wine

Mariano Cebrian poses with a bottle of Argentine wine.

In this segment, WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller finds out why wines from Argentina are becoming popular with Scenic City wine drinkers.  He visits Jax Liquors, which has a section of Argentine wines, talks to Damon Levy from Vine Connections, and chats with Mariano Cebrian from Panoram Imports.  Panoram hosts a regular Argentine wine cruise on the Tennessee River.   

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Wed July 3, 2013
Criminal Justice

What's the Connection Between Race & Pot Busts?

The ACLU's "War On Marijuana In Black And White" report gives detailed statistics for Tennessee.


The ACLU released a study recently, The War On Marijuana In Black And White, which says there’s a disparity in who gets arrested for marijuana—black people are far more likely to be arrested for possessing pot than white people are.  However, the study indicates that blacks and whites use marijuana at comparable rates.

In this news feature, WUTC's Michael Edward Miller examines why the disparity might exist.  He speaks with one of the study's authors, as well as several criminal justice experts, and Congressman Steve Cohen, who introduced a bill earlier this year to create a National Commission on Federal Marijuana Policy.

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Mon July 1, 2013

TN Valley Wild Ones: Planting Milkweed to Save Monarchs

A female Monarch butterfly
Credit Kenneth Dwain Harrelson / (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0)

    The monarch butterfly population is dwindling, and gardeners in Chattanooga are helping restore the butterflies' lost habitats.  The Tennessee Valley Wild Ones ordered 1,500 milkweed plants from Monarch Watch, a national organization based in Kansas, and they're donating some of the plants to people building monarch waystations.

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Tue June 25, 2013
8 p.m. Wednesdays on Fox

Chattanooga's Beth Kirby Could Be the Next MasterChef

Beth Kirby competes on the weekly cooking show MasterChef.

Beth Kirby, a food blogger and amateur chef who lives in Chattanooga, is a weekly contestant on MasterChef.  Gordon Ramsay hosts the cooking competition, which airs Wednesday evenings on Fox. In this interview, Kirby tells WUTC what it's like to be on the show, and she talks about her blog, Local Milk.

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Mon June 24, 2013
Forward Into The Past

Tweeting ‘Medieval Awesomeness’: A Conversation with @SCASocial

A screenshot of the Society for Creative Anachronism's Twitter page.

An interview with Avery Krouse.

It might seem unexpected—a group of medieval re-enactors has a Twitter feed?  But they do, and in this interview, Avery Krouse talks live-tweeting medieval combat.  He’s the social media director for the Society for Creative Anachronism, an international living-history organization with around 30,000 members.  “We like to spread medieval awesome all over the place,” said a recent tweet.

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Fri June 21, 2013
Best New Read

‘Bullets and Bread’ Serves Up WWII Memories, Chow Trivia

Kent Whitaker, a culinary author who lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee, has collected dozens of anecdotes, historical facts, humorous stories and first-person accounts in his new book Bullets and Bread: The Story of the Sacrifice in American Homes to Feed Troops in World War II.  He joins WUTC for an interview.


Fri June 21, 2013

UTC's Get Healthy Project Helps People With Severe, Persistent Mental Illness

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's School of Nursing has launched a new program to help people who have severe, persistent mental illness get quality health care.  The project's innovative approach uses Tai Chi, wellness visits and education.      



Tue June 18, 2013
All Aboard

Support Sought For A New ‘Chattanooga Choo-Choo’

Tiffany Muff and Landon Steele wear vintage clothes in their Kickstarter video.

Tiffany Muff and Landon Steele hope to record a new version of our city’s most famous song and film a 1940’s-style music video right here in Chattanooga.  They’re using Kickstarter to raise funds.  The deadline is June 22, 2013.

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Mon June 17, 2013

'Pickin' Up Tennessee' Tour Targets Litter

Dave Porfiri, his wife Linda Duvoisin, and their children are spending their summer in an RV, driving around the Volunteer State and raising awareness about litter.  Their project, Pickin' Up Tennessee, involves litter cleanup clinics and live music events.  Their tour takes them all across the state. 



Mon June 17, 2013
Riverbend 2013

Festival Highlights: The United Nations of The 'Bend

Beppe Gambetta performs during Riverbend 2013.
Credit Mike Miller

The 2013 Riverbend Festival featured a variety of local, national and international acts.  Here are just a few of the highlights.

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Fri June 14, 2013
Riverbend 2013

Slideshow: Strung Like A Horse Storms the Side Stage

The group of Southern gothic strummers played one of Riverbend 2013's most energetic sets on the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union stage.


Fri June 14, 2013
Riverbend 2013

Richard Winham & Jeff Styles Preview Riverbend's Final Nights

Richard and Jeff talk Riverbend.

  Jeff Styles and Richard Winham play selections from bands performing Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15  as Chattanooga's annual Riverbend Festival wraps up.



Thu June 13, 2013
Riverbend 2013

Riverbend Thursday: Picks From Winham & Styles

WUTC's Richard Winham and WGOW's Jeff Styles preview the Thursday night lineup at the 2013 Riverbend Festival.



Wed June 12, 2013
Riverbend 2013

Richard Winham and Jeff Styles Preview Wednesday Night's Riverbend Lineup

    Wednesday night's Riverbend lineup includes Lon Eldridge, Civil Twilight, Psychedelic Furs and Dierks Bentley.