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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2:23pm

Mon September 9, 2013
Arts & Culture

Chattanooga Artists Create Animal Art, Pet Portraits for Reflections Gallery

  Opening September 12th and showing through October 24th, the new Reflections Gallery exhibit features farm animals, wild animals and household animals.  Patrons can even commission portraits of their cats, dogs and other pets.  Reflections Gallery is located at 6922 Lee Highway.

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12:03pm

Fri September 6, 2013
Arts & Culture

21 Galleries Participating in AVA's Gallery Hop on 9/7

An interview with AVA Director Anne Willson and board member Bobby Stone.

The seventh annual AVA Gallery Hop, taking place September 7th, offers art lovers a chance to visit 21 different galleries in downtown Chattanooga and win an instant art collection.

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12:18pm

Thu August 29, 2013
Performing Arts

Chattanooga Theatre Centre Opens 90th Season with ‘The Secret Garden’

When The Secret Garden opens on September 6th, 2013, it will mark 90 years’ worth of CTC productions.  CTC Executive Director George Quick joins WUTC’s Michael Edward Miller in this conversation about the Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s long history.  

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5:28pm

Mon August 26, 2013
On The Road

Ayesha & Zachary Reynolds Plan 30-Day 'Caravan of Change' Tour

Ayesha and Zachary Reynolds, a married couple who live in Chattanooga, want to travel in a vintage Airstream trailer across the Southeast and help ten people improve their lives.  They call their project Caravan of Change, and they're planning to create short films based on their journey.  To raise funds for travel and filming costs, they've started a Kickstarter campaign.

11:16am

Fri August 23, 2013
Books

Wooley Pens Clerical Crime Novel 'Murder, Intelligently Designed'

An interview with Becky Wooley.

Becky Wooley's Grit and Grace mystery novels feature amateur detectives Grit Griffin and Grace Willis, two churchgoing sleuths whose cases are often entangled with church drama and theological questions.

Murder, Intelligently Designed is the second book in the series,  a clerical crime novel that combines questions about faith and science with a whodunit plot.

Becky Wooley lives in Chattanooga, and is a minister's wife and former church secretary.   

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3:58pm

Mon August 19, 2013
Ecology

DeWaard Presents 'Mystery & Magic of Monarchs' 8/25

Outdoor educator Wanda DeWaard will give a presentation, "The Mystery and Magic of Monarchs," at Chattanooga State Community College's Humanities Auditorium on Sunday, August 25th.  The Tennessee Aquarium and the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Wild Ones are partnering with each other to bring DeWaard here.  In this segment, we talk about monarch butterflies and milkweed with DeWaard and Sally Wencel, President of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Wild Ones.

12:04pm

Fri August 16, 2013
Community

'Paws for the Cause' Fundraiser Coming Up 8/22

The 6th Annual Paws for the Cause event, hosted by Friends of Paws for the Cause, will benefit the Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga.

11:54am

Mon August 12, 2013
Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture

North Shore's 'Analog Convenience Store' Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

Diana Edwards stands inside her shop Studio Space Junk on Frazier Avenue.

An interview with Diana Edwards, owner of Studio Space Junk.

Studio Space Junk at 436 Frazier Avenue sells analog items such as record sleeves, film for Polaroid instant cameras and photography supplies. The owner, Diana Edwards, also offers Polaroid workshops. On August 30th & 31st, the studio will celebrate its one-year anniversary with a Polaroid art show.

11:29am

Mon August 12, 2013
Education

Mentors, High School Students Sought for Architecture, Construction & Engineering Program

The ACE Mentor Program of Chattanooga, Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia connects high school students with architects, engineers and other professionals in the construction industry.  Students who participate in the program work on design teams, learn real-world skills and get the opportunity to win scholarships. 

3:05pm

Mon August 5, 2013
New Business

Cleveland's First Yoga Studio Offers Classes for All Levels

Melanie Lyon taught yoga classes at various locations around Cleveland, Tennessee, but she didn't have a permanent studio to call home.  She enlisted the help of several other Cleveland yoga instructors and opened 5ive Point Yoga & Massage, located in the heart of Cleveland's up-and-coming downtown district.   5ive Point is the area's first full-scale yoga studio, and it offers beginner classes as well as all-levels classes.

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12:33pm

Fri August 2, 2013
Business

Why Tax-Free Weekends May Not Be A Good Deal for Tennessee

Tennessee's annual sales tax holiday runs August 2 - 4 this year, and shoppers are expected to save between $8 and $10 million on items like clothing, school supplies and computers.  For computer sales in Tennessee, these are even bigger sales days than Black Friday.  These weekends are touted as economic boost for Tennessee and tax relief for low-income families, but a nonprofit research group, the Tax Foundation, says these tax holidays may not actually do much for the economy.  

3:08pm

Wed July 31, 2013
#POTUSinCHA

Republicans, Booksellers React to Obama's Chattanooga Visit

President Obama waves to the crowd at the Amazon Fulfillment Center in Chattanooga, TN.
Credit Mike MIller

  NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with a couple of Republican lawmakers about President Obama's speech in Chattanooga on Tuesday.  Mr. Obama wants to lower corporate tax rates to create new jobs, but the Republicans say taxes should be lowered for individual business owners as well as corporations.  Meanwhile, the American Booksellers Association is criticizing Mr. Obama for choosing an Amazon fulfillment center as the location for his speech.  They claim Amazon unfairly undercuts book prices, which makes it difficult for independent booksellers to compete.

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4:41pm

Tue July 30, 2013
WUTC Special

President Obama Spoke in Chattanooga--Here's the Whole Speech

President Obama speaks at the Amazon fulfillment center in Chattanooga, TN.
Credit Mike MIller

President Obama spoke on Tuesday, July 30th at the Amazon distribution center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  He outlined five different key points for "Better Bargain for the Middle Class" plan to create jobs and grow American manufacturing.  This is the full, unedited audio of his speech.  Amazon employee Lydia Flanders gave the introduction.

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11:54am

Mon July 29, 2013
UTC Research

Some Atheists Choose Church Over Confrontation?

This graphic illustrates the percentage of study participants who identified with the types of atheist personalities.
Credit http://www.atheismresearch.com/

Researchers at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have completed an extensive study of more than 1,000 non-believers nationwide, and the researchers have identified six basic types of atheists.  Dr. Christopher Silver and Thomas J. Coleman led the project, and their study showed that 14% of atheists are angry, confrontational “anti-theists.”  However, 12% of atheists are “ritual atheists” who attend religious services even though they don’t believe in the theology.  In this feature segment, we find out why some atheists choose church.

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11:17am

Mon July 29, 2013
Books

Crowdfunding Sought for 'Game of Horror' Graphic Novel

Promo art for GAME OF HORROR, a graphic novel by Shane Berryhill and James E. Lyle.

An interview with author Shane Berryhill.

Chattanooga, Tennessee author Shane Berryhill and Waynesville, North Carolina artist James E. Lyle collaborated to create Game of Horror, a graphic novel described as "The Hunger Games meets classic monster cinema in an action-packed tale of terror."

In the story, an undead girl named Lily fights ghouls in a combat tournament, and the tale is meant as an allegory for human trafficking.  The creators are seeking Kickstarter funds to publish the graphic novel.

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