Series and Documentaries en State of Opportunity's hour on what it's really like in a "low-performing" school <p>The MEAP&nbsp;test has been used to evaluate kids and schools in Michigan for over four and a half decades.</p><p>The test is meant to make sure public schools are teaching kids the basics. But&nbsp;MEAP&nbsp;scores affect where parents decide to send their kids, neighborhood housing prices, city tax revenue, and city services.</p><p>Basically, the economics of a city rests on how well 8 and 9-year-olds perform on this single test.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State of Opportunity's Dustin Dwyer spent six weeks inside Congress Elementary in Grand Rapids, a school with consistently low MEAP scores. Dwyer followed a third-grade class as they prepared to take the test. He interviewed students, teachers, and parents, trying to figure out how much these numbers matter. What he found was, the test scores do not even begin to tell the story. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To hear the documentary now and learn more, visit the <a href="">State of Opportunity</a> website.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 19:26:41 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16246 at State of Opportunity's hour on what it's really like in a "low-performing" school Unequal by law: Being gay in Michigan <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: 'lucida grande', tahoma, verdana, arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: 18px;">The documentary looks at religious views, transgender struggles, discriminatory laws, and anti gay-rights groups' concerns. You can listen to the full documentary below:</span></p><p></p> Wed, 20 Nov 2013 19:53:38 +0000 Lester Graham 14793 at Unequal by law: Being gay in Michigan Being transgender in Michigan <p>Part of the LGBT community is confusing to a lot of straight people and, really, some gay and lesbian people. The &quot;T&quot; in LGBT. Transgender people.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This piece includes the stories of two transgender women. Because their gender can cause confusion, Renee&nbsp;</span>Knipe<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and Joanna Smith have struggled with things many people don&#39;t think about.</span></p><p>Knipe&nbsp;has been barred from using women&#39;s restrooms. Joanna Smith, who was once John Smith, is a father.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 16:44:53 +0000 Lester Graham 14842 at Being transgender in Michigan Living with Cancer: a documentary from Michigan Radio <p>It&rsquo;s something we don&rsquo;t like to talk about, but cancer is all around us. It would be hard to find someone who hasn&rsquo;t been touched by cancer - not just someone you know - but someone you love.</p><p>In <em>Living with Cancer</em>, a special one-hour documentary from Michigan Radio, we&#39;ll explore how much we really know about the connections between cancer and the chemicals in our environment.</p><p>We&rsquo;ll meet both regular people and scientists trying to figure out if certain towns around Michigan are struggling with more cancer cases than other places because of current or past pollution. You&#39;ll hear about whether or not turning to the courts makes sense when it seems a company might to be blame for putting people at risk of cancer or other illnesses. Finally, we&#39;ll look at where we go from here. What do researchers know, and where are they looking next?</p><p>Listen live at 3pm on air on Michigan Radio or you can listen to the show at the audio links below:</p><p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 18:38:41 +0000 Rebecca Williams 8618 at Living with Cancer: a documentary from Michigan Radio The Auto Crisis: Can Michigan Survive <p><strong>2010 The Auto Crisis: Can Michigan Survive</strong><br />The domestic auto industry is in crisis. In our special series from Nov/Dec 2008, Michigan Radio explored how the crisis happened, what it means for economy, what can be done about the problems, and what the crisis means for all of us. In 2010, we continued the series with new reports that evaluate the ongoing problems in the industry. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:56:56 +0000 7752 at The Auto Crisis: Can Michigan Survive Kennedy and the Peace Corps: Idealism on the Ground <p>2010 <a href=""><strong><u><font color="#000080">Kennedy and the Peace Corps:&nbsp;Idealism on the Ground</font></u></strong></a><br />Its critics called it &quot;naive idealism.&quot; In the 1950s, the United States&#39; answer to the global spread of Communism had been military strength and monetary aid to prop up nations friendly to the U.S., including dictators and other authoritarian governments. That changed late one chilly night on the campus of the University of Michigan when Democratic candidate for president, John F. Kennedy, challenged students to help the world. He called it the Peace Corps. In &quot;Kennedy and the Peace Corps: Idealism on the Ground&quot; you&#39;ll hear from some of the students who took on Kennedy&#39;s challenge and the White House staff who helped make it reality.&nbsp; Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:55:35 +0000 7751 at Muslims in Michigan <p>2010&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><b><u><font color="#000080">Muslims in Michigan</font></u></b></a><br />The Muslims in Michigan project was formed out a partnership between Michigan Radio and the University of Michigan <a href="" target="_blank"><u><font color="#000080">Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies</font></u></a>. This five part radio series examines life for Muslim people living in Michigan. Beyond religion, the series explores the cultural, political, ethnic, and social lives of this diverse group. This project also features film events, speakers, and a community conversation.&nbsp; Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:53:58 +0000 7750 at Muslims in Michigan Three Things <p>2010&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><b><u><font color="#000080">Three Things</font></u></b></a> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:52:17 +0000 7749 at Three Things Back to School <p><strong>2009&nbsp;Back to School</strong><br />As a new school year begins in Michigan lawmakers in Lansing continue to grapple with a huge budget deficit. It&#39;s certain that many school administrators are watching what&#39;s happening very closely as they try to plan their budgets for the next year, and maybe even more importantly the year after that. &quot;Back To School&quot; is a series of interviews by Charity Nebbe that looks at the current state of public education in Michigan.</p><p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:47:52 +0000 7747 at Back to School Facing the Mortgage Crisis <p><strong>2009&nbsp;Facing the Mortgage Crisis</strong><br />Michigan Radio aired the documentary &quot;Facing the Mortgage Crisis,&quot; narrated by Christina Shockley. We also hosted a web chat with guest panelists Kent Spencer and Gloriane Wiley of the Wayne County Mortgage Foreclosure Prevention Program.&nbsp;</p><p>During the week of November 16-20, 2009, we aired American RadioWorks documentaries that explore how education during these hard times in America is central to economic opportunity and social mobility -- and to our individual and collective well-being. We also rebroadcasted Michigan Radio&#39;s &quot;Facing the Mortgage Crisis.&quot; Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:46:13 +0000 7746 at Facing the Mortgage Crisis Generation Y <p>2009&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"><b><u><font color="#000080">Generation Y</font></u></b></a><br />Over half of all Michigan&#39;s public university graduates leave the state within one year of graduation. Michigan Radio Intern Lauren Silverman will probably be one of them. However, according to many thinkers, young college graduates are the people Michigan needs most. Generation Y Michigan takes a look at why young adults are leaving or staying in Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:43:41 +0000 7745 at Generation Y The Health Care Debate <p><strong>2009&nbsp;The Health Care Debate</strong><br />President Obama wants a health care overhaul in place by the end of the year. There&#39;s intense debate in Congress over what to do. Our series &quot;The Health Care Debate&quot; takes a look at different aspects of health care and insurance, with interviews by Christina Shockley. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:33:44 +0000 7744 at The Health Care Debate How We Got Here: The Decline of Newspapers <p><strong>2009&nbsp;How We Got Here: The Decline of Newspapers</strong><br />If you have a local newspaper subscription, it probably doesn&#39;t deliver what it once did. The series &quot;How We Got Here: The Decline of Newspapers&quot; takes a look at the uncertain situation of the newspaper industry.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:31:05 +0000 7743 at How We Got Here: The Decline of Newspapers Mackinac Policy Conference <p><strong>2009&nbsp;Mackinac Policy Conference</strong><br />Michigan Radio provided special coverage from this year&#39;s Mackinac Policy Conference. Throughout the last week of May, we aired special reports on Michigan&#39;s economy and other topics discussed at the conference. &quot;Hybrid Economy&quot; was co-hosted by Michigan Radio&#39;s Sarah Hulett and Michigan Public Radio Network Managing Editor Rick Pluta. The program examined how alternative energy is changing what powers our cars, homes, and jobs, and how it may be the key to Michigan&#39;s economic future.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:28:59 +0000 7742 at Mackinac Policy Conference Michigan's Obesity Crisis <p><strong>2009&nbsp;Michigan&#39;s Obesity Crisis</strong><br />In the Michigan Radio series &quot;Michigan&#39;s Obesity Crisis,&quot; Charity Nebbe looks into the state&#39;s obesity crisis. She will explore whether where we live matters, how food policies effect the problem, and how the problem effects us.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:25:54 +0000 7741 at Michigan's Obesity Crisis The Michigan Radio Picture Project <p>2009 <a href="" target="_blank"><b><u><font color="#000080">The Michigan Radio Picture Project</font></u></b></a><br />The Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Picture Project is a forum for photographs that address Michigan people, places, events, and issues. We envision a broad mixture of photo essays that expand on stories featured on Michigan Radio as well as historical photographs, fine art photography, pictures from various archives and collections, and more -&ndash; all Michigan related.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 15:15:39 +0000 7740 at Remaking Michigan <p><strong>2009 Remaking Michigan</strong><br />Morning Edition&#39;s Steve Inskeep was in Detroit the week of April 20-24, 2009, to take a look at the economic crisis that has hit the state. Throughout the week, NPR featured stories on Morning Edition about how we&#39;re adapting to the economic change. Michigan Radio aired a special one hour program called &quot;Remaking Michigan&quot; about how the state is trying to re-set itself economically.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 14:56:50 +0000 7739 at Remaking Michigan Up North in a Down Economy <p><strong>2009&nbsp;Up North in a Down Economy</strong><br />In the series &quot;Up North in a Down Economy,&quot; Michigan Radio will look at how the recession is affecting small towns in northern Michigan.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 14:34:58 +0000 7737 at Up North in a Down Economy Finding Our Bootstraps: Americans Deal with Recession <p><strong>2008&nbsp;Finding Our Bootstraps: Americans Deal with Recession</strong><br />Since late 2007 America has been in an economic crisis. From a story about a family living on a beach, to a former GM employee looking to downsize his life, to a teenager weighing options for after high school, this one hour newscast compatible documentary explores how people are finding the strength and situations that get them through economic hard times by presenting personal stories and intimate portraits alongside contextual interviews and reports.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 14:30:45 +0000 7736 at Finding Our Bootstraps: Americans Deal with Recession Northern Arts <p><strong>2008 Northern Arts</strong></p><p>We spend a lot of time exploring the world of arts and culture from Detroit to Grand Rapids and everywhere in between. But what about up north? In our series &quot;Northern Arts&quot;, Michigan Radio&#39;s arts reporter Jennifer Guerra takes a trip up north to spend some time around the campfire with a group of northern Michigan musicians visit to the deep woods of Mancelona for a lesson in the fine art of letter press and more.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 14:27:54 +0000 7735 at Northern Arts