Offbeat http://michiganradio.org en President of GVSU looks back on the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/president-gvsu-looks-back-clean-exxon-valdez-oil-spill <p></p><p>We've just marked the 25th anniversary of one of the most catastrophic man-made environmental disasters, the Exxon Valdez oil spill.</p><p>It was just after midnight on March 24, 1989 when the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound. 11 million gallons of crude oil gushed into the pristine waters.</p><p>The clean-up effort was staggering. Among those called to help was U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Thomas Haas. He was a chemist and an expert in hazmat cleanup. Twenty-five years later, that Lt. Commander is the president of Grand Valley State University.</p><p>“We had to figure out what clean meant,” Haas said.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:24:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 18482 at http://michiganradio.org President of GVSU looks back on the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill Retired FBI agent appears in PBS' new documentary "Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?" http://michiganradio.org/post/retired-fbi-agent-appears-pbs-new-documentary-who-killed-jimmy-hoffa <p></p><p>Thirty-nine years ago this month, Jimmy Hoffa was last seen having lunch at a restaurant in Bloomfield Township in Oakland County.</p><p>Retired FBI agent, Greg Stejskal, will appear in the new PBS documentary “Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?”</p><p>He joined us today on Stateside to revisit the mystery of the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance.</p><p>Stejskal was a new agent with the FBI in Detroit in the summer of 1975 when Hoffa disappeared. The investigation into his disappearance was declared a Bureau "Special," which meant most of the agents in the Detroit office became involved.</p><p>One of Stejskal’s duties was to conduct neighborhood interviews around the Machus Red Fox restaurant, the last place where Hoffa was seen.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:16:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 18469 at http://michiganradio.org Retired FBI agent appears in PBS' new documentary "Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?" This Michigan-bred musician did zero out of 29 celebrity impressions. I was punked. http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-bred-musician-did-zero-out-29-celebrity-impressions-i-was-punked <p>I should have known.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 21:37:51 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 18319 at http://michiganradio.org This Michigan-bred musician did zero out of 29 celebrity impressions. I was punked. The search begins for Michigan's official Christmas tree http://michiganradio.org/post/search-begins-michigans-official-christmas-tree <p>It may only be July, but Michigan has already begun its search for this year's official Christmas tree.<br /><br />People can nominate their picks for trees that could fit the bill.<br /><br />Usually 10 to 15 trees are nominated, and the one that's chosen must be easy to access.<br /><br />But the process isn't a quick one.<br /><br />The search begins in the summer to allow enough time to prepare, choose, harvest, and transport the tree to the Capitol.<br /><br />Lauren Leeds is a spokeswoman for the state. She says cutting down these trees often also helps the surrounding area. Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:31:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18249 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan professor uncovers surprising history of "The Star-Spangled Banner" http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-professor-uncovers-surprising-history-star-spangled-banner <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s one of the most stirring and glorious melodies ever sung – and it can be one of the easiest tunes to sing badly.</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">But did you know that our national anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” started out as an English club song? And it has officially been the national anthem for <em>less </em>than a century?</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Mark Clague is a musicologist with the University of Michigan. He’s been working on a project, “<a href="http://starspangledmusic.org/?page_id=317">Poets and Patriots: A Tuneful History of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner</a>.’”&nbsp;</span></p><p class="p1"><span class="s1">Today, he shared some of that history with us.</span></p><p class="p1"><em><span class="s1">* Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p class="p1"><em><span class="s1">*&nbsp;</span></em><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">This segment originally aired on February 12, 2014.</em></p><p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:20:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 16418 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan professor uncovers surprising history of "The Star-Spangled Banner" This Michigan-bred musician nails 29 celebrity impressions in one song http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-bred-musician-nails-29-celebrity-impressions-one-song <p></p><p><em><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-bred-musician-did-zero-out-29-celebrity-impressions-i-was-punked">Update: Rob Cantor has posted a new video showing how he faked every one of the 29 celebrity impressions, using the voices of 11 different impressionists. I'm a fool</a>. &nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">How's your work day going? Productive? Ready for a break? Good.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Rob Cantor is a Los Angeles-based musician who grew up in Michigan.</p><p>You might know him as the guy in the yellow tie from <a href="http://tallyhall.com/">Tally Hall</a>, a band that formed while Cantor and his band mates attended the University of Michigan in 2002.</p><p>Tally Hall took a run at stardom after signing with Atlantic Records. They had some <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2YAYZiBvvw">appearances</a> on <em>The Late Late Show</em> with Craig Ferguson, and, as the band's <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tally_Hall_(band)">Wikipedia page </a>claims, Tally Hall continues to have a "relatively significant cult following<span style="line-height: 1.5;">."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More recently, Tally Hall's band members have been working on solo projects, and Cantor is promoting <a href="http://www.robcantor.com/">a new solo album</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That brings us to the crazy video Cantor posted today.</span></p><p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 18:12:03 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 18221 at http://michiganradio.org This Michigan-bred musician nails 29 celebrity impressions in one song Are you a Yooper looking for love? Find your lumberjack here http://michiganradio.org/post/are-you-yooper-looking-love-find-your-lumberjack-here <p></p><p>The Pew Research Center tells us that 1 in 10​ Americans has turned to online dating sites.</p><p>Some are very general, such as eHarmony or <u><a href="Match.com">Match.com</a></u>.</p><p>And some get very specific, such as JDate for Jewish singles, or <u><a href="farmersonly.com">farmersonly.com</a></u> for ... well, you get the picture.</p><p>Bugsy Sailor, a born-and-bred Yooper, realized that finding love in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is challenging.</p><p>So he founded <a href="http://yooper.singles/?utm_source=Domain&amp;utm_medium=Domain%20Redirect&amp;utm_campaign=YooperSingles.com">yoopersingles.com</a>.</p><p>It started off as an April Fool’s joke. But on the first day, nearly 1,000 people had signed up. Sailor realized that this might be something to look into.</p><p>“Yoopers are a unique breed,” Sailor said. “We have a culture that is one of its own and it’s a remote area. It’s different meeting people here than I would say in the city.”</p><p>Sailor said one of the main challenges is finding someone with the same interests. A Yooper would have to find someone who can handle the mosquito bites and the cold winters.</p><p>“If you find love in Florida, it’s kind of difficult to convince them to move to the UP,” Sailor said.</p><p>Subscribers list their interests. Some are simple, like kayaking, hiking, or basketball. Sailor said home brewing is big in the UP. &nbsp;</p><p>“Interestingly enough, a large number of users have selected bear wrestling as a potential interest,” Sailor said.</p><p>Another question: “How do you like your pasty? With ketchup, gravy or naked?”</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">*Listen to interview above.</em></p><p></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 22:26:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 18143 at http://michiganradio.org Are you a Yooper looking for love? Find your lumberjack here Found in kitchens nationwide, Jiffy Mix is made in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/found-kitchens-nationwide-jiffy-mix-made-michigan <p></p><p>When you think of Jiffy Mix, you may think biscuits and corn muffins. But did you know they are also Michigan made?</p><p>Howdy Holmes is the president and CEO of Jiffy Mix. His grandmother is the one who started it all.</p><p>When Howdy’s father and uncle, Howard and Dudley, were young, they had a friend who was being raised by a single parent. The young boys invited their friend over for lunch, and he arrived with a bag lunch made by his dad. Howard and Dudley’s mother was concerned about what the father had made for his son.</p><p>“She opened the bag and right on top was a biscuit, which she said looked more like a white hockey puck,” Howdy said.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:57:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 18074 at http://michiganradio.org Found in kitchens nationwide, Jiffy Mix is made in Michigan Detroit Public Schools system is auctioning off jets http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-public-schools-system-auctioning-jets <div><p>If owning a jet is something you've always dreamed of, the Detroit Public School system is auctioning off a couple of them.</p><p>An online auction being held today by Biddergy.com gives you the chance to bid on a&nbsp;T-39A&nbsp;North American&nbsp;Sabreliner&nbsp;mid-sized business jet. The U.S. Air Force had donated the plane to the school's&nbsp;aeropsace&nbsp;program.&nbsp;Biddergy&nbsp;says it's in fairly rough shape, which is why the starting bid was $500.&nbsp;</p><p>There's also a 1969 American AA –minus its wings. Starting bid is just $50.</p><p>Another auction on June 19 will include vintage items from aircraft engines to propellers and more, dating all the way back to World War II.</p><p>Biddergy&nbsp;is helping the&nbsp;DPS&nbsp;sell off stuff it just doesn't need anymore. So far, the auctions have brought more than $370,000 to the district.</p></div><div> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:14:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 17940 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Public Schools system is auctioning off jets How to ensure your job application is social media savvy http://michiganradio.org/post/how-ensure-your-job-application-social-media-savvy <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The graduation ceremonies are over, the caps and gowns stored in the back of the closet, and the photos of college grads and proud family members are posted on Facebook.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Now comes reality for new college grads: the job search.&nbsp;</p><p>And in this digital world packed with social media, the old-fashioned one-page resume and cover letter might not cut it anymore.&nbsp;</p><p>What do recruiters and companies want to see from applicants?&nbsp;</p><p>For advice, we turned to someone who has been a career counselor for 13 years at the University of Michigan School of Information. Joanna Kroll&nbsp;is the director of career development, and she joined us on Stateside.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:31:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17796 at http://michiganradio.org How to ensure your job application is social media savvy New program helps families communicate with loved ones in prison http://michiganradio.org/post/new-program-helps-families-communicate-loved-ones-prison <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's a new effort underway to help the families of Michigan inmates cope with having someone they love in prison.&nbsp;</span></p><p>It's a pilot program that centers on having someone serve as a liaison between prisoner's families and officials at three Michigan prisons. That someone brings hard-earned insight to what it's like to have a loved one behind bars.&nbsp;</p><p>Lois DeMott's son was a prisoner, so she learned firsthand how difficult it can be to navigate the prison system.&nbsp;</p><p>Now, she hopes to help other families with the new Family Participation Program. She joined us on Stateside.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:47:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 17761 at http://michiganradio.org New program helps families communicate with loved ones in prison ASSEMBLE aims to bring the Mackinac Policy Conference to everyone http://michiganradio.org/post/assemble-aims-bring-mackinac-policy-conference-everyone <p></p><p>Imagine the streets of Detroit running rampant with car races, motocross competitions, skateboarding, and other insanity.&nbsp;</p><p>That's what the organizers of ASSEMBLE pictured when they created this video to convince ESPN to choose Detroit as the new home for its summer X Games.&nbsp;</p><p><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/BAkfVh83aXI" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Despite the epic video, ESPN chose Austin for the games. But the energy and the spirit of the campaign lives on in ASSEMBLE, a group that aims to use community engagement to rebuild Detroit.</p><p>One of the recent efforts of ASSEMBLE is offering a way for new voices to become a part of important policy conversations in Michigan – t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">he kinds of conversations that happen at the upcoming </span>Mackinac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Policy Conference put on by the Detroit Regional Chamber. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For those of you who can't afford the $2,700 ticket,&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/1488985851314222/">ASSEMBLE@Mackinac(ish)</a> could be for you.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Garret Koehler and Kevin Krease, the co-creators of ASSEMBLE, and they joined us to share what exactly ASSEMBLE@Mackinac(ish) hopes to accomplish.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></span></p><p><i>– Paige Pfleger, Michigan Radio Newsroom</i></p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 20:45:45 +0000 Stateside Staff & Michigan Radio Newsroom 17765 at http://michiganradio.org ASSEMBLE aims to bring the Mackinac Policy Conference to everyone Group wants you to "escape for good" from New Orleans to Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/group-wants-you-escape-good-new-orleans-detroit <p></p><p>Here's the challenge: Get yourself from New Orleans to Detroit. In 36 hours. No cash. No credit cards. Just your charm and ingenuity.</p><p>Oh, and one other thing: You'll be dressed up as your favorite hero.</p><p>It's the Escape for Good charity race, and if making your way from New Orleans to Detroit wearing your Batman suit or Forrest Gump beard, trucker hat and sneakers sounds like your thing, you can sign on now for the race that begins Friday.</p><p>Rocco Gardner is the creator of Escape for Good and he joined us today.</p><p><em>*Listen to the interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 22:10:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 17706 at http://michiganradio.org Group wants you to "escape for good" from New Orleans to Detroit Better late than never? A Transformer reveals himself in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/better-late-never-transformer-reveals-himself-ann-arbor <p>We in the media world go crazy for anything that might get shared by thousands... nay millions of people around the Internet.&nbsp;</p><p>Entire sites like Gawker, Buzzfeed, and ViralNova are dedicated to getting these shares. The New York Times <a href="http://www.niemanlab.org/2014/05/the-leaked-new-york-times-innovation-report-is-one-of-the-key-documents-of-this-media-age/">gazed at its navel</a> and didn't like what it saw. "More shareable content!" they said.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 14:45:24 +0000 Mark Brush 17688 at http://michiganradio.org Better late than never? A Transformer reveals himself in Ann Arbor Amazon: Ann Arbor ranks in top 10 most well-read cities http://michiganradio.org/post/amazon-ann-arbor-ranks-top-10-most-well-read-cities <p>It's finally summertime – time to relax on that lawn chair out in the sunshine and read a good book.&nbsp;</p><p>Amazon.com has published its fourth annual list of the most well-read cities in America, and Ann Arbor is ranked sixth.</p><p>The ranking is determined by compiling sales data of all books, magazines, and newspapers, &nbsp;published in print or online.&nbsp;</p><p>At the top of the list is Alexandria, Virginia, followed by Miami, Florida and Knoxville, Tennessee. Ann Arbor is followed by other college towns, like Berkeley, California, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 17:55:08 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17672 at http://michiganradio.org Amazon: Ann Arbor ranks in top 10 most well-read cities Gerber has roots in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/gerber-has-roots-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the longest lasting durable brands on the store shelves in America is Gerber.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Its&nbsp;Michigan's roots have been strong since the very beginning, in the town of Fremont.</p><p>The Gerber family came to Michigan in the mid-1870s, and by 1928 they began manufacturing baby food under the name Gerber Products Company.&nbsp;</p><p>Aileen Stocks, head of integrated marketing for Gerber, joined us today to explore the company's Michigan roots.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 19:16:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 17582 at http://michiganradio.org Gerber has roots in Michigan Michigan's War Dog Memorial honors 4-legged heroes http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-war-dog-memorial-honors-4-legged-heroes <p></p><p>When you think of a war hero, what image comes to your mind?</p><p>Most likely, you think of a man or a woman dressed in desert camouflage, or a wounded warrior learning to walk again after being wounded in battle.</p><p>But there is another group of war heroes: the four-legged heroes. War dogs.&nbsp;</p><p>Their history in the U.S. military is long and proud. They were used as messenger dogs, scout or patrol dogs, and in the cases of our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, they have been used as explosive detection dogs.&nbsp;</p><p>Unbeknownst to many of the locals, Michigan has one of the few war dog memorials in the nation, located between Milford and South Lyon in Oakland County.&nbsp;</p><p>Phil Weitlauf&nbsp;is a U.S. Army veteran, as well as a champion of the Michigan War Dog Memorial. He joined us on Stateside.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 12 May 2014 17:30:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 17562 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's War Dog Memorial honors 4-legged heroes The chances you will lose your job to a robot are growing http://michiganradio.org/post/chances-you-will-lose-your-job-robot-are-growing <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A recent</span><a href="http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/academic/The_Future_of_Employment.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;"> Oxford University report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> estimates that robots could replace nearly half of the current U.S. workforce.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report found that office administrators, sales personnel, and those in the service industry are among those at risk of losing their jobs to robots.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Robots have become common in many workplaces since G</span>eneral Motors<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;installed the first robot at a plant in New Jersey in 1961 ("<a href="http://www.robothalloffame.org/inductees/03inductees/unimate.html">Unimate</a>," as it was called, could weld and move parts that weighed up to 500 pounds).</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So can humans keep up, or at least keep ahead of the technology that is changing the workforce?</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">These are especially important questions here in Michigan, with its historic ties to the auto industry that makes up about 40% of the global supply of industrial robots.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Stephen&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Spurr</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Chair of the Department of Economics and professor at Wayne State University, joined us today to explore the possibilities (<em>You can listen to our interview with Spurr above.</em>)</span></p><p> Thu, 08 May 2014 20:32:13 +0000 Stateside Staff & Michigan Radio Newsroom 17531 at http://michiganradio.org The chances you will lose your job to a robot are growing Frogs used to rule the menus in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/frogs-used-rule-menus-detroit <p></p><p>Treating yourself to a good restaurant meal in Detroit these days might mean biting into some great Coney Islands, or a plate of flaming souvlaki in Greektown, or barbeque, or soul food.</p><p>Now roll the clock back about 90 or 100 years.</p><p>How about frog leg salad? Frog ravioli? Frog leg pie? Pickled or poached frog leg?</p><p>It seems early 20th century foodies just loved frog legs, and Detroit was happy to provide them.</p><p>As one New York columnist gushed in 1905:&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"If you have never eaten frog legs in Detroit, you have something to live for, something for which to strive."</span></p><p>Food historian Bill Loomis wrote about this often-overlooked period in Detroit's culinary history for the May issue of Hour:Detroit magazine.</p><p>The piece is called <em>"<a href="http://www.hourdetroit.com/Hour-Detroit/May-2014/When-Frogs-Were-King/#.U2pv4fldWiE">When Frogs Were King</a>."</em></p><p>Loomis joined us today on the program.</p><p>*<em>Listen to our interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 20:11:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 17514 at http://michiganradio.org Frogs used to rule the menus in Detroit Riverfront site of Joe Louis Arena may see an overhaul http://michiganradio.org/post/riverfront-site-joe-louis-arena-may-see-overhaul <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that the Detroit Red Wings are going to get a new home in 2016, Joe Louis Arena seems destined for the wrecking ball.&nbsp;</span></p><p>And that is focusing fresh attention on Detroit's riverfront, as the city searches for a new use for that riverfront site.&nbsp;</p><p>There could be some valuable lessons Detroit could learn from Buffalo, which is doing more than just about any Great Lakes City to reconnect with its waterfront after generations of industrial abuse and neglect.&nbsp;</p><p>Writer Edward McClelland&nbsp;spelled out the story of the ongoing process of reclaiming Buffalo's waterfront in <a href="http://beltmag.com/remaking-buffalos-waterfront-lessons-rest-rust-belt/">a story for Belt Magazine</a>. He joined us to discuss what Buffalo is doing, and what Detroit could do.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p> Tue, 06 May 2014 19:37:51 +0000 Stateside Staff 17493 at http://michiganradio.org Riverfront site of Joe Louis Arena may see an overhaul