Kyle Norris http://michiganradio.org en This one thing meant the world to a runaway teen http://michiganradio.org/post/one-thing-meant-world-runaway-teen <p>Veronica Riddle ran away from home as a teenager. She wants people to know that spending time and talking with troubled youth can be a big deal. Here's why.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/164022264&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;visual=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p></p><p> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 20:55:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 18804 at http://michiganradio.org An arts class helped this teen discover his passion for sculpting http://michiganradio.org/post/arts-class-helped-teen-discover-his-passion-sculpting <p>Eighteen-year-old sculptor Austen Brantley makes some pretty impressive art. But don't take our word for it, check out these photos of Austen's work, at the <a href="http://michiganradiopictureproject.org/?page_id=2046">Michigan Radio Picture Project. </a></p><p>Professionals in the art world agree. "It's just amazing to see the amount of talent that he has at 18 years old. He’s right up there with some of his peers that are in their 30s and 40s," says Garnette Archer, owner of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jos-Gallery/630188056997912">Jo’s Gallery in Detroit.</a></p> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:21:12 +0000 Kyle Norris 18709 at http://michiganradio.org An arts class helped this teen discover his passion for sculpting Re-thinking creativity's role in education http://michiganradio.org/post/re-thinking-creativitys-role-education <p>It’s probably pretty stressful being a high school principal, for all kinds of reasons.</p><p>But Eric Alburtus, principal of Portage Central High School, spends a big chunk of his time worrying about the arts. He’s specifically worried about the kind of human beings our schools are producing, when kids must fulfill heavy requirements in math and science, yet they barely have a chance to study music, choir, theater, or the visual arts.</p><p>(For a more complete look at the state’s requirements, <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/mde/FAQ_-_Entire_Document_12.07_217841_7.pdf">click here</a>.)</p><p>Alburtus says arts classes give kids a chance to discover new worlds and different ways of thinking and creating.</p><p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:05:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 18496 at http://michiganradio.org Re-thinking creativity's role in education If your job is emotionally intense, songs can save you http://michiganradio.org/post/if-your-job-emotionally-intense-songs-can-save-you <p>This week, you may have heard me on the radio <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-song-saved-your-life">asking people a question</a>.</p><p>What song saved your life? It's not something people are asked very often, but I've found that it gets some<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">pretty</span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/can-song-really-save-your-life-jason-towler-it-actually-did" style="line-height: 1.5;"> intense responses</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p>So, here's the last piece in the series. Megha Satyanarayana&nbsp;is a reporter with State of Opportunity.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/155090605&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Even though today is the "official" last day in the series, I want to hear from you. Do you have a song that saved your life? Tell us the story! Call and let us know at&nbsp;</span><a href="tel:248-962-3806" style="color: rgb(17, 85, 204); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" target="_blank" value="+12489623806">248-962-3806</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">. And you can also use the #songsavedme on Twitter.</span></p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:18:20 +0000 Kyle Norris 18071 at http://michiganradio.org If your job is emotionally intense, songs can save you A pop song helps battle depression http://michiganradio.org/post/pop-song-helps-battle-depression <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">All this week I'm doing a special series about music.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Why?</span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-song-saved-your-life" style="font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;Read this</a><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">I'm asking people a pretty personal question: What’s the song that saved your life?</span></p><p>So far, people have told us why <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-song-saved-your-life">R. Kelly</a>, Bryan Adams (he sang "Summer of '69") and <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/can-song-really-save-your-life-jason-towler-it-actually-did">Billy Joel</a> are so&nbsp;important to them.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Disa Grove's song helped her see herself in a new way.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Grove grew up near Los Angeles and moved to Michigan last fall.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/154930926&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 16:25:42 +0000 Kyle Norris 18053 at http://michiganradio.org A pop song helps battle depression What's the song that saved your life? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-song-saved-your-life <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">There's a reason I've been asking this question.</span></p><p><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">I do a lot of reporting where I interview artists and people in the arts communities about why the arts matter. </span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">I believe there is great value in these kinds of stories. But I realized&nbsp;I wasn’t talking nearly enough with non-artists about how and why the arts have mattered to them. I felt that if I couldn’t highlight why the arts mattered on an everyday level to everyday people, then I wasn’t serving our listeners very well.</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Then I remembered a quote.&nbsp;</span><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><br style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;" /><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">“We all have a song that saved our lives in junior high,” someone great once said.&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">(It may have been said by a famous person or by one of my friends – I really don’t remember, so apologies to the person I should credit.)</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">When I heard that quote I immediately knew my song. It was “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure in seventh grade at Holland Woods Middle School in Port Huron, Michigan. The sound of squeaky shoes in hallways came instantly flooding back and so did memories of my crushes at the time. I remembered my fierce love for my friends, and snapshots of what worried me. That's to say, a lot came back, by simply remembering one song.</span></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 16:34:52 +0000 Kyle Norris 18006 at http://michiganradio.org What's the song that saved your life? Big increase in the number of fatal drownings in the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/big-increase-number-fatal-drownings-great-lakes <p></p><p>Swimmers<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and boaters in Michigan need to be more careful on the water.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"We're at 23 fatal </span>drownings<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on the five Great Lakes so far this year. It's about 50% up from last year at this time," says Bob Pratt, the director of education at&nbsp;<a href="http://glsrp.org/">The Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project. </a>He says many recent deaths have been boaters who were swimming or they ran into trouble while boating on the lakes.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 17:45:03 +0000 Kyle Norris 17968 at http://michiganradio.org Big increase in the number of fatal drownings in the Great Lakes Student learns that music is joy, from Ypsilanti teacher http://michiganradio.org/post/student-learns-music-joy-ypsilanti-teacher <p>What stories should we tell about the arts?</p><p>That's a question we sometimes ask on our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/michiganradio">Facebook page</a>. Jason Towler suggested we profile Ypsilanti music teacher Crystal Harding and he had a good reason to suggest her.</p><p>Harding was Towler's music teacher back in 1988, when Towler was a first-grader at Erickson Elementary School.&nbsp; Harding is all about having a good time through music, singing, and dancing. Here she is in action:</p><p>Harding made a big impression on the shy young man, and that's what this story is about.</p> Thu, 08 May 2014 17:12:46 +0000 Kyle Norris 17526 at http://michiganradio.org Student learns that music is joy, from Ypsilanti teacher This is what it sounds like when a neighborhood church closes http://michiganradio.org/post/what-it-sounds-when-neighborhood-church-closes <p>St. Henry’s in Lincoln Park held its first Mass on June 3, 1923 and its last Mass on March 2, 2014.</p><p>At the end of the church’s final Mass, parish members took the most important objects and walked them out the door.</p><p>The holy oils were carried by five members of the Olive family. Jackie and Bill Balmes carried out the marriage registry (they’ve been married for 65 years). Four men, including Jim Bomia and his two grandsons, lifted the crucifix off the wall (it weighed several hundred pounds), and walked it down the aisle and out the door.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:19:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 17119 at http://michiganradio.org This is what it sounds like when a neighborhood church closes How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations http://michiganradio.org/post/how-diversity-can-help-michigan-arts-organizations <p>Gabriela Frank is probably not what comes to mind when you think of a contemporary classical music composer. &nbsp;For starters, she considers herself a hippie.</p><p> “I was born in the 1970s in Berkeley, California, during the Vietnam protests," says Frank. "My dad was a nice Jewish boy from the Bronx who married a Peruvian woman from the coast. I’m also a woman and I have a hearing loss, so technically I’m disabled as well.”</p><p></p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 17029 at http://michiganradio.org How diversity can help Michigan arts organizations Children's opera performed in concentration camp coming to Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/childrens-opera-performed-concentration-camp-coming-detroit <p><a href="http://www.motcc.org/">The Michigan Opera Theatre Children’s Chorus</a> will perform Brundibar this weekend at the Detroit Opera House. The children's opera was originally performed in a concentration camp during the Holocaust.&nbsp;</p><p>In the 1940s, European Jews were sent to Theresienstadt in the Czech Republic. It was a transit camp where Jews were sent before being moved to other concentration camps, including Auschwitz.<br /><br />The Nazis also used Theresienstadt in their propaganda efforts.</p> Sat, 15 Mar 2014 12:47:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 16856 at http://michiganradio.org Children's opera performed in concentration camp coming to Detroit Slow enrollment for Obamacare in rural counties http://michiganradio.org/post/slow-enrollment-obamacare-rural-counties <p>People in rural areas trying to enroll for health insurance as part of the new Affordable Care Act can face special challenges. Registration must happen online, and many people in Michigan’s rural counties do not have a home computer or access to the Internet.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:16:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15874 at http://michiganradio.org Slow enrollment for Obamacare in rural counties Native American organization struggling but hopeful http://michiganradio.org/post/native-american-organization-struggling-hopeful <p>A new organization in Ypsilanti that promotes cancer awareness for Native Americans is struggling to stay afloat.<br /><br />Shoshana Beth Phillips is executive director of <a href="http://heritageofhealing.org/">Heritage of Healing.</a> It incorporates native traditions and activities into its services, and supports families with a parent dealing with cancer. (Phillips is originally from the Omaha Nation of Nebraska and <a href="http://uofmhealthblogs.org/cancer/one-native-american-gives-back/6153/">was diagnosed with bone marrow cancer</a> seven years ago.)&nbsp;</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 18:17:23 +0000 Kyle Norris 15808 at http://michiganradio.org Native American organization struggling but hopeful Ypsilanti family finds happiness in living off the land http://michiganradio.org/post/ypsilanti-family-finds-happiness-living-land <p>Meet the Gold family. They're modern day homesteaders.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Their goal is to live as self-sufficiently as possible on their three-acre farm in </span>Ypsilanti<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. (They often say they use yesterday's knowledge combined with today's technology.)</span></p><p>Two years ago they started the <a href="http://www.mifolkschool.com/">Michigan Folk School. </a>The school promotes traditional folk arts and the preservation of forest and farmland.</p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 13:06:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15758 at http://michiganradio.org Ypsilanti family finds happiness in living off the land Why are Great Lakes birds dying from botulism? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-are-great-lakes-birds-dying-botulism <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Imagine walking down a picturesque beach along Lake Michigan, and stumbling upon the carcasses of dead birds. That’s a very real and unpleasant problem along Lakes Michigan, Huron, Ontario and Erie. (It’s not as big of an issue in Lake Superior because of the lake’s colder water temperatures.)</span></p><p>Loons and other deep-diving birds are suffering from a disease called avian botulism. It’s form of food poisoning that kills wild birds in the Great Lakes ecosystem.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 12:58:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15717 at http://michiganradio.org Why are Great Lakes birds dying from botulism? Go on an "owl prowl" http://michiganradio.org/post/go-owl-prowl <p>The Department of Natural Resources is putting on a series of guided night time walks in different state parks and recreation areas, with the goal of trying to spot owls.</p><p>They're called "owl prowls." (Just try and say that five times, fast.)</p><p>Events are scheduled in Livingston, Wayne, Oakland, Clinton, Lenawee, Jackson and Bay Counties. You can find more information <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10365-316092--,00.html">here at the DNR's website.</a><br /><br />The events are free and the organizers suggest that you pre-register.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 01:12:55 +0000 Kyle Norris 15416 at http://michiganradio.org Go on an "owl prowl" National Museum of the Great Lakes opens spring 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/national-museum-great-lakes-opens-spring-2014 <p>Organizers are still raising money for what's expected to be an almost $13 million project and they're in the process of putting the final touches on all the exhibits at the museum.</p><p>Once the The National Museum of the Great Lakes in Toledo, Ohio opens you'll be able to learn about how booze was transported across the waterways from Canada into the United States during Prohibition.&nbsp; Along with lots of other cool things about the Great Lakes.</p><p>Here's what the museum says on its website:</p> Mon, 18 Nov 2013 02:05:26 +0000 Kyle Norris 15324 at http://michiganradio.org National Museum of the Great Lakes opens spring 2014 Michigan Tech builds phone apps to connect researchers with citizen scientists http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-tech-builds-phone-apps-connect-researchers-citizen-scientists <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s a new project out of </span><a href="http://www.mtu.edu/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan Technological University</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Houghton that involves phone apps.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The idea is to use apps to share information with professional researchers.</span></p><p>So far the team of professors and students have made four web apps.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15261 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Tech builds phone apps to connect researchers with citizen scientists More bike lanes in Michigan mean more cyclists http://michiganradio.org/post/more-bike-lanes-michigan-mean-more-cyclists <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More communities in Michigan are embracing bike lanes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Grand Rapids plans to add 40 more miles of bike lanes in the next few years.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit has an aggressive approach to implementing them and they're popping up in places like Adrian and South Haven, not to mention the biking hot spots of Traverse City and Marquette.</span></p><p>Josh DeBruyn is the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,7-151-9615_11223---,00.html">bike and pedestrian coordinator for MDOT.</a>&nbsp;Part of his job is to deal with the applications that towns send him when they apply for grants to help install bike lanes.</p><p>DeBruyn says he gets double to triple the amount of applicants that he can actually fulfill for these kinds of grants.</p><p>He also says he hears from plenty of people and organizations about what he calls "motor vehicle angst" - or drivers who are frustrated and sometimes aggressive with cyclists.</p><p>You can listen to my interview with him here:</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 13:30:00 +0000 Kyle Norris 15210 at http://michiganradio.org More bike lanes in Michigan mean more cyclists DuMouchelles art gallery and auction house http://michiganradio.org/post/dumouchelles-art-gallery-and-auction-house <p></p><p>Let’s say you’ve been watching episodes of “Antiques Roadshow,” and now you’re inspired. So you want to find out what that old painting you bought at a garage sale for $5 bucks is really worth.</p><p>There’s a place in Detroit where you can do just that and get feedback from experts who are regulars on the TV show. Of course, if you’re in the mood to buy things, you’re also in luck.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s Kyle Norris tells us about <a href="http://www.dumouchelle.com/">DuMouchelles</a>, an auction house in Detroit.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:43:39 +0000 Stateside Staff & Kyle Norris 15186 at http://michiganradio.org DuMouchelles art gallery and auction house