culture en A new era for Dodds Records, a Grand Rapids institution <p>Vinyl records. The sight and sound of an LP can unleash torrents of sentiment and memories for those who grew up dropping that needle onto a shiny record.</p><p>And if you've grown up only downloading your music digitally, you need to know that there’s nothing finer than wandering through the aisles of a record store – a<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;record store like </span>Dodds<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Records in Grand Rapids, which has served music lovers for some 30 years.</span></p><p>With a new owner who is committed to keeping the love of records alive, the future for the venerable Grand Rapids business is looking bright.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:56:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 16513 at A new era for Dodds Records, a Grand Rapids institution The end of 'net neutrality' and what it might mean for you <p>State of Opportunity's Kimberly Springer tells us how "t<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">he specter of an exclusive, our boutique, access internet looms" after the recent U.S. Court of Appeals decision striking down many of the FCC's "net neutrality" rules.</span></p><blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">For the privileged, the demise of net neutrality might mean paying even more for broadband access to Netflix or YouTube---no more buffering...buffering...buffering? But for the less privileged, losing net neutrality puts all of the world's information further out of reach and condemning some to "pay to play" deals.&nbsp;</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Go <a href="">here </a>to read more.</span></p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:29:37 +0000 Mark Brush 16071 at The end of 'net neutrality' and what it might mean for you 'Already Dead Tapes' brings cassettes back to life <p>As the old saying goes, "everything old is new again."<br><br>Case in point, the cassette tape.<br><br>Those of us who were music consumers in the 70's and 80's remember those cassettes rattling around in your glove compartment.</p><p>They were so much smaller than those clunky eight-track tapes and no skipping or gunk on the needles like your vinyl records.</p><p>Many people went through the cassette era&nbsp; making their own mixes, working from a dual-tape unit and sharing them with friends, family and significant others.</p><p>Then came the CD, into prominence in the mid to late 80s. It was great to be able to jump right to the spot you wanted -no more fast forward and rewind.</p><p>Soon after the CD, the mp3 became popular and that is when the cassette tape became, for all intents and purposes, extinct.</p><p>But recently, the cassette tape is being revived and a Michigan-based recording label called 'Already Dead Tapes' is right out in front of this revival.</p><p>The label is run from Kalamazoo by Sean Hartman along with his Chicago-based partner Joshua Tabbia.</p><p>Sean and Joshua have said they don't think of Already Dead Tapes as a business because it's a "passion project."</p><p>Here is a video of Already Dead Tapes via the Chicago AV Club:</p><p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:07:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 12182 at 'Already Dead Tapes' brings cassettes back to life From Gang Member To Hip-Hop Church Leader Troy Evans preaches at Edge Urban Fellowship in a rundown Grand Rapids, Mich., neighborhood known for prostitution. Inside what looks like an abandoned office building are walls covered by graffiti. There are tattooed people wearing baseball caps and jeans. Three 20-year-old men holding mics get ready to bust out some elaborate dance moves.<p>It may seem like a hip-hop show, but it's actually church.<p>While Evans preaches to about 100 people on a given Saturday, he has no seminary training and dropped out of school in the 7th grade. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 14:19:01 +0000 Emily Fox 10350 at From Gang Member To Hip-Hop Church Leader Idlewild, the "Black Eden," celebrates 100 years <p></p><p>They called it the “Black Eden.”</p><p>From the 1920’s to 60’s, tens of thousands of African Americans poured into the resort town of Idlewild, Michigan. They came to escape steaming summers in segregated cities, and to see some of the greatest musicians of the age.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 15:32:20 +0000 Kate Wells 8953 at Idlewild, the "Black Eden," celebrates 100 years Reviving a family tradition <p>Many of us have family traditions that are linked to our ethic or cultural roots.</p><p>Earlier this year we asked listeners to share a special family tradition or family recipe. We got recipes from listeners that tie back to their ethic roots, some from Trinidad, Holland and Poland.</p><p>And, there was also a little contest. Our winners were sisters Dianne Johns and Holly Godbey. They revived their Lebanese family tradition of baking Easter cookies.</p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 22:03:32 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 6945 at Reviving a family tradition Memories of Michigan: State's nature and cities create connection <p>Over the weekend, we posted this question to the Michigan Radio Facebook community.</p><p><em><strong>&quot;What&rsquo;s a personal memory you have that has some kind of connection to Michigan?&quot;</strong></em></p><p>The answers show how the state&#39;s unique character gets into our blood, and why so many people feel at peace and at home in Michigan:</p><p><strong>Jennifer</strong> - Being 6 years old and digging a tunnel in the snow to get out of the front door of our little house in Carson City during the blizzard of 1978.</p><p><strong>John</strong> - First time I stood on Deadman&#39;s Hill &amp; looked out over the East Jordan River Valley.</p><p><strong>Dani</strong> - Several years back, I took a nap in a massive willow tree on the bank of the Au Sable River in Lovells. That tree is absolutely amazing, probably my favorite spot to be in the entire world. Once you climb into it, there&#39;s a sort of landing in the tree. I was able to stretch out fully and sleep comfortably while listening to the soft sounds of nature around me. Mon, 12 Mar 2012 16:22:37 +0000 Mark Brush 6599 at Memories of Michigan: State's nature and cities create connection All about paczki: The Polish jelly donut that ate the Midwest <p>The day before Ash Wednesday has many names &mdash; Fat Tuesday. Mardi Gras. Shrove Tuesday.</p><p>But all over the Midwest, it&rsquo;s become known as Paczki Day.</p><p>From Green Bay, Wis., to Lorain, Ohio, from Calumet City, Ind., to Hamtramck, Mich., people are snapping up the jelly donuts that have their roots in Polish cuisine.</p><p><a href=",0,5655689.story">One Chicago bakery alone</a> expects to sell 80,000 paczkis, so we&rsquo;re going to go out on a limb and predict there may be millions sold in the Midwest on Tuesday.</p><p>Changing Gears has been taking a look at <a href="">immigrant traditions and culture</a> across the Midwest, but the paczki seems to have transcended its beginnings and become a pre-Lenten staple. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:36:34 +0000 Micki Maynard 6298 at All about paczki: The Polish jelly donut that ate the Midwest Our How-To Guide for making a hardscrabble, gritty, post-industrial documentary about Detroit <p>Detroit is a city that fascinates a lot of people.</p><p>Its story is not a simple one, though it has sometimes been a dramatic one.&nbsp;So maybe it&rsquo;s not surprising that we seem to hear every week about a new documentary film being made about Detroit.</p><p>Changing Gears hasn&rsquo;t had a chance to see all of these documentaries, but we&rsquo;ve heard about an awful lot of them.</p><p>And we&rsquo;ve noticed some patterns that we thought could be helpful in case you ever decide to make a documentary about the Motor City.</p><p>So, here is our DIY guide for how to make a Detroit documentary: Thu, 02 Feb 2012 21:44:08 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 6075 at Our How-To Guide for making a hardscrabble, gritty, post-industrial documentary about Detroit Detroit Symphony Orchestra offers free webcasts of concerts <p>The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is offering <a href="">enhanced webcasts</a> of its concerts this season.</p><p>A &quot;<a href="">Live from Orchestra Hall</a>&quot; webcast will be held tomorrow night January 28, beginning at 7:50 p.m. Participants have to register before watching.</p><p>More from the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>The Detroit Symphony Orchestra is introducing a new webcast player designed to make online concert viewers feel as if they&#39;re in Orchestra Hall.</p><p>More than 30,000 people from over 40 countries are expected to view Saturday&#39;s high-definition &quot;Live from Orchestra Hall&quot; webcast.</p><p>The DSO says it&#39;s the only U.S. orchestra to offer a free series of webcasts.</p><p>The Symphony says the webcast player &quot;mimics the actual interior&quot; of Orchestra Hall. Dimming controls allow the virtual viewer to adjust lighting.</p><p>Saturday&#39;s webcast will feature a performance of Mozart&#39;s Horn Concerto No. 4.</p><p>The piece will be highlighted on a live repertoire tracker, and live program notes will post below the viewing window with trivia about the piece and the artists.</p></blockquote><p>Here&#39;s a promotional video from the DSO about it&#39;s webcasts:</p><p>;v=CsggQQ5_MFM Fri, 27 Jan 2012 20:33:50 +0000 Mark Brush 5978 at Detroit Symphony Orchestra offers free webcasts of concerts 'Detropia' makes debut at Sundance Film Festival this weekend <p>Yes, yes... there are a lot of abandoned buildings and sad reminders of better times in Detroit.</p><p>While some artists come to Detroit to gawk at the &quot;<a href="">ruin porn,</a>&quot; as Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer Guerra has pointed out, the filmmakers of the new documentary &quot;<a href="">Detropia</a>&quot; say they hope people take away something other than a sense of awe at the decay.</p><p>Co-directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady say they want their audience to understand the people who stayed behind in Detroit:</p><blockquote><p>&quot;Initially when we went there, we were just looking for this Phoenix story. We were hoping that there were people on the ground there that were really just going to fix the place. But after spending a couple years filming there, and spending time with our characters we realized that was really just a very dishonest story,&quot; said Grady. Fri, 20 Jan 2012 17:02:43 +0000 Mark Brush 5876 at 'Detropia' makes debut at Sundance Film Festival this weekend ArtPrize adds $100,000 juried award for 2012 event <p>GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - The annual ArtPrize contest in Grand Rapids is getting a new $100,000 juried award and trimming how much money the top two publicly picked winners each get.</p><p>Organizers on Tuesday announced the creation of the ArtPrize Juried Grand Prize for the 2012 event, which is scheduled for Sept. 19 to Oct. 7. The new award makes the total prize money for the 2012 event $550,000, up from nearly $500,000 in 2011.</p><p>Next year, the artist winning the public voting will get $200,000 instead of the $250,000 that was awarded in 2011. The prize for second place will be $75,000, down from $100,000. Prizes for other juried awards will be $20,000.</p><p>Artist and venue registration for the fourth annual ArtPrize event will be announced later. Tue, 06 Dec 2011 15:14:38 +0000 The Associated Press 5262 at ArtPrize adds $100,000 juried award for 2012 event The Story: Kalamazoo street rivals make changes and settle differences <p><em>&quot;I&#39;m not going to stop until Michael is dead.&quot;</em></p><p>In the streets of Kalamazoo, Michigan, people were looking for revenge against Michael Wilder for the violence he committed against others.</p><p>Michael says his violence was born out of violence against him.</p><p>So goes the cycle of hatred and rage that is repeated by people throughout the world.</p><p>The public radio program <em>The Story</em> recounted the tale of Michael &quot;Too Short&quot; Wilder and Yafinceio &quot;Big B&quot; Harris: two enemies from the streets of Kalamazoo who make changes and later meet at a community college:</p><p>From <a href="">The Story</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Michael Wilder and Yafinceio Harris were long time rivals.&nbsp;&nbsp;Several times&nbsp;they came close to an armed confrontation. Five years ago, one almost killed the other in a Kalamazoo street war.</p><p>But something always seemed to intervene. Imagine the surprise for both of them when they met, earlier this year, in a community college classroom.</p></blockquote><p>Wilder said their teacher at the community college recognized their incredible story and asked if he could share it with the producers at <em>The Story</em>.</p><p>Wilder said he and Harris were excited to share their story:</p><p><em>&quot;We&#39;re living proof that [violence] is not always the answer,&quot; said Wilder.</em></p><p><em>&quot;You know what Yafinceio told me one day shortly after we met in school?</em></p><p><em>It almost made me cry.</em></p><p><em>He said, &#39;man, I realized that if I had killed you, I would have killed a good dude.&#39; He told me that!</em></p><p><em>Can you imagine having a killer, that was going to kill you, turn around and get to know you and tell you something like that?!&quot;</em></p><p>They call the trust they built between one another &quot;Real recognized real.&quot;</p><p>Listen to Wilder and Harris recount their incredible story of how they broke the cycle of violence between them:</p><p> Thu, 22 Sep 2011 15:07:12 +0000 Mark Brush 4256 at The Story: Kalamazoo street rivals make changes and settle differences Art Prize starts tomorrow in Grand Rapids <p>The third annual <a href="">ArtPrize</a> will kick off tomorrow in Grand Rapids. Michigan Radio&#39;s Lindsey Smith will have an update for us later today.</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>ArtPrize begins Wednesday and runs through Oct. 9. Organizers say this year&#39;s show will host artists from 39 countries and 43 states displaying their work in 164 venues within three square miles of the city&#39;s downtown.</p><p>While the winners of most art competitions are decided by a few professionals, ArtPrize allows any adult to enter and any attendee to vote for the winners.</p><p>Founder Rick DeVos says the event is more about the process than the finished product - giving artists permission to embrace creativity and succeed or fail. Tue, 20 Sep 2011 15:04:54 +0000 Mark Brush 4221 at Art Prize starts tomorrow in Grand Rapids Plans come together for Detroit Design Festival <p>DETROIT (AP) - Plans are coming together for a new festival showcasing Detroit&#39;s creative community.</p><p>The <a href="">Detroit Design Festival</a> takes place Sept. 21-28. Online retail mortgage lender Quicken Loans Inc. announced Monday that it will be the &quot;premier sponsor&quot; for the event, which will feature fashion shows, exhibitions, lectures, installations and studio tours, performances.</p><p>With the sponsorship, the Detroit Creative Corridor Center will be able to provide grants to local designers and creative professionals to showcase their work. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 14:18:58 +0000 The Associated Press 4115 at Remembering a Motown founder: Esther Gordy Edwards' funeral today <p>Esther Gordy Edwards gave her brother, Berry Gordy Jr., <a href="">an $800 loan</a> to start Motown Records back in 1959. She went on to become an integral part of her brother&#39;s company and started the Motown Museum back in 1985.</p><p>Edwards <a href="">died last week</a> at the age of 91. Today is her funeral.</p><p>From the <a href="">Detroit Free Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Hundreds are expected to say good-bye to Esther Gordy Edwards, the sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. who helped him build the company and led efforts to turn its original Detroit headquarters into a museum.</p><p><br />The funeral for Edwards is 11 a.m. today at Bethel AME Church in Detroit. She died last week at age 91. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:50:34 +0000 Mark Brush 3976 at Remembering a Motown founder: Esther Gordy Edwards' funeral today "Pillar of Motown" Esther Gordy Edwards dies at 91 <p><strong>Update 2:49 p.m.</strong></p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s <a href="">Sarah Hulett</a> spoke with Motown Museum CEO Audley Smith.</p><p>Smith said Edwards was instrumental in starting Motown. From Hulett&#39;s report:</p><blockquote><p>Edwards served as the label&rsquo;s vice president, its corporate secretary, and its director of international operations.</p><p>But Motown Museum CEO Audley Smith says even before that, she established a &quot;savings club&quot; for her family&rsquo;s entrepreneurial pursuits.</p><p>&quot;And that fund was where Berry Gordy got the first $800 to start his record company,&quot; said Smith.</p></blockquote><p>Smith also said that Edwards was a mother figure to many of the Motown artists who became stars.</p><blockquote><p>&quot;She felt that by sharing her love and her wisdom and her guidance and her time and her resources and her tough love, that she could make a difference in the lives of young people,&quot; said Smith.</p></blockquote><p>Hulett reports that Edwards stayed in Detroit after her brother moved the Motown label to Los Angeles in the early 1970s. She started the Motown Museum in 1985, which sees 60,000 visitors a year.</p><p><strong>1:05 p.m.</strong></p><p>Esther Gordy Edwards, the elder sister of Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr., died last night at the age of 91.</p><p>From the Associated Press.</p><blockquote><p>The <a href="">Motown Museum</a> made the announcement Thursday. The museum, which Edwards founded, says she died Wednesday night in Detroit surrounded by family and friends. Edwards was a Motown executive for nearly three decades.</p><p>She served as senior vice president, corporate secretary and director of Motown International Operations, where she was charged with exposing the famed &quot;Motown sound&quot; to international<br />audiences.</p></blockquote><p>Berry Gordy Jr. released <a href="">a statement</a> today saying his sister was &quot;was the most educated in our family and was the go-to person for wisdom in business.&quot; Berry Gordy Jr. praised her for preserving Motown&#39;s history after he sold the company 1988:</p><blockquote><div style="border-bottom: medium none; text-align: left; border-left: medium none; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0,0,0); overflow: hidden; border-top: medium none; border-right: medium none; text-decoration: none"><em>Esther turned the so-called trash left behind after I sold the company in 1988 into a phenomenal world-class monument where Hitsville started&mdash;The <a href="">Motown Museum</a>.</em></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; text-align: left; border-left: medium none; background-color: transparent; color: rgb(0,0,0); overflow: hidden; border-top: medium none; border-right: medium none; text-decoration: none"><em>She preserved Motown memorabilia before it was memorabilia, collecting our history long before we knew we were making it. She nurtured and held it together through the years, protecting the Motown legacy for generations to come&mdash;which is only one of the reasons people all over the world will remember and celebrate Esther Gordy Edwards. </em><em>Despite my sorrow, I will proudly continue to honor and celebrate her. She will always be my big sister and she will forever live in my heart.</em></div></blockquote><p><a href="">Billboard</a> Magazine writes that this is the second loss Motown has suffered this week &quot;following the <a href="">death Tuesday</a> of legendary Ashford &amp; Simpson songwriter, <a href="">Nick Ashford</a>.&quot;</p><p>The <a href="|">Detroit African American History</a> project writes that Esther Gordy Edwards was born in Oconee, Georgia and moved to Detroit as a child. She&#39;s a graduate of <a href="">Cass Technical High School</a> and attended Howard University and the University of Michigan. She was married to former Michigan State Representative George Edwards.</p><p> Thu, 25 Aug 2011 18:49:37 +0000 Mark Brush & Sarah Hulett 3914 at "Pillar of Motown" Esther Gordy Edwards dies at 91 Cell phones used to text, take pictures, and avoid others <p>The <a href="">Pew Internet &amp; American Life Project</a> has released its annual findings on how Americans use their cell phones. Other than talking on the phone (it was a phone survey, after all), most of us use our phones for texting and picture taking.</p><p>From <a href="">Pew</a>:</p><blockquote><p>As in previous Pew Internet surveys of mobile usage, texting and picture-taking remain the most common mobile phone activities&mdash;73% of cell owners engage in each of these&mdash;followed by sending photos or videos to others (54%) and accessing the internet (44%). The two least prevalent activities (among the 15 we inquired about) are accessing Twitter and using one&rsquo;s phone to take part in a video call or chat (6% of cell owners do each of these).</p></blockquote><p>People interacting with younger cell phone users take note.</p><p>30% of cell phone users aged 18-29 say they pretend to use their cell phone to avoid interacting with people around them.</p><p>The avoidance technique is used significantly more by this age group than by others (11% of those 30-49 said they do this, 6% of those 50-64, and 2% of those 65 and older).</p><p>So younger users... teach the elders.</p><p>How is this best done? Do you pretend to take a call? Or do you just glance down at your device when you feel eye contact coming your way?</p><p>Or maybe you really are playing Angry Birds. Mon, 15 Aug 2011 19:11:05 +0000 Mark Brush 3761 at Cell phones used to text, take pictures, and avoid others Enterprising young musicians on the road to Interlochen For young people who want a career in the arts, a handful of prestigious summer camps are a vital early step. Interlochen, in northern Michigan, is one of them.<p>Jessye Norman, Josh Groban, Norah Jones and Lorin Maazel all spent summers at Interlochen when they were younger. But with tuition ranging from $3,000 to $10,000, depending on the campers' age and discipline, does it mean that only rich kids get to follow in their footsteps? It turns out that some extra-resourceful young people are paving their own way. I went to camp to meet them.<p>Interlochen has been around since 1928. Fri, 22 Jul 2011 18:37:50 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 3431 at Enterprising young musicians on the road to Interlochen Ann Arbor Street Art Fair (audio slideshow) <p>I am Traci Currie, and I spent the first day&nbsp;of the 2011 Ann Arbor Street Art Fair talking to&nbsp;people who ventured out into the&nbsp;blazing sun&nbsp;to enjoy&nbsp;all sorts of art from all over the nation.</p><p>Most people mentioned the weather, while others talked about their love of art. Some talked about both.</p><p>Here are their comments along with some photos I took at the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair:</p><p></p><p><em>- Traci Currie - Michigan Radio Newsroom</em> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 19:21:16 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 3418 at Ann Arbor Street Art Fair (audio slideshow)