culture http://michiganradio.org en "Baroque on Beaver" festival starts this weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/baroque-beaver-festival-starts-weekend <p></p><p>"Baroque on Beaver" is a classic music festival held on Beaver Island running from July 25&nbsp;to August 3.</p><p>Anne Glendon heads the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association.</p><p>She said there will be about 50 musicians at the festival. Most of them have lived in Michigan or have strong ties to the island. &nbsp;The concerts are held in different venues on the island. There is a variety of music playing as well, such as chamber music, jazz, and baroque, of course.</p><p>“It’s quirky, just like the island and we wouldn’t have it any other way, and also it’s, we think, pretty top rate music,” Glendon said.</p><p>Check out the performance list <a href="http://www.baroqueonbeaver.org/schedule.html">here</a>.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:06:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 18454 at http://michiganradio.org "Baroque on Beaver" festival starts this weekend Sci-Fi and fantasy convention, "DetCon1," is coming to Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/sci-fi-and-fantasy-convention-detcon1-coming-detroit <p></p><p>This week the science fiction spotlight will shine on Detroit.</p><p>The Motor City will host the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention from July 17 to July 20.</p><p>Jim Hines is a fantasy novelist from Michigan who is also serving as one of the three Masters of Ceremonies for the big convention that’s known as "DetCon1."</p><p>“You’ve got a convention center full of authors and fans, and basically just a hotel packed full of geeks,” Hines said when describing DetCon1.</p><p>Hines said this is different from ComicCon, who focuses more on the media and anime, where DetCon1 focuses on the literary, novels, stories and authors.</p><p>Hines won a Hugo Award in 2012. He said what he loves about science fiction and fantasy the most is the possibility.</p><p>“Whether it’s reading or creating the story, those moments when you just have to ask, ‘well what if this?’ And run with an idea that creates that sense of wonder. There’s nothing like it,” Hines said.</p><p>Hines is currently working on a series based in Michigan about a librarian from the Upper Peninsula who can pull anything from books that can fit through the pages.</p><p>The 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention will be at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. You can get details at their website <a href="http://nasfic.org/">here</a>.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 21:07:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 18380 at http://michiganradio.org Sci-Fi and fantasy convention, "DetCon1," is coming to Detroit Music duo Insane Clown Posse loses gang lawsuit http://michiganradio.org/post/music-duo-insane-clown-posse-loses-gang-lawsuit <p>DETROIT - A judge has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at scrubbing an FBI report that describes fans of the rap-metal duo Insane Clown Posse as a loosely organized gang.</p><p>Detroit federal Judge Robert Cleland says the government isn't responsible for acts by local police agencies that use the 2011 report.</p><p>Fans of Insane Clown Posse are known as Juggalos. The FBI report labels the Juggalos as a "loosely organized hybrid gang," although that description isn't part of the most recent national report on gangs.</p><p>Juggalos say their reputations have suffered because they have jewelry or tattoos with the group's symbol, a man running with a hatchet.</p><p>The lawsuit was dismissed last week. The Insane Clown Posse is Joseph Bruce, known as Violent J, and Joseph Utsler, known as Shaggy 2 Dope.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:30:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18290 at http://michiganradio.org Music duo Insane Clown Posse loses gang lawsuit People bit by the media bug everywhere http://michiganradio.org/post/people-bit-media-bug-everywhere <p>Journalism is considered to be one of the most influential, glamorous and attractive professions in Pakistan.</p><p>The same craze to work for media seems to be in the U.S. too.</p><p>It’s usual to see young people from different professions blindly jumping into journalism in Pakistan, but it’s really amazing to find the same craze for my beloved profession in the U.S. too.</p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:09:00 +0000 Moiz Karim 18123 at http://michiganradio.org People bit by the media bug everywhere National traits do not explain soccer styles http://michiganradio.org/post/national-traits-do-not-explain-soccer-styles <p></p><p>Last Thursday afternoon, the 2014 World Cup began as Brazil and Croatia ran out onto the pitch in Brazil. And with that, fans of Association Football (aka “soccer” here in the USA) plunged into a month of the High Holy Days: World Cup action.</p><p>Many fans of “the beautiful game” get downright nationalistic as they cheer on<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;their favorite team, whether it be England, Italy, Brazil, Germany, Ivory Coast ... and of course, the U.S., which opens its World Cup bid this evening at 6 against Ghana.</span></p><p>With soccer, there's a lot of credence put into national identities and how teams play. But, if you think the<em> </em>playing style of your favorite team somehow reflects some deep cultural trait of that country, Stateside guest Andy Markovits says think again.</p><p>Markovits is a University of Michigan political scientist and lifelong soccer fan. He joined us today to talk about how generalizations of national characteristics can be superficial and dangerous.&nbsp;</p><p><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;">*Listen to the conversation above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:08:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 18017 at http://michiganradio.org National traits do not explain soccer styles Detroit pulled off a miracle during WWII; can it do the same thing today? http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-pulled-miracle-during-wwii-can-it-do-same-thing-today <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">For months, we’ve been embroiled in Detroit’s bankruptcy and attempts&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">to save what there is worth saving.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">It is hard to pick up any national publication without finding stories&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">about Detroit, few of them good. There are a spate of new book titles&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">too, which mostly chronicle the city’s decline and fall.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Yet I’ve just been reading an utterly fascinating and inspiring new&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">book about a time when Detroit really did save, or at least help save,&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">the world.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">The book, just published by Houghton Mifflin, is<em> The&nbsp;</em></span><em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Ford Motor Company, and Their Epic Quest to Arm</span></em><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;"><em> an America at War</em>.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">This is a book with characters larger and more bizarre than life. It&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">tells the story of a Detroit-based triumph that the experts said was&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">impossible. And every word in it is true.</span></p><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 14:16:10 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17989 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit pulled off a miracle during WWII; can it do the same thing today? From the newsroom in Pakistan, to the newsroom in the US http://michiganradio.org/post/newsroom-pakistan-newsroom-us <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I am </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Moiz</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Karim</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, a journalist from Pakistan.</span></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-598421f9-8661-a2f0-089d-bf03f837899a">I work for Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, commonly known as Radio Pakistan, as an editor in Islamabad. </span></p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 16:08:26 +0000 Moiz Karim 17932 at http://michiganradio.org From the newsroom in Pakistan, to the newsroom in the US This interactive map shows why people stay in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/interactive-map-shows-why-people-stay-michigan <p>For the last two weeks, people in Michigan have shared their reasons for staying in the state.</p><p>We asked people to publish images that capture why they stay after a Gallup poll showed that 37% of us would rather live somewhere else.</p><p>This was a project with 10 other public radio stations spread across the country. We all asked our audience members to use the hashtag #whyIstay when sharing a picture.</p><p>Thousands of people shared their reasons for living where they do.</p> Fri, 23 May 2014 18:42:42 +0000 Mark Brush 17737 at http://michiganradio.org This interactive map shows why people stay in Michigan Why do you stay in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/why-do-you-stay-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bad roads, the Rust Belt, the largest city in bankruptcy: These are some of the negative visions that people have of Michigan.&nbsp;</span></p><p>A recent Gallup Poll showed that only 28% of Michiganders said Michigan was the best or one of the best possible states to live in.&nbsp;</p><p>But you're still here.</p><p>Why?</p><p>That's the question Michigan Radio is asking as part of our Why I Stay project.&nbsp;</p><p>Mark Brush of Michigan Radio is running it, and he joined us on Stateside.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Thu, 22 May 2014 20:29:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 17719 at http://michiganradio.org Why do you stay in Michigan? Here are 100 reasons why people stay in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/here-are-100-reasons-why-people-stay-michigan <p>Last Friday, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/why-do-you-stay-michigan-whyistay">we asked people</a> to share a photo that represents why they stay in Michigan.</p><p>So far, people have shared thousands of photos and tweets using the hashtag #whyIstay.</p><p>Public radio stations all over the country are asking their communities the same question. <a href="http://hashtagwhyistay.tumblr.com/">Here's a collection</a> showing all the responses.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 18:13:58 +0000 Mark Brush 17620 at http://michiganradio.org Here are 100 reasons why people stay in Michigan 37% of you would rather live somewhere else than Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/37-you-would-rather-live-somewhere-else-michigan <p>I mean, it's not like we're living in Hawaii, after all.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan is "above the national average" for t</span>he number of people who say they'd rather live somewhere else,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">according to the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/168770/half-illinois-connecticut-move-elsewhere.aspx#1" style="line-height: 1.5; color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">Gallup poll</a>.</p><p>Here was the question they put to the 600 people they reached by phone in Michigan:</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 18:53:58 +0000 Mark Brush 17469 at http://michiganradio.org 37% of you would rather live somewhere else than Michigan A new era for Dodds Records, a Grand Rapids institution http://michiganradio.org/post/new-era-dodds-records-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 http://michiganradio.org A new era for Dodds Records, a Grand Rapids institution The end of 'net neutrality' and what it might mean for you http://michiganradio.org/post/end-net-neutrality-and-what-it-might-mean-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="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/post/heres-what-decision-ending-net-neutrality-means-tech-opportunity">here </a>to read more.</span></p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 18:29:37 +0000 Mark Brush 16071 at http://michiganradio.org The end of 'net neutrality' and what it might mean for you 'Already Dead Tapes' brings cassettes back to life http://michiganradio.org/post/already-dead-tapes-brings-cassettes-back-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>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uSKwO5lKCxs Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:07:19 +0000 Stateside Staff 12182 at http://michiganradio.org 'Already Dead Tapes' brings cassettes back to life From Gang Member To Hip-Hop Church Leader http://michiganradio.org/post/gang-member-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 http://michiganradio.org From Gang Member To Hip-Hop Church Leader Idlewild, the "Black Eden," celebrates 100 years http://michiganradio.org/post/idlewild-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 http://michiganradio.org Idlewild, the "Black Eden," celebrates 100 years Reviving a family tradition http://michiganradio.org/post/reviving-family-tradition-one-cookie-time <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 http://michiganradio.org Reviving a family tradition Memories of Michigan: State's nature and cities create connection http://michiganradio.org/post/memories-michigan-states-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 http://michiganradio.org Memories of Michigan: State's nature and cities create connection All about paczki: The Polish jelly donut that ate the Midwest http://michiganradio.org/post/all-about-paczki-polish-jelly-donut-ate-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="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-0221-paczki-manufacturing-20120222,0,5655689.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="http://www.publicinsightnetwork.org/form/changing-gears/2147ece2cc98/what-cultural-traditions-have-you-kept-or-lost">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 http://michiganradio.org 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 http://michiganradio.org/post/our-how-guide-making-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 http://michiganradio.org Our How-To Guide for making a hardscrabble, gritty, post-industrial documentary about Detroit