Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org en President Obama stops at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-stops-zingermans-ann-arbor <p>President Obama was in Ann Arbor today to <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/watch-president-obamas-speech-ann-arbor?nopop=1">give a speech</a> on raising the federal minimum wage. Prior to the speech, Mr. Obama stopped at Zingerman's Delicatessen&nbsp;and ordered a Reuben sandwich.&nbsp;</p><p>From the White House pool report:</p><blockquote><p>POTUS and motorcade stopped at Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor just before 1:30 p.m.&nbsp;With his suit coat off and U.S. Rep. Gary Peters by his side, the president ordered a Reuben sandwich.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:35:22 +0000 Mark Brush 17077 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama stops at Zingerman's in Ann Arbor President Obama in Ann Arbor today calling for a minimum wage increase http://michiganradio.org/post/president-obama-ann-arbor-today-calling-minimum-wage-increase <p>A minimum wage increase is something President Obama has been calling for since he was a candidate.</p><p><a href="http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/as-candidate-obama-promised-to-raise-the-minimum">Buzzfeed </a>has a whole collection of "I'm going to raise the minimum wage" videos from campaign stops Obama made in 2008.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's one of them:</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:28:50 +0000 Mark Brush 17076 at http://michiganradio.org President Obama in Ann Arbor today calling for a minimum wage increase Banjos will be banned at this year's Water Hill Music Festival in Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/banjos-will-be-banned-years-water-hill-music-festival-ann-arbor <p>A collective sigh of relief was heard today in Ann Arbor when the organizers of the Water Hill Music Festival announced a ban on banjo playing during this year's fest.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From the&nbsp;</span><a href="http://waterhill.org/post/81391135878/banjo-ban-today-water-hill-music-fest-organizers" style="line-height: 1.5;">Water Hill Music Fest:</a></p><blockquote><p>Today Water Hill Music Fest organizers received a petition with over 500 signatures urging a ban on banjos at the festival. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:42:49 +0000 Mark Brush 17056 at http://michiganradio.org Banjos will be banned at this year's Water Hill Music Festival in Ann Arbor Ann Arbor Schools losing kids; is $10 million short http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-schools-losing-kids-10-million-short <p>First, there's the mystery of the disappearing kids.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ann Arbor's enrollment dropped by about 200 students this year.&nbsp;</span></p><p>That's a surprise, School Board&nbsp;Treasurer Glenn Nelson says, because enrollment was basically stable last year.&nbsp;</p><p>Administrators do know where about 50 of those kids went: the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, which offers specialized programming.&nbsp;</p><p>But the other 150 students?</p><p>"I don't know," says Nelson. "And that's something I wish we knew more about."&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:43:22 +0000 Kate Wells 16889 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor Schools losing kids; is $10 million short Meet Heywood Banks: Michigan comedian, lover of toast http://michiganradio.org/post/meet-heywood-banks-michigan-comedian-lover-toast <p>One of Michigan's big contributions to the world of comedy is Heywood Banks.</p><p>Whether he's playing his guitar or his trusty toaster, he's made audiences laugh all over the country.</p><p>He's appeared on A&amp;E, MTV, and Entertainment Tonight. And he was the MC for both nights of the 2012 Ann Arbor Folk Festival.</p><p>He'll be playing at The Ark on March 15; he joined us today on Stateside.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHptn_3RyYE</p><p><i>Listen to the full interview above.</i></p><p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:25:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 16827 at http://michiganradio.org Meet Heywood Banks: Michigan comedian, lover of toast In Ann Arbor, public art money will be spent on sewers, roads http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-public-art-money-will-be-spent-sewers-roads <p>Ann Arbor's city council is sending almost $100,000 of public art money back to city services.&nbsp;</p><p>Last year, they pulled the plug on a controversial plan called "Percent for Art."&nbsp;</p><p>For five years, it set aside money from some new city construction projects and put it towards art installations.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Now, council members are sending the leftover money back to city services, to pay for things like roads and sewers. &nbsp;</p><p>They will hold onto enough money to wrap up a few art projects, and they're asking for a new plan for future public art.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:39:45 +0000 Kate Wells 16706 at http://michiganradio.org In Ann Arbor, public art money will be spent on sewers, roads Ann Arbor teen uses snow days, writes legal brief in defense of juvenile lifers http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-teen-uses-snow-days-writes-legal-brief-defense-juvenile-lifers <p>Sixteen-year-old Matelyn Sarosi&nbsp;wasn't building snow men or sipping hot chocolate during her&nbsp;recent snow days. Instead, she was drafting an 18-page legal document calling for a chance at parole for Michigan prison inmates&nbsp;sentenced to mandatory life in prison for crimes they committed before the age of 18.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:45:51 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16477 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor teen uses snow days, writes legal brief in defense of juvenile lifers Students to hold all-night event to discuss race on UM campus http://michiganradio.org/post/students-hold-all-night-event-discuss-race-um-campus <p>University of Michigan students are holding an all-night event later this month to discuss race on campus.</p><p>The event, billed as a "Speak Out," is being organized by the United Coalition for Racial Justice, a student organization consisting of students and faculty members.</p><p>The event will build on momentum gained by the university's Black Student Union to make the campus more inclusive and diverse.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:43:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16383 at http://michiganradio.org Students to hold all-night event to discuss race on UM campus Ann Arbor-based non-profit is dedicated to building links between homeless, 'homeful' http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-based-non-profit-dedicated-building-links-between-homeless-homeful <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's called "Mission </span>A2<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" – short for Michigan Itinerant Shelter System Interdependent&nbsp; Out of Necessity. This Ann Arbor-based nonprofit is dedicated to building links between homeless and what it calls "</span>homeful<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" </span>Washtenaw<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> County residents. One of its key activities has been running a series of rotating tent cities for the homeless.</span></p><p>But now, Mission A2 is taking things to a new level. They're partnering to buy land and build a permanent settlement called Homeward Bound, a place for Ann Arbor's homeless to begin the process of rebuilding confidence and their lives. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:29:36 +0000 Stateside Staff 16380 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor-based non-profit is dedicated to building links between homeless, 'homeful' Listen to music from the whole Ann Arbor Folk Festival line up http://michiganradio.org/post/listen-music-whole-ann-arbor-folk-festival-line <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Ark started the Ann</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Arbor Folk Festival &nbsp;in 1977. In nearly all of the <a href="http://theark.org/folk_festival_line_up_history.html">past lineups</a>, you'll find big names and local artists.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The festival is happening this weekend at Hill Auditorium. Both the Friday and Saturday shows are sold out.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">So, if you didn't get tickets in time, or you can't afford them, or the roads are too bad, or you had no idea that this existed, or you are lazy, you can listen to all the artists here.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(I've constructed this list based on <a href="http://theark.org/ann_arbor_folk_festival.html">the list</a> the Ark released, which they say is subject to change.)</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's what you can hear on Friday:</span></p><p><strong><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Pearl and the Beard</span></strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/3P0K4Lp7bPg" width="560"></iframe></span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 15:03:18 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16243 at http://michiganradio.org Listen to music from the whole Ann Arbor Folk Festival line up Ann Arbor's longest-serving mayor looks back on career http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbors-longest-serving-mayor-looks-back-career <p>In 2000, John Hieftje began his tenure as mayor of Ann Arbor, and every two years after that, Hiefjte won reelection with numbers reflecting strong support from the people in the city.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">His 14-year run makes him the city’s longest-serving leader.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He recently announced he is </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">not planning on running for reelection, a decision he says he’s been considering for the past few years.</span></p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:59:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16073 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor's longest-serving mayor looks back on career Why images of strangers make us feel less alone http://michiganradio.org/post/why-images-strangers-make-us-feel-less-alone <p></p><p>If you’re walking around Ann Arbor or Detroit these days, you should know: &nbsp;a total stranger may come up and ask to take your picture.</p><p>They’ll snap a few shots. Maybe ask how your day is going.</p><p>Then they’ll post it all on Facebook. And hundreds, possibly even thousands of people will see it.</p><p>That’s because two photographers – one in each city – are building a growing fan base around these daily street photos.</p><p> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 11:12:00 +0000 Kate Wells 16058 at http://michiganradio.org Why images of strangers make us feel less alone Ann Arbor father seeks respect for all dads in America http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-father-seeks-respect-all-dads-america <p>How about some respect for dads, everyone?</p><p>How about we stop with the marketing and entertainment cliches portraying Dad as a big ol' doofus who can't boil a pot of water or change a nasty diaper? And we start recognizing that men play a very active role in the home life and they are not the opposite side of the coin to the "supermommy."</p><p>This has been the mission of our next guest. Doug French been one of the nation's leading "daddy bloggers" ever since launching his blog "<a href="http://laidoffdad.typepad.com/">Laid Off Dad</a>" over 10 years ago. And in July 2010, he created another blog, <a href="http://whentheflamesgoup.com/">When the Flames Go Up</a>, blogging with his ex-wife about co-parenting after divorce.</p><p>He's also the co-founder of the upcoming <a href="http://www.dad2summit.com/">Dad 2.0 Summit</a>, which aims to raise the profile of America's dads in the eyes of companies and marketers.</p><p>He does all of this as he practices the fine art of being a dad.</p><p>Doug French joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 14 Jan 2014 21:51:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 16018 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor father seeks respect for all dads in America University of Michigan faces proposed fine from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission http://michiganradio.org/post/university-michigan-faces-proposed-fine-nuclear-regulatory-commission <p>ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is proposing a $3,500 fine against the <a href="http://www.oseh.umich.edu/radiation/index.shtml">University of Michigan Radiation Safety Service</a> after a routine materials inspection turned up security-related violations.<br /><br />The federal agency says the inspection conducted between last June and September looked at the use of licensed materials for medical applications, research and development.<br /><br />Violations were found on the school's Ann Arbor campus.<br /> Sun, 12 Jan 2014 18:18:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15983 at http://michiganradio.org University of Michigan faces proposed fine from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission When John Lennon came to Ann Arbor http://michiganradio.org/post/when-john-lennon-came-ann-arbor <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dec. 10, 1971. </span>Crisler<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Arena in Ann Arbor. John Lennon steps up to the microphone.</span></p><p>"It ain't fair, John Sinclair…” the former Beatle sings.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In his new book, "The Walrus And The Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution," author James Mitchell tells the story of Lennon’s trip to Michigan, and why Ann Arbor was the perfect launchpad for Lennon's new life as a revolutionary.</span></p><p><em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</span></em></p><p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 21:11:10 +0000 Stateside Staff 15937 at http://michiganradio.org When John Lennon came to Ann Arbor Meet Michigan's homeless, trying to survive this cold http://michiganradio.org/post/meet-michigans-homeless-trying-survive-cold <p><span style="font-family: Georgia, serif; font-size: 11pt; line-height: 17.5pt; ">A laid-off public school teacher, an evicted retiree, and a man who says he'll sleep on a park bench because he’s too drunk to pass the shelter’s Breathalyzer test tonight. &nbsp;</span></p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.2in; line-height: 17.5pt; "><span style="font-size: 11pt; font-family: Georgia, serif; ">The people at a daytime warming center in downtown Ann Arbor run the gamut.<span class="apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><o:p></o:p></span></p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 18:10:43 +0000 Kate Wells 15915 at http://michiganradio.org Meet Michigan's homeless, trying to survive this cold Ann Arbor school finds a creative way to teach kids music http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-school-finds-creative-way-teach-kids-music <p>All too often, as school districts are forced to cut spending, programs like music get the ax.</p><p>And that sorry fact robs students of the chance to learn music, to make music, and leaves one to wonder: Where are the musicians of the future going to come from?</p><p>One Ann Arbor Elementary School is teaming up with the University of Michigan School of Music for a unique approach to teaching music...and they are turning to Venezuela for inspiration.</p><p>It's called El Sistema.</p><p>The program originated in Venezuela, and the idea was to teach disadvantaged children, to help them discoverer the power of music.</p><p>I spoke with Professor John Ellis with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where among other things, he is Director of Community and Preparatory Programs - and Horacio Contreras Espionoza, he is a UofM grad student studying cello, and he is an El Sistema teacher at Mitchell Elementary School in Ann Arbor.</p><p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:37:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 15450 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor school finds a creative way to teach kids music An interview with Ann Arbor electro-pop music duo Hollow & Akimbo http://michiganradio.org/post/interview-ann-arbor-electro-pop-music-duo-hollow-akimbo <p>That’s “Hollow and Akimbo” on their new EP “Pseudoscience” on Quite Scientific Records.</p><p>Their electro-pop is winning this Ann Arbor duo some very warm praise from critics, including some in the UK.</p><p><a href="http://www.hollowandakimbo.com/">Hollow &amp; Akimbo </a>duo Jon Visger and Brian Konicek joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 20:36:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 15427 at http://michiganradio.org An interview with Ann Arbor electro-pop music duo Hollow & Akimbo This is what a playground for kids with disabilities looks like http://michiganradio.org/post/what-playground-kids-disabilities-looks <p>Ask any kid about their favorite part of the school day and they’ll likely give you one response - recess.</p><p>But for kids with disabilities, going outside isn’t always easy.&nbsp;&nbsp;Traditional playgrounds aren’t always safe for these kids.</p><p>Haisley&nbsp;Elementary in Ann Arbor just renovated its playground to specifically accommodate for students with disabilities.</p><p>The school&nbsp;has a large population of kids with disabilities.&nbsp;Most of these kids can’t talk.&nbsp;Many have a hard time sitting up right.&nbsp;Some are in wheelchairs.&nbsp;Some have Autism.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 14:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15240 at http://michiganradio.org This is what a playground for kids with disabilities looks like Stateside for Monday, November 11th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-november-11th-2013 <div><p>Driverless cars might just be a futurist's dream-no longer. The University of Michigan has announced its plans to bring a fleet of networked, driverless cars to Ann Arbor by the year 2021. We have the details on today's show.</p><p>And the temperatures are falling and parts of Michigan have snow on the ground. We asked if winter has already arrived.</p><p>Also, the Farm Bill passed last January took an important subsidy away from organic farmers.&nbsp;What does the loss of this subsidy mean to organic farmers in Michigan? And does a farm have to go through the trouble and expense of getting certified to be organic?</p><p>First on the show, it's been less than a week since voters in three very different Michigan cities all approved ballot initiatives allowing small amounts of marijuana for personal use on private property.</p><p>And that has pro-marijuana advocates hoping those votes will boost pressure on state lawmakers to legalize or decriminalize pot.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio Network's Lansing correspondent Jake&nbsp;Neher&nbsp;joined us today to give an overview of what efforts are underway.</p></div><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:20:01 +0000 Stateside Staff 15226 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, November 11th, 2013