history http://michiganradio.org en 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" Where do auto museums flourish? Surprisingly, not in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/where-do-auto-museums-flourish-surprisingly-not-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There are many different auto museums – some dedicated to displaying cars with unique engineering and designs, and others dedicated to displaying the automobile’s impact on society.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan's auto museums have had&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">little success.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Flint’s "Autoworld"&nbsp;theme park closed two years after opening, and the Walter P. Chrysler Museum closed its doors recently.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Europe has had a different experience.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Autostadt, which means “auto city” in German, is in&nbsp;Wolfsburg, Germany. It averages about two million visitors per year. BMW and Porsche also have notable museums in Germany.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Why do auto museums in Europe succeed, while those in the auto capital of the world have not?</span></p><p>“Europeans seem to have such a deep bond with their vehicles,” says Paul&nbsp;Eisenstein, publisher of &nbsp;<em style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://www.thedetroitbureau.com/" style="color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline;">The Detroit Bureau</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. “They are seemingly more interested in the mechanicals and what have you. They have a tendency to be drawn to automotive exhibits, museums, parks, and everything at a much greater rate than Americans are.”</span></p><p><em>*Listen to our interview with Eisenstein at 3 p.m. today. We'll post the audio for that interview here around 4:30 p.m.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:01:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 18237 at http://michiganradio.org Where do auto museums flourish? Surprisingly, not in Michigan "Autoworld" opened its doors in Flint 30 years ago http://michiganradio.org/post/autoworld-opened-its-doors-flint-30-years-ago <p></p><p>30 years ago, "Autoworld" opened its doors on July 4, 1984 in Flint, Michigan.</p><p>It was an indoor theme park and museum dedicated to preserving and spreading automotive achievements. &nbsp;</p><p>Bill Shea, editor and reporter for Crain’s Detroit Business, said that the attraction wasn’t that popular and visitors were confused about what Autoworld was.</p><p>Was it supposed to be a museum or a theme park?</p><p>This led people to ask why a group of people invested $80 million into the endeavor.</p><p>Organizers hoped&nbsp;Autoworld&nbsp;would revitalize the inner city of Flint, develop Michigan’s tourism industry, and preserve the automotive history in the city.</p><p>But, in 1987, the attraction closed its doors permanently. Here's a video of them imploding the building from ABC News:</p><p>http://youtu.be/TOmifOLSSRs</p><p>*<em>You can hear our interview with Bill Shea today at 3 p.m. We'll add the interview to this post at 4:30 p.m.</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:49:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 18236 at http://michiganradio.org "Autoworld" opened its doors in Flint 30 years ago Sharing the songs that saved your life http://michiganradio.org/post/sharing-songs-saved-your-life <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today we’re starting a new series about music. We’re calling it "What’s the Song That Saved Your Life?"</span></p><p>Stateside’s Kyle Norris asked a lot of people that question. She found that sometimes they have an immediate answer. And other people really have to think about it. &nbsp;Kyle talked with folks at a bowling alley in Wayne, Michigan, and shares their responses.</p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.</em></p><p><em>All this week we’re going to hear from people who say one song saved their life. And we want to hear from you. Do you have a song that saved your life? Tell us the story! Call us and let us know at 248-962-3806. And you can also use #song-saved-me on twitter. Stateside's Kyle Norris produced our series, and she may even use your story on the air.</em></p><p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 23:38:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 18024 at http://michiganradio.org Sharing the songs that saved your life 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? Preserving today's digital record for future generations http://michiganradio.org/post/preserving-todays-digital-record-future-generations <p>Think, for just a moment, of the many ways we capture moments of our lives and share them with everyone.</p><p>Snap a photo on your smartphone and in seconds, it's up on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram for friends, family and followers to see.</p><p>But what is going to happen to those moments and memories someday in the future when Instagram or Tumblr or Facebook or Flickr no longer exist?</p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 22:05:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 16101 at http://michiganradio.org Preserving today's digital record for future generations Michigan historian tells us how polio shaped FDR's presidency http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-historian-tells-us-how-polio-shaped-fdrs-presidency <p>Michigan historian James Tobin has written a new book on Franklin Delano Roosevelt and how polio shaped the president he became. FDR was our 32nd&nbsp;president, and on his Inauguration Day, in the darkest days of the Great Depression, FDR sent out a timeless challenge to Americans.</p><p><em>*Listen to the audio above.</em></p><p> Mon, 06 Jan 2014 21:29:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 15898 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan historian tells us how polio shaped FDR's presidency Want history, architecture and beheadings? Try Detroit's haunted bike tour http://michiganradio.org/post/want-history-architecture-and-beheadings-try-detroits-haunted-bike-tour <p><a href="http://www.wheelhousedetroit.com/">Wheelhouse Detroit</a>, a bike shop right next to the Renaissance Center, puts on all sorts of guided bike tours through the city — tours of churches, urban agriculture, and painted murals. But for those looking for something, well, a little more creepy, the shop also offers a haunted bike tour that takes brave riders through cemeteries, ghostly spots, and long-gone homes with a murderous past.</p><p>The ride takes you to the cozy, produce-filled confines of Eastern Market down to St. Aubin Street, which, as the tour guides will tell you, was once a hot spot for the Purple Gang, a gang of bootleggers and hijackers who ran booze from Canada to Detroit. The gang, which got its start when Michigan banned alcohol in 1917, remained active up until the early 1930s.</p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 20:31:13 +0000 Kyle Norris 15076 at http://michiganradio.org Want history, architecture and beheadings? Try Detroit's haunted bike tour Remembering the Lewis Brothers Circus based in Jackson, Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/remembering-lewis-brothers-circus-based-jackson-michigan <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 1929, Paul and Mae Lewis founded the <a href="http://thelewisbrotherscircus.com/welcome-1.html">Lewis Bros. Circus</a>.</span></p><p>The traveling circus was based in Jackson, Michigan and traveled throughout the state. They even went to Illinois, Indiana and Ohio, dazzling small towns with exotic creatures and acrobats.</p><p>I sat down with Grace Wolbrink. She’s a professional storyteller who collected memories from the family.</p><p>“The circus was a world that was different…they had animals that came from other countries that nobody could see. And so life was around the small towns, but the circus helped them cross into another world and dimension that way,” said Wolbrink.</p><p>Paul and Mae’s nieces, Barbara and Winona Stanton, toured with the circus during the summer as young girls. Barbara’s stories helped create a museum exhibit about the Lewis Bros. That exhibit is currently on display at the Ella Sharp Museum in Jackson, Michigan. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 21:09:52 +0000 Cynthia Canty 14294 at http://michiganradio.org Remembering the Lewis Brothers Circus based in Jackson, Michigan Michiganders taking part in Gettysburg sesquicentennial http://michiganradio.org/post/michiganders-taking-part-gettysburg-sesquicentennial <p>A large number of civil war re-enactors from Michigan are in central Pennsylvania this week to mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.</p><p></p><p>Michiganders heard the first shots fired at Gettysburg.&nbsp;&nbsp; And they were there a few days later, as the Confederates launched the ill-fated Pickett’s Charge, which failed to break the Union lines.</p><p></p><p>Don Everette is among the Michigan civil war re-enactors in Gettysburg this week.</p><p></p><p>He says he’s been to previous re-enactments of Pickett’s Charge that were highly emotional.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 04:14:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13308 at http://michiganradio.org Michiganders taking part in Gettysburg sesquicentennial Hamtramck is no stranger to hardship, according to a city native http://michiganradio.org/post/hamtramck-no-stranger-hardship-according-city-native <p>One of the cities that has been in the headlines of late is Hamtramck. The 2.1 square mile city within the city of Detroit is facing a financial emergency and the prospect of once again being under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager.</p><p>But facing tough times is nothing new to this tiny but tough enclave. And, starting from its beginning as a home for Polish immigrants, Hamtramck continues to be one of the most diverse communities in the entire state.</p><p>We wanted to find out more about the unique history of Hamtramck, and so we turned to someone who was born in Hamtramck.</p><p>Greg Kowalski’s family roots in the city go back to when his grandfather first arrived, and he's the chairman of the Hamtramck Historical Commission. He joined us today to discuss Hamtramck’s unique past.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 21:37:24 +0000 Stateside Staff 13017 at http://michiganradio.org Hamtramck is no stranger to hardship, according to a city native The Jemima Code uncovers real life of African-American cooks http://michiganradio.org/post/jemima-code-uncovers-real-life-african-american-cooks <p></p><p>For many people, the name Aunt Jemima immediately brings a certain image to mind - pancakes anyone? The image -- with the broad smile, round face, and hair wrapped in a bandana -- is powerful, and often controversial.</p><p>Author Toni Tipton-Martin examines the image of Aunt Jemima through the recipes and histories of real-life African-American cooks. The Jemima Code is a blog, book project, and traveling art exhibition that looks beyond the bandana.</p><p>Tipton-Martin will be a special guest at Zingerman’s 8<sup>th</sup> Annual African-American dinner <a href="http://www.zingermansroadhouse.com/2012/12/18/8th-annual-african-american-dinner/">tonight</a>. She will also present a special talk on food and diversity on Wednesday January 23rd at 7:00pm. You can visit <a href="http://www.zingermanscommunity.com/2013/01/award-winning-author-toni-tipton-martin-speaks-at-zingtrain-benefit/">this link</a> for more information.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 21:16:10 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 10892 at http://michiganradio.org The Jemima Code uncovers real life of African-American cooks Michigan men unearth pieces of downed WWII-era plane http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-men-unearth-pieces-downed-wwii-era-plane <p>CASCO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Four men say they have unearthed pieces of a World War II-era fighter plane in a southeastern Michigan farm field.</p><p>Jim Clary, his brother, Ben, and two men from the Michigan Treasure Hunters used metal detectors to make the find earlier this month in St. Clair County's Casco Township just east of Richmond.</p><p>Jim Clary tells the <a href="http://www.thetimesherald.com/article/20121111/NEWS01/311110012/WWII-P-38-plane-wreckage-found?odyssey=tab|mostpopular|text|FRONTPAGE&amp;nclick_check=1">Times Herald of Port Huron</a> the recovered fragments are from a P-38D Lightning that was piloted by 2nd Lt. Al Voss, a native of Elgin, Ill., assigned to the 94th Pursuit Squadron stationed at Selfridge air base in Michigan.</p><p>Voss died in the October 1941 crash.</p><p>The Daily Tribune of Royal Oak reports the men uncovered several shards of the plane about 8 inches down in the dirt. Mon, 12 Nov 2012 20:58:51 +0000 The Associated Press 9879 at http://michiganradio.org Helping Americans better understand history and civics http://michiganradio.org/post/helping-americans-better-understand-history-and-civics <p>Schools across Michigan have wrapped up a week of activities designed to help students better understand America’s founding principles.</p><p>Michael Warren is an Oakland County Circuit Court Judge and co-founder of<a href="http://patriotweek.org/"> Patriot Week</a>. He started the project in 2009 because he says people have a poor understanding of American history and government.</p> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 19:42:31 +0000 Kyle Norris 9205 at http://michiganradio.org Helping Americans better understand history and civics Stateside: It's the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-its-200th-anniversary-war-1812 <p>There's a huge party happening right now on Detroit's Riverfront!</p><p>It's the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812.</p><p>The War of 1812 was when Great Britain and the new United States of America slugged it out over trade, over the British habit of grabbing American ships and sailors and forcing them to serve King George (yes, THAT same King George we beat in the Revolutionary War!!)</p><p>The War of 1812 Bicentennial and Navy Week are being celebrated this week with events happening from downtown Detroit to Lake St Clair.</p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:10:50 +0000 Stateside Staff 8971 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: It's the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812 Shipwreck discovered in Lake Michigan off the coast of Grand Haven http://michiganradio.org/post/shipwreck-discovered-lake-michigan-coast-grand-haven <p>A shipwreck diving group discovered what it believes is a wreck of a 19th century vessel off the coast of Grand Haven. The discovery was made last October, but announced today.</p><p>The Grand Rapids Press reports the Michigan Shipwreck Research Association found the wreck in 350 feet of water.</p><p>They think it might be the wreck of&nbsp; the St. Peter, a two-masted schooner that sank in 1874. The ship was carrying a load of wheat from Chicago with a destination of Buffalo, N.Y.</p><p>More from the <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/04/shipwreck_group_19th_century_t.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed:+MuskegonNews+%28Muskegon+Chronicle+News+-+MLive.com%29&amp;utm_content=Google+Reader">Grand Rapids Press</a>:</p><blockquote><p>The ship was named for the Patron Saint of Sailors and, according to its crew, sank about 35 miles off the Milwaukee coast. All of the crew survived.</p><p>Craig Rich, another MSRA director, said the ship&#39;s location near Grand Haven would be unusual.</p><p>&ldquo;If this is the wreck of the St. Peter, then it drifted east for some time, coming to rest on the opposite side of Lake Michigan, significantly father east than the crew reported,&rdquo; he said.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 06 Apr 2012 19:02:59 +0000 Mark Brush 6940 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Today's Detroit compared to 60 years ago http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-todays-detroit-compared-60-years-ago <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Sixty years ago today, Detroit was the fifth largest city in the&nbsp; nation, vibrant, rich and powerful. The city wouldn&rsquo;t begin losing people till the first freeways opened up in the next year.</font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 05 Apr 2012 15:04:16 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 6918 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Today's Detroit compared to 60 years ago Unions, politics, and right-to-work http://michiganradio.org/post/unions-politics-and-right-work <p>With the passage of so called right-to-work laws in Indiana, some Michigan lawmakers are now calling for those laws in Michigan.</p><p>Lawmakers in support of right-to-work laws say they&rsquo;ll make Michigan a more business friendly environment.</p><p>Opponents call it union busting and an effort to weaken unions&rsquo; political power.</p><p>Michigan Radio&rsquo;s political analyst, Jack Lessenberry gives us a historical perspective.</p> Mon, 06 Feb 2012 22:05:04 +0000 Jennifer White 6115 at http://michiganradio.org Arc of Justice: A conversation with author Kevin Boyle http://michiganradio.org/post/arc-justice-conversation-author-kevin-boyle <p>Every year the Michigan Humanities Council invites Michiganders to participate in a statewide initiative, the Great Michigan Read. This year&rsquo;s selection, <em>Arc of Justice: A Saga of Race, Civil Rights, and Murder in the Jazz Age</em>, explores a crucial moment in the northern Civil Rights movement&mdash;the events leading to the trial of African American physician Ossian Sweet and his family.</p><p>On September 9<sup>th</sup>, 1925 Dr. Sweet and his wife Gladys moved into their new home, crossing the color line into an all-white neighborhood on the east side of Detroit.</p><p>Two days later, a crowd of whites gathered in the street to drive the family away. Dr. Sweet and 10 others chose to stay, armed and barricaded inside the house, to defend against the mob. Tensions reached their limit and someone fired into the crowd. Two whites were shot and killed, and the 11 people inside the Sweet home were charged with first degree murder.</p><p>Michigan Radio&rsquo;s Jennifer White spoke with Kevin Boyle, author of <em>Arc of Justice</em>. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 15:34:27 +0000 Jennifer White, Mercedes Mejia & Zoe Clark 5151 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's first governor is the youngest state governor in American history http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-first-governor-youngest-state-governor-american-history <p>They called him the &quot;boy Governor&quot; because he was elected to be Michigan&#39;s first Governor at age 23.</p><p>Today is Stevens T. Mason&#39;s 200th Birthday.</p><p>At noon today, a statement from Michigan&#39;s 48th Governor, Rick Snyder, will be read about the state&#39;s first Governor. The governor&#39;s offices says the statement will be read &quot;during a ceremony honoring Mason hosted by the Michigan Historical Commission.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>The ceremony is at noon today at Detroit&rsquo;s Capitol Park, &quot;the location of Michigan&rsquo;s first Capitol and Mason&rsquo;s burial site.&quot;</p><p>Here&#39;s Governor Snyder&#39;s statement:</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The story of Michigan&rsquo;s first governor is the story of Michigan&rsquo;s birth.&nbsp; Although his actions often made him unpopular in his time, today we owe Stevens T. Mason thanks for his relentless pursuit of statehood.</p><p>&ldquo;When Congress refused to act on a petition to grant statehood, Mason initiated a territorial census to prove the territory qualified under the Ordinance of 1787.&nbsp; When Congress refused to seat Michigan&rsquo;s delegates, Mason reached a resolution that ended the dispute over the Toledo Territory and gave Michigan the western reaches of the Upper Peninsula.&nbsp; And when Michigan&rsquo;s own people refused to accept the terms of this agreement, Mason forged ahead and led a new convention that resulted in Michigan joining the Union.&nbsp; All by the age of 25.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;Michigan has a rich, fascinating history of innovators, builders and leaders like Stevens T. Mason who helped turn Michigan&rsquo;s unsettled wilderness into a state that eventually became an industrial powerhouse.&nbsp; When we remember them, we remember and are inspired by the qualities of the people who made our state great.&rdquo;&nbsp; Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:59:42 +0000 Mark Brush 4718 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's first governor is the youngest state governor in American history