Arts & Culture http://michiganradio.org en What explains Michigan's large Arab American community? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-explains-michigans-large-arab-american-community <p>Michigan Radio is launching <a href="http://micurious.michiganradio.org/about">M I Curious</a>&nbsp;- a news experiment where we investigate questions submitted by the public about our state and its people.</p><p>Our first installment of M I Curious originated with Jeff Duncan, a firefighter from Sterling Heights. He submitted this question:</p><p><strong><em>Why is there such a large Arab American community in southeast Michigan?</em></strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:04:06 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 18308 at http://michiganradio.org What explains Michigan's large Arab American community? A new book takes a closer look at marijuana prohibiton http://michiganradio.org/post/new-book-takes-closer-look-marijuana-prohibiton <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p>Investigative journalists Alyson Martin and Nushin Rashidian present a book that explores the new landscape of cannabis in the United States in a book called<a href="http://www.anewleafbook.com/"> A New Leaf: The End of Cannabis Prohibition. </a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters in 22 states, including Michigan, have said yes to medical marijuana laws. In November 2012, voters in Colorado and Washington legalized recreational use of marijuana.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Public opinion continues to shift toward policies that favor legalizing cannabis. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yet, 49.5% of federal government drug-related arrests involve the sale, manufacture, or possession of cannabis.</span></p><p>In their book, Martin and Rashidian interviewed patients, growers, entrepreneurs, politicians, activists, and regulators in nearly every state with a medical cannabis law.</p><p>They analyze how recent milestones toward legalization will affect the war on drugs both domestically and internationally. The book is a unique account of how legalization is manifesting itself in the lives of millions.</p><p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:11:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 18312 at http://michiganradio.org A new book takes a closer look at marijuana prohibiton A new board game that explores Mackinac Island http://michiganradio.org/post/new-board-game-explores-mackinac-island <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There is a new board game called </span>“Mackinac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Island Treasure Hunt.” It was created to get people thinking more about Michigan's natural beauty and historical treasures.</span></p><p>Jim Muratski, co- creator with Barbara Overdier, said they came up with the idea when they were in the woods thinking to themselves, “what’s a good way to have other people see what’s happening out here?”</p><p>“I think people are used to just visiting the downtown part of Mackinac Island and not really getting out into the state park area, which we find pretty fascinating,” Muratski said.</p><p>The board game is actually five games in one. There is a card game, a nature hike board game, a cooperative scavenger hunt game, a memory game, and a treasure hunt game.</p><p>More information on the board game is available <a href="http://www.mackinacislandtreasurehunt.com/">here</a>.&nbsp;</p><p>*<em>Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:21:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 18295 at http://michiganradio.org A new board game that explores Mackinac Island The Cell Block 7 Prison Museum catalogs the prison's history http://michiganradio.org/post/cell-block-7-prison-museum-catalogs-prisons-history <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It's been known for decades as the world's largest walled prison - the State Prison of Southern Michigan in Jackson.</span></p><p>Now some of the very colorful stories from that prison and from Jackson are told in the new Cell Block 7 Prison Museum. It's a joint venture of the Ella Sharp Museum and the Michigan Department of Corrections.</p><p>The museum is renting part of cell block seven, which still houses inmates.</p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2014/06/10_stories_to_get_you_ready_fo.html">MLive’s Leanne Smith</a> said the museum covers the history of the prison, the inmates, wardens, and guards since 1838.</p><p>“It is an actual cell block,” Smith said. “You walk in and there is no doubt as to where you are.”</p><p>*<em>Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:19:45 +0000 Stateside Staff 18296 at http://michiganradio.org The Cell Block 7 Prison Museum catalogs the prison's history "He Plays A Harp" A West Michigan Mom's story of her son with CP http://michiganradio.org/post/he-plays-harp-west-michigan-moms-story-her-son-cp <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His name was Noah. He was born with cerebral palsy. When he was 17, he lost his battle against infections that had ravaged his lungs.</span></p><p>Noah's mother, Roberta King, is from West Michigan. She has shared the story of her son's life in her new memoir <em>He Plays A Harp</em><em>.</em></p><p>“It’s a joy to me to bring him to people that never knew him. And I think through that I feel a little less of the loss,” King said.</p><p>The story starts with the Noah’s conscious decision to die and then walks through his parent’s journey in dealing with the loss.</p><p>“A lot of parents experience the birth of their children. And, gratefully, not a lot experience their death,” King said. “I wanted people to know what that was like to walk your child from one place to another.”</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 full show above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 18294 at http://michiganradio.org "He Plays A Harp" A West Michigan Mom's story of her son with CP Philanthropist and former Steelcase chairman Peter Wege dies at 94 http://michiganradio.org/post/philanthropist-and-former-steelcase-chairman-peter-wege-dies-94 <div style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12.800000190734863px; line-height: normal;"><p><em>"Do all the good you can for as many people as you can for as long as you can."</em></p><p><em>- Peter Melvin Wege</em></p><p>The Former&nbsp;Steelcase&nbsp;Inc. chairman and philanthropist Peter&nbsp;Wege&nbsp;died at his home in Grand Rapids yesterday.</p><p>He was the son of Peter Martin&nbsp;Wege, who founded&nbsp;Steelcase&nbsp;more than a century ago.&nbsp;Steelcase&nbsp;and rival office furniture manufacturers&nbsp;Haworth&nbsp;Inc. and Herman Miller Inc. anchored the Grand Rapids area's economy for decades.</p><p>Peter Melvin&nbsp;Wege&nbsp;created his foundation in 1967. It has given away millions, much of it in his hometown.</p><p>More about Wege from his <a href="http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?n=peter-melvin-wege&amp;pid=171648560&amp;fhid=5484">obituary</a>:</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 13:56:00 +0000 Mark Brush 18287 at http://michiganradio.org Philanthropist and former Steelcase chairman Peter Wege dies at 94 The untold story of the gay rights movement in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/untold-story-gay-rights-movement-detroit <p>Every movement has its landmarks and history, and that holds true for the gay rights movement.</p><p>LGBT history has landmarks in New York, with The Stonewall Inn, Christopher Street, and the theater district.</p><p>San Francisco has the Castro and Market Districts, and the San Francisco City Hall where Harvey Milk was assassinated.</p><p>Chicago has the Old Town Triangle District and the home of early gay rights leader Henry Gerber.</p><p>But what about Detroit? LGBT historian Tim Retzloff says there is a rich history of Detroit’s gay community that has not been properly told.</p><p>Retzloff corrected that omission with the dissertation that earned his PhD from Yale: two volumes, 680 pages, taking an exhaustive look at gay life and history in Detroit and its suburbs from 1945 to 1985.</p><p>“Detroit had a different story than what you are finding in New York and San Francisco, or even the other cities that had been done,” Retzloff said. Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:09:23 +0000 states 18279 at http://michiganradio.org The untold story of the gay rights movement in Detroit Various pronunciations of common words http://michiganradio.org/post/various-pronunciations-common-words <p>You say potato and I say ... well, that depends.</p><p>On this week's edition of That's What They Say, host Rina Miller and University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan investigate the &nbsp;various pronunciation of commonly used words.</p> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Rina Miller & Anne Curzan 18244 at http://michiganradio.org Various pronunciations of common words Cherry festival features air shows, orchard tours http://michiganradio.org/post/cherry-festival-features-air-shows-orchard-tours <p>TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) - The <a href="http://www.michigan.org/cherryfest/">National Cherry Festival </a>is getting underway in Traverse City, with the opening weekend featuring a return appearance by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels and several events linked to the region's growing reputation as a foodie haven.</p><p></p> Sat, 05 Jul 2014 17:21:00 +0000 The Associated Press 18269 at http://michiganradio.org Cherry festival features air shows, orchard tours The Civil Rights Act, 50 years later http://michiganradio.org/post/civil-rights-act-50-years-later <p></p><p><em>“Let us close the springs of racial poison. Let us pray for wise and understanding hearts. Let us lay aside irrelevant differences and make our nation whole.”</em> – Lyndon B. Johnson</p><p>Today is the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The act outlawed discrimination against African Americans and women.</p><p>Leslee Fritz, deputy director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, joined Stateside to reflect on this moment in history and its connections to Michigan.</p><p>“It really is the foundational act of so much of the law that we rely on today,” Fritz said.</p><p>Fritz said John F. Kennedy really began the process, and Johnson saw it through. The Civil Rights Act led to the Voting Rights Act the following year, as well as the Fair Housing Act, and the Americans with Disability Act.</p><p>When the act became law, it was right in the middle of Freedom Summer, the effort to register black voters in Mississippi. Fritz said that the University of Michigan provided the largest number of volunteers for that effort.</p><p>Fritz added that Michigan has a proud history of being very progressive. There are a number of people who played key roles, both in the activist effort as well in the legal efforts to get the Civil Rights Act passed. Michigan voters in 1963 approved a new state constitution that set up the first civil rights commission in American history.</p><p>“We should be proud of that legacy and frankly, we should be doing a better job today of living up to it,” Fritz said.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>- Bre'Anna Tinsley, Michigan Radio Newsroom.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:20:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 18246 at http://michiganradio.org The Civil Rights Act, 50 years later A look at the history of the KKK in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/look-history-kkk-michigan <p></p><p>The 90<sup>th</sup> anniversary of a&nbsp;Ku Klux Klan rally in Jackson, Michigan is approaching.</p><p>On July 4, 1924, 100,000 KKK members marched in a two-mile-long procession.</p><p>Joellen Vinyard, a professor of history at Eastern Michigan University, joined Stateside to talk about the history of the Klan in Michigan.</p><p>Vinyard said Michigan was fertile ground for Klan recruiters in the early 20th&nbsp;century. As the auto industry grew, white and black southerners traveled north for jobs. Immigrants also came into the state looking for jobs, and most of them were Catholic.</p><p>“The Klan in Michigan was as anti-Catholic as it was anti-black,” Vinyard said.</p><p>Vinyard said the Klan’s stated aim was to “keep America safe for Americans,” and its members viewed Catholics as a threat to democracy and the Protestant way of life they believed American was based on.</p><p>She added that Klan members were not ashamed to be affiliated with the group. Many marched without their hoods. Coca-Cola even openly sponsored one of their rallies.</p><p>However, as the country moved into the Great Depression, the Klan began to lose popularity. Scandals were unveiled, funding was being mismanaged, and people began to feel betrayed by some of their own.</p><p>Vinyard says we need to study the history of the Klan and understand who they were.&nbsp;</p><p>“The Klan in Michigan in the '20s, it was a grassroots movement. It’s a reflection of democracy in action,” she said.&nbsp;</p><p><em>*Listen to the full story above.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>–Bre'Anna Tinsley, Michigan Radio Newsroom.</em></p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:33:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 18241 at http://michiganradio.org A look at the history of the KKK in Michigan Michigan History Foundation to get $1 million grant http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-history-foundation-get-1-million-grant <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">A $1 million grant is going to the Michigan History Foundation.</span></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 20:07:09 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18247 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan History Foundation to get $1 million grant The difference between 'one-off' and 'one of a kind' http://michiganradio.org/post/difference-between-one-and-one-kind <p>The expression 'one off' is not a one of a kind expression.</p><p>This week on <em>That's What They Say</em>, host Rina Miller and University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan inquire about the concept of 'one off' and its origins.</p><p>According to Curzan, 'one off' first shows up in 1934, and it means 'made or done as only one of its kind', and it's not repeated - it's a one-off product, a one-off event. Its origins are British, but has been in use in American English since the 1980s.</p> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 12:05:00 +0000 Anne Curzan & Rina Miller 18064 at http://michiganradio.org The difference between 'one-off' and 'one of a kind' Prison museum in Jackson offers a "captivating" experience http://michiganradio.org/post/prison-museum-jackson-offers-captivating-experience <p>This Saturday, a unique museum experience will open in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>“Cell Block 7” at the state prison in Jackson will officially open to the public. &nbsp;The museum is located in the old Southern Michigan Correctional Facility. The cell block was closed in 2007.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>The museum will chronicle <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_State_Prison">the history of state prisons in Jackson</a>, which dates back to the 1830s. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:56:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 18132 at http://michiganradio.org Prison museum in Jackson offers a "captivating" experience "The Drift" EP combines Michigan music talents, including Michelle Chamuel from The Voice http://michiganradio.org/post/drift-ep-combines-michigan-music-talents-including-michelle-chamuel-voice <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">His name is </span>Arjun<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Singh. He's a 24-year-old student at the University of Michigan.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Singh has teamed up with former U of M student Michelle </span>Chamuel<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to produce an extended-play recording called "<a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-drift-ep-ep/id789803058">The Drift</a>."</span></p><p>And if that name and voice ring a bell, they should. &nbsp;Chamuel came in second on season four of "The Voice."</p><p>With virtually no promotion, the EP hit No. 2 on the iTunes electronic charts.</p><p>And the title track of "The Drift" features more Michigan talent, including rapper Isaac Castor of Saline High School. Castor and&nbsp;Arjun<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Singh joined us today.</span></p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Listen to the full interview above.</em><br />&nbsp;</div><div><em style="line-height: 1.5;">* This segment originally aired on February 18, 2014.</em></div><p></p><p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 16496 at http://michiganradio.org "The Drift" EP combines Michigan music talents, including Michelle Chamuel from The Voice 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 Putting the evolution in revolution: Detroit's Grace Lee Boggs featured on PBS http://michiganradio.org/post/putting-evolution-revolution-detroits-grace-lee-boggs-featured-pbs <p></p><p>Grace Lee Boggs celebrates her 99th birthday this week.</p><p>The Detroit woman is an icon of the Black Power, civil rights and labor movements.</p><p>She was born to Chinese immigrant parents in 1915. Eventually, she became one of the only non-black and female&nbsp;leaders in the Black Power Movement.</p><p>A new film about Grace Lee Boggs, "American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs," will debut on the PBS series "POV" on June 30. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Filmmaker Grace Lee joined Stateside today.</span></p><p>Grace Lee is not related to Grace Lee Boggs but said their names brought them together when Lee created a film called "The Grace Lee Project," which explored the many facets of Asian American women and the common name of Grace Lee.</p><p>“I knew that when I met Grace Lee Boggs that I would have to make a longer film about her someday,” Lee said.</p><p>And that’s what she did. Lee said what really drew her in was the idea that evolution is part of revolution, a comment made in a lot of Grace Lee Boggs' writing.</p><p>“I think the ability to really reflect on what a certain movement has given us and where there might be contradictions and where you can sort of move forward from that has really been helpful for me in my own life,” Lee said.</p><p>Lee said that what she hopes viewers take away from the film is that the story is not just an evolution of Boggs, but of the story of Detroit and the United States.</p><p>“I think it is really important for us to know these stories that may not necessarily be so familiar, but they are just sort of under the surface,” Lee said.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">You can read more about the film on PBS website </span><a href="http://www.pbs.org/pov/americanrevolutionary/film_description.php" style="line-height: 1.5;">here</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 20:57:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 18147 at http://michiganradio.org Putting the evolution in revolution: Detroit's Grace Lee Boggs featured on PBS Theater community rallies to save beloved playhouse http://michiganradio.org/post/theater-community-rallies-save-beloved-playhouse <p></p><p>Michigan’s theater community took a hit a few weeks ago, when an iconic professional theater in Ann Arbor suddenly shut down.</p><p>Audiences showed up for the evening performance only to find a note on the door, saying everything was canceled indefinitely.</p><p>In a panic, the theater community rushed to come up with a plan, any plan, that could save it.</p><p><strong>“When the locksmith showed up, the writing was on the wall.”</strong></p><p>May was a busy month for Carla Milarch.</p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 14:58:46 +0000 Kate Wells 18125 at http://michiganradio.org Theater community rallies to save beloved playhouse The Michigan Shakespeare Festival "goes big" for 20th season http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-shakespeare-festival-goes-big-20th-season <p></p><p>This year brings the 20th season for the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.</p><p>Since its founding, the non-profit professional theater group has brought the bard to thousands of theater lovers in southeast and mid-Michigan.</p><p>The new season will run July 17 to August 17.</p><p>Janice Blixt is the artistic director of the Michigan Shakespeare Festival.</p><p>“For the 20<sup>th</sup> season we decided to go big or go home, so we are going big,” Blixt said on Stateside.</p><p>You can find the full schedule and all details on their <a href="http://www.michiganshakespearefestival.com/">website</a>.</p><p><br /><em>*Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:44:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 18130 at http://michiganradio.org The Michigan Shakespeare Festival "goes big" for 20th season Pakistan acutely needs public media for quality journalism http://michiganradio.org/post/pakistan-acutely-needs-public-media-quality-journalism <p>During <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/newsroom-pakistan-newsroom-us">my 25-day stay in Michigan</a>, I found public media working for a mission, which is progress of the society, not money and power.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I am a Pakistani journalist and currently work at Michigan Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan, under the journalist exchange program by the International Center for Journalists.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The people of Michigan and people of my home country face some common problems, especially issues related to health, broken roads, bankruptcy, crime and others. But I never saw public media reporters and editors take sides on these issues. Nor did I see them blame all the problems on the government.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From what I saw, public media teaches their society about their responsibilities and duties towards resolving the issues.</span></p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:38:40 +0000 Moiz Karim 18122 at http://michiganradio.org Pakistan acutely needs public media for quality journalism