summer en What books should you consider reading this summer? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now that summer has truly taken us into her embrace, we’ve been thinking of some of our favorite summer pleasures. And it was fairly unanimous: one of the sweetest times of summer is lounging around in the sun, maybe on a beach, maybe your favorite spot on your back porch or yard, and in your hands is a good book.</span></p><p>Keith Taylor coordinates the undergraduate program in creative writing at the University of Michigan, he is a poet and a writer, and he is simply the best at uncovering hidden gems for us to read and enjoy.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:27:24 +0000 Stateside Staff 13327 at What books should you consider reading this summer? Has summer become too organized for kids? <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's a new traffic jam each morning at the end of my street. It began the week after school let out. It starts around 8:30 each morning: the stream of mini-vans and SUV's waiting to turn into the parking lot of a church to drop the kids off at summer day camp.</span></p><p>It's a scene being repeated all over Michigan. Kids being taken to one organized activity or another, from computer camp to theater camp to summer club swim meets, you get the idea.</p><p>Michigan Radio Sports Commentator John U. Bacon has a question: what ever happened to good old fashioned playing?</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 21:34:23 +0000 Cynthia Canty 13169 at Has summer become too organized for kids? Stateside for Thursday, June 20th, 2013 <p>It'll be 50 years ago in August when Martin Luther King Jr. gave his now iconic "I have a Dream Speech." But King gave an earlier version of that speech on June 23<sup>rd</sup>, 1963 in Detroit. We took a look back to the events during that address that some Detroiters say was just as important as the March on Washington.</p><p>And, as the first day of summer rears its head, Michigan Radio's sports commentator joined us to remember summers past.</p><p>And, we spoke with a Michigan poet who has built his own version of Stonehenge just north of Traverse City.</p><p>Also, author and shipwreck explorer Valerie Van Heest joined us to discuss the mystery behind a plane crash that occurred over the Great Lakes 63 years ago.</p><p>First on the show, it's Thursday. Time for our weekly check-in with Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes.</p><p>As the story of Detroit's possible---and many say likely---bankruptcy continues to unfold, we keep hearing that many people are going to feel financial hardship.&nbsp; And when you look at all the possible parties who will be feeling the pain, it seems that some of the most vulnerable are city retirees.</p><p>Daniel Howes joined us in the studio today to discuss what bankruptcy will mean for Detroit residents.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 20:58:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 13168 at Stateside for Thursday, June 20th, 2013 Lansing Christmas Tree search begins <p>School’s out and summer means sun tans, barbeques, beach days, and…searching for Christmas Trees?</p><p>The hunt for the state holiday tree has begun. Michigan needs a 65-foot-tall evergreen that can sparkle on the lawn of the Capitol building in November.</p><p></p><p>“Everyone laughs that the process starts in June,” said Kurt Weiss with Michigan’s Department of Technology, Management and Budget, “But that’s when the process starts.”</p><p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 17:10:55 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12942 at Lansing Christmas Tree search begins Michigan's tourism industry enjoying first weekend of summer <p>Michigan’s tourism hot spots are in the midst of their first big summer weekend.</p><p></p><p>Michigan State University’s annual tourism forecast predicts a three percent increase in the number of tourists this year. The forecast also predicts a five percent increase in tourism spending in 2013.</p><p></p><p>Brad Van Dommelen is the president of the Traverse City Convention and Visitors Bureau. He says Traverse City-area hotels have seen an uptick in pre-bookings.</p><p></p> Mon, 27 May 2013 04:52:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 12743 at Michigan's tourism industry enjoying first weekend of summer Not exactly 'beach' weather <p>The summer holiday season is getting off to a cool start this weekend.</p><p></p><p>There’s a chance of frost tonight in parts of Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; And daytime temperatures will struggle to make it into the low 70’s the rest of the weekend.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It may feel a little chilly for the first weekend of summer, but weather forecasters say more seasonable temperatures are coming.</p><p></p><p>But will this be a warmer or cooler summer?</p><p></p><p>Jeff Andresen is a state climatologist. He says Michigan’s average summer high temperatures range in the upper 70 to lower 80’s.</p> Fri, 24 May 2013 22:13:26 +0000 Steve Carmody 12739 at Not exactly 'beach' weather State parks could see record summer attendance <p></p><p>If you&#39;re planning a trip to Michigan&#39;s state parks this summer, expect some company.</p><p>The parks are on track to break attendance records this year, with more than 25 million visits expected. &nbsp;</p><p>It&rsquo;s mostly thanks to hot weather, lowers gas prices, and cheaper park passes, says Harold Herta of the Department of Natural Resources.&nbsp; &quot;We&#39;ve seen a lot of people coming out to the parks this year that said, I haven&#39;t been to a state park in years, and I thought I&#39;d try it out. Especially in the metro-Detroit area.&quot;</p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 20:21:30 +0000 Kate Wells 8404 at State parks could see record summer attendance Ten signs it's summertime in Michigan <p>Detroit Free Press columnist Ron Dzwonkowski offers 10 ways we can tell another Michigan summer is upon us.</p><p><a href="|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Here&#39;s the list</a>:</p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:41:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7956 at Ten signs it's summertime in Michigan Care for a little art with that lunch? <p>Several weeks ago, The World did a story<a href=""> about dance clubs popping-up in Europe for one hour</a>, during lunchtime. (Basically people can swing by an alcohol-free, make-shift dance club at noon. Organizers even provide free lunches!)</p><p>While we don&rsquo;t quite have anything like this in Michigan, we do have events where people can enjoy free music and get their dance on&mdash;if they want to.</p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 18:39:18 +0000 Kyle Norris & Mercedes Mejia 7895 at Care for a little art with that lunch? Summer food program gets new website <p>Millions of kids eat free or reduced-price meals at their schools during the school year. But during the summer, those numbers drop dramatically. Last year Michigan schools served 144 million free meals. But during the summer the state only served 2.6 million meals.</p> Sun, 26 Jun 2011 18:53:16 +0000 Kyle Norris 3024 at Summer food program gets new website Some Michigan museums offer free admission to military families <p>Active-duty military members and their families will get free admission to more than 1,000 museums in the United States this summer. It&rsquo;s part of the National Endowment for the Arts <a href="">Blue Star Museums program</a>. 129 of those museums are in Michigan.</p><p>Bob Sadler is with the <a href="">Detroit Historical Museum</a>. He says this is the second year the museum has participated in the program and they hope to continue:</p> Mon, 30 May 2011 17:48:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 2680 at Some Michigan museums offer free admission to military families Mosquito Invasion! <p><a href="">Mosquitoes</a><a href=""> </a>are expected to be an even bigger annoyance than usual for Michiganders this summer.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="">Heavy rains in April and May</a> have set the stage for a big burst of mosquitoes in Michigan this year.&nbsp;</p> Sun, 29 May 2011 19:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 2670 at Mosquito Invasion!