stars and planets http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-october-16th-2013 <p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">When you grab a bottle of water at the grocery store, do you ever wonder where that water came from.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">And do you really know the quality of that water? We found out if it&#39;s really better than what comes out of your tap.</p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">And, as the use of meth makes headlines across the state, we talked to one woman about her recovery and what she&#39;s doing for other addicts.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">And, we traveled to the Headlands International Dark Sky Park near Mackinac City, one of only 10 designated sky parks in the entire world.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Also, musician Matt Jones talked about his newest work and overcoming a challenging year.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">First on the show,&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Senate Majority Leader Harry Reed (D-Nev.) says a bipartisan deal has been reached, a deal that would avoid a U.S. default and it would end the partial government shutdown.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Speaking on the senate floor, Reed thanked Senate Minority Leader Mitch&nbsp;McConnell (R-Ky.) for working out the agreement, an agreement to reopen the government through January&nbsp;15th&nbsp;and increase the nation&rsquo;s borrowing authority through February&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">7</span><sup>th</sup><sup>.</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Now though the deal&rsquo;s in place the House and Senate still need to vote to approve the legislation.</span></p><p>Michigan Democratic Senator Debbie&nbsp;Stabenow&nbsp;joined us today to give us her perspective on the issue.</p><p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 21:12:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 14862 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, October 16th, 2013 Michigan has one of world's few 'dark sky parks' for stargazers http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-has-one-worlds-few-dark-sky-parks-stargazers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If you live in the city or the suburbs and you travel to the country, the first thing that often strikes you after the sun goes down is the incredible show in the night skies.</span></p><p>The difference between what city-dwellers see each night, and the same sky when you're on the shore of Lake Michigan in Emmett County is unbelievable.</p><p>That's the magic behind the Headlands International Dark Sky Park, a 600 acre park along the shore of Lake Michigan near Mackinaw City.</p><p>It's one of only 10 designated dark sky parks in the world.</p><p>Mary Stewart Adams, the program director at the <a href="http://www.emmetcounty.org/darkskypark/">Headlands International Dark Sky Park</a>, joined us from Emmett County.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:30:32 +0000 Stateside Staff 13854 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan has one of world's few 'dark sky parks' for stargazers Stateside for Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-august-6th-2013 <p>Federal health data show that where you live may determine whether you will get cancer and what type.</p><p>On today’s show, we explored Michigan's cancer profile.</p><p>And, we traveled to the Headlands International Dark Sky Park near Mackinac City, one of only 10 designated sky parks in the entire world.</p><p>Also, we spoke with Rick Pluta about the write-in candidates in Detroit’s primary election.</p><p>First on the show, it's not uncommon for voter turnout to be lower on primary Election Days than on the big general Election Days in November, b<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut so much is at stake in Detroit's primary today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters will narrow the field in races for Mayor and City Council.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">They'll be choosing a district-based council for the first time in nearly 100 years. These leaders will be working closely with emergency manager </span>Kevyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Orr during the city's historic bankruptcy, and they will be running the show after Orr leaves.</span></p><p>So the need for competent, passionate elected officials is greater than ever, and yet, turnout at the polls in Detroit is expected to be in the 15-17% range.</p><p>We wanted to talk about what's behind that chronically low number. Could it be something besides disaffected, uninvolved residents?</p><p>Nancy Derringer, a writer for Bridge Magazine, and Karen Dumas, the former chief of communications for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and a communications/PR strategist, joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 21:08:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 13856 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 Where to go and what to look for if you're stargazing this summer http://michiganradio.org/post/where-go-and-what-look-if-youre-stargazing-summer <p>For centuries and centuries, we’ve been fascinated by the night sky. As we relax into the summer months we figured we’d spend a little time taking a look at what we’ll see when we look up at the night sky here in Michigan.</p><p>Michael Narlock is the head of Astronomy at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, and he joined us today with tips and strategies for summer stargazing.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 02 Jul 2013 20:33:38 +0000 Stateside Staff 13348 at http://michiganradio.org Where to go and what to look for if you're stargazing this summer West Michigan’s largest planetarium to undergo major technology upgrades http://michiganradio.org/post/west-michigan-s-largest-planetarium-undergo-major-technology-upgrades <p>The Grand Rapids Public Museum’s Roger B. Chaffee Planetarium is getting a major upgrade.</p><p>The planetarium is popular; pulling in about 60,000 visitors a year. But it uses technology that's almost two decades old. GRPM spokeswoman Kate Moore says the upgrade will make a huge difference.</p><p>“Right now our shows, not only are they out of date technology wise, but some of the information is not shown in the best way that’s possible. They’re not at maximum capabilities to what, especially students, but also the general public is used to seeing these days,” Moore said.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 19:07:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 12977 at http://michiganradio.org West Michigan’s largest planetarium to undergo major technology upgrades Fall is officially here! http://michiganradio.org/post/fall-officially-here <p>The autumnal equinox happened today at 5:05 a.m. ET. It marks the beginning of autumn in the northern hemisphere and spring in the southern hemisphere.</p><p>It&rsquo;s the time of year when temperatures start to drop and the days start to get shorter.</p><p>Every year there are two equinoxes, one in March that marks the beginning of spring and one in September that marks the beginning of fall.</p><p>National Geographic explains:</p><blockquote><p>The autumnal equinox and vernal equinox are also the only days of the year when a person standing on the Equator can see the sun passing directly overhead. On the Northern Hemisphere&#39;s autumnal equinox, a person at the North Pole would see the sun skimming across the horizon, signaling the start of six months of darkness. On the same day, a person at the South Pole would also see the sun skim the horizon, beginning six months of uninterrupted daylight.</p></blockquote><p>Equinoxes explained:</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GxeFf7OACEQ</p><p> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 17:11:29 +0000 Mercedes Mejia 4283 at http://michiganradio.org Fall is officially here!