celebrity http://michiganradio.org en Fate of 'Arthur Miller' house in Ann Arbor got us wondering, why do we love famous people? http://michiganradio.org/post/fate-arthur-miller-house-ann-arbor-got-us-wondering-why-do-we-love-famous-people <p>Why do we care so much about famous people? What they wear, what they eat, how they live?</p><p>Well, there is an old house in Ann Arbor where renowned playwright Arthur Miller lived while he was a student at University of Michigan and there are those who are intensely interested in preserving that house.</p><p>The house is right next to the U of M's Institute for Social Research. The university's expanding the Institute and wants that old house out of the way. And if they can't get someone to buy it, it will probably be demolished.</p><p>This story got us thinking about just why we tend to care so much about celebrity homes and just what is behind our seemingly bottomless fascination with celebrities.</p><p>We're joined today by Daniel Kruger. He's a professor and a researcher at the University of Michigan and he's done research into that fascination we have for famous people.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 21:15:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 16040 at http://michiganradio.org Fate of 'Arthur Miller' house in Ann Arbor got us wondering, why do we love famous people? More funding, celebrity attention bolster Grand Rapids Public Schools’ music program http://michiganradio.org/post/more-funding-celebrity-attention-bolster-grand-rapids-public-schools-music-program <p>On June 18, the Grand Rapids Public Schools Board of Education approved next year&rsquo;s budget for their district.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2012/06/grand_rapids_school_board_sign.html">MLive reports</a> that although the 2012-2013 budget includes $9 million in cuts due to decreased enrollment, board members voted to allocate $990,000 to hire 11 more teachers to support increased arts education.</p><p>These additional teachers will facilitate full-year&mdash;as opposed to semester-long&mdash;art and music instruction for the district&rsquo;s elementary school students.</p><p>In addition to the financial boost, students in Grand Rapids schools have also received attention from celebrities this month.</p><p>On June 14, students from City and Creston high schools in Grand Rapids accompanied the British-American rock band Foreigner on stage at the Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park Amphitheater singing their hit, <a href="http://video-embed.mlive.com/services/player/bcpid619329490001?bctid=1687983140001&amp;bckey=AQ~~,AAAAQBxUt4k~,xUwVSy8RSh6TeV7KGIz7i-2rgrUIB3vE">&ldquo;I Wanna Know What Love Is.&rdquo;&nbsp;</a></p><p> Wed, 20 Jun 2012 19:10:38 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7957 at http://michiganradio.org More funding, celebrity attention bolster Grand Rapids Public Schools’ music program A prayer vigil for Aretha Franklin http://michiganradio.org/post/prayer-vigil-aretha-franklin <p>The <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101202/NEWS05/12020569/1320/Aretha-Franklin-focus-of-prayer-at-vigil">Detroit Free Press</a> reports that a prayer vigil was held for Aretha Franklin in downtown Detroit last night.</p><p>Franklin canceled all her concerts through May and is undergoing a "medical procedure."</p><p>From the Freep:</p> Thu, 02 Dec 2010 15:30:29 +0000 Mark Brush 432 at http://michiganradio.org A prayer vigil for Aretha Franklin