Anthony Brown

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This contest has ended. Winners were selected on June 24, 2016.

The Capitol Steps
Monday, July 4 at 7 PM
The Power Center, Ann Arbor

 Perfectly timed for an election year, America’s foremost political satirists make their annual Fourth of July appearance at the Ann Arbor Summer Festival!

These former Congressional staffers “mock the vote,” poking fun at both sides of the aisle with up-to-the-minute song parodies like “Deleter of the Facts” and “All About the Base.” If you are sick of hearing about the candidates, Bill Cosby, and Brian Williams, you’ve come to the wrong place.

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on June 15, 2016.

Billy Elliot
June 11 – 26
Croswell Opera House
129 E. Maumee St.
Adrian, MI 49221

 Set during the British coal miners’ strike in the 1980s, Billy Elliot is the inspiring story of a boy who defies all odds to fulfill his dream of becoming a ballet dancer. See why reviewers called Billy Elliot “electrifying,” “triumphant,” and “as good as it gets”!

With a powerful story, catchy tunes by Elton John, and spectacular show-stopping dance numbers, this is a musical that simply must be seen to be believed!

Tuesday, June 28, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
One Well Brewing

4213 Portage St., Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Host: Zoe Clark
Register for this event here


 The State of the State Survey reveals trust in state government is low in Michigan. The Flint water crisis, cities run by emergency managers, gerrymandered political districts and election campaigns influenced by “dark” money… these things and more have contributed to eroding trust in our elected officials. 


Thursday, June 2, 6:30-8:00 PM (*Event originally scheduled for June 1 has been postponed)
Bill's Beer Garden

218 S. Ashley
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Free Admission

The industrial solvent 1,4-dioxane started polluting the soil and groundwater near Gelman Science’s Scio Township facility, west of Ann Arbor, more than forty years ago. That dioxane plume has been spreading in the groundwater under the city and may pose a threat to the Huron River, Ann Arbor’s main drinking water supply.

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on May 23.

Cinetopia International Film Festival
June 3-12, 2016
Various venues in Detroit & Ann Arbor

Created for the people of southeastern Michigan, the Cinetopia International Film Festival features the best feature-length dramas, comedies, and documentaries from the world’s best film festivals (e.g. Sundance, Cannes, Venice, Toronto, Berlin, SXSW, Tribeca, etc.).

Jason Isbell:

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on May 16, 2016 

Jason Isbell
Monday, October 3
DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids

“With his unrivaled knack for lyrical detail, Jason Isbell is arguably the most revered roots-rock singer-songwriter of his generation.”

– Rolling Stone.

David Sedaris: 

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on May 11, 2016

An Evening with David Sedaris
Sunday, May 15, 3:00 PM
DeVos Performance Hall, 303 Monroe NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, David Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers.

Cracked and broken roads
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Issues & Ale: Michigan's Crumbling Infrastructure

Tues, May 10, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Beer Grotto
500 E Michigan Ave
Lansing, MI 48912

Many Michigan communities are dealing with ancient water and sewer pipes, not to mention crumbling roads and bridges all across the state. Could the Flint water crisis be the “canary in the coal mine” for issues other Michigan cities may be facing?

This contest has ended. Winners were drawn May 2, 2016.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Valid through September 30, 2016

  Experience masterpieces of art and nature that will delight your senses at one of the nation's premier horticultural display gardens and sculpture parks in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The 158-acre main campus may take up to two, four, or eight hours to walk through depending on what you choose to explore. With a large variety of art and plants, Meijer Gardens has something to pique any interest.

For more information, click here

Moth GrandSLAM:

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on April 27, 2016

The Moth GrandSLAM Championship
Tuesday, May 3, 8 pm (doors at 7 pm)
The Ark, Ann Arbor

 Michigan Radio and The Moth are hosting the next Michigan GrandSLAM Championship on Tuesday, May 3rd at The Ark in Ann Arbor. The event features the winners of the past year’s Ann Arbor Moth StorySLAMs. Tickets go on sale April 7 at TheMoth.org.

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on April 18, 2016

An Evening of Storytelling with Garrison Keillor
Thursday, April 28 – 7:30 PM
Macomb Center for the Performing Arts
Clinton Township

 Join master storyteller and award-winning radio host of A Prairie Home Companion, as he shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon, and “late-life fatherhood.” With a wonderful, dry sense of humor (and sometimes with music), Keillor captivates audiences using his unique blend of comedy, class, charisma, and wisdom.

For more information about the show, please click here. Michigan Radio Contest Rules are here.

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 14.

The 54th Ann Arbor Film Festival
March 15-20, 2016
The Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

 The Ann Arbor Film Festival is the longest-running independent and experimental film festival in North America, established in 1963. Internationally recognized as a premiere forum for independent filmmakers and artists, each year's festival engages audiences with remarkable cinematic experiences.

Diane Rehm: "This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 9."

Diane Rehm in conversation with Cynthia Canty
Thursday, March, 17, 2016 – 7:00 pm
Rackham Auditorium
915 E Washington St
Ann Arbor, 48109

Literati Bookstore and Michigan Radio are thrilled to welcome NPR host Diane Rehm to Ann Arbor for a reading and conversation in support of her latest book, On My Own. Joining Diane for a post-reading conversation will be Cynthia Canty, host of Michigan Radio’s Stateside.

The race for president rolled into Michigan with the state’s presidential primary on Tuesday, March 8. In the week leading up to that, both the Democratic and Republican candidates will held debates in Flint and Detroit respectively.

Michigan Radio’s It's Just Politics host Zoe Clark led a panel with special guests the day before the primary for a fast-paced look at presidential and state politics in Michigan.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 7.

An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson
March 21, 2016 - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
March 22, 2016 - Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
March 23, 2016 - Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
March 24, 2016 - Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 2.

The Odd Couple
Thursday, March 17 – 8:00 PM
Purple Rose Theatre – Chelsea, Michigan

Two suddenly single pals — a sloppy sportswriter and a neat freak news writer — strain their friendship by turning roommates, but patterns of their own disastrous marriages begin to reappear with hilarious results.

Chevrolet Corvette
Anthony Brown / Michigan Radio

During the press days of the North American International Auto Show, Detroit's Big Three unveiled their latest 2016 models and made announcements about what's to come. Here are the highlights of what GM, Ford, and Chrysler brought up on stage and displayed on their stands.

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on Feb. 12

Paula Poundstone
Thursday, February 18, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Wharton Center, East Lansing

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on Jan. 20

Michigan International Auto Show
January 28-31, 2016
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids

Discover What Drives You!

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on Jan. 11

Ira Glass
Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Miller Auditorium

The creator of the public radio show This American Life talks about his program and how it's put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show, how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do.

In November, StoryCorps launches The Great Thanksgiving Listen, its most ambitious initiative to date.

This Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 29) StoryCorps will work with teachers and high school students across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. StoryCorps hopes to gather more interviews over Thanksgiving 2015 than it has in the 12 years since its founding.

Issues & Ale: The People’s Lawyer
Tues, Dec 8, 7:00-8:30 PM
Conor O’Neill’s - Celtic Room
318 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Hosted by Jack Lessenberry

 After serving as a small-town lawyer in Alpena, Frank J. Kelley was unexpectedly appointed Michigan’s attorney general at the end of 1961.

He continued in that position for thirty-seven years, a national record. During that time, he worked with everyone from John and Bobby Kennedy to Bill Clinton and became an active crusader for the public, establishing the first Office of Consumer Protection in the country, and helping to initiate the multibillion-dollar Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement in 1998.

Michigan Radio

Issues & Ale– Flint’s Water Crisis
Tuesday, December 1, 7:00-8:30 PM
Redwood Steakhouse & Brewery
(Sequoia Lounge)
5304 Gateway Centre Drive
Flint, MI 48507

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Since Flint switched its drinking water source from Detroit's water system to getting water from the Flint River, Flint residents have endured numerous problems...including water that was discolored and smelled and had high lead levels. The city has switched back to Detroit's water supply, but questions about the long term impact from the water crisis remain.

Issues & Ale: College Affordability & Access
Tues, October 27, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
ABC Microbrewery
720 Norris St, Ypsilanti, MI

College affordability is a big issue, from the living rooms of anxious students and parents, to the presidential campaign trail . Over the past ten years, tuition costs have increased more than five times faster than the Consumer Price Index and the average class of 2015 graduate with student-loan debt will have to pay back more than $35,000. Michigan’s students leave college with some of the highest debt levels in the nation .

Issues & Ale: Fixing Government
Tuesday, July 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

Bill's Beer Garden
218 S. Ashley
Ann Arbor, Michigan

 Most everyone agrees that Michigan has terrible roads, and yet our governor and state legislature can’t agree on a plan to get them fixed. Join Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry, Zoe Clark and other guest panelists as we look at what’s behind the gridlock we’re facing in government and some possible solutions.

Beyond the Battlefield
Tuesday, July 7, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Grand River Brewery
117 W. Louis Glick Hwy,
Jackson, MI 49201

 Over 70,000 people in Michigan served in the U.S. armed services during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Join Michigan Radio News Director Vincent Duffy as we talk about how those post-9/11 vets are faring. 


Brewery Vivant
925 Cherry St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

A capacity crowd filled the outdoor patio at Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids for Michigan Radio's Issues & Ale discussion. It's Just Politics co-hosts Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta were joined by political strategist Joe DiSano and formerSenate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema.

Issues & Ale: It’s Just Politics

Wednesday, April 29 6:30-8:00pm
Brewery Becker
500 W Main St, Brighton, MI 48116

Michigan voters will be heading to the polls on May 5 to cast their vote on the controversial sales tax increase/road funding proposal.

Issues & Ale: The Future of Detroit Schools
Wednesday, March 18, 6:00PM-7:30PM

Detroit Beer Company
1529 Broadway  
Detroit, MI 48226 

2014 was a year that included the Detroit bankruptcy, wolf hunting, legalized same-sex marriage (briefly), bad roads and a mid-term election.  Michigan Radio's Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry was joined by  It's Just Politics co-hosts Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark, and political analyst Matt Marsden for a fast paced look back at some of the top political issues from 2014, a discussion of the lame duck legislature, and what we might expect in 2015.

Listen to audio from the event below.

Issues & Ale: Michigan Politics Year in Review
Tues, Dec 9, 7:00-8:30 PM

River’s Edge Brewing Co.
125 S Main St, Milford, MI 48381


Issues and Ale is an event series from Michigan Radio designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing Michigan...in an informal atmosphere.