M I Curious

Our M I Curious series is a news experiment that seeks to include you in our editorial decision-making, make journalism more transparent, and strengthen multimedia coverage of our state.

All M I Curious stories originate with questions submitted by the public. Michigan Radio producers and editors sift through those questions and work together with the public to find the best answers.

Each month, we put questions into voting rounds so you can help make the final decision about what we investigate together.

We know you’re curious, so ask your question here. And maybe you can help answer questions other people have submitted.

The project is modeled after the Curious City series at WBEZ in Chicago.

M I Curious
4:04 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

What explains Michigan's large Arab American community?

A photo of the Arab American Festival in Michigan.
Credit The Arab American News.com

Michigan Radio is launching M I Curious - a news experiment where we investigate questions submitted by the public about our state and its people.

Our first installment of M I Curious originated with Jeff Duncan, a firefighter from Sterling Heights. He submitted this question:

Why is there such a large Arab American community in southeast Michigan?

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5:30 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

VOTE! What story do you want Michigan Radio to investigate?

For this round of M I Curious, the Eloise mental hospital, our relationship with Canada, and Arab culture in Michigan rose to the top.
Dwight Burdette, David Wise, Detroit Historical Society wikimedia commons, Flickr, Detroit Historical Society

Update 5:30 p.m.

Voting for our first M I Curious question has closed and we have a winner!

Jeff Duncan of Sterling Heights asked us to look into the following question:

What was it that initially drew people of Arab descent to Michigan?

We'll begin working on this story this week and will have a report, or series of reports, by the end of this month. In the meantime, if you have some insights into the story, drop a note below.

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