Arts & Culture

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12:11 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

U of M Professor discovers 'radical' new language in Australia

Aerial view of Lajamanu, where the new language was discovered.
Australian Government

A new language has been discovered in a remote aboriginal community of Lajamanu in the Northern Territory of Australia.

Dr. Carmel O’Shannessy, a linguist at the University of Michigan, first discovered the new language while studying in Lajamanu. The language spoken there is Warlpiri – an aboriginal language unrelated to English.

Over the last decade O’Shannessy has documented the emergence of “Light Warlpiri” or Warlpiri rampaku in the region.

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That's What They Say
8:19 am
Sun July 14, 2013

Nautical expressions in everyday speech

When you give someone "leeway" or tell someone to "pipe down," you may not realize you're using the language of sailors.

On this week’s edition of “That’s What They Say,” host Rina Miller and Professor of English at the University of Michigan Anne Curzan talk about all that sailing has given to the English language.

The more obvious ones for example are: “taking the wind out someone’s sails, being dead in the water, rocking the boat.”

But, did you know the term “to bail something out” is actually a nautical expression?

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Arts & Culture
11:59 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Ford at 100

President Gerald R. Ford
The National Archives

Michigan celebrates what would have been President Gerald R. Ford's 100th birthday this weekend.

Ford grew up in Grand Rapids and attended the University of Michigan in his youth.

Jim Kratsas is the Deputy Director at the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids. He says the late president's legacy is known around his native Michigan.

“It's a time to celebrate Michigan's favorite son,” says Kratsas.

He says the late president was also deeply involved in the local community.

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5:47 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

University of Michigan teacher climbs Mount Everest

Scott DeRue at the summit of Mount Everest.

An interview with Scott DeRue, a teacher at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.

When you think about the school classes that meant the most to you, chances are the ones that had the most impact were the ones that translated into real-world experience.

What could be more real-world than teaching lessons learned in climbing to the summit of Mount Everest?

Scott DeRue teaches at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, where he directs the Emerging Leaders Program and co-directs the Ross Leadership Initiative, so he is all about teaching leadership and team development.

His students will be getting lessons in leadership and teamwork learned the hard way: this past May, Scott DeRue climbed to the summit of Mount Everest.

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5:16 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

The drive-in movie theater celebrates its 80th anniversary

The Ford-Wyoming drive-in movie theater in Detroit.
Jim Rees Flickr

An interview with Philip Hallman with the University of Michigan's Department of Screen Arts and Culture.

Ask any baby-boomer about some of their best memories growing up and chances are good that a drive-in theater figures in there somewhere.

It was a wonderful and uniquely American thing: roll up to the parking spot, perch the little speaker on your window, order lots of food, and watch movies from your car. Kids would go in their PJs and watch movies while lying on the roof. For teenagers in the 50s, 60s and 70s, well, perhaps the movie was a secondary attraction.

This summer marks the 80 year anniversary of the invention of the drive-in movie theater. After a slow start, the trend really took off. Detroit got its first drive-in theater in 1938.

Let's take a trip back in time to the glory days of the drive-in. Joining us is Philip Hallman with the University of Michigan's Department of Screen Arts and Culture.

Listen to the full interview above.

5:14 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

New book tells the story of 5 Michigan nurses and medics caught behind Nazi lines in WWII

Cate Lineberry, author of "The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines."

An interview with author Cate Lineberry.

It's been nearly 70 years since the last bomb fell and the last bullet was fired in World War II, but stories from the war are still being unearthed.

One of these stories is told in the new book "The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines" by Cate Lineberry.

A plane carrying nurses and medics crash lands in Albania behind Nazi lines, and you would not believe what it took to get these Americans to safety.

It's the kind of story that would make a powerful movie. It has been largely hidden and unknown all these years, and figuring in this story are five nurses and medics from Michigan.

Author Cate Lineberry joined us today from New Orleans.

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Arts & Culture
4:21 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

First Listen: Mayer Hawthorne, 'Where Does This Door Go'

Mayer Hawthorne's new album, Where Does This Door Go, comes out July 16.
Jeremy Deputat Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 7:46 am

In the course of three studio albums, Michigan-bred soul singer Mayer Hawthorne has refined his gift for songs that emulate and update his home state's Motown sound.

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Arts & Culture
2:29 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Detroit stars in new Google Maps ad

A screen cap of the new Google Maps ad, featuring Detroit.
Google Maps YouTube

An ad for the new Google Maps app gives some love to the Motor City.

Comerica Park, L.J.’s Lounge in Corktown, Lafayette Coney Island, and even the People Mover make appearances in the new ad, released by Google today.Of course, "Detroit Rock City," Kiss's homage to Motown, serves as the commercial's soundtrack. 

Check out the ad here:

- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom

Arts & Culture
1:29 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Local magazine shows stories of hope in neglected neighborhoods

A collage from the Model D's "On the Ground" summer series.
Model D

A magazine in Detroit is looking to get a new perspective on the Motor City

Model D is a digital magazine that’s been covering Detroit culture, development, and lack thereof since 2005. Now the small-staffed magazine is starting a new project: starting a summer-long series based in Osborn, a community in northwest Detroit.
From Model D’s Claire Nelson:

“What happens when we hang out in a Detroit neighborhood for a period of 90 days? Who will we meet? What will we learn? Can we eat enough at Capers Steakhouse to get some sort of discount?”

(Capers is an eastside joint known for selling its steaks by the ounce.)

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6:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Ramadan starts today for Muslims in North America

A crecent moon over palm trees at sunset in Manama, Bahrain in 2006. It marked the beginning of the Muslim month of Ramadan for that year.
user Ahmed Rabea Flickr

I was traveling in Indonesia when I first experienced Ramadan. I was wondering why so many people at the McDonald's in Surabaya were sitting at the table, wrappers open, waiting to eat their Big Macs.

It was the holy month of Ramadan, and they were waiting until just after sunset - for the iftar - the meal that breaks the day-long fast.

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5:51 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

South Manitou Island prepares for special lighthouse tours

Sleeping Bear Dunes was voted "The Most Beautiful Place in America" on ABC's Good Morning America.
Danielle Lynch Flickr

An interview with Pat Kelly, granddaughter of the longest-serving lighthouse keeper on South Manitou Island.

To many in Michigan and the tourists who visit, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is one of the most beautiful parts of "Pure Michigan." In fact, ABC’s Good Morning America called the Sleeping Bear Dunes the most beautiful place in America.

Part of that National Lakeshore is South Manitou Island. And some people with very special ties to South Manitou Island have been very busy getting the place spruced up and polished for a special day tomorrow.

Pat Kelly is the granddaughter of James Putnam-Burdick, who was the longest-serving lighthouse keeper on South Manitou Island, and she joined us today from South Manitou's ranger station.

Listen to the full interview above.

5:46 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Garages should not be used as living spaces, according to Dearborn city officials

Dearborn city officials say they don't want garages to become "habitable" places for cooking/sleeping because garages aren't built to the same standards as the rest of a home

An interview with Jeff Karoub of the Associated Press.

Should homeowners be allowed to do pretty much whatever they want with their garages, as long as it doesn't bother neighbors?

That's the essence of a growing debate in Dearborn, where a desire by some residents, largely Arab-Americans, to use their garages as living space is being met with resistance at City Hall and the prospect of tighter garage ordinances.

Jeff Karoub is with the Associated Press, covering issues pertinent to the Arab-Muslim community, and he joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

4:06 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

MSU student produces documentary dedicated to casualties of Operation Enduring Freedom

Logan Stark is the producer of the documentary "For the 25."

An interview with former Marine sniper Logan Stark.

In October 2010, the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines deployed to Afghanistan. They were sent to relieve the British Royal Marines in the southern Helmand Province, a hotbed of insurgent fighters and IEDs.

Twenty-five Marines in the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines did not come home.

One of those who did come home went on to become a student at Michigan State University. Former Marine sniper Logan Stark is now a senior in MSU's Professional Writing Program.

As a class project, Logan formed a three-member team that produced a documentary called "For the 25" dedicated to his fallen brothers in the "Dark Horse" battalion, which suffered the highest number of casualties in 2010 during Operation Enduring Freedom.

Logan Stark joined us in the studio today.

You can watch "For the 25" below.

Listen to the full interview above.

That's What They Say
8:55 am
Sun July 7, 2013

Marked nouns: a hit at gender equality?

On this week’s edition of “That’s What They Say,” host Rina Miller and Professor of English at the University of Michigan Anne Curzan discuss the irksome “ess” added to the end of nouns to indicate a female in words like authoress, actress and governess.

These “ess” words are ubiquitous in the English language. But do we really need them? And does the distinction in fact diminish the word’s meaning? This practice in linguistics is called markedness.

Markedness is about an asymmetry in, for example, a pair of words where one is a more neutral term - the dominant term, and one is marked somehow - it’s specialized,” says Anne Curzan.

Examples include authoress versus the unmarked author, or actor versus actress. In these examples, there’s arguably no difference between the marked and neutral term beside the "ess" added to indicate the noun is female. However, as Curzan explains, history has had a pejoration of the marked word due to sexism in the past.

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Arts & Culture
6:01 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Finding Meaning In The Mosh Pit Among Often-Reviled Groupies

Shaggy 2 Dope, left, and Violent J make of the rap duo Insane Clown Posse, seen here in their stage makeup in 1999.
Joseph Cultice AP

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 12:49 pm

The bands Phish and Insane Clown Posse have spawned some of the most rabid fans in music history. Their world of obsession is not an easy one to break into, but on a warm December night in Miami back in 2009, pop culture writer Nathan Rabin went to see a concert that would inspire him to enter the orbit of these infamous groupies.

He wrote a book about them, You Don't Know Me But You Don't Like Me, and tells weekends on All Things Considered guest host Rebecca Sheir about his first-hand look at the two often-reviled sub-cultures.

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Arts & Culture
1:42 pm
Sat July 6, 2013

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts leader set to retire

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts executive director has announced his retirement after 23 years, but will remain on the job until a successor is hired.

The Kalamazoo Gazette reports that it could take up to a year to replace Jim Bridenstine. He is an art historian who earned his bachelor's degree from The College of Holy Cross in 1967 and a master's in the History of Art from George Washington University in 1975. He completed Harvard University's Institute of Arts Administration program in 1978.

8:00 am
Fri July 5, 2013

Happy Birthday, Michigan Radio! Celebrating 65 years of public service broadcasting

Celebrating 65 years of broadcasting.
Credit Michigan Radio

Sixty-five years ago today, WUOM aired its first broadcast from temporary studios in Angell Hall on the campus of the University of Michigan.

U of M was one of the first educational institutions to apply for an FM license. The station's first broadcast went on out on the brand new, high fidelity FM band at 91.7. It has been broadcasting on this signal ever since. Today, the station broadcasts on two more signals (WVGR 104.1 FM in Grand Rapids, and WFUM 91.1 FM in Flint).

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12:39 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

Michigan’s oldest consecutive Independence Day parade marks nearly eight decades

People watch the 79th annual Hollyhock Lane Independence Day parade in Grand Rapids.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

People are celebrating Independence Day today with parades in cities across the state.

Kids scrambled to grab laffy taffy. Politicians from both sides of the aisle wore tennis shoes and shook people’s hands.

Robbie McCollum watched from her backyard. She says the Hollyhock Lane Independence Day parade is the big summer event in Grand Rapids' Ottawa Hills neighborhood.

“The kids really look forward to it. Our children grew up riding in the parade. I remember when they celebrated 50 years. But I’ve lost track,” McCollum said.

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4:48 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

The history of 4th of July celebrations

The Parade Company via

An interview with author Bill Loomis.

With the 4th of July at hand, it's a good bet many of us have a backyard barbeque in our plans, maybe catching a fireworks show or doing one of your own in your backyard.

That got us thinking about the ways Michiganders have marked the big National Holiday over the centuries, and for that, we turn to our Official Stateside Historian.

Bill Loomis writes for the Detroit News and he's the author of "Detroit's Delectable Past: Two Centuries of Frog Legs, Pigeon Pie and Drugstore Whiskey." He joined us today in the studio.

Listen to the full interview above.

4:44 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

New memoir details the struggles of a single parent living on a farm in northern Michigan

Mardi Jo Link is the author of "Bootstrapper: A Memoir."

An interview with author Mardi Jo Link.

One of the best things about sharing each other's stories is how we can learn from each other.

And especially as Michigan has weathered the Great Recession, so many people in our state have had to face challenging periods, times when money was tight when you dreaded finding another past-due notice in the mailbox or phone call from a creditor.

Then factor in the challenges of being a single parent trying to raise a family and stretch a dollar.

That's the story Mardi Jo Link shares in her new book: "Bootstrapper: A Memoir. From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm," published by Knopf.

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