Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture
10:52 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Grab the sunscreen: ArtPod kicks off summer music, movies and more

ArtPod brings you end-of-school stress concerts, big new documentaries, and craft cocktails. Yum.
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ArtPod is chock-full of summer awesomeness.

We’re putting our own special ArtPod spin on three big summer crowd-pleasers.

The end-of-school concerts.

The new indie movie with all the buzz.

And your own private guide to craft cocktails in Michigan.

Hey, that counts as art. Right?

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Arts & Culture
12:06 am
Thu May 30, 2013

This summer, 50 Michigan museums are free for active military families

Military families get in free to the DIA and 49 other Michigan museums this summer
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You can almost feel the parental summer panic start to kick in. 

School is almost out.

And there are only so many times you can take the kids to the pool before you all go insane.

Those long, hot days can be especially tough for military families, who may only have one parent at home.

That's why 50 Michigan museums are opening their doors, free of charge, to active military personnel and their families this summer.

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Stateside
4:48 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

New documentary shows how Michigan families cope with loss

Filmmaker Judith Burdick
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An interview with Judith Burdick and Elizabeth Guz.

Suffering loss and going through grief is a part of the human experience. There's not one of us who will skate through life without having to cope with losing someone close to us.

But sometimes that loss is sudden and horrifying. How can someone possibly climb back out of that pit of grief?

That's the question addressed in a new documentary called "Transforming Loss." In it, we meet six Michigan families who have managed to triumph, transform, and grow, despite indescribable heartbreak. And they have lessons for each of us.

The filmmaker and licensed psychotherapist Judith Burdick joined us in the studio.

Also in the studio was Elizabeth Guz, one of the people who shared her story of loss and transformation, a story that began when her teenage son committed suicide. Today she volunteers for the Heinz Prechter Bipolar Research Project at the University of Michigan Depression Center.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:33 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Sewing circles provide opportunities for women refugees

Could Michigan's garment industry be the next big thing for the state?
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Twelve years ago, St. Vincent's Catholic Charities in Lansing started a job training program for women refugees, but organizers soon realized these women needed something other than job training. 

"If you don't speak English, if you don't have a destination to go to, you can end up being incredibly isolated," said Jillian Olsen.

Jillian shows up once a week to help lead a sewing circle, teaching refugee women how to sew.

Sewing is important for a couple of reasons. It's a skill the women learn as part of the job training program, but it's also a way for the women to socialize and share common experiences.

Austin Davis spoke with some of the volunteers in this program. This piece was produced by Austin Davis and Kyle Norris.

Listen to the full interview above.

Arts & Culture
11:53 am
Tue May 28, 2013

See photos from Movement 2013 - Detroit's electronic music festival

Movement 2013
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Detroit was alive this weekend with the deep thumping bass of electronic dance music and flashing bright light shows.

Movement 2013 drew crowds to Hart Plaza this past weekend to dance and bob their heads to the beats and heavy drops of electronic dance music.

The festival started strong on Saturday with performances by Richie Hawtin - a Windsor native, and Moby.

The local stage had fantastic sets by homegrown DJs Al Ester, Terrence Parker, and Daniel Bell.

Sunday's highlights included Squarepusher and Masters at Work.

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That's What They Say
8:29 am
Sun May 26, 2013

Dust kittens, woofinpoofs or frog hair?

On this week’s edition of “That’s What They Say,” host Rina Miller and University of Michigan Professor Anne Curzan revisit regional variations in spoken English and offer up even more fun and often puzzling expressions. 

“For people who are from parts of New York or New Jersey, they will stand on line rather than in line...and for the people who say that makes no sense, the answer is that prepositions don’t always make sense and this is just regional variation," says Curzan.

Another expression that may not make sense to most of us is: drinking a cabinet.

“If you’re from Rhode Island you can drink a cabinet…in Rhode Island, a cabinet is a milkshake," Curzan explains.

Okay, so what to you call those balls of dust hiding underneath the bed? Dust bunnies or woofinpoofs?

The Dictionary of American Regional English (DARE)  has documented over 170 different variations for those balls of lint. And, some variations take on hilarious names.

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Stateside
5:14 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Fighting to save an Irish Hills landmark

The Irish Hills Observation Towers
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An interview with Donna Boglarsky, the president of the Irish Hills Historical Society.

If you grew up in southeast or southcentral Michigan any time from the 1920s right through the 20th century and into the early part of this century, chances are you and your family visited or at least passed through the Irish Hills.

Driving along US-12, it's impossible to miss the major landmarks of the Irish Hills, the twin observation towers. Generations of Michigan families have climbed these towers to get a good look at the surrounding countryside.

But the clock is ticking on those landmark towers.

Donna Boglarsky, the president of the Irish Hills Historical Society and former owner of the towers, joined us in the studio.

Listen to the full interview above.

Arts & Culture
5:13 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Vote for your favorite craft cocktail bar in Michigan

Vote for your favorite bar
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We asked you where you go for a craft cocktail, and you told us. 

Here are the 17 favorites we heard about on Facebook.

Now let's vote!

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Stateside
4:51 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

New online community spreads 'Mitten Pride'

Photo from Mitten Stretcher's Facebook page.
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An interview with the founder of Mitten Stretcher, Mark Serra.

Once a Michigander, always a Michigander, even if you've moved away from the Mitten State.

That's the idea that underpins a new website and social network called "Mitten Stretcher," designed to bring Michiganders together, no matter where they may now be living.

Mark Serra is the founder of the Mitten Stretcher Community and MittenStretcher.com, and he joined us today in the studio to talk about the website.

Listen to the full interview above.

Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Where can you find the best 'craft cocktails' in Michigan?

Tell us your favorite craft cocktail.
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Michigan Radio's Lester Graham recently reported that Michigan is building its reputation as a state known for its distilleries:

That's being driven in part by a growing interest in craft cocktails.

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That's What They Say
8:43 am
Sun May 19, 2013

Unspoken grammar rules, and the fight against green squiggly lines

For most of us, the Microsoft Word spell checker is a godsend. It helps correct our failed attempt for spelling words like vinaigrette or renaissance.

However, Word's grammar checker is a whole different story. Mostly because of that cursed green squiggly line under a word that signals we've made a grammar error. One of the most frequent and frustrating corrections involves the correct use of that or which.

University of Michigan Professor of English Anne Curzan and host Rina Miller discuss these unspoken grammar rule snafus on this edition of  "That's What They Say."

"The grammar checker is trying to enforce a rule about that and which, which English speakers have never followed, as far as we can tell," says Curzan.

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Arts & Culture
12:04 pm
Sat May 18, 2013

The East Lansing Art Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend

The East Lansing Art Festival marks its 50th anniversary this weekend
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Up to 70 thousand people are expected to attend this weekend’s East Lansing Art Festival.

The festival marks its 50th anniversary this year.    The festival started back in the mid-1960’s, when a group of local artists simply wanted to hold a small show along Grand River Avenue.    It’s grown a lot since then. 

Corinn Van Wyck is the festival’s director.   She says organizers try to focus on the quality of art, not just quantity.

“(The festival) is set up to make the arts accessible,” says Van Wyck, “It’s not set up to cram in every square inch with things.”

Arts & Culture
7:56 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Families of Flight 255 victims wait 26 years to hear sole survivor speak

Cecelia Cichan, the sole survivor of flight 255, describes her airplane tattoo in a new documentary
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Hear from the families, the documentary director, and sole suvivor Cecelia Cichan.

This summer will mark 26 years since Northwest Flight 255 crashed onto the highway outside Detroit Metro Airport.

One hundred fifty-seven people were killed. The wreckage stretched across half a mile.

Only one person survived: a four-year-old girl with brown eyes, a chipped tooth, and purple nail polish.

Her name is Cecelia Cichan, and this week, she’s breaking her long public silence about the crash.

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Stateside
5:40 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

'Gilda's Big Night Out' to raise money for cancer support groups

Gilda Radner in the first cast of SNL
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Gilda's Club is an organization that consists of groups across the country which provide laughter and support to cancer patients.

The organization is named after Gilda Radner. She was one of the brightest faces in comedy. The University of Michigan alum was in the original cast of Saturday Night Live. She passed away from ovarian cancer in 1989. 

One of her close friends and partner in comedy, Allen Zweibel, spoke with Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty about Radner.

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Stateside
5:38 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

The Living Room: Memories from a high school dance

Looking good on prom night.
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In May's segment of The Living Room, Allison Downey tells the story of a high school dance she went to that ended a little differently than she expected. 

The Living Room is a monthly series produced by Zak Rosen and Allison Downey. 

In today's segment, we hear Allison's song 'All that Matters.'

It was produced & engineered by Michael Crittenden at Mackinaw Harvest Studios in Grand Rapids

John Austin: Electric bass

Rod Capps: Lead guitar

Brian Morril: Percussion

Annie Capps: Harmony vocals

Allison: Lead vocals and rhythm guitar

To hear the story, click the link above.

Stateside
3:09 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Willow Run Bomber Plant could be a new home for the Yankee Air Museum

The Wilow Run Factory was built in five months, and at the height of production during WWII, it was producing one B-24 bomber every hour.
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An interview with Dennis Norton and Ray Hunter from the Yankee Air Museum.

When you think about what it took for the United States and our Allies to win World War II, it wasn't just up to the troops fighting in Europe and the Pacific, the war was waged on the home front as well.

And a big chunk of real estate in Ypsilanti was one of the most important spots in the nation for that war effort: the Willow Run Bomber Plant.

It was built by the Ford Motor Company to turn out B-24 Liberator bombers.

At the peak of its war effort, Willow Run turned out one Liberator bomber every 59 minutes. And 42,000 workers kept those bombers coming, earning the plant its nickname of "The Arsenal of Democracy."

Willow Run was also where Rose Will Monroe hired on to work as a riveter. She appeared in a film aimed at getting women out of the home and into the plants to help the war effort, and that led to the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” image and hit song.

These days, the future of Willow Run is cloudy.

It had been a GM plant, but Willow Run was discarded by GM during its bankruptcy woes in 2009.

Now, the Yankee Air Museum is hoping to buy a good-sized piece of the historic plant for a new home, thus saving the plant from the wrecker's ball and helping grow the museum.

Dennis Norton, founder of the Yankee Air Museum, and Ray Hunter, the current Chair of the Museum as well as a pilot and former Air Force colonel, joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
3:04 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Delivering choral music to Metro Detroit

The Community Chorus of Detroit
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An interview with The Community Chorus of Detroit’s Executive Director and Board President, Diane Linn and the Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm.

Building and strengthening ties all throughout Southeastern Michigan one song at a time - that's the mission of the Community Chorus of Detroit.

It has only been on the scene since 2010, but in that comparatively short time the chorus has attracted singers from over 35 zip codes. They converge on Detroit to bring choral music to audiences in that area.

The Community Chorus of Detroit’s Executive Director and Board President, Diane Linn and the Artistic Director and Conductor, Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm joined us in the studio.

Follow the link below to listen to two samples of their music.

http://www.communitychorusofdetroit.com/audio-video

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
5:18 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

'Folktales and Lore' hail from all corners of the Great Lakes

Campfires are a great place to tell Michigan ghost stories
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An interview with author Sheryl James.

When you dive into the treasure trove of stories from our state, you'll find a rich collection from many traditions: Native American, French, English, Finnish, and more. 

The folktales, legends, and lore of Michigan can now be found in one book: Michigan Legends: Folktales and Lore from the Great Lakes State by Sheryl James. 

James's book includes tales about  haunted Fort Wayne, Paul Bunyan, and the Western Reserve Ghost, to name a few.

To hear more about the stories, click the link above.

Stateside
5:12 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Fatal plane crash survivors appear in 'Sole Survivor'

Documentary features survivors of fatal plane crashes
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An interview with director Ky Dickens.

If you lived in Michigan in the summer of 1987, you might remember one news story that was set apart from the others. 

It was the evening of August 16 when Northwest flight 255 took off from Detroit Metro Airport, headed to Phoenix. Moments after the plane took off, the MD-80 tilted slightly -- enough for the left wing to clip a light pole, shear the top off of a rental car building, and crash where Middlebelt meets I-94. 

154 people aboard the plane and two on the ground were killed. But there was one survivor: four-year-old Cecilia Cichan. 

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Stateside
4:04 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Farmer's markets may soon offer a new attraction: wine tasting

Vineyard in Leelanau County
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An interview with Dan McCole, an assistant professor of tourism at Michigan State University.

If you like to frequent farmer's markets, you may soon have something new to explore amidst the stands of fresh produce, baked goods, jams and jellies, flowers and plants.

A bill moving through Lansing would allow wine tasting at farmer's markets.

What's this mean for Michigan wineries? Who gets to offer their wines for tastings at farmer's markets? And what's it mean for consumers?

Dan McCole, an assistant professor of tourism at Michigan State University, joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

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