Arts & Culture

5:12 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Fatal plane crash survivors appear in 'Sole Survivor'

Documentary features survivors of fatal plane crashes
Andrey Belenko Flickr

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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4:04 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

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

Vineyard in Leelanau County
user farlane flickr

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.

Arts & Culture
8:00 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Giving the gift of music to at-risk kids in Grand Rapids

Photo courtesy of Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth

Every once and a while, our State of Opportunity team receives a story pitch from someone in the community who's trying to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged youth. This is one of those stories. It’s a piece about boys, girls, and the universal language of music.

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4:56 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Can American politics learn something from religion?

Jim Wallis on religion as a solution to the nation's political divide
Howard Books

An interview with Jim Wallis.

One of the most frustrating aspects of living in American in 2013 is the way we seem to have lost a sense of being on the same team. 

Instead of thinking of ourselves as Americans or Michiganders, it's all too often Democrats or Republicans, Christian, or Muslim. 

This deep sense of division leads to gridlock in Congress and in Lansing. 

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Arts & Culture
9:56 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Why the art world is freaking out over a house in Detroit

Here's why there's all the fuss over the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit's new piece.

Hear the full story, including excerpts from Kate's interview with MOCAD board president.


That is a completely understandable reaction the first time people see the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit’s new exhibit. It’s called “Mobile Homestead.”

The "work of art" is a mobile house, a suburban-looking, one-story, white ranch house. It's the kind of house they've seen a million times before.

So why is the modern art world, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal breathlessly declaring this house one of the most significant, world-renowned pieces of 2013?

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Arts & Culture
5:23 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Sigur Ros, The National to headline in Detroit for first ever U.S. festival

Deerhunter playing at the Moore Theater in Seattle.
user starbright31 Flickr

Sigur Ros, The National, and Deerhunter are just a few of the twenty artists slated to play at the Laneway Festival at the Meadow Brook Music Festival this September.

Here's Laneway's announcement with the full lineup:

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That's What They Say
8:00 am
Sun May 12, 2013

The comma problem

The comma may be a very small  punctuation mark, but people often have very strong feelings about how it should, and should not be used.

On this edition of "That's What They Say," host Rina Miller and University of Michigan Professor Anne Curzan discuss the Oxford comma, semicolons and breaking rules.

Listen to the full segment above.

Arts & Culture
1:33 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Anne Frank cantata helps keep Jewish history alive

The Berkley High School orchestra and choir performs "My Name is Anne Frank."
Jessica Stilger Berkley High School communications

Hear the music, and the full story, above.

When older generations die, there’s always the fear that we’ll lose their stories.

But in metro Detroit’s Jewish community, they’re trying to keep history alive…through music.

And they’re doing it thanks to Anne Frank, her chestnut tree, and a stressed-out high school orchestra in metro Detroit.

Specifically, the Berkley High School orchestra.

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10:27 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Detroit's 'Sugar Man' Sixto Rodriguez gets another accolade

Lead in text: 
He once was a little known folk singer who had to make ends meet working construction. But after the Academy Award winning documentary "Searching for Sugar Man," Detroit's Sixto Rodriguez has stepped out of obscurity and into the spotlight. Wayne State University bestowed Rodriguez with an honorary degree yesterday.
Detroit - The Detroit musician who's suddenly become one of Wayne State University's more prominent alumni wished the class of 2013 good luck Thursday as he received an honorary degree from the school. In a short speech thanking the University, musician Sixto Rodriguez wished the graduating students from Wayne State University good luck.
Arts & Culture
9:29 am
Fri May 10, 2013

The Moth Mainstage Announces Lineup For Kalamazoo Show

Ophira Eisenberg

The Moth has announced the lineup of storytellers for its Moth Mainstage  show in Kalamazoo on May 22.  “Between Worlds: The Moth in Kalamazoo” will feature a host and five storytellers, each of whom will tell a ten minute story live without notes.

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4:42 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Making one film with 40 directors in 23 countries

Judy van der Velden Flickr

When you think of filmmaking, chances are pretty good that you think of a producer, a director and a cast chosen by that director.

But there are a couple of filmmakers in Detroit who are blowing up that traditional model of making films, and in its place have come up with something completely different.

How about 40 directors for one film? And they're spread across 23 countries on five continents?

Marty Shea is one of the Detroit-based filmmakers doing this "collaborative" movie under the name of "CollabFeature."

He joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Arts & Culture
4:37 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Celebrating the "Mighty Ukulele"

A ukulele
user Monsieur Gordon Flickr

We’re always glad to hear from Stateside listeners, to get your ideas and suggestions for stories we should share with everyone!

So, when we got an email from Lansing musician Ben Hassenger, asking us to take a closer look at the upcoming music festival he’s hosting this Friday and Saturday, we bit!

Especially when we discovered it’s a celebration of the ukulele - called "MIGHTY UKE DAY!"

What’s not to love?!

Ben Hassenger joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Thu May 9, 2013

The tulips are back! Photos from 2013 Tulip Time Festival

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette show off wooden clogs.
Bill Schuette

Stem Fest, no more — this year's Tulip Time festival in Holland is in full bloom.

Last year, the annual flower festival, which brings in hundreds of thousands of tulips and tulip fans alike, notoriously delivered more stems than petals. But Holland's flora is back in action, and Instagram users shared their photos from the  fest.

5:11 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra plays Carnegie Hall

Maestro Leonard Slatkin conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Leonard Slatkin

It’s been 17 years since the Detroit Symphony Orchestra has graced the stage of one of the most famous concert halls in the world - Carnegie Hall.

So it was big news for Michigan’s cultural scene when the DSO became one of the symphony orchestras chosen for the 2013 "Spring for Music." It's one week, five orchestras, and six concerts at Carnegie Hall.
The DSO will perform two separate programs - one on May 9th, the second on May 10th.
The music director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Leonard Slatkin, joined us from New York City today.

Listen to the full interview above.

5:03 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

'The People's Campaign' offers a helping hand

  In rural America of the 1800s, it was common for neighbors to pull together to help each other. Harvest time - barn-raisings - there was a sense of "you help me, I help you."

It's that old-fashioned image of the community barn-raising that comes to mind when you hear about The People's Campaign which launched over the weekend on Detroit's East Side.

The People's Campaign is headed-up by Sharlonda Buckman who is the executive director of the Detroit Parent Network.

She joined us to tell us more.

Listen to the full interview above.

Arts & Culture
3:20 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Ypsilanti's Matt Jones finds salvation in his music

Matt Jones performing with Misty Lyn Bergeron at Michigan Radio.
Mercedes Mejia Michigan Radio

His name is Matt Jones. He's 35 and he's based in Ypsilanti. He's been writing songs and performing around Michigan for the past 15 years. He has growing audience of fans and has received more critical acclaim.

And his story is one of overcoming personal demons and finding salvation in the thing he loves best: making music.

Matt joined us in the studio today to talk about his music.

Matt Jones on Stateside.

Click the link above to hear Cyndy's conversation with Matt.

Matt also performed for our "Songs from Studio East" series. You can check out that performance here:

You can check out more of Matt's music here:

Arts & Culture
2:55 pm
Mon May 6, 2013

Songs from Studio East: Matt Jones

Matt Jones performing with Misty Lyn Bergeron at Michigan Radio.
Mercedes Mejia Michigan Radio

Ypsilanti's Matt Jones has been writing songs and performing around Michigan for the past 15 years. The 35-year-old has been receiving more critical acclaim and has a growing fan base. His story is one of overcoming personal demons and finding salvation in the thing he loves best: making music. 

Matt Jones and Misty Lyn Bergeron performed for us in Michigan Radio's Studio East.

Check it out here:

That's What They Say
8:51 am
Sun May 5, 2013

Graduate, then commence onward

Where are you graduating from? Or are you just graduating? On this edition of "That's What They Say," host Rina Miller and Professor Anne Curzan discuss the mishaps with the proper use of "graduation."

There's been a good amount of change around the verb graduate, explains Curzan.

"It used to be that the University was supposed to graduate the nineteenth century we started to get that students could graduate from the university."

Before you graduate from a university, or just graduate, you've got to matriculate. But what does matriculation actually mean?

"Matriculation technically means, 'to enroll in or at,' and you'll often see it used that way, but there appears to be some confusion. People sometimes use matriculate to mean graduate," says Curzan.

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Arts & Culture
11:48 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Popular Detroit art exhibit destroyed by fire

Credit David Yarnell /

A popular Detroit art installation was destroyed by fire this morning.

The Obstruction of Justice House was part of the Heidelberg Project on Detroit's east side. It was created by artist Tyree Guyton. He used discarded items and paint to transform two city blocks into an eclectic and sometimes controversial art exhibit.  

Guyton's wife, Jenenne Whitfield, describes,"You turn down the street, and there's this explosion of color: The trees, the sidewalks, the vacant lots. All had been turned into a giant landscape, a work of art that is literally known around the world."

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Arts & Culture
9:44 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Iggy Pop: 'What Happens When People Disappear'

Iggy & The Stooges just released a new album, Ready to Die.
David Raccuglia Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Wed January 8, 2014 6:55 pm

Of the many things made in Michigan that have become part of the fabric of American culture — the auto industry, Motown — punk rock is often overlooked. In 1967, years before The Sex Pistols performed incendiary anthems, Iggy Pop and his band The Stooges created an explosive new sound in Detroit that would influence generations of musicians.

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