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8:16 am
Sun January 27, 2013

Persnickety, and other pronunciation problems

This week on “That’s What They Say” Michigan Radio’s Rina Miller and English Professor Anne Curzan discuss certain words that give people problems with pronunciation.

Everyone’s favorite word when being detailed, “persnickety” was originally spelled and pronounced “pernickety."

“'Pernickety’ goes back to 1808, and by 1892 we have evidence of speakers putting in the ‘s’ and saying ‘persnickety,’” says Curzan.

Other words that give people problems, such as “nuclear”, are usually mispronounced through analogy of other words that sound similar.

“Speakers are making ‘nuclear’ sound more like words such as ‘particular’, ‘circular’, ‘vascular’, ‘molecular’. We have a lot of those ‘cular’ words, not a lot of words that end with ‘clear,’” she says. 

-Austin Davis, Michigan Radio Newsroom

4:10 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Songs From Studio East: Frontier Ruckus

Photo/Doug Coombe

Michigan-based Frontier Ruckus has a new CD, Eternity of Dimming out from Quite Scientific Records. The double album with 20 songs is “dense,” according to Matthew Milia, lead singer-guitarist for the band.

“They’re not two-minute-long pop songs with recurring choruses that people can latch on immediately to…but the people that do take the time to dig in and listen, seem to find themselves being rewarded… in ways that exceed the simply pop song,” he said.

Milia’s inspiration comes from his memories of growing up in metro Detroit. Banjo player David Jones calls the lyrics “obsessively suburban,” a kind of homage to the 90’s era.

The country folk-rock band  draws inspiration from Michigan, specifically from the geography and landscape of suburban Detroit, along with the complications of coming of age.

While some artists choose to move away to places like New York or Los Angeles to pursue a career in music, Jones says “It would be heart-breaking to leave Michigan," and adds there's an "overwhelming love and nostalgia for just being here."

Check out Frontier Ruckus performing songs from their new album. Matthew Milia, lead singer-guitarist; David Jones, banjo and vocals; Zach Nichols, trumpet, singing-saw, other instruments; and Ryan Etzcorn on percussion.

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Arts & Culture
10:09 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Not Dutch? New Spanish language magazine launches in Holland

Joe Silva and Nicole Burns hold up the first edition of Nuestra Comunidad.
Terrence Vaughn The Holland Sentinel

Most people know Holland, Michigan for its Dutch roots and maybe it’s big tulip festival.

But in the 2010 U.S. Census, more than 1 in 5 people who live in Holland identified as Latino. So maybe it’s no surprise why The Holland Sentinel newspaper decided to put out a new Spanish language monthly magazine.

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Arts & Culture
1:22 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Detroit hip hop legend J Dilla's record collection goes up for auction

J Dilla at a drum set
Thomas Angermann Creative Commons

A portion of the record collection belonging to Detroit artist J Dilla (James Yancey) is now for sale.

Since his death in 2006, the seminal hip-hop producer’s record collection had lain dormant in a storage unit maintained by his mother.

Now Dilla’s mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, is selling records from the collection through weekly Ebay auctions.

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Arts & Culture
4:45 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Stateside: Documenting a region in flux at the Arab Film Festival

Still from "1/2 Revolution" a film screening at the Arab Film Festival.

Devon Akmon spoke with Cyndy about the Arab Film Festival.

The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

The 2013 Arab Film Festival opens Thursday in Dearborn.

Eight films will be screened at the Arab American National Museum.

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Arts & Culture
4:46 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Stateside: Hostel Detroit gives a behind the scenes art tour of the city

Hostel Detroit is located in Corktown, Detroit
Emily Fox Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio's Emily Fox went to Hostel Detroit.

When someone from out of town travels to Detroit, the usual destinations might be the Fox Theater for a concert, or Comerica Park for a Tiger’s game. But how do you explore the city on a deeper level without the double decker busses and big tour companies that many big cities have?

When Hostel Detroit opened its doors in April of 2011, its mission was to give its guests a behind the scenes look of the city and take visitors to places that would otherwise be overlooked.

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Arts & Culture
5:35 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Saginaw’s Catholic Diocese consolidating parishes

Bishop Joseph Cistone
Chris Pham Courtesy: Diocese of Saginaw

Because of diminishing membership, Saginaw’s Catholic Diocese is beginning a three-year process to consolidate parishes.

The diocese includes 105 parishes spread across almost 7,000 square miles in 11 counties around Saginaw, Bay City and Midland.

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1:11 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

MLK on the Mike Douglas Show: 'We've got to prove our moral power'

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King on the Mike Douglas Show in 1968, five months before he was killed.

Last year, I posted on the many ways we can learn about the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. online.

We can watch video of his interviews on Meet the Press. We can see King tell a joke on a talk show. We can see what he said in a speech the night before he was killed, and we can watch Walter Cronkite tell the nation that the man who helped change our society was dead.

I thought it was worth sharing the video of King speaking on the Mike Douglas Show again, so we can catch a glimpse of the man when he's not behind a podium.

When Douglas asked why King took a stand against the Vietnam War, King responded:

"I think our power must be much more than military power. We don't need to prove to the world, or to anybody, our military power, we've got to prove our moral power."

Here's part one of that interview. King was killed five months later.

Arts & Culture
2:22 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

Events across Michigan honor King Day

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Events across Michigan this week are honoring the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the 50th anniversary of his famous "I Have a Dream" speech.

Michigan State University's College of Music is hosting two free concerts honoring King on Sunday at Wharton Center's Pasant Theatre in East Lansing. The concerts will feature pop, soul and gospel hits from the 1960s and 1970s at 3 and 7 p.m.

Detroit Public Schools is launching a day of service to celebrate King's birthday Monday.

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That's What They Say
8:48 am
Sun January 20, 2013

Is 'actually' the new 'like?'

This week on "That's What They Say," Michigan Radio's Rina Miller and English Professor Anne Curzan discuss the surging use of the word "actually" in recent years, and whether or not it has become the new "like."

Now part of everyday speech, Anne Curzan says the word "actually" in fact came to the forefront of American speech only just in the past century.

"It turns out the word 'actually' has more than doubled in usage over the 20th century."

But in recent years, the spoken use of "actually" has become even more pronounced.

"Between 1990 and today, so a little over 20 years, 'actually' has tippled its usage in spoken language, so it's no wonder that we're noticing it, and feeling like its everywhere," she says.

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Arts & Culture
4:45 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Stateside: Artist Alec Soth on his Michigan travels

Alec Soth's photography

The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

Alec Soth's exhibition, "From Here to There: Alec Soth's America," is on display at the Cranbrook Art Museum through March 30.

Soth spoke today with Cyndy about his time in Michigan and the various people he encountered.

Soth was unfamiliar with Michigan at the start of his trip.

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Arts & Culture
11:06 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Michigan libraries receiving Muslim collection

DETROIT (AP) - Nearly fifty Michigan libraries and its state humanities council are receiving a collection of books, films and other resources about Muslims in the United States and around the world.

The Muslim Journeys Bookshelf collection was developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities and American Library Association. Each library will receive 25 books, three films and a year of access to Oxford Islamic Studies Online.

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Arts & Culture
10:24 am
Thu January 10, 2013

'Searching for Sugar Man' gets Oscar nod

Sixto Rodriguez playing a concert in 2009. Facebook

In early the 1970s, music producers thought they had the next Bob Dylan on their hands.

The Detroit-based musician Sixto Rodriguez was that good, they thought.

They put out two albums, but they didn't sell, so Rodriguez carried on with his life working construction in Detroit.

What happened after is the subject of the documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which was given an Oscar nomination today for best documentary.

Here's a trailer:

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Arts & Culture
9:58 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Funeral for 1st black auxiliary bishop in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) - Cardinal Adam Maida and Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron joined hundreds of mourners at the funeral Mass for retired auxiliary Bishop Moses B. Anderson, the first black bishop to serve in the post.

The 84-year-old died last Tuesday of cardiac arrest. His funeral was Monday at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.

The Detroit Free Press reports that Anderson was eulogized as someone who overcame the dual prejudices of race and religion in his southern birthplace.

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Arts & Culture
3:58 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

Arab museum holds 8th annual film fest

Image from the Palestinian film, Habibi Rasak Kharban (Darling, Something’s Wrong with Your Head)

An annual festival of movies from the Middle East is screening films rarely seen in the United States.

The Arab American National Museum in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn is hosting the 2013 festival that runs from Jan 24-26.

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Arts & Culture
12:39 pm
Sun January 6, 2013

That's What They Say: Dialect Society chooses its words of the year

For this week’s edition of “That’s What They Say,” University of Michigan Professor Anne Curzan spoke with us from Boston, where she was attending the American Dialect Society’s annual meeting, whose 200 members voted on their “Word of the Year.”

Rina Miller:         So the winner is?

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Arts & Culture
8:20 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Detroit retired Bishop Moses Anderson dead at 84

Retired auxiliary Bishop Moses B. Anderson
Archdiocese of Detroit

DETROIT (AP) - Retired auxiliary Bishop Moses B. Anderson has died. The first black bishop to serve in the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit was 84.

The archdiocese says Anderson died Tuesday of cardiac arrest.

Anderson was born in Selma, Ala., and attended Edmundite College of St. Michael's in Winooski, Vt., and St. Edmund Seminary in Burlington, Vt. He was ordained a priest in 1958.

In 1983, Detroit Cardinal Edmund Szoka ordained Anderson an auxiliary bishop.

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Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Stateside: Choreographer Adesola Akinleye on vogue dancing in the LGBTQ community

Adesola Akinleye

Adesola Akinleye speaks with Kyle Norris about why she wanted to teach dance classes at the Ruth Ellis Center

Among the many voices at the Ruth Ellis Center is Adesola Akinleye, a professional dancer and choreographer. She contacted the center  to be of service to the LGBTQ young adults who come there.

She teaches them ballet.

But the youth have also been teaching her about the world of vogue dancing.

Listen to Michigan Radio’s Kyle Norris audio postcard above.

There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty"

Arts & Culture
12:41 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Granholm set to leave job as cable talk show host

Current TV

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm will soon be leaving her position as host of Current TV’s “The War Room.”

Her announcement came Wednesday after news that Current was being sold to Al Jazeera, the Qatar-based news network. Al Jazeera hopes the reported $500 million acquisition will increase the media company’s profile in the United States.

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Arts & Culture
11:55 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Oakland County's developmentally disabled adults celebrate the new year early

The "Almost New Year's" dance
Sandy Dorey Oakland County Parks

The new year will come early for some people in Southeast Michigan. Tonight, Oakland County Parks and Recreation will host its annual "Almost New Year's" party.

The two-hour dance is specially created for the county's developmentally disabled adults. The party not only occurs before the year change, but the year-end countdown happens at 8:30 p.m. instead of midnight.

Sandy Dorey created the event. She says older parents and caregivers often don't want to stay out late on New Year's. She says it's also difficult to make reservations for Dec. 31.

"We just thought, 'It's a celebration.' We'd have the hats and everything else, so we just kick it off a few days early," she said.

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