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Theater Talk: Once, Wicked, and other well-known productions close out summer season

8/14/2018
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It’s time for another edition of Theater Talk with David Kiley , editor-in-chief of Encore Michigan . Kiley joined Stateside to preview and review plays opening around Michigan this month. Kiley says the end of summer always seems to go too fast. Soon kids will be heading back to school, and families will be packing away their beach chairs. "But the rest of August as far as theater goes is really strong and interesting for both adults and the kids," said Kiley.

Duration:00:08:33

Campfire Stories: “Counting coup” and a warrior’s unbreakable pride

8/14/2018
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Many cultures use storytelling as a way to pass down their history and heritage. Native American cultures are known for their rich oral traditions. So here's one to consider. Have you heard of the term counting coup?

Duration:00:03:47

Marshall Mandolin Summit is a “homecoming” for Michigan-born instrument

8/13/2018
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When you think of a mandolin, you may think of Europe during the Renaissance or bluegrass music from the South. But it turns out the mandolin actually has roots right here in Michigan. This past weekend, mandolin enthusiasts descended on Marshall, Michigan for the Marshall Mandolin Summit . Visitors spent the weekend sharing their love for the instrument and learning under world-renowned mandolin players like Don Julin, author of Mandolin for Dummies , and Mike Marshall (no relation to the...

Duration:00:05:41

How clean is a whistle, really?

8/12/2018
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Coaches, referees and gym teachers are probably better authorities then we are, but we've got a feeling that whistles probably aren't very clean. Think about it. It's a small, tight device that you force your hot, moist breath through to produce a sound. That doesn't sound like the foundation for a sterile environment, does it?

Duration:00:04:11

“I was tired of being afraid of people like this,” says filmmaker behind neo-Nazi documentary

8/10/2018
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One year after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, another white nationalist rally will be held this weekend in Washington D.C. Filmmaker Deeyah Khan was at the Charlottesville rally and walked with the white nationalists. She was embedded with the National Socialist Movement – neo-Nazis – while filming portions of her documentary, White Right: Meeting the Enemy , which is now available on Netflix.

Duration:00:08:46

Detroit architect Albert Kahn helped pave the way for Soviet victory in WWII

8/10/2018
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The Detroit skyline and the University of Michigan would not be the same if it weren’t for the work of one of Detroit’s most famous architects, Albert Kahn. Kahn also played a large role in the development of the Soviet Union in the early twentieth century. Michael Hodges , a fine arts writer for the Detroit News , joined Stateside to discuss his new book, Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit .

Duration:00:08:56

How family tragedy, Iranian heritage influenced the work of National Student Poet

8/10/2018
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At the Library of Congress later this month, five teenagers from across the country will be honored as National Student Poets . Among those five is Darius Atefat-Peckham , a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy .

Duration:00:09:01

New artistic director at Grand Rapids Ballet wants to spotlight city’s “world class” company

8/9/2018
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James Sofranko has spent decades dancing on stages from Florida to New York to San Francisco. After growing up in Cincinnati, he went on to study at Juliard. He's trained with dance legends, some of them students of the iconic dancer and coreographer Martha Graham. Now, after 18 years with the San Francisco Ballet, James is returning to the Midwest. He officially began his position as artistic director with the Grand Rapids Ballet on July 1.

Duration:00:09:56

New app lets players dodge potholes, deer, and construction on their way up North

8/8/2018
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Some video games take you to outer space. Others take you back in time. Now there's an app that keeps you right here in Michigan, doing something we all know all too well: getting ourselves up North while avoiding a seemingly infinite number of potholes.

Duration:00:06:27

Detroit pop-up restaurant creates Filipino cuisine with a farm-to-table twist

8/8/2018
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From Yemeni lamb to Polish perogies, metro Detroit is home to a rich variety of international cuisines. But there's one cuisine that's a little harder to find here in Michigan: Filipino food.

Duration:00:07:24

West Michigan Mixtape: Jake Allen, Brotha James, Joshua Davis

8/7/2018
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This month’s check-in with Local Spins editor and publisher, John Sinkevics , takes a look at musicians plying their trade in the northern climes of the Lower Peninsula. Sinkevics joined Stateside to highlight new work by Jake Allen, Brotha James, and Joshua Davis.

Duration:00:09:21

Campfire Stories: Two teenagers, a fatal car accident, and a "bloody" return

8/6/2018
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Stateside returns with another campfire story told by Jenifer Strauss , a professional storyteller based in Traverse City. Jen spent her summers attend Tamarack Camps , a Jewish summer camp run by the Fresh Air Society in Bloomfield Hills. It was during these adolescent years when she first heard the urban legend, “Bloody Mary.” While there are several stories surrounding this centuries-old folktale, Jen shares a modern version centered around a teenage couple involved in a fatal car...

Duration:00:03:34

Don't proceed until you've nailed the difference between "proceed" and "precede"

8/5/2018
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Some things in English seem intuitive. Take the verbs "proceed" and "precede," for example. They sound so similar, they must be etymologically related, right? A listener name Ron says he was helping his fifth grader study for a spelling test when they came across "precede" and "proceed." "He struggled with why two nearly identical words are spelled so differently," Ron says. "I thought I could provide him with a simple explanation of their origin -- I cannot." Don't worry Ron. That's why...

Duration:00:04:25

UP festival celebrates the history of Michigan’s iron industry

8/3/2018
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This weekend, the town of Negaunee in Michigan's Upper Peninsula will be filled with the sound of wheezing bellows and ringing hammers hitting anvils. The Michigan Iron Industry Museum is holding its Artisans at the Forge festival, which includes blacksmiths and other craftspeople.

Duration:00:03:57

Quilts tell stories of migrants’ deaths along US-Mexico border in traveling exhibit

8/3/2018
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An Arizona quiltmaker is exploring one of the most contentious issues in the U.S. today: immigration. Her traveling exhibition, “Beyond the Border Wall: The Migrant Quilt Project,” will open next week in Grand Haven’s Loutit District Library. Jody Ipsen , founder of the Migrant Quilt Project , joined Stateside to discuss how the art of quiltmaking can bring awareness to the Mexican and Central American migrants who have died in the Tucson Sector (the border region between New Mexico and...

Duration:00:07:39

Cheers! A Viking drink in Mexican cocktail

8/3/2018
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Cheers! We've got a honey of a Michigan cocktail for you. The website for Bløm Meadworks suggests, “…if the word ‘mead’ automatically conjures a drinking hall filled with Vikings for you, think of ours as its friendly, approachable descendants, without the pillage and plunder.” Cute. But we’re taking the Vikings to Mexico.

Duration:00:04:31

Traverse City Film Fest ranges from “magical” to “Breaking Bad meets Scarface”

8/2/2018
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The motto of the Traverse City Film Festival gets right to the point: "One Great Movie Can Change You." The 14th annual festival is underway now and runs through Sunday, August 5. Meg Weichman , creative director of the Traverse City Film Festival, joined Stateside to tell us a little bit about the most exciting films in this year's lineup.

Duration:00:06:04

The racy past of "lollygag"

7/29/2018
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Lollygagging, screwing around, goofing off – whatever you call it, we can all agree there a lot of ways to talk about wasting time in English. Kalen, who previously asked us about "druthers," says "I tell my kids all the time to not lollygag, doodle or dilly dally. They are fun words, to be sure, but where do they come from?" They are most definitely fun words. But watch out for "lollygag." It seems innocent at first, but then things get kind of racy.

Duration:00:04:09

Stateside 7.26.2018

7/26/2018
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Today on Stateside , nearly all the migrant children separated from their parents at the southern border and brought to Michigan have been reunited with their families. Plus, a festival in Michigan's Thumb that celebrates America's most beloved lunchmeat. To listen to individual interviews, click here or see below:

Duration:00:50:01

Michigan singer explores Beaver Island’s Irish roots on new album

7/26/2018
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W ith plaintive, lovely songs, Katie Else brings us the shared history between Ireland and Michigan's Beaver Island . T he song "When First I Went To Sea" is on Katie's new album called Songs from across the Lake and Sea . I t's mainly traditional songs from Ireland and Scotland — and Michigan . This version was recorded at Michigan Radio's studios. Else joined Stateside to talk about her new album, what drew her to Irish music, and the deep connections between Ireland and Beaver Island....

Duration:00:10:29