On Thursday, August 16 we lost the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. But for countless Elvis fans, last Thursday was already a date marked by tragedy. On that day in 1977, the world learned that Elvis Presley had passed away. Dr. Howard Markel is a University of Michigan medical historian and PBS contributor. He joined Stateside’s Cynthia Canty to discuss what exactly caused Elvis’ death.
Michigan has gotten plenty of mileage out of Tim Allen's voice spreading the word about Pure Michigan as a travel destination. Now, the talents of a Detroit artist will lure Chicagoans to come visit Michigan's big cities.
Garnishing a dish with sprigs of fresh parsley, lemon slices and vegetables sliced up to look like flowers can be a lovely way to spruce up a meal. But do you know what's not lovely at all? Having your wages garnished. A listener named Bryan asks, "Why is it that when you 'garnish' a plate of food, you add something to it, but when you garnish someone's wages you take something away?"
It’s a two for one as we visit Gemini Handmade in downtown Grand Rapids as part of our Artisans of Michigan series. The boutique-studio-workshop is home to two businesses. Jacob Vroon’s company is Harbinger Leather Design . Elyse Welcher owns Littlewings Designs . The two artisans are married.
Today on Stateside , many were surprised when Aretha Franklin took over for Luciano Pavarotti at the 1998 Grammys — but not her Detroit opera teacher Mary Callaghan Lynch. Plus, a conversation with one of the scientists helping NASA launch a mission to "touch the sun." To hear individual conversations, click here or see below:
The world lost the “Queen of Soul” this morning. Aretha Franklin, 76, passed away from pancreatic cancer at her home in Detroit. Franklin's voice helped create hits like “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “I Say a Little Prayer.” She was the first woman ever inducted into the national Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. While she is most well-known for her gospel and soul recordings, Franklin’s voice and talent also extended to opera.
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.
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?
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...
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?
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.
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 .
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...