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In 1910, Michigan governor faced pressure to censor “match of the century” for fear of race riots

8/15/2018
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Nowadays , watching sports highlights is as easy as looking at your phone. But a century ago, not so much. In fact, more than 100 years ago, groups were urging the Governor of Michigan to suppress the showing of a film that recorded one of the biggest sporting events of the age.

Duration:00:08:13

Shifting technology, odd hours, sacrifice: what it takes to be a millwright

8/14/2018
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Taking that first step down a career path can be daunting. It's like stepping into a world completely unknown. On the flip side, if you’ve been walking that road a long time, chances are you’ve learned a thing or two. Kyle Peplinski is a 29-year-old first-year millwright apprentice. Bryce Cobb is a 32-year veteran millwright from Local 1102. They sat down for Stateside's Work in Progress series about what it's like to be at opposite ends of the same career path.

Duration:00:09:58

The “holy grail” of Great Lakes shipwrecks disappeared 339 years ago this week

8/8/2018
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Today, we’re taking you way back to the summer of 1679. It was on this Friday, 339 years ago, that the French ship Le Griffon appeared on the Detroit River. It was the first large scale, European style sailing ship to reach the shores of what would eventually become Michigan.

Duration:00:10:31

Dear Black Women offers a space for "reflection and affirmation"

8/6/2018
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Being a black woman in America is equivalent to feeling like a “double, triple, quadruple minority,” says Florence Noel . She argues that this is not only reflected in national statistics, but also in their everyday experiences.

Duration:00:08:21

Campfire Stories: a Potawatomi tale of a boy, a snake, and a choice

8/1/2018
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Each year, Native American kids can enjoy a cultural summer camp experience at the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi's Rodgers Lake campus. Many of the camp activities are built around cultural teachings, and a big part of that is telling stories passed down through generations. Colin Wesaw is a tribal elder and leader in the Pokagon Band community. He often tells stories at Camp Kë Gbéshmen in Dowagiac. The 63-year-old started telling stories when he was just 18. He joined Stateside to talk...

Duration:00:05:15

The unsolved 1930 murder of a Detroit radio crusader

7/25/2018
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Like something out of a gangster movie, radio personality Jerry Buckley was gunned down in the La Salle Hotel in Detroit 88 years ago this week. Buckley’s killer was never found, and the mystery of his death involves mobsters, a city mired in violence, and a corrupt mayor who was recalled, in part, because Buckley protested his election on the radio.

Duration:00:09:03

Racial discrimination, segregation provided “tinder” for 1967 Grand Rapids uprising

7/23/2018
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Today marks the 51st anniversary of the 1967 uprising in Detroit. What some call a rebellion, some a riot, left 43 people dead and thousands of buildings in the city destroyed. Michigan Radio did a deep dive into the history and legacy of that event last year. This year, we’re focusing on a smaller uprising that started just two days later, on July 25th, 1967, in Grand Rapids. Matthew Daley , Associate Professor of History at Grand Valley State University, joined S tateside to talk about...

Duration:00:10:49

Campfire Stories: The friendly camp ghosts of Interlochen Center for the Arts

7/23/2018
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There are some classic campfire stories we hear again and again, like Bloody Mary or the hitchhiker. Then there are stories unique to the place they are told. Stories where the long-last camper or escaped madman is roaming around your lake, or where the ghost mentioned may be in your cabin. That’s the kind of story J. Berry, manager for instrument services at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, tells us.

Duration:00:03:56

No driving, liquor, or films: Michigan "blue laws" prevented secular activity on Sundays

7/11/2018
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With the tap of your finger, you can access pretty much anything these days, whether you're streaming a movie or ordering a pair of shoes. But just 50 years ago, Michigan had a law banning most businesses from being open on Sunday. That law, which was upheld by the United States Supreme Court in 1962, fell into a category of “blue laws.”

Duration:00:09:03

Stop and smell the “rotting flesh” as rare corpse flower blooms in Grand Rapids

7/9/2018
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It's a momentous week at the Frederik Meijer Gardens . Its once-tiny corpse flower is now a strapping plant, reaching several feet high, and it's about to bloom for the very first time.

Duration:00:05:18

Hackers are mining for Bitcoin, and they might be using your computer

7/5/2018
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Cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin or the more than 1,500 other cryptocurrencies, are making some people rich. T hey're also opening up something new: your computer could be using its processor power, its memory, and your electricity to help make money for someone else. The process is called cryptojacking.

Duration:00:10:03

Visiting Russian journalist talks Trump-Putin, roadkill, and impressions of Michigan

6/21/2018
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Michigan Radio has been hosting a visiting journalist from Russia for the past week and a half. Ekaterina Selivanova works for the television channel, Dozhd , in Moscow. While in Ann Arbor, Selivanova hit the streets to ask Americans about U.S.-Russia relations. She also offers her own reflections on the two countries' relationship.

Duration:00:12:37

Sticky buns meet Great Depression farming at Grayling festival

6/21/2018
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Summertime in Michigan bring an endless variety of festivals to explore. Some, like the National Asparagus Festival in Oceana County, are pretty self-explanatory. Others, however, are a little more quirky. Take Sticky Buns Days , for example, which is happening this weekend in Grayling at Wellington Farm, USA .

Duration:00:05:27

“Father of the typewriter” was a Michigander who forever changed the way we communicate

6/20/2018
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You probably know the basics of how a typewriter works – even if you have never used one. What you may not have known, however, is that the “father of the typewriter” was William Austin Burt, from Macomb County. As it happens, this Saturday is National Typewriter Day. Stateside invited Mark Harvey , state archivist with the Michigan History Center , to talk about what led to the birth of the typewriter.

Duration:00:08:28

Writer to retrace 19th century explorer's route on Great Lakes canoe trip

6/19/2018
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Plenty of us will be enjoying the water and exploring the outdoors in Michigan this summer. But writer, broadcaster, and attorney Steve Lehto is taking these sorts of adventures to a new level. This July, Lehto will be taking a 1,200-mile motorized canoe trip from Duluth to Detroit via Sault Ste. Marie. He is retracing the path of famous Michigan explorer Douglass Houghton in the 1830s and 1840s.

Duration:00:08:02

In “Sh*tshow,” Detroit gonzo journalist Charlie LeDuff tackles race, politics, and media

6/14/2018
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Charlie LeDuff has been busy. Over the last few years, he’s hung out at the Mexican border waiting for undocumented immigrants to be ferried across the Rio Grande on a jet ski. He's chatted up conspiracy theorists at the Cliven Bundy standoff with the federal government, and he's tried not to get hit by rubber bullets or worse in Ferguson, Missouri.

Duration:00:18:05

Hackers are mining for Bitcoin, and they might be using your computer

5/23/2018
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Cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin or the more than 1500 other cryptocurrencies, are making some people rich. T hey're also opening up something new: your computer could be using its processor power, its memory, and your electricity to help make money for someone else. The process is called cryptojacking.

Duration:00:10:03

With scholarships on the line, high schools are embracing competitive video gaming

5/17/2018
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The world of video games is meeting the world of school athletics. This weekend brings the final round of a three-month online gaming competition among 32 Michigan high schools.

Duration:00:10:31

How Michigan became the first English-speaking government to abolish the death penalty

5/16/2018
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This Friday marks the 172nd anniversary of a uniquely Michigan milestone. On May 18, 1846, Michigan became the first English-speaking government in the world to vote and pass a measure to abolish the death penalty. Mark Harvey , State Archivist with the Michigan History Center , joined Stateside to talk about Michigan’s progressive past. Judge Avern Cohn , the Senior United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, also joined the...

Duration:00:11:55

Meet the impersonator from Warren with Frank Sinatra’s stamp of approval

5/14/2018
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Today is the 20th anniversary of Frank Sinatra's death, but he lives on in Bob Anderson ​. Anderson has been a fixture in Vegas and on stages all around the country with his show, "Frank. The Man. The Music."

Duration:00:12:38