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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

How Michigan tourism campaigns evolved over the last century

5/9/2018
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If you recognize the lyric, "Yes Michigan! The feeling’s forever," you’re probably not alone (and no longer in your 20s). The words stem from the “Yes Michigan” tourism ad campaign from the 1980s.

Duration:00:09:00

How one journalist changed the way America treated people with mental illness

5/7/2018
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This past Saturday was the 154th birthday of Nellie Bly, one of the first (if not the first) American investigative journalists. Her willingness to be checked into the New York City Women's Insane Asylum helped change the way America treated people who were mentally ill.

Duration:00:08:06

Michigan said no to booze 100 years ago this week

5/2/2018
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Last week, t he Board of State Canvassers approved a ballot petition that might end the prohibition of recreational marijuana in Michigan Meanwhile, this week marked the 100th anniversary of another important social experiment: Prohibition.

Duration:00:09:49

In a world of Skype and FaceTime, a Kettering freshman is bringing back ham radio club

5/2/2018
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She may be busy with her double major in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Physics, b ut Kettering University student Ruth Willet always finds time for her passion: amateur radio – also known as "ham radio."

Duration:00:08:20

How Dr. Beaumont went from a “backwoods doctor” to a renowned name in Michigan medicine

4/25/2018
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With eight hospitals and a medical school named in his honor , many Southeastern Michiganders are familiar with the name William Beaumont. But just what did the doctor do to acquire such acclaim in the world of medicine?

Duration:00:10:11

Sixty-four years before Jackie Robinson, a UM athlete broke baseball’s color barrier

4/11/2018
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The baseball season is once again upon us. The national pastime carries an overwhelming sense of history and tradition that continues to make the game fascinating to watch — even if your favorite team is struggling . However, a less romantic part of baseball’s history is its long policy of excluding minorities. That lasted until Jackie Robinson famously broke the Major League color barrier in 1947 playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Or did he? Mark Harvey , a s tate a rchivist with the...

Duration:00:10:47

Without plows, we’d have snow way to get around. So what did we do before them?

4/4/2018
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This winter driving season has created many white-knuckled moments throughout our state. If you find yourself thinking, “T here’s got to be a better way to get around in the snow, ” then you wouldn’t be the first.

Duration:00:07:20

Is Michigan the buckle of the euchre belt?

3/21/2018
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Get a group of Michiganders together, add a deck of cards, and chances are pretty good you'll wind up with a game of euchre. It was once dubbed "the queen of all card-games" and was wildly popular in the late 1800s. But its popularity waned through the 20th century. That is, except in Michigan and a handful of Midwestern states, nicknamed the “Euchre Belt.”

Duration:00:08:56

Positively nutty: The peculiar history of Michigan’s squirrels

3/14/2018
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Leaping from branch to branch, bearing nuts and acorns, teasing backyard dogs by staying just out of reach; let’s face it — squirrels are so common in Michigan that it’s easy for us to take their presence for granted. But, just as Holden Caufield worried about where the ducks go in winter, we got to wondering: where do squirrels go? Do they cluster up in hibernation holes? Or perhaps join Michigan snowbirds and head south to warmer locales?

Duration:00:06:54

WWI’s “Hello Girls” were the lean, mean, switchboard-operating machines the frontline needed

3/7/2018
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A century ago, as the US was deep into fighting WWI, General "Black Jack" Pershing issued an urgent call to American women to volunteer for a new unit with the US Army Signal Corps. More than 200 women from across the nation responded, including women from Michigan. They became known as "The Hello Girls."

Duration:00:08:00

Forty-five years ago this small Michigan town had a pizza funeral

2/28/2018
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Michigan is known as an automotive capital, but with Little Caesars , Domino's , Hungry Howie's , and Jet’s headquartered here, Michigan can make a good case that our state is also a pizza capital. As far as we know, Michigan is the only state to have had a pizza funeral.

Duration:00:06:42

Despite making football games, a fatherless father says he wasn’t present for his son

2/28/2018
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Cole Williams is the founder of The Son to a Father Project and The Son to a Father Parenting Skills Training Program — a series of workshops that explore the journey of fatherhood. He is also a motivational speaker, parent, mentor and community leader in Grand Rapids.

Duration:00:10:07

A Minute with Mike: Candidates, change your name for the win

2/23/2018
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Perhaps it’s already spread to your corner of Michigan: those aggravating, irritating, nauseating and much repeated political advertisements. Yup, yet another election year. And with five people on the U.S. Supreme Court declaring a stack of cold, hard cash is not money but free speech, we Michiganeers are about to get an ear and eye-full for the duration of 2018. Now, as much as we might collectively hate political ads, commercial television and radio stations and websites love it. It’s...

Duration:00:02:25

Before he was Malcolm X, Malcolm Little was just another Lansing kid

2/21/2018
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A lot of Michigan residents might know that Malcolm X grew up in this state, but beyond that , the facts might get a little fuzzy. Michigan History Center’s Rachel Clark joined Stateside to bring some clarity to that history.

Duration:00:07:12

Did snowboarding begin in a Muskegon garage?

2/8/2018
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The opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics happens Friday in PyeongChang. Right out of the gate, the snowboarding competition begins on Saturday.

Duration:00:03:31

Museum intrigue nearly sent original Wright brothers plane to Michigan

1/31/2018
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If you've ever visited Greenfield Village in Dearborn , you have walked right past the home and bicycle shop of Orville and Wilbur Wright. Of course, the Wright brothers are universally recognized as the inventors of the airplane, but did you know it took decades for that fact to be recognized by our own government?

Duration:00:06:34

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