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Literacy and civic participation

For Front and Center, Michigan Radio’s Jenn White hosted a one-hour show on June 13 exploring the ways in which low-literacy can affect an American’s civic participation.

Duration: 00:54:42

Getting a 'Jumpstart' on literacy

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon around 3 p.m., a group of Northwestern University students in red Jumpstart T-shirts trickle into the Howard Area Community Center.Once inside, the Jumpstart members follow a carefully crafted pre-school

Duration: 00:01:59

The cost of literacy: Overcoming learning disabilities

Like one in five students, 9-year-old Jacob Forst has language-based learning disabilities that affects his reading and writing abilities. A school like The Hyde Park Day School sounded just right for Jacob. But first he had to get in.

Duration: 00:07:40

Rustbelt city wants immigrants, skilled or not

To create businesses and jobs, some cities in the Midwest are trying to lure immigrants. Dayton, Ohio, stands out for welcoming newcomers without wealth or trainingeven those who lack papers to be in the United States. For Front and Center, Chip Mitchell reports.

Duration: 00:08:13

Community college partners with private business to fill jobs

As the Great Lakes region continues to face high rates of unemployment, many manufacturing workers find themselves laid off and lacking credentials to find new work. State-funded agencies are teaming up with community colleges and private businesses to help get workers back into jobs.

Duration: 00:06:33

Leaky underground pipes lead to jobs

As part of our coverage of the Great Lakes region’s workforce, we have a story about a job related to water conservation--that may soon be in high demand.

Duration: 00:04:24

Company doubling jobs with defense contract

A ship builder in northeastern Wisconsin was recently awarded a defense contract to build ships for the U.S. Navy, and locals are hoping it sparks an industry revival. But the cloud of military spending cuts looms large. Patty Murray reports for Front and Center.

Duration: 00:06:57

Resource wars: mining vs. the environment

All week we’ve been talking about how the Great Lakes region can capitalize on its pristine environment. But across the Upper Midwest, mining companies are prospecting for iron, copper, nickel and rare earth metals. This new mining boom promises to jump-start stalled local economies.

Duration: 00:06:50

Bears reclaim land near shrinking towns, hunting economy grows

With the demise of forestry, shipping and agriculture along the southern shore of Lake Superior over the past century, a once booming region is in decline. As the people have moved out, the biggest carnivore west of the Rockies, the American black bear, has moved back in.

Duration: 00:08:52

Niagara Falls draws Indian tourists and businesses

Niagara Falls, like most Rust Belt cities, has fallen on hard times. Even its tourist attraction, which once made it America’s honeymoon capital, has not saved it from economic woes. But there seems to be hope in Niagara Falls, thanks to a rising current of East Indian tourists.

Duration: 00:04:01

Food tourism sparks regional businesses

Until recently nobody expected farms to create a lot of new jobs. But nationwide, the food business is experiencing a renaissance. And in some parts of the Great Lakes, where tourists like to visit, food is becoming a main attraction.

Duration: 00:07:37