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Cheers! Turning beer into whiskey

Distillers in Beer City, USA are turning beer into whiskey. Long Road Distillers in Grand Rapids has been working with (so far) four local breweries to produce some distinctive whiskeys. Look for more in the series in 2018. The Cheers! team of Tammy Coxen of Tammy's Tastings and Lester Graham of Stateside had to check that out. Long Road has a bar and restaurant on the first floor of the distillery as well as the distilling operation. A second floor bar was not open that day and that’s where...

Duration: 00:05:17

Diver shares what it’s like to photograph Great Lakes shipwrecks

Standing on the shores of the Great Lakes on a sunny late-summer day, it’s virtually impossible to think of those sparkling waves as a death trap. But divers have seen what those angry lakes can do to a ship. Becky Kagan Schott, noted underwater photographer, joined Stateside to discuss what it’s like to document these untouched wrecks.

Duration: 00:07:52

Mixtape: The music and politics of Eminem, Kid Rock, and Insane Clown Posse

This past Sunday, Detroit Free Press music critic Brian McCollum looked at three white rap artists. They all launched their careers in Southeast Michigan in the 1990s. Since then, they've built national and international fan bases. They're also on deeply divided sides of the political spectrum. We're talking about Eminem , Kid Rock , and ICP – Insane Clown Posse .

Duration: 00:11:34

Through real-world stories, writer details poetry’s ability to “breed confidence” in kids

"Poetry is good food." That's the lesson award-winning writer Peter Markus has been teaching to kids in Detroit for years. He taught creative writing in the Detroit Public Schools and he is the senior writer with the InsideOut Literary Arts Project , which places writers in public schools to hold creative writing workshops.

Duration: 00:09:52

Stateside 9.18.2017

Today on Stateside , U.S. Rep. Sander Levin says the White House is gutting funding for programs that help people sign up for health care. And Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon explains why the red zone was kryptonite for the Wolverine offense this weekend.

Duration: 00:47:07

Ken Burns’ new Vietnam War documentary series to shed light on today’s “disunity”

The Vietnam War spanned more than a decade, from the arrival of U.S. support troops in 1961 to the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975. It’s a conflict that remains one of the most painful chapters in United States history. Now, acclaimed documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and his co-director Lynn Novick look back on this period in a ten-part documentary series The Vietnam War .

Duration: 00:10:21

Let's talk about shall, shall we?

There’s a rule that makes a clear distinction between “I shall” and “I will.” However, we as speakers don’t seem to respect that line. Do you know where that line is? Actually, here’s a better question: Did you know this rule existed? We found out from a fourth grader.

Duration: 00:04:18

Artisans of Michigan: Tin Angry Men

Cre Fuller was already at work in the garage behind his Ypsilanti house when I arrived. I had seen photos of his work online, but I was not quite ready for the display set up in the garage. It’s great eye candy. "I make robot-inspired sculptures. You know, I try to make them look like vintage robots from the future," Fuller said, glancing around at probably 40 of his creations in the workspace. He says he usually has a few more than that on hand.

Duration: 00:04:50

Stateside 9.13.2017

What happens if a mysterious company becomes the Monsanto of marijuana? That answer comes today on Stateside . And, we hear former Governor James Blanchard explain why he supports Gretchen Whitmer for governor.

Duration: 00:49:55

National Theatre of Ghana to perform Tennessee Williams across Southeast Michigan

The magic of theater is coming to Michigan in a new, unique form. Starting today through Sunday, the University of Michigan Center for World Performance Studies hosts the National Theatre of Ghana . The centerpiece of this residency is a series of open-air performances of the Tennessee Williams one-act play 10 Blocks on the Camino Real. Written in 1948, it’s the story of an American sailor struggling to survive in a poor foreign town.

Duration: 00:08:46

Stateside 9.12.2017

Today on Stateside , we hear state House Speaker Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, break down the House of Representatives' legislative priorities for this session. And, we learn why Howell is considered the KKK capital of Michigan.

Duration: 00:48:45

Why is Howell considered the KKK capital of Michigan?

The scenes of white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, including the Ku Klux Klan, led many to think about these groups in our state. Michigan Radio listener Zachary Jones from Ypsilanti was ahead of the game. He submitted the following question to our MI Curious team back in June: Why is Livingston County considered the KKK capital of Michigan?

Duration: 00:09:56

Theater Talk: An exotic dancer’s death, a modern French farce, and a one-man show about suicide

Theater around Michigan this week ranges from a modern French farce to a show about an exotic dancer’s death in Detroit. To talk about those shows and everything in between, David Kiley of Encore Michigan joined Stateside for today’s rendition of " Theater Talk ."

Duration: 00:08:09

Stateside 9.11.2017

Today on Stateside , we revisit the day Muhammad Ali went to Ground Zero. And, we learn why one researcher think's Amazon's second headquarters competition is a "red herring."

Duration: 00:47:57

Is your cohort a group effort or a one-person show?

The time has come again for University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan to offer her opinion on another round of language disputes. Every September the editors of the American Heritage Dictionary send a ballot to panel members, asking about usage issues. Curzan and around 200 others are tasked with voting "yea" or "nay" on the way we've been using words like "cohort" and "hoi polloi."

Duration: 00:04:34

Cheers! Mad scientist at Grand Rapids speakeasy SideBar

It’s hard to find. The address is 80 Ottawa Avenue NW in Grand Rapids. But unless someone has told you about it, you probably would never realize that once you take those concrete steps down from the sidewalk, enter a door into an entryway, turn your back to the pizza place, and enter yet another door, you’ve arrived. This is SideBar . It’s a tiny 18 seat bar where people who love craft cocktails gather.

Duration: 00:02:07

Stateside 9.7.2017

Today on Stateside , we hear about a bitter brotherly feud, and how Kellogg's Corn Flakes reimagined American breakfast. And, we learn about Detroit's "Femology," a collaborative space tailored to businesswomen.

Duration: 00:48:59

A bitter brotherly feud, and how Kellogg's Corn Flakes reimagined American breakfast

A chirpy, cheery jingle from the 1960s was part of a massive advertising effort that helped Kellogg’s Corn Flakes become amazingly popular. “ Kellogg’s best to you ” meant breakfast to countless families across America. Open that box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes, or Rice Krispies, pour on the milk — and you've got breakfast.

Duration: 00:18:05

Stateside 9.6.2017

As state lawmakers get back to work, we learn why auto insurance and pension reform top the Lansing agenda on today's Stateside . Also, an emphasis on STEM and skilled trades is all the rage these days--but what about the value of a liberal arts education?

Duration: 00:48:39

West Michigan ten-year-old publishes four books, hopes to inspire other kids

It’s never too early to begin following your passion. That’s true for ten-year-old Oummu Kabba of Kentwood, one of Michigan’s youngest published authors. Schuler Books of Grand Rapids has published four of her books already.

Duration: 00:08:31

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