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Assorted stories from Michigan Radio.

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Assorted stories from Michigan Radio.




Mob murder and capital corruption: The cold case of a state senator's 1945 assassination

It's Wednesday, so it's time to talk Michigan History. This week, we observe the anniversary of the 1945 assassination of State Senator Warren G. Hooper. Mark Harvey , state archivist, along with Scott Burnstein , Detroit mafia historian and author, and Rick Pluta , Michigan Radio's Capitol bureau chief, joined Stateside to help tell the story.

Duration: 00:17:03

A psychologist explains why we’re so easily fooled by fake stories online

How do we sort out fact from fiction on social media? Do we really want to? It seems that people are quickly and happily sharing things online that are pure fiction without question and without a critical thought.

Duration: 00:14:46

Stateside 12.21.2017

Today on Stateside , Michigan Radio's sports commentator explains why Detroit was your city in 2017 if you like mediocrity in sports. And, a father says former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar assaulted his teenage daughter while under criminal investigation.

Duration: 00:49:45

The “Harvard of Santa Schools” can be found in Midland, Michigan

“He errs who thinks Santa enters through the chimney. Santa enters through the heart.” So said the founder of the Charles W. Howard Santa School in Midland, Michigan. Yes, you read that right. There is such a thing as Santa school, and the one in Michigan is the longest-running in the country. With students coming from as far as Australia and Denmark, it’s known as the “Harvard of Santa Schools.”

Duration: 00:08:47

Mix Star Wars with martial arts, and what do you get? Lightsaber sparring.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi opened with the bang of a thermal detonator this weekend, becoming the second-highest grossing opening weekend for a film ever in North America. But your local theater isn't the only place where aspiring Jedi knights can be found learning to wield a lightsaber. Chad Eisner co-founded a group called Terra Prime Light Armory in 2012. The group promotes traditional martial arts and weapon arts by sparring with lightsabers.

Duration: 00:05:22

Silverdome failure creates lots of digital lolz

As you’re probably aware, it’s been quite a hectic news week here in Michigan. But of all the stories bouncing around the media echo chamber, without a doubt, my favorite Michigan-centric of the week has been the failed implosion of the much maligned and neglected Pontiac Silverdome.

Duration: 00:01:49

A Minute with Mike: What's in a name?

The debate over what we, as residents of Michigan, are officially called may soon be over. Headed to Governor Snyder's desk is a package of recently passed bills that modernize the 1913 statue that created the Michigan Historical Commission. In these bills, the term "Michiganians" has been struck out in favor of "Michigander." That got Stateside producer Mike Blank thinking maybe it's time for a whole new word to describe us.

Duration: 00:03:24

College students clown around with anti-bullying message to kids

The Next Idea Bullying in Michigan and around the country is a serious problem – one that parents, educators and others are striving to solve. One Michigan college is offering a unique approach to this serious problem. Mott Community College’s Honors College is home to a group of students who transform themselves into clowns and reach out to school children with an anti-bullying message.

Duration: 00:07:20

Watching TV is good for you. When you’re in space, that is.

Think about those moments when it seemed pretty much the whole nation was gathered around the TV set: the moon landing. A Super Bowl. A hit TV show — these days, maybe Game of Thrones. Could it be that the time in front of the TV might be the secret weapon that helps future space travelers handle those ultra-long voyages?

Duration: 00:08:43

Boo! In Michigan, hauntings and paranormal activities abound

Everyone has their favorite local ghost stories: ghouls haunting Detroit’s Fort Wayne, a portal to hell at the old State Hospital in Traverse City, the witch’s curse on the Pere Cheney cemetery, or spirits wandering around The Whitney . No one knows Michigan’s spooky side better than Daniel Mackin . He’s the founder and lead investigator of the Michigan Area Paranormal Investigative Team.

Duration: 00:08:26

When Michigan fish traveled by train, not water

You might have heard the phrase, “A woman needs a man like a fish needs a bicycle.” But did you know that in the 1880s, leaders in Michigan decided that fish needed a train?

Duration: 00:05:59

Can you get into the Huron Mountain Club? No. Here are 13 things we learned about it.

Well... it's not an absolute "no." It's more of a "probably not," given what we've learned about the Huron Mountain Club in reporting this story. We'll get to the downright practical ways you might get into the club below. In the meantime, we'll just say it doesn't hurt your chances if you’re Channing Tatum , or related to Henry Ford (and even Ford had trouble getting in).

Duration: 00:03:59

Positively nutty: The peculiar history of Michigan’s squirrels

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

Retired FBI agent recalls crucial Ann Arbor connection that helped nab the Unabomber

The Unabomber was one of America's most notorious outlaws of the 20th Century. And he may have never been caught if it weren't for a little help from here in Michigan. Premiering this past August on the Discovery Channel, the new show "Manhunt: Unabomber" recreates the efforts by law enforcement to apprehend one of the country's most wanted men at the time. From 1978 to 1995, someone mailed or hand-delivered a series of bombs. Three people were killed and 23 others were hurt. 18 years of...

Duration: 00:14:14

The story of Company K: Native Americans from Michigan who saw tough action in the Civil War

Thousands of Michiganders fought for the Union during the American Civil War, but one group of soldiers in particular stood out: Company K of the First Michigan Sharpshooters. To tell the story of this special group, the Michigan History Center 's Steve Ostrander and Eric Hemenway , director of archives and records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians , joined host Cynthia Canty on Wednesday for Stateside 's weekly history lesson.

Duration: 00:11:15

Once a UP copper mine, this ghost town is now the Midwest’s snow capital

It’s recognized as the Snow Capital of the Midwest. That’s quite a distinction for a town that no longer exists. Rachel Clark from the Michigan History Center joined Stateside to explain how the mining town of Delaware, Michigan became a ghost town.

Duration: 00:04:35

Some moving voices from Detroit as Chaldean Christians face deportation

Today, more than 100 Iraqi Christians facing deportation from the United States could discover their fate. The Iraqis were detained for visa violations – including past criminal convictions – which had been ignored for years, after they were caught up in a crackdown ordered by the current administration. Their families say they feel betrayed by a president they'd largely supported in last year's election, and who they'd seen as a defender of Christians.

Duration: 00:06:04

How did Pere Cheney become a ghost town?

If you like bird watching, Pere Cheney is a great place to see the Kirtland Warbler. Other than that, there isn't much there. It's what you might call a ghost town. If you're wondering how that happened, you're not alone. Michigan Radio listener Olivia Cushway of Ypsilanti posed that very question to our MI Curious team.

Duration: 00:06:58

Fiat Chrysler head of design’s success started with failure in school

We all fail sometimes. No exceptions. It's often hard to admit, but failure is an essential part of the human experience. That's what Failure:Lab is all about.

Duration: 00:09:15

Michigan’s flying “birdman” one of the world’s first aerial daredevils

Eighty years ago, a few years before Bruce Wayne made his comic book debut, our nation experienced its first wave of “bat-mania.” In the 1930s, the country’s imagination was captured by winged daredevils like Michigander Clem Sohn.

Duration: 00:07:59

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