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Feature Stories Archive
Date Title Producer
1/7/98 Adopt a Sculpture Tamar Charney
Split Ring by Clement Meadmore stood over the foundation in front of Hudson's in Grand Rapids Woodland Shopping Center for more than 20 years. But now the hudge black metal ring is wainting in storage to find out who's going to adopt it.

Interviews Steve Lash, Manager of Concept Design at Michelin

1/7/98 Business of Perugino Wendy Nelson
An exhibition of works by renaissance artist Perugino (Peru-jeeno) opened in Grand Rapids to rave reviews from both the local and national media. But the spotlight's not just on the show, there's been a lot of attention given to its location. Michigan Radio's Wendy Nelson reports.

Celeste Adams - Director Grand Rapids Art Museum
Joe Becherer - Curator of Perugino
Various Grand Rapids residents

1/8/98 Tires in All Colors Tamar Charney
Tires can now be purple, green, red, you name it. And you can see some of these colorful tires at this year's North American International Auto show. Colored tires are a new idea that originally came out of the Michelin student design competition.

Steve Lash - Manager of Concept Design at Michelin

1/9/98 Tekqua Tamar Charney
One of the things that draws people to the North American International Auto Show is the way out dream cars that push the boundaries of car design. Insiders call them concept cars. But there's more to a concept car than just fun, many advances in car technology originated in these fantasy cars. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney reports that students designed one of this year's wildest concept cars.

LaShirl Alexander - Student Center for Creative Studies
Carl Olsen - Director of Automotive Design, Center for Creative Studies
Steve Lash - Manager of Concept Design at Michelin
Tony Weir - Director of Sales Carriage Carpets
Allan Brock - Design Engineer, Honda

1/21/98 Borka's Books Tamar Charney
Recently films and personal stories about the disintegration of Yugoslavia have started to emerge. These works are often resonate with people when news reports and other accounts of the war haven't. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney reports there a woman living in here in Michigan who has been telling the tales of her life in Yugoslavia through talks and books.

Borka Tomiljenovic - author and speaker

1/26/98 WQRS Rocks Jerome Vaughn
Symphonies around the country have been contending with declining ticket sales and other budgetary woes. As Jerome Vaughn reports, symphonies aren't the only organizations having a tough time selling classical music: Classical music radio has fallen on troubled times. Detroit's commercial classical station WQRS recently changed its format to alternative rock.

Dick Kernan - radio industry analyst
Ken Kiesler - Professor of conducting, University of Michigan
Mary Wischusen - Professor of music, Wayne State University
Donovan Reynolds, General Manager, Michigan Radio

1/29/98 The Seventh Dream Tamar Charney
The headlines are everywhere - stories about children and violence. A few years ago, the Flint Youth Theater group turned the violence children live with into a theatrical work called "The 7th Dream." Monologues, interpretive dance, and video montage offer true accounts of violence in young people's everyday lives. All the text in the piece was culled from writings by students in the Flint School System. ("The 7th Dream" was presented on Capitol Hill on February 4 and 6.)

Stephanie Eider - 15 year old actor
Linda Moxam - Director of Development, Flint Youth Theater
Bill Ward - Artistic Director, Flint Youth Theater

2/5/98 Gwen Frostic Gretchen Millich
91 year old Gretchen Frostic makes block prints of the natural world that surrounds her studio in Benzonia Michigan. Her prints and studio are a popular destination for visitors around Michigan. Gretchen Millich visited Frostic to talk about her life and the creative process.

Gwen Frostic - artist
Doug Stevens - gallery patron
Linda Stevens - gallery patron

2/16/98 Historic Flags Bob Whitman
Michigan's Capitol has undergone a complete restoration. The building looks almost exactly as it did when it opened in 1897. But there is one element still missing--the battle flags Michigan regiments carried with them in the Civil War. Today, the Capitol Committee and the State Historical Museum are trying to raise money to preserve the flags.

Kerry Chartoff - Capitol historian

2/18/98 Exquisite Corpse Tamar Charney
A surrealist parlor game is being played in caf5s, homes, and schools all over Ann Arbor. The local popularity of this game called Exquisite Corpse is due to an exhibit at the Ann Arbor Art Center called the Exquisite Corpse, Revealed. Michigan artists were teamed up to play Exquisite Corpse. The exhibit consists of the art work that is created by the game.

Richard Rubenfield - Professor of Art, Eastern Michigan Univseristy
Ellen Wilt - mixed media artist
Casey Malone - Manager Espresso Royal Cafe
Jim Shultz - 5th Grade Art Teacher, Ann Arbor's Mack School
Stephanie - student at Mack School

2/18/98 Art Commission Tamar Charney
The Ann Arbor City Council approved a resolution to form the Ann Arbor City Arts Commission. The new commission will act as a clearinghouse for public art projects in Ann Arbor.

Ingrid Shelton - Mayor of Ann Arbor

2/19/98 Narratives and Museums Tamar Charney
Kimberly Camp, president of the Museum of African American History in Detroit, tells the story of African American history. She's giving a talk as part of a series of lectures presented by the University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities called "Museums and Narrative." The lectures look at the narratives or stories told by museums.

Jasmine Allinder, Fellow at the Humanities Institute.

2/24/98 COSI - Ned Kahn: Weather Artist Tamar Charney
A traveling exhibit of science sculpture has made its Midwestern stop at Toledo's Center of Science and Industry, or COSI. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney caught up with the creative force behind this exhibit. He's Ned Kahn, a sculptor who uses the forces of nature as his medium.

Ned Kahn - sculptor and installation artist
Bill Booth - President of COSI Toledo
Stephanie Chion - Special Events Coordinator of COSI Toledo
Various children at exhibit

3/2/98 East Grand Rapids Movie Wendy Nelson
Go to any video store, and you'll see there's no shortage of movies about high school students and their antics. So hearing the news that a Hollywood studio is making yet another one of these films might elicit a yawn from most people, but not in East Grand Rapids. Adam Hertz is a 1991 graduate of East Grand Rapids High and his screenplay about the attempt of four high school boys to lose their virginity prior to prom has resulted in public outrage and critical editorials.

Shelia Pantlind - Assistant Principal, East Grand Rapids High School
Students at East Grand Rapids High School

3/5/98 Monet at Ann Arbor Tracey Samilton
"Monet at Vetheuil", an exhibit at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, features paintings that chronicle Monet's life during a harsh winter in Vetheuil. During that period, Monet discovered he could revisit a scene time and time again: a realization that yielded some of his most famous serial works - waterlilies, the haystacks and cathedrals. The exhibit has been a blockbuster for the U-M Art Museum.

Carol McNamara - Director of the U-M Museum of Art
Charles Stucky - Curator of Kimball Museum and Monet Scholar

3/12/98 Odawa with Teacher Kenny Pheasant Tamar Charney
Odawa is a Native American language that originated in the Great Lakes area hundreds of years ago, yet until recently the language was all but extinct. But now Odawa is experiencing something of a revival. As Roger Wight reports, Kenny Pheasant is even teaching Odawa in northern Michigan's public schools.

Kenny Pheasant - teacher of Odawa
Don Hungerford - principal Northport Elementary School
Cary LeRieox - student

3/17/98 New Teaching Strategies Tamar Charney
New technology has been changing everything from art to science. Looking at a national radio project called Education FOREcast News Service, Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney examined how teachers are being more effective thanks to technology. In Midland, Dow High School took part in a study evaluating some new anatomy teaching tools.

Lee Kosky - Biology teacher, Dow High School, Midland
Claudia Douglas - Professor of Education Technology, Central Michigan University
Dr. William Burkel - Professor of Anatomy, University of Michigan Various Students at Dow High School

3/26/98 Nuns Wendy Nelson
Music therapy isn't new. In fact, it's been used in the U.S. for at least 50 years. But the popularity of music therapy has grown significantly in recent years. As it catches on, music therapists are reaching out to new groups, and in West Michigan forging some interesting alliances. Wendy Nelson has a look at how music therapy is being used to change the lives of autistic children and juvenile delinquents.

Sister Mary Margaret - Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist
Sister Ann Frances - Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist
Phillip Morrow - Court Worker
Various children and teens at the convent

4/7/98 DSO EuroTour '98 Tamar Charney &
In April and May Detroit Symphony Orchestra heads to Detroit Metro Airport to embark on a whirlwind European concert tour. It will be the first major tour in almost a decade. Orchestra members talk about acting as ambassadors for Detroit, the rigors of touring, and the difference between European and American audiences

Stephen Molina - Assistant Principal Bass Player
Richard Fisher - violin player

4/7/98 Our Two Nutcrackers Tamar Charney
This year the Detroit Opera Theater will house a traditional performance of the Nutcracker as well as the Harlem Nutcracker. The Ann Arbor-based University Musical Society commissioned Donald Byrd to create the Harlem Nutcracker in 1996. Now with the help of the Arts League of Michigan, the University of Michigan, and the Detroit Opera House, it will play in Detroit.

Dennis Archer - Mayor of Detroit
Ken Fischer - President, University Musical Society

4/7/98 Hillary Clinton Tamar Charney
The University of Michigan's Year of Humanities and Arts (YOHA) is concluding with a speech by Hillary Clinton. The First Lady will discuss the Millennium Project and efforts to celebrate and promote this century's history and heritage.
4/9/98 Patrick "The Twig Guy" Dougherty Tamar Charney
Sculptor Patrick Dougherty travels around the country weaving sticks into large walk-through sculptures. He created one of these pieces last year for Western Michigan University. And now with the help of volunteers and interested passersby, Dougherty is building 12 of these fairy tale-like spiraling structures on the corner of the University of Michigan campus. Tamar Charney takes a look at how he builds these nest-like creations.

Patrick Dougherty - sculptor
Mary Craig - University of Michigan Arts Coordinator
Samual Rast - 7 year old volunteer
Mary O'Neil - volunteer
Hubert Rast - volunteer

4/15/98 Last True Story of the Titanic Bob Whitman
April 15th was the 86th anniversary of the night the world hasn't forgotten -- the sinking of the Titanic. What happened that night has been the subject of heavily researched articles, books and films. Yet new facets of the story keep turning up. A Michigan marine artist named Jim Clary was involved in the hunt for the liner. He's written a book called "The Last True Story of the Titanic." Bob Whitman paid him a visit to see his artwork and to talk about the Titanic.

Jim Clary - Marine artist and Titanic researcher

4/20/98 H-Net Tamar Charney
A new web site called Michigan Culture Link is a joint project by the Michigan Humanities Council, The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, Michigan State University, and H-Net: Humanities and Social Sciences On-Line. The web site features a state wide calendar of cultural activities, resources for schools and teachers, and lists of touring performers and speakers.

Kurt Dewhurst - Michigan Humanities Council and Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs
Mark Kornbluh - Executive Director H-Net

4/25/98 Gilmore: The Man, Myth, & Festival Tamar Charney
The fourth Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival celebrates keyboard music and the artists who play them with concerts, master classes, and public education programs: more than 100 events - all held in the communities surrounding Kalamazoo. Gilmore was a philanthropist who supported struggling artists. After his death the Gilmore Festival and Gilmore Artist Award were established by the Gilmore Foundation. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney has a look at the festival and the unusual selection strategy employed by the Gilmore Artist Award.

Irma Vallecillo - Artistic Director, Gilmore Festival
Julie Cook - Marketing Director, Gilmore Festival

4/27/98 Alpenhorns Wendy Nelson
A couple of Grand Rapids horn players have taken up a new instrument - the Alpenhorn. So far, neither musician is playing the alpenhorn professionally, but they are making use of the 12-foot-long alpenhorn as a teaching tool. It seems the large, unusual looking and sounding instrument is turning heads and interesting people in horns.

Margaret Gage - French Horn, Grand Rapids Symphony & novice Alpenhorn player
Paul Austin - Music Instructor, Grand Valley State University & novice Alpenhorn player
Various bystanders at the lake where Gage & Austin practice the Alpenhorn

4/28/98 Detroit Boys Choir Jerome Vaughn
It was announced earlier this week that a New York tradition is coming to Detroit...to stay. Efforts are underway to create a Detroit version of the Boys Choir of Harlem. The Boys Choir of Harlem is best known for its fabulous singing...Singing which has lead to worldwide tours and a number of recordings. And now the organization is looking to enrich the lives of inner city children elsewhere, by lending its expertise to fledgling choirs in other cities.

John Boyd - minister & leader in the creation of Detroit Boys Choir
Horace Turnbull - Executive Vice President of Harlem Boys Choir

4/30/98 Richard Tillinghast: The Professor's House Tamar Charney
Poet Richard Tillinghast's newest endeavor is reciting poetry with his son's band. The nationally known poet, essayist, and University of Michigan professor of English joined the band because it's fun and it's a way to interest a new generation in poetry. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney introduces listeners to Tillinghast's poetry and his collaborations with musicians and visual artists.

Richard Tillinghast - poet and University of Michigan Professor of English
Josh Tillinghast - Drummer, Poignant Plecostomous

5/6/98 Arthur Miller Tamar Charney
University of Michigan graduate and award winning playwright Arthur Miller was honored at a dinner in New York City. At the dinner Miller and UofM President Lee Bollinger spoke of plans to construct an Arthur Miller theater in Ann Arbor. The two also recounted tales of Miller discovering his talent as a playwright while a UofM student. Miller's new play Mr. Peter's Connections is being performed at New York's Signature Theater Company.

Arthur Miller - playwright
Lee Bollinger - President, University of Michigan

5/7/98 CMU Broadcasting Joan Silvi
At their latest meeting, trustees at Central Michigan University unanimously reaffirmed their commitment to C-M-U's public broadcasting system, which is one of the largest in the nation. The vote seems uncontroversial, but the events leading up to it have been anything but that

David Brandon - Board of Trustees Chairman, Central Michigan University
Russ Heron - Former Director of Broadcasting, Central Michigan University
Coleen McNamara - Director of Michigan Cable Television Association & Board of Trustees, Michigan State University
Rae Goldsmith - Spokesperson for Central Michigan University President Leonard Plachta

5/12/98 Girl Givers Wendy Nelson
The word "philanthropist" is likely to conjure up images of wealthy old businessmen, doling out money in the name of doing good and reducing their tax liability at the same time. But in West Michigan, an innovative program is challenging that image introducing young women to the world of philanthropy, using a hands-on approach. Michigan Radio's Wendy Nelson reports on "Young Women for Change."

Katie Bodie - participant , Young Women for Change
Kristen Gootjes - program coordinator, Young Women for Change
Betsy Dole - Philanthropist
Various participants, Young Women for Change

5/21/98 I Am Opera Michielle Corum
Twice a week, inner city children have been gathering to learn about opera, thanks to a program developed by the Interlochen Center for the Arts. The program is called Interlochen Arts Mentorship, or "I Am." Interlochen alumni in the Detroit area are working with the Michigan Opera Theater to interest children in opera. Michelle Corum takes listeners though a day at the "I Am" opera workshop.

Jeff Norris - Voice Instructor, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Alaina Brown - "I Am" Opera Workshop Mentor
Shuleah Holmes - Highland Park Boys and Girls Club Leader

5/22/98 Putt Putt Modernism Mike Perini & Tamar Charney
The Flint Institute of Arts is showing an exhibit called Putt Modernism. It's a nine-hole Putt-Putt golf course designed by artists. Many of the holes offer an artist's commentary on societal issues like the homeless, AIDS and censorship, while others look at the lighter side of culture and kitsch, sending up everything from Elvis to putt-putt. Mike Perini takes listeners on a journey through the Putt Modernism course.
5/27/98 Portraits of Pride: Michigan's Veterans Wendy Nelson
A West Michigan photographer is working to keep the images of veterans in the public eye for more than just Memorial Day. The exhibit "Michigan Veterans of Five Wars" features portraits of Michigan's veterans captured on film by David Dejonge.

David Dejonge - photographer
Harry Mullian - 103 year old veteran

6/5/98 Pewabic Pottery Gretchen Millich
In the City of Detroit, a small ceramics business has been operating for nearly a century. Pewabic Pottery became famous in the early 1900s during the Arts and Crafts period for its distinctive handmade tiles. As Gretchen Millich reports, Pewabic is now enjoying new-found popularity.

Ken Newman - architect
Diana Ferris - Pewabic Tile maker

6/5/98 Face 2 Interface: New Media & the Spectator Tamar Charney
Face to Interface: New Media and the Spectator is an art exhibit currently on view at the Ann Arbor Art Center Exhibition Gallery. Works from five different new media artists from around Michigan are exhibited on a computer of sorts. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney got a tour of the exhibit from the exhibit's curator who says he's hoping people will start evaluating New Media Art the same way they do more traditional art.

Paul Marquardt - Face to Interface Curator

6/19/98 National Youth Orchestra Festival Michelle Corum & Roger Wight
In June, over 500 of America's top young musicians gathered in Interlochen, MI, to take part in the National Youth Orchestra Festival. It's the first time in decades that such an event has taken place in this country. Over the course of the five-day festival, these students study with conductors and musicians from leading orchestras as they prepare and perform festival repertoire. Reporter Michelle Corum prepared a sound portrait during the National Youth Orchestra's first rehearsal with conductor James DePriest. Then Roger Wight talked with students and faculty at the conclusion of the festival to find out how things worked out.

James DePriest - Festival Artistic Director
Various Orchestra Members

6/25/98 Quilts Tamar Charney
An exhibit called "To Honor and Comfort: Native Quilting Traditions" shows how quilting was introduced to Native American communities by European missionaries and the craft very quickly gained popularity as quilts were adopted into tribal rituals and practices. But, even though quilting shows up in just about every tribe from here to Hawaii, it has been an overlooked native art form until now. Marsha MacDowell and Kurt Dewhurst of the MSU Museum have curated the exhibit for the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian to let more people know about native quilting traditions.

Kurt Dewhurst - Director MSU Museum
Marsha MacDowell - Curator MSU Museum
Chris Haraburda - Quilter from Grand Rapids

6/26/98 Green Acres Tamar Charney
On June 26, an illustrated children's book, The Gardner, will be awarded a Caldcott Honor for its illustrations. This same book has already claimed over a dozen awards ranging from a Christopher to an ADDY Honor. The book's creators are David Small and Sarah Stewart. Small is a writer and illustrator with over 24 children's books bearing his name. He and Sarah Stewart have created three books together including The Library and the Money Tree which are favorites of adults and children alike. Small also draws for the Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney took a drive out to the couple's historic home on Michigan's Saint Joseph River and found out the couple's feelings of being out of place in rural Michigan feed the emotional content of their children's books.

David Small - illustrator
Sarah Stewart - writer
Hallie Decker - child actor reading from book

6/29/98 Asylum Sale Michelle Corum & Tamar Charney
People from all across the state drove to Traverse City for a look at items at an unusual liquidation sale. Along with historic furniture and books, the Northern Michigan Asylum sold off its wheelchairs, leather restraints, and other antique medical devices including a fever inducer cabinet and a early electro-shock machine. Interlochen Public Radio's Michelle Corum stopped by the old hospital to have a look at the items and the people interested in purchasing pieces of medical history.

Judy Owens - antique appraiser
Various purchasers and onlookers at the sale

6/30/98 Calder Wendy Nelson
Over the span of his long and productive career, Alexander Calder created more than 16-thousand works of art - from his early wire sculptures, to the mobiles he invented, to his later public monuments. In Michigan he's best known for the piece he created for Grand Rapids. And perhaps more than anywhere else in the world, Grand Rapids is a place where Calder's art has worked its way into people's everyday lives.

Celeste Adams - Director, Grand Rapids Museum
Michelle Enter - Grand Rapids City Election Director
Gordon Olson - City Historian
Various Grand Rapids Residents

7/1/98 Lighthouse Museum Roger White
Mackinac City is one of four places being considered as the site of a national lighthouse museum. During the past several months, the Lighthouse Site Selection Committee has visited Staten Island, NY; Point Judith, RI; and Hull, MA. Recently they paid their visit to Mackinac City. Roger Wight tagged along with the committee during the visit and talked to people in Mackinac City to find out what they think about having a lighthouse museum in their town.

Brad Jones - Mackinac Area Tourist Bureau
Richard Moel - Great Lakes Lighthouse Keepers' Association
Wayne Wheeler - Lighthouse Museum Site Selection Committee
Various Mackinac City Residents

7/12/98 Michigan's Great Outdoor Culture Tamar Charney
Few family trips to a state or a national park are complete without the campfire presentation about nature with a park ranger. This summer visitors to Northern Michigan's parks find that the campfire programs are about Michigan's history and culture instead of flora and fauna. Tamar Charney reports on Michigan's Great Outdoors Culture Tour

Nancy Matthews - Public Affairs Officer, Michigan Humanities Council, Marquette
Mike "The Past in Person" Derrin - Actor, Musician, and Historical Interpreter

7/13/98 African American Disc Jockeys Scott Pohl
A new book, written by a Telecommunications professor a Michigan State University, explores the history and importance African-American disc-jockeys in the United States. In "Legendary Pioneers of Black Radio," author Gilbert Williams examines how these DJ's became popular and how they changed radio and the lives of their listeners.

Gilbert Williams - Telecommunications Professor, Michigan State University Archive tape of Lucky Cordell - Chicago DJ

7/15-17/98 Behind the Art: A Diary of an Artist Tamar Charney
Description "It's so funny because I wanted to be an artist so I could express myself and create and do what I wanted...but now I have to be creative on demand." These words are part of an audio diary kept by potter Melissa Emery as she creates work for an upcoming art fair. It would seem artists like Melissa lead a charmed life creating art, traveling the country to art fairs, and generally following their muses. But things aren't quite so rosy. The stress of uncertain finances take their toll, as does the pressure of having to be creative on a deadline. Behind the Art: A Diary of an Artist is a first person radio story told through Melissa's comments during the five days she spent wired with a microphone.
7/17-18/98 Saginaw Carousel Tamar Charney
An unusual carousel opened to the public in Saginaw. It's unusual because it's hand carved. These days carousel horses are made from fiberglass, or occasionally by carving machines. But, for the past year and a half firemen, priests, and other people from all walks of life have been spending hour upon hour making a carousel the way they were made at the turn of the century. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney took a ride on the carousel and found out how this community project came to be.

Gerald Willis - Celebration Square Carousel, Master Carver
Andrew Forrester - Director Saginaw Children's Zoo
Pam Leckie - Children's Zoo Board Member
Carol Allen - Carousel Financial Manager
Jim Smith - Retired Preacher & Carousel Volunteer
Dick Stringer - Retired Bank Trust Office & Carousel Volunteer
Errol Burton - Retired Fireman & Carousel Volunteer
Duane Brethauer - GM Factory Worker & Carousel Volunteer

7/15/98 5 Foot Art Rick Jenness, Stephen Kantor & Tamar Charney
Michigan Radio sent interns Stephanie Kantor and Rick Jenness to the Ann Arbor Art Fair to search for unusual art that's catching people's fancy. And sure enough there among the pottery and jewelry were five- foot-tall human statues made from molded resin that was then painted. There's a Catholic cardinal, an old potato-picking man, a violinist and an 18th century French man. These realistic-looking, almost life-size sculptures are created by an artist new to the Ann Arbor Art Fair -- Susan Gysler of New York State.

Susan Gysler - artist
Various people at the Art Fairs

7/17/98 Anti Art Fair Rick Jenness & Tamar Charney
Rick Jenness went to an Ann Arbor park to talk with residents and find out how art fairs affect the lives of Ann Arborites.

various Ann Arbor residents

7/17/98 Bird on a Stick Mike Perini
A satirical commentary in song about the questionable quality of some of the "art" at the Ann Arbor Art Fairs.
7/24/98 US Savings Bond Artist Tamar Charney
A new series of US Savings Bonds features artwork by a Detroit area artist.

Gary Ciccorelli - graphic artist

7/24/98 Human Zoo Wendy Nelson
The Human Zoo is a piece of performance art that comments on the current state of the human condition. The mixed messages that society gives to women are portrayed by the Menstrual Minstrel in the "Uterine Room." The "Crack Room" and "AIDS Room" illustrate the toll disease and addiction take on society. Other rooms comment on domestic violence and other societal ills. There's also a "Bad Mime Room" -- yes, the mime talks!

Greg Bliss - Human Zoo-keeper and creator of the Human Zoo
Kim Kleinhans - Menstrual Minstrel in the Human Zoo
Various Visitors to the Human Zoo

7/27/98 Voices: Crime Prevention Through Art Tamar Charney
As emphasis in juvenile justice has shifted from prevention and rehabilitation to punishment, new programs aimed at preventing crime by diverting kids to other activities are often criticized. For the past year, Kalamazoo has been experimenting with one of these controversial programs. A year-long pilot project called "Voices: Positive Self Expression" is a crime prevention program that teaches young people art. It's run by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and funded by a Law Enforcement Block Grant. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney has a look at Voices during one of its last sessions before funding ends in September.

Mary Whalen - Voices photography Instructor
Toni Baldwin - Voices Director, Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts
Emisha MacMillian - 13 year old Voices participant
Debbie MacMillian - mother of Voices participant
William Chapman - Probation Officer, Kalamazoo County Circuit Court & Board Member, Voices
Phillip Settles - Steering Committee Member, Kalamazoo County Taxpayers Association.

8/17/98 Sculpted Book World Tamar Charney
The next time you are rummaging through piles of old books at a garage sale or a used book store take a look around you. Among the other fellow readers or collectors you may discover artists - shopping for their art supplies. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney reports on artists who create sculpture with books. Exhibits at Cranbrook Art Museum and the U of M Special Collections Library show how artists make art from books that have been painted on, burnt, cut up, and left outside to weather and rot. Artists such as Michele Duchamp started using books this way almost a century ago.

Irene Hoffman - Associate Curator - Crankbrook Art Museum
Gerry Craig - artist
Sharon Wysocki - artist

8/20/98 Blind Art Camp Tamar Charney
While many people assume being blind would cut a person off from the world of art, a Western Michigan man's work shows that art that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, is often aesthetically pleasing to touch. Paul Ponchillia is a professor at Western Michigan University, a sculptor, and the organizer of camps to make up deficits when visually impaired kids are mainstreamed. For years he's run a sports camp, now he's put together an art camp. The kids learn sculpture, drama, and storytelling. We visit Ponchillia at his studio and the camp to learn how art can be done by sight or by touch.

Paul Ponchillia Western Michigan University Professor of Blind Rehabilitation
Jared Wright - camper

8/21/98 Angels at the DIA Tamar Charney
On Sunday, Aug. 23, the exhibit "The Invisible Made Visible: Angels from the Vatican" becomes visible to the general public at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney got a preview of the exhibition.

Father Allen Duston - Vatican's Director of Exhibitions.

9/11/98 Sleeping Bear Book Michelle Corum
A famous legend has been put into written and illustrated form, sold in bookstores, and proposed as the "official state children's book." But seeing the legend turned into a commodity bothers some people. Reporter Michelle Corum talks with some storytellers about their relationship with the story of the mother bear and her cubs who must swim across Lake Michigan.

Simon Otto - Ojibway storyteller
Kathy Jo Wargin - author of book "The Legend of Sleeping Bear
Ann Marie Ooman - writer and storyteller

10/1/98 International Computer Music Festival Tamar Charney
The 23rd International Computer Music Conference's 1998 gathering was held in Ann Arbor. Musicians, engineers, computer programmers, and physicists gather to share ideas about using computers in music and other related art forms. It's a conference that helps create innovations in music, art, dance, and the tools that create these art forms. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney has a look at the conference and a tool that turns a dancer's body into a musical instrument.

Mary Simoni - Conference Chair & Director, University of Michigan
Department of Music and Technology
Burton Bearden - Composer, Bowling Green State University.

10/8/98 That History Word Tamar Charney
Remember the term pluralism? If, in the decades after junior high American history class, you're still feeling like maybe you don't quite understand the term and why it's so important to the history of this country, there's a web site that might help. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney visited the site with its two creators to find out: what is pluralism?

David Halsted Director of MSU's center for Russian and European Studies
David Bailey a professor of History at MSU
Archive tape from W.E.B Dubois and Margaret Sanger

10/8/98 Tillinghast CD Tamar Charney
Follow up story on new CD by poet and University of Michigan Professor Richard Tillinghast.

Richard Tillinghast - Poet and University of Michigan Professor of English

10/26/98 Shattered Mirror Tamar Charney
A new experimental opera opens Wednesday (Oct 28th) at the University of Michigan. It's called The Shattered Mirror and it's based on the myths and ideas of Joseph Campbell. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney stopped by a rehearsal to talk to the opera's creator about the work and some of the new instruments created for the opera.

Interviews Michael Udow, University of Michigan Professor of Music and
Principle Percussionist Santa Fe Opera

10/27/98 Book Terrors Tamar Charney
The scholarly or academic book has always been a niche publication. But the future of these books about narrow but often important topics may be in question. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney has a look at a series of forums being held at the UofM that look at the future of the paper based academic book.

Tom Trautman - Director University of Michigan Humanities Institute
Wendy Lougee - Director Digital Initiatives University of Michigan Libraries

10/31/98 Haunted Lighthouses Michelle Corum
Lighthouses are meant to attract attention, and that they do. Michigan has a lighthouse museum in the works. And lighthouse trading cards are being swapped like baseball cards. But lighthouses can also be mystifying, even eerie. For Halloween Interlochen Public Radio's Michelle Corum offers this look at spooky Great Lakes lighthouse stories.

Christopher Knight - Audio book author
Frederick Stonehouse - Northern Michigan Marine Historian
Marilyn Fisher - Gulliver Historical Societ

11/2/98 Blue Stain Frida Waara
Lake Superior's shoreline is a magnet for artists. Whatever the woods and waters do to their souls is sure to show up in their poems, paintings, or photographs. For craftsmen the influence may not be so obvious, but reporter Frida Waara found a cabinetmaker in Marquette with a "Lake Effect" all his own.

John Jansinski - Marquette Craftsman

11/5/98 Steppettes Tap Dancing Tamar Charney
Tap dance has experienced a resurgence over the past decade or so, thanks in part to the introduction of Hip-Hop into tap. A Flint area trio of teenagers is starting to make a name for themselves with their hip-hop-inspired tapping. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney takes a look at the history of tap dance and the changes in the art form that have inspired the Steppettes.

Bruce Bradley - Founder Creative Expressions Dance Studio
Frances Bradley - Steppette
Alexandria Bradley - Steppette
Kandee Bradley - Steppette

11/13/98 Secret Spaces Tamar Charney
Whether it's to hide, play, or create imaginary worlds kids seek hideouts, forts, attic stairways, and other small secret spaces. But there are people who are concerned that kids are losing the opportunity to find these special places particularly the outdoor ones.

Bob Grese - Professor Landscape Architecture, University of Michigan
Gerald McDermott - author and illustrator whose childhood secret space was a stairwell at the Detroit Institute of Arts
Marianetta Porter - Professor Art and Design, University of Michigan and consultant on park design for Latino Family Services of Detroit

11/20/98 Between Two Worlds: Arab Americans in Detroit Marisa Helms
A new exhibit at Michigan State University called "Between Two Worlds: Arab Americans in Greater Detroit" aims to introduce people to the rich tapestry of Arab-American culture. The exhibit features mementos of everyday life, from photographs of a full century of immigration to religious artifacts and traditional musical instruments.

Nadim Dlaikon - nye player
Yvonne Lockwood - curator MSU Museum
Ann Rassmussen - Professor of Music, College of William and Mary
Ishmael Ahmed - Director ACCESS

11/23/98 Magnificent Obsessions Wendy Nelson
A group of West Michigan museums is showcasing the sometimes unusual and often-times vast collections of area residents. The collections feature canoes, autographs, wooden boxes, and even lips. Wendy Nelson has a look at the Grand Rapids Public Museum's exhibit, "Magnificent Obsessions."

Pete Daly - Grand Rapids Public Museum
Irene Thornburg - salt & pepper shaker collector
Mariel Crutcher - "The Lip Lady" collector of lip themed items
Elizabeth Miele - antique purse collector
Also, Crayon Collector, Doorknob Collector

11/26/98 Harlem Nutcracker Tamar Charney
The Harlem Nutcracker is well on its way to becoming a holiday classic. The music comes from Duke Ellington's version of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. Additional music from composer David Berger. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney spoke with David Berger and members of the Detroit children's cast about the Harlem Nutcracker.

David Berger - composer
Jessica Cartland - 11 year old dancer
Charlee Goldspeed - 11 year old dancer

12/4/98 Composer for Hire Tamar Charney
For most performances classical musicians play the standard repertoire - works by Bach, Beethoven, and so on. Occasionally, though, classical soloists want something special and personal to play. As Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney reports that's when composers like one West Michigan man come into the picture.

Bob Schectman - Professor of Composition Grand Valley State University and composer
Ava Ordman - professional trombonist

12/8/98 Spirituality & Medicine Bill Poorman
New medical studies have been launched at the University of Michigan and the Karmanos Cancer Institute that look at how religion and spirituality can play a role in health and healing. Bill Poorman talks with clergy members, doctors, and patients about the growing interest by medical science in combining spirituality and medical practice

Sylvia Williams - patient and member of Detroit Unity Temple
Dr. Diane Brown - Principle investigator Karmanos Institute study
Dr. Steven Bolling - Principle investigator UofM study
Robert Levy - Rabbi Temple Beth Emeth

12/14/98 Poetry of Southwest Michigan Tamar Charney
There's a new anthology of poetry and stories out that's written by the people who make southwest Michigan their home. Writings by farmers, school teachers, and even children tell the often untold stories of small-town rural life. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney has a look at the writers and organizers behind the community writing project, "Home and Other Places: Voices of Southwest Michigan."

Logan Witt - retired dairy farmer, auctioneer, and poet
Dan Holt - teacher, Saint Joseph High School & editor Home and Other Places Voices of Southwest Michigan
Ellen Brinkley - Professor of English Western Michigan University and Director, 3rd Coast Writing Project
Rebecca Kosick - student, Saint Joseph High School

12/22/98 Beat Poet Papers Tamar Charney
In the past couple of months, the University of Michigan Libraries received a collection of papers, photographs, and first-edition books that belonged to poet Robert Frost. The donation from Frost's grandson will be added to the University of Michigan's already substantial Frost collection. The library has also acquired an enormous collection of writings, personal papers, and other items from a living poet. These materials will form the foundation of a research archive relating to contemporary poetry, in particular, beat poetry. Michigan Radio's Tamar Charney has a look at the newly purchased Anne Waldman archive.

Katherine Beam - Humanities Curator University of Michigan Special Collections Library
Archive tape of Anne Waldman reading

12/22/98 Auldlangxiety Mike Perini & Tamar Charney
The holiday season is about family, friends, and being part of yearly traditions. Michigan Radio's Mike Perini discovered how important holiday traditions can be when one year it looked like a tradition might not happen. It's the story of Auldlangxiety.
12/23/98 Boys and Girl Choir of Detroit's First Concert Jerome Vaughn
In the spring of 1998, the formation of a Boys Choir of Detroit based on the Harlem boys choir was announced. The goal of the choir is the same as the Harlem Boys Choir to teach kids to sing and improve and better their lives. Over the past months auditions were held for a boys and a girls choir, rehearsals commenced, and lessons were taught about commitment and obeying rules. Jerome Vaughn has a look at the choirs as they get ready for their first major concert.

Reverend John Boyd - Founder Boys and Girls Choir of Detroit
James Robinson - Assistant vocal coach
Jonathan Williams - choir member
Kenny Kean - Choir Chaplin

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