Craig Maki talks ‘Detroit Country Music’ on Stateside

by Phillip Witteveen June 30, 2014

On Michigan Public Radio, Detroit Country Music co-author Craig Maki recently exhibited Detroit’s lesser-known country and bluegrass roots. Stemming from Appalachia to the West, intranational immigration to Southeast Michigan brought with it the blues-infused soul of  “the end of the 19th century cowboy experience.” Lured to Detroit “not only at the invitation of the automakers, but also family members would call their cousins or their in-laws to come up and join them,” a migrated, country culture made a kind of tensile contact with our more Northern sensibilities. Artists like the York Brothers re-imagined a Michigan of “Hamtramck Mama,” a single which was banned by that eponymous city’s mayor, […]

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Ulaby to Deliver U-M Russel Lecture, February 4

by Meredith Kahn January 24, 2014
Cover of Microwave Radar and Radiometric Remote Sensing

Fawwaz Ulaby, the Emmet Leith Distinguished University Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor at the University of Michigan, will deliver the Henry Russel Lecture on February 4, 2014 at 4PM in the Rackham Amphitheater. The Henry Russel lectureship is among the highest honors U-M awards to senior faculty members, and is given “in recognition of exceptional achievements in research, scholarship or creative endeavors, and an outstanding record of teaching, mentoring and service.” Professor Ulaby is being recognized for his work in remote sensing and electromagnetics. The U-M Press recently published Microwave Radar and Radiometric Remote […]

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Gayle Greene on NPR’s TED Radio Hour

by Phillip Witteveen June 5, 2013

Gayle Greene, author of the biography The Woman Who Knew Too Much: Alice Stewart and the Secrets of Radiation, and Margaret Heffernan, a CEO and author who had recently presented a TED talk on the importance of conflict to progress, joined TED Radio Hour host Guy Raz to discuss scientist Alice Stewart’s process of discovery. In the 1950s, Stewart noticed an improbable pattern in childhood cancer. While  poverty is often correlated with disease, in this case, it was most often children from affluent families who were being diagnosed. Stewart’s research began with a questionnaire given to the mothers of these children. “She had […]

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Sheryl James Featured on “Stateside”

by Phillip Witteveen May 20, 2013

Sheryl James was a guest on Michigan Radio’s Stateside to discuss her new book Michigan Legends: Folktales and Lore from the Great Lakes State. James, a former journalist, comprehensively researched Michigan’s folk traditions from archives and storytellers to gain a full understanding of the fact and fiction of the state’s mythology. “There’s a huge range of total fantasy, as well as pretty historical kinds of things,” said James. One famous story is of the Nain Rouge, “this little red, impish creature that has been known to appear right before Detroit’s greatest tragedies.” This character has persisted in the city’s cultural memory, […]

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Rolf Peterson on the Environment Report

by Phillip Witteveen May 3, 2013

Rolf Peterson, author of The Wolves of Isle Royale, was  a guest contributor on Michigan Radio earlier this month. The Environment Report turned its attention to Isle Royale National Park, which experienced its first year without any new wolf cubs in the 55 years researchers have been studying this ecosystem. There are, in fact, only 8 wolves left on the island. “If it keeps going,” says Peterson, “that’ll be the end of them. It may just be a temporary thing, but the writing is on the wall in terms of genetic viability.” The halt in reproduction is due to the fact […]

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