Detroit http://wkar.org en Current Sports #281 | July 22, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-sports-281-july-22-2014 <p>Al has sports writer Tom Shanahan on the show to discuss his upcoming book <em>Raye of Light.</em> Later, Al and Alex talk about the new stadium renovations for the Detroit Red Wings. To close the show, they discuss the recent comments made by NFL icon Tony Dungy, and it sparks a hot topic with callers. Rory Mcllroy in the game of golf is also mentioned.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:24:44 +0000 Current Sports 57072 at http://wkar.org Tilted Axes to shred Detroit http://wkar.org/post/tilted-axes-shred-detroit <p></p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:53:37 +0000 Peter Whorf 56916 at http://wkar.org Tilted Axes to shred Detroit Detroit mass mobs look to fill pews, coffers http://wkar.org/post/detroit-mass-mobs-look-fill-pews-coffers <p></p><p>Starting this past spring, Detroiters and suburbanites have gathered in growing numbers at historic Detroit Churches. They’ve been named the ‘<a href="http://www.detroitmassmob.com/" target="_blank">Detroit Mass Mob</a>’ and have been imagining the past while building toward the future. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:14:28 +0000 Peter Whorf 56849 at http://wkar.org Detroit mass mobs look to fill pews, coffers Original state fairgrounds site of diverse Michigan history http://wkar.org/post/original-state-fairgrounds-site-diverse-michigan-history <p></p><p></p><p>A couple of months ago, <em>Current State’s </em>Scott Pohl visited the president of the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,4726,7-282-65121_61084_62918---,00.html" target="_blank">Michigan Historical Commission</a>&nbsp;Jack Dempsey in Detroit’s Capitol Park to discuss his book on the park’s historical significance. We liked the result so much that we’ve sent Scott back to Detroit, where Dempsey showed him a few more historical spots. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:20:15 +0000 Scott Pohl 56358 at http://wkar.org Original state fairgrounds site of diverse Michigan history When Detroit made cars ... and tanks http://wkar.org/post/when-detroit-made-cars-and-tanks <p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p>Dr. Charles Hyde is a former Wayne State University professor and author of the 2014 book <a href="http://wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/images-arsenal-democracy" target="_blank">Images from the Arsenal Democracy</a>. The book follows the wartime transformation of the Detroit auto industry into the war machine of the late 1930's and early 40's.<em> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:24:44 +0000 Peter Whorf 56045 at http://wkar.org When Detroit made cars ... and tanks Bridge Magazine assesses Detroit's Duggan at six months http://wkar.org/post/bridge-magazine-assesses-detroits-duggan-six-months <p></p><p>Among <a href="http://www.detroitmi.gov/" target="_blank">Detroit’s </a>many challenges, one painful reality is the decreasing population.&nbsp;The city’s become known for surreal, sparsely settled ‘urban prairies’ that thousands of residents used to call home.&nbsp; Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:42:34 +0000 Mark Bashore 55820 at http://wkar.org Bridge Magazine assesses Detroit's Duggan at six months State to look at passenger rail from Holland to Detroit http://wkar.org/post/state-look-passenger-rail-holland-detroit <p></p><p>Last week, the<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mdot" target="_blank"> Michigan Department of Transportation</a> announced that it plans to study the viability of a passenger rail service that would connect Holland, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit. The study has been mandated in the state’s 2015 budget. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:34:09 +0000 Joe Linstroth & Mark Bashore 55822 at http://wkar.org State to look at passenger rail from Holland to Detroit Canadian Consul: new Detroit bridge a priority http://wkar.org/post/canadian-consul-new-detroit-bridge-priority <p></p><p>Canada has a new Consul General in Detroit.<a href="http://can-am.gc.ca/detroit/offices-bureaux/hom_message_cdm.aspx?lang=eng" target="_blank"> Douglas George</a> has more than 30 years of experience in Canada’s foreign service, including working on the creation of the World Trade Organization and representing his country in places like Jamaica and Kuwait. Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:32:25 +0000 Scott Pohl 55828 at http://wkar.org Canadian Consul: new Detroit bridge a priority After objections, Detroit bankruptcy process continues at capitol http://wkar.org/post/after-objections-detroit-bankruptcy-process-continues-capitol <p></p><p></p><p>Yesterday marked the deadline for objections to Detroit’s plan of adjustment to be filed. Over a dozen criticisms were registered by residents, creditors and even the federal government. Tue, 13 May 2014 15:14:49 +0000 Emanuele Berry & Mark Bashore 53610 at http://wkar.org After objections, Detroit bankruptcy process continues at capitol Tiny Detroit park home to state's original capitol http://wkar.org/post/tiny-detroit-park-home-states-original-capitol <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-a7b734ae-ad8d-e465-1a74-69b19bda6eff" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-a7b734ae-ad8e-55d1-2f6b-e29df78fb355" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">A new book by Jack Dempsey tells the story of Detroit’s historic <a href="https://historypress.net/catalogue/bookstore/books/Capitol-Park/9781626193741">Capitol Park</a>. It’s the site of Michigan’s first capitol building, and the state’s first governor is buried there. Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:58:31 +0000 Scott Pohl 52921 at http://wkar.org Tiny Detroit park home to state's original capitol State offers money up front in Detroit bankruptcy http://wkar.org/post/state-offers-money-front-detroit-bankruptcy <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Developments toward a ‘grand bargain’ to speed the end of Detroit’s landmark &nbsp;bankruptcy have been unfolding quickly.</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> Late on Tuesday night, negotiators from the city and two of its retiree pension funds reached tentative deals involving cuts and cost-of-living revisions. &nbsp;Those agreements were two more hurdles cleared toward an $816-million arrangement that could lessen</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> pension cuts, allow reinvestment in city services, and prevent the sale of city-owned art at the <a href="http://www.dia.org/">Detroit Institute of Arts</a>. However, more agreements need to be hammered out with other creditors.</span> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:14:16 +0000 Mark Bashore 52312 at http://wkar.org State offers money up front in Detroit bankruptcy Michigan social entrepreneurs seek profits and change http://wkar.org/post/michigan-social-entrepreneurs-seek-profits-and-change <p></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-a9876ca7-1dc7-9061-fd8e-af4685ecabef" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Social entrepreneurship, where for-profit businesses seek to offer creative solutions to our society’s biggest needs, has become a rising trend across the country. Last year, Detroit was home to the nation’s first social entrepreneurship competition, which attracted more than $1-million in new investment for a diverse group of new businesses that focus on such issues as energy efficiency, affordable medical devices, and coffee roasting. </span> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 17:51:56 +0000 Current State 51509 at http://wkar.org Michigan social entrepreneurs seek profits and change Michigan Legislature considers state stock exchange http://wkar.org/post/michigan-legislature-considers-state-stock-exchange <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Mention the phrase 'stock exchange' to most people and they’ll likely visualize Wall Street, the home of the New York stock exchange, the world’s biggest. However</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">,</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> smaller, regional stock exchanges are nothing new. A proposal to allow local stock exchanges in Michigan was recently filed in the state legislature. The aim is to allow citizens to invest in small, promising Michigan companies that may not qualify for a larger exchange.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 17:25:24 +0000 Mark Bashore 50828 at http://wkar.org Michigan Legislature considers state stock exchange Models help communities plan for climate change http://wkar.org/post/models-help-communities-plan-climate-change <p></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#333333;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Trying to determine the impacts of climate change is a difficult task. There are hundreds of different factors which could determine how communities are influenced. To more effectively understand the challenges associated with climate change, scientists are using system dynamics models.</span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#333333;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><em> Current State’s</em> Emanuele Berry spoke with <span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#333333;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"><a href="http://www.espp.msu.edu/people/faculty/schmitt.php">Laura Schmitt-Olabisi</a>, an ecologist and modeler at Michigan State University, about her latest project that explores how higher temperatures could impact Detroit.</span></span> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:55:38 +0000 Emanuele Berry 50472 at http://wkar.org Models help communities plan for climate change Detroit's jazz legacy from ballrooms to Motown and beyond http://wkar.org/post/detroits-jazz-legacy-ballrooms-motown-and-beyond <p></p><p></p><p>In the 1920’s, ballrooms popped up across the United States, including in Detroit. The music that filled Detroit’s dance halls was Jazz.</p><p><a href="http://www.wkar.org/programs/current-state">Current State’s </a>Emanuele Berry spoke with Jim Gallert, &nbsp;a veteran jazz broadcaster, researcher and writer. Together with Lars Bjorn, he wrote “Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920– 1960.”</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 18:06:16 +0000 Emanuele Berry 50266 at http://wkar.org Detroit's jazz legacy from ballrooms to Motown and beyond A wealth of water could shape Detroit's future http://wkar.org/post/wealth-water-could-shape-detroits-future <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While the city of Detroit works to overcome its financial troubles, some see a bright future for the city because of &nbsp;Detroit’s location.</span></p><p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 17:32:21 +0000 Current State 49809 at http://wkar.org A wealth of water could shape Detroit's future Innovative urban tree farm to plant soon in Detroit http://wkar.org/post/innovative-urban-tree-farm-plant-soon-detroit <p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-26dd9db2-4573-4178-d00b-3508b5c09343" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">After years of delays, <a href="http://www.hantzfarmsdetroit.com/">Hantz farm </a>is starting to take shape. In 2009, John Hantz, </span><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:'Times New Roman';color:#333333;background-color:#ffffff;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">CEO of Southfield-based <a href="http://www.hantzgroup.com/Default.aspx">Hantz Group LLC</a> proposed building the world’s largest urban farm in Detroit. After cutting through red tape and shifting plans to center on building an urban tree farm, the project is starting to unfold. </span> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:34:06 +0000 Current State 49522 at http://wkar.org Innovative urban tree farm to plant soon in Detroit Chancellor, House Ed chair defend proposed EAA expansion http://wkar.org/post/chancellor-house-ed-chair-defend-proposed-eaa-expansion <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Michigan legislators could vote this week on a controversial proposal that would expand the state’s <a href="http://michigan.gov/eaa/">Education Achievement Authority</a>. &nbsp;That’s the state-run district comprised of 15 of the most challenged schools in the state, all in Detroit. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">EAA administrators, Gov. <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Rick Snyder</a> and other supporters say the initiative, now in its second year, is beginning to turn those schools around. They say test scores are rising due to a student-centric teaching model, a longer school year, and grouping students by ability instead of age. </span> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 17:31:35 +0000 Current State 49523 at http://wkar.org Chancellor, House Ed chair defend proposed EAA expansion What if Detroit hosted the '68 Olympic Games? http://wkar.org/post/what-if-detroit-hosted-68-olympic-games <p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:23:39 +0000 Current State 49374 at http://wkar.org What if Detroit hosted the '68 Olympic Games? Book recounts Detroit family's struggles with union busting http://wkar.org/post/book-recounts-detroit-familys-struggles-union-busting <p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Michigan has a rich organized labor history, and much has been written about the early days of the United Auto Workers Union.</span></p><p><span style="font-size:15px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">In “<a href="http://www.builtindetroit.net/">Built In Detroit: A Story of the UAW, a Company, and a Gangster</a>”, author <a href="http://www.builtindetroit.net/about-the-author/">Robert Morris</a> looks at the union’s infancy through the eyes of his father. Ken Morris was a regional director of the union, and in a time when union officials faced not just resistance but also acts of violence, he suffered a brutal beating.</span> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 15:23:57 +0000 Current State 49210 at http://wkar.org Book recounts Detroit family's struggles with union busting Law prof weighs Snyder's Detroit immigration plan http://wkar.org/post/law-prof-weighs-snyders-detroit-immigration-plan <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Last week, Gov.<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder"> Rick Snyder</a> offered a proposal he thinks will jump start Detroit’s struggling economy. At a company in predominantly Hispanic southwest Detroit, the Governor said he wants the Federal government to increase the number of skilled immigrants in Michigan to reach 50,000 over five years. The only condition is that they have to live and work in Detroit. Tue, 28 Jan 2014 18:45:00 +0000 Current State 48547 at http://wkar.org Law prof weighs Snyder's Detroit immigration plan Filmmaker documents Detroit, Happy Valley in transition http://wkar.org/post/filmmaker-documents-detroit-happy-valley-transition <p></p><p>http://youtu.be/-2TE6-bJNd4</p><p>Throughout the year, MSU’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities brings in speakers and artists from around the country for their Wednesday Night Live series. This week they welcomed filmmaker <a href="http://www.erikproulx.com/">Erik Proulx</a>, who screened his short film "<a href="http://www.lemonadedetroit.com/">Lemonade: Detroit</a>." His latest film “<a href="http://www.365daysthefilm.com/">365 Days: A year in Happy Valley</a>”&nbsp; re-examines&nbsp; the Penn State scandal and looks at how the community coping. Thu, 23 Jan 2014 18:11:19 +0000 Current State 48318 at http://wkar.org Detroit's officially bankrupt, what's next? http://wkar.org/post/detroits-officially-bankrupt-whats-next <p></p><p></p><p>Yesterday, after months of speculation, the most pressing question hanging over the city of Detroit was answered.&nbsp; Following nine days of hearings, <a href="http://www.mieb.uscourts.gov/judges-info/judge-rhodes">Federal Judge Stephen Rhodes</a> declared that the beleaguered city is indeed eligible for Chapter Nine bankruptcy protection. Wed, 04 Dec 2013 16:23:26 +0000 Current State 46186 at http://wkar.org Detroit's officially bankrupt, what's next? Under oath, governor responds to union’s Detroit bankruptcy questions http://wkar.org/post/under-oath-governor-responds-union-s-detroit-bankruptcy-questions <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-20abdeac-a2b8-9255-a494-3cd834b8a9ff"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">For three hours yesterday, attorneys representing influential Michigan labor unions and others had a chance to question Gov. Rick Snyder under oath about events leading up to his July decision to authorize bankruptcy for the city of Detroit.</span></span> Thu, 10 Oct 2013 16:48:34 +0000 Current State 43584 at http://wkar.org Under oath, governor responds to union’s Detroit bankruptcy questions Current State #169 | October 1, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-169-october-1-2013 <p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: health care exchanges open for business; climate change and water adaptation; Michigan food hubs; and the troubled life of Motown&#39;s first star, Mary Wells.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:19:15 +0000 Current State 43136 at http://wkar.org Book chronicles troubled life of Motown queen Mary Wells http://wkar.org/post/book-chronicles-troubled-life-motown-queen-mary-wells <p></p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:00:21 +0000 Current State 43143 at http://wkar.org Book chronicles troubled life of Motown queen Mary Wells In Port Huron, Michigan and Canada seek to strengthen economic ties http://wkar.org/post/port-huron-michigan-and-canada-seek-strengthen-economic-ties <p></p><p>Exporting is big business in Michigan, and no country is more crucial than our neighbor to the north: Canada. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:14:55 +0000 Current State 42781 at http://wkar.org In Port Huron, Michigan and Canada seek to strengthen economic ties Architect-futurist: Think locally, act locally http://wkar.org/post/architect-futurist-think-locally-act-locally <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For more than 30-years,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.dpz.com/Organization/AndresDuany">Andrés Duany</a> has sought to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment, both in American cities and around the world.</span></p> Tue, 17 Sep 2013 17:01:26 +0000 Current State 42427 at http://wkar.org Architect-futurist: Think locally, act locally Current State #155 | September 10, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-155-september-10-2013 <p></p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 19:10:54 +0000 Current State 42064 at http://wkar.org Current State #152 | September 5, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-152-september-5-2013 <p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: campaign helps Michigan residents understand Affordable Care Act; Detroit princess of 1800's; Michigan LGBT laws; and new exhibits at the Broad Art Museum.</p> Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:33:27 +0000 Current State 41844 at http://wkar.org