I wanted to explore some broader ideas of why the arts matter.
So meet high school principal Eric Alburtus, who says arts classes give kids a chance to discover new worlds and different ways of thinking and creating.
In fact, Alburtus’ teenage son worked backstage doing lighting and design for the high school’s musicals, and that’s what got him interested in engineering — which he’s going to study in college this fall.
33-year-old Jason Towler explains the big impression his music teacher, Crystal Harding, made on him in first-grade. Initially, he was worried they’d be forced to sing really lame songs in class…
My mom grew up in Lincoln Park, Michigan. It’s a stone’s throw from Detroit. We’re talking working class. We’re talking old school Catholic. When I heard the neighborhood church was closing after 91 years, I had to attend its last Mass and talk to the people there.
Click on this link to listen to my story…
My latest story about artist Eric Shantz’s mission to make his town a better place to live. I hung out for most of the day, driving around Saginaw with Eric. It was a fun & easy time. Plus: how can you not love a story where an artist and a cop become friends?
Photo credit: Doug Coombe
We recently got a great assignment at Michigan Radio: interview an immigrant and tell their story in 2 minutes with just their voice (and no reporter voice narrating the story).
Thank you Linda Steinke for sharing your story with me. When she said the part about how she would have “died from the war, torture, or depression” had she stayed in Iran, I just was blown away. Listen to her story here.
And speaking with Linda, I was reminded of the awesome graphic novel & film, Persepolis, by Iranian writer, Marjane Satrapi. More on that here.
THE SOUNDS OF A LONDON NEIGHBORHOOD
Credit: Flickr user Alexandre Dulaunoy
I’m in a pub with BBC producers. (That’s a pretty awesome thing, right there.) And they tell me to check out this audio project. Not that long ago, they played an excerpt on the BBC. But say when you air something like this on the radio you HAVE to give your audience fair warning.