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Radio, Radio: Campus broadcasting is a lot more than just navel-gazing programming

By Simone Landon

Published: 8/25/2010

Types: News, Education

Scan the low end of the radio dial on a typical Tuesday night and this is what you might hear: At CJAM (99.1 FM), a man with a Southern drawl gives a "big howdy to Lollipop, Oliver and Flopsy" before introducing the "first bona fide rock 'n' roll song recorded" — Ike Turn...[MORE]

A season in Detroit: And no, it's not about people coming to 'save' the city

By Simone Landon

Published: 8/25/2010

Types: News, Education

Ashlee Stratakis grew up on the Dearborn-Detroit border and moved to the Dearborn side so, she says, "I wouldn't have to go to Detroit Public Schools." Dwayne Riley was raised on the city's west side near Joy and Wyoming. While his grandmother "used to tell stories about the riots a...[MORE]

Blooming talent: Motor City years were formative for Syrian-American singer Gaida

By Simone Landon

Published: 8/11/2010

Types: Music, Ethnic/World

A gaida is a bagpipe-type instrument used in North African and Balkan music. It produces a lilting, reverberating sound, not unlike Syrian-American singer Gaida's voice, but she laughs at this association. Her name should be spelled Ghaida, but Americans can't pronounce the Arabic ghrayn, which is t...[MORE]

Creative commodity: Jaclyn Schanes goes X for art, or art for X

By Simone Landon

Published: 8/18/2010

Types: Arts, Visual arts

The gallery's windows were blacked out with garbage bags. It was the last Saturday night in July and the place might've appeared closed. But, promptly at 8 p.m., its doors opened to the sounds of crying and howling. Then came the drums, followed by layers of humming, singing and muddled spoken words...[MORE]

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