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The Wright Museum opens ‘Double ID’ exhibit from TV actress, art collector CCH Pounder

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has opened “Double ID,” a new art exhibit featuring 54 works from the private collection of acclaimed actress CCH Pounder. Running through Oct. 20, the exhibit delves into the representation of Black men through the lens of W.E.B. Du Bois’ theory of “double consciousness.” Stephen Henderson talks with Pounder about the works in her exhibit.

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The Charles H. Wright Museum continues to enhance exhibits with technology, expand its theater

The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History has been educating Detroiters and visitors on African American history since 1966. The museum continues to expand, introducing new exhibits, bolstering its technology, and expanding its theatre. One Detroit contributor Sarah Zientarski talks with Wright Museum President and CEO Neil Barclay about the improvements being made.

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Birdie’s Bookmobile spreads the joy of reading to Detroit children

Birdie’s Bookmobile hopes to inspire the next generation of readers. Launched in 2022, the literacy organization provides hundreds of books to schools, after-school programs and nonprofits across Detroit. Since Birdie’s Bookmobile was born, it has distributed more than 16,000 books. One Detroit and BridgeDetroit contributor Eleanore Catolico has the story.

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2024 Freep Film Festival spotlights local documentaries and filmmakers

Cinephiles and documentary enthusiasts are getting ready for the start of the 2024 Freep Film Festival April 10-14. One Detroit contributor Stephen Henderson, host of “American Black Journal,” talks with the festival’s Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Kathy Kieliszewski, and local filmmaker Razi Jafri, about what attendees can expect this year.

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Poet Nikki Giovanni discusses her literary works, outer space and a new documentary about her life

A new documentary, “Going to Mars: The Nikki Giovanni Project” details the extraordinary life and career of renowned poet Nikki Giovanni. Contributor Cecelia Sharpe sat down with Giovanni at the Wright Museum for a wide-ranging conversation about her life, career, literary works and future plans. Plus, Giovanni discusses the “Going to Mars” documentary and her fascination with outer space.

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Schoolcraft vs. Dust: Residents raise concerns over air quality, living conditions on Detroit’s west side

A concrete crushing company started operating in Detroit’s Schoolcraft neighborhood a few years ago to the surprise of many people living nearby. Residents have raised concerns over air quality and living conditions from the concrete dust created from the site. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota and contributor Nicole Macdonald talk with residents about their concerns with heavy industry in the area.

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An evening with Kara Swisher and Mary Barra | Wallace House Center for Journalists

The University of Michigan Wallace House Center for Journalists hosts a conversation with award-winning journalist and author Kara Swisher as part of its continuing series: “Democracy in Crisis: Views from the Press.” Swisher talks about her new memoir “The Burn Book: A Tech Love Story” and explores the dynamic interplay of legacy companies, innovation, strategic bets on the future, and tech’s potential to solve problems with General Motors CEO Mary Barra.

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium | Keynote Memorial Lecture featuring Michelle Alexander

The University of Michigan hosts its 2024 symposium honoring civil rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The annual symposium’s theme calls on the community to grapple with the nature of ongoing discord around the globe and to examine how society can create a world where harmony is possible. Michelle Alexander, legal scholar, social justice advocate, columnist at The New York Times and visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary, delivers the memorial keynote lecture.

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Addressing the critical needs of caregivers during National Family Caregivers Month 

November is National Family Caregivers Month. The Area Agency on Aging 1-B’s Julie Lowenthal talks about the importance of support services and resources for family caregivers and the myriad challenges they face while caring for their loved ones. Plus, Lowenthal explores possible legislative policies that would ease the burdens faced by family caregivers.

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Are smart cities smart enough? | Policy Talks @ Ford School

Explore how urban technology is shaping social policy in “smart cities” like New York and beyond, and how can we ensure that emerging technology serves the public interest with former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and University of Michigan STPP Director Shobita Parthasarathy.

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13th annual Detroit Month of Design explores how design can improve our everyday lives

The 13th annual Detroit Month of Design has arrived. Taking place all across Detroit throughout September, this cross-disciplinary design festival highlights Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design designation and the city’s role as a national and global design leader. With its theme of “United by Design,” Detroit Month of Design 2023 explores how design intersects with the lives of everyday people.

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Detroit’s affordable housing shortage intertwines with homelessness, amplifying hardships for residents

“American Black Journal host Stephen Henderson leads a roundtable with BridgeDetroit’s Nushrat Rahman, City of Detroit’s Donald Rencher, and Neighborhood Service Organization’s Linda Little. They talk about the current state of homelessness in the city, housing instability, affordable housing units, federal housing vouchers, and the end to a national moratorium on rental evictions.

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Caregiving and mental health: ‘Overload in every sense of the word’

Roughly half of 1,000 unpaid caregivers surveyed last year in the Buffalo, Rochester and Detroit regions said physical and mental health challenges came with their roles. The more hours spent caregiving, the greater those burdens. The same held true for the youngest, least educated and lowest wage earners, according to the survey, commissioned by the New York-Michigan Solutions Journalism Collaborative.

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What we’ve learned after the first election under Michigan’s new redistricting process | Policy Talks @ Ford School

Join the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy for a final webinar in its redistricting series, to look back at the consequential change in Michigan’s new redistricting process and to review how this new approach played out this fall, including its impacts on races and election outcomes, and how it compares to experiences in other states.

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BridgeDetroit’s Bryce Huffman discusses Detroit’s BLM settlement, flood recovery efforts and 3D-printed homes

A lot happened in October in Detroit. One Detroit producer Will Glover sits down with BridgeDetroit reporter Bryce Huffman to talk about the latest news, including a $1 million lawsuit settlement with Detroit Will Breathe, plans for $57.6 million in flood recovery funds and mitigation efforts, and the first 3D printed home being built for Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood.

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Absentee or in person: Michigan voters react to key issues, races in the midterm election

Where do Michigan voters stand on key issues ahead of the Nov. 8, 2022 midterm election? One Detroit senior producer Bill Kubota teamed up with Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau Chief Paul Egan to talk with voters from across Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties about who they’ll cast their ballots for and where they land on the key issues like absentee voting, the economy and abortion.

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Antisemitism Now and Then: Michigan’s Response to the Holocaust and Rising Antisemitism Today

What role did Michigan and its most popular figures play in America’s response to the Holocaust? Ken Burns’ new PBS documentary, “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” is generating conversation about America’s response to the Holocaust. WDET reporter Eli Newman moderates a conversation with experts from the metro Detroit Jewish and interfaith communities about Michigan’s perspective on the Holocaust and the anti-semitism that still exists today.

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‘Life in Bloom’ host J Schwanke teaches the art of making beautiful flower arrangements

What does it take to create beautiful flower arrangements year-round in Michigan? “Life in Bloom” host J Schwanke invites WRCJ radio host and producer Cecelia Sharpe into his Grand Rapids home for a lesson on flower arranging. Together, they create a two-sided flower arrangement, discuss some common obstacles to flower health, and talk about how viewers can build their own at home.

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Always Online: Weighing the Effects of Social Media on Teens’ Mental Health 

From Twitter to Instagram and now TikTok, social media use by teens is widespread. What impact is it having on their mental health? One Detroit summer intern Zion Williams talks with three of her high school friends, as well as mental health experts across Michigan, about how social media can effect teens’ developing minds and how parents can monitor their children’s wellbeing and online habits.

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Biden Administration Announces Student Loan Debt Forgiveness For Millions. How Will Michigan Borrowers Be Affected?

Some of Michigan’s nearly 1.4 million student loan borrowers are rejoicing after the Biden administration announced a proposed plan to cancel up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt for millions across the nation. One Detroit’s Will Glover talks with BridgeDetroit reporter Isabel Lohman about Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan and how it’ll impact Michigan’s economy and individual borrowers.

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Toxic Coal Ash Contaminants Could Threaten Michigan’s Drinking Water, Great Lakes

“Great Lakes Now” host Ward Detwiler speaks with Northwestern University professor, journalist Kari Lydersen about research being done on toxic coal ash contaminants by the Energy News Network and her journalism students and the efforts to prevent coal ash from contaminating Michigan’s Great Lakes. This story is part of Great Lakes Now’s “Poisonous Ponds: Tackling Toxic Coal Ash” episode.

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Behind the ballot box: Detroit election inspectors receive training ahead of 2022 midterms

New plans for how Detroit will verify votes during the Aug. 2 primary election will include more stringent protocols on the number of challengers present as election inspectors count and verify ballots. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota teams up with the Detroit Free Press for a visit to one of Detroit’s election inspector trainings for a look at what goes on behind the scenes of elections and what election workers are required to know to preserve the democratic process.

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Detroit Symphony Orchestra Announces 2022-2023 Season Lineup, Featuring New Commissions, Piano Soloists, Strings Performances

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) returns for its 45th season with a lineup of A-list composers and performers set to take the Orchestra Hall stage later this year. WRCJ Producer and Host Peter Whorf talks with DSO President and CEO Erik Ronmark about what’s ahead for the DSO’s 2022-2023 season and the relationships the symphony has built with artists over the years.

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Aaron Foley’s debut novel ‘Boys Come First’ follows three millennial gay Black friends in Detroit 

What does it look like on the inside of a friendship between three millennial gay Black friends in Detroit? In recognition of Pride Month, producer AJ Walker sits down with journalist and author Aaron Foley to talk about his new novel, including the controversial social, political and humanistic topics he covers and what he believes makes his characters different than those in other novels.

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Black Museums, Historical Institutions Host National Virtual Juneteenth Celebration 

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History President and CEO Neil Barclay joins “American Black Journal” host Stephen Henderson to share how his museum plans to celebrate the nation’s newest federal holiday, Juneteenth, and how the museum will be involved in the “We the People” national virtual program with other Black museums and historical institutions.

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Lighthouse Preservation Efforts Underway for Spectacle Reef Lighthouse

Lake Huron and Lake Michigan come together in the Straits of Mackinac—long considered one of the most treacherous waterways on all of the Great Lakes. For nearly 150 years, the Spectacle Reef Lighthouse has guarded ships passing through the Straits. Great Lakes now explores the preservation efforts and initiatives going into restoring the historic, iconic site.

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3/24/22: COVID313 – Child Tax Credits, Housing & Utilities

Detroit Public Schools Community District Assistant Superintendent Alycia Meriweather updates parents and families on the districts conversations around virtual versus in-person learning for its students. Dr. Eric McGrath, MD of Infectious Disease and Prevention at Wayne Pediatrics, Inc. shares more information about the COVID-19 Omicron variant that continues to spread rapidly, Plus, special guest U.S. Senator Gary Peters, who shares what he’s been working on in Washington D.C. in regards to the nation’s federal response to COVID-19.

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3/10/22: COVID313 – Mask Mandates and COVID Protocols

On this COVID313 Town Hall, we discuss ending mask mandates, evolving COVID protocols and protecting immunocompromised children and those with special needs, plus talking with kids about world events. Guests include pediatrician Dr. Saini, Detroit Health Department, Detroit Public Schools and Michigan Charter Schools.

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Policy Talks @ the Ford School

Detroit Public TV and the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy are partnering on a series of four crucial discussions with key newsmakers, news reporters and public officials on issues relating to the vote.

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3/01/22: American Black Journal – Reparations: What Is Owed to Black Americans?

Host Stephen Henderson revisits portions from American Black Journal and BridgeDetroit’s reparations town hall with special guests Rev. Dr. JoAnn Watson, Lauren Hood, Andre Perry and Keith Williams. The group discuss what reparations are owed to Black Americans and what form they should take. Plus, Hood and Williams share information about a new Detroit task force for reparations.

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