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  • 20 Years of Arizona Charter Schools

    20 Years of Arizona Charter Schools

    02/10/2017 Duração: 33min

    Kevin Walsh of hosts David Wells, Ph.D, co-founder of the non-partisan research group The Grand Canyon Institute who co-authored with Curtis Cardine Following the Money:  Twenty Years of Charter School Finances in Arizona the first of three reports which reveals that up to 77 percent of Arizona’s charter school holders use their state taxpayer funds for potentially questionable financial transactions. Specifically, many charter schools conduct business with a related party, in other words a for-profit business owned by the charter holder, a member of the school’s corporate board or a relative of either. In 2013-14, related-party financial commitments were worth half a billion dollars of state taxpayer funds, representing 48 percent of charter school expenditures for contracts, leases and rents. Examples of these related-party transactions include: Purchasing curriculum from the charter school holder’s for-profit company. Hiring teachers from an employment services firm owned by the charter h

  • Detroit Blues Society

    Detroit Blues Society

    13/07/2016 Duração: 58min

    Join Digging Detroit host Pete Kalinski from Royal Oak's Boo's Music Bistro inside Mr. B's Restaurant as he welcomes two of the city's foremost fans and promoters of Detroit's legendary blues legacy--President of the Detroit Blues Society, Steve Soviak and Vice President Tom McNab. It's first meeting in 1985 began a multi-decade of transformations to increase public interest in the Society. Large-scale events included a number of indoor and outdoor concerts and school workshops. Increased membership and a more organized approach allowed the Society to embark on special projects. Educational programs became more formalized and in 1996 the Scarab Club Educational/Blues Heritage Series began. Each event featured a theme based on some aspect of the Detroit blues tradition. Pete, Steve and Tom discuss the non-profit's innovations including Blues in the Schools and the Blues Challenge as the group continues to dedicate itself to the preservation, education, and advancement of the blues tradition as it relates to th

  • Archivist Round 2 with Digging Detroit

    Archivist Round 2 with Digging Detroit

    07/04/2016 Duração: 58min

    Tune in to our latest podcast, another Archivist's Roundup as we visit with four archivists and historians about Detroit's rich and varied Jewish history. The archivists share how they collect and preserve the stories of Detroit's Jewish community and also how they help connect today's generation with their heritage. Host:  Pete Kalinski Guests:  Aimee Ergas -Collections Archivist for Jewish Detroit at the Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University; Robbie Terman - Director, Leonard N. Simmons Jewish Community Archives; Wendy Rose Bice - Executive Director, Jewish Historical Society of Michigan; Jann Durecki - Archivist, The Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives at Temple Beth El    

  • Fascinating Women of Michigan History - 2 of 2

    Fascinating Women of Michigan History - 2 of 2

    22/03/2016 Duração: 01h19min

    In this second of 2 episodes featuring fascinating women of Michigan history, Digging Detroit host Thomas J. Reed, Jr. is joined by Samantha Lawrence, Sabrina Nelson, Emily B. Corwin and Bailey Sisoy Isgro–each sharing their favorite women of Michigan history–ranging from a supreme court justice, a surgeon, an artist to a brothel-owner. Check out more, including Part 1 at

  • Fascinating Women of Michigan History - 1 of 2

    Fascinating Women of Michigan History - 1 of 2

    08/03/2016 Duração: 54min

    In this first of 2 episodes featuring fascinating women of Michigan history, Digging Detroit host Thomas J. Reed, Jr. is joined by Samantha Lawrence, Sabrina Nelson, Emily B. Corwin and Bailey Sisoy Isgro--each sharing their favorite women of Michigan history--ranging from a supreme court justice, a surgeon, an artist to a brothel-owner.

  • Detroit in WWII - Author Gregory Sumner

    Detroit in WWII - Author Gregory Sumner

    21/10/2015 Duração: 42min

    A look inside the "Arsenal of Democracy" as Professor Gregory Sumner of University of Detroit Mercy joins Digging Detroit's Thomas J. Reed Jr. and Detroit History Tours' Bailey Sisoy Isgro at Detroit's historic Abick's Bar.   Sumner previews his upcoming book-signing, Detroit in WWII, at Abick's on November 10, 2015. Thanks to our Abick's host, Eric and Kit, we visit with Prof. Sumner in the cigar room--formerly a barber shop.  Amazing eats was provided once again by Andy Surowiec of Smokin' Pole BBQ! Topics include: Advantages of being an Hoosier looking in at Detroit Coming out of isolationism with the $1 men and patriotism of Joe Louis and  Edsel Ford Warren Tanks and Willow Run--designed by the son of a German rabbi Soldier Hank Greenberg's home run--"hitting one against Hitler" The third shift--and loosening of conventions for women and children Female pay disparity greater now than in WWII Racial tensions and the Detroit wartime riot Detroit expressways created for WWII but ironically accelerating whit

  • Playwright Frank Anthony Polito and B.F.s!

    Playwright Frank Anthony Polito and B.F.s!

    25/09/2015 Duração: 29min

    Playwright Frank Anthony Polito shares his journey from blue collar Hazel Park Michigan to New York's theater scene, then back again, nearly 20 years later with a drama about his teenage years with his best friend--both discovering they are gay in the late 1980s.   For two more weekends--through October 4th, audiences can share this remarkable show in Hazel Park at the the Slipstream Theatre Initiative's production of "B.F.s!" (link to website). Topics include: Frank's journey home Writing a play (from an original novel) Basing characters on real people--and merging them Teenagers, friendships and drama Becoming a drama coach at your alma mater

  • MMD - Archivist Roundtable with Digging Detroit

    MMD - Archivist Roundtable with Digging Detroit

    07/08/2015 Duração: 59min

    Some of Michigan's top historical archivists join us for a roundtable discussion on their unusual world--sometimes spent in dusty shelves and digging through dark basements and mysterious attics--but often waiting for you at the reference desk. They'll share some familiar requests, general misconceptions, surprise treasures and offer some great advice for everyone on preserving documents, photographs and memories for posterity. Recorded August 4, 2015 at Abick's Bar & Grill with our hostess, Kit Lindamood Catering Courtesy of Andy Surowiec of Smokin' Pole BBQ Host Pete Kalinski:  Digging Detroit Host/Producer Guests: Rebecca Bizonet:  Oral History Project Archivists at The Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University Andrea Gietzen:  Archivists at the Archives of Michigan, Michigan Historical Center Thomas J. Reed, Jr.  Digging Detroit Host/Producer Robbie Terman:  Director of the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives, The Jewish Federation of Detroit Brian Wilson:  Digital Access and Preservat

  • Launching (and Maintaining) a Blog and Podcast

    Launching (and Maintaining) a Blog and Podcast

    15/06/2015 Duração: 52min

    Woodwords, "Your Detroit Avenue to Alternative Pop Culture and Talk" is a new blog and podcast created by MMD contributing writer and podcaster Kale Davidoff. Kale joins Kevin to discuss: The first two months of a blog Writers and stage-fright The big thing before the big thing (aka "Off the Wall" pre "Thriller") Cold-calling special guests for podcasts Just diving in and keep on swimming forward Surprises and the fun of evesdropping at the table next to you at the bar Marketing blog-posts with Facebook and Twitter trends Maintaining a blog Power of a deadline Consistency of Vanna White  

  • GMs Google Years of Designers Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell

    GM's "Google Years" of Designers Harley Earl and Bill Mitchell

    16/04/2015 Duração: 48min

    Ken Pickering, GM's retired Executive Director, Engineering and Design Services, joins Digging Detroit's Kevin Walsh and Pete Kalinski to discuss his career in the exciting years of design in the 1950s and beyond. Moving from western Pennsylvania to WWII to GM Hard work combined with some great breaks Harley Earl & Bill Mitchell How long a car takes from design to production Women in design via Harley Earl The Corvette SR2 created in 5 weeks for Earl’s son Henry Ford, Willow Run and the Arsenal of Democracy Motorama—Harley Earl’s Manhattan Runway Man’s love-affair with cars David Temple's new book Motorama:  GM's Legendary Show & Concept Cars

  • MMD: Fathers, Daughters, Wedding Songs  Horse Racing

    MMD: Fathers, Daughters, Wedding Songs & Horse Racing

    26/03/2015 Duração: 50min

    Ladd Biro has loved music and been a performer his entire life--but never wanted to be a starving artist either.  For 40 years he has worked in the entirely non-9-to-5 world of the track--and been in bands and created albums. He contacted Kevin Walsh about creating a music video for "In Days Gone By," a song that a friend of his wrote for his niece's wedding--dedicated to the special relationship between a father and daughter. Ladd joins Kevin as they discuss: The world of horse-racing Loving music--and keeping it as part of your life The creation of "In Days Gone By" Raiding photo albums of family and friends The universal appeal of daddy/daughter dances What makes a band work Mars and Venus--and editing a video for both Ladd's album, Transition, from Roscoe Records Check out the video of "In Days Gone By" on YouTube.

  • Oscar Experts Post-Op - 2015

    Oscar Experts Post-Op - 2015

    26/02/2015 Duração: 54min

    Following a contest on, the top three winners guessing the 24 categories from the 2015 Academy Awards, Collin Ward, Melissa Balan and Steve Palizzi, were invited by hosts Kevin Walsh and Kale Davidoff to discuss the following: Best and Worst of the Show Bad Clips Shown for Good Actors Underwhelming Films New Categories such as:Neil Patrick Harris and the Hosting Curse--Too Naughty/Too Nice Best Picture--5 Years from Now Best Trailer Best Stuntwork Best Voice-Over Work Recommended Changes The Academy Voters Country Club/US Senate Snubs Joan Rivers Popularity of Hanging Lightbulbs Birdman and Hollywood's Love Affair with Itself  

  • From Choir Class to Rock Stage

    From Choir Class to Rock Stage

    16/02/2015 Duração: 01h10min

    The 1967 vision of a new teacher transformed Royal Oak Dondero High School's choir into a ground-breaking force with its annual Pop Concert for the next 35 years. Author and alumnus of Mr. Rick Hartsoe's program at Dondero, Pete Wurdock previews the March 7th release of his book, Love Will Steer the Stars:  A History of the Dondero Pop Concert and is joined by Rick along with Dan Palmer, another alum from the programs early days--who would go on to be the concert's chief arranger until Rick's retirement. Topics include: Details on the book's launch at the original auditorium on March 7th at Royal Oak Middle School, 709 N. Washington Royal Oak Rick's early days developing the concert--and its initial reaction from staff and students Talent seeking talent, collaborating with instrumentalists--and shop teachers! Life-lessons, including teamwork and rigor and the enduring power of music You can read more about Pete Wurdock and his books at:

  • OSUs Urban-Renewal, Harbaugh  the Tigers

    OSU's Urban-Renewal, Harbaugh & the Tigers

    19/01/2015 Duração: 50min

    On the two-year anniversary of, featured writers Kale Davidoff (a MSU Spartan) and Steve Mitzel (a UofM Wolverine) cover the following sports topics with host Kevin Walsh: Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes national title The new NCAA playoff system Jim Harbaugh's arrival in Ann Arbor--and likelihood to stay? The Big Ten's return to power Is the SEC hurt by the new system? Different venues, different fans Being a stranger in a hostile stadium The Tigers and Justin Verlander (and will they ever win the Series) Read Kale's posts on MMD Read Steve's posts on MMD

  • Dodge, Detroit  Women in Industry

    Dodge, Detroit & Women in Industry

    11/01/2015 Duração: 59min

    MyMediaDiary welcomes back Tom Reed with his fellow co-producer of Digging Detroit, Pete Kalinski, as they discuss the early days of Detroit's automotive history with historians Bailey Sisoy Isgro and Madelyn Rzadkowolski, curator of Meadowbrook. Topics include: Advertising’s current portrayal of the Dodge Brothers Dodge's famous dependability—and fix-it-yourself car kits General Patton and the Dodge military contract Women and Detroit’s cigar industry as a vehicle for entry into the workforce (and why Detroit was a cigar center) Using campaigns of conscience to get women into the workforce during WWI Detroit’s African American 600% population boom between 1910-1920 Detroit as the “Paris of the Midwest” More campaigns of conscience to force women out of the workplace after WWII Dodge’s role in the arsenal of democracy Fear of women earning too much--and gaining political clout) Promoting the myth of the non-communist “nuclear family” in the nuclear age Produced by Kevin Walsh of MMD Productions (www.mmdp

  • Detroit From Above - NYT Aerial Photographer Alex S. MacLean

    Detroit From Above - NYT Aerial Photographer Alex S. MacLean

    08/01/2015 Duração: 33min

    Following the December 7, 2014 publication of his New York Times Sunday Review, "Detroit By Air" which examines the city's dramatic haves and have-nots, photographer Alex MacLean is interviewed by Kevin Walsh and Thomas J. Reed, Jr. of the new website,   Topics include... ·      Alex’s background, including his fear of flying leading to his pilot’s license ·      Detroit’s past, present and future ·      Regrowing urban communities ·      Alex’s transition from aerial surveyor to gallery artist ·      His favorite audiences ·      Switching to digital, but still loving prints—and those amazing drones!   More information on Alex can be found at his website:

  • Life Lessons  Sound FX

    Life Lessons & Sound FX

    23/12/2014 Duração: 23min

    Veteran film and TV sound expert Ric Viers, author of The Sound Effects Bible and The Location Sound Bible, joins Kevin Walsh following a workshop Ric gave to Michigan high school students on his 10 Location Sound Commandments, which offer important life-skills as well.   They discuss: Soft Skills and Reputation-how the most skilled person on the set may not be the one who stays on the set. How Does One Begin as a Sound Guy? Fatherhood and the osmosis of sound-awareness Gathering sound-effects (and where to leave your keys) Publishing a book (after finding a niche) The "Oh Crap" Kit

  • MyMediaDiary: De-Agonizing the Essay

    MyMediaDiary: De-Agonizing the Essay

    10/12/2014 Duração: 30min

    Kevin Walsh interviews author and educator Dr. Erik Bean on his most recent books, including: - Rigorous Grading Using Microsoft Word AutoCorrect - WordPress for Student Writing Projects, Grades 6-12 They discuss... - Overcoming student and teacher fatigue essay-fatigue with the technology - Student and teacher reactions to new tricks for the old dog of MS Word - Advantages of blogging for students (and overcoming stage fright) - Trolling (and how to address them) - Getting published--five times!

  • MyMediaDiary: Marketing Guru, Sandy Barris

    MyMediaDiary: Marketing Guru, Sandy Barris

    05/11/2014 Duração: 27min

    Kevin Walsh interviews Sandy Barris, a longtime marketing expert.   He is the author of 97 Marketing Secrets to Make More Money and the app, Sales Goal On Fire Pro.  More information at He shares his lifelong journey and lessons, including: - Writing a book, not to sell but to use as a giant business card of credibility - How Google's AdWords works, and which words cost the most) - Creating an App (or hiring the right people to do it for you) - Marketing a la carte (one-day turnaround for customers who just need booster-shots) - War stories (successes and failures) - Election Ads (does negativity work?)  

  • MMD: FLoods, Insurance  Ethics

    MMD: FLoods, Insurance & Ethics

    07/10/2014 Duração: 21min

    Following the intense rain within a single four-hour period in August, 2014, thousands of metro Detroiters found their basements flooded with sewage and little to no assistance from their insurers "flood" coverage. Attorney, Judy Herman, discusses her 27 year career dealing with insurance companies and offers some advice for consumers and ethical guidelines both companies and customers would be wise to follow.

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