Category Archives: Culture

Will there ever be an end to poverty?

file0002103408351 (1)As a part of our ongoing series of reports on homelessness, Ben Thorp went to a Saginaw soup kitchen to talk about the services they offer. He wound up speaking to a CMU professor about poverty, its persistence, and what we can do to eradicate it.

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MSU Extension bridges generational gap in agriculture with technology

Msu extension logoMichigan State University Extension will host an event in mid-March aimed at helping those new to agriculture get a head start.
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Sno-drift: Rally racing on ice

Professional skateboarder, turned rally racer Bucky Lasek.

Professional skateboarder, turned rally racer Bucky Lasek.


Rally racing takes place on blocked off sections of public roads. Drivers race the clock attempting to get a faster time than the other teams.

Whoever finishes the course fastest is the winner.
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A federal grant will help ensure Michigan history isn’t lost to the ages

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The Houghton Lake Area Historical Society has been awarded close to $2,000 to help open historical records to the public.

The grant is from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission. Continue reading

The Muslim Student Association reacts to Donald Trump’s comments and the overall climate for Muslims in America

 

file000779805174For many Muslims in the United States, these are rather uncertain times… especially given the heated rhetoric coming out of the presidential race.

Ben Thorp recently sat down with three members of Central Michigan University’s Muslim Student Association to get their reaction to some of the comments made by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump… and in particular, his comments on ‘banning Muslims’ from entering the United States.

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Conspiracy of silence: New website shines light on elderly abuse in Michigan


Sad Old PersonThe rate of elderly abuse in Michigan is roughly 3 times more than the national average. In an attempt to raise awareness of the issue the Stern Law Group has sponsored a website that lists nursing homes and their violations nationwide. Continue reading

Finding Santa in a sea of red and white

The workshop

The workshop

When I walked into the replica of Santa’s workshop and was confronted by well over 40 real-bearded, bright red suit wearin’ Santas, this somewhat-mature 23-year old reporter immediately turned into a 10 year old boy.
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Santa’s not so little helper: Reindeer man

Bronner the white deer.

Bronner the white deer.

Ladies and Gentleman drop everything and listen, I’ve solved a Christmas mystery! I’ve located the man who takes care of Santa’s reindeer in the off season.
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Renowned musician discusses healing power of music

Violinist with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, and founder of Street Symphony Vijay Gupta lectured at SVSU about humanitarian efforts and the power of music.

Violinist with the LA Philharmonic Orchestra, and founder of Street Symphony Vijay Gupta lectured at SVSU about humanitarian efforts and the power of music.

Does music have the power to heal an impaired mind? Have you ever wondered why certain passages of music can give you chills?

A world class musician recently traveled to Saginaw Valley State University to answer these questions, and to talk about the power of music. Continue reading

Charlevoix County man arrested for ‘revenge porn’

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In Charlevoix County this week a man was arrested for posting what’s called revenge porn online. Officials said the man not only posted intimate pictures of an ex-girlfriend, he also included her name, phone number and address. The pictures have been viewed online over 60,000 times.

25-year old Andrew Roche received nude and intimate pictures from his ex-girlfriend during their relationship. When she broke up with him, he put them on a revenge porn website, which acts as a forum.

Charlevoix County’s Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Gregory Justis is handling the case. Devon Rademacher had a chance to speak with Justis about the case and the increasing popularity of revenge porn.

An introduction to outer space

Example of what may be in store for viewers this Friday (10-2) Courtesy of the planetarium.

Example of what may be in store for viewers this Friday (10-2) Courtesy of the planetarium.

The Bay City Planetarium is attempting to restore some of the intrigue and wonder towards outer space that some people may have lost since childhood.
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‘On the Map’ visits one of the world’s largest toy museums

If you’re young at heart or craving a taste of nostalgia, look no further than Bay City.

Home to one of the biggest toy collections in the world, The Antique Toy and Fire Truck Museum is every kids worst nightmare. Thousands of toys, but you can’t touch them! Jimmie Dobson is the the man behind the museum, and it’s his collection that makes up most of the exhibits. Continue reading

On the map travels to torch lake to meet the lirones family

Bruce Lirones driving the 'brand new 10 year-old boat' down to Torch Lake

Bruce Lirones driving the ‘brand new 10 year-old boat’ down to Torch Lake

For the Lirones family, an encounter with Maynard Ferguson is one of many stories that parallels Northern Michigan’s rich and warm culture.
Matt Sumner traveled to Torch Lake to meet the Lirones’s and discover their love of life, and the arts. Continue reading

Pitbull ban under fire from animal rights groups

PitbullThe city of West Branch is coming under fire from Pitbull owners and animal rights groups for their ban against the aforementioned breed.

Breed Specific Legislation are laws that ban certain types of dogs from an area. These laws are nothing new, but controversial nonetheless.
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Rise and fall of the Beaver Island Mormon kingdom

Beaver Island Historical Society Museum in the restored home of James Strang.

Beaver Island Historical Society Museum in the restored home of James Strang.

Bands of Native Americans, Irish famine fleer’s and even a Dominican convent have all called the secluded coasts of Beaver Island home.

Also finding solace on the island, at least temporarily, was a group of Mormons who declared a kingdom on the Northern Lake Michigan Island.
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Northwestern Michigan College joins international study abroad effort

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Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City has joined an international effort to boost the number of students studying abroad.

NMC has partnered with the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad program to help push students to study the world. Continue reading

‘On The Map’ visits CMU’s Beaver Island facility

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Uzarski and crew sinking equipment.

Our first stop on Beaver Island is a one-of-a-kind biological research facility operated by Central Michigan University.

Don Uzarski is director of CMU’s Great Lakes Research Institute, and my captain when I went for a lesson on the water. Continue reading