Monday, December 19, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "No Train for the Motor City" from WSJ


"DETROIT—After kicking the tires on a shiny new train system, the Motor City has decided to take the cheaper bus instead.


This week, the U.S. Department of Transportation and Mayor Dave Bing suddenly abandoned a roughly $600 million plan to build a light-rail line along a key corridor that supporters had insisted would attract new residents and jump-start economic growth. Instead, they proposed a less-expensive plan for a network of express buses to deliver workers from the city to the job-rich suburbs.


Even the express-bus system would require a level of regional cooperation on transit that has long eluded Detroit and its suburbs. The impoverished city is struggling to maintain its existing transit network, including a rickety, heavily subsidized bus system and a lonely elevated train that courses through downtown...."


Link:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204844504577100660265044228.html


Editor's Note: While not visible in the article's image, the line includes a segment to the international airport, a big plus for Detroit-bound CTers!

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "When Airlines Depart Cities, Businesses May Follow" from NPR


"Last month when Chiquita announced it was moving its corporate headquarters from Ohio to North Carolina, it said it was lured there in part by the number of flights in and out of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport.


Cincinnati came out on the losing end of the deal because like so many other cities, it faces a shrinking airline hub, which can affect the city's business climate.


The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, or CVG, is big but kind of empty. Business traveler John Bonno from Atlanta was noticing recently how desolate it feels."


Link:
http://www.npr.org/2011/12/09/143306035/when-airlines-depart-cities-businesses-may-follow


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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "A 'Christmas Story' Musical? Sing Out, Ralphie!" from NPR


Background: The movie is based on the the screenwriter's childhood in Hammond, IN.  The movie was filmed in a Cleveland neighborhood (the home is available to tour).  The play was in Detroit until 27 November and will be in Chicago from 14-30 December.  


"Every year at this time, families in search of child-friendly holiday entertainment buy their tickets for productions of A Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker. It's a lucrative market, and commercial producers are always looking for the next big Broadway-style holiday show that might join that small group of classic favorites. (The Grinch musical, anyone?)


This year, A Christmas Story: The Musical! will take its shot. A stage version of the iconic 1983 movie is on a five-city tour, with dreams of playing Broadway next year." 


Link:
http://www.npr.org/2011/11/25/142673831/a-christmas-story-musical-sing-out-ralphie



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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Hard Times Inspire Ky. College Students To Action" from NPR

"This school was started six years before the Civil War. It was to be both integrated and coeducational. And the poor students became part of the mission. The small college town, Berea, is right at the edge of the Bluegrass region. There's a rise of mountains to the east. It's where Appalachia begins."


Link:
http://www.npr.org/2011/11/29/142889056/hard-times-inspire-ky-college-students-to-action



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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South Events: Thanksgiving Day Parades


Looking for some fun on Thanksgiving Day?  Try some of these holiday classics:


Detroit-America's Thanksgiving Parade: 
Web Site: http://www.theparade.org
Kickoff: Thursday, 9:05 am ET


Chicago-McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade: 
Web Site: http://www.chicagofestivals.org/
Kickoff: Thursday, 8:05 am CT


Saint Louis-Ameren Missouri Thanksgiving Day Parade
Web Site: http://www.christmasinstlouis.org/parade
Kickoff: Thursday, 8:45 am CT


Not on Thursday, but still fun.....
Pittsburgh-My Macy's Holiday Parade
Web Site: http://www.wpxi.com/pittsburghparade/index.html
Kickoff: Saturday, 9:05 am ET



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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "$150M grant announced for high-speed rail between Detroit, Chicago" from the Battle Creek Enquirer

GREAT NEWS for all CTers!  


"The U.S. Department of Transportation today announced a $150 million award for high-speed rail improvements to Amtrak's line between Detroit and Chicago."


Link:
http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/article/20111122/NEWS01/301010020


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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South Events: Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival , Chicago, IL

"Reeling: The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary as the second-oldest LGBT film festival in the world, showcasing innovative gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films from around the world. This year, films are featured at six different Chicago area theatres. The festival runs Thursday, November 3 through Saturday, November 12, 2011 and will include 65 screenings."


Link:
http://reelingfilmfestival.org/


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Friday, November 11, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Evoking the World of War" from the WSJ


"The Pritzker Military Library is not just another repository of war stories, battered flags and medals, interesting only to veterans and Civil War re-enactors. Among the striking materials on display is the handwritten diary of a New Hampshire militiaman, written during the American Revolution, and the Medal of Honor earned by Hershel "Woody" Williams for his service on Iwo Jima during World War II."


Link:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203716204577013833544020206.html?KEYWORDS=Pritzker+Military+Library


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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: 45th Country Music Association Awards in Nashville, TN, 9 November


One of the biggest televised awards shows based in the GL&US, the CMA Awards showcases the best in country music. This year the awards show will be held at the Bridgestone Arena. 


Link:
http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/category/awards/cmas/


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Monday, November 7, 2011

Great Lakes & Uppers South in the News: "'The Gift Of Detroit': Tilling Urban Terrain" from NPR

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "'The Gift Of Detroit': Tilling Urban Terrain" from NPR

"Detroit is a surprisingly green landscape during the spring and summer months. The site of many houses that are crumbling, boarded up or missing altogether is tempered by community gardens and even some urban farms."

Link:
http://www.npr.org/2011/10/02/140903516/the-gift-of-detroit-tilling-urban-terrain



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Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "'Star Trek' fans can visit final frontier at St. Louis Science Center" from the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch 


"Are you looking for the "Next Generation" bridge?


Go past Kirk's chair, wind past Picard's quarters, make a left at Spock's wardrobe room, go through Crusher's sick bay and you're there.


If you end up in Quark's bar, you've gone too far.


These directions could come in handy if you decide (boldly, of course) to see "Star Trek: The Exhibition," a new attraction at the St. Louis Science Center. It opens Friday (Oct. 28) and runs through May 28.


Link:
http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/star-trek-fans-can-visit-final-frontier-at-st-louis/article_bf36412e-7926-5a17-a406-5b4e8d03809c.html


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Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Bob Cassilly Remembered: Part Sculptor, Part Kid" from NPR


"It's hard to miss City Museum when you're in downtown St. Louis. It's the only building with a Ferris wheel on the roof.


There's a large green praying mantis, too. And a bus that's tipped just over the building's edge.


You can actually get on the bus."


Link:
http://www.npr.org/2011/10/08/141158172/bob-cassilly-remembered-part-sculptor-part-kid


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Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Poet Laureate" segment from Re:Sound


"Poet Laureate"
by Dan Collison and Elizabeth Meister (Day to Day, 2006)
Three Oaks, Michigan is one of the smallest towns in America to have a poet laureate. Like many rural towns, Three Oaks' economy was badly hurt by farm consolidation and factory shutdowns, but an influx of artists and creative types has given it new life. Dan and Elizabeth recently relocated to Three Oaks and documented the selection of the new poet laureate."


Link:
http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/library/628-re-sound-62-the-long-haul-show?closed=true


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Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "At New Madrid Fault, Shaky Guesses On Next Quake" from NPR

"It has now been 200 years since the last major earthquakes rocked the New Madrid Seismic Zone — a fault system that runs down the central U.S. through parts of Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas and Tennessee. "

Link:
http://www.npr.org/2011/08/27/139968260/at-new-madrid-fault-shaky-guesses-on-next-quake




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Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Enterprising Young Musicians On The Road To Interlochen" from NPR


"For young people who want a career in the arts, a handful of prestigious summer camps are a vital early step. Interlochen, in northern Michigan, is one of them."


Link:
http://www.npr.org/2011/07/22/138540900/enterprising-young-musicians-on-the-road-to-interlochen

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "On Location: Mansfield, Ohio's 'Shawshank' Industry" from NPR


"The 1994 prison drama The Shawshank Redemption is a Hollywood rarity, in that it wasn't shot in Hollywood. The filmmakers didn't use New York or Toronto either. Instead, Shawshank was filmed almost entirely on location, in and around the Rust Belt city of Mansfield, Ohio, about halfway between Columbus and Cleveland."


Link:
http://www.npr.org/2011/08/04/138986482/on-location-mansfield-ohios-shawshank-industry


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Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Does Jobs Have Place In History Beside Edison, Ford?" from NPR


"Comparisons can be drawn between Jobs and other great American innovators like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, both technological titans in U.S. history.


The Henry Ford Museum just outside of Detroit is a shrine to all sorts of American innovation. The museum includes Edison's laboratory complex and the Wright Brothers' original bike shop."


Link:
http://www.npr.org/2011/08/27/139996473/is-steve-jobs


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Sunday, July 3, 2011

Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "Dr. Beach picks top Great Lakes beaches" from USA Today

By Laura Bly, USA TODAY
"To coastal highbrows who dismiss the Midwest as "flyover country," the premise that the five Great Lakes harbor some stellar stretches of sand might seem as credible as former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, the Illinois politician convicted on multiple counts of corruption this week.


But " Dr. Beach" — aka Florida International University professor and coastal expert Stephen P. Leatherman — begs to differ."


Link:
http://travel.usatoday.com/destinations/story/2011/07/Five-great-Great-Lakes-beaches/49003198/1


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Great Lakes & Upper South in the News: "The Chicago Show" from Re:sound (Third Coast International Audio Festival)

"Chicago, as all Chicagoans know, means wild onion. Wild, as in feral, unpredictable, fierce, blustery, lunatic. Onion, as in layered, spicy, sometimes stinky, sometimes sweet, and always tear-inducing. At its best, it’s beautiful, humming with life. At its worst, it’s freezing, boiling, congested..."


Link:
http://www.thirdcoastfestival.org/library/781-re-sound-130-the-chicago-show


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Friday, June 24, 2011

Destination of the Day: A Prairie Home Companion, Saint Paul, MN

Destination 3 in the series "Pledge Drive"


Across North America right around 5pm CT radios change from the local sports or classical music stations to the opening song of APHC,  "Tishomingo Blues".  What started as a simple variety show has become an American institution.  Just the RUMOR that Garrison Keillor was planning to retire from the show made it to the top of many online papers.  


APHC's summer road show season is in high gear.  Upcoming performances include: Chicago-Highland Park (26 June), Grand Rapids (12 August), Lansing-East Lansing (13 August), Louisville (14 August), and the Minnesota State Fair (2 September).  


Address:
A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor
http://prairiehome.publicradio.org/
Fitzgerald Theater
10 East Exchange Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Tickets: Varies by section
Audience shows are normally on Saturday for a live broadcast.



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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Destination of the Day: Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?, Madison, WI

Destination 2 in the series "Pledge Drive"


Part comedy show, interview show, and quiz show, there is little doubt a listener will find 'Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?' entertaining and somewhat odd.  Broadcast from alternating locations in Madison, catching a show is just one of many attractions and events a CTer can enjoy while visiting Wisconsin's capital.  


Address:
Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?
http://www.notmuch.com/
NOTE: CHECK SCHEDULE FOR SPECIFIC MADISON LOCATION
Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center
1 John Nolen Drive
Madison, WI
OR
Mitchell Theatre (Vilas Hall)
821 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
Tickets: $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for students/senior citizens
Audience shows are normally on Saturday for a live broadcast. 



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Destination of the Day: Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!, Chicago, IL

Destination 1 in the series "Pledge Drive"


Hosted by Peter Sagal with long-time NPR broadcaster Carl Kasell, Wait Wait quickly has become a major hit for NPR.  For the uninitiated, Wait Wait is a news quiz show, but with a lot of humor.  The rotating guest panelists include Paula Poundstone, Kyrie O'Connor, P.J. O'Rourke, and Adam Felber.  


Address:
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
http://www.npr.org/programs/wait-wait-dont-tell-me/
Chase Auditorium (lower level of Chase Tower)
10 South Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60603
Tickets: $24.75 in advance, $25.00 at door
Audience shows are normally on Thursday for Saturday broadcast.  Shows tend to sell-out early.  



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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Series of the Week: "Pledge Drive"

Public radio is alive and doing very well in the Great Lakes & Upper South.  The region is home to a number of major stations and not just one, but two, of the three major producers and distributors of programming for public radio stations.  Shows like Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, Sounds Opinions, This American Life, Michael Feldman's Whad'Ya Know?, and of course the granddaddy of them all, A Prairie Home Companion, entertain millions of loyal listeners, pump tourism dollars into their local economies, and provide training for a new generation of radio talent.  


If you would like to contribute to this series contact me at rmaihoferii@gmail.com. Include your name, the establishment, a short description, and a photo if you have one.


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