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"Listen In, Michigan" is an audio storytelling feature brought to you by the online alumni magazine, Michigan Today. From historical features and alumni dispatches to campus news and provocative opinions, "Listen In, Michigan" will entertain and inform, helping to keep you connected to the University of Michigan — today.
 
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When Keith Orr and Martin Contreras refashioned their Mexican restaurant La Casita de Lupe into /aut/BAR in 1995, they sought to deliver a radically different gay-positive experience to the people of Ann Arbor. Their club would be the city’s first full-time, gay-owned gay bar.For the more than two decades that followed, Orr and Contreras created a …
 
Michigan Marching Band Michigan Today John Pasquale How we went blue Albert Ahronheim, onetime drum major of the Marching Band, deconstructs the iconic "Let's Go Blue" tune, starting with his initial conversation with George Cavender in the early '70s. Strike up the band When he was just a sophomore in the early 1950s, Jerry Bilik (who barely passe…
 
Brian Williams, assistant director and archivist at U-M's Bentley Historical Library, is a font of U-M facts and trivia. History nuts and people who like old stuff, quite literally, should enjoy this episode of “Listen in, Michigan." Here are links to some of the extraordinary items that Williams: Fielding Yost’s 1901 contract to become the first f…
 
The best of Listen in, Michigan Welcome to the 25th episode of Listen in, Michigan. In celebration of the miracle that I have actually survived making 24 of these podcasts, no small feat for a print journalist working alone in a recording studio, I have cut together some of my favorite snippets from the podcast so far. If you haven’t listened or su…
 
He was brilliant, brave, and curious — and his tale unspools like a thrilling mystery. Architect Raoul Wallenberg, ’35, protected thousands of Jews from the Nazis in World War II. And then he vanished off the face of the earth. Details of his disappearance remain a mystery to this day, but he likely was murdered in a Russian prison shortly after th…
 
Filmmaker Dan Chace, BA ’83, shares the labor of love that manifested as a beautiful documentary about beloved Wolverines football announcer Bob Ufer. The film is called "Footballs's Valhalla: The Bob Ufer Story." Read full story at Michigan Today More on Dan Chace 2012 Documentary: Perseverance: The Story of Dr. Billy Taylor Black Point West Films…
 
Good news! Your 1968 photo of RFK is on the cover of a 2017 bestseller. Bad news: It’s credited to someone else. Listen in as Michigan Daily alumni Andy Sacks and Jay Cassidy take you back to Spring 1968 when RFK campaigned for a presidential bid in Detroit. As student photographers, Sacks and Cassidy captured some of the last images of Kennedy bef…
 
Raconteur John U. Bacon, BA ’86/MA ’94, regales the listener with tales – heartfelt and hilarious – culled from a 25-year career covering sports. His book "The Best of Bacon" features “select cuts,” showcasing Michigan heroes Bo Schembechler and Jim Abbott, as well as Detroit legends Ernie Harwell, Joe Louis, and more. Read full story at Michigan T…
 
In this episode, we chat with Susan Pile, U-M’s senior director of university unions and auxiliary services. She is managing the 20-month renovation of the beloved Michigan Union, but fear not: She is fiercely protective of its legacy. Read full story at Michigan Today Michigan Union Photos and History More on Union Renovation Renovation Website "F…
 
Zingerman's Bakehouse co-owner Frank Carollo, BS ’76, celebrates 25 years in business with a gorgeous cookbook rich in history, humor, and of course, those precious how-to's. You can practically smell the bread baking as Frank shares his love of the kitchen. Read full story at Michigan Today Zingerman's Bakehouse More on Zingerman's Zingerman's Web…
 
From dinosaurs to dioramas, U-M holds some 25 million specimens and cultural objects in more than 20 distinct museums, libraries, and collections. Listen in, as we ‘meet’ some of the explorers who amassed this expansive archive. Read full story at Michigan Today Object Lessons & the Formation of Knowledge More on Object Lessons Carla Sinopoli Kerst…
 
Gail Offen, BGS ’78, takes foodies on a tasty trip through A2 past and present, from the Del Rio to Pizza Bob’s, from Drake’s to Le Dog. Her book "Iconic Restaurants of Ann Arbor" is filled with local history and wonderful anecdotes. Read full story at Michigan Today Iconic Restaurants of Ann ArborBy Deborah Holdship
 
Investigative reporter, civil rights advocate, and U-M journalism instructor Will Potter talks propaganda, dissent, and a free press that is anything but an ‘enemy of the people.’ Preach, Will. Read full story at Michigan Today [View Video of Jay Cassidy as Featured Alum][2] More on Will Potter Potter's Website Ted Talk Faculty Contact…
 
U-M’s bicentennial (2017) is upon us. What better time to celebrate the legacies and achievements that make Michigan what it is? Hear from U-M historians Kim Clarke and Gary Krenz. They will regale you with trivia that will entertain your alumni party guests. We promise. Read full story at Michigan Today View Michigan Bicentennial Video More on Mic…
 
Author and U-M professor Heather Ann Thompson, BA ’87/MA ’87, delivers the first definitive history of the 1971 Attica prison uprising and its devastating aftermath. This is a phoner, so the audio is a bit rough. Sorry! Read full story at Michigan Today Blood in Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy More on Heather Ann Thompson P…
 
Imagine Mark Twain’s iconic ne’er-do-well as the high school counselor who launched your career. LA native and Emeritus Professor Larry Goldstein shares some of his poetry about Los Angeles and tells the story of how child actor Tommy Kelly (who once played Tom Sawyer in the movies) set him on a writing and teaching career that would have made Aunt…
 
Professor Ralph Williams reflects on “the American project,” the pursuit of happiness, and the future of the human race. Williams is a beloved and highly revered professor at U-M and an expert on Shakespeare and world religions. Plus he has the most majestic way of speaking. Listen in! Read full story at Michigan Today More on Ralph Williams Royal …
 
A rambunctious war of words is raging on the political front line while U-M’s No. 1 debate team reaps the spoils here at home. (This is a conversation with U-M debate expert Aaron Kall, and we recorded it during the Republican candidates' debates prior to the 2018 presidential election.) Read full story at Michigan Today View Video of Kall's Debate…
 
It’s short. It’s sweet. And it can really swing. But the origins of “Let’s Go Blue” were anything but simple. Listen in, as arranger/composer/musician Albert Ahronheim deconstructs one of the most legendary sports anthems ever. Read full story at Michigan Today More on Albert Ahronheim & Jim Tobin Albert Ahronheim James Tobin…
 
Author and Michigan Daily alumna Stephanie Steinberg shares tales from her book about the history of The Michigan Daily and recounts the high stakes and high jinks of life as a college newspaper reporter. Plus: Peace Corps at 55. Read full story at Michigan Today In the Name of Editorial Freedom — 125 Years at The Michigan Daily More on Stephanie S…
 
Sure, we know the War of 1812, but how about the War of 1817? It happened right here at U-M – in 1929. Listen in, as James Tobin recounts more bizarre history of the University. Later in the episode we hear from Aaron Dworkin, former dean of the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Read full story at Michigan Today How Frank H. Culver changed history…
 
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