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Artpod: The LipDub video heard 'round the world

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Lindsey Smith
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Michigan Radio
Ryan Slusarzyk and Abbey Sloan sit in the back of a classic Chevy truck near Rosa Parks Circle. They have a line in the Grand Rapids lip dub "drove my chevy to the levee, but the levee was dry."

In case you've been living under a couch cushion for the past week or so and haven't heard about the Grand Rapids LipDub video getting rave reviews, let's bring you up to speed:

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-971667.mp3

Earlier this year, Newsweek said the city of Grand Rapids was dying. The city's residents decided to strike back with a nearly $40,000 lip-dub video that's all the rage right now. More than 1.6 million people and counting have viewed the video on YouTube, and the video's facebook page has links to the various news outlets who that covered the story - from the Wall Street Journal to the Today Show to an Austrian newspaper.

On today's Artpod, Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith introduces us to the guy behind the video, and we meet some of the people who participated.

And as a a bonus, here's a video Lindsey put together on the making of the LipDub video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5mEfDka4w6M

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