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The Mitchell's satyr butterfly
Mark Carlson

The race is on to save one of the world’s rarest butterflies.

Blue Bird Inn sign and building
Nephilim Art Studios / Courtesy of Detroit Sound Conservancy

Some of jazz's most iconic musicians have graced the stage at the Blue Bird Inn on Detroit’s West Side. But the once popular bar at 5021 Tireman has stood empty for more than a decade. Now, there’s an effort to restore the historic venue for a new era.

Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

The first thing you hear is the sound of the blacksmith pumping the bellows to make the fire in the forge hotter.

We’re at the Delano Homestead at the Kalamazoo Nature Center because there’s a small shed where a volunteer shows visitors how a homestead blacksmith might work. But he’s better known for what he forges. His name is Gabriel Paavola.

Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

A top Pentagon official told an audience in Oscoda on Wednesday that another four years of study are needed on the PFAS contamination seeping from the former Wurtsmith Air Force Base.

The industrial chemicals present a threat to human health. They've been used in firefighting foam on U.S. military bases.

John Henderson is an Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Air Force. He says the Pentagon would like to move faster on cleanup efforts, but it has to be careful.

“We continue to study aggressively, as quickly as we can, what the extent of the problem is,” says Henderson. "So when we do get a solution, it’s the right solution. We get it right the first time.”

paczki
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Throughout Michigan today, thousands of people will be indulging in a rich, delicate fried pastry. It might be filled with jam or custard, covered in powdered sugar, or granulated sugar, or a glaze. It’s like a donut, but it’s lighter and the dough is less sweet.

John Geddert
Dylan Martinez / REUTERS / Adobe Stock

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office is launching its own investigation into John Geddert, the former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach who’s been accused of physical abuse by several athletes.

 

The move comes just over a week after Eaton County Prosecutor Doug Lloyd told a group of frustrated women and girls that he does not have enough evidence yet to charge John Geddert with a crime.

From steamy Motown soul to sweet modern acoustic, Michigan has a long history of love songs. So we decided to compile some of our favorites to celebrate the romantic side of our state. 

Maddie in front of a music stand on stage
Long Haul Productions

When you learn how to make art – whether it’s oil painting or playing in a rock band – you develop more than just a talent.

It can also help you learn some pretty important life lessons about things like failure and vulnerability.

pictures of the shoebox lunches served by Southfield restaurant Beans and Cornbread
Neil Master

When you hit the highway for a road trip, you probably don’t think twice about being able to find somewhere to eat when you get hungry.  

But for African-American families heading South during the Jim Crow era, restaurant options were slim to none. So when they had long train or car trips planned, women of the family would pack lunches into old shoeboxes.

Kat, a student at CultureWorks in Holland, Michigan
Kat

Artists create for all sorts of reasons: to express emotion, convey an idea, or raise a political ruckus.

For people who struggle with anxiety and depression, art can also be a kind of therapy.

Dawn Bennett Dailey at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art
Long Haul Productions

Creating Connection Michigan is a series of intimate, first-person stories about the power of art to change lives. This week, we hear from a Kalamazoo woman whose art-making helped her cope with tragic losses.

Lunar eclipse
Nicky Zhang / Unsplash

Those willing to risk a chilly evening and a late bedtime Sunday night will be met with a stunning reward - the only total lunar eclipse of 2019. And this one will be a super blood moon.

What's a super blood moon? According to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the moon will simultaneously be in the full moon phase of its orbit and reaching the perigee, the moon's closest position to Earth (about 363,300 kilometers, to be exact). This is why it appears much larger than a regular full moon, or "super." When the moon passes through Earth's shadow, it will turn a reddish color, hence the "blood" aspect of the name.

photo courtesy of the family of Jilmar Ramos-Gomez

Jilmar Ramos-Gomez is a U.S. citizen. Born in Grand Rapids. He served in the Marines and saw combat in Afghanistan.

And last month federal immigration authorities took him into custody to face possible deportation.

Attorneys and immigration advocates in West Michigan are now demanding to know why, and how, this happened.

Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Bees are disappearing. You might have heard that colony collapse disorder of European honeybees can nearly wipe out a hive. But native bees are also in trouble. 

There are several kinds of bumblebees in Michigan. A recent survey found during the last 20 years, there were a dozen that were fairly common.

3 members of 7 Bold Banana Slugs
Long Haul Productions

Stateside is featuring intimate, first-person stories about the power of art in a new series called Creating Connection Michigan.

Today, we hear from Penny, a camper at Girls Rock Detroit. It’s a program where girls ages 8 to 15 form a band, learn how to play an instrument, write a song, and perform it in front of a live audience – all in the course of a week. 

A few photos of this week's rolling waves

Nov 13, 2015
Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

Heavy wind made for surprisingly Instagramable "bad weather" this week. Here are some photos from Instagram for those of you who couldn't see the waves in person:

Image made by Mark Brush

A recent Gallup poll found that 37% of people in Michigan would rather live somewhere else. But only 11% of those polled were "extremely likely or somewhat likely" to move in the next 12 months.

So that sparked a question: Why do people stay in Michigan?

Why do you stay?

Is it Lake Michigan? (Maybe.) Your family? Your job that you love? The Lions? (doubtful...) 

Whatever your reason, share it with others.

user: @dottidee / Instagram

A few weeks ago, we asked you to show us what your winter looks like on Instagram using the hashtag #PSWinterWhere.

We coordinated with KPCC (Southern California Public Radio) and NPR  and sent out a call to public radio listeners around the world and asked them what their world looks like this winter.

Here are 10 of our Midwestern favorites.

Mark Brush / Michigan Radio

What does your winter look like?

Bonfires, snowsuits, and a ton of really spicy food to keep warm? Maybe it's something less picturesque, like wearing long underwear and four pairs of socks. 

We are asking listeners across the country (and around the world) to show us what winter looks like.

Michigan Radio is joining Southern California Public Radio (@KPCC on Instagram) and NPR (@NPR) as a contributing member station to the Public Square project. Check out previous themes for the project here

SpecialKRB / flickr

Think, for just a moment, of the many ways we capture moments of our lives and share them with everyone.

Snap a photo on your smartphone and in seconds, it's up on Twitter or Facebook or Instagram for friends, family and followers to see.

But what is going to happen to those moments and memories someday in the future when Instagram or Tumblr or Facebook or Flickr no longer exist?