Wed, 21 October 2015
A look inside the "Arsenal of Democracy" as Professor Gregory Sumner of University of Detroit Mercy joins Digging Detroit's Thomas J. Reed Jr. and Detroit History Tours' Bailey Sisoy Isgro at Detroit's historic Abick's Bar. Sumner previews his upcoming book-signing, Detroit in WWII, at Abick's on November 10, 2015.
Thanks to our Abick's host, Eric and Kit, we visit with Prof. Sumner in the cigar room--formerly a barber shop. Amazing eats was provided once again by Andy Surowiec of Smokin' Pole BBQ!
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Fri, 25 September 2015
Playwright Frank Anthony Polito shares his journey from blue collar Hazel Park Michigan to New York's theater scene, then back again, nearly 20 years later with a drama about his teenage years with his best friend--both discovering they are gay in the late 1980s.
For two more weekends--through October 4th, audiences can share this remarkable show in Hazel Park at the the Slipstream Theatre Initiative's production of "B.F.s!" (link to website).
Fri, 7 August 2015
Some of Michigan's top historical archivists join us for a roundtable discussion on their unusual world--sometimes spent in dusty shelves and digging through dark basements and mysterious attics--but often waiting for you at the reference desk.
They'll share some familiar requests, general misconceptions, surprise treasures and offer some great advice for everyone on preserving documents, photographs and memories for posterity.
Recorded August 4, 2015 at Abick's Bar & Grill with our hostess, Kit Lindamood
Catering Courtesy of Andy Surowiec of Smokin' Pole BBQ
Pete Kalinski: Digging Detroit Host/Producer
Rebecca Bizonet: Oral History Project Archivists at The Walter P. Reuther Library, Wayne State University
Andrea Gietzen: Archivists at the Archives of Michigan, Michigan Historical Center
Thomas J. Reed, Jr. Digging Detroit Host/Producer
Robbie Terman: Director of the Leonard N. Simons Jewish Community Archives, The Jewish Federation of Detroit
Brian Wilson: Digital Access and Preservation Archivist at The Henry Ford
Direct download: MMD_Archivist_Roundtable_DiggingDetroit_Aug_2015.mp3
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Mon, 15 June 2015
Woodwords, "Your Detroit Avenue to Alternative Pop Culture and Talk" is a new blog and podcast created by MMD contributing writer and podcaster Kale Davidoff.
Kale joins Kevin to discuss:
Wed, 15 April 2015
Ken Pickering, GM's retired Executive Director, Engineering and Design Services, joins Digging Detroit's Kevin Walsh and Pete Kalinski to discuss his career in the exciting years of design in the 1950s and beyond.
Wed, 25 March 2015
Ladd Biro has loved music and been a performer his entire life--but never wanted to be a starving artist either. For 40 years he has worked in the entirely non-9-to-5 world of the track--and been in bands and created albums.
He contacted Kevin Walsh about creating a music video for "In Days Gone By," a song that a friend of his wrote for his niece's wedding--dedicated to the special relationship between a father and daughter.
Ladd joins Kevin as they discuss:
Wed, 25 February 2015
Following a contest on MyMediaDiary.com, the top three winners guessing the 24 categories from the 2015 Academy Awards, Collin Ward, Melissa Balan and Steve Palizzi, were invited by hosts Kevin Walsh and Kale Davidoff to discuss the following:
Mon, 16 February 2015
The 1967 vision of a new teacher transformed Royal Oak Dondero High School's choir into a ground-breaking force with its annual Pop Concert for the next 35 years.
Author and alumnus of Mr. Rick Hartsoe's program at Dondero, Pete Wurdock previews the March 7th release of his book, Love Will Steer the Stars: A History of the Dondero Pop Concert and is joined by Rick along with Dan Palmer, another alum from the programs early days--who would go on to be the concert's chief arranger until Rick's retirement.
You can read more about Pete Wurdock and his books at: www.blueboundarybooks.com.
Sun, 18 January 2015
On the two-year anniversary of MyMediaDiary.com, featured writers Kale Davidoff (a MSU Spartan) and Steve Mitzel (a UofM Wolverine) cover the following sports topics with host Kevin Walsh:
Sun, 11 January 2015
MyMediaDiary welcomes back Tom Reed with his fellow co-producer of Digging Detroit, Pete Kalinski, as they discuss the early days of Detroit's automotive history with historians Bailey Sisoy Isgro and Madelyn Rzadkowolski, curator of Meadowbrook.
Produced by Kevin Walsh of MMD Productions (www.mmdphotovideo.com).
Recorded January 10, 2015 in Royal Oak, Michigan.
Direct download: MMD_DiggingDetroit_DodgeDetroitWomenInIndustry_Jan10_2015.mp3
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Thu, 8 January 2015
Following the December 7, 2014 publication of his New York Times Sunday Review, "Detroit By Air" which examines the city's dramatic haves and have-nots, photographer Alex MacLean is interviewed by Kevin Walsh and Thomas J. Reed, Jr. of the new website, DiggingDetroit.com.
· Alex’s background, including his fear of flying leading to his pilot’s license
· Detroit’s past, present and future
· Regrowing urban communities
· Alex’s transition from aerial surveyor to gallery artist
· His favorite audiences
· Switching to digital, but still loving prints—and those amazing drones!
More information on Alex can be found at his website: http://alexmaclean.com