Sun, 1 October 2017
Kevin Walsh of MyMediaDiary.com hosts David Wells, Ph.D, co-founder of the non-partisan research group The Grand Canyon Institute who co-authored with Curtis Cardine Following the Money: Twenty Years of Charter School Finances in Arizona the first of three reports which reveals that up to 77 percent of Arizona’s charter school holders use their state taxpayer funds for potentially questionable financial transactions.
Specifically, many charter schools conduct business with a related party, in other words a for-profit business owned by the charter holder, a member of the school’s corporate board or a relative of either. In 2013-14, related-party financial commitments were worth half a billion dollars of state taxpayer funds, representing 48 percent of charter school expenditures for contracts, leases and rents.
Examples of these related-party transactions include:
Direct download: MyMediaDiary_CharterSchoolStudy_DaveWells_Oct2017.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 8:23pm EDT
Wed, 13 July 2016
Join Digging Detroit host Pete Kalinski from Royal Oak's Boo's Music Bistro inside Mr. B's Restaurant as he welcomes two of the city's foremost fans and promoters of Detroit's legendary blues legacy--President of the Detroit Blues Society, Steve Soviak and Vice President Tom McNab.
It's first meeting in 1985 began a multi-decade of transformations to increase public interest in the Society. Large-scale events included a number of indoor and outdoor concerts and school workshops. Increased membership and a more organized approach allowed the Society to embark on special projects. Educational programs became more formalized and in 1996 the Scarab Club Educational/Blues Heritage Series began. Each event featured a theme based on some aspect of the Detroit blues tradition.
Pete, Steve and Tom discuss the non-profit's innovations including Blues in the Schools and the Blues Challenge as the group continues to dedicate itself to the preservation, education, and advancement of the blues tradition as it relates to the Metro-Detroit area. It has as its primary goals to promote a wider appreciation for the blues by the general public and to serve the members of the Society.
More at Digging Detroit!
Host: Pete Kalinski
Guests: Steve Soviak, Tom McNab
Engineer/Producer: Kevin Walsh, MMD Productions
Recorded: April 28, 2016 at Boo’s Music Bistro (inside Mr. B’s in Royal Oak)
Thu, 7 April 2016
Tune in to our latest podcast, another Archivist's Roundup as we visit with four archivists and historians about Detroit's rich and varied Jewish history. The archivists share how they collect and preserve the stories of Detroit's Jewish community and also how they help connect today's generation with their heritage.
Host: Pete Kalinski
Guests: Aimee Ergas -Collections Archivist for Jewish Detroit at the Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs, Wayne State University; Robbie Terman - Director, Leonard N. Simmons Jewish Community Archives; Wendy Rose Bice - Executive Director, Jewish Historical Society of Michigan; Jann Durecki - Archivist, The Rabbi Leo M. Franklin Archives at Temple Beth El
Tue, 22 March 2016
In this second of 2 episodes featuring fascinating women of Michigan history, Digging Detroit host Thomas J. Reed, Jr. is joined by Samantha Lawrence, Sabrina Nelson, Emily B. Corwin and Bailey Sisoy Isgro–each sharing their favorite women of Michigan history–ranging from a supreme court justice, a surgeon, an artist to a brothel-owner.
Check out more, including Part 1 at www.DiggingDetroit.com
Direct download: MMD_DiggingDetroit_MichiganHistoricalWomen_PartB.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:23pm EDT
Tue, 8 March 2016
In this first of 2 episodes featuring fascinating women of Michigan history, Digging Detroit host Thomas J. Reed, Jr. is joined by Samantha Lawrence, Sabrina Nelson, Emily B. Corwin and Bailey Sisoy Isgro--each sharing their favorite women of Michigan history--ranging from a supreme court justice, a surgeon, an artist to a brothel-owner.
Direct download: MMD_DiggingDetroit_MichiganHistoricalWomen_PartA.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:09pm EDT
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
Category:general -- posted at: 2:26pm EDT
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
Category:general -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT
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
Mon, 22 December 2014
Veteran film and TV sound expert Ric Viers, author of The Sound Effects Bible and The Location Sound Bible, joins Kevin Walsh following a workshop Ric gave to Michigan high school students on his 10 Location Sound Commandments, which offer important life-skills as well.
Wed, 10 December 2014
Kevin Walsh interviews author and educator Dr. Erik Bean on his most recent books, including:
- Overcoming student and teacher fatigue essay-fatigue with the technology
- Student and teacher reactions to new tricks for the old dog of MS Word
- Advantages of blogging for students (and overcoming stage fright)
- Trolling (and how to address them)
- Getting published--five times!
Tue, 4 November 2014
Kevin Walsh interviews Sandy Barris, a longtime marketing expert.
He is the author of 97 Marketing Secrets to Make More Money and the app, Sales Goal On Fire Pro. More information at www.SandyBarris.com
He shares his lifelong journey and lessons, including:
- Writing a book, not to sell but to use as a giant business card of credibility
- How Google's AdWords works, and which words cost the most)
- Creating an App (or hiring the right people to do it for you)
- Marketing a la carte (one-day turnaround for customers who just need booster-shots)
- War stories (successes and failures)
- Election Ads (does negativity work?)
Mon, 6 October 2014
Following the intense rain within a single four-hour period in August, 2014, thousands of metro Detroiters found their basements flooded with sewage and little to no assistance from their insurers "flood" coverage.
Attorney, Judy Herman, discusses her 27 year career dealing with insurance companies and offers some advice for consumers and ethical guidelines both companies and customers would be wise to follow.
Wed, 10 September 2014
First time novelist, longtime educator Judy Burke shares with Kevin her eight year journey transforming a fantasy into a international espionage thriller--and it all started with an Irish lighthouse and appears in bookstores in November. They discuss:
Visit Judy's website to get a sneak peek at: www.JudyBurke.com
Wed, 9 July 2014
How do you make a movie? What does a producer do? Are English accents tough?
Kevin is joined by Adam and Daniel Cooper who wrote, directed and edited the short film "The Fourth Wall," winner of the international festival for young filmmakers Urban 15's Josiah Media Festival in San Antonio.
Producer Jeremy Shecter and Jonathan D'Ambrosio join the Cooper Brothers to discuss the film, teamwork, making it in the film industry and surprises along the way.
The film won the category for best narrative and is now in competition for the festival's Best of Show award that will occur live via streaming at 7pm July 10-12 via the group's site: http://www.urban15.org/
Mon, 30 June 2014
Ryan Fishman decided last September to run for his term-limited Michigan state senate district after a series of his op-ed articles convinced others to convince Ryan that he should leave the GOP and take a shot at a traditionally right-leaning district.
Ryan and Kevin discuss:
- Difficulties (or not, really) in switching parties
- Reagan Republicans and Reagan Democrats
- The bad business logic of Right to Work, removing unions and poor short-sighted infrastructures
- Door-Knocking and Lawn Signs
- Being under 30 and running for office
- Problem with planning for just 7 of 9 innings
Wed, 30 April 2014
After 30 years playing in bands, guitarist and veteran Detroit rocker Garvin Cooper recently formed his first band. He and keyboardist Tim Schoenherr discuss:
Wed, 2 April 2014
The Best (or at least most optimistic) Week in Sports
Kale Davidoff, Matt Moss and Aaron Lebovic join the show a week after their teams took hits on the way to the Big Dance but still find the energy to examine:
Be sure to check out Kale's blog on Opening Day at this link.
Tue, 25 March 2014
Contributing writer, Kale Davidoff, joins Kevin Walsh and media professionals Aaron Lebovic and Matt Moss to analyze the opening weekend of March Madness.
- Why is this event so special?
- What non-basketball part of the event do you like/dislike most?
- Review of brackets busted and intact
- Best/Worst of CBS coverage
- What changes would you make to either the tournament itself or its programming?
Tue, 4 March 2014
Kevin Walsh is joined by Sheri Horwitz, Aaron Lebovic and Collin Ward as they dissect the 2014 Oscars, including...
Prediction Accuracy: Those Pesky Costume Awards!
Cringeworthy Moments: Kim Novak’s Vertigo, etc.
The Big Surprises: Shutout for Hustle
What Should Be Cut: Montage-less Dreams
Ellen: Too-low key and casual?
Wed, 26 February 2014
Kevin and Sheri break-down the Oscars, past and present.
- Who is likely to win?
- What category is the most fun/painful to watch?
- New categories to increase viewership.
- Which three Best Picture nominations should be voted off the island?
- The predictability of the method-actor winning.
- Which movies were snubbed?
- Do Amy Adams and Jonah Hill have to wait for a few more gray hairs?
- "Fun Movies" vs. "Important Films"
Direct download: MyMediaDiary_Oscars_Predictions_with_Sheri_Horwitz_Feb26_2014.mp3
Category:Interview -- posted at: 10:41pm EDT
Mon, 17 February 2014
Kevin and Doug discuss the resurgence in the popularity of beards, following the Boston Red Sox World Series and the success of Harley Davidsons and Duck Dynasty.
Doug explains the nostalgic turn that many Americans find themselves taking in a fast-paced, latest-phone world.
He also explains how a start-up company can be made at home, while not giving up your day job.
Sun, 26 January 2014
MyMediaDiary: The Badass Teacher Association - Interview with leaders Marla Kilfoyle and Melissa Tomlinson
Kevin Walsh interviews Badass Teacher's Association leaders Marla Kilfoyle, a high school social studies teacher from Long Island, and Melissa Tomlinson, a middle school math/special education teacher from New Jersey, who also received national attention in November 2013 when Governor Chris Christie shouted at her when she asked him a question.
This interview follows Kevin's January 24, 2014 post: Public Education Going the Way of Netscape Navigator? Common Core, Bill Gates and BATs
Topics include: BATs exploding membership, What's in a name?, Common Core Standards, Addressing teacher Isolation, Post-Christie life for Melissa, Reaction of parents/colleagues, Creating a strong voice in the unions, Pleasant surprises, Current needs.
Background on the BATs: In June, 2013, Mark Naison, a professor of African-American Studies at Fordham University, together with Priscilla Sanstead an education activist, formed the provocatively titled, “Badass Teacher’s Association”—a grassroots organization “for every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality, and refuses to accept assessments, tests and evaluations imposed by those who have contempt for real teaching and learning"
In 6 months, the group has grown to 36,000 members, and they’re not all teachers. Parents, students, retirees and anyone who believes in the founding goals of public education has a found a voice in this dynamic group.
Mon, 20 January 2014
Film producer, Jason Potash, of Storyboard Entertainment shares his experiences adapting writer/director Maggie Kiley's feature film from a 2010 Tribeca-Winning short ("Some Boys Don't Leave" with Jesse Eisenberg) to a January 31, 2014 release of a feature after its successful run at the Austin Film Festival in October 2013.
Allison Janney (CJ on West Wing, Juno)
Peter Jacobson (Dr. Chris Taub on House)
Clark Gregg (Agent Colson in The Avengers)
Sun, 12 January 2014
Kevin Walsh and Kale Davidoff discuss the hits and misses of the 2013 movie year.
Sat, 11 January 2014