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Podcast: “Listen in, Michigan”

  1. Episode 44: The (commencement) song remains the same

    Mark Twain is credited with saying, ‘History doesn’t repeat itself, but it often rhymes.’ The same could be said for commencement speeches. Listen in, as we revisit the most inspiring lines from past U-M commencement speakers like Lawrence Kasdan, Joyce Carol Oates, Ken Burns, and more.

  2. Episode 43: Art’s tangible effect, featuring Wendell Pierce

    You may know him as Bunk from ‘The Wire’ or Antoine from ‘Treme,’ but UMS audiences know him as a ‘digital residency artist.’ Actor Wendell Pierce stars in the stage play ‘Some Old Black Man,’ produced and filmed under quarantine in Detroit. Stream it through March 12.

  3. Episode 42: The Interior Life of Albert Kahn – feat. Claire Zimmerman

    Experts tend to dismiss the architect behind U-M’s most iconic buildings as ‘generic’ or ‘mediocre.’ They miss the point, says this historian of art and architecture. To Albert Kahn, space was not a material to be sculpted but something to be occupied.

  4. Episode 41: The conquering heroines of Title IX, featuring Sara Fitzgerald, BA ’73

    Fitzgerald was the first female editor-in-chief at the ‘Michigan Daily’ covering a pivotal time in the women’s movement. Her new book celebrates the activists who fought sex bias at U-M and paved the way for breakthrough legislation.

  5. Episode 40: Ann Arbor’s ‘Music Man,’ featuring Ken Fischer, MA ’70/HDFA ’19

    Since taking the helm at the University Musical Society at U-M in 1987, this gregarious French horn player has hosted everyone from the Royal Shakespeare Company and Cecilia Bartoli to Leonard Bernein and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Now retired, Fischer chronicles his 30-year run at UMS in the book ‘Everybody In, Nobody Out.’

  6. Episode 39: Going /aut/ with Keith Orr and Martin Contreras

    From the day /aut/BAR opened in 1995, its owners have served up far more than cocktails. Ann Arbor’s first gay-owned gay bar and its surrounding Braun Court quickly became a safe haven for the LGBTQ community. Now retired, Orr and Contreras reflect on the club’s legacy.

  7. Episode 38: Coffee, COVID, and a course correction

    In the days before coronavirus canceled everything, we talked to Lisa Bee, BA ’90, co-founder of Ann Arbor-based Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea. Her favorite part of the gig? Socializing. We checked back in, post-shutdown. Things certainly have changed.

  8. Episode 36: The editor and the giants, featuring Jim Tobin

    Inside the Bentley archives, ‘Michigan Today’ historian Jim Tobin reads letters, telegrams, and handwritten notes between ‘Esquire’ magazine founder Arnold Gingrich, BA ’25, and two of his quirkiest contributors: Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. If you love language, you must listen. Utterly exquisite.

  9. Episode 35: It’s a woman’s world, featuring Coach Kim Barnes Arico

    Women’s basketball recently lost two of its most passionate boosters in Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. U-M’s head coach ‘KBA’ reveals how she motivates her players not to be ‘the best girl,’ but the best, period.