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#13 Ann Arbor Stories: A Brief History of Poop

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August 4, 2016

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Ann Arborites haven't always pooped in their pristine flush toilets and private privvys, no sir m'am. Things were gross and disgusting for a long time. Learn about the arrival of the earth closet, the sealing of the privvy vaults, and the story of the very first flush toilet in Ann Arbor. And hear the word poop, like 411 times.

Music by Tunde Olaniran.

Links (a bunch of them):

Strike The Iron While It's Hot!
The number of earth closets in Ann Arbor homes.
The second page has info about sewers and sewage in Ann Arbor.
The first column towards bottom, entitled Closets
How To Induce Feeble Health And Early Death
Fined For Working On A Shed In Fire Limits
Renewal Project Wins Favor
The President’s House
U-M President's Home, Built 113 Years Ago, Stands As Oldest Campus Structure
Kempf House dig: Privy to the past
More Earth Closets

Length: 00:10:47
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#12 Ann Arbor Stories: The Ballad of Shakey Jake

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July 21, 2016

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Legendary streetsman, bluesman and raconteur, Shakey Jake told so many tales to so many people that sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between fact and fiction. We do our best in this episode of Ann Arbor Stories.

Music by Ben Benjamin, made possible by Gholicense.

AADL Links

See articles and photos on Old News.

Shakey Jake's first blues performance in Ann Arbor on YouTube.

Length: 00:10:14
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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Martin Interviews Frances Stroh, Author of Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss

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May 23, 2016

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Martin talks to Frances Stroh about Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss. Stroh’s debut as an author is a memoir of a city, an industry, and a dynasty in decline, and the story of a young artist’s struggle to find her way out of the ruins.

Frances Stroh’s earliest memories are ones of great privilege: shopping trips to London and New York, lunches served by black-tied waiters at the Regency Hotel, and a house filled with precious antiques, which she was forbidden to touch. Established in Detroit in 1850, by 1984 the Stroh Brewing Company had become the largest private beer fortune in America and a brand emblematic of the American dream itself. While Stroh was coming of age, the Stroh family fortune was estimated to be worth $700 million.

But behind the beautiful façade lay a crumbling foundation. Detroit’s economy collapsed with the retreat of the automotive industry to the suburbs and abroad and likewise the Stroh family found their wealth and legacy disappearing. As their fortune dissolved in little over a decade, the family was torn apart internally by divorce and one family member's drug bust; disagreements over the management of the business; and disputes over the remaining money they possessed. Even as they turned against one another, looking for a scapegoat on whom to blame the unraveling of their family, they could not anticipate that even far greater tragedy lay in store.

Featuring beautiful evocative photos throughout, Stroh’s memoir is elegantly spare in structure and mercilessly clear-eyed in its self-appraisal—at once a universally relatable family drama and a great American story.

The interview was recorded on May 23, 3016

Length: 00:18:34
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


 

#11 Ann Arbor Stories: The Great Meteorite Heist

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July 7, 2016

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It's a story 50,000 years old. Sort of. A 60-pound meteorite is stolen from the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History. There are no signs of a break-in. No clues to follow. No video cameras to catch the robbers in the act. How did Detective Kevin McNulty of the University of Michigan Department of Public Safety crack the case?

Music by Mux Mool, made possible by Gholicense.

Further reading at AADL's Old News, including a photo.

Length: 00:08:14
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#10 Ann Arbor Stories: Ann Arbor Invents the Cubicle

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June 23, 2016

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The cubicle. The three-walled cliche, surface to which so many Hang In There kitty cat posters are affixed, was invented in Ann Arbor. That’s right - the yoke around the neck of white collar workers everywhere was conceived and birthed in Ann Arbor. On State Street, no less. Here's the story of its invention and proliferation and how it came to be in Ann Arbor.

Music by Stepdad.

Further reading and photos from AADL's Oldnews

Birth of the Cube Farm from Ann Arbor Observer: Then & Now.

Length: 00:09:26
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#9 Ann Arbor Stories: It's Lovely to Die Together

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June 9, 2016

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(This episode is for mature audiences only)

The two girls were peculiar, even for Ann Arbor in 1971. They looked college aged, maybe they were hippies. Nothing outwardly weird, but something definitely strange. They stood a few feet apart, face to face on the corner of State and Liberty. Some said they were looking at the moon. Others said they just stared at each other. Stared for hours and hours that cold November night. This is the story of those two peculiar girls. And one tragic night in November in 1971.

Music by Diego and the Dissidents

Further reading and photos from AADL's Old News

Length: 00:07:47
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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Barney Hoskyns, Author of "Small Town Talk"

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April 4, 2016

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Martin talks to author Barney Hoskyns about his new book Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, The Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock.

Think "Woodstock" and the mind turns to the seminal 1969 festival that crowned a seismic decade of sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll. But the town of Woodstock, New York, the original planned venue of the concert, is located over 60 miles from the site to which the fabled half a million flocked. Long before the landmark music festival usurped the name, Woodstock—the tiny Catskills town where Bob Dylan holed up after his infamous 1966 motorcycle accident—was already a key location in the '60s rock landscape.

In Small Town Talk, Barney Hoskyns re-creates Woodstock's community of brilliant dysfunctional musicians, scheming dealers, and opportunistic hippie capitalists drawn to the area by Dylan and his sidekicks from the Band. Central to the book's narrative is the broodingly powerful presence of Albert Grossman, manager of Dylan, the Band, Janis Joplin, Paul Butterfield, and Todd Rundgren—and the Big Daddy of a personal fiefdom in Bearsville that encompassed studios, restaurants, and his own record label. Intertwined in the story are the Woodstock experiences and associations of artists as diverse as Van Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, Tim Hardin, Karen Dalton, and Bobby Charles (whose immortal song-portrait of Woodstock gives the book its title).

Drawing on numerous first-hand interviews with the remaining key players in the scene—and on the period when he lived there himself in the 1990s—Hoskyns has produced an East Coast companion to his bestselling L.A. canyon classic Hotel California. This book is a richly absorbing study of a vital music scene in a revolutionary time and place.

The interview was recorded on April 4, 2016.

Length: 00:27:01
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library


 

#8 Ann Arbor Stories: The Suicide Sub Comes to Ann Arbor

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May 26, 2016

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See 38 and a half tons ... 81 feet of fanatical fiendishness. See one of the ships in which two of our enemies volunteer to accept death in order to blow up their objectives. See this Japanese suicide submarine and realize what a vicious, tricky, desperate enemy our boys are fighting in the pacific. Let’s hit them harder. Let’s depth-bomb them to the bottom of the sea - let’s show them what an aroused, all-out America can do.

On that Saturday, July 17, 1943, this honest to goodness captured Japanese suicide sub would roll through the streets of Ann Arbor in one of the weirdest parades in city history.

Music by Hollow & Akimbo

Further reading and photos from AADL's Old News

Length: 00:12:06
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Super Skull Podcast - Issue #91: E-Bong™

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May 12, 2016 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio

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Topics for listener discussion in Super Skull Discussion Groups this week might include Lighter Leashes, the definition of Anthology, Greg Morrison, and surprise appearance by more popular podcast hosts.

Our Big Picks this week were:

Contains explicit content.
Length: 01:06:45
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)


 

#7 Ann Arbor Stories: The Legendary Weed Contest of 1975

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May 12, 2016

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The Legendary Weed Contest of 1975 wasn’t just any contest. It was more than just a sweepstakes where the grand prize winner received one full-scale pound of Columbian smoking marijuana. It was a statement. A call to revolution. A brilliant marketing plan hatched during a smoke-filled discussion among the braintrust of the Ann Arbor Sun, looking for a way to increase the paper’s circulation.

Music by Chris Bathgate

Further reading and photos from AADL's Old News:

Contest winners announced
Legendary Weed Contest of 1975 ad
Prosecutor's Effort Fails to Halt Pot Giveaway
Prosecutor in court to halt pot contest

Length: 00:10:14
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