#42 Ann Arbor Stories: The Chameleon

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September 14, 2017

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You're going to hear a story about a man. It may seem too good and too weird to be true, but trust me—what you are about to hear is 100% real. This is the story of William Douglas Street, better known as The Chameleon.

Music by Shout Out Out Out Out

Length: 00:18:06
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Fellow Youths: The Song of the Lioness

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June 29, 2017 at Downtown Library

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This episode, we are all in the hands of our goddess, Tamora Pierce, as we discuss her first two books ever, from the Song of the Lioness Quartet. Do you like when we talk about periods? Listen. Do you like like when we talk about hotties with bodies? Listen. Do you like magical animal companions? Listen. Do you like angry red haired children? Listen. Do you like when Audrey gets incredibly embarrassed by compliments? Definitely listen.

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Contains explicit content.
Length: 01:10:02
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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Martin talks Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar, editors of Shake It Up: Great American Writing on Rock and Pop from Elvis to Jay Z.

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June 7, 2017

Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar's Shake It Up invites the reader into the tumult and excitement of the rock revolution through fifty landmark pieces by a supergroup of writers on rock in all its variety, from heavy metal to disco, punk to hip-hop. Stanley Booth describes a recording session with Otis Redding; Ellen Willis traces the meteoric career of Janis Joplin; Ellen Sander recalls the chaotic world of Led Zeppelin on tour; Nick Tosches etches a portrait of the young Jerry Lee Lewis; Eve Babitz remembers Jim Morrison. Alongside are Lenny Kaye on acapella and Greg Tate on hip-hop, Vince Aletti on disco and Gerald Early on Motown; Lester Bangs on Elvis Presley, Robert Christgau on Prince, Nelson George on Marvin Gaye, Nat Hentoff on Bob Dylan, Hilton Als on Michael Jackson, Anthony DeCurtis on the Rolling Stones, Kelefa Sanneh on Jay Z. The story this anthology tells is an ongoing one: “It’s too early,” editors Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar note, “for canon formation in a field so marvelously volatile—a volatility that mirrors, still, that of pop music itself, which remains smokestack lightning. The writing here attempts to catch some in a bottle.”

Martin’s interview with Jonathan Lethem and Kevin Dettmar was originally recorded June 7, 2017.

Length: 00:26:18
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#41 Ann Arbor Stories: Skyscrapers

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August 31, 2017

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Skyscraper is such an elegant word. Two decades after it was first used in print to describe Chicago's tall-building craze, Ann Arbor had its first skyscraper—the seven-story Glazier Building. Twenty years later, the 10-story First National Building went up. This is the story of some of Ann Arbor's first skyscrapers, it's tallest building and the 30-story behemoth that never was.

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Length: 00:12:20
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#40 Ann Arbor Stories: Train Crashes

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August 17, 2017

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Ann Arbor has a rich history of railroads and trains. So so much rich history. This is not that story. This is a story of the most spectacular train crashes in Ann Arbor's history.

Listener Warning: Contain references to train crashes, more train crashes and a canary named Bobby.

Music by Diego and the Dissidents

Length: 00:10:07
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Fellow Youths: Caraval

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August 16, 2017 at Downtown Library

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Oh boy! Be sure to listen to this episode if you want to hear the one time Kathy is the calm voice of reason to Audrey and Nicole’s UNYIELDING ANGER about this book. There’s a sinister carnival, supposed “magic”, bland love interests, and many, many unfulfilled literary expectations in Caraval by Stephanie Garber.

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Length: 01:17:33
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Martin Bandyke Under Covers: Martin talks to author Drew Philp about his new book: A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City.

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May 23, 2017

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Martin talks to author Drew Philp about his new book: A $500 House in Detroit: Rebuilding an Abandoned Home and an American City.

Drew Philp, an idealistic college student from a working-class Michigan family, decides to live where he can make a difference. He sets his sights on Detroit, the failed metropolis of abandoned buildings, widespread poverty, and rampant crime. Arriving with no job, no friends, and no money, Philp buys a ramshackle house for five hundred dollars in the east side neighborhood known as Poletown. The roomy Queen Anne he now owns is little more than a clapboard shell on a crumbling brick foundation, missing windows, heat, water, electricity, and a functional roof.

A $500 House in Detroit is Philp’s raw and earnest account of rebuilding everything but the frame of his house, nail by nail and room by room. We witness his concept of Detroit shift, expand, and evolve as his plan to save the city gives way to a life forged from political meaning, personal connection, and collective purpose. As he assimilates into the community of Detroiters around him, Philp guides readers through the city’s vibrant history and engages in urgent conversations about gentrification, racial tensions, and class warfare.

Part social history, part brash generational statement, part comeback story, A $500 House in Detroit “shines in its depiction of the radical neighborliness of ordinary people in desperate circumstances. This is an unforgettable, intimate account of the tentative revival of an American city and a glimpse at a new way forward for generations to come.

Martin’s interview with Drew Philp was recorded on May 23, 2017.

Length: 00:15:21
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#39 Ann Arbor Stories: We Had a Zoo

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August 3, 2017

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Bears. Bobcats. Badgers. Red foxes. Raccoons. And a wolverine. Once upon a time they watched from campus with their predatory eyes as students at the University of Michigan, townies, and delicious delicious children walked past.

Their territory on the corner near Geddes and Washtenaw - that's where these wild beasts stalked for more than 30 years. Stalked is a little hyperbolic. Watched. They watched. But with slavering mouths and sharp curved teeth.

We didn’t mention the cages. There were cages. And some fences. And zookeepers. Wait, we didn’t mention. Um, everyone … we had a zoo!

Parental Listener Warning: This episode contains references to a few animals that die, wild animals at sporting events and otter water slides.

Music by: Shout Out Out Out Out

Length: 00:15:39
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Fellow Youths: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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July 29, 2017 at Downtown Library

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How tough is it being a teenage witch when date rape spells are at your beck and call, your dad is a tree, you have a “hot” boyfriend but need to save your virginity for Satan, and your completely unnecessary British cousin has weird, talking twin snakes. Listen in for our discussion of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa and illustrated by Robert Hack.

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Length: 01:03:23
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#38 Ann Arbor Stories: Top 10 Astronauts

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July 20, 2017

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There are enough amazing Ann Arbor astronauts to create a top 10 list, so that's what we did. Men with righter than right stuff, pilots and scientists and world record holders who broke the outer limits of the atmosphere, touched the stars and zoomed around the surface of the moon on a frickin' lunar rover. Who's your favorite?

Parental advisory: This episode contains references to death, more death (we're not psyched about this) and the film Apollo 13.

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Length: 00:19:03
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