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We're a proud affiliate of NPR, airing and contributing to popular national programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. As a non-profit institution, WDET is committed to enhancing life in Detroit. We share the truth of what our listeners live each day, providing platforms for Detroiters to connect and tell their stories while serving as a megaphone for voices that often go unheard.

We're a proud affiliate of NPR, airing and contributing to popular national programs such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. As a non-profit institution, WDET is committed to enhancing life in Detroit. We share the truth of what our listeners live each day, providing platforms for Detroiters to connect and tell their stories while serving as a megaphone for voices that often go unheard.

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Brush up on your #Juneteenth history.
06/19/2021

Brush up on your #Juneteenth history.

Brush up on your #Juneteenth history.

Today, The Free Black Women's Library-Detroit will celebrate its second anniversary by hosting a free outdoor book excha...
06/19/2021
Juneteenth Marks Second Anniversary for Free Black Women's Library-Detroit

Today, The Free Black Women's Library-Detroit will celebrate its second anniversary by hosting a free outdoor book exchange at The Tuxedo Project Detroit.

The Free Black Women’s Library-Detroit will be hosting an outdoor book exchange to celebrate Juneteenth and showcase the diversity of Black women’s literature.

As the state prepares to roll back pandemic-related restrictions on June 22, Elizabeth Hertel, director of the Michigan ...
06/18/2021
Michigan’s Health Director on Lifting of COVID-19 Restrictions: “It’s the Right Time to Move Forward”

As the state prepares to roll back pandemic-related restrictions on June 22, Elizabeth Hertel, director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, says case rates have consistently gone down for the past eight weeks and vaccination rates continue to increase.

Elizabeth Hertel, the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, says she’s optimistic the state has moved past the “emergency portion” of the pandemic.

University of Michigan historian David Potter says revolutionary moments in history offer an opportunity for us to learn...
06/18/2021
New Book "Disruption" Traces Revolutionary Change Through Western History

University of Michigan historian David Potter says revolutionary moments in history offer an opportunity for us to learn how society can change and even some warnings about where we might be headed.

University of Michigan professor David Potter's new book "Disruption: Why Things Change" offers lessons and warnings for America in 2021.

President Joe Biden signed into law a bill to make Juneteenth, or June 19, the 12th federal holiday. The House voted 415...
06/17/2021
Biden Signs Bill Making Juneteenth a Federal Holiday

President Joe Biden signed into law a bill to make Juneteenth, or June 19, the 12th federal holiday. The House voted 415-14 on Wednesday to send the bill to Biden, while the Senate passed the bill unanimously the day before.

Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers brought the news of freedom to enslaved Black people in Galveston, Texas.

Michigan will lift all indoor capacity restrictions and mask requirements next week, 10 days sooner than planned amid va...
06/17/2021
Michigan Lifts Indoor Capacity Limits, Mask Requirements

Michigan will lift all indoor capacity restrictions and mask requirements next week, 10 days sooner than planned amid vaccinations and plummeting COVID-19 infections.

The state’s main coronavirus order will expire at the end of Monday instead of July 1, bringing to an end 50% occupancy limits inside restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues and at indoor events like weddings and funerals.

The Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission is aiming to promote transparency and fair representation in the redis...
06/17/2021
Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission Aims to be Open and Transparent

The Michigan Independent Redistricting Commission is aiming to promote transparency and fair representation in the redistricting process. Members of the commission have been going around the state getting input from different communities on what they’d like to see reflected in Michigan’s district map. A Detroit MICRC public hearing will be held at the TCF Center tonight from 5-8 p.m.

Members of the commission have been going around the state getting input from different communities on what they’d like to see reflected in Michigan’s district map.

It’s been 100 years since the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre when a white mob viciously destroyed the Black neighborhood of Gr...
06/17/2021
What We Can Learn From Tulsa, 100 Years Later

It’s been 100 years since the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre when a white mob viciously destroyed the Black neighborhood of Greenwood. In his book “Black Wall Street 100: An American City Grapples with Its Historical Racial Trauma,” Hannibal Johnson explores how these historical injustices connect and influence American society today.

Author Hannibal Johnson says 100 years after the Tulsa Race Massacre, Americans still don't understand the breadth of racial trauma in our own history.

In the wake of the unexpected loss of her mother, Maria LoCicero, then only 19 years old, addressed her grief by learnin...
06/17/2021
Setting Healthy Boundaries with Maria LoCicero and Grief Counselor Bonnie Wheeler

In the wake of the unexpected loss of her mother, Maria LoCicero, then only 19 years old, addressed her grief by learning how to establish healthy boundaries with friends and family as well as use art and music to channel her emotions. Listen to her story, produced in conjunction with Science Gallery Detroit:

Maria LoCicero discusses the unexpected loss of her mother and how she managed her grief in the aftermath, and social worker Bonnie Wheeler provides guidance on compartmentalization and establishing boundaries.

Happy Birthday to Lamont Dozier, the man behind more than 500 songs including a bevy of Motown hits that still endure to...
06/16/2021
Motown’s Lamont Dozier Started as a Janitor. Then He Wrote 500 Songs.

Happy Birthday to Lamont Dozier, the man behind more than 500 songs including a bevy of Motown hits that still endure today, including 10 out of the Supremes’ 12 US No. 1 singles like “Baby Love” and “Stop! In The Name of Love.”

In his new book "How Sweet It Is: A Songwriter’s Reflections on Music, Motown and the Mystery of the Muse," the legendary songwriter reflects on his life in the music business.

President Biden is holding a press conference after meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and at the end of Biden’s first...
06/16/2021
Watch Live: Biden Holds a Press Conference After Meeting With Putin

President Biden is holding a press conference after meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and at the end of Biden’s first international trip as president. Watch the remarks live. Tune in this afternoon.

President Joe Biden is holding a press conference after meeting with Russia's Vladimir Putin and at the end of Biden's first international trip as president. Watch the remarks live.

It’s been almost three years since Russia arrested Michigan native Paul Whelan on charges of espionage. As President Bid...
06/16/2021
Michigan Man Jailed in Russia for Spying Asks Biden to Bargain with Putin for His Release

It’s been almost three years since Russia arrested Michigan native Paul Whelan on charges of espionage. As President Biden prepares to meet face-to-face with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the first time, Whelan is pleading for Biden to negotiate his release.

A former U.S. Marine imprisoned in Russia is pleading for President Biden to negotiate his release during the summit with Vladimir Putin, who says he’s open to prisoner exchanges. Michigan native Paul Whelan is serving a 16-year sentence for espionage.

The nonprofit Nature Conservancy has purchased nearly 5,000 acres of land to expand a wildlife corridor in the Upper Pen...
06/16/2021
Nature Conservancy Expanding Wildlife Corridor in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

The nonprofit Nature Conservancy has purchased nearly 5,000 acres of land to expand a wildlife corridor in the Upper Peninsula, allowing more animals to migrate and adapt to climate change. The area consists of 19,000 acres of preserved land and includes Wilderness Lakes Reserve and Craig Lake State Park.

The nonprofit has purchased nearly 5,000 acres with goal to increase biodiversity and decrease the amount of carbon in the atmosphere.

All around metro Detroit, families, friends and communities are coming together to celebrate Juneteenth through festival...
06/16/2021
Your Guide to Juneteenth Celebrations in Metro Detroit

All around metro Detroit, families, friends and communities are coming together to celebrate Juneteenth through festivals, community dialogue, dancing, food, movies and more. Join the festivities:

From festivals and community conversations to art and food, find Juneteenth festivities in your neighborhood.

Michigan has received $3.7 billion in federal post-pandemic recovery education funding, but, so far, the Michigan Legisl...
06/15/2021
Michigan Public Schools Facing Budget Uncertainty Over One-Time Federal Education Funding

Michigan has received $3.7 billion in federal post-pandemic recovery education funding, but, so far, the Michigan Legislature has failed to allocate it. Many other states have already spent their federal education funding, leaving Michigan students behind.

K-12 Alliance of Michigan Executive Director Robert McCann says if the Legislature continues to withhold $3.7 billion post-pandemic funding, schools won't know if they can afford staff or programs.

Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order creating the state’s new Task Force on Juvenile Justice Refor...
06/15/2021
Officials Look for Ways to Fix Michigan's Juvenile Justice System

Last week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order creating the state’s new Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform. A deadline of July 2022 has been set for the commission to issue a report with policy recommendations.

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Beth Clement says race will be a "primary focus" for the state's new Task Force on Juvenile Justice Reform.

Many highways built in the 20th century are reaching the end of their lifespan, which has led to debates on how to updat...
06/15/2021
Cities Turn to Removing Highways as Form of Revitalization

Many highways built in the 20th century are reaching the end of their lifespan, which has led to debates on how to update the failing infrastructure. Some urban planners are wondering if there is a better, newer way to look at highways.

A New York Times reporter says 28 cities, including Detroit, are considering removing parts of highways to revitalize their cites and reimagine modern urban landscapes.

In an effort to operate more efficiently, Michigan Secretary of State branches now accept most clients by appointment on...
06/14/2021
Secretary of State Benson Defends Controversial Changes at Branch Offices

In an effort to operate more efficiently, Michigan Secretary of State branches now accept most clients by appointment only, more services can be done online, and appointment duration times are being reduced. These changes were met with opposition from Republicans, but Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson says modifications are necessary to serve Michiganders.

Benson says the GOP-led state Legislature is preventing progress for her office’s day-to-day functions.

As an artist, Leaf Erikson raises the bar for MCs to speak on what is real and what is right. He exemplifies the age of ...
06/13/2021
Leaf Erikson Is Pushing Hip-Hop Forward With Throwback Sensibilities

As an artist, Leaf Erikson raises the bar for MCs to speak on what is real and what is right. He exemplifies the age of freestyle ciphers, boom-boxes and the boom-bap, stimulating minds with a mic in his hand while serving as one of Detroit’s most important musical ambassadors.

Listen to 5 essential tracks from the Detroit-based rapper and wordsmith Corey Greenleaf, aka Leaf Erikson.

In his role as music librarian for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Robert Stiles puts his knowledge of music history and...
06/13/2021
Solving Mysteries in Music History With DSO Librarian Robert Stiles

In his role as music librarian for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Robert Stiles puts his knowledge of music history and U.S. copyright law to work, finding and securing the rights and scores for the symphony’s performances.

In this episode of Essential Conversations, Robert Stiles talks about discovering the unknown works of a virtuosic composer, and being the music librarian for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Vehicle inventory is 43% lower than it was at this time last year, during the height of the COVID pandemic and the avera...
06/13/2021
Low Vehicle Inventories Lead to Rise in Prices, Analysts Say

Vehicle inventory is 43% lower than it was at this time last year, during the height of the COVID pandemic and the average listing price for a new vehicle is currently more than $40,000 per unit.

As production begins to return to some automotive plants, the impact of the global semiconductor shortage on vehicle inventory has led to cost increases for consumers.

Carl Craig's "Party/After Party" is a sonic environment that is anchored to the museum’s history as a former Nabisco pac...
06/12/2021
Detroit Techno Producer Carl Craig Discusses His Latest Art Installation

Carl Craig's "Party/After Party" is a sonic environment that is anchored to the museum’s history as a former Nabisco packaging factory, recalling a Detroit techno tradition of reclaiming industrial spaces for radical experimentation.

The legendary Detroit musician explains the creation process for "Party/After Party" at DIA Beacon in New York.

What do we do with the monuments of our heroes when we unearth their ignoble pasts?
06/12/2021
Grappling With the Tarnished Legacies of Former Icons

What do we do with the monuments of our heroes when we unearth their ignoble pasts?

Sports writer John U. Bacon discusses the pending removal of Fielding Yost's name from the University of Michigan's ice arena.

The awards recognize coverage including COVID-19 updates, documenting protests against police brutality, providing criti...
06/12/2021
WDET Receives 21 Excellence in Journalism Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists

The awards recognize coverage including COVID-19 updates, documenting protests against police brutality, providing critical election information, and sharing Detroit’s stories through a wide breadth of cultural coverage.

The awards recognize coverage ranging from COVID-19 updates, to documenting protests against police brutality, to providing critical election and census information and a wide breadth of cultural coverage.

In addition to increased police presence, the five point plan to clamp down on large crowds this summer also includes mo...
06/11/2021
Detroit Police Increasing Patrols This Summer to Address Drag Racing, Gun Violence

In addition to increased police presence, the five point plan to clamp down on large crowds this summer also includes more stringent noise enforcement, heavier policing on drag racing, engaging community members, and parking lot and code enforcement.

Interim Police Chief James White is drafting a five-point plan to enforce drag racing, street parties and noise violations as well as more actively involve the community.

One of late University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler’s sons and two of his former players described in deta...
06/11/2021
Schembechler Son, Players Say Michigan Coach Knew of Abuse

One of late University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler’s sons and two of his former players described in detail Thursday how they were molested by the team’s longtime doctor and how Schembechler turned a blind eye when they told him about the abuse, telling one to “toughen up” and punching his son in anger.

The three are among hundreds of men who were allegedly abused by Dr. Robert E. Anderson during his nearly four decades working for the university.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is gearing up for a major construction project along Interstate 275. Several c...
06/11/2021
Major Construction Is Headed to I-275 Between Six Mile and Will Carleton

The Michigan Department of Transportation is gearing up for a major construction project along Interstate 275. Several communities will be impacted by the roadwork, which will stretch roughly 24 miles.

Several communities will be impacted by the roadwork, which will stretch roughly 24 miles.

“Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump” focuses on the aftermath of the defeat of the Dem...
06/11/2021
New Book "Battle for the Soul" Traces the Democratic Party's Post-2016 Recalibration

“Battle for the Soul: Inside the Democrats’ Campaigns to Defeat Trump” focuses on the aftermath of the defeat of the Democratic Party in the 2016 presidential election, tracking the recalibration of the party as they fought to supplant the Trump administration and regain the White House.

Political journalist Edward-Isaac Dovere tells the story of the Democrats' campaign to defeat Trump and regain the White House.

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I am a member of the Congress for the New Urbanism and I also teach a collegiate level architectural class on the effects of Public Works projects on Black Neighborhoods. Students produce original and derivative maps to visualize those effects. What we have discovered is the connection between Redlining Maps, Federal & State Highways, and Euclidian Zoning. Notice no freeways running through the Grosse Pointe communities. A fascinating and needed conversation on #DetroitToday today.
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Detroit Today, 6.2.21 - essential book for me throughout life: The Prophet by Kahlil GIbran... I always find meaningful, rational sentiments that provide comfort &/or insight.
Happy Memorial Day folks!
This is an excellent Detroit Today. I want a list of which companies are doing what and one that gets updated. DT is so great but this one is so important.
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NEW MUSIC!!! Daughter of Motown recording artist, Johnny Griffith of The Funk Brothers, Beth Griffith-Manley has a new track featuring Swifty Mcvay of D12, titled "Got Next". Beth has worked as a background vocalist for Anita Baker and is currently doing background vocals for Kem. She also was a contestant on season 16 of "The Voice" on team John Legend and Kelly Clarkson. Please like and share!! Follow us on Facebook as we #GotNext Inbox me for information #Beth #DiscoverBeth
Thanks for playing my song on The Dance Party. For all those listening, Sing A Song was the first song I asked for before I was accidentally disconnected. After a thought I wanted to change it but, it's not their fault that they played the first song I requested. Rest assured you three did it right, and I thank you very much for doing it. You have one of the top shows on radio in Detroit, and I trust, in the country. Rob, your show is one of the other tops. PS. I'll tell you the other two if you are interested.
Do you have any tapes of The Dave Shapiro Shows?? I LOVED his themes! Could we hear them again, PLEASE?
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