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WDET 101.9FM Detroit’s NPR Station. Your connection to news, music, conversation. WDET is Detroit's most active promoter of local music, a significant voice for arts and culture and one of the few remaining providers of local news.

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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On today's Detroit Evening Report: Mourners gather for the funeral of Patrick Lyoya in Grand Rapids. For more, listen he...
04/22/2022

On today's Detroit Evening Report: Mourners gather for the funeral of Patrick Lyoya in Grand Rapids. For more, listen here: https://buff.ly/36HyfJ2

Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez is the founder of Featherstone, a trilingual immigrant-owned marketing agency for people of co...
04/22/2022

Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez is the founder of Featherstone, a trilingual immigrant-owned marketing agency for people of color. He says he knows all too well what it’s like to live in uncertainty.

“I was undocumented for 14 years. It's difficult to explain what you go through both in terms of access in terms of resources," he reflects.

He and his fellow community organizers created a GoFundMe campaign and raised $64,000 during the spring of 2020. Then they got to work to find families to assist.

https://buff.ly/3v1LMoa

On today's Detroit Evening Report: The state health department is warning of an expected rise in COVID-19 cases in the c...
04/21/2022

On today's Detroit Evening Report: The state health department is warning of an expected rise in COVID-19 cases in the coming weeks, driven by the more contagious omicron subvariant. For more, listen here: https://buff.ly/3L4lMhm

Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) forcefully pushed back on the accusations made by Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) in a ...
04/21/2022
Mallory McMorrow’s response to accusations of ‘grooming’ children propels state senator to national spotlight » WDET 101.9 FM

Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) forcefully pushed back on the accusations made by Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) in a 5-minute speech this week on the Senate floor. The video has garnered over 13 million views on Twitter so far.

Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak) forcefully pushed back on the accusations made by Sen. Lana Theis (R-Brighton) on the Senate floor. The video has garnered over 13 million views on Twitter.

On today's Detroit Evening Report: The Detroit Department of Transportation will encourage but no longer require the use...
04/20/2022

On today's Detroit Evening Report: The Detroit Department of Transportation will encourage but no longer require the use of masks on buses, at shelters or in buildings following a federal court ruling that recently ended the public transportation mask mandate. Listen here: https://buff.ly/3vAN0Wv

Parker Village HP in Highland Park is turning a vacant school into a café, aquaponics garden, events and cultural center...
04/20/2022
Building a sustainable neighborhood in Highland Park » WDET 101.9 FM

Parker Village HP in Highland Park is turning a vacant school into a café, aquaponics garden, events and cultural center, and sustainable housing.

Parker Village HP is turning a vacant school into a café, aquaponics garden, events and cultural center, and sustainable housing.

On today's Detroit Evening Report: The attorneys for Patrick Lyoya’s family released the results of an independent autop...
04/19/2022

On today's Detroit Evening Report: The attorneys for Patrick Lyoya’s family released the results of an independent autopsy Tuesday. For more on this story and other headlines from today, listen here: https://buff.ly/3OpI6UI

Dr. Werner Spitz, a world-renown forensic pathologist and Wayne State University professor, concluded that Patrick Lyoya...
04/19/2022

Dr. Werner Spitz, a world-renown forensic pathologist and Wayne State University professor, concluded that Patrick Lyoya was shot in the back of the head by the Grand Rapids police officer while being restrained on his stomach. https://buff.ly/3KXpFEJ

Solar technology helps distribute energy in a clean and efficient manner. And its price is coming down, dropping 89% in ...
04/19/2022
The current state — and future — of solar power in Michigan » WDET 101.9 FM

Solar technology helps distribute energy in a clean and efficient manner. And its price is coming down, dropping 89% in the last 10 years. But Michigan has a long way to go if it wants to distribute this technology to buildings and open fields across the state.

Utility companies are opposing a bill that would unleash a cap on the excess energy sold back to the grid from solar on peoples’ homes.

On Feb. 18, people with the Detroit Sugarbush Project – many of them Indigenous – gathered in Rouge Park for a ritual to...
04/19/2022

On Feb. 18, people with the Detroit Sugarbush Project – many of them Indigenous – gathered in Rouge Park for a ritual to mark the start of the annual maple syrup harvest. The burning of a sacred fire drew the attention of law enforcement. Soon more than a dozen Detroit Police officers arrived and ordered the ceremony to end.

As WDET’s Russ McNamara reports, a fire burned again in the sugarbush and with it came calls for healing and understanding.

https://buff.ly/3jO5NYG

Detroit News reporter Craig Mauger  says this year’s drama at the county-level conventions is not completely unusual. Th...
04/19/2022
Chaos at county conventions: Why it matters » WDET 101.9 FM

Detroit News reporter Craig Mauger says this year’s drama at the county-level conventions is not completely unusual. These conventions can be breeding grounds for upheaval.

MichMash hosts Jake Neher and Cheyna Roth talk with Craig Mauger of The Detroit News about last week's raucous conventions and what happens next.

On today's Detroit Evening Report: Body camera footage of the encounter between a Grand Rapids police officer and Patric...
04/18/2022

On today's Detroit Evening Report: Body camera footage of the encounter between a Grand Rapids police officer and Patrick Lyoya earlier this month ends almost a minute before the 26-year-old was shot by the officer. For more on this and other headlines from today, listen here: https://buff.ly/37tgjCi

How to write good poetry, according to Billy Collins.“I learned to write poetry by reading it, and I think that’s the wa...
04/16/2022
Poet Billy Collins to appear at Midwest Literary Walk » WDET 101.9 FM

How to write good poetry, according to Billy Collins.

“I learned to write poetry by reading it, and I think that’s the way you learn. Not by sitting at a seminar table, listening to a poet who’s well established, talking about his or her poetry, but by reading English poetry and getting used to the iambic measures in poetry.”

Billy Collins discusses how he got into poetry, what drives his work, and what he anticipates at the Midwest Literary Walk on April 23.

On today's Detroit Evening Report: The Detroit City Council approves a $2.4 billion budget for 2022-23. For more on this...
04/15/2022

On today's Detroit Evening Report: The Detroit City Council approves a $2.4 billion budget for 2022-23. For more on this and other headlines from today, listen here: https://buff.ly/37U2L2H

General Motors says its sales numbers in the first quarter were down by about 20% while Ford reported a drop of around 1...
04/15/2022
New vehicle sales dip in first quarter » WDET 101.9 FM

General Motors says its sales numbers in the first quarter were down by about 20% while Ford reported a drop of around 17% over the same period in 2020. Cox Automotive analyst Michelle Krebs says, beyond the challenge of obtaining semiconductors, car companies are now facing additional supply chain issues.

While inflation continues to elevate new vehicle prices, analysts say that isn't the main reason for the slumping numbers to start the year.

"Freshwater" is the name of a new short video by dream hampton, which explores themes of childhood, a warming climate an...
04/15/2022
dream hampton’s new video short “Freshwater” explores her Detroit childhood, climate change » WDET 101.9 FM

"Freshwater" is the name of a new short video by dream hampton, which explores themes of childhood, a warming climate and the life of Detroiters. The video will be screening today at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit through Aug. 14.

Artist, activist and filmmaker dream hampton discusses the influences on her new work that is now screening at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

On today’s Detroit Evening Report: Detroit plans $10 million investment to provide internet access in Hope Village. For ...
04/14/2022

On today’s Detroit Evening Report: Detroit plans $10 million investment to provide internet access in Hope Village. For more on this story and other headlines from today, listen here: https://buff.ly/37PLOWO

On today's Detroit Evening Report: Video released by Grand Rapids Police shows the details of the fatal shooting of a Bl...
04/13/2022

On today's Detroit Evening Report: Video released by Grand Rapids Police shows the details of the fatal shooting of a Black man following a traffic stop in April. For more on this and other headlines from today, listen here: https://buff.ly/3KFBYWk

On today's Detroit Evening Report: Inflation soared 8.5% in March, the highest it's been in 40 years. For more on this s...
04/12/2022

On today's Detroit Evening Report: Inflation soared 8.5% in March, the highest it's been in 40 years. For more on this story and other headlines from today, listen here: https://buff.ly/3rnT8QG

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Join Kresge Arts in Detroit and WDET 101.9FM Culture Shift host Ryan Patrick Hooper for this week's Virtual Artist Salon at 6 p.m. EST tomorrow (Feb. 23) with Kresge 2021 Artist Fellows: • Zig Zag Claybourne is an author of stories and essays on sci fi, fandom and life. He grew up watching The Twilight Zone and considers himself a better person for it. https://bit.ly/3LQy8KN • B. Van Randall is a writer and creator of graphic novels and comic books that seek to tell compelling stories of fantasy, science fiction, horror & action that feature African American (and other people of color) and LGBTQ leads. https://bit.ly/3IdSpb6 • Solomon Johnson is a visual & literary storyteller. In 2015, his youngest daughter inspired him to write a children’s story. Ultimately, this led him to author a four-part series and he is now illustrating his first children's book. https://bit.ly/35gofFu Learn more and register here: https://bit.ly/3BGDOCI
The City of Auburn Hills is considering opting out of SMART transit (bussing) for its residents. Listen right now to WDET 101.9FM for a discussion on this issue. 3 out of 4 citizens in Auburn Hills overwhelmingly voted to approve public transit in their community. If you are concerned about the removal of public transit access for communities like Auburn Hills and surrounding Oakland County communities, attend the Auburn Hills City Council meeting THIS EVENING at 7:00 pm at 1827 N. Squirrel Road in the Council Chamber. The agenda for this meeting can be found here: https://bit.ly/35dAiDk
Listen in NOW (Mon 9am) to WDET 101.9FM discuss public transit on #DetroitToday with Stephen Henderson. Oakland County Commission Chair Dave Woodward and TRU ally Transit Guide: Detroit's Dave Gifford will each talk about transit in Auburn Hills and throughout Oakland County! Call in at 313-577-1019 to share your experiences, opinions, and ideas. Details about this issue at https://wdet.org/2022/02/18/auburn-hills-to-vote-on-whether-to-opt-out-of-smart/
"What's MODERN JAZZ MEETS MUSICAL THEATRE?" you ask??? Check out this sneak peek from last night's rehearsal, grab your tickets and come see the MAGIC that is happening in "The Maas" at The Encore! Feb. 18 and 19 ONLY Get your tickets here: https://theencoretheatre.org/2021-22-full-season/ #theMaas #themaasattheencore #modernjazz #migueldelacerna #livemusic WEMU 89.1 Detroiters Who Miss WJZZ 105.9 FM WDET 101.9FM
Friday Night is Detroit Jazz Fest Night! 🎧🎼🎺 At 5:30 ET it's JazzChat! Live. Click 👉https://bit.ly/3LkPRtI for FREE access to this compelling conversation. At 9 ET it's Jazz from the Cellar! Tune in on Facebook Live, YouTube, our app or WDET 101.9FM. #jazz #detroitjazzfest #detroitjazz #jazzmusic
During the #SuperBowl LVI halftime show, #OaklandTogether40 Alumni Sean Forbes offered an American Sign Language (#ASL) rendition of the show for the deaf and hard of hearing community. Learn more as WDET 101.9FM interviews the #OaklandCounty native about his journey: http://ow.ly/4I9Q50HXSeT. "You know for the past several years I’ve made the Super Bowl accessible in my studio right here in #Ferndale. We would always fly different deaf people to perform to the artist. We weren’t able to do that this year with the pandemic. Going from doing it here in Ferndale to actually going to the Super Bowl? That’s a huge step! It’s huge!" - Sean Forbes
Since the early 1900s kids from both sides of the tracks and every color would sneak out to get in on the nightlife down on Hastings Street. Although the hangouts of young Berry Gordy and John Lee Ho**er have long been demolished, one still stands and continues to provide a spacious yet intimate theater space for Detroit entertainers. The Hastings Street Ballroom and Tangent Gallery will be alive with music of the past once again when The Satin Doll R***e returns on February 27, 2022, at 7p. The theater located at 715 E. Milwaukee offers cabaret seating and the gallery will be open featuring the Out of the Mouth of Jazz exhibit before the show. Tickets are $40 per person available online thru EventBrite. Come celebrate with Billie Holiday (Sky Covington), Sarah Vaughan (Kimmie Horne), Bessie Smith (Thornetta Davis), Nina Simone (Faye Bradford), Dinah Washington (Nina Simone Neal), Etta James (Tosha Owens), and Carmen McRae (DJ Lady Love) because we all deserve a little jazz in our life! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-satin-doll-revue-tickets-245716844697 The Satin Doll R***e Unlimited Sky Production LLC Sky Covingtonll #thesatindollrevue #Detroitjazz #livejazz #jazz #hastingsstreet #hastingsstreetballroom #tangentgallery #vocaljazz #jazzgreats #jazzlegends #bestofthebestDetroit
It's a Detroit Jazz Fest Foundation Friday night double bill! JazzChat Live! at 5:30 ET. Register 👇. Jazz from the Cellar at 9 ET on Facebook Live, You Tube, our app, and WDET 101.9FM ! JazzChat registration link: https://bit.ly/3LkPRtI #detroitjazzfest #jazz #jazzmusic Keyon Harrold
The 3rd episode of the "Tracked & Traced" podcast investigates the scope and effectiveness of ShotSpotter in Detroit. Then, Jonathan Manes of the MacArthur Justice Center at Northwestern University shares the findings of a report on ShotSpotter’s widespread use in Chicago. Listen Here: https://bit.ly/TTpodcast_3 This podcast is hosted by MSU Science Gallery in partnership with WDET 101.9FM Detroit's NPR Station.
Enjoy thrilling performances from 3 Detroit bands on an encore of Detroit Performs, curated by WDET 101.9FM's Chris Campbell. See the amazing Candace Nicole Experience, Monique Ella Rose Music, and Laura Rain and The Caesars - TONIGHT at 7:30p ET!
Mark your calendar 📆 for Jazz from the Cellar 🎹this Friday night at 9 ET! Catch the Wayne State University Jazz Faculty Nonet on Facebook Live, @YouTube, our app, or WDET 101.9FM! #jazz #jazzmusic #freejazz Wayne State University Wayne State College Department of Music