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WDET 101.9FM Detroit’s NPR Station. Your connection to news, music, conversation. As a non-profit institution, WDET is committed to enhancing life in Detroit.

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. We share the truth of what our listeners live each day, providing platforms for Detroiters to connect and tell the

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. We share the truth of what our listeners live each day, providing platforms for Detroiters to connect and tell the

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The death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of Black officers raises questions about the role of police work once again. John...
01/30/2023
Exploring Tyre Nichols' death and how racism shows up in police work - WDET 101.9 FM

The death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of Black officers raises questions about the role of police work once again. John Sloan III, co-lead organizer with Black Lives Matter Detroit and Greg Bowens, co-founder and president of the NAACP Grosse Pointes & Harper Woods Branch joined Detroit Today to discuss:

The death of Tyre Nichols at the hands of five Black officers raises questions about the role of police work.

We're just days away from the February The Moth StorySLAM! The theme is "Love Hurts," so prepare a five-minute story abo...
01/30/2023
The Moth StorySLAM — Love Hurts - WDET 101.9 FM

We're just days away from the February The Moth StorySLAM! The theme is "Love Hurts," so prepare a five-minute story about a love that made you go, "OUCH." Stories start at 7:30 p.m. at the Marble Bar on Thursday, Feb. 2. We will not be selling tickets at the door, so get yours now 🎟

UPDATE: This StorySLAM has been sold out! They happen on the first Thursday of every month, so keep an eye on our events page for when March goes on sale 👀

Prepare a five-minute tale about a love that made you go OUCH. The agony of deferred love, the misery of good-love-gone-bad, etc.

As software like Chat GPT becomes increasingly available, some Michigan teachers worry it could lead to cheating in thei...
01/30/2023
What ChatGPT is, and why it has some Michigan school staff concerned - WDET 101.9 FM

As software like Chat GPT becomes increasingly available, some Michigan teachers worry it could lead to cheating in their classes. Reporters Ron French of Bridge Michigan and Will Oremus of the Washington Post joined Detroit Today to discuss why it could be beneficial to embrace this new technology rather than resist it:

The expansion of machine learning may ease the way many of us do work, but should we be concerned about it? Two reporters explain.

Dearborn’s public health department is working to bring city services to residents, including hosting flu and COVID vacc...
01/30/2023
Dearborn's health department wants to make access to services easier - WDET 101.9 FM

Dearborn’s public health department is working to bring city services to residents, including hosting flu and COVID vaccine clinics, providing menstrual pads for high school students, and providing Narcan units for opioid overdose reversal. Nargis The Writer spoke with department director Ali Abazeed to learn more:

Dearborn’s public health department is focusing on environmental and behavioral health and data analytics.

As a young girl, journalist Sharon Tubbs says she knew that something bad had happened in her family, but she didn’t qui...
01/29/2023
New book explores how racism is passed down through generational trauma - WDET 101.9 FM

As a young girl, journalist Sharon Tubbs says she knew that something bad had happened in her family, but she didn’t quite know what. Her new book uses court cases and personal accounts to piece together a past that helped her learn more about herself. Take a listen:

Sharon Tubbs is the author of "They Got Daddy: One Family's Reckoning with Racism and Faith." She joined CultureShift to share her story.

Correction facilities in the U.S. are intended to rehabilitate citizens, yet there are thousands of policies, laws and s...
01/29/2023
Why the effects of incarceration last long after leaving prison - WDET 101.9 FM

Correction facilities in the U.S. are intended to rehabilitate citizens, yet there are thousands of policies, laws and sanctions that prevent people with a criminal record from leading full lives. MacArthur Fellow Reuben Miller joined Detroit Today to discuss the long-lasting effects of incarceration:

There are over 44,000 laws across the country that prevent people with criminal records from fully participating in society.

Being a Detroiter is more than a trendy label. Detroit Today’s Stephen Henderson, CultureShift’s Tia Graham and Outlier ...
01/28/2023
Detroiters have overcome too much to be reduced to a trend - WDET 101.9 FM

Being a Detroiter is more than a trendy label. Detroit Today’s Stephen Henderson, CultureShift’s Tia Graham and Outlier Media executive director Candice Fortman discussed how racism, gentrification and negative perception in the media have made us more defensive of our city. Take a listen:

Three Detroiters discuss how racism, gentrification and negative perception in the media have made them more defensive of their city.

Jon has a lot of great stuff lined up today on Modern Music. Listen starting at 4 on 101.9 FM, or stream live at wdet.or...
01/28/2023

Jon has a lot of great stuff lined up today on Modern Music. Listen starting at 4 on 101.9 FM, or stream live at wdet.org and on the free WDET mobile app.

It’s the age-old question: Who gets to be considered a Detroiter? And, perhaps more importantly, why do we care so much?...
01/28/2023
Who gets to call themself a ‘Detroiter’? - WDET 101.9 FM

It’s the age-old question: Who gets to be considered a Detroiter? And, perhaps more importantly, why do we care so much? Detroit Today spoke with Detroit historian Jamon Jordan, Wayne State University sociology professor Nicole Trujillo-Pagan and Detroit-based audio producer Cary Junior II to hear their perspectives:

A panel discusses the significance of the “Detroiter” identity, and why some feel the need to gatekeep the label.

A group of researchers from the Applied Wildlife Ecology Lab has placed cameras in Detroit parks to study wildlife roami...
01/27/2023
Yale researchers record urban wildlife in Detroit parks - WDET 101.9 FM

A group of researchers from the Applied Wildlife Ecology Lab has placed cameras in Detroit parks to study wildlife roaming the urban wilderness. Reporter Laura Herberg spoke with Dr. Nyeema C. Harris to see what they found 📸

A group of researchers placed cameras in Detroit parks and studied wildlife roaming the urban wilderness for the past five years.

Students from Dearborn and Dearborn Heights head to Boston this week for the Harvard Model United Nations conference, a ...
01/27/2023
Dearborn students head to Harvard for Model UN conference - WDET 101.9 FM

Students from Dearborn and Dearborn Heights head to Boston this week for the Harvard Model United Nations conference, a four-day competition where high schoolers take on the role of being world leaders attempting to promote peace. Nargis The Writer reports:

Students from Dearborn and Dearborn Heights head to Boston this week for the Harvard Model United Nations conference.

Amidst widespread worries of an impending recession, University of Michigan economics and public policy professor Justin...
01/27/2023
UM professor says recession would be mild despite rising inflation - WDET 101.9 FM

Amidst widespread worries of an impending recession, University of Michigan economics and public policy professor Justin Wolfers believes our economic situation is improving. Russ McNamara spoke with Wolfers to learn more:

University of Michigan economics and public policy professor Justin Wolfers believes the inflation situation is improving.

In 2012, Michigan Republicans pushed through a right-to-work law that sought to decrease the influence of labor unions i...
01/26/2023
Michigan Democrats look to repeal right-to-work law - WDET 101.9 FM

In 2012, Michigan Republicans pushed through a right-to-work law that sought to decrease the influence of labor unions in the state. Now that Democrats have the majority in Lansing, they want to repeal it. Russ McNamara reports:

Michigan Democrats consider repealing right-to-work after taking control of Michigan's Legislature, but face Republican opposition.

In 2020, we watched corporations make promises of diversity, equity and inclusion. In the three years that followed, we ...
01/26/2023
Corporations fell short of their 2020 DEI promises, but strategist says it’s not too late - WDET 101.9 FM

In 2020, we watched corporations make promises of diversity, equity and inclusion. In the three years that followed, we watched them continue to come up short. Dr. Lauran Star Diversity & Inclusion joined CultureShift to discuss where they went wrong, how they can still right the ship and why it takes more than a seminar to make meaningful change:

Dr. Lauran Star is a Corporate Inclusion Strategist & DEI Psychologist. She told CultureShift that meaningful change takes time.

TW: human traffickingShortly before Christmas, Governor Gretchen Whitmer pardoned a Michigan woman who spent 20 years as...
01/26/2023
Whitmer grants pardon to Michigan human trafficking victim - WDET 101.9 FM

TW: human trafficking

Shortly before Christmas, Governor Gretchen Whitmer pardoned a Michigan woman who spent 20 years as a victim of human trafficking. Leslie King’s story stands as both a warning and a sign of hope for other victims. Quinn Klinefelter reports:

A victim of human trafficking finally received a pardon from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to clear her record for crimes she was forced to commit.

Tonight at 7 p.m., Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver the annual State of the State address in Lansing, which you ca...
01/25/2023
Previewing the 2023 Michigan State of the State Address - WDET 101.9 FM

Tonight at 7 p.m., Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver the annual State of the State address in Lansing, which you can hear live here on WDET. Detroit Today sat down with political journalists Emily Lawler and Zach Gorchow to discuss what we can expect:

Targeted tax relief, law enforcement funding and expanding pre-kindergarten access are expected to highlight this year's address.

After 14 years in prison, Lisa Forbes realized she had to break the cycle of trauma. She joined CultureShift to discuss ...
01/25/2023
An advocate and former prisoner discusses how to recognize trauma - WDET 101.9 FM

After 14 years in prison, Lisa Forbes realized she had to break the cycle of trauma. She joined CultureShift to discuss her journey, some of the lesser-known effects of trauma and how we can be more mindful of what others are going through:

“I Can Take It from Here” outlines how Lisa Forbes confronted and overcame the unhealed trauma that broke her to help others do the same.

On the latest episode of MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Bridge Michigan’s Lauren Gibbons discuss the Michigan Legislature’s b...
01/25/2023
MichMash: Michigan Legislature had a busy week, addressing everything from tax laws to abortion - WDET 101.9 FM

On the latest episode of MichMash, Cheyna Roth and Bridge Michigan’s Lauren Gibbons discuss the Michigan Legislature’s busy week, from income tax trigger laws to how to best implement Prop 3 to what EVs could mean for road repairs.

Listen wherever you get your podcasts 🎧

Key issues included income tax trigger laws, how to best implement Proposal 3, harassment of poll workers and electric cars in Michigan.

The multiverse-skipping sci-fi indie hit “Everything Everywhere All at Once” led nominations to the 95th Academy Awards ...
01/24/2023
‘Everything Everywhere’ tops Oscar nominations with 11 - WDET 101.9 FM

The multiverse-skipping sci-fi indie hit “Everything Everywhere All at Once” led nominations to the 95th Academy Awards as Hollywood heaped honors on big-screen spectacles like “Top Gun: Maverick” and “Avatar: The Way of Water” a year after a streaming service won best picture for the first time. See the other nominees:

“Everything Everywhere All at Once” landed a leading 11 Oscar nominations, including nods for Michelle Yeoh and comeback kid Ke Huy Quan.

The Hamtramck Arts & Culture Commission added two new members this month. Nargis The Writer reports that the commission ...
01/24/2023
Hamtramck Arts and Culture Commission adds two members - WDET 101.9 FM

The Hamtramck Arts & Culture Commission added two new members this month. Nargis The Writer reports that the commission plans to provide more intentional support for existing arts and culture events like Movement Electronic Music Festival:

Maria Vujic is the chair of the Hamtramck Neighborhoods Arts Festival and Jetshri Bhadviya is an artist and visiting professor at CCS.

Criminal justice has been at the top of many conversations recently here in Michigan. But last week’s decision by a pros...
01/24/2023
Examining the limit of involuntary manslaughter after Alec Baldwin shooting charges - WDET 101.9 FM

Criminal justice has been at the top of many conversations recently here in Michigan. But last week’s decision by a prosecutor in New Mexico has prompted the entire nation to think about when criminal charges are appropriate in cases of tragic accidents. Jalila Jefferson-Bullock of Wayne State University Law School joined Detroit Today to discuss:

The accidental shooting death on the set of the movie "Rust" in 2019 raises questions about when criminal charges are appropriate.

The nation is once again reeling as we learn about another mass shooting, this time at a popular ballroom in California ...
01/23/2023
Monterey Park mass shooting is the latest example of increasing gun violence in America - WDET 101.9 FM

The nation is once again reeling as we learn about another mass shooting, this time at a popular ballroom in California during a Lunar New Year celebration. Stephanie Hartwell of Wayne State University College of Liberal Arts and Sciences joined Detroit Today to discuss how increased gun violence affects community trust levels:

We are living in a highly vigilant society that impacts feelings of safety, according to sociologist Stephanie Hartwell.

Third grade teacher Ronya Croitori started a crowdfunding campaign to help her students have a safe spot away from class...
01/23/2023
Southfield teacher uses crowdfunding to help create safe space for her students - WDET 101.9 FM

Third grade teacher Ronya Croitori started a crowdfunding campaign to help her students have a safe spot away from classroom activity for when they feel overwhelmed. She says she reached her goal thanks to a generous WDET listener. Read more:

An elementary school teacher in Metro Detroit has turned to the public to help her students have a safe spot away from classroom activity.

Saxophonist and composer Marcus Elliot joined CultureShift to share the story behind how he created “Fill The Room With ...
01/23/2023
Detroit musician and composer Marcus Elliot talks turning grief into a work of art - WDET 101.9 FM

Saxophonist and composer Marcus Elliot joined CultureShift to share the story behind how he created “Fill The Room With Light,” which he was commissioned to write by New Music Detroit. Listen to his moving performance and conversation with Ryan Patrick Hooper:

Marcus Elliot shared the story behind how he created “Fill The Room With Light” with CultureShift’s Ryan Patrick Hooper.

On Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Department informed Congress that it is taking “extraordinary measures” to prevent the fe...
01/23/2023
Why another debt ceiling fight looms in Congress - WDET 101.9 FM

On Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Department informed Congress that it is taking “extraordinary measures” to prevent the federal government from surpassing its debt spending limit — and possibly defaulting on the country’s credit obligations. Two experts joined Detroit Today to discuss why Congress should eliminate the debt ceiling:

Congress is taking “extraordinary measures” to prevent the federal government from surpassing its debt spending limit.

Today on Acoustic Cafe, we’re celebrating the “Big-O Birthdays” of 2023, from soon-to-be 90-year-old Willie Nelson to 30...
01/22/2023

Today on Acoustic Cafe, we’re celebrating the “Big-O Birthdays” of 2023, from soon-to-be 90-year-old Willie Nelson to 30-year-old Chance The Rapper 🎂

Tune in at 1 p.m. on 101.9 FM, wdet.org/listen-live or our mobile app.

Listen to a packed Modern Music today starting at 4 only on 101.9 WDET and streaming live at wdet.org.
01/21/2023

Listen to a packed Modern Music today starting at 4 only on 101.9 WDET and streaming live at wdet.org.

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Detroit Music Awards show day. Taking it up on FOX 2 Detroit Weekend live in 8 a.m. hour, then on Ann Delisi Essential Music, 11 a.m on WDET 101.9FM
Detroit Music Awards show day. Talking it up on FOX 2 Detroit Weekend in 8 a.m. hour, then with Ann Delisi Essential Music at 11 a.m. on WDET 101.9FM
Conservation of energy and reduction of use is the best way to cut your carbon footprint. We can't build our way out of use of carbon. Love EV, love solar and wind, but the first step is to reduce and conserve.
Curious about the Opening Party for this weekend's YA Super Salsa Social? Join us this Friday at the DSO Salsa Dance Party -- we'll all welcome Raul & Delia from NY -- Detroit style! Live band Aguankó! DjAlbostyle! Beginners class with Mambo Marci! Here's an interview about Mambo Marci and this event with WDET 101.9FM's Sam Corey! 😁
Oh.. and, for a discount you may use "mambomarci" for $5 off at dso.org!!
TUNE IN TONIGHT for Jazz from the Cellar featuring Sphere! We're on WDET 101.9FM! Or log on to Facebook Live, You Tube or our app!

It's a night of with new music from electric violinist Leslie DeShazor 🎻⚡️🎻💥!

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Join us online for Jazz from the Cellar featuring Sphere Friday 4/15! It's a night of Detroit jazz and brand new music from Leslie DeShazor!

Check it out on Facebook Live, , or app or WDET 101.9FM!

Hello i won a radio contest a few weeks back and the tickets still have not been emailed to me. Just checking on the status if someone could contact me. For the seth Meyer show from m radio host amanda
Episode 6 of the "Tracked & Traced" podcast explores sousveillance and the price of virality.

Listen Here ➡️ https://bit.ly/TT_podcast_6

This podcast is hosted by MSU Science Gallery in partnership with WDET 101.9FM Detroit's NPR Station.
Post for Detroit Today show: how about a future show with some of Detroit's many great labor organizers to learn more about the specifics of HOW Amazon Labor Union won! Many awesome labor organizers from Labor Notes, AAUP at Wayne State, MI-CORE folks in the Detroit Federation of Teachers, and more.
Two comments about removing the Detroit freeway:

My dad said they had to move because of highway “advancement”. He lived in a German community. Not sure where it was exactly. They relocated into the Denby attendance area.

A city that moved a highway and made a beautiful walking, biking area, is Greenville South Carolina. Connected it to bike pathways made from former railroads. The area has been gentrified, slowly moving out the poorest whose families have lived there for generations.

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My main way of contributing is by boycotting the factory farming meat industry. It would be great to hear some more about this in the conversation.
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