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Catalyst Radio: local connections to Syrian Conflict

Submitted 05-20-2016 under NEWS

Host Katie Gordon speaks with Dr. Sam Attal and Dr. Mohammad Saleh, Syrian-born American doctors who have been helping Syrians affected by the conflict both in Grand Rapids and internationally.

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Working mother of three shares her running journey, inspires family

Submitted 05-12-2016 under VOICES

In anticipation of the Fifth Third River Run this Saturday, May 14, Iracema Garcia shares why she began running and now runs with her family and in races on a regular basis.

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When free college is not enough

Submitted 05-03-2016 under OPINION

Free college alone is not the cure to poverty. To address one inequity, we must address them all by authentically engaging those who have been marginalized. Only then is there hope for inclusive growth that benefits all.

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Local production of "The Mikado" raises questions on theatre and race

Submitted 04-22-2016 under OPINION

KT Herr and Deirdre Chervenka Cunningham review West Michigan Savoyard's production of Gilbert & Sullivan's The Mikado, playing this weekend at Wealthy Theatre, and explore the show's attendant problems of Asian misrepresentation.

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Building community through coffee in Grand Rapids

Submitted 04-21-2016 under OPINION

Specialty coffee shops are cropping up left and right in Grand Rapids. These shops can be yet another inaccessible luxury further driving the wedge between different classes and demographics of people. Or, they can be utilized as a community builder and a tool to help bridge a gap.

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Catalyst Radio: Conserving the Great Lakes

Submitted 04-15-2016 under LOCAL LIFE

Host Jessica Young speaks with Stephanie Mabie of Kent County Water Conservation on the documentary "Great Lakes, Bad Lines" screening at UICA cinema.

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Restaurant Review: The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel's Cygnus 27

Submitted 04-07-2016 under OPINION

Because of the great view and intimate atmosphere I'd recommend it for cocktails, appetizers before a night out, or drinks and dessert afterwards. But for the price, there are better restaurants with better options for dinner.

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Local soccer player trains in neighborhood park, Kent Trails for chance at pros

Submitted 04-05-2016 under VOICES

Ernesto Pulido trains in Clemente Park in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood and runs on Kent Trails to prepare for tryouts in his parents' home country, Mexico.

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HQ youth are unrelenting, brave: My experience as an HQ Drop-In Supervisor

Submitted 04-01-2016 under OPINION

Working at HQ, a drop in center for youth who are experiencing homelessness, have run away or whose housing is unsafe or unstable, means I have the duty to share a little bit of what is like to know and be known by them.

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Panel discussion around women supporting women in Grand Rapids shows leadership growing stronger

Submitted 04-01-2016 under OPINION

On March 31st, a conversation and luncheon by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. at LINC Up Gallery on Madison brought a diverse group of women together to discuss city building with a “we can do it” attitude.

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