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Catalyst Radio: ARC Kent County Monday night's beneficiary of WYCE's hat trick concert series

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Music lovers, Hat Trick goers, this one's for you. As the beneficiary of the upcoming music concert at One Trick Pony, ARC Kent County's executive director joins us to share exactly what Monday night'

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About Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch, along with Denise Cheng. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support, examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website.

Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived on The Rapidian.


Music lovers, Hat Trick goers, this one's for you. As the beneficiary of the upcoming music concert at One Trick Pony, ARC Kent County's executive director joins us to share exactly what Monday night's donations will support. ARC has been in Grand Rapids for more than 50 years as advocates for those with learning disabilities, helping families with children to aging parents of adults with learning disabilities access services and plan for the future.

After lending your ears to this round of Catalyst Radio, consider lending them again to Mike + Ruthy, our featured musicians on this episode as well as the duo heading up Monday's Hat Trick.



After much legislative hullabaloo, NPR is relatively safe
In the most recent iteration of the legislative resolution to balance the budget, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has been left relatively unscathed. In recent weeks, there was a rider to eliminate funding to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the the House passed a bill to defund National Public Radio by a margin of 17 votes. In addition, chief executive for NPR resigned after a conservative advocate embarrassed the primary fundraiser for NPR and Juan Williams, former conservative analyst for NPR, has also called for the organization's defunding.
[More: NYTimes, Associated Press, Columbia Journalism Review, Huffington Post, Washington Post]

Pew Center presents findings on paying for online content
In a recent study, the Pew Center discovered that 65% of American Internet users have paid for online content. The typical user spends about $10 per month on online content, and the majority of digital purchases have been music, 18% for publishing related content and 11% for premium services on websites.
[More: Pew Internet and American Life Project]

Cigarette packaging responses from sixth graders on warning labels
The Food and Drug Administration asked for public feedback till January for proposed graphic images discouraging smoking to be printed as ads and required as part of cigarette packaging. A teacher in California gathered class responses to send in with surprising results.
[More: Harpers]

Nonprofit uses cultural associations to raise funds for HIV/AIDS in Africa
The nonprofit Keep a Child Alive recently revived a campaign to raise money for combatting HIV/AIDS in Africa to some uproar. The campaign takes well-known celebrities in African-esque jewelry and photographed them in black and white except for painted symbols on their face. The painted symbols are from various African cultures.
[More: Utne Reader]

CALENDAR (23:23)

6-11 p.m. on Friday, April 15 in Downtown GR
Art.Downtown is the biggest gallery hop of the year. Independent galleries, graduate studios, art institutions and local businesses extend their hours for the public to enjoy art.

2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 at Rosa Parks Circle (155 Monroe NW)
The Rapid Revolution is a free concert to encourage participation in the May 3rd millage.

[ENVIRONMENT + EDUCATION + ENTERTAINMENT] John Ball Zoo Society's Party for the Planet
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 16 at John Ball Zoo
This is a national event initiated by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association that our zoo is participating in. It brings together the area’s top conservation-minded organizations as well as a convenient drive-up recycling center to interact with the public. Animals that are threatened or endangered will be showcased with ideas on what you can do to help save these valuable species in Grand Rapids.

Rapidian reporters orientation
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