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Catalyst Radio: Rays of Hope brings relief to Haiti

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Kim Sorrelle of Rays of Hope for Haiti joins us on air to talk about their relief efforts in Haiti and around the world. A year after the devastating earthquake, Kim tackles the issue of when aid is good in developing countries.
Two volunteers donate supplies to their young Haitian peers.

Two volunteers donate supplies to their young Haitian peers. /Steven Depolo on Flickr (Creative Commons - BY)

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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.

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Kim Sorrelle of Rays of Hope for Haiti joins us on air to talk about their relief efforts in Haiti and around the world. A year after the devastating earthquake, Kim tackles the issue of when aid is good in developing countries.

Music this week is Charles Mingus' interpretation of "Haitian Fight Song."



Photojournalists explore the underpinnings and accepted practices of their field
In a Q&A on The Lens, photojournalist James Estrin interviews his peer, Ed Kashi, on why photographers act like wielding the lens excuses them from participation on the scene and whether a camera excuses photographers from asking permission to capture their subjects. They also dissect the assumption that candid photos are only compelling if there is no eye contact with the camera and whether it is relevant in contemporary times.
[More: The Lens]

Social media and fast-paced media throw off youth's focus
Recent studies have shown that youth's ability to delay gratification and to focus are temporarily thrown off after viewing highly stimulating media such as television shows and video games. While all generations are affected by the barrage of social media, which has the ability to deliver instant gratification, this has a greater impact on the current youth generation in their brain development. 
[More: Bits, NYT]

Despite more accessible video production tools, US television networks moving toward in-studio critics
A video revolution around the world using media such as YouTube, Facebook, and other internet means is bringing on-the-ground news to viewers. But US television networks are trending away from the actual video packages, to in-studio talking heads and pundits.
[More: Columbia Journalism Review, Freakonomics]


CALENDAR (27:12)

ACLU hosts panel on ArtPrize
7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 at Fountain Street Church
Tonight starting at 7 p.m. at Fountain Street Church, the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is hosting a panel about ArtPrize with panelists who range from artists and academics to those who work in law. This and many more ArtPrize related events can be found on the Website.

The Rapid celebrates ten millionth ride
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Central Station (Bartlett SW)
This month, The Rapid will surpass its ten millionth ride. To celebrate, there will be live music, games, prizes and food at the Central Station. Michigan Blood will also be on site, and attendees will have the opportunity to give blood.

Hat Trick Concert: David Wax Museum performs to benefit Healthy Homes Coalition
6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26 at One Trick Pony
The Hat Trick Concert Series benefits area nonprofits by drawing local, regional and national bands for one-night shows at One Trick Pony. Coming up is the David Wax Museum, which was annointed as Boston's Americana Artist of the Year in 2010, to benefit Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan.

Nicholas Kristof to speak as part of the Diversity Lecture Series
7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26 at Fountain Street Church
As part of the Diversity Lectures Series, Fountain Street Church and GRCC are hosting Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times columnist with mulitple Pulitzer awards under his belt. Kristof is renown for highlighting human rights abuses in Asia and Africa, and he has recently published a book about major but common abuses toward women around the world.


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