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Catalyst Radio: Center for Inquiry, an organization for critical thinking

Jennifer Beahan joins us on air to explain the goals of Center for Inquiry. Although based in Grand Rapids and with a small staff of two, it serves all of Michigan.
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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.

Jennifer Beahan joins us on air to explain the goals of Center for Inquiry. Although based in Grand Rapids and with a small staff of two, CFI actually serves all of Michigan, organizing events in Muskegon, Detroit and many more cities.

Music this week comes from local band Blackberry Winter. Their song, "Blackout," is off their recent LP, Standale.

 

ANALYSIS

Yahoo asks for first-hand accounts as part of news strategy
Yahoo recently purchased Associated Content, an information site that taps a network of content freelancers who are paid below the usual freelancing rates. In the same vein, they are asking their users for first-hand accounts on pre-determined topics. Users whose accounts are published will receive some compensation.
[More: NYT Bits]

Many news sites do not provide a media corrections section
First in a survey of Bay Area news sites and then in a more recent national survey of 35 major news providers, MediaBugs has found that more than two-thirds of media outlets do not provide a media corrections section nor do they have a corrections policy.
[More: Columbia Journalism Review]

Media hype over angel investors hurts startups
Om Malik, founder of GigaOm, has noted that with media frenzy over angel investors instead of company founders, companies and innovation are the real losers.
[More: GigaOm]

Digital journalist opines the death of net neutrality
Days after the election results came in, reknowned digital journalist and media consultant Dan Gillmor shared his belief that net neutrality suffered a massive blow with the round of musical chairs in the midterm elections.
[More: Salon, Politico, Washington Post]

 

CALENDAR

Wonderfall: The Wizard of Oz sing-along
11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20 at Wealthy Theatre (1130 Wealthy SE)
The children's music series Wonderfall returns with the 70th anniversary edition of popular MGM film The Wizard of Oz. Recording artist Rachael Davis is traveling through town and will open the event with a sing-along of "Over the Rainbow."
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[DANCE] Old fashioned pioneer style dancing wsg Bruce Links and Hawks & Owls
7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 26 (fourth Friday of each month) at 5th Street Hall (701 Fifth NW)
The Grand Rapids Folk Arts Society hosts a contra dancing session on the fourth Friday of every month. Contra dancing is basically like the square dancing your grandparents did but to live music and in different formations. This month, they will be practicing old fashioned pioneer style dancing. No partner is necessary.
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