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.
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In this week is Community Rebuilders, part of the Coalition to End Homelessness, as the beneficiary of Monday's Hat Trick Concert. Executive director Vera Beech details the work of Community Rebuilders and their model, which has positioned them as a national model for getting people into homes.
Music this week is Monday's Hat Trick guest, Amy LaVere with "Stranger Me."
Center for Civic Media wants to capture news consumption as a nutritional report
Researchers and developers at MIT's Media Lab have been working on NewsRDI, a project that individuals will be able to use to assess their news consumption. The application will divide news consumption into visual information that tells users what type of news they most consume and where they are lacking (i.e.: international news, infotainment, etc.)
[More: MediaShift, Center for Civic Media]
Nikon's photomicrography contest leans toward the scientific
For 37 years, Nikon has held an annual photomicrography contest in which participants submit images that can only be seen on a microscopic level. Naturally, many of the submissions come from scientists, and over 2,000 images were submitted to this year's competition. Boston Globe's The Big Picture shares 20 of the winners' submissions along with a sprinkling of several other captivating images on their blog.
[More: The Big Picture]
First Turkish photography festival held in Bursa
As the intersection between Europe and Asia, a stop on the Silk Road and a country where differences in east-west cultures and mentalities are visible, the first photography festival was organized to include photographers from all around the world. Turkish photographers are rarely recognized outside of their country, and with recent attention to things like the Arab Spring, Turkey is in a good position to draw the international photojournalism community.
[More: The Lens]
GigaOm examines whether web originals are moving up to primetime
In the mid-200s, the idea of web-based tv series had captured internet denizens' and producers imaginations. As groups like Hulu and Netflix brought more traditional productions to the Web, that interest begin to dwindle and the wealth of companies that sprung up from the enthusiasm began to fade. However, now that traditional productions have a presence on the web and are beginning to get cagey about their content again, GigaOm makes the case that web originals might just start coming into their own.
Harry Potter's World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine Exhibit
Nov. 13 - Dec. 31 at Grand Rapids Public Library (111 Library NE)
Although a fantasy story, the magic in the Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy. Incorporating the work of several 15th and 16th century thinkers, the exhibit examines important ethical topics such as the desire for knowledge, the effects of prejudice, and the responsibility that comes with power. This exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter's world, its roots in Renaissance science, and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series.
Tree lighting ceremony at the museum
5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 at Grand Rapids Art Museum (Monroe Center)
Every year, the Grand Rapids Art Museum lights up a big pine tree for the holidays that's positioned between the museum and Monroe Center. There will be music, cabaret shows and free carriage rides throughout the evening.
UICA Holiday Artists Market
5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 - 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3 at UICA (2 W. Fulton)
The UICA has prepared for the holiday season with its 23rd annual artists market, where shoppers will find handmade art, jewelry and gifts created by more than 50 regional artists and artisans.