About Catalyst Radio
Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with producer and host Linda Gellasch. 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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Grand Rapids refugee support program Thrive is the beneficiary of an upcoming weekend-long musical event. Called Barnstormer!, the Aug. 24-25 family-friendly fundraiser features two stages of acoustic and dance music from area bands, games, arts and crafts.
In studio is Thrive’s executive director Jessica Gladden to tell how the organization has grown during its first year, and the needs of the refugee communities that the nonprofit serves. Gladden visited Catalyst Radio just over a year ago, telling about the then-new organization.
Matt Jarrells, who put together the musical lineup for Barnstormer!, also joins the interview to give a preview of the performer lineup of more than a dozen bands for the two nights of entertainment that takes place at an area barn near Rockford.
Musicians performing at the Barnstormer! benefit event for Thrive are featured in this edition of Catalyst Radio. First it’s Nicholas James and the Bandwagon, from the disc Saturday Night, with the title song, and then Muteflutes from the release The Ballad of the Rebel Grape, with the song “Legacy.”