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Catalyst Radio: Good Morning Revolution

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In studio today, we talk about Good Morning Revolution, the group behind the Really, Really Free Market, which invites neighbors to trade items and learn from one another.
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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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Zachary Brennan and Jesicka Clark join us in studio today to talk about Good Morning Revolution, the group behind the Really, Really Free Market, which invites neighbors to trade items and learn from one another. While the Really, Really Free Markets have been a GR staple since 2008, Wake Up Revolution has recently begun a new endeavor: a free zine accepting contributions from anyone in the community.

Music this week is "Hello, Bonjour" by Michael Franti and Spearhead off the disc Yell Fire!



Group sends out postcards with stats about the comic industry's bias in regards to gender
A group that calls itself the "Ladydrawers" had been sending anonymous postcards to well-known comic artists with facts about how women are underrepresented in the field as well as how women are overwhelmingly unfavorably depicted. It caused quite a stir in the comics field, and it turns out the "Ladydrawers" has its roots in a class by the same name at the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago that has been quantitatively researching authorship and depiction of sexes by well-known comics companies.
[More: Gapers Block, LadyDrawers, The Beat, Democracy Guest List, Twitter (sample of a postcard)]

Committee convened to research effect of digital media on youth
A committee has just been formed to investigate how immersion in digital media affects young people's civic engagement. Not much research has been done in this area and up to this point, many have argued both that digital networks such as Twitter, Facebook and other platforms reduces young people's concern for social issues and politics. The opposite has been argued as well.
[More: Digital Media and Learning Research Hub]

Designers reimagine popular books and sites
A few fun ones. A while back, Mother Jones highlighted designer Christopher Gowan, who took some of the most popular albums in pop culture and reimagined them as book covers. Artists include Prince, Pink Floyd, Arcade Fire and many more. Meanwhile, another designer decided to imagine what the back of a webpage would look like if it were a three dimensional object. Some of the backsides he conjured up include Google, Flickr and YouTube.
[More: Mother JonesBack of a Webpage]


CALENDAR (23:22)

Tuesday Evening Music Club series kicks off
Tuesday, July 5 at Frederick Meijer Sculpture Garden (1000 E. Beltline)
Next Tuesday will be the first of the Tuesday Evening Music Club series, a partnership between WYCE and the Frederick Meijer Sculpture Garden. Throughout July and August, local bands will be performing at the sculpture garden, and the first up are Soil and the Sun and Karisa Wilson.

Comic Con at GRPL
10 a.m. on Saturday, July 2 at Grand Rapids Public Library (111 Library NE)
Grand Rapids Public Library invites comic enthusiasts to meet other collectors and trade, buy and sell comics. Tables will be provided for participants, and representatives from area comic book stores Argos Book Shop, Tardy's Collectors Corner and White Cap Comics have been invited.

Welsh sculptor has her U.S. debut at Frederick Meijer Sculpture Garden
Till August 21, Frederick Meijer Sculpture Garden is hosting the work of Welsh sculptor Laura Ford. Ford's work has been displayed all around the world, and this is her first major U.S. debut. She is known for her dark humor, weaving issues such as war, death and gender politics with children's fables and myths.

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