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Catalyst Radio: GRPL celebrates Dia de los Muertos

Día de los muertos is a big holiday in Mexico and Central America, on par with Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and Molly Rios and Kristen Kreuger Corrado share what GRPL has planned to recognize the holiday.
Inspired by what she learned at the 2010 GRPL celebration, Rapidian reporter Nancy Lautenbach created a shrine to her brother.

Inspired by what she learned at the 2010 GRPL celebration, Rapidian reporter Nancy Lautenbach created a shrine to her brother. /Nancy Lautenbach

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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.

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INTERVIEW (10:49)

The Grand Rapids Public Library is in the middle of their second Día de los Muertos celebration (read about the first year on The Rapidian), a multi-day indigenous holiday originating in Mexico and Central America that celebrates the life of those who have passed on. Planned activities include making shrines, sugar skulls, music and sharing memories of loved ones.

Music this week is by Lost Bandits from the release Tex-Mex Del Midwest with the song "Cosas Del Amor."

 

ANALYSIS (0:00)

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CALENDAR (27:30)

Alger Heights Halloween 5K
9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Alger Heights Middle School (921 Alger SE)
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NeighborWoods Trees, Treats and Tombstones Tour
3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Oak Hill Cemetery
Tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. is a tour of Oak Hill Cemetery organized by Oakdale Neighbors in recognition of NeighborWoods Month. Participants will be led through a two-hour tour that looks at the architecture of tombstones and explores the trees and ecology of the cemetery. There will also be a picnic of ciders and donuts.
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Free Radical's fall event
6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29 on Division Avenue
Tomorrow starting at 6 p.m. is the fall Free Radical event. Free Radical is a night out where local galleries along the Avenue for the Arts keep their doors open later than usual for an arts shop hop. There will also be street entertainers, musicians and games, and crafts and arts vendors lining Division Avenue.
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22nd Annual Neighborhood Business Awards
5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3 at Wealthy Theatre (1110 Wealthy SE)
The Neighborhood Business Alliance and Neighborhood Ventures are teaming up again for this awards ceremony with a reception featuring local eats and drinks starting at 5 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the recognition will begin for local businesses. The event is free and open to the public.
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