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Jeremy Pyne of the Johnson Center's Community Research Institute is in studio to talk about the Grand Rapids-based mapping project that cross-references census information with GR neighborhoods.
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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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Jeremy Pyne of the Johnson Center's Community Research Institute is in studio to talk about the Grand Rapids-based mapping project that cross-references census information with GR neighborhoods and other W. Michigan counties and visualizes that information on maps.

This week's song is "No words" by local musician Gabrial James. The track is available on his new album, Around the Block.



News Corps donates $1 million to GOP-aligned groups
This summer, News Corps made two $1 million donations to GOP-aligned groups. Many other news corporations have done the same, but the $1 million sum is a huge chunk at a time in comparison and other groups have pretty evenly split it between the democratic and republican parties.
[Read more: Politico]

PsyOp soldiers intern with local broadcast affiliates to increase efficacy in influencing foreign audiences
A couple of southern broadcast stations have been taking soldiers from the Psychological Operations division of the military under their wing. Since 2001, broadcast stations have been teaching stationed soldiers the ins-and-outs of the news operations. According to a military statement, this helps soliders in "influenc[ing] the emotions, motives, objective reasoning, and ultimately the behavior of foreign audiences."
[Read more: Yahoo News

Tomato, tomato: Photo essay timed to music or music with slideshow
A photojournalist is exhibiting his photos as part of orchestral concerts. Chris Hondros has been taking pictures of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and collaborating with conductors and musicians as part of a musical photo essay.
[Read more: NYT's Lens]

Cee-Lo circumvents FCC
As one of the prohibited words on airwaves, Cee-Lo has not been able to get his full song, "F- You" on radio. However, it is the hit of the summer and a contender for best track of 2010. To circumvent the airwaves, Cee-Lo first introduced his song as a music video on YouTube. Since then, radio stations have picked up the song in a bleeped out format.
[Read more: Mother Jones]

Tumblr trend with media outlets
It was explicitly noted that one of Newsweek's few gems from its recent sale was its witty Tumblr. Since then, Mashable has also featured a list of 12 Tumblrs from major and independent news outlets, private and public.
[Read more: Mashable]



[EDUCATION] Reading with West Michigan Therapy Dogs
October 9-25 at Yankee Clipper and West Leonard libraries
West Michigan Therapy Dogs is providing free opportunities for youth to read to a trained therapy dog at the Yankee Clipper and West Leonard branches of the Grand Rapids Public Library. Sessions are available on  Saturdays, October 9 -23 at Yankee Clipper. The West Leonard Branch is offering them from October 11-25. Registration is required. This program is for independent readers of any age. For more information, visit
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[COMMUNITY EVENT] Grand River Clean Up
Saturday, October 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 6th Street Park, 803 Monroe Ave.
West Michigan Environmental Action Council is rescheduling this event as a result of lightening and heavy rains on its previous event date. Interested volunteers, WMEAC, The Grand Rapids Young Professionals and mayors from Grand Rapids, Grandville, Walker and Wyoming are going to clean up the banks of the Grand River and its tributary streams. RSVP to Kristi at 451-3051 x25 or e-mail [email protected] fr more information. T-shirts and breakfast snacks will be provided for volunteers.
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[DISCUSSION] Interchange presents Lisa Posthumus Lyons on "Communications and Politics"
Wednesday, October 13 at noon at University Club of Grand Rapids, 111 Lyon St. NW
Interchange, the Association of West Michigan Communication Professionals, is presenting a lunch program with Lisa Posthumus Lyons, director of Public Policy and Community Outreach for a realty association, and candidate for the Michigan House 86th District, speaking on “Communications and Politics." She will give her views on how communications and information strategies can shape legislative decision-making processes and public awareness. Call (616) 530-4154 for more information or visit the calendar.
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[EDUCATION] Grand Rapids Guided Walking Tours-Rivers' Rage
Thursday, October 14 at 4 p.m. at the Riverfront Promenade deck behind the Amway Grand Plaza and Civic Auditorium
This guided historical walking tour of Grand Rapids will allow participants the opportunity to listen to history tellers as they spin tales of how life was in the earliest days of the city. The theme of this tour is the river rapids, which was said to have been heard from over a mile away. Call (800) 281-6531 for more information or visit
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