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In studio this week is Douglas Dooley of The Rapidian. Doug has contributed the majority of The Rapidian's music reviews, specializing in the hip hop scene.
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In studio this week is Douglas Dooley of The Rapidian. Doug has contributed the majority of The Rapidian's music reviews, specializing in the hip hop scene. This week's music comes from A.B! and Coconut Brown's album, "Indeed!!," with their song, E "Squared."


Michael Wolff makes headlines yet again
Newser's Michael Wolff accused The New York Times' Tony Judt of making up a back-and-forth published in the Sunday edition. In a transcribed dialogue, Judt and his 16 year-old son discuss the current presidency and its reaction to the BP oil spill. Daniel Judt responded on The Daily Beast that Wolff is using a cheap trick to get page hits for Newser.
[Read more: Salon, NYT, Newser]

Obama orders the commerce department and FCC and to free up more spectrum
In anticipation of the looming wireless crunch, Obama has signed a directive to free up more airwaves for wireless use. Once the spectrum has been freed up, companies will bid on the spectrum for licenses in the interest of public use.
[Read more: Wired]

Colorado rep proposes complete funding cut to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
U.S. Representative Doug Lamborn of Colorado has proposed cutting all funding for public broadcasting on the grounds that public broadcasting is a self-sustaining model. Since 1967, public broadcasting has been receiving aid from the federal government. In the last funding cycle, the corporation received $450 million and is asking for $603 million for the upcoming cycle. In Lamborn's opinion, it is not about the quality of programming but rather cutting "low-hanging fruit" in the face of trillions of dollars in debt.
[Read more: Ground Report]

Knight Foundation News Challenge: Stroome
Second-time applicant Stroome was awarded $200,000 in the 2010 Knight News Challenge. Stroome is a video editing, social networking site where users upload videos and collaborate in the editing process with tools provided on the site.
[Read more: Knight, Nieman Lab]



[ARTS] GRAM on the Green
Friday, July 2 from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Grand Rapids Arts Museum
This summer outdoor music series takes place on Friday nights at the Grand Rapids Arts Museum. The End of Times Orchestra will perform tonight and Chosen, featuring Daniel Richardson and Kathy LeMar, will perform the following Friday. The event takes place at the terrace stage and access is free! A cash bar and seating available and attendees can bring their own folding lawn chair. Find more information on the GRAM website,

[EDUCATION, ARTS] From School House to White House
Monday, July 5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum (303 Pearl St. NW)
This exhibit at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, will feature information on the days of the one-room school houses, large public schools and private tutors that educated U.S. presidents. Visitors can see young American presidents as sports stars, choir members, and musicians. This exhibit includes more than 150 items from the holdings of the Presidential Libraries. For more information, visit

[ART] My Story Through Art
From 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 8 at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts (41 Sheldon Blvd. SE)
Bethany Christian Services and the Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs are presenting"My Story Through Art," a one night special exhibit featuring works by youth in foster care. This project is designed to allow youth to share their life's journey through artistic expression of various mediums. Showcase attendees will be able to vote on best piece from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Winner will be announced at 7:45 p.m. Ten local artists, including a filmmaker, musician, ceramicist, creative writer, painter and photographers have volunteered to work with the youth in creating their story. Find more information at the Rapidian’s storybank entry,

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