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Joanne Roehm joins us from Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids, which helps those affected by cancer through their grief journeys. She previews LaughFest, a week-long fundraising bash involving 30 venues, 50
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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.

Joanne Roehm joins us from Gilda's Club of Grand Rapids, which helps those affected by cancer through their grief journeys. She previews LaughFest, a week-long fundraising bash involving 30 venues, 50 artists, 110 free activities and additional ticketed events. WYCE's Hat Trick concert series will also be kicking off with the first performance as a fundraiser for Gilda's Club.

Music this week is from the Chapin Sisters with their song "Digging a Hole" from the disc, Two. The Chapin Sisters are the first performers for the concert series.



Online publication TBD switches gears
TBD, a project that launched several months ago in Washington, D.C. with a well-respected team of journalists at the helm, announced last week that they are reorganizing. Although the corporate parent for TBD is absorbing the startup into its own operations, the move is generally being read as an end to the hyperlocal, smart journalism concept that TBD embodied.
[More: Washington Post, GigaOm]

Anonymous satirical tweeter steps forward to own up to @MayorEmanuel account
For the last several months, there has been an anonymous Twitter account created on behalf of Rahm Emanuel, the former congressman, White House chief-of-staff and mayor-elect of Chicago. The account's owner recently came forward following recent election in Chicago.
[More: The Atlantic]

Women-focused journalism being highlighted
After conversing with peers on CBC Radio a few weeks ago, publisher Ann Friedman started a blog that posts links to stories by women on a regular basis. Friedman has long been an advocate for women's presence in publishing and is a former editor at Alternet, an online publication that had a policy that at least two of five pieces on the front page each day had to be by women.
[More: Ann Friedman, Lady Journos]



Sugarbush tours at Blandford Nature Center (1715 Hillburn NW)
All month long, the nature center is giving tours of its sugarbushes for those interested in learning more about the production of maple syrup. There will be events throughout the month that make use of the syrup, including a culminating pancake breakfast at CA Frost in late March.

Lecture on single Dutch immigrant women and their work (1800-1900)
7 p.m. on Thursday, March 10 at the Public Museum (272 Pearl NW)
Free admission
The Grand Rapids Historical Society is hosting Janet Sjaarda Sheeres, an independent scholor and freelance author to lecture about single Dutch women immigrants who arrived in Grand Rapids at the turn of the century.

Workshop on lead-safe painting and home repair
12:30-2 p.m. on Friday, March 11at Home Repair Services (1100 S. Division)
Homes built before 1978 may contain lead-based paint.  Disturbing lead-based paint without using lead safe work practices can increase health risks to residents. Healthy Homes Coalition will be hosting free, monthly workshops about how to work lead-safe while fixing older homes. To register, call (616) 241-3300, or email: [email protected].

Mighty Wurlitzer spring series kicks off
7 p.m. on Friday, March 11 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum (272 Pearl NW)
Twice a month during spring, the Public Museum is hosting its organ series. The first one takes place next Friday and will feature Scott Smith of Lansing, Mich.

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