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Moms Bloom, only a couple of years old, was founded to provide help to families with newborns and moms who may struggle with post-partum. Listen in as co-founder Sara Binkley-Tow shares the inspiratio
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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.

Parenthood can be a circus, and moments for a quick shower and nap are coveted. Moms Bloom, only a couple of years old, was founded to provide help to families with newborns and moms who may struggle with post-partum. Listen in as co-founder Sara Binkley-Tow shares the inspiration for Moms Bloom and just all the services they have to offer.

Music this week is "No Canticle" from local band Ghost Heart's newest release, The Tunnel.



Female foreign correspondent's sexaul assault brings women's safety to prominence
It came to light that during her recent coverage of events in Cairo, foreign correspondent Lara Logan was sexually assaulted. Since then, the conversation of sexual harrassment has come up in journalism circles and other female journalists have shared their experiences. Prior to the February attack, there were no guidelines regarding sexual harrassment in the handbook from the Committee to Protect Journalists. CPJ is adding a section this year in a revised edition.
[More: Columbia Journalism Review, Washington Post]

Borders files for bankruptcy, closes stores
Borders filed for bankruptcy in mid-February and plans to close down 200 stores, about a third of their retail locations. The 40 year-old chain started in Ann Arbor, Mich. Rival bookstore chain Barnes and Noble is considering buying some of those retail locations.
[More: New York Times, Associated Press]

Knight Foundation and Mozilla Foundation partner to encourage journalism-technology collaborations
The Knight Foundation is now supporting Mozilla Drumbeat, a project that will award fellowships and convene conferences, workshops and other events over the next three years to bring about greater collaboration among technologists and journalists. Fellows will also be embedded in various news organizations so that news outlets are directly implementing and experimenting in the process.
[More: PBS MediaShift]

Public broadcasting at risk of losing major funding
In a recent House of Representatives meeting about the federal budget, subsidies to public broadcasting were slashed. Federal and state subsidies make up an average of 15% of public broadcasting budgets.
[More: Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Telluride Daily Planet, Ground Report]

Media companies and developers about to rethink mobile development
Although developers and various industries tend to focus on the iPhone and Android phones as the smartphone of the hour, Facebook is about to change things by releasing an app that syncs feature phones with social media accounts. More than 74% of Americans use smartphones, and the app will work on more than 2,500 handset models. 
[More: Poynter, Wired]



[FILM + EDUCATION] Film screening and discussion led by League of Revolutionary Black Workers
6 p.m. on Saturday at Kent-Ionia Labor Council (918 Benjamin NE)
General Baker and John Williams are leaders of the League in Detroit and will be in town to screen the League's 1970 film, “Finally Got the News."

[ARTS + CAUSES] MINI masters postcard-sized art sale
Tomorrow from 6-11 p.m. at Kendall College
The show will feature a variety of media from Kendall's Master of Fine Arts students: photographs, prints, paintings, and drawings and is a fundraiser for Kendall's Master of Fine Arts Club activities as well as the Michigan's Emerging Graduate Artists juried show.

[HEALTH + EDUCATION] Health care lecture series: New techniques for knee replacements
7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 at Grand Rapids Public Museum (272 Pearl NW)
Free with general admission
Five health care experts have been invited to share updates on local initiatives and breakthroughs, and hot health care topics. The lecture series runs till April 19.

Peace Corps documentary movie screening at Koning Microcinema
6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 1 at Wealthy Theatre
The Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of West Michigan will show the 60 minute documentary "The Passing of the Torch" as part of the 50th Anniversary of Peace Corps created on March 1 in 1961. RSVP is required. To sign up, go to the GRCMC event page. 

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