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Catalyst Radio: Open Book Project encourages students to define success for themselves

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Jamiel Robinson, one of the co-founders of The Open Book Project, joins us on air to share the philosophy of this after-school, urban tutoring program. In the four years since the program started, OBP
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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.

Jamiel Robinson, one of the co-founders of The Open Book Project, joins us on air to share the philosophy of this after-school, urban tutoring program. In the four years since the program started, OBP has uncovered many unexpected reasons that keep students from graduating. Robinson, a GRPS grad, often tells students to determine what success means to them personally.

[Please note the following CORRECTION:  The fundraising event date mentioned in the interview has been changed from Thursday, February 17 to Wednesday, February 23.  Our apologies for the misinformation.]

Music this week is by Greensky Bluegrass, a regional band. The song is “Last Winter In The Copper Country” from their new release, All Access Vol. 2.



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Lecture and chocolate tasting at GRPL
2-4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 12 at Grand Rapids Public Library's Ryerson Auditorium (111 Library NE)
Join Patrick Fields, Ph.D., as he leads an informational discussion and illustrated talk about many aspects of humankind's most complex natural flavors. Learn about the chemistry, history, preparation, health benefits, myths and quirky tales associated with chocolate. "Doc Choc" will bring a dozen different chocolate samples.

12th annual Jammies free and open to all ages
5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 15 at The Intersection (133 Grandville SW)
WYCE will be throwing its 12th annual Jammies ceremony at the Intersection. The event will recognize local musicians for outstanding music throughout the year and have two stages with over 20 performers filtering through. The event is free and open to all ages.

Rapidian reporter orientation
5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 17 at CMC - Wealthy (1110 Wealthy SE)
The Rapidian will be holding its first orientation of the year. If you've wondered what The Rapidian is or thought about contributing, attend this meeting to learn more. We'll have a couple of contributors sharing their tips and experiences as well as have a manual available for anyone who is considering becoming more active with The Rapidian.

Registration open for next AniJAM
Registration is now under way for the next session of AniJam, a stop-motion animation workshop taught by the CMC's media education department. Each of the aniJAMs are part of a larger collaboration that will be entered in ArtPrize 2011. The next AniJAM session is at 9 a.m. on March 12, and the theme is "Jackpot."

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