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Episode 212

  • Organic Farming
    Catherine Badgley is an Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology whose research into crop yields from organic farming versus large, agribusiness farming has turned common assumptions on their head. Her research indicates that organic farming actually yields more produce per acre than "traditional," large–scale agribusiness farming that uses pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified crops.
  • Varsity Women’s Rowing Team
    The University of Michigan Women’s Rowing team is not only accomplished athletically, they’re accomplished academically as well. They are currently ranked 11th in the country in their sport.
  • Victor Strecher
    Vic Strecher is the U–M Distinguished University Innovator for 2010. He is a professor of health behavior and health education in the School of Public Health, professor of health behavior in the Department of Family Medicine in the Medical School, and also a successful entrepreneur, having launched HealthMedia in 1998. We learn about his work and how it is inspired by personal experience.

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Episode 211

  • Astronomy & Detroit Observatory
    The Detroit Observatory, built in 1854 on the U-M’s Central Campus, is the centerpiece of President Henry Tappan’s vision. Tappan saw the observatory as a vehicle to transform the U-M into one of the top science and research universities in the US. The Detroit Observatory marked the definitive turning point for the U-M to become recognized as a leader in science, research, and technology.
  • Tango Club
    This volunteer–based student organization is dedicated to the philosophy that "tango is not a commodity but rather an art form to be shared freely." The student-run club fosters leadership through a firm appreciation of the talents and abilities of its participants.
  • Wolverine Venture Fund
    The Wolverine Venture Fund is a multimillion-dollar venture capital fund operated directly out of the Ross School of Business. The WVF invests primarily in early–stage, emerging growth companies. The Fund invests with the active involvement of MBA students, faculty assistance, and an advisory board composed of professional venture capitalists and entrepreneurs.

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Episode 210

  • Acts of Art
    Every year, U-M professors Janie Paul and Buzz Alexander, along with various student and community volunteers, travel across Michigan to visit prisons and collect art for an annual exhibit of prison art at the U-M. The show has become the largest exhibit of prison art in the country. This documentary follows these two activists/artists during the 13th year of the project. It tells the story of how they began working in the prison system, and introduces us to former prisoners, now released, whom them met along the way. The story features art from inside Michigan prisons and is a powerful window into the often invisible experience of the thousands of men and women behind bars in this state.

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Episode 209

  • Bendable Concrete
    The most ubiquitous construction material known to man gets an update that makes it safer and more durable.
  • Kinesiology
    Through her research, Professor Bettina Cornwell discovers that children are able to identify brands much earlier than previously believed.
  • Muslims in Michigan
    Michigan Radio and the Center for Middle Eastern and North African Studies—two U-M units partnering on the Muslims in Michigan project—are working to improve the public’s understanding of one diverse group of Michigan residents.

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Episode 208

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Episode 207

  • Artificial Foot
    University of Michigan professor Art Kuo has developed a new prosthetic foot design that gives amputees a better, more effective way to walk.
  • Michigan Daily
    As an independent student newspaper, the Michigan Daily has brought the news to U-M students and Ann Arbor residents for 120 years. Explore the rich legacy and future of this newspaper as it faces a changing media landscape.
  • MEZ
    The University of Michigan School of Engineering provides a unique opportunity for Detroit area students to explore the rigors and excitement of robotics competition.

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Episode 206

  • Global Scholars
    The University of Michigan provides an international educational experience—right from the Ann Arbor campus.
  • School of Education
    The correct approach to K–12 education is being debated and evaluated across the country. The U-M School of Education is taking action by revamping their curriculum to better teach educators the expertise of teaching.
  • UMS
    The University Musical Society is one of the oldest presenters of performing arts in the country. Learn about their special approach to artist selection and the essential component of their mission that moves their work beyond the stage and out into the community.

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Episode 205

  • Beyond LEED
    The University of Michigan is committed to improving sustainability campuswide. Take a tour of some of the latest innovations and new construction that reflect this commitment.
  • Green Stadium
    The Big House is one of the most recognizable structures on campus. But this home to the Maize and Blue has also gone green.
  • Planet Blue
    How do you move beyond words and plans to action? You get students, faculty, and staff actively involved in the university’s sustainability efforts.

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Episode 204

  • Urban Planning
    How do cities adapt to decreasing populations? The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning seeks viable solutions for changing communities.
  • Dan Klionsky
    Professor Dan Klionsky finds success using active teaching methods to teach science to non–science majors.
  • IPhone Orchestra
    Professor Georg Essl puts interdisciplinary thought into finding a new use for a common object.

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Episode 203

  • Glee Club
    The University of Michigan Men’s Glee Club celebrates 150 years of music, tradition, and camaraderie.
  • The Knight Wallace Journalism Fellows
    The University of Michigan is home to a program that gives mid–career journalists an opportunity to examine their career goals and expand their knowledge and experience.
  • Papyrus
    This unique collection of ancient manuscripts gives us a window into the past through the writings of scholars and everyday people.

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Episode 202

  • MPRI
    Students and faculty at the School of Social Work are partnering with the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Initiative to fight recidivism and help convicted felons find a new, productive place in society.
  • Kelsey Museum
    The Kelsey Museum recently enjoyed a major building renovation, and in the process developed new ways to serve the university community with its impressive collection of artifacts.
  • DoGood App
    We’ve all heard about, and maybe even used, cellular phone applications. However, this app, developed by University of Michigan students, has an altogether altruistic purpose.

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Episode 201
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  • Biological Station
    Since 1909 the U-M Biological Station in northern Michigan has provided a unique setting for innovative research in environmental science. Their multi-faceted approach to studying carbon sequestration is providing a breadth of empirical data to help better guide future environmental policies.
  • Bike Camp
    The team at the Center for Motor Behavior and Pediatric Disabilities provide children with Downs syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) the opportunity to enjoy an important rite of passage. The Center also captures important data that can help inform policy to improve the physical education and well being of children suffering with Downs and ASD.
  • Flying Fish
    Marine and Aerospace researchers at the University of Michigan develop a wholly unique method for gathering oceanic data.

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Episode 110
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  • By conservative estimates, some 87,000 people in the United States are wrongfully imprisoned. Not only are the lives and families of innocent people being ruined, every taxpayer is absorbing the considerable expense of keeping these people behind bars. Meanwhile, the real criminals remain free. But what can be done? The University of Michigan Law School’s Innocence Clinic—the first of its kind at any American university—is addressing the problem. Will they succeed in their first–ever case?
  • The Hopwood Awards are the richest collegiate writing awards in the country. Open to both graduate and undergraduate students, the Hopwoods have been jump–starting literary careers since the 1930s. The list of past winners is studded with many familiar names and runs from New York to Hollywood and all places in between.
  • Construction is booming on the University of Michigan campus. From renovating iconic structures like Michigan Stadium to new concepts in education and hospitalization, the University builds the campus of tomorrow while providing jobs today.

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Episode 109
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Episode 108
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Episode 107
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  • The University of Michigan has often blazed a trail for advances in medicine. Now a new generation of researchers is working on the cutting–edge technology of stem cells to better understand stem cell biology and to develop therapies and cures for some of our most intractable diseases. Someday the life they save may be yours.
  • The Environmental Interpretive Center on U-M’s Dearborn campus uses the former grounds of an auto baron’s mansion to teach students and community members about environmental succession and stewardship. Professor Orin Gelderloos strolls the grounds and shows the changes that time and nature have wrought.
  • Talking Points uses standard cell phones to access the internet so visually impaired people can get information about where they are going and the businesses they’re passing. But the system’s creators are realizing that sighted people may want to use their invention too.

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