Interview With Ian Makowske


Ian Makowske, lifelong competitive gymnast and SNRE master’s student, takes us behind the scenes of the upcoming NCAA Men’s Gymnastics Championships. Not only will the University of Michigan be hosting the event for the first time in 40 years, it’ll be the first time ever that the gymnastics championships go “zero waste”. Ian explains what exactly that means and offers us some insight into the incredible amount of organizing and planning that went into making it happen. Continue reading Interview With Ian Makowske

Buzzzzzz…What’s that Sound? It’s the UM Bees


Honey – it’s delicious, nutritious, and one of the most labor-intensive food products known to man. That is, if we give credit where it’s due – to bees and those who work to keep them flourishing!

This week: Rich Wieske, maker of meade and pollinator of the City of Detroit with Green Toe Gardens and Mike Bianco UM Bees Minister (one among many!) and bee activist join us in the studio to share their wealth of knowledge and buzzing passion for reversing one of the most disquieting developments of our time – the disappearance of the honey bees. Jim Johnson, Jennifer’s uncle and backyard beekeeper, joins in the conversation too, with his account of the sacrifices burgeoning beekeepers must sometimes make to keep their hives happy over the recently brutal winter months.

Listen in and learn what intrepid beekeepers like Rich, Mike, and Jim are doing to cultivate more and better hives of happy bees.

Interested in starting your own hive(s)? Check out a beekeepers association nearest you:

At the University of Michigan: UM Bees
The Northern Bee Network
The Southern Michigan Beekeepers Association

The Michigan Beekeepers Association
The Central Ohio Beekeepers Association

STEM Africa with a Conservation Twist, Featuring Dr. Heather E. Eves


This week Dr. Rebecca Hardin takes us on an auditory cruise across continents, academic disciplines, and musical gems like no one else can (NB: we can say that, cause she’s our hero).

Inspired by the upcoming April 1-4, 2014  U-M STEM-Africa Initiative Conference: Effective U.S. Strategies for African STEM Collaborations, Capacity Building, and Diaspora Engagement sponsored by the UM African Studies Center, Rebecca takes us through the complexities and cultural politics of technological change, economic growth, and academic research on the African Continent and in the African Diaspora.

Dr. Heather Eves enriches our conversation with insights from her conservation-oriented collaborations across Africa, the US, and Europe.  Dr. Eves has worked for over 15 years to build curriculum and build capacity on management overhunting and the bushmeat trade in Central, Eastern, and Southern Africa, most recently with the Bushmeat Free Eastern Africa Network.

If that’s not enough – we feature creative (and sometimes scathing) musical and lyrical commentary on these same issues in African and African Diasporic poetics – from the orchestral stylings of the Central African Republic, Gil-Scott Heron, and Sun-Ra to the “only MC with and MSC,” Naeto C.

It’s a show you will not want to miss.

Inspirired to learn more: Register (for free) for the upcoming UM Science, Technology, Engineering and Math conference here.


Food Gatherers & TedxUofM


For over 25 years, Food Gatherers has worked to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in the Ann Arbor community. Priya Khangura talks to us about Food Gatherer’s innovative programs, including its food rescue operation, local food bank, school produce pantry, and farm. Listen in for some inspiration to join Food Gatherers in their fight against hunger and food waste, and visit their volunteer page for more info.

In the second half of the show, the most excellent Tedx University of Michigan team joins us to offer a preview of the 5th Tedx U of M event: Against the Grain, where this year IHIH’s own Jennifer Lee Johnson presents on the importance of retheorizing gender and sustainability in relation to the fishing industry on Lake Victoria.

Functional Fitness


Join us in a lively conversation around function, form, fitness, and food with Ann Arbor’s own Ryan Sullivan.  Ryan’s an impressively articulate, generous, and observant trainer and owner of the “boutique-y” gym Functional Fitness.  He’s a self proclaimed “nerd,” but we prefer to think of him as a “fitness intellectual” trained in the vernacular arts of movement.

Cookie Woolner (historian and Riot Grrrl) and Mirs Kahn (UM grad and all around awesome gal) sit in as exxxtra special guest co-hosts.

And, we get pumped with tunes from Arnold Schwarzenegger, Roots Manuva, the Descendents, Beastie Boys, Weird Al, and James Brown!

Curious re: Kettlebells? Check out this Irish Maven of Steel: