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Groundcover | Volume 15 | Issue 10

This episode reports on U-M student-led social justice movements against both the war machine and homelessness. We also cover Johnson v Grants Pass and the impact of this pending SCOTUS decision on Washtenaw County campers. 

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AADL Talks To: Elmo Morales, owner of Elmo's T-Shirts

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Elmo Morales at his store on Main street, 1990. (Photo by Grover Sanschagrin)

In this episode, AADL Talks with Elmo Morales, owner of Elmo’s T-shirts, currently at 17 Nickels Arcade and previously at a long-time storefront on Main Street. Elmo came to the University of Michigan in 1964 on a track scholarship and has lived here ever since. He recalls his time at U-M; his 30-year career as a physical education instructor with the Ann Arbor Public Schools; how he helped start the Ann Arbor Track Club and turn the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run into a popular community event; and some of his other business ventures over the years.

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AADL Talks To: Sara Billman, Vice President of Marketing & Communications, University Musical Society

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Sara Billman 

In this episode, AADL Talks to Sara Billman. Sara is Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the University Musical Society (UMS). She talks with us about how she got started at UMS and how her work has evolved as programming and marketing strategies have changed over the years. Sara remembers some of the stand-out performances she's helped bring to Ann Arbor stages and the people and events that shaped her career.

 

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Groundcover | Volume 15 | Issue 9

For this episode, Groundcover vendors tracked down the stories that shape our street news — talking to Washtenaw County Commissioners, faith leaders, artists, shelter staff and more.

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AADL Talks To: Maren and Jeff Jackson, Owners of Seva

Maren and Jeff Jackson, February 2024In this episode, AADL Talks To Maren and Jeff Jackson, the owners of Seva. In 2023, the vegetarian restaurant celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was first opened in 1973 at 314 East Liberty Street by Steve Bellock, and purchased by Maren and Jeff Jackson in 1997. Maren and Jeff talk about Seva’s early history, from its beginning as a vegetarian restaurant amidst other countercultural businesses and organizations, through its menu changes and other transitions over the years. 

 

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Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents #65 - I Killed the Count, Part Two

Presenting Alfred Hitchcock Presents is a podcast dedicated to examining each episode of the original "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" television series, show by show in chronological order. In this installment, Count Mattoni is still dead and Inspector Davidson is still investigating but the list of confessed killers only grows longer.  Then, Al pays a visit to  "The Manxman." 

Count Mattoni is threatened by Lord Sorrington.

 

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AADL Talks To: Ken Burns, Documentary Filmmaker

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Ken Burns. Left, September 1967, photo by Eck Stanger, Ann Arbor News. Right, March 1995, photo by Doug Elliard.

In this episode, AADL Talks To Ken Burns. Ken is a documentary filmmaker known for his critically acclaimed films exploring all facets of American culture. Ken reflects on growing up and coming of age in Ann Arbor during the 1960s, and how this period of intense political and cultural activity mixed with family tragedy charted his journey. He takes us down the streets we remember -- past restaurants and theaters that have come and gone -- and through a back alleyway during the 1969 South University Street Riot. Along the way, he highlights the people, places, and vibrant musical and cinema culture that left its mark on his work.

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What Scares Us - Episode 19: Misery

Join us for a deep dive into Misery, the 1990 Academy Award-Winning film from director Rob Reiner. In this episode, we discuss Spam, the many differences between the film and Stephen King's book, and say "oh, poo" and "cockadoodie" many times.

If you like what you heard today and want to let us know you can email us at WhatScaresUs@aadl.org

And for more episodes check out https://aadl.org/whatscaresus.

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AADL Talks To: Francis Blouin

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Francis Blouin

In this episode, AADL Talks To Francis Blouin. Francis joined the University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library in 1974 and was director for over 30 years. Francis shares his memories of working at the Bentley, some of the special acquisitions and projects he oversaw during his tenure, and he discusses the many transitions he witnessed in the archives field.

Francis is Professor Emeritus in the History Department at the University of Michigan.

Historical articles and photos about the Bentley Historical Library.

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AADL Talks To: Robin and Jamie Agnew

In this episode, AADL Talks To Robin and Jamie Agnew, owners of Aunt Agatha’s, their specialty mystery bookstore. The business began in Ann Arbor in 1992, and operated as a brick and mortar for 26 years before moving online in August 2018. Robin and Jamie talk about their experiences working in the store, their favorite memories here in town, and discuss some of the changes in the mystery book genre and bookselling business over the years.

Find more about Aunt Agatha's in our archival collections.