Zines, local indie film, restorative justice, and the music of Junglefowl …on this weekend’s overly-ambitious Saturday Six Pack


As of right now, at least according to Facebook, I’m the only person who plans on listening to this weekend’s episode of the Saturday Six Pack. That doesn’t mean, however, that the show we have lined up isn’t great. It is… Really, I don’t know how we do it, but we’ve got yet another awesome episode of the Saturday Six Pack lined up for you. Personally, I thought we’d run out of things to talk about after our first half dozen episodes, but the more episodes we produce, the more we hear about awesome people doing great, interesting things in our community.

I’d prefer that you just tuned in, without knowing what was going to happen, and be surprised, but, for those of you who won’t listen without first seeing an agenda, here’s the line-up.

We’ll start by talking with the Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Center Belinda Dulin, the Executive Director of the Student Advocacy Center Peri Stone-Palmquist, and Restorative Practices Coach for the Ypsilanti Community School District Michelle Rose-Armstrong about restorative practices as they’re being employed in our local schools. Restorative practices, for those of you who may not be familiar with the term, provide a framework for dealing with youth offenders that stresses accountability to the community over more traditional forms of punishment, like expulsion. In the words of violence and bullying prevention specialist Nancy Riestenberg, restorative justice initiatives “provide a framework for administrators to address true accountability for offenders, the needs of victims and the actions of bystanders without sending anyone away, and a process to develop a supportive learning community, recognizing that by taking the time to do that, we improve academics, strengthen school connectedness and increase safety.” And, since Saturday Six Pack segment a few weeks ago during which Superintendent Edmondson was answering questions from YCS students about his suspension policies, it’s something that I’ve been thinking a lot about. I don’t know that we’ll solve anything on the radio Saturday night, but hopefully folks will at least be a bit more informed about what restorative justice is, how it works, and where it’s currently being employed.

Then, once we’ve wrapped up our discussion on restorative practices, we’ll have Mark Ducker and Martin Thoburn on to talk about the third anniversary of the Ypsilanti 24 Hour Shootout independent film competition, which is coming up the first weekend in October. I don’t know for certain, but I think they could also be bringing along last year’s winner. [If you’re interested in the history of the 24 Hour Shootout, I was just reminded that I actually interviewed competition founder Mark Ducker three years ago, just as he was launching the competition.]

And, when we’re done talking about independent film, we’ll talk about DIY publishing with Erin Anderson-Ruddon and Katy Shay, who are curating a big zine show at Ypsilanti’s 22 North Gallery. [Doors open at 6:00 PM on Saturday, October 24, and close at 10:00 PM.] And, toward the end of our interview, Im told local publisher Colin Moorhouse may be dropping by to tell us about the new issue of Ypsi Underground.

And, from there, we’ll segue into a discussion with the newlyweds of Junglefowl, who will also be playing a few songs for us. [As you may recall, the left their wedding reception a few weeks ago to pop by the station and say hello.]

And, here, thanks to AM 1700 graphic designer Kate de Fuccio, is this week’s poster, in case any of you want to print it out and leave it laying around your workplace.



Unless you live inside the AM 1700 studio, chances are you won’t be able to pick the show up on your radio. As that’s the case, I’d recommend streaming the show online, which you can do either on the AM1700 website or by way of TuneIn.com.

And for those of you who aren’t yet familiar with the show, and need to get caught up, you can listen to the entire archive on iTunes.

One last thing… If you’d like to tell your friends and neighbors about the program, feel free to share the Facebook event listing.

And do call us if you have a chance. We love phone calls, even if you’re just calling to complain. So please scratch this number into the cinder block wall of the recreation room of whichever facility you’ve been assigned to… 734.217.8624… and call us between 6:00 and 8:00 this Saturday evening. The show is nothing without you. And I mean that.

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  1. Posted September 17, 2015 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    Many people will enjoy listening to this radio show.

  2. Posted September 18, 2015 at 5:44 am | Permalink

    Peter, of your posts this is a particular type which I refer to as “fortune cookie”

  3. anonymous
    Posted September 18, 2015 at 8:22 am | Permalink

    I hope Edmondson listens to the first segment. On your last show with him, he seemed dismissive of the idea of restorative justice.

  4. Kat
    Posted September 18, 2015 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

    I need to listen again, but I think Dr. Edmondson was saying that kids play the system, using the restorative justice program to avoid being expelled.

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