Exploring the untold history of women in American with Leesta, empowering our daughters with Girls Rock Detroit, the music of Timothy Monger, and a quick visit from Loose Teeth …on this weekend’s Saturday Six Pack


As you may recall, a few months ago, I told you about some awesome University of Michigan undergrads who, dissatisfied with the fact that women are largely left out of the K-12 history curriculum in the U.S., decided to start an education technology company. Well, the company, called Leesta, launched a little while ago, and our first guest this Saturday will be co-founder Virginia Lozano, who we’ll talk with about the progress they’ve made to date, their mission to “inspire 8-11 year olds by teaching American History through the stories of women,” and their ambitious plans to change the world.

And, later in the show, after a short talk with Gregory McIntosh of the band Loose Teeth, we’ll continue our discussion about super-awesome initiatives to help ensure that our daughters continue to kick ass in life, with Melissa Coppola of Girls Rock Detroit, an organization that seeks to foster girls’ creative expression, positive self-esteem, and community awareness through rock music education and performance. [Loose Teeth, by the way, will be releasing their new record, The Doppler Shift, this Saturday evening at Crossroads, just as our radio show ends.]

Oh, I should also mention that, somewhere in there, we’ll also be playing a new song by our listener in Kenya, Dr. Peter Larson. If you’re interested as to what he looks like when he’s recording, he just posted the following video, which shows him and his friend Colin Crowley recording the song earlier this evening for tomorrow’s show. Pete is playing a shamisen. Colin is playing a clawhammer banjo. The song is called “Center of the World”.

And, after all of that, Timothy Monger will drop by to talk about the new record he’s working on, Amber Lantern. I imagine he might bring a guitar. And, if we run out of things to say, we’ll listen to Loose Teeth songs and point out how they might have been improved. [Monger, as you might recall, was once nice enough to record a Bowie cover for us.]

I could say more about all of these folks, but you should really just listen this Saturday evening. It’ll be a good time, I promise.


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.

Oh, and if you’d like to tell your friends and neighbors about the program, feel free to share the Facebook event listing.

And, here, thanks to AM 1700 senior graphic designer Kate de Fuccio, is this week’s poster, in case any of you want to print copies and leave them at one of your favorite highway rest areas. I have no idea why she chose to portray me as Les Nessman, when everyone knows I’m more of a Johnny Fever type, but maybe she isn’t familiar with the show.


And do call us if you have a chance. We love phone calls. So please copy down this number and slide it into your sock – 734.217.8624 – and call us between 6:00 and 8:00 this Saturday evening. The show is nothing without you.

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  1. Melissa Coppola
    Posted June 25, 2016 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    I totally can’t wait to meet Virginia and hear more about Leesta! Our projects were both featured in an article last semester about women entrepreneurship at the U-M.

  2. Posted June 25, 2016 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Cool. I was wondering if you two might know one another, given that you were both at UM and working on projects that seem to be born out of a similar desire to see opportunities increase for girls.

  3. Meta
    Posted June 25, 2016 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Deep Cutz has an interview with McIntosh today. You you ask the same questions.

    Loose Teeth are an Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor based quartet and today’s the day they release their debut EP, The Doppler Shift. If anything can sound elegant and guttural, beautiful and bruised, ragged yet reinforced… you find it here…

    Gregory McIntosh has always been the secret weapon of Ypsilanti, contemplative wordsmith, subtly graceful guitarist, appreciator of dynamics and able to go from vulnerable sonnet singer to pugnacious fuck-this growler… Greg’s songs… Loose Teeth songs…. can go from the low to the high in this invigorating way; from hunched on a stool or leaning heavily upon a fence to fucking jumping up onto the bar with a fist raised or outright kicking the whole fence down with one right round house kick.

    McIntosh has contributed his guitar and backing vocal harmonies to Misty Lyn & The Big Beautiful, Matt Jones & The Reconstruction and wrote a few devastating beauties while in his memorable tenure in The Great Lakes Myth Society. But Loose Teeth, which slowly got rolling in early 2013 but picked up steam in 2015, are ready to release their first EP. These are McIntosh’s most realized, most lively, most poignant songs to date… It’s the hitting of a new stride, or a burst of fresh endorphins propelling the next 13 kilometers… Loose Teeth are a rock n roll band, but they’re informed by traditional twangs and gritty kicks of folk and Americana. But, more than anything, it’s informed by the human heart and reverberates with a humanistic yearning for a certain kind of tranquility…

    Read more:

  4. Posted June 26, 2016 at 1:17 am | Permalink

    I hope that everyone had an enjoyable time listening to this week’s Saturday Six Pack.

    We had a pleasant time preparing for it here in Nairobi.

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