Author Archives: Mark

Troll Level Expert: Lured to Texas, two would-be jihadists die within seconds of arriving at “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest”

As we discussed most recently in regard to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris, I feel very strongly that nothing should be off-limits to satirists. With that said, however, I find something incredibly distasteful about yesterday’s “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” in the Dallas suburb or Garland, Texas, that reached its climax with […]

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The Ann Arbor Seed Company’s Eric Kampe on the importance of seed saving, the threat of the “Big Seed” industry, and how proud he is of his biennial root vegetables

A few weeks ago, I had the occasion to lead a seed bomb making workshop at the downtown Ypsilanti library, where, by the way, there happens to be a pretty awesome seed library. And, after we’d finished making the seed bombs, and talking about where and how they might be deployed, we watched a documentary […]

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Getting to the bottom of the EMU “redface” incident, talking Detroit rock with photographer Doug Coombe, and the music of J.T. Garlfield… on this weekend’s edition of the Saturday Six Pack

For some inexplicable reason, Brian Robb, the station manager at AM 1700, has been telling people that I plan to just lock the studio doors, unplug the phones, and play with my new puppy for the duration of this Saturday’s show, oblivious to my responsibilities as a host. He took to Facebook this morning warning […]

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OK, let’s talk about the Baltimore riots

Three people have written to me over the past 24 hours requesting that I start a thread on the riots that are currently raging in Baltimore. This post is for them. If not for their notes, I don’t think I would have mentioned it here. It’s not that I don’t care that Freddy Gray was […]

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The episode where Totally Awesome Fest totally takes over… The Saturday Six Pack #14

Every year, in late April, a free, all-ages, multi-venue festival of weirdness called Totally Awesome Fest descends upon the sleepy little midwestern hamlet of Ypsilanti. There’s no escape from it. No one is immune. Like it or not, you will experience beauty and magic. It permeates every element of village life. Walking through town, one […]

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