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The Porking of Michigan: We were promised high-tech jobs. Instead, we were given a pork processing plant.

A few years ago, I interviewed an author here by the name of Ted McClelland, a former Michigander who, as you might recall, had stirred up a little bit of a shit storm after referring to our home state as “Michissippi” in an article on Salon.com about our passage of so-called right-to-work legislation. “Michigan,” said […]

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The Wurst Challenge: the magic of giant sausage brings the community together, quality arts programming to kids, and the nation’s attention to Ypsi

Thursday night’s philanthropic sausage eating event was incredible. Not only did we raise a hell of a lot of money for the FLY Children’s Art Center, but we had a damn good time doing it. Following are my somewhat disjointed and admittedly incomplete notes, interspersed with whatever images, audio and video I’ve been able to […]

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Talking boudin, crawfish and Burger King milkshakes with Southern Foodways Alliance oral historian Amy C. Evans

I had the occasion a few months ago, when doing some research into “the ham of my people” (country ham with redeye gravy), to stumble onto the work of Amy C. Evans, the award-winning, Mississippi-based oral historian of the Southern Foodways Alliance. On a whim, I sent her a random collection of questions, and, as […]

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Pete Larson on the financialization of agricultural commodities

One of our regular contributors, my old friend Pete Larson, who many of you had the pleasure of seeing perform at this site’s 10th anniversary party a few weeks ago, is going to be speaking in Ann Arbor on Thursday about the financialization of agricultural commodities. I took the occasion to ask him a few […]

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Do yo think “Life Begins at Rape” bumper stickers would sell at the RNC?

People are up in arms this evening over something that vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said recently, when asked to comment on his fellow Republican Todd Akin’s statements concerning “legitimate rape”. (As you’ll recall, Akin, who is running for Senate, had said that “real” rapes don’t result in pregnancy, implying that women who claim to […]

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