Detroit is a city which has faced many challenges in its lifetime. Yet it has a rich and varied history including music, architecture and car manufacturing. However, it has also experienced industrial decline, environmental issues and profound racial inequality.
This show takes a look at projects which are supporting and improving the lives of the people of Detroit and the inspiring people who drive these projects forward. Yet those people are human too and I am interested in how they have overcome personal challenges which have allowed them to keep going. What have they drawn on? Family? Faith? Community? Specific practices which have helped them?
This is all done from my view in Britain 3500 miles but with my interest in this extraordinary and endlessly fascinating city.
Zen Buddhism in the heart of Detroit.
Interview with Myungdu, the Vice-Abbot of the Detroit Zen Centre.
Innovation, creativity and helping children and young people with Special needs with Parker Lynch CEO of Hedgehog Health
A Look at Detroit's Food Scene with Jewell Dziendziel
We discuss Jewell's passion for food, eating out, "big flavours", her love of Thai food and her deep passion for the food scene in Detroit.
Additionally, we discuss the influence of a Polish upbringing on food and eating especially the social element. We can dive pretty deep into the world of a classic Polish food Pierogi and of a typical mid-western US ice cream known as "Superman ice cream". We also talk about her first foray into European travel and her trip with a friend to the Balkans".
Rescuing good quality, nutritious food and making sure that it gets to the people who need it with Darraugh Collins from Food Rescue - Detroit.
Every day in many parts of the world, particularly in affluent countries, much good food is thrown away. At the same time there are many people and families who can't afford to buy enough, nutritious food. Food Rescue - US is a brilliant organisation which works across the United States in local communities to ensure that good food is not thrown away and goes to people and communities in need.
In this conversation we look at Darraugh's own journey to starting a local Detroit Food Rescue group and also her move to live and work in Detroit. We discuss the concept of "food insecurity" and how Food Rescue links with local organisations to get the to food to where it is needed.
Darraugh talks widely about her love of Detroit and the people who live there and highlights many of their qualities which give them a degree of resilience despite the many challenges faced by the city.
Urban bee keeping and Detroit - a fascinating combination with Brian Peterson-Roest from Bees in the D
In this show we take a fascinating tour of urban bees and bee keeping in Detroit. Learning about why bees work well and thrive in an urban environment with the not for profit Bees in The D and one of it's key figures Brian Peterson-Roest. He is an eductator, a bee keeper and someone who has a deep passion and love for and knowledge about bees. His charisma and love for bees, education and Detroit shine through in this episode.
Detroit: Preserving its rich and complex history with Rebecca Salminen Witt
Rebecca discusses the role and importance of the Detroit Historical Museum in documenting the history of Detroit and its people. We take a look at how the original French settlers shaped the layout of parts of the city. The ways in which the History museums might document the impact of COVID-19.