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    Journalists quickly become subject experts on the stories they cover. Ann Arborite Michael Hodges spent 30 years at The Detroit News. No doubt his research and storytelling skills positioned him well to become an author. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" to meet journalist turned author, Michael Hodges. They talk about his career and his recent book about famed architect Albert Kahn.
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    The perennial blossoming of the University of Michigan’s Peony Garden is a sure sign of spring. Perennial, yes, but this year, there is something extra to celebrate. The Peony Garden marks its 100th anniversary. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" to meet Doug Conley, garden coordinator at the University of Michigan’s Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum. They talk about the art of public gardens and learn what's planned for the celebration.
  • From script to the silver screen, Jim Burnstein’s characters come to life. Now, the screenwriter of "Renaissance Man" gives voice to characters in a new way. Join Deb Polich on this edition of "creative:impact" and hear how Jim’s graphic novel, "Ham-Let: A Shakespearean Mash-up," extends his creativity.
  • Food—glorious food—is the subject of this "creative:impact." We meet Brooke Boyst and Andrew Schneider, museum studies graduate students at EMU. They are on the team behind the "Hamburgers for Breakfast" exhibition at the McKenny Gallery. Join Deb Polich’s conversation with Brooke and Andrew to hear what they discovered in Eastern’s archives, about the pairing of food, and the EMU student experience.
  • Have you ever met a five-year old who didn’t like to color or sing a song? How about a 65 year old? What happened in between? Join host Deb Polich on 'creative:impact" to find out when she meets Decky Alexander and Tyler Calhoun of Limelight and learns how creative aging programs are helping people rediscover the joy of creativity.
  • The greater Ann Arbor area economy is beginning to recover from the gut-punch thrown by the COVID pandemic. On this edition of "creative:impact," we look at how a 1931 startup, the International Radio Corporation, and Argus Camera helped drive Ann Arbor’s recovery from the Great Depression. Cheryl Chidester, curator of the Argus Museum, tells the tale when she joins Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw and host of "creative:impact."
  • A good hearty laugh, one that brings tears to your eyes, feels so good but doesn’t happen often enough for most of us.Mike Farah, though, probably has hilarious encounters every day. Having grown up in Ann Arbor, Mike leads “Funny or Die,” the comedy production company behind such hits as "Between Two Ferns," "Brockmire," and "Flipped." Mike stops in for a chat and a laugh with Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw and host of "creative:impact."
  • “Always look up” they say, but in Ann Arbor, you should always LOOK DOWN, so you don’t miss a chance encounter with Nadine the Mouse or another of artist David Zinn’s familiar characters who turn sidewalk imperfections into art. David Zinn's new book, "Chance Encounters," launches this month. He stops in for a catch-up with Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw and host of "creative:impact."
  • Just a few years out of U of M’s film school, Anna Baumgarten is already an award-winning filmmaker. Hear her story and how, with the help of another U of M film grad, Danny Mooney, her film "Disfluency" grew from a short to an award-winning, feature-length film. They join host Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw on this edition of "creative:impact."
  • Seemingly elusive, artists and creatives are forever optimistic about making a cooperative creative space in Washtenaw County a reality. Will this time be THE TIME that it becomes real? A group of community members have engaged Artspace out of Minneapolis to guide the effort. Lisa Sauve is one of the community members in the lead. Aneesha Marwah of Minneapolis’ Artspace is consulting. Meet them both and hear how this time may be the charm when they join Deb Polich of Creative Washtenaw as she hosts this edition of "creative:impact."
  • For five decades, the Willis Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale has dedicated itself to preserving and performing traditional African American spirituals and showcasing contemporary African American music. Sharon Vaughters, the volunteer board president and a member of the Chorale, joins Creative Washtenaw’s Deb Polich, your host for "creative:impact," to look back over 50 years and hear how the Chorale is celebrating their 5Oth anniversary.