Every December the Detroit Artists Market offers one-of-a-kind creations from local artists and artisans. This year's pop-up retail shop at the Somerset Collection (2801 W. Big Beaver Road in Troy) employs the graphic 12 Acre Studio created for their direct mail campaign. It works big, it works small. Most importantly, it works.
Esquire Magazine has been around forever, and for the last several years it's become more of a style guide in the Men's Journal mold. Regardless, over the years plenty of top-notch writers have contributed articles ranging from profiles to expose´s. The Esquire Classic Podcast, hosted by David Brancaccio, is a weekly (more or less) effort that looks at an article from the past and discusses it with either the author or someone familiar with the author and subject. Always worth a listen, many of the pieces, in retrospect, help to define the era that they were written in. Cindy Katz is the designated reader, and has an uncanny ability to sound as if she had written whatever she reads.
Vox's The Weeds is an open-ended discussion of current events. The inability of the hosts to LIKE refrain from saying LIKE in almost every utterance was LIKE too much. As the LIKEs piled up I was unable to focus on the topic at hand. I'm now monitoring my own LIKE output in conversation, and I can sympathize with the transgressors--- but I'm not irritating an audience of thousands, only my wife and dog. Loudon Wainwright III addressed this social ill in his song Cobwebs.
WCBN (fm 88.3) may be the best radio station you've never listened to. The student run outfit on the campus of the University of Michigan could be called eclectic, but that would be an understatement. Musically speaking, they'll play anything. And they don't take themselves to seriously, which is a rarity in the world of music. This design was one of three recently chosen and produced for fundraising purposes.
Many of the podcasts I've landed upon are in the NPR/storytelling mode, offshoots of the This American Life model. Superego is strictly comedy performance, ensemble style. I don't know where any of the four leads (Matt Gourley, Jeremy Carter, Mark McConville and Paul F. Tompkins) came from, but who cares? They are funny. The show is a half an hour long, usually consists of four or five skits. The snappy patter can be fast and furious and sometimes a second listen is worthwhile.