School Lunch
DC Central Kitchen / Flickr CC / HTTP://J.MP/1SPGCL0

Hi, State of Opportunity fans. This is going to be a pretty quick blog post, since I just want to revisit something I talked about a while back.

It's that time of year again. Children across the country are gearing up for summer break.

Baby yawning
Jill M / Flickr CC / HTTP://J.MP/1SPGCL0

When I became a mom, I was surprised – and overwhelmed – by the amount of diapers my daughter went through.

And it was expensive.

I can't imagine what it must be like to have to choose between diapers for your baby, and other necessities like food and rent.

Recommendations we think you'll love

Mar 11, 2016
Barney Moss / Flickr Creative Commons / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

What are your plans for the weekend?

If you have some free time you could catch up on what's been happening at Michigan Radio this month.

Here's some recommended reading and listening for State of Opportunity fans:

1. Black political power grows, but prosperity remains elusive

Recommendations we think you'll love

Dec 18, 2015
The Real Estreya / Flickr Creative Commons

As the year winds down, many of us are preparing for a much-needed break from work or school to celebrate the holidays. I don't know about you, but if there's one thing I'm looking forward to other than food and family, it's time to catch up on some of my favorite blogs and podcasts.

When your schedule allows for it, here's some recommended reading and listening for State of Opportunity fans: 

1. Not Safe to Drink, a Michigan Radio documentary

Thanks for your help with our first "Day of Opportunity"

Apr 13, 2015
Michigan Radio

We'd like to thank all of the State of Opportunity and Michigan Radio fans who came out to our first Day of Opportunity

About 76 people volunteered, including Michigan Radio staff from State of Opportunity, our newsroom, and Stateside with Cynthia Canty. We were pleased to welcome volunteers of all ages. 

Volunteers helped three local organizations with a range of tasks, including gardening, weeding, sorting canned goods, stocking shelves, and getting very good with operating a conveyor belt. 

user Andrew Blight / flickr

Hi there! This is going to be a pretty quick blog post, since I'm knee-deep in documentary tape, but I wanted to share with you a few stories that have resonated with me lately. 

The first is a radio story from This American Life. It's called Three Miles and it's about an exchange program between two high schools: a public school in "the country's poorest congressional district" in the Bronx, and a private school three miles away that costs $43,000 a year to attend.

Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio

Temperatures are expected to dip below zero again tomorrow morning in parts of lower Michigan.

It’s been a long winter for all of us. But for those struggling to cover their heating bill, the frigid weather poses a much bigger risk.

You should listen to our SoundCloud playlists this weekend

Feb 21, 2014

Though our website and iTunes have our complete audio holdings, you can always check our our SoundCloud streams. Just let them play and be amazed at the knowledge you take in!

Jennifer Guerra / Michigan Radio

It seems like everyone has a 'best books' list around this time of year. So we decided to get in on the action. We picked some old books, some new books, some books for kids, some for adults, all of them somehow tied into our State of Opportunity theme.

Without further ado, I present to you [drumroll, please]...

A Not-at-all Comprehensive Reading Guide to Poverty/Race/State of Opportunity Issues

  • The American Way of Poverty: How the Other Half Lives, by Sasha Abramsky. This book is on my Christmas wish list. It first caught my eye in this New York Times article, and it made the paper's list of 100 Notable Books this year. Here's how the folks at the Times describe it: "This ambitious study, based on Abramsky’s travels around the country meeting the poor, both describes and prescribes." -- Jennifer

Ten resources for low income families in Michigan

Jul 2, 2012

Update July 10, 11:58 a.m.

Paula Wethington of Monroe on a Budget sent us, via the Public Insight Network, a few resources her readership has found most useful. Her blog has been providing articles,tips, and resources for families trying to stay financially afloat for more than 5 years.