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Aug 7, 2015
Joe Shlabotnik / Flickr

State of Opportunity is committed to telling stories about some of life's tougher experiences in a way you can listen to, connect with, and talk about. 

We believe that every person has a story to tell and that everyone deserves the opportunity to share it.

Consider us that opportunity.

Joe Shlabotnik / Fickr

Can’t believe it’s 2015 already? We can’t either.

Here's a rundown of what caught our attention (and yours) most last year. 

Child development

Feed us! Our story booth is hungry for your stories

Dec 2, 2014
Brendan Biele

It's been a while since the State of Opportunity storytelling booth has been on a trip out of the office. Frankly, it's time.

The story booth is a mobile recording setup that a State of Opportunity reporter can bring out to a small group of people who have stories or information to share. 

Your State of Opportunity return on engagement

Mar 10, 2014
Riza Nugraha / Flickr

As you might already know, Michigan Radio’s Spring Challenge starts this week. Most businesses discuss offering investors a “return on investment” as a way to account for financial gain. We like to think about your contribution to Michigan Radio as a return on engagement (ROE). Your donation helps us all to engage better with people in our state who are making a difference in the lives of children.

"She's an action hero...with a conscience."

Dec 20, 2013
Rogers and her daughter
Natalie Kolb / MLive

Carmesha Rogers' selflessness in hustling three Muskegon children out of the range of gun fire was a story that Seattle Attorney Michael Mulvihill thought should've gone viral. He heard part of the story when he woke up one morning on a Seattle NPR affiliate and scoured the web to find the whole story. 

Mulvihill was overwhelmed with the magnitude of Rogers' act. It made sense to him as part of the "social contract" we agree to as members of society who look out for one another. "I thought it was incredible that [she] would go the extra mile...not just the extra mile, the extra marathon to jump in there for people I don't think she knew those children or their parents...she knew they were neighborhood kids and they needed help." 

Are you a Batman? Tell us about it.

Nov 25, 2013

We're collecting your stories! 

Has State of Opportunity's reporting raised your awareness about the issues impacting Michigan's kids and whether they get a fair shot at life?

Did Jennifer Guerra's moving and award-winning documentary on infant mortality make you want to do something to help moms and their babies have a better start in life?

Did Sarah Alvarez's series from Stockbridge, and the voices of the high school youth journalists, make you act on helping kids in a rural community? 

Maybe Dustin Dwyer's reporting from Muskegeon on local hero Carmesha Rogers---remember her? She took a bullet and saved three kids?---made you think, "I could help her, those kids, or my community"?

Michigan Radio Listener Survey

Oct 29, 2013

As a Michigan Radio listener, we hope you appreciate the station’s news reporting, our community focus, and our ongoing efforts to improve our service.  A part of that process is to survey listeners and website users like you - to hear your opinions on a wide range of issues.  This input has been a valuable resource for us in our short and long-term planning.

user: Ian Kath / flickr

We got a lot of response from yesterday's piece about an after-school music program for disadvantaged youth in Grand Rapids.

But here's a little secret: That story came to us pretty much 'as is' - meaning Casey Stratton reported and produced the whole audio piece and sent it in to us. We tweaked it a bit here and there to fit our style, and voila! Stratton and company made their radio debut.

Share your own story

Sep 18, 2012
Dustin Dwyer

State of Opportunity is committed to telling stories about some of life’s tougher subjects in a way you can listen to, connect with and talk about.

Directions for using SoundCloud to send your story

Sep 18, 2012

To use SoundCloud you’ll need to use your computer or your smartphone. And, you'll need something to say.  Tell us your story or answer these questions we're always curious about.

Here are the computer instructions:

1.       Go to www.soundcloud.com

2.       Sign in to make your own account (it’s free) or push this button to use ours (you’ll need Flash or Google Chrome if you use ours).