Distinctly Detroit Podcast

A Podcast on what makes one want to be in the D. Join our host Katie Benjamin as she interviews students, scholars, innovators, and leaders from across the city to learn how they came to live, work, and love in Detroit.

Episode One

Join host Katie Lehman as she interviews Dr. Riana Anderson of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Dr. Anderson was born and raised in Detroit, MI and has returned after living, studying, and working across the country. She is the developer and director of the EMBRace (Engaging, Managing, and Bonding through Race) intervention and loves to translate her work for a variety of audiences, particularly those whom she serves in the community. Join us as we talk about her work and life in Detroit.

Episode Two

Join us for episode two of Distinctly Detroit as host Katie Lehman interviews Allandra Bulger, Executive Director of Co.act Detroit. Allandra is a lifelong Detroiter, with five generations of her family all living within the city of Detroit. Prior to launching Co.act Detroit, Allandra has an illustrious career with nonprofits in the city. Listen this week to hear her talk about the landscape of Detroit and how her work helps nonprofits around the city.

Episode Three

Host Katie Lehman interviews Justin Erickson, the Program Manager for the Detroit Neighborhood Entrepreneurs Project. Justin is the direct liaison between small businesses and Detroit partners, and U-M faculty and students involved with DNEP. He holds a Master of Arts from The Fletcher School at Tufts University specializing in international law and economic development, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

Episode Four

In the latest episode of Distinctly Detroit, host Katie Lehman interviews Oliver Ragsdale Jr., President & Chief Executive Officer of the Arts League of Michigan and the Carr Center. His main focus over the years has been for the organization to provide world class arts programming and educational opportunities to the Detroit community. Additionally, Oliver is a highly prolific producer and musician. Over the span of his 45 year career, he has presented and/or produced literally hundreds of arts and culture performances and exhibitions. Join us for a lively conversation about Oliver’s career as well as arts and culture in Detroit.

Episode Five

Join us for the latest episode of Distinctly Detroit. Host Katie Benjamin interviews Feodies Shipp, Director of the University of Michigan Detroit Center. Born and raised in Detroit, Feodies earned his B.A. in History from U-M and his M.A. in educational leadership from Eastern Michigan University before starting his career in higher education with the U-M Career Center in 1995. From 1996 to 2010, he worked in the university’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions first as an admissions counselor and then as assistant director before accepting a new role and the Detroit Center. Listen in to hear more about his experiences and the University of Michigan Detroit Center. 

Episode Six

Check out the latest episode of Distinctly Detroit. Host Katie Benjamin interviews Dr. Tracy S. Hall, Executive Director of the Office of Metropolitan Impact with U of M Dearborn. Tracy has a wide range of experience and expertise in higher administration, nonprofits, and public policy.

Episode Seven

Join us for another episode of Distinctly Detroit featuring University of Michigan alumnus Rod Beard. Since 2001, Rod Beard has worked in various roles with The Detroit News, beginning with high school sports and advancing to cover the Michigan basketball beat for five years and most recently the Detroit Pistons beat, since 2015.

Episode Eight

Join host Katie Benjamin as she interviews Dennis Archer Jr. Dennis is the CEO of Ignition Media Group, a leading integrated marketing agency, and president and founding  partner of Archer Corporate Services (ACS). Archer’s hospitality holding company, Congress Hospitality, is creator and managing  partner of Central Kitchen + Bar, named by The Detroit Free Press as one of Detroit’s top restaurants of the year, within a year of opening.

Episode Nine

Host Katie Benjamin interviews Michael Cheatham, native Detroiter and Banking Center Manager for Comerica Bank. After graduation from the University of Michigan, Michael’s long career with Comerica Bank has kept him in the city of Detroit. Hear him talk about giving back to the community and how he has gotten to where he is today.

Episode Ten

Join us for another episode of Distinctly Detroit as host Katie Benjamin interviews Ralph Valdez, the Deputy Director of the Concert of Colors and the Executive Director of the Dearborn Community Arts Council. Learn more about what goes on behind the scenes at the Concert of Colors and about the arts community around Detroit.