Catalyst Radio

Catalyst Radio is the weekly public affairs radio program of Community Media Center, with multiple hosts. The program is a feature of WYCE and The Rapidian and includes interviews with organizations and people working on social change and community support. The program examines media and free speech issues, and takes a look at the behind-the-scenes of Rapidian reporting. You can catch it on air at noon every Friday on WYCE 88.1 FM or streaming on the Grand Rapids Community Media Center Website. Past Catalyst Radio episodes are archived onThe Rapidian. If interested in being on Catalyst Radio, call Matt at 459-4788 x 112.


Episode 84: ACCESS of West Michigan
Host Leah Schumaker speaks with Emma Garcia, Co-director of Access of West Michigan, an organization helping to strengthen and develop holistic solutions to poverty by cultivating equitable systems through education and collaboration. Emma has worked in a variety of roles at Access over the last 8 years and currently serves as one of two co-executive directors. Aired 2017-10-06
Episode 83: ICE Rapid Response
Today's show features two volunteers for Grand Rapids's Rapid Response to ICE Team - Amy Carpenter and Sarah Doherty. ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is the entity responsible for all deportations in the United States. Grand Rapids's Rapid Response team works to protect individuals from deportation, as well as to provide resources to immigrant families in need. Sarah and Amy discuss why they do work with Rapid Response. They also lead us in thinking about how immigration policy affects our community. To get involved, you can visit, or you can email Amy Carpenter at Clarification Note: At one point in this interview Sarah talks about Turtle Island, which is the Anishinaabe name for North America. Aired 2017-09-29.