Conversations With Sven Gustafson

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All good things must come to an end. This is the final transmission of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast.  We talk about what we've learned doing 60 episodes, what we've learned along the way, and what we're up to next (yes, we're still podc
On the show today, host Sven Gustafson talks with Detroit restauranteur, chef to the stars, Food Network Chopped finalist and educator Chef Max Hardy. He owns River Bistro Detroit in Grandmont Rosedale and Coop in the Detroit Shipping Company.
Friends, we're back! After a brief hiatus, the Daily Detroit Happy Hour returns with a fresh new episode. Truth be told, we've been taking some time to refocus the show and what we're about. So you'll notice some new things. In the interests of
The candidates running for governor were out in full force at the Mackinac Policy Conference and we caught up with Jonathan Oosting, political reporter from the Detroit News, about the race. Then, Sven Gustafson and Jer Staes from Daily Detroit
Detroit is becoming a mecca for murals. Our guest today is aiming to catalog it all. Viranel Clerard is the man behind the Detroit Mural Project, which you can find on the Internet machine at The site organizes murals by neig
We're getting back to our boozy roots with this Daily Detroit Happy Hour conversation with barchaeologist Mickey Lyons. She's the talent author behind a recent Hour Detroit piece, "Dry Times: Looking Back 100 Years After Prohibition." Sven Gus
What do you do when a neighborhood… and your city… crumble? Leave? Throw your hands up? Not Mama Shu. She’s taken tragedy — the death of her son by a hit and run driver, Jakobi Ra — and turned that energy into Avalon Village. Avalon Village is
On this episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast, we channel our inner "This Old House" and talk about a big, old house in Detroit’s University District.  Between 6 and 7 is the name of a blog written by Miranda Steinhauser. She and her
It's time for another season of Detroit City FC soccer. On the cusp of the team hitting the pitch on Saturday, Sven sat down with Sean Mann. He's a co-owner, co-founder and CEO of Detroit City FC. They play out of Keyworth Stadium in Hamtramck,
Put on your earbuds and sit with Willie Horton, Al Kaline, Jim Price and Dan Dickerson telling stories of Detroit Tigers baseball of yesterday, especially that magical 1968 season. Also, this is our 50th episode! Be sure to subscribe to the Dai
Hunger is a real challenge throughout metro Detroit, and an organization at the front of dealing with that challenge is Gleaners. Sven Gustafson has Children's Hospital of Michigan CEO Luann Thomas Ewald and Bridget Brown from Gleaners on the s
Dealing with health insurance is few people’s idea of a good time — if you can afford it at all, that is. Now, a doctor operating out of an office in a former Detroit Police Department precinct headquarters? That's flipping the script on the tr
Detroit has gone Tinseltown … sort of. “The Leisure Seeker,” the new movie starring Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland that opened in theaters earlier this month, is based on the 2009 novel of the same name by Michael Zadoorian, who lives in Fe
Michigan's schools are in trouble. Although many parents believe their school and their teacher is fine, compared to the rest of the nation the state ranks very poorly. It wasn't always this way. Over the years, other states like Tennessee and
On this week's Daily Detroit Happy Hour, we talk mass transit. A new plan has been put forth by Wayne County Executive Warren Evans (more here)... but does it even have a chance? Does any plan have a chance? The Daily Detroit team walked throug
Hour Detroit magazine named Parc its 2018 restaurant of the year in its March edition — yes, Daily Detroit readers, there’s still a place for print media — and so this week’s episode takes you down to Campus Martius for a conversation about th
So this is a veritable charcuterie of topics and guests from the floor of the 2018 Detroit Policy Conference. Sven Gustafson and the Daily Detroit team spent the day at the Motor City Casino getting interviews and talking to interesting people,
This year’s Detroit Policy Conference takes place March 1 at MotorCity Casino Hotel, and the agenda is all about civility and putting aside our differences to help move Detroit forward. On this episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour podcast, w
If you listened to our recent episode on Amazon’s snub of Detroit (and you totally should), you’ll recall that the inclusion of Indianapolis among the 20 finalists for its HQ2 project was the topic of some surprise. Well, one of the reasons th
Our guest on the Happy Hour this week could be consider Detroit cultural royalty, if there is such a thing. Around the Daily Detroit office, we often joke that the shirts that say "Detroit Hustles Harder," to be more accurate, should have said
What is the state of Metro Detroit's transit system? Where do we go from here? Will there be a ballot proposal in 2018? What about universal fare cards? What improvements have been made? That was all covered at Transit Riders United Annual Meet
Detroit’s failure to make the list of 20 finalists for Amazon’s $5 billion HQ2 project and its 50,000 jobs has been the talk of the town. Especially after the all-hands-on-deck effort to produce a joint Detroit-Windsor bid that had many people
Board games are making a big comeback, and they're making a comeback here in Metro Detroit. Especially during the winter season, games with friends at a bar might just be the ticket to have fun without the sun. Madison Reitzel and Kyle Sweeney
This is a deep dive roundtable discussion into what's going on with medical marijuana in the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit. Host Sven Gustafson welcomed for the first episode of our second season of the show: Roberta King, Canna Com
As we wrap up 2017, how is Metro Detroit really doing?  That's a question that we dive into today on the podcast. Sven Gustafson interviews two people from the Detroit Regional Chamber to talk about, from a data perspective, how metro Detroit i
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