Conversations With Sven Gustafson

Conversations With Sven Gustafson
Detroit’s Podcast Dinner Party

Chef Max Hardy, Food & Bar Openings Around Detroit, And How To Make A Great Sauce
Jul 29, 2018 • 41 min
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. Both…
Kevin Allison Of Risk, The New Detroit Shipping Co. + Chef Godwin Ihentuge
Jul 19, 2018 • 36 min
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 Michigan Governor’s Race With Jonathan Oosting And A Few Words On Bourdain
Jun 10, 2018 • 32 min
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 then…
Meet The Man Chronicling All Of Detroit’s Beautiful Street Murals, Viranel Clerard
May 25, 2018 • 34 min
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…
Detroit Bar & Prohibition History With Mickey Lyons
May 18, 2018 • 30 min
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 Gustafson…
How Mama Shu Is Saving One Of America’s Most Blighted Blocks
May 13, 2018 • 27 min
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…
Tour An Historic House Renovation In Detroit With The ‘Between 6 & 7’ Bloggers
May 5, 2018 • 43 min
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…
Building A Soccer Movement In Detroit: Sean Mann, CEO/Co-Founder, Detroit City FC
Apr 26, 2018 • 30 min
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. We had a wide-ranging conversation about the team, the…
1968 Tigers Stories With Willie Horton, Jim Price, Al Kaline and Dan Dickerson
Apr 20, 2018 • 40 min
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 Daily Detroit…
Fighting Hunger In Metro Detroit With Gleaners And Their Million Meal Match
Apr 13, 2018 • 20 min
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…
Dr. Paul Thomas Prescribes A New ‘Direct Primary Care’ Model Of Health Care In Detroit
Apr 6, 2018 • 26 min
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…
Talking “The Leisure Seeker” With Author & Creator Michael Zadoorian
Mar 30, 2018 • 32 min
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 Ferndale.…
Michigan’s Schools Are In Deep Trouble, But There Is Hope To Fix Them With Ron French, Bridge Magazine
Mar 22, 2018 • 24 min
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 Florida…
Will A New Metro Detroit Regional Transit Plan Even Leave The Stop?
Mar 17, 2018 • 25 min
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?
Detroit’s Growing Dining Scene With Restaurant Of The Year Parc Chef Jordan Hoffman And Hour Editor Steve Wilke
Mar 9, 2018 • 30 min
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…
Brooklyn Outdoor, The JazzFest, The Detroit Symphony, Macomb County, Transit And Amazon: #DPC18
Mar 1, 2018 • 40 min
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, and…
Fostering Civility + Collaboration At The Detroit Policy Conference With Marlowe Stoudamire, Detroit 67 & Butterfly Effect Detroit
Feb 23, 2018 • 28 min
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, we…
How Indianapolis Funded Mass Transit, Stayed Alive In Amazon HQ2 Sweepstakes
Feb 16, 2018 • 33 min
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 they…
Melody Baetens: Paczki Bombs, Detroit Music And Covering Detroit
Feb 9, 2018 • 26 min
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…
The State Of Detroit Transit Today With Paul Hillegonds, RTA Chair; Rob Cramer, SMART; Dave Gifford, Advocate
Feb 1, 2018 • 19 min
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 Meeting…
A Look In The Mirror: 5 Smart People On Detroit’s Amazon HQ2 Disappointment
Jan 19, 2018 • 44 min
In our latest episode, we talk to five local experts from a variety of backgrounds for their perspectives on what the failure says about our region and where we go from here.
Board Games In Metro Detroit: Madison And Kyle Of The Loaded Die
Jan 11, 2018 • 32 min
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 are at…
Medical Marijuana In Michigan And Detroit: What’s Next?
Jan 3, 2018 • 48 min
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…
Discussing The State Of The Detroit Region
Dec 28, 2017 • 23 min
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 is doing.
Decades Of Greatness Ahead For Detroit: An Interview With Todd Sachse, CEO & Founder Of Sachse Construction
Dec 19, 2017 • 27 min
One of the people at the center of Detroit’s building boomlet is Todd Sachse, the CEO and Founder of Sachse Construction. You probably have seen their banners on various projects around town, but today on the Daily Detroit Happy Hour, Sven Gustafson dives…
Flipping The Script When It Comes To Inclusion In Detroit’s Startup Scene With Amanda Lewan
Dec 6, 2017 • 21 min
For today’s episode, Sven Gustafson sits down with Amanda Lewan, who, along with the organization she leads, Bamboo Detroit, is part of flipping the script when it comes to entrepreneurship and startups in Detroit. Bamboo Detroit is a co-working and…
The Future Of Automotive & Mobility In Metro Detroit And Michigan With Glenn Stevens of MichAuto
Nov 16, 2017 • 30 min
What’s the future for Detroit & Michigan’s all-important automotive sector? This week Sven Gustafson’s guest across the table is Glenn Stevens, the Executive Director of MichAuto and we do a deep dive ahead of the MichAuto Summit on December 5…
The Godmother Of House Music, Stacey Hotwaxx Hale
Oct 27, 2017 • 36 min
What is the difference between Techno and House? What is some of the history behind these iconic, Detroit made sounds? Who is the first female black DJ to spin this stuff on the radio? Answers to those questions and more are from Sven Gustafson’s…
The Witch Of Delray: Talking Detroit Murder Mysteries And History With Author Karen Dybis
Oct 17, 2017 • 33 min
Today, we step back to Detroit in the 1930s at a bar that was open (well, as an ice cream shop during the prohibition part) to talk to Karen Dybis. She’s an author of a few books, but her latest promises from what we’ve seen to be a great read. “The…
Giving Metro Detroit’s Hispanic Community A Voice: Meet The New Detroit Hispanic Media Group
Sep 30, 2017 • 34 min
Detroit has an active and growing Hispanic population, and they have their own Spanish-language and localized media in print and on the radio. For today’s show, Sven Gustafson sat down with people from The Detroit Hispanic Media group….
Open Streets Detroit And A MoGo Bike Share Update With Lisa Nuszkowski
Sep 25, 2017 • 27 min
More and more in Detroit, bikes and streets for pedestrians are a thing. With Open Streets Detroit coming up on October 1 — a festival where 3.5 miles of Michigan Avenue and Vernor will be closed to all vehicle traffic and turn into a giant street…
“The Race Is Over,” Moroun Will Build His Bridge To Canada First With Dave Battagello, Windsor Star
Sep 13, 2017 • 24 min
This edition of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour is very timely as Sven Gustafson is talking to veteran reporter Dave Battagello of the Windsor Star about the bridge projects to Canada, the border crossing, and how it affects thousands of people and…
“You’re There To Serve People” - Jonathan Merritt On Running A Cafe And Being A Pastor
Sep 3, 2017 • 30 min
Narrow Way Cafe is one of the newest additions to Livernois Avenue in Detroit. But, this isn’t a podcast about coffee. In today’s episode hosted by Sven Gustafson, we touch on the cafe - but the real secret to success in Detroit is service. And who knows…
All Things Beards, Shaving And Haircuts With Chad And Ryan Of Detroit Barbers
Aug 18, 2017 • 27 min
This is a fun one. Sven Gustafson headed over to the brand new Detroit Barbers location in Corktown to have a chat with Chad Buchanan, who owns the shop with his wife, as well as one of their star barbers, Ryan Ray. We hit on the recent popularity of…
At The Movies With Paula And Tim Guthat Of Cinema Detroit
Aug 8, 2017 • 39 min
Greater Downtown Detroit’s only seven day a week movie theatre is Cinema Detroit, and Sven stopped by this week to chat movies with the owners, Paula and Tim Guthat. We talk about a variety of films, the just released “Detroit” movie, film incentives, and…
Starting A Micro Charter School In Detroit With Drew Schantz Of Venture School
Jul 31, 2017 • 36 min
Drew Schantz is the founder of Venture School, a nonprofit charter looking to get their doors open in the fall of next year. It’s concept is a “micro charter” so-called because there will be 35 students or so in each grade level. Thanks to Bamboo Detroit…
What’s Next For Downtown Detroit? A Conversation With Eric Larson Of The Downtown Detroit Partnership
Jul 25, 2017 • 53 min
On this episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour, we caught up with Eric Larson, CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, for an update on what’s happening in downtown Detroit, how it’s evolved over time and what the future could look like for the rapidly…
The History Of Henry The Hatter And Its Future With Paul Wasserman
Jul 16, 2017 • 26 min
Henry the Hatter is one of the most beloved establishments in all of Metro Detroit. The clientele of the oldest hat shop in the United States, owned by Paul Wasserman, is a who’s who of musicians, politicians, and even a president. For this…
A Real Conversation About Entrepreneurship In Detroit With Ned Staebler, CEO Of Techtown
Jul 9, 2017 • 29 min
Ned Staebler is the kind of guy who will tell it to you how it sees it, and in this episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour Podcast, Sven met up with him at Techtown where he is CEO to get a beat on what’s actually happening in Detroit’s…
Social Media Day Detroit with Nikki Little, Robert Courtney and Mike McClure
Jul 6, 2017 • 26 min
Social media is becoming the center of modern communications, especially when it comes to brands and media outlets. Sven & the some of the Daily Detroit team attended Social Media Day Detroit in Greektown this year, where there were educational…
It Takes A Yum Village To Help Make Detroit’s Food Scene Happen With Godwin Ihentuge
Jun 27, 2017 • 28 min
Detroit’s culinary scene has been getting a lot of ink as of late. But there’s a lot of facets to this story. Sure, the food has to be good. But starting a restaurant or food truck is a lot more difficult than many might think. How do you make sure…
The potential of Detroit’s east side with Josh Elling of Jefferson East
Jun 20, 2017 • 30 min
One of the most interesting stories in Detroit is that of the lower east side of the city. The area running from Lafayette Park all the way to Jefferson Chalmers and the Grosse Pointe border has amazing history, a sense of community, as well as…
Detroit Could Be Better Than Silicon Valley - Tom Lawrence
Jun 13, 2017 • 27 min
Could Detroit be a little better than Silicon Valley? This guy thinks so. This week Sven Gustafson sat down with Tom Lawrence of Lawrence Technology Services at the Urban Bean Coffee Shop in downtown Detroit. In a wide-ranging conversation with…
Slow Roll! The best Monday night you’ll ever have with Jason Hall and Kelsey Hubbell
Jun 7, 2017 • 31 min
Detroit is best by bike. Slow Roll has taken Detroit and the nation by storm - or, well, by bike. The ride that attracts 3,000-5,000 people per week and winds through Detroit’s neighborhoods and by our landmarks has become a phenomenon. Now…
The State of Biking and Greenways in Detroit with Todd Scott
May 30, 2017 • 32 min
Detroit is in many ways becoming more and more of a biking city, along with other modes of transportation than just cars. Todd Scott, Executive Director of the Detroit Greenways Coalition, joins our host Sven Gustafson at the legendary Locker Room…
Airbnb in Detroit Real Talk with Nelson T. Sanders Jr. and Tommie Robbins
May 11, 2017 • 35 min
Airbnb in Detroit has become quite the thing, with a multi-million dollar economic impact for residents and their newest service, trips, where you can have an experienced Detroiter guide you through a variety of city experiences. Our host Sven…
The Smell of Detroit Success: Kevin and Jane of Sfumato Fragrances
May 3, 2017 • 30 min
Detroit’s a city where locally made products can do really well and become a thing. One of those is Sfumato Fragrances, created by the Corktown-based husband and wife duo of Kevin Peterson and Jane Larson. They’re already at work on their new…
A Pastor And A Rabbi Working Together To Bring A Historic Temple Back To Life
Apr 25, 2017 • 15 min
This week on the podcast our guests are Pastor Aramis Hinds of the Breakers Covenant Church International and Rabbi Ariana Silverman of the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue. They’re working to raise funds to renovate the historic…
Who Is IT in the D, Don’t Be That Guy and New Job Training in Flint
Apr 20, 2017 • 40 min
Dave Phillips and Bob Waltenspiel are two of the folks behind IT in the D, the networking group / podcast / now helping with job training in Michigan. Our host Sven Gustafson sat down and talked with them about their newest project and how…
Buying A $500 House In Detroit With Author Drew Philp
Apr 13, 2017 • 30 min
For $500, you could buy a house in Detroit. Or so how the story goes. Today our guest is Drew Philp, author, writer and house rehabber who joined us for a great conversation at Queens bar in Downtown Detroit about his new book, released by…
The Next Chapter For Storyteller Robin Schwartz
Apr 4, 2017 • 25 min
If you’ve been around Metro Detroit, the way you probably know Robin Schwartz is through her years on the air at Fox 2 News. A storyteller at heart, she’s embarked on a new chapter of her career after a stint working for Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock…
Detroit As A Travel Destination Is A Thing Now With Dan Fuoco of Visit Detroit
Mar 31, 2017 • 31 min
Maybe the Motor City wasn’t front of mind as a travel destination, but more and more it’s turning out to be one. Our host Sven sat down with the Interactive Marketing Manager for Visit Detroit, Dan Fuoco, to talk about how exactly do you market…
8 Mile: What’s really happening along one of Detroit’s famous roads with Cindy Thomas of the 8 Mile Boulevard Association
Mar 10, 2017 • 34 min
There’s a lot of myth around Detroit’s 8 Mile. From being featured in Eminem’s movie of the same name, to being a “border street” between the city and suburbs, there’s more nuance and more going on than people might assume along the 27 mile stretch…
Covering Detroit’s Schools With Erin Einhorn and Julie Topping From Chalkbeat Detroit
Feb 21, 2017 • 28 min
“If they don’t fix the schools, the rest will be meaningless.” It’s a powerful quote from within this podcast about the state of Detroit’s schools and the state of the city’s revitalization. But resources from traditional newsrooms are…
How Data Is Helping Drive Detroit’s Comeback with Garlin Gilchrist II
Feb 7, 2017 • 27 min
What role does openly available, good data play in the comeback of a city? What are the ways good data can actually spread between administrations and become institutionally useful? This might sound boring at first, but it turns out to be a really…
Calvin Moore - Seven Point Two Tours, Leading Questions And More
Feb 3, 2017 • 34 min
This week Sven sits down with Calvin Moore, the owner of Seven Point Two tours and host of the podcast “Leading Questions with Calvin Moore.” Calvin has an interesting perspective in that some of his work is showing Detroit to non-Detroiters looking…
Changing the lives of children at the Downtown Boxing Gym with Khali Sweeney
Dec 18, 2016 • 22 min
For this episode of the Daily Detroit Happy Hour, Sven interviews Khali Sweeney of the Downtown Boxing Gym. But there’s way more than boxing happening at this former book bindery. The lives of kids are changing not just by hitting the ring,…
Adopting fatherhood and parenting in the city of Detroit
Oct 23, 2016 • 25 min
David Lingholm of the “Adopting Fatherhood” blog at Secreto