Max Cobb

Student Reporter

Max Cobb is a student reporter for WCMU's news department. He reports daily for 'Morning Edition' and 'All Things Considered."

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Maybe you’ll get home after work today and relax with a glass of wine. For some - some would say “lucky” - people, wine isn’t an escape from the work day. It IS their workday.  

Max Cobb concludes his On The Map look at Underappreciated Jobs with a chat a sommelier.


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For many of us, putting the trash out by the road is just another routine in our week. One that might draw complaints from the kids if you ask them to do it, but otherwise doesn’t take much thought.

And that’s exactly why Max Cobb decided to explore the job.  

Today we continue our occassional “On the Map” series with a look at Underappreciated Jobs. Max got into the spirit of the assignment by climbing into a garbage truck to learn more about what cleaning up after everyone is really like.

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You don’t have to look far in central and northern Michigan to see locally produced art. Art shows… fairs… and galleries are part of the heartbeat in tourist communities. But the creators may wonder if they are as appreciated as their creations.

Today our occasional series On The Map takes Max Cobb to Charlevoix county to look at the underappreciated job of artist, and  learn how the art industry has supported one family for nearly 40 years.

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of a northern Michigan business that specializes in unique … and large… metal work.

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Michigan is represented in a nationwide program looking at ways to improve downtown areas and boosting local economies.