Stateside http://michiganradio.org en Why Coleman Young was not the cause of Detroit's bankruptcy http://michiganradio.org/post/why-coleman-young-was-not-cause-detroits-bankruptcy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Coleman A. Young was Mayor of Detroit from 1974 to 1994. He was Detroit's first black Mayor.</span></p><p>Even though it's been more than 20 years since he was Mayor and over 16 years since he died, there's a common narrative that Young was the cause of Detroit's financial ruin.</p><p>But is that really true?</p><p>Larry Gabriel from <em>Bridge Magazine</em> and Stephen Henderson from the <em>Detroit Free Press</em> joined Stateside&nbsp;to answer this question.</p><p>Henderson said you cannot get a bigger reaction from someone by saying any name other than Coleman Young.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:32:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 18492 at http://michiganradio.org Why Coleman Young was not the cause of Detroit's bankruptcy Stateside for Wednesday, June 23, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-june-23-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today on Stateside:</span></p><ul><li>Governor Snyder signed a law to raise the minimum wage in May, however the fight is not over. "Raise Michigan" is pushing to get a ballot measure in place for the November election. They want to increase the minimum wage more.</li><li>Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta from Michigan Radio’s ‘It’s Just Politics’ talk about the GOP’s spy scheme. Was it really foul play?</li><li>Grand Valley State University’s president, Thomas Haas, joined us to take a look back at the Exxon Valdez oil spill. What have we learned 25 years later?</li><li>Coleman A. Young was Mayor of Detroit from 1974 to 1994. Even though it's been more than 20 years since he was Mayor, and over 16 years since he died, there's a common narrative that Coleman Young was the cause of Detroit's financial ruin. Is he really to blame?</li><li>Should we tear it all down, or take a closer look to see what is worth preserving? Alan Brake from Architects Newspaper and Brian Farkas from the City of Detroit Building Authority tackle that question about Detroit’s blight in Stateside.</li><li>We’ve got snorkeling, surfing, and scuba diving. Now you can add Stand-Up Paddling, or SUP, to your list of activities to try on Michigan’s waters.</li></ul><p><em>*Listen to the full show above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:32:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 18490 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, June 23, 2014 Michigan Democrats call foul play on Republican spying http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-democrats-call-foul-play-republican-spying <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">By now you've probably heard the chuckling, the snickering and Democratic growling over that pair of young Republican "operatives."</span></p><p>The ones who turned up at a Mark Schauer fundraiser at a private home in Bloomfield Hills.</p><p>One of the pair wore fake glasses with a tiny video camera built into the frame.</p><p>It might have gone undetected but for the fact the memory card of their "Secret Squirrel" mission somehow turned up on the floor of a union hall in Farmington Hills two weeks later.</p><p>Democrats immediately posted the eight-minute video, wherein we learned little more than the facts that Natalie Collins, the Republican staffer who wore the glasses, doesn't like having her photo taken when she's eating pineapple and she didn't think much of the artwork at the home.</p><p>Have a look at the video of the training sessions with Republican would-be spies. Video released by the Michigan Democratic Party.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWx_kFoUtRI</span></p><p>Democrats cried "foul, dirty tricks!" And Republicans shrugged and said, well, everyone does it.</p><p>Michigan Radio's <em>It's Just Politics</em> team of Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta shared their thoughts with Stateside.</p><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;">*Listen to the full interview with Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:32:13 +0000 Stateside Staff 18488 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Democrats call foul play on Republican spying "Stand-Up Paddling" growing quickly on Michigan's waters http://michiganradio.org/post/stand-paddling-growing-quickly-michigans-waters <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">All summer we’ve been exploring different ways to enjoy our Michigan waters.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We’ve discovered great snorkeling, scuba diving, and even surfing. And now we can add SUP, Stand Up Paddling, to the list.</span></p><p>Brody Welte, a Michigan native, is based in San Diego and is the head of Paddlefit. He’s become a national leader in Stand-Up Paddling.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:30:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 18487 at http://michiganradio.org "Stand-Up Paddling" growing quickly on Michigan's waters President of GVSU looks back on the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill http://michiganradio.org/post/president-gvsu-looks-back-clean-exxon-valdez-oil-spill <p></p><p>We've just marked the 25th anniversary of one of the most catastrophic man-made environmental disasters, the Exxon Valdez oil spill.</p><p>It was just after midnight on March 24, 1989 when the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound. 11 million gallons of crude oil gushed into the pristine waters.</p><p>The clean-up effort was staggering. Among those called to help was U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Thomas Haas. He was a chemist and an expert in hazmat cleanup. Twenty-five years later, that Lt. Commander is the president of Grand Valley State University.</p><p>“We had to figure out what clean meant,” Haas said.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:24:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 18482 at http://michiganradio.org President of GVSU looks back on the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill Demolish or Restore? How should Detroit handle blight? http://michiganradio.org/post/demolish-or-restore-how-should-detroit-handle-blight <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Blight is one of the biggest challenges facing Detroit. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Should we tear down and start fresh? Or selectively look at the properties and see what can be preserved?</span></p><p>According to a report from the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force, 78,506 building in the city are decayed or at risk of decaying.</p><p>That’s 30% of the cities structures.</p><p>It will cost $850 million to demolish the blighted homes and commercial buildings. Clearing industrial sites could cost a billion dollars more.</p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:18:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 18484 at http://michiganradio.org Demolish or Restore? How should Detroit handle blight? The fight to increase Michigan's minimum wage is not over http://michiganradio.org/post/fight-increase-michigans-minimum-wage-not-over <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Governor Rick Snyder signed a new minimum wage law in May that would raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 an hour by 2018.</span></p><p>But the fight is not over.</p><p>Raise Michigan, a group of unions, nonprofits and liberal advocacy groups, wants to put forth a ballot initiative that will ask voters to amend the law and raise minimum wage eventually to $10.10 an hour.</p><p>Chris Gautz is the Capitol Correspondent for Crain’s Detroit Business. He joined Cynthia on Stateside today to talk about the group’s plans to meet at the Capitol this Thursday with the Board of State Canvassers.</p><p>Read his article in Crain’s Detroit Business <a href="http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20140720/NEWS/307209964/next-battle-in-minimum-wage-fight-looms-in-lansing">here</a>.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview with Chris Gautz above.</em></p><p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:13:50 +0000 Stateside Staff 18486 at http://michiganradio.org The fight to increase Michigan's minimum wage is not over Stateside for Tuesday, July 22, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-july-22-2014 <p></p><p>Today on Stateside:</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It's the fourth anniversary of the Enbridge oil spill in the Kalamazoo River. How long will it be until the river is clean? Could it ever be truly clean?</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 39 years ago this week, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. PBS is presenting a new documentary titled, “Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?” It will feature retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oakland County native Liz Larin released a new CD titled “Hurricane” and she shared her music-making process with us on Stateside.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Members of Congress want to speed up the recall process and get problem vehicles repaired.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Detroit pensioners voted to accept the pension cuts in the Grand Bargain.</p><p><em>*Listen to full show above.</em></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:07:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 18471 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Pensioners vote “yes” to cuts, bond holders prepare to fight http://michiganradio.org/post/pensioners-vote-yes-cuts-bond-holders-prepare-fight <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit pensioners voted to accept the pension cuts and allow the Detroit Institute of Arts to become an independent institution. In response, bond insurers who could lose billions in Detroit’s bankruptcy are preparing to fight.</span></p><p><em>Detroit Free Press</em> columnist Nancy Kaffer joined us today on Stateside to talk about what this means for Detroit.</p><p>Police and fire pensioners voted 82% in favor. General retirement pensioners voted 73% in favor.&nbsp;</p><div>Two big bond insurers, Syncora and Financial Guaranty Insurance Company are promising to fight this agreement.&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:56:07 +0000 Stateside Staff 18474 at http://michiganradio.org Pensioners vote “yes” to cuts, bond holders prepare to fight Retired FBI agent appears in PBS' new documentary "Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?" http://michiganradio.org/post/retired-fbi-agent-appears-pbs-new-documentary-who-killed-jimmy-hoffa <p></p><p>Thirty-nine years ago this month, Jimmy Hoffa was last seen having lunch at a restaurant in Bloomfield Township in Oakland County.</p><p>Retired FBI agent, Greg Stejskal, will appear in the new PBS documentary “Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?”</p><p>He joined us today on Stateside to revisit the mystery of the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance.</p><p>Stejskal was a new agent with the FBI in Detroit in the summer of 1975 when Hoffa disappeared. The investigation into his disappearance was declared a Bureau "Special," which meant most of the agents in the Detroit office became involved.</p><p>One of Stejskal’s duties was to conduct neighborhood interviews around the Machus Red Fox restaurant, the last place where Hoffa was seen.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:16:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 18469 at http://michiganradio.org Retired FBI agent appears in PBS' new documentary "Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?" Michigan artist Liz Larin's new album is about a "hero's journey" http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-artist-liz-larins-new-album-about-heros-journey <p></p><p>Oakland County-based singer-songwriter and producer Liz Larin is coming to the Ark in Ann Arbor on August 3. She joins us today on Stateside to talk about her new CD “Hurricane.”</p><p>Larin started with a band in the 1980s and evolved from there as an artist. She plays almost all of the instruments and sings all of the vocals on her record. She even creates the visual images seen when she plays on stage. She said since the 80s, she has become more confident in her musical instincts.</p><p>“I hone the songs until the idea is as clear as possible and as visual as possible,” Larin said. “I want the listener to be able to listen to it and picture something – to the right of them, to the left of them – and what is actually going on while they are moving through the music.”</p><p>She says "Hurricane" has a narrative arc - a&nbsp;hero’s journey.</p><p>“It starts with the idea that everything that you thought about yourself and about the world, it just doesn’t fit anymore,” Larin said. “And you realize you have to go and find yourself and you have to find out what reality is for you.”</p><p>Larin said the title track “Hurricane” is the feeling of change. The track “Super Hero” is the story of a parent and a parent’s love for a child.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:04:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 18468 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan artist Liz Larin's new album is about a "hero's journey" Cleanup continues four years after the Enbridge Energy oil spill in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/cleanup-continues-four-years-after-enbridge-energy-oil-spill-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week marks four years since a pipeline operated by </span>Enbridge<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Energy burst. It was a segment of Line </span>6B<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> located just downstream from the pump station in Marshall.</span></p><p>The result? More than 1,000,000 gallons of oil have been recovered from&nbsp;Talmadge&nbsp;Creek and the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>Michigan Radio's West Michigan reporter Lindsey Smith and The Environment Report’s Rebecca Williams joined Stateside to talk about the effects of the spill four years later.</p><p>The spill affected about 40 miles of the Kalamazoo River, from Marshall downstream close to Kalamazoo. The bulk of the oil has been cleaned up. Smith said the river is still useable; you can swim, fish, and do other things that you could do before the spill.&nbsp;</p><p>However, cleanup is still going on. The EPA is dredging Morrow Lake this summer and there are still areas of the river that are closed. Williams said there might always be some oil left in the area.</p><p>“What agencies here in Michigan have said is that you often don’t want to take all the oil out of sensitive habitats because you could end up doing more damage,” Williams said.</p><p>Smith said the dredging process can be very invasive and hurt a lot of habitats. After the ordered dredging is over, there will be more passive collection, that won’t be as harsh on the environment.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:11:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 18464 at http://michiganradio.org Cleanup continues four years after the Enbridge Energy oil spill in Michigan How are teachers and school administrators dealing with the upcoming "new" MEAP? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-are-teachers-and-school-administrators-dealing-upcoming-new-meap <p></p><p>Lawmakers ordered the Michigan Department of Education to stop preparing for the Smarter Balanced Assessment and return to a revamped MEAP test.</p><p>How is this playing out for the teachers and administrators who have to teach and give this overhauled MEAP test?</p><p>William Heath is the Superintendent of the Morrice Area Schools and the Principal at Morrice Junior and Senior High School in Shiawassee County. &nbsp;He said the changes have been very difficult.</p><p>“We need some consistency. We need a target to shoot at. We don’t need the target to keep moving around,” he said.</p><p>Heath said they are judged by the growth from the previous year and when the assessment changes, they don’t know how they can measure that growth.</p><p>“If we are taking different tests, it’s a weird science experiment that there is too many variables in there. It’s going to make it that much harder to realize what exactly our students know and don’t know,” Heath said.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:30:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 18456 at http://michiganradio.org How are teachers and school administrators dealing with the upcoming "new" MEAP? "Baroque on Beaver" festival starts this weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/baroque-beaver-festival-starts-weekend <p></p><p>"Baroque on Beaver" is a classic music festival held on Beaver Island running from July 25&nbsp;to August 3.</p><p>Anne Glendon heads the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association.</p><p>She said there will be about 50 musicians at the festival. Most of them have lived in Michigan or have strong ties to the island. &nbsp;The concerts are held in different venues on the island. There is a variety of music playing as well, such as chamber music, jazz, and baroque, of course.</p><p>“It’s quirky, just like the island and we wouldn’t have it any other way, and also it’s, we think, pretty top rate music,” Glendon said.</p><p>Check out the performance list <a href="http://www.baroqueonbeaver.org/schedule.html">here</a>.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:06:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 18454 at http://michiganradio.org "Baroque on Beaver" festival starts this weekend MSU's Abrams Planetarium's 50th Anniversary http://michiganradio.org/post/msus-abrams-planetariums-50th-anniversary <p></p><p>It's the 50th anniversary of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University.</p><p>Those five decades have seen enormous changes in America's space program and in the way we think of space.</p><p>Shannon Schmoll, the director of MSU's Abrams Planetarium, said that planetariums have evolved and changed a lot through the last five decades, and a lot of those changes are seen in technology. Schmoll said the ability to use digital projection allows planetariums to show things beyond earth.</p><p>“We can fly out to Mars and can actually fly through Valles Marineris, which is a canyon on Mars about the size of the United States,” she said. “So we can actually travel the universe, so to speak, which is very exciting,” she said.</p><p>Schmoll said the knowledge that has been acquired over the decades provides planetariums with a lot more excitement.</p><p>“We still have people who come in and they have tons of questions about what’s going on in space. They want to know what’s going on with Hubble, what’s going on with the new missions,” she said. “ It’s a sense of wonder that just never goes away with what’s out there."</p><p><em>*Listen to the full story above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:58:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 18455 at http://michiganradio.org MSU's Abrams Planetarium's 50th Anniversary Detroit Water suspends shut-offs for 15 days http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-water-suspends-shut-offs-15-days <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Detroit Water and Sewage Department is suspending shut-offs for 15 days.</span></p><p>Department Spokesman Bill Johnson said this suspension is a pause, not a moratorium.&nbsp;</p><p>The department has been receiving a lot of criticism worldwide for shutting off water to 17,000 customers since March.</p><p>The 15 days will allow people another chance to come forward and prove they cannot pay their bills. The time will also be spent communicating with customers about payment plan options and financial assistance.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:53:16 +0000 BreAnna Tinsley 18465 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Water suspends shut-offs for 15 days Stateside for Monday, July 21, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-july-21-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Today on Stateside:</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Detroit Water and Sewage Department is &nbsp;suspending water shut-offs for 15 days to give people a chance to prove they cannot afford their bills.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Abrams Planetarium at MSU. And in those 50 years, America’s space program has changed extensively.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One book follows a bear’s recovery in the Detroit Zoo from cruel captivity in a Caribbean circus.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Beaver Island hosts a classical music festival from July 25<sup>th</sup> to August 3<sup>rd</sup> called Baroque on Beaver.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Michigan’s post-secondary education graduation rates are below the national average.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How is the MEAP impacting schools and administrations?</p><p><em>*Listen to the full show above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:04:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 18457 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, July 21, 2014 Michigan grad rates below national average http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-grad-rates-below-national-average <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More and more students in Michigan are taking five or more years to finish college and get their degrees. Ron French from Bridge Magazine has been researching this for his new article, and he talked about the trend today on Stateside. French said nationally, 31% of students earn a bachelor’s degree in four years. In Michigan, 12 of the 15 public universities are below that average.</span></p><p>Staying in school longer is more expensive, as extra semesters add cost. French said the fifth and sixth years are usually the most expensive, because financial aid dries up after eight semesters.</p><p>“Student debt nationally is over $1 trillion now,” said French.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:19:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 18449 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan grad rates below national average A new book follows one polar bear's recovery after cruel captivity http://michiganradio.org/post/new-book-follows-one-polar-bears-recovery-after-cruel-captivity <p></p><p>They've been on the earth for five million years. From their fur to their body fat, they've evolved to thrive in extremely cold temperatures. So the cruelty of removing a polar bear from its Arctic home and forcing it to live in a filthy Caribbean circus, in temperatures that soar over 100 degrees, is indescribable.</p><p>Else Poulson&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">is an animal behaviorist, and she's a guest on today's Stateside program. She's also the president and co-founder of The Bear Care Group. Poulson&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">was part of a Detroit Zoo team that helped a polar bear named </span>Barle<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> after she was rescued from a Caribbean circus called the Mexican Suarez Brothers Circus. Poulson wrote a book about the experience called "</span>Barle's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Story: One Polar Bear's Amazing Recovery from Life as a Circus Act."</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:41:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 18452 at http://michiganradio.org A new book follows one polar bear's recovery after cruel captivity GM CEO Mary Barra defends general counsel in congressional hearing http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-ceo-mary-barra-defends-general-counsel-congressional-hearing <p>Today brought the fourth appearance for General Motors and CEO Mary Barra before angry members of Congress.</p><p>This time a Senate subcommittee took a deeper dive into the ignition switch recalls and didn't like what it saw in GM's legal department.</p><p>Michigan Radio's auto reporter Tracy Samilton&nbsp;followed the event.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to Samilton, GM's chief counsel Michael Millikin was in the "uncomfortable Senate spotlight" today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When senators asked why Millikin still kept his job, Barra&nbsp;said she "respectfully" disagreed with them, and she defended Millikin&nbsp;as a man of "incredibly high integrity."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She said Millikin&nbsp;"had a system in place." Unfortunately, in this instance "it wasn't brought to his attention."</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:59:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 18419 at http://michiganradio.org GM CEO Mary Barra defends general counsel in congressional hearing