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Stateside 12.9.2016

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In today's political roundup, we hear updates from the "strange" lame-duck session. And later in the show, we learn what science says about a Michigan lab's plan to bring frozen dead bodies back to life.

snow covered graveyard
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A recent court case in London has been raising the profile of the cryonics industry in general. But it has brought special attention to the Clinton-township based Cryonics Institute . At dispute in the court case were the rights of a terminally-ill 14-year-old British girl who wanted to have her body frozen upon death.

In new new book, Heather Ann Thompson looks at the Attica prison uprising of 1971. and what it can tell us about today's prisons.
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The book Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and its Legacy has been getting lots of attention by the national media and is a National Book Award finalist. The author is University of Michigan Professor of History Heather Ann Thompson . She joined us today to talk about the 1971 prison uprising in New York and what we can learn from it today.

Today, Jill Stein joins us on Stateside to discuss the fate of Michigan's recount effort and the future of the fight for elections everyone can trust. And, a recovering addict tells her story to help others fight opioid addiction.

Donald Trump doesn't take the oath of office for 49 days but he's already used Twitter to send some crystal clear messages to business and unions.
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It was Theodore Roosevelt who declared the Presidency was a "bully pulpit." Our incoming 45th President clearly agrees. Donald Trump doesn't take the oath of office for 49 days, but he's already used his favorite tool, Twitter, to send some crystal clear messages to businesses and unions.

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On Nov. 30, Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein requested a recount of votes in Michigan. That request was the beginning of a frantic week of legal battles as county clerks rallied staff and resources to undertake the recount. But now the statewide recount appears to be over after the ruling that came from Federal Judge Mark Goldsmith last night. He lifted the restraining order that triggered Monday’s start to the recount. The Board of State Canvassers then canceled its meeting earlier today. Though the recount effort seems to have reached its limit, Stein said not yet.

Kristy Kopec told us that though she didn't know it at the time, but "it was all over with" the first time she took opiates.
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Michigan has a fierce fight on its hands. A fight to keep people out of the clutches of opioid and heroin addiction. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services offers some stunning numbers that show how badly this fight is going. In 1999 there were 99 heroin or opioid overdose deaths. In 2014, that number climbed to 1,001. That's 10 times as many deaths in just 15 years.

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If you wandered past any landmarks or took a stroll through a public park this summer, you may have noticed a lot more foot traffic than usual. But instead of walking and talking together, these large groups of new guests basically just sit around and stare at their smartphones. Yes, " Pokémon GO " players are everywhere. For many, the game has become a core part of day-to-day life. Alexander Weinstein 's new book of short stories takes the idea to the extreme, exploring a future full of dangerously immersive virtual reality games.

We hear an election observer's take on recount laws dating back to the 1870s. And we learn how to prevent prolonged sitting (even if you have a desk job) to stave off the harm it does to the body.

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The legal battles over the statewide recount of Michigan's presidential election results have been raging. At the same time, another story is clearly emerging: Precincts that cannot be recounted because of Michigan's recount law, which dates back to 1954.

The film includes scenes of ordinary Americans going about their daily lives and emphasizes the impact of war here at home.
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“Today is the day that will live in infamy,” in the words of President Franklin Roosevelt. This is the 75th anniversary of Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor – the attack that propelled the United States into World War II. The next year, some Hollywood heavyweights produced a propaganda film called Fellow Americans designed to boost support for the war. It was narrated by Jimmy Stewart, the first movie star to enter military service. At the time of this film he was a 2nd lieutenant in the Army Air Corps.

Jan Worth-Nelson told us that high-quality writing and photography have always been staples of "East Village Magazine."
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This year marks the 40th anniversary of East Village Magazine . The nonprofit magazine has been bringing community news to people in Flint since 1976, a labor of love for its founder, the late Gary Custer. East Village Magazine has hung in there to become one of the nation's oldest community media outlets.

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Get to work, grab a cup of coffee, turn on the computer … and sit down to start the business of the day. And there you stay: sitting and sitting and sitting. Sound familiar? For those of us with desk jobs, that’s pretty much the drill. But more and more medical researchers warn us that all that sitting is wreaking havoc on our bodies. Dr. James Levine of the Mayo Clinic has even declared that “sitting is the new smoking.”

Andrew Colom and Davide Alade
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When we talk about investment in Detroit, the likes of Dan Gilbert or Christopher Ilitch come to mind. Certainly Gilbert has led the way in buying downtown buildings, reshaping the look of downtown Detroit. But today, we're going to look at investment in Detroit's neighborhoods. Andrew Colom and David Alade both gave up jobs to move to Detroit and launch an investment company called Century Partners . Their idea was to invest in Detroit's neighborhoods, and to close the wealth disparity gap by helping people invest in the rehabilitation of their neighborhoods.

Today, we hear the latest on the precincts being left out of the presidential vote recount in Michigan. And we learn about a new curve ball that could threaten federal funding for Flint.

A lead service line removed from a Flint home. Lead service lines were useful because the metal is flexible and can bend - making installation easier.
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It has been well over a year since the world learned that Flint was in the throes of an environmental disaster. In the early months of this year, the Flint water crisis brought a steady stream of political leaders promising aid and vowing this would never happen again: President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, President-elect Trump.

So here we are, at year's end, and Flint hasn't seen a penny of that promised federal aid to help replace its damaged lead water pipes. And now there's a new curve ball that could threaten that federal funding.

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Michigan boasts an exceptionally rich mix of folk, ethnic and immigrant music, and it goes back centuries. Music professor Lester Monts wanted to capture that rich tapestry, so he spearheaded the Michigan Musical Heritage Project.

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The vote recount continues in Michigan, even as State Attorney General Bill Schuette and the campaign of president-elect Trump keep pushing forth with challenges to that recount. Recounting began Monday in Oakland and Ingham Counties. Wayne County began today. And there's a growing awareness of technical problems, coupled with possible human error, adding up to precincts that cannot be recounted under Michigan law.

Chris O'Droski and Caitlin Darfler told us that many people struggling with addiction simply don't know there are alternative to Alchoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous
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When it comes to finding a pathway to helping an addict to recovery, most people and most courts think of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. The popular view is that AA and NA are the only ways for someone to get clean and sober, and stay that way. But there are other options, organizations like SMART Recovery , LifeRing Secular Recovery and the Buddhist Recovery Network . For some, these alternatives can do what AA and NA could not.

"Black people don't necessarily need choice, they need power," Perry told us. "The reason why black communities' schools are not doing well is because black communities are not doing well."
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Proponents of publicly funded, privately run charter schools hail them as the way to keep public schools and public school teachers "on their toes" by creating competition. Here in Michigan we have roughly 145,000 students in more than 300 charter schools, according to Education Trust Midwest . And a report that group released earlier this year showed that charter school enrollment in the 2014-2015 school year consisted of disproportionately minority and low-income students.

Today, we hear about the lame duck bill that would be "Citizens United on Steroids" for our state. And attention Midwesterners: Turns out you do have an accent.

Ballots waiting to be recounted in Ingham County.
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It's been quite the legal whirlwind of lawsuits and early-morning judicial ruling, but the Michigan recount began today. Local clerks are working furiously to meet the order to hand-count more than 4.8 million votes cast by Michiganders in the presidential election. The first recounts are happening in Oakland and Ingham counties.

According to McClelland, nasality is the hallmark of Midwestern speech.
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One of the core elements of your identity is your accent. But we here in the Midwest have a tendency to believe we don't have an accent. Writer Edward McClelland proves otherwise in his new book How to Speak Midwestern . McClelland sat down with us today to talk about what makes the Midwestern accent so distinct.

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There isn't much we in America can agree on these days. However, some might say we are pretty well united on one thing: Most of us think the Citizens United ruling stinks and needs to go.

A sign posted in a Troy polling place in 2014.
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In the lame duck session of the Michigan Legislature, a package of bills is being debated . It would require already-registered Michigan voters to present a photo ID card. If you did not have an ID at the polling place you could vote, but you’d have to present an ID to election officials within 10 days or your vote would not count. The vice chair of the House Elections Committee, Democrat Representative Gretchen Driskell joined Stateside to talk about why she voted "no" on the voter ID proposals in committee.

Today we sort through the flurry of controversial lame duck bills and hear from an Arab-American comedian who believes "comedy is most needed in times of despair." We also cheers to Repeal Day with FDR's martini.

Campaign representatives will look at ballots, but they're not allowed to touch them.
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Today, the Board of State Canvassers deadlocked on President-elect Donald Trump’s request to stop a recount of votes in this state. Two Republicans on the board voted today to prevent the recount, while two Democrats said it should proceed. The state chair of the Republican Party, Ronna Romney McDaniel said the party expected this result. A state spokesman announced the recount will begin Tuesday or Wednesday, barring a court order. Rick Pluta , Michigan Radio’s Capitol Bureau Chief, joined...

The Michigan House of Representatives in Lansing.
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It’s the Michigan Legislature’s lame duck session, and a lot is going on. Susan Demas and Ken Sikkema joined us today to take a look at what our legislators have on their plate.

Benjaman James

After college graduation, Traverse City native and musician Benjaman James had a big decision to make: get a job that pays the bills, or pursue a career in music. Benjaman got a degree from Michigan State University’s college of engineering. After graduation he started the band “Old Mission Collective.” As the group continued to gain traction, members came and went, but he says he became the only common member in the band. So he decided to go solo. Now, Benjaman James is out with a new EP...

Davies said the characters in his book all "struggle with the burden of representation. How do these individual Chinese and Chinese-Americans somehow represent or speak for a group, and it’s an impossible burden.”
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It’s been nearly ten years since Peter Ho Davies came out with his first novel, The Welsh Girl . It was long-listed for the 2007 Man Booker Prize. Now, Davies is out with his second novel: The Fortunes . He offers four linked stories that explore what it means to be Chinese in America over the past century and a half. Three of the stories are built around people and events that actually happened.

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