Stateside Staff

Detroit teachers want a forensic audit, so they held a lemonade stand to raise money and public awareness at Detroit's Eastern Market this weekend.
flickr user Rob Bertholf / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

Detroit Public Schools has been controlled by the state since 2009. 

Yet, the latest emergency manager says without an infusion of cash from the state, the district won't be able to meet its financial obligations after June 30. 

Stateside 5.9.2016

May 9, 2016

On today's show, Sen. Gary Peters joins us in-studio to talk about Flint funding, choosing a new Supreme Court justice and autonomous cars. And, Shobita Parthasarathy shares some lessons that Michigan could learn from India's commitment to grassroots innovation.

Stateside 5.6.2016

May 6, 2016

On today's show, we take a look at the history of the Mexican repatriation. A new study shows that when it comes to marriage, "opposites attract" no longer applies. And, we wonder whether Donald Trump isn't just a national version of Michigan's Geoffrey Fieger.

Mexican and U.S. flags
Flickr user Ken Bosma

Throughout this year's presidential campaigns, there's been a lot of talk about immigration in this country. We've heard proposals ranging from reform that would be a roadmap to citizenship, to building a wall between the United States and Mexico.

We've had immigration arguments for a long time, about as long as the U.S. has been a country, and these debates always escalate when the economy takes a downturn. 

When there are labor shortages, we turn to Mexico and encourage immigration. But the moment the economy tanks, we want to send those workers packing back to Mexico. 

A prison block
flickr user Thomas Hawk / http://michrad.io/1LXrdJM

There's a category in which Michigan beats countries like China, Russia, Thailand, Cuba and Iran. Michigan imprisons its citizens at a far higher rate.

And Michigan is actually below the national average. States such as Louisiana, Georgia, Texas and Mississippi imprison as many as one out of every 100 residents. 

The U.S. turns to incarceration much more readily than the rest of the world. 

Zach Gorchow sees some parallels between Donald Trump's presidential campaign strategy and Geoffrey Fieger's 1998 run for Michigan Governor
flickr user Gage Skidmore / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

The Republicans have one candidate left standing for the party's presidential nomination.

Senator Ted Cruz and Governor John Kasich both suspended their campaigns this week, leaving Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee.

Betsey Stevenson is a co-author on the study
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Last month the New York Times published a piece entitled Equality in Marriage Grows, and So Does Class Divide

It reveals whom we choose to marry, generally, has changed over the decades and now it's more often a marriage of equals rather than a bread-winner marrying a homemaker. 

Stateside 5.5.2016

May 5, 2016

On today's show, we touch base with the Michigan Radio It's Just Politics team to help wrap our minds around the DPS plan narrowly passed by the state House. We speak with a University of Michigan researcher about what makes people really care about climate change. We also learn about spider venom and how it could hold the holy grail of natural pesticides.

Stateside 5.4.2016

May 4, 2016

In a State of Opportunity special, we take a look at the issues surrounding being young and transgender in Michigan. 

The state is in the midst of a controversy surrounding transgender people’s access to public bathrooms.

Stateside 5.3.2016

May 3, 2016

We speak with Eric Lupher about the chance that the Village of Richmond might become the first village in Michigan to disincorporate. And state Rep. Sheldon Neeley, D-Flint, also joins us to talk about whether the state has been doing enough to help Flint.

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After an Uber driver shot 14-year-old Abbie Kopf and seven others in Kalamazoo in February, the "warrior princess" has made an impressive recovery after nearly being pronounced dead in the hospital. Now she is home trying to adjust to normal life with her family. Her father, Gene, joins Stateside to talk about her recovery and how Abbie is doing.

President Barack Obama
Pete Souza / White House

When President Obama visits Flint on Wednesday, many are wondering if Gov. Snyder will meet with him. Early signs indicated "no," but this morning, Snyder asked to meet with the president and Flint's Mayor Karen Weaver. The It's Just Politics team of Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta tries to make sense of it all.

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State lawmakers are working on a bill that would require schools in Michigan to teach students about genocide, including the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust. Corey Harbaugh is making it his personal mission to ensure that teachers in Michigan have resources and models about Holocaust education and to help them teach it as well.

The NFL's Lombardi Trophy on display
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Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon breaks down how the Detroit Lions did at the NFL Draft, which included the selection of two Michigan Wolverines. Bacon also talks about the NCAA reversing its decision to ban satellite football camps.

Listen to the full interview below.

Stateside 5.2.2016

May 2, 2016

Today, we hear the latest from the struggling Detroit public school system and why teachers are staging a sick-out. We also hear from the father of 14-year-old Abbie Kopf. Kopf is recovering after she and seven others were shot by an Uber driver last Feb.

Stateside 4.29.2016

Apr 29, 2016
  • Gov. Rick Snyder and a recent MLive.com editorial are calling for the state to approve additional funding for the city of Flint.

Stateside 4.28.2016

Apr 28, 2016
  • Daniel Howes joins us to talk about Dan Gilbert's newest plans for downtown Detroit.
     
  • Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate Andrea Scarpino is on a mission to get us to give up our old misconceptions about poetry.
     
  • Poet Laureate of Grand Rapids L.S. Klatt reads his poem, "FORD."

Stateside 4.26.2016

Apr 26, 2016
  • A planned vote on the 180-day signature window on gathering signatures for statewide petition drives came to a sudden end Monday, when State Board of Canvassers Vice-Chair Norm Shinkle abruptly left the meeting.

Stateside 4.25.2016

Apr 25, 2016
  • Two years ago, the city of Flint switched its water source from the Detroit River to the Flint River. This marked the beginning of a water crisis that has received international attention and continues to this day. MLive.com/Flint Journal reporter Ron Fonger was one of the first journalists to cover the story. Fonger reflects back on the last two years and what's ahead for the city of Flint. 
Hotel Walloon
HotelWalloon.com

Childhood summers spent fishing and swimming in a pristine Northern Michigan lake would later inspire Ernest Hemingway's The Last Good Country.

The newly-opened Hotel Walloon is borrowing that reference for the name of an upcoming weekend devoted to celebrating the literary giant's Michigan connection.

For three days, guests will have an opportunity to explore the famed author's boyhood hangout near Petoskey, and hear new details about his Michigan life.

  • Bill McGraw takes a look at Detroit's police department and how its relationship with the public has changed over the decades. 
     
  • Tammy Coxen shares with us a delicious sazerac with a Michigan twist.
Mercedes Mejia / Michigan Radio

President Barack Obama's trip to Cuba last month was a major milestone in the thawing of relations between Washington and Havana.

It was the first visit to Cuba by a sitting president in over 85 years.

This ongoing thaw has many people wondering what's ahead for the island and its people.

  • Criminal charges related to Flint’s drinking water crisis have been filed against two state water quality experts and a Flint water utility supervisor. Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody reports.
  • Talia Buford is an environmental reporter from Flint, but when her own mother complained about brown water, she passed over the story.

  • Flint Democratic Congressman Dan Kildee is pressing for federal aid for the city as it tries to recover from the water disaster. But has that momentum stalled out on Capitol Hill?
  • Cruise ships have plied the Great Lakes since the 1800s. Starting this summer, the Pearl Mist will stop in Muskegon as she travels between Chicago and Toronto.
  • It’s playoff time for a pair of Michigan sports teams, as the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons have kicked off their respective post-seasons. We check-in with Michigan Radio’s sports commentator John U.
  • In 1964, when legislators in Michigan created a state minimum wage, the idea was to create a system where no worker would be paid less than minimum wage. That was true for farm workers, too. Until now
  • A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found where you live can make a difference in how long you live.
  • Gov. Rick Snyder’s appearance at this week’s Pancakes & Politics breakfast was marked by his insistence that his staff and “career civil servants” misled him about the Flint water crisis.
  • A $200,000 question in Lansing City Hall as the city attorney abruptly resigns yet gets a full year's salary and more. Judi Browne Clarke is president of the Lansing City Council.
  • New water tests from Virginia Tech show lead levels are improving in Flint, but the water is still not safe to drink without a filter.

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