Stateside Staff http://michiganradio.org en How effective are online classes for K-12 students in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-effective-are-online-classes-k-12-students-michigan <p></p> <p> Online learning. Make no mistake about it: It is here and it is growing.</p><p>The number of students taking online courses has grown 52% in the past three years. In the 2012-2013 school year, some 55,000 students in Michigan took a virtual course.</p><p>A new report from the Michigan Virtual University looks at virtual learning for K-12 students –who’s taking online classes, what kinds of classes and how effective the classes are.</p><p>The results are mixed.</p><p>Jamey Fitzpatrick is president and CEO of Michigan Virtual University, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:58:37 +0000 Stateside Staff 17237 at http://michiganradio.org How effective are online classes for K-12 students in Michigan? New Ken Burns film documents students learning the Gettysberg Address http://michiganradio.org/post/new-ken-burns-film-documents-students-learning-gettysberg-address <p></p><p>Ever since a student at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School got his first 8mm camera for his 17th birthday, he has searched for good stories to tell.</p><p>And tell them he does. That Ann Arbor high school kid was Ken Burns. And since getting that first camera in 1970, Ken has turned his camera and his storyteller's eye to subjects like World War II, the Civil War, the Brooklyn Bridge, baseball, jazz, the West, the Brooklyn Five, and so much more.</p><p>Tonight on PBS, Ken Burns brings us his newest story. It's called "The Address."</p><p>The film follows the students at a tiny school in Vermont where students are challenged each year to learn and recite Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.</p><p>As he follows these boys, Ken uncovers many powerful individual stories and, at the same time, brings us a much-needed reminder of the power of Abraham Lincoln's words.</p><p>Ken Burns joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:57:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 17233 at http://michiganradio.org New Ken Burns film documents students learning the Gettysberg Address Michigan's innovative past could be key for its future http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-innovative-past-could-be-key-its-future <p></p><p>As Michigan struggles back to economic health, there is plenty of talk about innovators, entrepreneurs and risk-takers being a big part of our recovery.&nbsp;</p><p>And that fits right in with Michigan's history.</p><p>Writer R.J. Kind recently wrote a piece for<a href="http://www.dbusiness.com/"> DBusiness</a> looking at Michigan's history of innovations and inventions. He joins us today.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:56:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 17240 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's innovative past could be key for its future Visiting loved ones at Beth Olem cemetery is complicated http://michiganradio.org/post/visiting-loved-ones-beth-olem-cemetery-complicated <p>As we get together with our families to celebrate the holidays, we often think about those who are no longer with us. For many, a trip to a cemetery to visit loved ones is easy, but for others, it’s impossible.</p><p>For families with relatives buried in the Beth Olem cemetery in Detroit, they can’t go pay their respects.</p><p>The cemetery is hidden within GM’s Poletown plant, and is only open to the public two days every year: the Sunday before Passover and Rosh Hashanah.</p><p>People are able to visit the cemetery if they go on a private tour offered by the Michigan Jewish Historical Society. We heard from some of the visitors today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:54:46 +0000 Stateside Staff 17236 at http://michiganradio.org Visiting loved ones at Beth Olem cemetery is complicated Southwest Detroit is Michigan's most-polluted area http://michiganradio.org/post/southwest-detroit-michigans-most-polluted-area <p></p><p>Studies by environmental scientists find that 48217 is the most polluted zip code in the entire state of Michigan.</p><p>It's the zip for the Boynton neighborhood in southwest Detroit, perched next to the Marathon Refinery, which refines tar sands oil that comes from Canada.</p><p>The byproduct of that tar sands refining? Those huge piles of pet coke that appeared along the banks of the Detroit River last year before being removed.</p><p>For many people who call the Boynton neighborhood home, life is about belching smoke stacks, terrible odors, worries about what chemicals they're being exposed to, and declining property values.</p><p>Renee Lewis recently reported on "Life in Michigan's Dirtiest Zip Code" for Al Jazeera America, and she joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:54:28 +0000 Stateside Staff 17235 at http://michiganradio.org Southwest Detroit is Michigan's most-polluted area Detroit bankruptcy: No pension cuts for police and fire retirees http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-no-pension-cuts-police-and-fire-retirees <p></p><p>A major piece of the Detroit bankruptcy puzzle fell into place today.</p><p>The city reached a deal with the group representing Detroit's police and fire retirees. The deal means no cuts to monthly pension checks for retired officers and firefighters.&nbsp;</p><p>We were joined by Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek in Detroit.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 20:54:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 17239 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit bankruptcy: No pension cuts for police and fire retirees Graphic novel explores Japanese internment camps in US during WWII http://michiganradio.org/post/graphic-novel-explores-japanese-internment-camps-us-during-wwii <p>It's quite a long line to draw from a writer's studio in Michigan in 2014 to the West Coast during World War II. That's where over 110,000 people of Japanese ancestry were ordered by the U.S. government to walk away from their lives and report to internment camps.</p><p>This dark chapter in history ultimately resulted in more than $1.6 billion in reparations being paid to the Japanese-Americans who had been interned, or to their heirs.&nbsp;</p><p>Matt Faulkner describes himself as an author and illustrator for kids. His new graphic novel tells the story of the internment camp through the eyes of a teenager named Koji Miyamoto. Koji's father is Japanese and his mother is white. The title of the graphic novel is Gaijin.&nbsp;</p><p>Faulkner joined us today to discuss the book. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:03:57 +0000 Stateside Staff 17222 at http://michiganradio.org Graphic novel explores Japanese internment camps in US during WWII Stateside for Monday, April 14, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-april-14-2014 <p>Today, Gov. Rick Snyder rolled out a new statewide recycling plan that aims to increase recycling across the state. Michigan is seventh among the eight Great&nbsp;Lakes states in its recycling performance, and the governor as well as recycling activists agree that we can do a lot better.&nbsp;</p><p>The intersection of college athletics and college academics often causes controversy. To what degree are student athletes allowed to get away with lighter class loads in order for them to play? Paul Barrett of Bloomberg Businessweek joined us to answer that very question.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:03:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 17220 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, April 14, 2014 How to decrease your audit odds http://michiganradio.org/post/how-decrease-your-audit-odds <p>It's here, or at least it's almost here: Tax day is tomorrow, April 15.&nbsp;</p><p>You procrastinators are likely waiting until the proverbial 11th hour to file. Others may be already opening the envelope with their refund check.&nbsp;</p><p>But lurking in the back of many minds is that nagging question: Will I get audited?&nbsp;</p><p>In actuality, your likelihood of being audited is pretty low, about one in 100, although as your income increases, so do your odds.&nbsp;</p><p>Let's find out how to decrease your chances of being audited, and the dos and don'ts if the IRS decides to take a closer look at your tax return.</p><p>Today we're joined by Detroit News Finance Editor Brian O'Connor.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above. Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:46:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 17221 at http://michiganradio.org How to decrease your audit odds Tackling the student-athlete double standard http://michiganradio.org/post/tackling-student-athlete-double-standard <p>What happens at the intersection of college athletics and college academics?&nbsp;</p><p>To what degree are student athletes allowed to get by with a lighter academic load, enabling them to play the games that are such moneymakers for the school and the NCAA?</p><p>That question is being asked more frequently today, often to the great discomfort of those who run colleges and universities, and their athletic programs.</p><p>To talk about the student-athlete double standard, we welcomed Paul Barrett of Bloomberg Businessweek. His recent piece is titled, "<a href="http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-02-27/in-fake-classes-scandal-unc-fails-its-athletes-whistle-blower">In Fake Classes Scandal, UNC Fails Its Athletes – and Whistle-blower</a>." &nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:31:06 +0000 Stateside Staff 17223 at http://michiganradio.org Tackling the student-athlete double standard New statewide plan aims to improve recycling http://michiganradio.org/post/new-statewide-plan-aims-improve-recycling <p>Gov. Rick Snyder rolled out a new statewide recycling plan today in hopes of convincing more of us to recycle.</p><p>The governor and recycling activists say we can do a lot better when it comes to recycling.&nbsp;</p><p>Right now, Michigan recycles about 15% of all reusable materials. That's way below the national average of 35%. And Michigan is seventh among the eight Great Lakes states in its recycling performance.</p><p>What are we losing by throwing out all that glass, plastic, metal and paper? And what's in the governor's plan to get us to recycle these materials?&nbsp;</p><p>We were joined by Kerrin O'Brien, executive director of the Michigan Recycling Coalition.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above. </em></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 19:29:58 +0000 Stateside Staff 17224 at http://michiganradio.org New statewide plan aims to improve recycling The latest developments between the DIA, Detroit pensioners, and creditors http://michiganradio.org/post/latest-developments-between-dia-detroit-pensioners-and-creditors <p></p><p>There have been two big developments this week in the high-stakes showdown over Detroit's pensioners, its art treasures and creditors who hope bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes will pressure the city to put those art treasures on the table.</p><p>There's a lot to try to sort out. So, as we do each Thursday, we spoke to Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:13:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 17186 at http://michiganradio.org The latest developments between the DIA, Detroit pensioners, and creditors Record high reached for fuel economy in the US; what comes next? http://michiganradio.org/post/record-high-reached-fuel-economy-us-what-comes-next <p></p><p>There was an encouraging <a href="http://www.umich.edu/~umtriswt/EDI_sales-weighted-mpg.html">report</a> last month from the University of Michigan's Transportation Research Institute about fuel economy.</p><p>We hit a record high in February in terms of gas mileage for new vehicles sold in the U.S.: 25.2 miles per gallon. It's the fifth-straight month gas mileage for new vehicles has topped 25 mpg.</p><p>That got us wondering how we're faring in the quest to squeeze out better mileage from our cars and trucks, and in the quest to create electric, hybrid, natural gas and fuel-cell vehicles and technologies.</p><p>Charles Griffith is the climate and energy program director at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, and he joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:12:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 17190 at http://michiganradio.org Record high reached for fuel economy in the US; what comes next? What can other communities learn from the financial emergency in Royal Oak Township? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-can-other-communities-learn-financial-emergency-royal-oak-township <p>The latest Michigan community to fall into financial collapse is the tiny half-square mile community of Royal Oak Township, in Oakland County.</p><p>Late last month, Gov. Rick Snyder confirmed a financial emergency existed in Royal Oak Township. That cleared the way for action under Michigan's overhauled emergency manager act, PA 436.</p><p>What's happened in Royal Oak Township illustrates the changes and options available under PA 436 after voters rejected the previous emergency manager law in November 2012. We wondered if other communities can learn cautionary lessons from the financial troubles of Royal Oak Township.</p><p>Eric Scorsone, municipal finance expert from Michigan State University, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:12:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 17188 at http://michiganradio.org What can other communities learn from the financial emergency in Royal Oak Township? Share Art Project brings together juvenile offenders and artists http://michiganradio.org/post/share-art-project-brings-together-juvenile-offenders-and-artists <p></p><p>How do we really get through to kids who are headed down the path to trouble?</p><p>There is a group of artists in the Flint area that believes the answer is spoken word and visual art.</p><p>The Share Art Project has been bringing artists together with young offenders. It's a collaborative effort among artists at the Buckham Gallery, students and the Genesee Valley Regional Center.</p><p>Shellie Spivack is a Buckham board member who chairs the program, and she joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p><em><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">*Support for Arts and culture coverage on Stateside comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:11:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 17189 at http://michiganradio.org Share Art Project brings together juvenile offenders and artists Stateside for Thursday, April 10, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-april-10-2014 <p></p><p>The average gas mileage of new vehicles sold in the U.S. has steadily been improving, and greenhouse gas emissions are at an all-time low. The Environmental Protection Agency also recently set new emissions standards, scheduled to be phased in between 2017 and 2025, that will reduce the amount of sulfur found in gasoline.</p><p>B<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ut is the slow and steady climb in fuel economy and emissions enough? On today’s show, we ask if the Obama administration's 2016 and 2025 fuel efficiency goals setting the bar too low?</span></p><p>Then, a new documentary film brings us the story of the Great Lakes as seen through its ice.</p><p>And, last month, Gov. Snyder confirmed a financial emergency existed in Royal Oak Township. Can other communities learn from Royal Oak’s situation?</p><p>Also, the Share Art Project is a collaborative effort among artists at the Buckham Gallery, students and the Genesee Valley Regional Center. We spoke to a Buckham board member about the program and an upcoming exhibit.</p><p>First on the show, t<span style="line-height: 1.5;">here have been two big developments this week in the high-stakes showdown over Detroit's pensioners, its art treasures and creditors, who hope bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes will pressure the city to put those art treasures on the table.</span></p><p>There's a lot to try to sort out. So, as we do each Thursday, we spoke to Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:10:35 +0000 Stateside Staff 17192 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, April 10, 2014 New documentary explores why ice is important to the Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/new-documentary-explores-why-ice-important-great-lakes <p></p><p>Those of us who live in Michigan grow up with an ingrained awareness of the Great Lakes. We drink their water, sail and swim in them, build homes and cottages on their shorelines, and live with the weather they help produce.</p><p>The Great Lakes are an economic power-player. They contribute one trillion dollars to America's gross national product. And let's not overlook that $4 billion Great Lakes fishing industry.</p><p>A new documentary film brings us a unique look at the Great Lakes. PROJECT: ICE explores the crucial role that ice has played and continues to play in shaping and maintaining Michigan's most important resource.</p><p>The executive producer and director of PROJECT: ICE, Bill Kleinert, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p><em><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;">*Support for Arts and culture coverage on Stateside comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.</span></em></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:09:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 17187 at http://michiganradio.org New documentary explores why ice is important to the Great Lakes "The Joe's" days as the home of the Detroit Red Wings are numbered http://michiganradio.org/post/joes-days-home-detroit-red-wings-are-numbered <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the past 35 years, "</span>Hockeytown<span style="line-height: 1.5;">" in Detroit has meant the on Detroit's Riverfront.&nbsp; But " The Joe's" days as the home of the Detroit Red Wings are numbered.</span></p><p><br />The Wings are headed north to the Cass Corridor area between downtown at Midtown.</p><p>A new $450-million, 18,000 seat arena is on the way for Wings owner Mike Ilitch,&nbsp; perhaps as early as the 2016-2017 season.<br /><br />And what's drawing fire from critics like my next guest is the fact that the stadium deal has the public covering nearly 60% of the sticker price the Ilitches will get all the revenues from the new stadium, and the whole deal was unveiled publicly the week after Detroit declared bankruptcy.<br /><br /><a href="http://nextcity.org/daily/author/10414" target="_blank">Bill Bradley</a> is a columnist at Next City, where he covers economic development in cities. He dug into the new Wings arena in a piece for nextcity.org. It's title? "<a href="https://nextcity.org/forefront/view/red-wings-stadium-upset-subsidies-arena-taxpayers" target="_blank">Red Wings Stadium Upset! Why Taxpayers are Losing--Again--in Detroit</a>."</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 22:02:44 +0000 Stateside Staff 17170 at http://michiganradio.org "The Joe's" days as the home of the Detroit Red Wings are numbered Stateside for Wednesday, April 9, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-april-9-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new $450-million hockey arena is on the way for the Red Wings in Detroit. Sixty percent of it is being paid for by taxpayers.</span></p><p>Will that investment from the city pay off? And what lessons can we learn from other similar deals around the nation?</p><p>And we talk about diversity on college campuses. Are mixed-race students counted?</p><p>Also, raising the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour, and closing the pay gap between men and women; those are key parts of the 2014 midterm election campaign for Democrats.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:50:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 17173 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, April 9, 2014 Fruit farmers all over Michigan are getting an idea of what winter has done to orchards http://michiganradio.org/post/fruit-farmers-all-over-michigan-are-getting-idea-what-winter-has-done-orchards <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With winter finally behind us, hopefully fruit farmers all over Michigan are getting an idea of what the snow, ice and cold has done to orchards, vineyards and fields.</span></p><p>Knowing that the early spring warm-up of 2012 was devastating to most of Michigan's fruit-growers, we wondered if the rough winter has them just as worried now as they were two years ago.</p><p>Ken Nye of the Michigan Farm Bureau joined us.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:40:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 17168 at http://michiganradio.org Fruit farmers all over Michigan are getting an idea of what winter has done to orchards