BBC en Stateside for Monday, March 31, 2014 <p>When it comes to road repair, this winter has left Michigan in a state of despair. Where will the money come from to fill in the potholes and crater lakes that pepper our roads? Is it possible that the argument of funding will follow Democratic and Republican roads? Chris Gautz from Crain's Detroit joins us.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We are joined today by a special guest from the BBC, </span>Ros<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Atkins. </span>Ros<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> just produced an hour-long documentary that traces the lives of four girls in four countries to examine if there is anywhere in the world that truly treats women as equal to men.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Is graffiti art, or vandalism? Nancy Derringer explored these questions in a recent article for Bridge Magazine that examines graffiti in places like Detroit, Pontiac and Flint.&nbsp;</span></p><p><em>Listen to the full show above. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 21:01:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 17043 at Stateside for Monday, March 31, 2014 China becomes the world leader in wind power <p>In China, more and more cities are seeing their streets filled with smog as cars and power stations pollute the air. One response by the Chinese government is to launch a major push for cleaner renewable energy. China is now the world's leading producer of wind power and it has plans to install thousands of turbines every year, especially in the remote regions in the country's far west.</p><p>That's where the BBC's science editor David Shukman is, and he sent us this report.</p><p><em>Listen to the full audio above.</em></p><p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 01:41:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 15957 at China becomes the world leader in wind power Stateside for Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 <p></p><p>Some of Michigan’s preschoolers are paying the price as federal sequester cuts sink in. On today’s show we take a look at what the cuts mean to families who rely on Head Start in Michigan.</p><p>Later in the hour, we speak with Blaine Pardoe, author of the new book <em>Murder in Battle Creek: The Mysterious Death of Daisy Zick.</em></p><p>But first, Congressional leaders met today with President Obama to talk about the situation in Syria.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Over the weekend, the President called for the United States to take action against Syria for their alleged chemical weapons use.&nbsp; But the President said he wanted Congressional support for the action first.</span></p><p>Also, we hear from Congressman Justin Amash of west Michigan about his thoughts on the situation in the Middle East.</p><p>Finally, the Capuchin Soup Kitchen has been in continuous operation on Detroit's East side since the Great Depression starting in 1929, and the friars' mission in the city dates back even further to 1883. Brother Jerry Smith, director of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen discusses how the face of poverty has changed over 130 years.</p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:52:39 +0000 Stateside Staff 14250 at Stateside for Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 Syria's relevance to American citizens <p>People in the U.S. and around the world are watching the conflict unfold in Syria. &nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">To many Americans, it feels tragic, but not like a direct threat to our national security. &nbsp;</span></p><p>So, what’s the significance for everyday American citizens?&nbsp; The BBC’s Sebastian Usher puts the Syrian conflict into context for us.&nbsp;</p><p><em>Listen to the story above.</em></p><p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 21:40:00 +0000 Stateside Staff 14246 at Syria's relevance to American citizens A little tickle therapy courtesy of the BBC <p>With the news of the world&#39;s first &quot;<a href="">Tickle Spa</a>&quot; opening in Madrid last week, the BBC&#39;s James Coomarasamy spoke with <a href="">Carrie Graham</a>, a Laughter and Happiness Coach based in London.</p><p>Graham conducts laughter workshops in which participants are &quot;pretend tickled&quot; if they&#39;re not familiar with each other, and full-on tickled if they are.</p><p>Naturally, Graham had to try out a little tickle therapy on her BBC interviewer.</p><p>Have a listen:</p><p></p><p>Feel better? You can listen to the full interview from the <a href="">BBC Newshour</a> (click on chapter 10). Wed, 13 Jul 2011 19:15:27 +0000 Mark Brush 3291 at A little tickle therapy courtesy of the BBC