deaths http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-october-30th-2013 <div><p>Michigan is home to five national parks and there are lots of open spaces where you can camp, hunt and enjoy nature. But, yesterday, an Oklahoma Senator recently said two Michigan landmarks are a prime example of wasteful federal spending. We found out what’s behind the senator’s reasoning and whether there is some truth to his concerns.</p></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Then, we took a look at a new proposal by a group of Democrats in the Michigan House that would require the state to determine the actual cost of educating a public school student in Michigan. That got us thinking, shouldn't we already know?&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>We also spoke with Michigan writer Donald Lystra about his new collection of short stories. And, Ann Arbor now has its own Death Café, organized by funeral home guide Merilynne Rush. She stopped by to tell us more about it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>But, first on the show, e<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ver since the government unveiled its <a href="http://healthcare.gov">healthcare.gov</a> website, the headlines surrounding the Affordable Care Act have been about the problems with the way the site was designed and the extreme difficulty Americans have had in getting on the exchange. </span>But what about the Americans that don't need healthcare.gov? The ones who already have plans? To those consumers, President Obama has been saying this since 2009:</div><blockquote><p>“If you like your current insurance, you will keep your current insurance. No government takeover, nobody’s changing what you’ve got if you’re happy with it.”</p></blockquote><p>So why, then, then are some 2 million Americans - about 140,000 in Michigan - getting cancelation letters from their insurers over the past couple of weeks?</p><p>Marianne Udow-Phillips directs the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation, a non-profit partnership between the University of Michigan and Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Michigan. She joined us today.</p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 20:22:33 +0000 Stateside Staff 15060 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 Ann Arbor has its own Death Cafe http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-has-its-own-death-cafe <p>It's probably safe to say most of us shy away from thinking about and talking about death.</p><p>As medical science has developed the technology to keep us alive longer it seems we have become more and more squeamish about death itself, even though - you got to admit - it is the one thing in life that happens to each and every one of us.</p><p>There is a movement trying to change that: <a href="http://deathcafe.com/deathcafe/239/">the Death Café</a>. Merilynne Rush is a home funeral guide, and she has brought the <a href="http://afterdeathhomecare.com/">Death Café to Ann Arbor</a>.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 19:27:21 +0000 Stateside Staff 15058 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor has its own Death Cafe What happens when you fake your own death? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-happens-when-you-fake-your-own-death <p>In a recent article from the <em>New York Times</em>, writer Mary Pilon <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/projects/2013/tomato-can-blues/">wrote an expansive narrative</a> about a man who faked his own death.</p><p>"Tomato Can Blues" focuses on Charlie Rowan, a relatively unknown cage fighter from Gladwin, Michigan. He was fairly active in mixed martial arts, which combined jujitsu, kickboxing, karate, and other disciplines. The fights were short, and pretty brutal.&nbsp;</p><p>But here's the twist. When Rowan was really tight on money and didn't know where to go, he pretended to die. Or rather, he had his girlfriend tell everyone he died.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 15:45:04 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14543 at http://michiganradio.org What happens when you fake your own death? Everyone dies, so let's talk about it http://michiganradio.org/post/everyone-dies-so-lets-talk-about-it <p></p><p>We are all going to die. It's one of the sadder facts of life.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For most people, it's also one of the hardest things to talk about.</span></p><p>In 1986, Dave Kampfschulte's good friend was dying of lung cancer, even though he had never smoked a cigarette.</p><p>Dave's experience made him realize that we all could benefit from more preparation and conversation about death.</p><p>What do we lose if we choose not to have these conversations?</p><p>After 25 years of hospice volunteering, Kampfschulte has writen a book called <em>I'm Dying to Talk with You: &nbsp;Twenty-five years of conversations on end of life decisions&nbsp;</em>in which he discusses conversations we need to have with ourselves and with others about end of life experiences.&nbsp;</p><p><em>To hear the full interview, click the link above. </em> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:03:18 +0000 Stateside Staff 11761 at http://michiganradio.org Everyone dies, so let's talk about it Michigan Marine 1 of 2 killed in Afghanistan http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-marine-1-2-killed-afghanistan <p>A Marine from Genesee County has been reported killed during combat operations in Afghanistan.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The military says Friday that 28-year-old staff Sgt. Nicholas Sprovtsoff of Davison and 27-year-old Sgt. Christopher Diaz of Albuquerque died Wednesday in Helmand Province.<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 01 Oct 2011 17:29:12 +0000 Kyle Norris 4401 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Marine 1 of 2 killed in Afghanistan Fewest traffic fatalities in Michigan since the 1940s. http://michiganradio.org/post/fewest-traffic-fatalities-michigan-1940s <p>While doing some research for a story, I went back over some <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/HistoryAtAGlance_82570_7.pdf">data</a> issued by the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information last May.&nbsp;</p><p>It might not be surprising that the number of traffic crashes is lowest during years of a down economy.&nbsp; After all, there&rsquo;s less commercial traffic and there are fewer people driving to work because so many are unemployed.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 26 Sep 2011 17:41:53 +0000 Lester Graham 4311 at http://michiganradio.org Fewest traffic fatalities in Michigan since the 1940s.