Issues & Ale http://michiganradio.org en Join Michigan Radio for our next Issues & Ale: It’s Just Politics, Election Edition http://michiganradio.org/post/join-michigan-radio-our-next-issues-ale-it-s-just-politics-election-edition <p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Tuesday, Aug. 12, 6-7:30 p.m. (Rain date: Wednesday, Aug. 13)</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.billsbeergarden.com/" target="_new">Bill's Beer Garden</a><br />218 S. Ashley<br />Ann Arbor, Michigan<br /><br /><strong>Thursday, Aug. 14, 6-7:30 p.m.</strong><br /><a href="http://downtownmarketgr.com/" target="_new">Downtown Market</a><br />Grand Rapids (SE Space)<br />435 Ionia Ave.&nbsp;SW<br />Grand Rapids, Michigan</p><p>The hosts of Michigan Radio's popular <em>It's Just Politics</em> series will take to the road for a pair of live Issues &amp; Ale events.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio Network Capitol Bureau Chief <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/rick-pluta">Rick Pluta</a> and Michigan Radio’s resident political junkie <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/zoe-clark">Zoe Clar</a>k will anchor this fast-paced spin around Michigan politics and the top issues in Lansing. <span style="line-height: 1.5;">We will review the results of Michigan’s August primary and look ahead to prospects for the November election.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Stop by, have a drink, and join in the discussion.<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Free admission!</strong></p><p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 19:09:04 +0000 Tony Brown 18563 at http://michiganradio.org Join Michigan Radio for our next Issues & Ale: It’s Just Politics, Election Edition Issues & Ale: Kids, Violence and Breaking the Cycle http://michiganradio.org/post/issues-ale-kids-violence-and-breaking-cycle <p></p><p><strong>Monday, July 28, 6:00 - 7:30pm<br /><a href="http://www.trafficjamdetroit.com/" target="_blank">Traffic Jam &amp; Snug</a><br />511 West Canfield, Detroit, 48201</strong></p><p>Many kids growing up in poverty face high levels of crime and violence. What impact does this have on their mental, emotional, and psychological development? Why is it so difficult to break the cycle of violence in communities and are there programs that really work?</p><p>Michigan Radio is partnering with the Detroit Free Press for this special Issues &amp; Ale discussion, hosted by Michigan Radio's Jenn White.</p><p><strong>Panelists will include:</strong></p><p>- Erik Howard, founder of Detroit’s&nbsp;<a href="http://www.detroitcreativecorridorcenter.com/programs/speakers-bureau/the-alley-project/" target="_blank">The Alley Project</a></p><p>- Jim Henry from Western Michigan University’s&nbsp;<a href="http://wmich.edu/traumacenter" target="_blank">Children's Trauma Assessment Center</a></p><p>- Carl Taylor, a&nbsp;<a href="http://thirdcity.org/" target="_blank">nationally prominent urban scholar</a>&nbsp; and sociology professor at Michigan State University.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Stop by, have a drink, and join in the discussion. Free Admission.</strong></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:58:10 +0000 Tony Brown 18393 at http://michiganradio.org Issues & Ale: Kids, Violence and Breaking the Cycle Join Michigan Radio for Issues & Ale discussion on Michigan’s drinking water http://michiganradio.org/post/join-michigan-radio-issues-ale-discussion-michigan-s-drinking-water <p></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">What’s in the water you drink?</strong></p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 14:05:18 +0000 Tony Brown 18106 at http://michiganradio.org Join Michigan Radio for Issues & Ale discussion on Michigan’s drinking water Join Michigan Radio for Issues & Ale: It's Just Politics at the Midtown Brewing Company http://michiganradio.org/post/join-michigan-radio-issues-ale-its-just-politics-midtown-brewing-company <p></p><p>A capacity crowd filled Midtown Brewing Company in Lansing for this live (and lively) Issues &amp; Ale event. Michigan Public Radio Network Capitol Bureau Chief <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/rick-pluta" target="_blank"><u><font color="#000080">Rick Pluta</font></u></a> and Michigan Radio’s resident political junkie <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/zoe-clark" target="_blank"><u><font color="#000080">Zoe Clark </font></u></a>were joined by political consultants Joe DiSano and Saul Anuzis for a fast paced spin around Michigan politics. Among the topics discussed were the Detroit bankruptcy, Michigan's crumbling roads, raising the minimum wage, and the prospects for the 2014 election. Listen to audio from the event above.</p><p><strong>Issues &amp; Ale: It's Just Politics</strong><br />Tues, May 6, 6:00pm<br /><a href="http://www.midtownbrewingco.com/" target="_blank">Midtown Brewing Company</a><br />402 South Washington<br />Lansing, MI 48933</p><p></p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:15:49 +0000 Tony Brown 17142 at http://michiganradio.org Join Michigan Radio for Issues & Ale: It's Just Politics at the Midtown Brewing Company Join Michigan Radio for Issues & Ale: Closing the digital divide in education http://michiganradio.org/post/join-michigan-radio-issues-ale-closing-digital-divide-education <p>(Listen to audio from this event above)</p><p><strong>Issues &amp; Ale: Closing the digital divide in education</strong></p><p><strong>Wed, March 12, 6:30 - 8:00pm<br />Free Admission</strong></p><p><strong>Founders Brewing Co.<br />(Centennial Room)<br />235 Grandville Avenue S.W.<br />Grand Rapids, MI 49503</strong></p><p>There are increasing demands on schools to ensure that kids are digitally literate and tech-ready to compete in the modern information economy. But how do you ensure access to technology for all students? <a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/dustin-dwyer">Dustin Dwyer </a>from Michigan Radio's <a href="http://stateofopportunity.michiganradio.org/">State of Opportunity project </a>hosted this discussion of what can be done to close the digital divide in terms of access, equipment, and capabilities for low-income students.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Panelists: Tue, 25 Feb 2014 16:50:00 +0000 Tony Brown 16598 at http://michiganradio.org Join Michigan Radio for Issues & Ale: Closing the digital divide in education Issues & Ale: High Stakes Testing http://michiganradio.org/post/issues-ale-high-stakes-testing <p><b>Thursday, January 30, 6:30-8:00p.m.</b><br />Wolverine State Brewing Co.<br />2019 West Stadium Boulevard<br />Ann Arbor, MI 48103&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan Radio's popular Issues &amp; Ale series kicks off 2014 with a State of Opportunity discussion on school testing. High stakes tests, like the MEAP, can have a big impact on kids, teachers, and entire school districts. But are the stakes higher for some kids and schools than others? Do low income children and children of color have less of a chance of performing well on these tests? And do these tests really reflect whether a child is getting a good education?</p><p>Join Michigan Radio's Jennifer White and a panel of experts as we discuss the impact and effectiveness of standardized testing in Michigan's public schools. Take part in the discussion with your questions and comments. Panelists will include:</p><p><strong>Armen Hratchian</strong>: Vice President for K-12 education at <a href="http://www.excellentschoolsdetroit.org/en">Excellent Schools Detroit</a>.</p><p><strong>Chastity Pratt</strong>: Michigan cities reporter for <a href="http://bridgemi.com/">Bridge Magazine</a>.</p><p><strong>Michelle Richard</strong>: Senior Consultant at <a href="http://www.publicsectorconsultants.com/">Public Sector Consultants</a> specializing in issues affecting Michigan’s education system.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:46:23 +0000 Tony Brown 16033 at http://michiganradio.org Issues & Ale: High Stakes Testing Join Michigan Radio for Issues & Ale: It's Just Politics http://michiganradio.org/post/join-michigan-radio-issues-ale-its-just-politics-0 <p><b>Issues &amp; Ale: It's Just Politics<br /><span class="aBn" data-term="goog_853304960" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">Tues, Dec. 10, 7:00pm</span></span></b></p><p><a href="http://zoobiesoldtowntavern.com/" target="_blank"><u><font color="#000080">Zoobie's</font></u></a><u><font color="#000080"> Old Town Tavern</font></u>,</p><p>611 E. Grand River, Lansing, MI 48906</p><p>The hosts of Michigan Radio's popular <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/programs/its-just-politics" target="_blank"><u><font color="#000080">It's Just Politics</font></u></a> headed to the state capital for this live Issues &amp; Ale event. Michigan Public Radio Network Capitol Bureau Chief <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/rick-pluta" target="_blank"><u><font color="#000080">Rick Pluta</font></u></a> and Michigan Radio’s resident political junkie <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/zoe-clark" target="_blank"><u><font color="#000080">Zoe Clark&nbsp;</font></u></a> anchored this fast paced spin around Michigan politics and a look at the top issues being discussed in Lansing. They were joined by Chad Livengood from the Detroit News Lansing Bureau.</p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:00:02 +0000 Tony Brown 15387 at http://michiganradio.org Join Michigan Radio for Issues & Ale: It's Just Politics Highlights from Issues & Ale: The Affordable Care Act http://michiganradio.org/post/highlights-issues-ale-affordable-care-act <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this week we hosted an Issues &amp; Ale event on the Affordable Care Act, and almost 150 people attended.</span></p><p>For everyone who was not able to attend, here are some of the main takeaways from the panel discussion with Marianne Udow-Phillips, the Director of the Center for Healthcare Research &amp; Transformation, Don Hazaert, the Director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, and Melissa Anders, a statewide business reporter with the MLive media group in Lansing.</p><p><strong>What should people understand about the Affordable Care Act?</strong></p><p>People should understand first of all that the Affordable Care Act is not a website, nor is it a "catchall for everyone's anxieties about health care," according to Hazaert, as many people have concerns about health care that have nothing to do with the Affordable Care Act. It is a law.</p><p>“This law is a law that is, in some ways, an incremental change to health care. It’s building on the existing non-system,” said Udow-Phillips. “We have a complicated and convoluted current system of health care, the law doesn’t fix that.”</p><p>Instead, it is designed to fill in the gaps, not fix it. Under the Affordable Care Act, more people will get coverage, but there will be people who end up paying more.</p><p>Also, do not wait until the website is fixed to start thinking about health care.</p><p>“There’s lots of information out there right now to help you understand what your choices are,” said Anders. “You actually can go on the website . . . and click on a link that will show you what the plans are in Washtenaw County, or wherever you’re from, and will tell you what the prices are and what you might be eligible for.”</p><p>The health plans themselves also have good websites that allow you to compare information.</p><p><strong>Can you keep your current health care if you like it?</strong></p><p>There has been a lot of confusion over this. Ultimately, it is up to your state insurance commissioner to decide how to implement the policy change. In Michigan, we are still waiting to hear back from our state insurance commissioner about this.</p><p>It is also up to the insurance companies. So even if the commissioner approves, individual insurance companies can still decide whether or not to extend their plans.</p><p>People on Medicare will see no change under the Affordable Care Act. Employer plans will also stay mostly the same.</p><p>The big changes will be in the individual market.</p><p>“People are paying an enormous amount right now for very bad coverage, and people are very unhappy,” said Udow-Phillips. “We did a survey last year of citizens in Michigan, and people who had coverage that they bought themselves through the individual market, 44% of them said they were happy with their coverage.”</p><p>That is lower than people with any other type of health care. Under the Affordable Care Act, more people in the individual market will get better coverage for less.</p><p><strong>Who still won't be covered?</strong></p><p>Undocumented immigrants will not be receiving any coverage under this law. In fact, they were purposely excluded.</p><p>Additionally, people who are exempt from penalties may not have insurance, or people may choose to pay the penalties rather than get insurance.</p><p>There are a number of other circumstances which allow for exemptions. People who cannot afford insurance, people in prison, and people who cannot have health care due to their religious beliefs will be eligible for waivers.</p><p><em>To hear the full discussion and the Q &amp; A session that followed, click the audio above.</em></p><p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:03:15 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15362 at http://michiganradio.org Issues & Ale: Health care & the Affordable Care Act http://michiganradio.org/post/issues-ale-health-care-affordable-care-act <p>Issues &amp; Ale: Health care &amp; the Affordable Care Act<br /><strong>Tues, Nov. 19, 6:30-8:00 PM<br /><a href="http://wolverinebeer.com/" target="_new">Wolverine State Brewing Company</a><br />2019 W. Stadium, Ann Arbor, MI 48103<br />Free Admission</strong></p><p>There has been a tremendous amount of debate and discussion over the politics of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), but what does the new law actually mean in terms of health care coverage and how has implementation been going in the first month of the program? We’ll try to get past the political rhetoric and discuss how the Affordable Care Act may actually affect you and others across the state.</p><p><strong>Hosted by Jack Lessenberry Tue, 05 Nov 2013 15:25:02 +0000 Tony Brown 15133 at http://michiganradio.org Issues & Ale: Health care & the Affordable Care Act Issues & Ale: Health care and the Affordable Care Act http://michiganradio.org/post/issues-ale-health-care-and-affordable-care-act <p><strong>Issues &amp; Ale: Health care and the Affordable Care Act </strong></p><p><strong>Tues, Oct. 29, 6:30-8:00 PM</strong><br /><a href="http://rockfordbrewing.com" target="_blank">Rockford Brewing&nbsp;Company</a><br />12 E Bridge St, Rockford, MI 49341<br />Free Admission<br /><strong>Hosted by<a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/lester-graham"> Lester Graham </a></strong></p><p></p><p>There has been a tremendous amount of debate and discussion over the politics of the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), but what does the new law actually mean in terms of health care coverage and how has implementation been going in the first month of the program? We’ll try to get past the political rhetoric and discuss how the Affordable Care Act may actually affect you and others across the state.</p><p><strong>Panelists: </strong>Paul W. Brand, Executive Vice President - <a href="http://afh.org/">Alliance for Health</a></p><p>Don Hazaert, Director – <a href="http://consumersforhealthcare.org/">Michigan Consumers for Healthcare</a></p><p>Jake Nehr, Capitol Reporter - <a href="http://www.mprn.org/">Michigan Public Radio Network</a> Thu, 17 Oct 2013 15:28:50 +0000 Tony Brown 14875 at http://michiganradio.org Issues & Ale: Health care and the Affordable Care Act Join in our discussion about the changing Great Lakes http://michiganradio.org/post/join-our-discussion-about-changing-great-lakes <p>The Great Lakes are changing. Warming air and water, shorter winters with less snow and ice and more extreme weather are impacting the lakes and the fish that live there. In addition, harmful algal blooms are creating dead zones that are bad news for fish, and impact recreational users as well.<iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qz9_eyhhhAQ" width="480"></iframe> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 16:58:26 +0000 Steve Chrypinski 14641 at http://michiganradio.org Join in our discussion about the changing Great Lakes Michigan Radio Issues & Ale: Michigan's Pollution Legacy highlights http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-radio-issues-ale-michigans-pollution-legacy-highlights <p>Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:00 - 7:30pm<br /><a href="http://olddogtavern.com">Old Dog Tavern</a><br />402 E. Kalamazoo Ave.<br />Kalamazoo, MI 49007</p><p>In many places around the state, the past bubbles to the surface, or oozes underground. The cast offs of Michigan's industrial age are still with us. Cleaning up the pollution left behind by old paper mills, gas companies, and other industries can be a complex and expensive challenge. Where exactly is the pollution? Is it dangerous? Is it worth the cost of cleanup? And who will pay for it? Join us as we talk with experts about Michigan's pollution legacy.</p><p>Our panelists will include:</p><ul dir="ltr"><li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7c9055da-0d6d-5f74-a49a-e98860375cea"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Anne Couture, </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Senior Policy Advisor with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and recent Acting Chief of the DEQ’s Remediation and Redevelopment Division.</span></span></li><li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;">Charles Ide, PhD, </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Gwen Frostic Professor of Biological Sciences at Western Michigan University and the Director of Great Lakes Environmental and Molecular Sciences Center.</span></span></span></li><li style="line-height: 1.15; margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"><span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap; background-color: transparent;"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7c9055da-0d6d-5f74-a49a-e98860375cea"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; font-weight: bold; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Lindsey Smith, </span><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Michigan Radio's West Michigan reporter based out of Grand Rapids. Smith has done in-depth reporting on Kalamazoo's legacy pollution, the Enbridge oil spill, the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant, and many other environmental stories.</span></span></span></span></span></li></ul><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hosted by Michigan Radio reporter/</span><a href="http://michiganradio.org/people/mark-brush" style="line-height: 1.5;">producer Mark Brush.</a></div><p>Stop by, have a drink, and join in the discussion. Free Admission!</p><p>Issues &amp; Ale is Sponsored by <a href="http://consumersmutual.org/" target="_blank">Consumers Mutual Insurance of Michigan</a> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 14:57:58 +0000 Tony Brown 14207 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Radio Issues & Ale: Michigan's Pollution Legacy highlights Join Michigan Radio for Issues & Ale: It's Just Politics http://michiganradio.org/post/join-michigan-radio-issues-ale-its-just-politics <p>Issues &amp; Ale: It's Just Politics<br />Tues, Aug. 27, 6:00pm<br /><a href="http://www.billsbeergarden.com/" target="new">Bill's Beer Garden </a><br />218 S. Ashley, downtown Ann Arbor<br />Hosted by Michigan Radio Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry</p><p>The hosts of Michigan's Radio's popular <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/programs/its-just-politics" target="new">It's Just Politics</a> will take to the road for a pair of live Issues &amp; Ale events. Michigan Public Radio Network Capitol Bureau Chief <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/rick-pluta" target="new">Rick Pluta</a> and Michigan Radio’s resident political junkie <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/people/zoe-clark">Zoe Clark </a>will help anchor this fast paced spin around Michigan politics and a look at the top issues being discussed in Lansing.</p><p>The Detroit bankruptcy, medicaid expansion, the governor's relationship with his fellow Republicans, and the prospects for election 2014....we'll talk about it and the gamesmanship behind it all.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 18:32:49 +0000 Tony Brown 13695 at http://michiganradio.org Join Michigan Radio for Issues & Ale: It's Just Politics Join us for Issues & Ale: The role of men in the success of children http://michiganradio.org/post/join-us-issues-ale-role-men-success-children <p><strong>Issues &amp; Ale: The role of men in the success of children</strong></p><p><strong>Wed, July 24, 7:00pm</strong><br /><a href="http://www.arborbrewing.com/brewery/" target="_new">Corner Brewery</a><br />720 Norris St.<br />Ypsilanti, 48198</p><p>Join Michigan Radio’s Jenn White as she hosts this State of Opportunity discussion looking at the role men play in helping kids be successful. How important are male role models in helping children break the cycle of poverty?&nbsp;<br />Panelists:<br /><br /><strong>Phil Black,</strong> CEO and founder of The Manhood Project</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 15:12:20 +0000 Tony Brown 13459 at http://michiganradio.org Join us for Issues & Ale: The role of men in the success of children Commentary: The education dilemma http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-education-dilemma <p>Michigan Radio does an interesting occasional series called Issues and Ale, in which those who know something about a particular public policy get together with citizens in a relaxed setting to discuss things that really matter. Last night we held one on “The Future of Public Education” in an improv theatre in the city of Ferndale, which I thought was an excellent choice.</p><p>Ferndale is an older, working-class Detroit suburb which has been a distinct community since the 1920s. Times are not what were, and the city has shrunk over the years to about 20,000 people. Ferndale has become somewhat well-known over the last two decades for its welcoming of the gay and LGBT communities, who have done much to revitalize neighborhoods and the city’s downtown.</p><p>But Ferndale also has a dedicated group of parents very concerned with education, their kids’ futures, and want to make sure their children are getting what they need to succeed.</p><p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:52:30 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 11884 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The education dilemma Issues & Ale: The Future of Public Education http://michiganradio.org/post/issues-ale-future-public-education <p><strong>Tuesday, March 26, 7:00-8:30 PM</strong></p><p><strong>Go Comedy! Improv Theater</strong></p><p><strong>261 E. Nine Mile Rd., Ferndale, MI 48220</strong></p><p>Education reform is a hot topic, but exactly how to improve our public education system is subject to debate. Throughout 2012, The Center for Michigan conducted hundreds of community conversations across Michigan to get input from citizens about the state of K-12 education and how it can be improved.&nbsp; At this Issues &amp; Ale event, we discussed the findings from their report: “<strong><em>THE PUBLIC’S AGENDA FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION: How Michigan citizens want to improve student learning</em></strong>” and heard from experts on the subject of education reform. Dozens of educators and parents also voiced their concerns and questions on the subject.</p><p>Michigan Radio Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry hosted this discussion.</p><p><strong>Panelists for the event:</strong></p><p><strong>John Bebow</strong>, President and CEO, Center for Michigan</p><p><strong>Shawna Groulx</strong>, Assistant Principal, Durand High School; Teacher Fellow, Students First</p><p><strong>David Zeman</strong>, Managing Director of Content and Communication, Education Trust Midwest</p><p><strong><a href="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/michigan/files/201303/130326_0.mp3">You can listen to audio from this event here.</a></strong></p><p> Thu, 07 Mar 2013 14:24:28 +0000 Tony Brown 11569 at http://michiganradio.org Issues & Ale: The Future of Public Education Join us for Issues & Ale: “What is Preschool Worth?” http://michiganradio.org/post/join-us-issues-ale-what-preschool-worth <p><strong>Issues &amp; Ale: “What is Preschool Worth?”</strong><br />Thurs., Jan. 31, 6:30-8 PM<br />ConnXtions Comedy Club, 2900 N East St., Lansing<br /> Wed, 16 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 HTML User 10667 at http://michiganradio.org Issues & Ale: “What does Right-To-Work Mean for Michigan?” http://michiganradio.org/post/issues-ale-what-does-right-work-mean-michigan <p><strong>Issues &amp; Ale: “What does Right-To-Work Mean for Michigan?”</strong></p><p><strong>Tues., Jan. 15, 6:30-8:00 PM<br />Corner Brewery, 720 Norris St.<br />Ypsilanti, 48198</strong></p><p>In December, Michigan lawmakers passed controversial right-to-work legislation, which will take effect in April. What does the new right-to-work law mean for employment in the state of Michigan?</p><p>Join host Jack Lessenberry for a panel discussion about how right-to-work will actually impact Michigan’s economy and labor force.</p><p>Panelists will include:</p><ul><li>Kristin Dziczek | Director, Labor &amp; Industry Group, Center for Automotive Research</li><li>Vincent Vernuccio | Director of Labor Policy, The Mackinac Center for Public Policy</li><li>John J.H. "Joe" Schwarz | Former Michigan Congressman</li><li>Gretchen Driskell | State Representative for Michigan's 52nd District,</li></ul><p><strong>Free admission</strong></p><p><strong>Issues and Ale</strong> is an event series co-sponsored by Michigan Radio and the<a href="http://thecenterformichigan.net/" target="_blank"> Center for Michigan </a>designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing Michigan... in an informal atmosphere. Stop by, have a drink, and join in the discussion with your questions and comments. Wed, 02 Jan 2013 21:05:13 +0000 Tony Brown 10591 at http://michiganradio.org Issues & Ale: “What does Right-To-Work Mean for Michigan?” Issues & Ale: Election Night Viewing Party http://michiganradio.org/post/issues-ale-election-night-viewing-party <p><strong>Tuesday, November 6, 8:00 PM-11:00 PM</strong><br /><a href="http://maps.google.com/maps?q=Buffalo+Wild+Wings+205+S.+State+St.Ann+Arbor,+MI+48104&amp;hl=en&amp;fb=1&amp;gl=us&amp;hq=Buffalo+Wild+Wings+205+S.+State+St.Ann+Arbor,+MI+48104&amp;cid=0,0,17963999166738343953&amp;t=m&amp;z=16" target="_blank">Buffalo Wild Wings&nbsp;</a><br />205 S. State St.&nbsp;<br />Ann Arbor, MI&nbsp; 48104 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 19:13:31 +0000 Tony Brown 9524 at http://michiganradio.org Issues & Ale: Election Night Viewing Party Issues & Ale: Election "Truth Squad" http://michiganradio.org/post/issues-ale-election-truth-squad <div class="gmail_quote" style="WIDOWS: 2; TEXT-TRANSFORM: none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); TEXT-INDENT: 0px; LETTER-SPACING: normal; FONT: 12px arial, sans-serif; WHITE-SPACE: normal; ORPHANS: 2; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); WORD-SPACING: 0px; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px"><b><b>Issues &amp; Ale: Election "Truth Squad"</b></b><br /><br /><b>Tues, Oct. 23, 6:30-8:00pm</b><br /><a href="http://www.thebob.com/drgrinscomedy.html" style="COLOR: rgb(17,85,204)" target="_blank"><u>Dr. Grins Comedy Club</u></a><span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span><br />20 Monroe Avenue Northwest, Grand Rapids, 49503<br /><br />As the November election draws closer, you'll be seeing and hearing more political ads that stretch the truth...or contain outright lies and distortions. Join Michigan Radio political analyst Jack Lessenberry, investigative reporter Lester Graham, and the Center for Michigan's Truth Squad for a look at the fact and fiction behind the political ads you're seeing.<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp;</span></div><p style="WIDOWS: 2; TEXT-TRANSFORM: none; BACKGROUND-COLOR: rgb(255,255,255); TEXT-INDENT: 0px; LETTER-SPACING: normal; FONT: 12px arial, sans-serif; WHITE-SPACE: normal; ORPHANS: 2; COLOR: rgb(34,34,34); WORD-SPACING: 0px; font-size-adjust: none; font-stretch: normal; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px"><b>Free admission Mon, 01 Oct 2012 16:38:08 +0000 9312 at http://michiganradio.org Issues & Ale: Election "Truth Squad"