Stateside http://michiganradio.org en Stateside for Tuesday, July 22, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-july-22-2014 <p></p><p>Today on Stateside:</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It's the fourth anniversary of the Enbridge oil spill in the Kalamazoo River. How long will it be until the river is clean? Could it ever be truly clean?</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; 39 years ago this week, Jimmy Hoffa disappeared. PBS is presenting a new documentary titled, “Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?” It will feature retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Oakland County native Liz Larin released a new CD titled “Hurricane” and she shared her music-making process with us on Stateside.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Members of Congress want to speed up the recall process and get problem vehicles repaired.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Detroit pensioners voted to accept the pension cuts in the Grand Bargain.</p><p><em>*Listen to full show above.</em></p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:07:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 18471 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, July 22, 2014 Pensioners vote “yes” to cuts, bond holders prepare to fight http://michiganradio.org/post/pensioners-vote-yes-cuts-bond-holders-prepare-fight <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Detroit pensioners voted to accept the pension cuts and allow the Detroit Institute of Arts to become an independent institution. In response, bond insurers who could lose billions in Detroit’s bankruptcy are preparing to fight.</span></p><p><em>Detroit Free Press</em> columnist Nancy Kaffer joined us today on Stateside to talk about what this means for Detroit.</p><p>Police and fire pensioners voted 82% in favor. General retirement pensioners voted 73% in favor.&nbsp;</p><div>Two big bond insurers, Syncora and Financial Guaranty Insurance Company are promising to fight this agreement.&nbsp;</div><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:56:07 +0000 Stateside Staff 18474 at http://michiganradio.org Pensioners vote “yes” to cuts, bond holders prepare to fight Retired FBI agent appears in PBS' new documentary "Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?" http://michiganradio.org/post/retired-fbi-agent-appears-pbs-new-documentary-who-killed-jimmy-hoffa <p></p><p>Thirty-nine years ago this month, Jimmy Hoffa was last seen having lunch at a restaurant in Bloomfield Township in Oakland County.</p><p>Retired FBI agent, Greg Stejskal, will appear in the new PBS documentary “Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?”</p><p>He joined us today on Stateside to revisit the mystery of the Jimmy Hoffa disappearance.</p><p>Stejskal was a new agent with the FBI in Detroit in the summer of 1975 when Hoffa disappeared. The investigation into his disappearance was declared a Bureau "Special," which meant most of the agents in the Detroit office became involved.</p><p>One of Stejskal’s duties was to conduct neighborhood interviews around the Machus Red Fox restaurant, the last place where Hoffa was seen.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:16:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 18469 at http://michiganradio.org Retired FBI agent appears in PBS' new documentary "Who Killed Jimmy Hoffa?" Michigan artist Liz Larin's new album is about a "hero's journey" http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-artist-liz-larins-new-album-about-heros-journey <p></p><p>Oakland County-based singer-songwriter and producer Liz Larin is coming to the Ark in Ann Arbor on August 3. She joins us today on Stateside to talk about her new CD “Hurricane.”</p><p>Larin started with a band in the 1980s and evolved from there as an artist. She plays almost all of the instruments and sings all of the vocals on her record. She even creates the visual images seen when she plays on stage. She said since the 80s, she has become more confident in her musical instincts.</p><p>“I hone the songs until the idea is as clear as possible and as visual as possible,” Larin said. “I want the listener to be able to listen to it and picture something – to the right of them, to the left of them – and what is actually going on while they are moving through the music.”</p><p>She says "Hurricane" has a narrative arc - a&nbsp;hero’s journey.</p><p>“It starts with the idea that everything that you thought about yourself and about the world, it just doesn’t fit anymore,” Larin said. “And you realize you have to go and find yourself and you have to find out what reality is for you.”</p><p>Larin said the title track “Hurricane” is the feeling of change. The track “Super Hero” is the story of a parent and a parent’s love for a child.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 16:04:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 18468 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan artist Liz Larin's new album is about a "hero's journey" Cleanup continues four years after the Enbridge Energy oil spill in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/cleanup-continues-four-years-after-enbridge-energy-oil-spill-michigan <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This week marks four years since a pipeline operated by </span>Enbridge<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Energy burst. It was a segment of Line </span>6B<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> located just downstream from the pump station in Marshall.</span></p><p>The result? More than 1,000,000 gallons of oil have been recovered from&nbsp;Talmadge&nbsp;Creek and the Kalamazoo River.</p><p>Michigan Radio's West Michigan reporter Lindsey Smith and The Environment Report’s Rebecca Williams joined Stateside to talk about the effects of the spill four years later.</p><p>The spill affected about 40 miles of the Kalamazoo River, from Marshall downstream close to Kalamazoo. The bulk of the oil has been cleaned up. Smith said the river is still useable; you can swim, fish, and do other things that you could do before the spill.&nbsp;</p><p>However, cleanup is still going on. The EPA is dredging Morrow Lake this summer and there are still areas of the river that are closed. Williams said there might always be some oil left in the area.</p><p>“What agencies here in Michigan have said is that you often don’t want to take all the oil out of sensitive habitats because you could end up doing more damage,” Williams said.</p><p>Smith said the dredging process can be very invasive and hurt a lot of habitats. After the ordered dredging is over, there will be more passive collection, that won’t be as harsh on the environment.</p><p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:11:56 +0000 Stateside Staff 18464 at http://michiganradio.org Cleanup continues four years after the Enbridge Energy oil spill in Michigan How are teachers and school administrators dealing with the upcoming "new" MEAP? http://michiganradio.org/post/how-are-teachers-and-school-administrators-dealing-upcoming-new-meap <p></p><p>Lawmakers ordered the Michigan Department of Education to stop preparing for the Smarter Balanced Assessment and return to a revamped MEAP test.</p><p>How is this playing out for the teachers and administrators who have to teach and give this overhauled MEAP test?</p><p>William Heath is the Superintendent of the Morrice Area Schools and the Principal at Morrice Junior and Senior High School in Shiawassee County. &nbsp;He said the changes have been very difficult.</p><p>“We need some consistency. We need a target to shoot at. We don’t need the target to keep moving around,” he said.</p><p>Heath said they are judged by the growth from the previous year and when the assessment changes, they don’t know how they can measure that growth.</p><p>“If we are taking different tests, it’s a weird science experiment that there is too many variables in there. It’s going to make it that much harder to realize what exactly our students know and don’t know,” Heath said.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:30:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 18456 at http://michiganradio.org How are teachers and school administrators dealing with the upcoming "new" MEAP? "Baroque on Beaver" festival starts this weekend http://michiganradio.org/post/baroque-beaver-festival-starts-weekend <p></p><p>"Baroque on Beaver" is a classic music festival held on Beaver Island running from July 25&nbsp;to August 3.</p><p>Anne Glendon heads the Beaver Island Cultural Arts Association.</p><p>She said there will be about 50 musicians at the festival. Most of them have lived in Michigan or have strong ties to the island. &nbsp;The concerts are held in different venues on the island. There is a variety of music playing as well, such as chamber music, jazz, and baroque, of course.</p><p>“It’s quirky, just like the island and we wouldn’t have it any other way, and also it’s, we think, pretty top rate music,” Glendon said.</p><p>Check out the performance list <a href="http://www.baroqueonbeaver.org/schedule.html">here</a>.</p><p><em>*Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 19:06:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 18454 at http://michiganradio.org "Baroque on Beaver" festival starts this weekend MSU's Abrams Planetarium's 50th Anniversary http://michiganradio.org/post/msus-abrams-planetariums-50th-anniversary <p></p><p>It's the 50th anniversary of the Abrams Planetarium at Michigan State University.</p><p>Those five decades have seen enormous changes in America's space program and in the way we think of space.</p><p>Shannon Schmoll, the director of MSU's Abrams Planetarium, said that planetariums have evolved and changed a lot through the last five decades, and a lot of those changes are seen in technology. Schmoll said the ability to use digital projection allows planetariums to show things beyond earth.</p><p>“We can fly out to Mars and can actually fly through Valles Marineris, which is a canyon on Mars about the size of the United States,” she said. “So we can actually travel the universe, so to speak, which is very exciting,” she said.</p><p>Schmoll said the knowledge that has been acquired over the decades provides planetariums with a lot more excitement.</p><p>“We still have people who come in and they have tons of questions about what’s going on in space. They want to know what’s going on with Hubble, what’s going on with the new missions,” she said. “ It’s a sense of wonder that just never goes away with what’s out there."</p><p><em>*Listen to the full story above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:58:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 18455 at http://michiganradio.org MSU's Abrams Planetarium's 50th Anniversary Detroit Water suspends shut-offs for 15 days http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-water-suspends-shut-offs-15-days <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Detroit Water and Sewage Department is suspending shut-offs for 15 days.</span></p><p>Department Spokesman Bill Johnson said this suspension is a pause, not a moratorium.&nbsp;</p><p>The department has been receiving a lot of criticism worldwide for shutting off water to 17,000 customers since March.</p><p>The 15 days will allow people another chance to come forward and prove they cannot pay their bills. The time will also be spent communicating with customers about payment plan options and financial assistance.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:53:16 +0000 BreAnna Tinsley 18465 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Water suspends shut-offs for 15 days Stateside for Monday, July 21, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-july-21-2014 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Today on Stateside:</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Detroit Water and Sewage Department is &nbsp;suspending water shut-offs for 15 days to give people a chance to prove they cannot afford their bills.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It’s the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of Abrams Planetarium at MSU. And in those 50 years, America’s space program has changed extensively.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One book follows a bear’s recovery in the Detroit Zoo from cruel captivity in a Caribbean circus.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Beaver Island hosts a classical music festival from July 25<sup>th</sup> to August 3<sup>rd</sup> called Baroque on Beaver.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Michigan’s post-secondary education graduation rates are below the national average.</p><p>·&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; How is the MEAP impacting schools and administrations?</p><p><em>*Listen to the full show above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:04:03 +0000 Stateside Staff 18457 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, July 21, 2014 Michigan grad rates below national average http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-grad-rates-below-national-average <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">More and more students in Michigan are taking five or more years to finish college and get their degrees. Ron French from Bridge Magazine has been researching this for his new article, and he talked about the trend today on Stateside. French said nationally, 31% of students earn a bachelor’s degree in four years. In Michigan, 12 of the 15 public universities are below that average.</span></p><p>Staying in school longer is more expensive, as extra semesters add cost. French said the fifth and sixth years are usually the most expensive, because financial aid dries up after eight semesters.</p><p>“Student debt nationally is over $1 trillion now,” said French.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:19:34 +0000 Stateside Staff 18449 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan grad rates below national average A new book follows one polar bear's recovery after cruel captivity http://michiganradio.org/post/new-book-follows-one-polar-bears-recovery-after-cruel-captivity <p></p><p>They've been on the earth for five million years. From their fur to their body fat, they've evolved to thrive in extremely cold temperatures. So the cruelty of removing a polar bear from its Arctic home and forcing it to live in a filthy Caribbean circus, in temperatures that soar over 100 degrees, is indescribable.</p><p>Else Poulson&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">is an animal behaviorist, and she's a guest on today's Stateside program. She's also the president and co-founder of The Bear Care Group. Poulson&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">was part of a Detroit Zoo team that helped a polar bear named </span>Barle<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> after she was rescued from a Caribbean circus called the Mexican Suarez Brothers Circus. Poulson wrote a book about the experience called "</span>Barle's<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Story: One Polar Bear's Amazing Recovery from Life as a Circus Act."</span></p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:41:22 +0000 Stateside Staff 18452 at http://michiganradio.org A new book follows one polar bear's recovery after cruel captivity GM CEO Mary Barra defends general counsel in congressional hearing http://michiganradio.org/post/gm-ceo-mary-barra-defends-general-counsel-congressional-hearing <p>Today brought the fourth appearance for General Motors and CEO Mary Barra before angry members of Congress.</p><p>This time a Senate subcommittee took a deeper dive into the ignition switch recalls and didn't like what it saw in GM's legal department.</p><p>Michigan Radio's auto reporter Tracy Samilton&nbsp;followed the event.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">According to Samilton, GM's chief counsel Michael Millikin was in the "uncomfortable Senate spotlight" today.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When senators asked why Millikin still kept his job, Barra&nbsp;said she "respectfully" disagreed with them, and she defended Millikin&nbsp;as a man of "incredibly high integrity."</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She said Millikin&nbsp;"had a system in place." Unfortunately, in this instance "it wasn't brought to his attention."</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:59:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 18419 at http://michiganradio.org GM CEO Mary Barra defends general counsel in congressional hearing Michigan’s foreclosure activity drops, as nationwide number hits lowest since 2006 http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-s-foreclosure-activity-drops-nationwide-number-hits-lowest-2006 <p></p><p>Is America climbing out of the foreclosure hole dug during the Great Recession?</p><p>That's the question tackled in reports from Realty Trac, which keeps a close watch on real estate data. Its <a href="http://www.realtytrac.com/statsandtrends/foreclosuretrends/mi">Midyear 2014 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report</a> is out today.</p><p>The report shows that U.S. foreclosure activity in June decreased 16% from a year ago to lowest level since July 2006, the month before the housing-price bubble burst. In Michigan, the foreclosure activity was also bac<span style="line-height: 1.5;">k to a lower level than the number before the housing bust.</span></p><p>Daren Blomquist, a Vice President with Realty Trac, discussed three reasons behind this slowdown in foreclosures.</p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:56:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 18414 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan’s foreclosure activity drops, as nationwide number hits lowest since 2006 A closer look at Aramark and the troubles with privatization in prisons http://michiganradio.org/post/closer-look-aramark-and-troubles-privatization-prisons <p></p><p></p><p>Sex with inmates - maggots in the food - smuggling drugs to inmates - undercooked or spoiled food.</p><p>When is enough "enough" with Aramark, the food service company hired seven months ago to feed inmates in Michigan prisons?</p><p>The privatization was supposed to save the state more than $12 million a year. But it's been a Pandora's box of troubles for state prison officials ever since Aramark took over last December.</p><p>Paul Egan of the Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau joined us today.&nbsp;<span style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5; background-color: transparent;">He has reported on all the problems associated with the Aramark contract. Egan </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">said that so far, things are not getting any better.</span></p><p></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:53:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 18417 at http://michiganradio.org A closer look at Aramark and the troubles with privatization in prisons Michigan fish hatcheries, then and now http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-fish-hatcheries-then-and-now <p></p><p>In early July, state officials approved a significant expansion of a northern Michigan commercial fish hatchery’s operations after requiring additional measures to protect the cherished Au Sable River. It got us wondering: how important are fish hatcheries in the Great Lakes State and what is their role?</p><p>Gary Whelan joined us today. He is with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources where he's a Research Program Manager.</p><p>Whelan said the first hatcheries began in the early 1870’s. Even back then, fishery resources were in decline. The habitat loss was frightening. Fish were difficult to find, and commercial fishermen weren’t doing very well. One of the responses was to build fish hatcheries.</p><p>Today, there are six state hatcheries and three federal hatcheries in Michigan.</p><p>Whelan pointed out that fish hatcheries can help bring the lakes into balance.</p><p>“Using salmons in water where we have way too many prey species can make it into a balanced system that functions properly, ” Whelan said.</p><p><em>* Listen to our conversation with Whelan above.</em></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:47:29 +0000 Stateside Staff 18423 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan fish hatcheries, then and now Stateside for Thursday, July 17, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-july-17-2014 <p><strong>Today on Stateside:</strong></p><ul><li>The private company that provides food to Michigan prisons is in trouble again. Sex with inmates. Maggots in the food. Smuggling drugs to inmates.... When is enough "enough" with Aramark, the food service company hired seven months ago to feed Michigan's inmates?</li><li>The U.S. Senate dug deeper into GM's deadly recalls, demanding the automaker fire its chief lawyer and open its compensation plan to more potential victims.</li><li>Tomorrow afternoon at 4:06 is the one-year anniversary of the largest municipal bankruptcy filing in American history. Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes&nbsp;talked with us about how this first year of bankruptcy has gone.</li><li>There's some encouraging news about home foreclosures in Michigan, but it's not all rosy. That's according to a midyear-2014 U.S. Foreclosure Market Report released today.</li><li>The news that state officials recently approved an expansion of a northern Michigan commercial fish hatchery got us wondering: how important are fish hatcheries in the Great Lakes state?</li></ul><p><em>* Listen to full show above.</em></p><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:43:40 +0000 Stateside Staff 18420 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, July 17, 2014 Detroit's bankruptcy, one year later http://michiganradio.org/post/detroits-bankruptcy-one-year-later <p>Tomorrow afternoon at 4:06 is the one-year anniversary of the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history.</p><p>Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes has been talking with top business leaders in Detroit for a "temperature check" on how this first year has gone.</p><p>He said that the kind of leadership and coalescence that happened in the past year was something he’s never seen before in this community.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:07:52 +0000 Stateside Staff 18411 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit's bankruptcy, one year later New plans for Tiger Stadium site are underway http://michiganradio.org/post/new-plans-tiger-stadium-site-are-underway <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I</span>t's been 15 years since the Detroit Tigers played their final game at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull.</p><p>The old Tiger Stadium was torn down in 2009. Since then, no one's been able to agree on what to do with the 10-acre site until now.</p><p>The field will remain for youth sports, including high school and college baseball.&nbsp; Along Cochrane Avenue, a new headquarters will be built for the Detroit Police Athletic League, who will maintain the playing field. The headquarters would extend from the street to roughly the old third base line and could cost almost $10 million.</p><p>Detroit Free Press business writer John Gallagher said this plan represents a merger of two conflicting visions – preserving the field for baseball - and developing it for new businesses and jobs.</p><p>“I think everybody gets a little something out of this,” Gallagher said.</p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:36:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 18397 at http://michiganradio.org New plans for Tiger Stadium site are underway Mitch Albom's "Ernie" is running for the fourth summer in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/mitch-alboms-ernie-running-fourth-summer-detroit <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mitch </span>Albom’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> play “Ernie” is now running its fourth summer at the City </span>Theatre<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in Detroit.</span></p><p>Peter Carey was the understudy for Will Young for two years and took the stage in 2011 as Ernie Harwell, the Detroit Tigers sportscaster.</p><p>This is Carey’s first time performing as Ernie in the play.</p><p>The only other person on stage with him is T.J. Corbett, playing a young fan. Both actors joined Stateside today to talk about their experience telling the story of Ernie’s final bow at Comerica Park in 2009.</p><p>“It means a lot to a lot of people,” Corbett said. “They just keep coming back, sometimes more than once in a season.”</p><p>“They love the feeling, the energy that Ernie is and was,” Carey said.</p><p>Carey worked with Ernie in TV, radio, and film, including a Disney movie called “Tiger Town.”</p><p>They did commercials and live events together and hosted the Grosse Pointe Action Auction. A few months before Ernie passed, they hosted a live radio show in Ann Arbor at Zingerman’s Roadhouse.</p><p>“When you were with Ernie, you were his best friend. You were the most important person in that room because he made you feel that way, and you got his full attention,” Carey said.</p><p>Ernie Harwell died at the age of 92 in the spring of 2010 from cancer. He broadcasted for the Tigers for 42 years.</p><p>T.J. Corbett sets up the frame of the play.</p><p>“He’s about to leave when seemingly out of nowhere this kid dressed in 1930s clothing shows up and says, I want to hear your broadcast,’” Corbett said. “And Ernie says ‘I don’t broadcast games anymore,’ so the kid says, ‘well I want to hear the broadcast of your life.’ So Ernie tells the kid the nine innings of his life.”</p><p>Mitch Albom's "Ernie" runs now through August 17 at the City Theatre inside the Hockeytown Cafe in Detroit. You can get ticket information through <u><a href="OlympiaEntertainment.com">OlympiaEntertainment.com</a></u> or Ticketmaster.</p><p>To learn more about the cast and crew click<a href="http://www.ernietheplay.com/bios.html"> here</a>.</p><p><em>*Listen to full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p><em>-Bre'Anna Tinsley, Michigan Radio Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 21:33:45 +0000 Stateside Staff 18399 at http://michiganradio.org Mitch Albom's "Ernie" is running for the fourth summer in Detroit