liberal arts en Stateside for Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There's a three story pile of black petroleum coke big enough to cover an entire city block piling up in Southwest Detroit. It's a by-product of oil sands drilling from Alberta, Canada.</span></p><p>On today's show: we asked why is this high-sulfur, high-carbon waste piling up along the Detroit River?</p><p>And, the Board of State Canvassers met today in Lansing. We got an update on ballot initiatives that you could be voting on.</p><p> Wed, 22 May 2013 20:45:25 +0000 Stateside Staff 12689 at Stateside for Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 Fitting a liberal arts education into our future <p>Here's a question that colleges and universities across the country are grappling with: how does "liberal arts" fit into our futures?</p><p>We hear more and more talk about stem courses and careers: science, technology, engineering and math.</p><p>There's lots of talk about the fact that the U.S. needs people with these degrees to compete in a global economy.</p><p>So what will it take for liberal arts programs to matter to students who want to graduate with degrees that will secure a job that pays?</p><p>Those are some of the questions being tackled this week at a major conversation involving more than 50 deans at large research universities around the country coming to the University of Michigan for an unprecedented national conversation.</p><p>The focus -"The Liberal Arts and Sciences in the Research University Today: Histories, Challenges, Futures."</p><p>The Dean of the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan, Dean Terrence McDonald was kind enough to join us in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em> Wed, 22 May 2013 20:40:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 12688 at Fitting a liberal arts education into our future