immigrant http://michiganradio.org en The surprising history of one of Michigan's small island communities http://michiganradio.org/post/surprising-history-one-michigans-small-island-communities <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We turn now to a little-known and absolutely fascinating slice of Michigan history: Beaver Island.</span></p><p>It's a fairly remote island, plunked right there in the middle of northern Lake Michigan. Take a ferry northwest from Charlevoix, and you're there.</p><p>Fewer than 500 people live on Beaver Island year-round. A lot of them are descendants from Irish fishermen who fled the famine and troubles in 19th-century Ireland, and wound up on Beaver Island.</p><p>That's part of the fascinating history of Beaver Island. Later, years after settlement, one Mormon on the island proclaimed himself "King" of Beaver Island!</p><p>But how did Irish emigrants find their way to this island in Lake Michigan? And who was the island’s self-proclaimed king?</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 20:39:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 15660 at http://michiganradio.org The surprising history of one of Michigan's small island communities Michigan needs more immigrants http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-needs-more-immigrants <p></p><p>State Representative Harvey Santana, a Detroit Democrat, thinks we need to make this a more immigrant-friendly state. He believes that could lead to Michigan becoming the leading state in the nation in job creation and economic development. Two weeks ago, something incredible happened that showed me exactly how right that is.</p><p> Mon, 07 Oct 2013 12:26:23 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 14742 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan needs more immigrants Stateside for Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-july-3rd-2013 <p>It was dangerous! Explosions, injuries! No, not the war for Independence, but how we used to celebrate it. On today’s show, we went back a hundred years to see how Michiganders used to mark the 4th of July.</p><p>And, we spoke with Mardi Jo Link, author of the new book, "Bootstrapper: A Memoir. From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm."</p><p>And, we looked into what’s behind the increase in backyard chicken farming here in Michigan.</p><p>Also, Andy Webb, owner of Captain Boom Fireworks in Otsego, joined us to talk about the new adjustment to the fireworks law.</p><p>And, we continued our week-long series of stories from immigrants about what America means to them. Today we talked to Koffi Itito. He fled the small West African nation of Togo in 2004. Now, he helps other refugees through his work at Freedom House in Detroit.</p><p>First on the show, to anyone who endured the dark days of the Great Recession with the near-death ordeals of General Motors and Chrysler, it seems nearly impossible to believe the "Help Wanted" sign is out at the car makers and their parts suppliers.</p><p>The Center for Automotive Research predicts the auto industry will add 35,000 jobs this year.&nbsp; One auto supply executive calls it "an employee's market."</p><p>We wondered if this is a true hiring spree and if this can been seen as a return to the "glory days" of the car industry, or should we keep our collective guard up for fear of easily sliding back into the dark days of soft sales and layoffs?</p><p>David Cole, the Chairman Emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research, joined us today to discuss what’s behind these new jobs.</p><p> Wed, 03 Jul 2013 20:47:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 13369 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013 Stateside for Monday, July 1st, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-monday-july-1st-2013 <p>Michigan is leading the nation in small business loans. It seems like good news on the surface, but are there economic consequences for so many new start-ups?</p><p>And author Keith Taylor stopped by to give us his picks for summer-time reads. His choices might just surprise you.</p><p>Also we began a week-long series of stories here on Stateside where we'll hear from immigrants about what America means to them. Today's story came from a young woman who lives at the Salvation Army's Teen Parent Center in Grand Rapids.&nbsp;</p><p>And, we found out how one couple is trying to bring goodness to communities by baking pies.</p><p>Also, we welcomed Interlochen Public Radio listeners to Stateside!&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Listeners from Traverse City to </span>Manistee<span style="line-height: 1.5;">; Harbor Springs to </span>Ludington<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, joining in on the conversations and issues that matter to all of us as </span>Michiganders<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Together, we'll explore breaking news and better understand policy issues, and we'll discover stories and meet people from every corner of our state.</span></p><p>First on the show, Governor Snyder continues his travels around the state today in southeast Michigan to push for an expansion of Medicaid. Governor Snyder wants to expand the program – using federal funds – to hundreds of thousands of low-income adults.</p><p>Snyder has criticized fellow Republicans in the Senate for leaving Lansing for their summer recess without voting on the measure. The state House had already approved the legislation.</p><p>Governor Snyder joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 21:19:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 13329 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Monday, July 1st, 2013 Michigan will help immigrant professionals http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-will-help-immigrant-professionals <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder has announced a partnership designed to help skilled immigrants and refugees living in Michigan integrate into the workforce.<br><br>Snyder's office says the program involves the nonprofit group Upwardly Global and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.<br><br>The governor says the department is issuing 10 online guides that explain Michigan's professional licensing requirements for individuals who were educated or have work experience overseas.<br> Sat, 22 Jun 2013 12:36:57 +0000 The Associated Press 13199 at http://michiganradio.org