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Anthony Brown

The race for president rolled into Michigan with the state’s presidential primary on Tuesday, March 8. In the week leading up to that, both the Democratic and Republican candidates will held debates in Flint and Detroit respectively.

Michigan Radio’s It's Just Politics host Zoe Clark led a panel with special guests the day before the primary for a fast-paced look at presidential and state politics in Michigan.

Neil deGrasse Tyson: This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 7.

An Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson
March 21, 2016 - DeVos Performance Hall, Grand Rapids, MI
March 22, 2016 - Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
March 23, 2016 - Hill Auditorium, Ann Arbor, MI
March 24, 2016 - Fox Theatre, Detroit, MI

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on March 2.

The Odd Couple
Thursday, March 17 – 8:00 PM
Purple Rose Theatre – Chelsea, Michigan

Two suddenly single pals — a sloppy sportswriter and a neat freak news writer — strain their friendship by turning roommates, but patterns of their own disastrous marriages begin to reappear with hilarious results.

Chevrolet Corvette
Anthony Brown / Michigan Radio

During the press days of the North American International Auto Show, Detroit's Big Three unveiled their latest 2016 models and made announcements about what's to come. Here are the highlights of what GM, Ford, and Chrysler brought up on stage and displayed on their stands.

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on Feb. 12

Paula Poundstone
Thursday, February 18, 2016 – 7:30 PM
Wharton Center, East Lansing

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on Jan. 20

Michigan International Auto Show
January 28-31, 2016
DeVos Place, Grand Rapids

Discover What Drives You!

This contest has ended. Winners were selected on Jan. 11

Ira Glass
Sunday, January 24, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Miller Auditorium

The creator of the public radio show This American Life talks about his program and how it's put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show, how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn't usually do.

In November, StoryCorps launches The Great Thanksgiving Listen, its most ambitious initiative to date.

This Thanksgiving weekend (Thursday, Nov. 26 – Sunday, Nov. 29) StoryCorps will work with teachers and high school students across the country to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend. StoryCorps hopes to gather more interviews over Thanksgiving 2015 than it has in the 12 years since its founding.

Issues & Ale: The People’s Lawyer
Tues, Dec 8, 7:00-8:30 PM
Conor O’Neill’s - Celtic Room
318 S Main St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Hosted by Jack Lessenberry

 After serving as a small-town lawyer in Alpena, Frank J. Kelley was unexpectedly appointed Michigan’s attorney general at the end of 1961.

He continued in that position for thirty-seven years, a national record. During that time, he worked with everyone from John and Bobby Kennedy to Bill Clinton and became an active crusader for the public, establishing the first Office of Consumer Protection in the country, and helping to initiate the multibillion-dollar Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement in 1998.

Michigan Radio

Issues & Ale– Flint’s Water Crisis
Tuesday, December 1, 7:00-8:30 PM
Redwood Steakhouse & Brewery
(Sequoia Lounge)
5304 Gateway Centre Drive
Flint, MI 48507

Listen to audio from the event:

Since Flint switched its drinking water source from Detroit's water system to getting water from the Flint River, Flint residents have endured numerous problems...including water that was discolored and smelled and had high lead levels. The city has switched back to Detroit's water supply, but questions about the long term impact from the water crisis remain.

Issues & Ale: College Affordability & Access
Tues, October 27, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
ABC Microbrewery
720 Norris St, Ypsilanti, MI

College affordability is a big issue, from the living rooms of anxious students and parents, to the presidential campaign trail . Over the past ten years, tuition costs have increased more than five times faster than the Consumer Price Index and the average class of 2015 graduate with student-loan debt will have to pay back more than $35,000. Michigan’s students leave college with some of the highest debt levels in the nation .

Issues & Ale: Fixing Government
Tuesday, July 28, 6-7:30 p.m.

Bill's Beer Garden
218 S. Ashley
Ann Arbor, Michigan

 Most everyone agrees that Michigan has terrible roads, and yet our governor and state legislature can’t agree on a plan to get them fixed. Join Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry, Zoe Clark and other guest panelists as we look at what’s behind the gridlock we’re facing in government and some possible solutions.

Beyond the Battlefield
Tuesday, July 7, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Grand River Brewery
117 W. Louis Glick Hwy,
Jackson, MI 49201

 Over 70,000 people in Michigan served in the U.S. armed services during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Join Michigan Radio News Director Vincent Duffy as we talk about how those post-9/11 vets are faring. 

 

Brewery Vivant
925 Cherry St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

A capacity crowd filled the outdoor patio at Brewery Vivant in Grand Rapids for Michigan Radio's Issues & Ale discussion. It's Just Politics co-hosts Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta were joined by political strategist Joe DiSano and formerSenate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema.

Issues & Ale: It’s Just Politics

Wednesday, April 29 6:30-8:00pm
Brewery Becker
500 W Main St, Brighton, MI 48116

Michigan voters will be heading to the polls on May 5 to cast their vote on the controversial sales tax increase/road funding proposal.

Issues & Ale: The Future of Detroit Schools
Wednesday, March 18, 6:00PM-7:30PM
 

Detroit Beer Company
1529 Broadway  
Detroit, MI 48226 

2014 was a year that included the Detroit bankruptcy, wolf hunting, legalized same-sex marriage (briefly), bad roads and a mid-term election.  Michigan Radio's Political Analyst Jack Lessenberry was joined by  It's Just Politics co-hosts Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark, and political analyst Matt Marsden for a fast paced look back at some of the top political issues from 2014, a discussion of the lame duck legislature, and what we might expect in 2015.

Listen to audio from the event below.

Issues & Ale: Michigan Politics Year in Review
Tues, Dec 9, 7:00-8:30 PM

River’s Edge Brewing Co.
125 S Main St, Milford, MI 48381
 

    

Issues and Ale is an event series from Michigan Radio designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing Michigan...in an informal atmosphere.

Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a drilling method that pushes water and chemicals into wells to force out oil and gas deposits. Fracking has led to cheaper prices for natural gas and less dependence on foreign sources for energy, but many people have concerns about its environmental impact….from the chemicals and amount of water used in the process, to its impact on ground water and the disposal of fracking waste. Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham hosted this Issues & Ale discussion about the concerns, economics and impact of fracking in the state.

Panelists:

James Clift: Michigan Environmental Council, Policy Director

John Callewaert: University of Michigan, Director of the Graham Institute

Gregory Fogle: Old Mission Energy

Listen to audio from the event below.

Issues & Ale: Fracking in Michigan
Tues, Dec 2, 7:00-8:30 PM
Hop Cat
300 Grove St, East Lansing, MI 48823

Hosted by Lester Graham

Tuesday, November 4
7:30 PM-10:00 PM
Circus Bar
210 S. First, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

  Join Michigan Radio and the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy for a special "Issues & Ale" event, as we watch and listen to the election results roll in from across Michigan and the nation.

Cynthia Canty from Michigan Radio’s Stateside show will host the event, and be joined by experts and pundits who will handicap the races, and tell us what the results mean...for our state and the U.S.

You can even test your knowledge and win great prizes by playing election trivia.

Admission is free, and we suggest getting there early to get a good seat.

NPR Presents: Water ±

November 19, 2014, 8 p.m.

The Fillmore Detroit

Click here for tickets

 On November 19th at 8 p.m., Michigan Radio will welcome NPR Presents: Water± to the Fillmore Theatre in Detroit. This live, journalism-based theatrical event explores the world’s delicate and volatile relationship with water.

Directed by Tony Award Winner Kenny Leon, NPR Presents: Water± combines the excitement of live performance with the substance of NPR journalism — compelling stories from NPR coverage interwoven with imagery, information, music and dramatic storytelling by an award-winning cast.

"NPR Presents Water± brings together NPR's journalistic rigor with the artistic and poetic nature of theatrical storytelling, amplifying local stories about water issues that are significant to each region and have a global resonance," said Indira Etwaroo, executive producer and director of NPR Presents.

The show will start an eight-city tour on October 25 in New Orleans. The tour will also visit New York, Washington, Atlanta, San Francisco, Cleveland and other cities before coming to Detroit on November 19.

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6:00 - 7:30pm

Detroit Beer Company

1529 Broadway
Detroit, Michigan 48226

Michigan Radio is teaming up with the Detroit Free Press and Bridge Magazine for a special pre-election Issues & Ale event. Join our It’s Just Politics team of Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta along with columnists from the Free Press and Bridge Magazine as we take a fun, and fast packed look at prospects for Election 2014....just one week before the November election.

Planned Panelists:

Zoe Clark: Executive Producer, Stateside; Co-host, It's Just Politics

Rick Pluta: Capitol Bureau Chief, Michigan Public Radio Network; Co-host, It's Just Politics

Stephen Henderson: Editorial Page Editor, Detroit Free Press

Nancy Kaffer: Columnist, Detroit Free Press

David Zeman: Editor, Bridge Magazine

John Bebow: President, Center for Michigan

Stop by, have a drink, and join in the discussion. Free admission!

U.S. Senate candidate Gary Peters (D) and Michigan Attorney General candidate Mark Totten (D) will answer questions from the MLive editorial board during tonight's "Ballot Bash" event in Royal Oak.

Gary Peters is scheduled to appear from 6:30 - 7:00 p.m. Mark Totten is scheduled from 7:15 - 7:45 p.m.

You can watch the event below:

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder (left), and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer (right).
Gov. Snyder's office, and Schauer campaign.

Watch the only debate in the 2014 Michigan governor's race below.

The one-hour, town-hall-style debate took place between Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and his Democratic challenger Mark Schauer last night at 6 p.m.

The forum included an audience of undecided voters asking questions to both candidates and was televised from Wayne State University.

You can watch it below. (If you're having trouble seeing the video below, try this link.)

Or you can listen to the audio here:

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