Rina Miller

Weekend Edition host

Rina Miller got her start in radio on accident when she was sent to WCAR in Detroit as a temp employee. Since then, she has gained many years of experience in print and broadcast journalism, including work as a producer and program host at Radio Netherlands and as a reporter for ABC Radio News in New York. She enjoys working in public radio because the listeners are "interested, involved, and informed."

Outside the studio, Rina enjoys watching movies from the 1930s and '40s and absolutely hates karaoke. She has a deep love for animals and urges people to spay or neuter their pets, adopt from shelters and rescues, and purchase only from reputable, responsible breeders.

Q&A

What three people, alive or dead, would you like to have lunch with? Why?
Dorothy Parker, because her one-liners were the best.
Kurt Vonnegut, because he was the first writer who made me laugh out loud.
Bella Abzug, because she put her courage where her mouth was.
And if there could be a No. 4? George Clooney. You know why.

How did you get involved in radio?
By accident. I was sent to WCAR in Detroit as a temp employee, and loved the environment.

What is your favorite way to spend your free time?
Watching 1930s and '40s movies, especially those with Joan Crawford, Bette Davis or Rita Hayworth.

What has been your most memorable experience as a reporter/host/etc.?
Covering the crash of a cargo jet into a high-rise apartment complex in Amsterdam in 1992. The story was more complex than the obvious; many victims were illegal immigrants whose families were reluctant to come forward because they feared deportation. There were many substories that arose from this tragedy.

What one song do you think best summarizes your taste in music?
Leonard Cohen's Famous Blue Raincoat, sung by Jennifer Warnes.

What is your favorite program on Michigan Radio? Why?
Fresh Air. Terry has an amazing range of guests, so the show's never predictable or stale.

What is one ability or talent you really wish you possessed?
To sing like Etta James.

What do you like best about working in public radio?
The listeners. They're interested, involved and informed.

Is there anyone in the broadcasting industry you find to be particularly admirable or inspiring? Who?
Jon Stewart. He's fearless without being cruel.

If you could interview any contemporary newsmaker, who would it be?
Vladimir Putin

Is there a T.V. show you never miss? If so, which one?
Mad Men

What would your perfect meal consist of?
An Indonesian rice table

What modern convenience would it be most difficult for you to live without?
The Internet

What are people usually very surprised to learn about you?
That I despise karaoke.

What else would you like people to know about you?
That I have a deep love for animals. I urge people to spay or neuter their pets, adopt from shelters and rescues, or purchase only from reputable, responsible breeders.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Sat February 23, 2013

The week in review

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Week in review interview

This week in review, Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss the second attempt to overhaul Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, the great potential of Detroit getting an emergency manager, and debates over what control the Detroit Public School board has when they are under the control of an emergency financial manager.

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Politics & Government
4:29 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Michigan lawmaker urges Congress to renew Violence Against Women Act

A state lawmaker says members Congress should put aside their differences  and reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act.  

More than 100 Michigan women were killed by an intimate partner in 2011, and more than 68,000 were victims of domestic violence.

State Sen. Rebekah Warren says the federal Violence Against Women Act was allowed to expire last year because of partisan squabbling.

She says that affects shelters, prevention programs and the women they protect.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Sat February 16, 2013

The week in review

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Week in review interview for 2/16/13

This week in review Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss Detroit’s State of the City address, lawmakers conversation about abortions and Viagra coverage in Senate health plans, and the removal of Pure Michigan right to work ads.

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Health
4:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Study: Too many Michigan hospital beds driving up consumer costs

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A surplus of hospital beds in Michigan could be pushing up medical costs. 

Paul Delamater  is a research specialist at Michigan State University's Department of Geography.

He says Michigan already has about 7,000 more hospital beds than it needs -- especially in urban areas.

"I found that the availability of beds themselves actually caused utilization to rise," Delamater says. "If a new hospital is built, there's pressure to get people into those beds regardless of the medical-based need for putting them in that hospital bed."

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Eliminate Viagra from Senate health plan? No problem, GOP responds

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A debate over health care coverage for members of the Michigan Senate has taken an odd turn. 

Democratic State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer is unhappy about the elimination of abortion coverage for her Senate colleagues. She says it could jeopardize their health.

So Whitmer challenged Republican Senator Rick Jones to eliminate Viagra as well.

Jones's response?

"I actually contacted her office and said, 'I will support you. If you want to end that coverage, draw up a petition  and ask me to be the first one to sign on,'" Jones says.

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Health
1:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Study: Pregnant women often untreated for sexually transmitted infections

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Many pregnant women who visit emergency rooms may not be getting treatment for sexually transmitted infections. 

A Michigan State University study finds a small number of the pregnant women tested at three West Michigan hospitals got the medication they needed.

That's because it takes about 48 hours to get the test results for chlamydia and gonorrhea and the women often can't be reached after they leave the emergency room.

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Law
4:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Law would require registered sex offenders to pay annual fee

The more than 40,000 registered sex offenders in Michigan may soon be required to pay an annual fee.  

They currently pay a one-time $50 charge, but most offenders will be on the registry for 25 years to life.

State Senator Rick Jones says the database costs Michigan State Police about $1 million a year to maintain. He's working on a bill that would require sex offenders to pay $50 or $100  a year.

"I want to keep troopers on the road," Jones says. "This is not too much to ask sex offenders to pay a dollar or two dollars a week."

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Targets encourage violence against Muslims, Michigan group says

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A Michigan group wants gun shops to stop selling targets that depict a man wearing traditional Muslim attire. 

The paper target shows the skeleton of a  bearded man wearing a turban and robe, holding an assault rifle.

Dawud Walid is with the Michigan Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. He says he bought a couple of the targets at a Royal Oak gun shop.

Walid says he introduced himself to the store owner, and explained his concern that the targets could encourage violence against Muslims.

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Politics & Government
7:54 am
Wed February 6, 2013

The week in Michigan politics

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Week in Michigan politics interview

In this week in Michigan politics, Rina Miller and Jack Lessenberry discuss Governor Rick Snyder’s upcoming budget address, the final days of the Kwame Kilpatrick trial, and how 200 administrators in Grand Rapids Public Schools got pink slipped.

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Health
12:55 pm
Sun January 27, 2013

Survey finds most Michigan doctors ready to take new patients if Medicaid expands

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Most Michigan doctors say they are prepared to take on a wave of new patients -- if the state approves an expansion of its Medicaid program.  

Under the Affordable Care Act, nearly 300,000 more people could be added to the state's Medicaid rolls next year.

Marianne Udow-Phillips of the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation says the nonprofit group surveyed 1,500 Michigan physicians.
 
"Overall, 81% of primary care physicians say they're going to expand their practices to take new patients come 2014," Udow-Phillips says.

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Business
2:00 pm
Sat January 26, 2013

Dubai-bound: Michigan economic officials to pitch state's life-sciences industry

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Michigan wants the world to know about its life-sciences industry, so it's taking its show on the road -- or, in this case, overseas.    

Representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation are attending a health conference in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates.

We make lots of technical stuff here, everything from robots to replacement body parts to medicines.

Oakland County Deputy Executive Matt Gibb will be among those pitching the state's products.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Sat January 26, 2013

The week in review

Week in review interview

This “week in review”, Michigan Radio’s Weekend Edition host Rina Miller and political analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss proposed gun laws in Michigan, who might replace former Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway, and the new hiring rules for emergency financial managers in the state.

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Health
4:40 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Michigan is 5th heaviest in nation: Health officials target obesity epidemic

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Many Michigan residents are carrying an unhealthy amount of weight and the problem is getting worse.

Michigan is the fifth-heaviest state in the nation, according to Michigan Department of Community Health Director James Haveman.

"In 1995, 18% of the adult population was obese in Michigan. By 2010, it had increased to 32 percent," Haveman says. "Currently in Michigan, some 800,000 children and five million adults have a weight problem. If unchanged, obesity could reach 50 percent by 2030."

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Health
1:14 pm
Sun January 20, 2013

U-M phone app guides self-exams to help detect skin cancer

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Many Michiganders are among the more than two million Americans diagnosed with skin cancer each year. It's the most common malignancy.

The majority will discover they have basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas, but about 50,000 people will learn they have melanoma, which is particularly difficult to treat if not caught early.

A free phone application called UMSkinCheck helps people examine their skin and keep track of changes.

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Sat January 19, 2013

The week in review

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Week in review interview for 1/19/13

This “week in review” Michigan Radio’s Weekend Edition host Rina Miller and political analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss: Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State speech, the possibility of no fault absentee voting, a positive report on Michigan’s housing market, and a possible tax amnesty program for Detroit.

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Health
2:00 pm
Sun January 13, 2013

Study: Many patients don't adhere to at-home cancer medication regimen

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People who take cancer treatments in pill form at home may not be using the medicines properly. 

A study by Michigan State University found that more than 40 percent of people took too many pills or missed doses of their oral cancer medications.

"Unfortunately, that can mean that it's not combating the cancer, or the medication is not able to work because the patient hasn't received enough of the medication," says Sandra Spoelstra, an assistant professor at MSU's College of Nursing.

Spoelstra says some oral anti-cancer agents are taken just once a day.

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Education
9:00 am
Sun January 13, 2013

That's What They Say: Is alright a word?

Interview

In this week's edition of "That’s What They Say" English professor Anne Curzan and Weekend Edition host Rina Miller discuss words with split personalities in written form: words like 'all right' and 'every day.'

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Politics & Government
9:00 am
Sat January 12, 2013

The week in review

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Week in review interview for 1/12/13

This week and review Michigan Radio’s Weekend Edition host Rina Miller and political analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss proposed bills to end lame duck sessions and make it easier to file freedom of information act requests. They also chat about the controversial right to work Pure Michigan ad that appeared in the Wall Street Journal.

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Health
2:42 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Nurses say understaffing at two Michigan hospitals puts patients at risk

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A federal complaint has been filed against two Lenawee  County hospitals. 

Nurses at Bixby Hospital in Adrian and Herrick Hospital in Tecumseh say chronic understaffing is putting patients at risk. The nurses are asking the National Labor Relations Board to intervene. Dawn Kettinger  is with the Michigan Nurses Association.

She says nurses often have to care for six or seven patients at a time, and are mandated to work 16-hour shifts.

"All the research tells us all of these practices translate to medical errors, more infections, even patient death," Kettinger says. "If you or a loved one needs to use the services of these hospitals, we'll do the absolute best we can, but it's getting tougher and tougher to give you safe care."

Kettinger says staffing levels vary by units, but says on a medical surgical floor, one nurse should not have to take care of more than four patients.

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Education
11:58 am
Wed January 9, 2013

That's What They Say: Towards and anyways

interview

This time on “That’s What They Say” Michigan Radio’s Rina Miller and English Professor Anne Curzan discuss adding an ‘s’ to words like ‘anyway’ and ‘toward.’

Miller says one of her pet peeves is adding an ‘s’ to words like backward, forward and toward, but Curzan says it is okay to do so.

“The toward/towards is mostly a British/American distinction. Brits will tend to use the ‘s’, ‘towards,’ Americans no ‘s’, ‘toward.’” Curzan says. “But at this point we are seeing the British ‘towards’ in a lot of American writing.”

Yet a lot of people cringe at the word “anyways.” Is that a word? Curzan says yes.

“The word actually goes pretty far back in English, used slightly differently. Used in a way that someone might say, ‘if he is in anyways involved,’ it’s more recently that people use anyways in a conjuctive role, to mean ‘in any case,’ and that’s the one that no one likes,” Curzan says.

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