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8:46 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

What will Gov. Snyder say about the environment in his State of the State address?

Lisa Wozniak
http://www.michiganlcv.org/

Gov. Snyder delivers his State of the State address a week from today. He'll likely talk about new policy initiatives and proposals and issues concerning everything from transportation and infrastructure to education. Lisa Wozniak, however, will be listening intently to what the Governor has to say about one specific topic: the environment.

Lisa Wozniak is the Executive Director of the Michigan League for Conservation Voters, and she joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
8:43 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Detroit ruins become a playground for 'free skiers'

Clip from Poor Boyz Productions YouTube

After 40 years of decline, Detroit has become a haven of so called ruin porn, with people flocking from all over the country and the world to photograph the city’s many decaying buildings.

Once winter was in full swing, a video went viral on social media. And it’s an epic, not to mention adventurous example of ruin porn.

Stateside’s Emily Fox has more.

Listen to the full audio above.

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Stateside
8:41 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

China becomes the world leader in wind power

user vaxomatic flickr

In China, more and more cities are seeing their streets filled with smog as cars and power stations pollute the air. One response by the Chinese government is to launch a major push for cleaner renewable energy. China is now the world's leading producer of wind power and it has plans to install thousands of turbines every year, especially in the remote regions in the country's far west.

That's where the BBC's science editor David Shukman is, and he sent us this report.

Listen to the full audio above.

Stateside
8:39 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Why are women underrepresented in science and what can be done to change this?

Women should be encouraged to pursue science as a career.
Argonne National Laboratory Flickr

A young woman entered college, full of the dreams she’d been holding tight since early grade school: dreams of being a doctor. She entered college in pre-med as a biology major. The biology part of pre-med went just great. But the chemistry was tough, and, in the middle of her sophomore year, when she saw she’d gotten a “D” in organic chem lab, that was that. She dropped out of all her science classes, switched over to History and tried to forget that she’d ever wanted to be a surgeon.

Today she’s glad to be hosting Stateside here on Michigan Radio!

But even after 34 years in radio and TV, Cynthia Canty still finds herself wondering what if she had not let that one “D” chase her out of her science major? And why did no one try to encourage her to keep plugging away?

So when the New York Times Sunday Magazine recently ran a long piece by writer Eileen Pollack titled “Why Are There Still So Few Women in Science?” it struck a very personal chord.

As Eileen finds, women are still underrepresented in the STEM classes and careers that are so crucial to our country’s future prosperity.

But the University of Michigan is working hard to find ways to nurture and support women students and faculty in the sciences.

We were joined today by the author of that New York Times piece. She is one of the first two women to earn a bachelor of science degree in physics from Yale. Today she teaches creative writing at the University of Michigan.

Tim McKay is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Michigan, and he directs the undergrad honors program.

Abby Stewart is a professor of psychology and women’s studies at Michigan. She directs the university’s advance program.

The three of them joined us today to discuss the issue.

Listen to the full interview above.

Politics & Culture
5:18 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Stateside for Thursday, January 9, 2014

Last month, Governor Rick Snyder called for less coal power and more renewable energy in Michigan. Utilities are in a good position, but questions remain over whether lawmakers will be able to act before the state's current energy standards expire. We found out more on today's show.

Then, of all the physics professors in the United States, only 14% are women. Why do some female scientists give up? And what can be done to help female students and minorities succeed?

And, we heard from the BBC on how China had become the world leader for wind power.

Also, a group of “free skiers” have found a new ski location in the abandon buildings of Detroit.

First on the show, it's Thursday, time for the first check-in of this New Year with Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.

Understandably, he has the auto industry on his mind as we prepare for next week's opening of the North American International Auto Show. He got an early look at the show, and he joined us today to discuss it.

Politics & Culture
4:17 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Stateside for Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

In the past decade, health care price transparency has become a hot topic. On today’s program we shed some light on why some hospitals in the same city or state charge thousands more for the same procedure. And what you can do to compare prices. Then later in the hour, the story of why John Lennon sang to free Michigan-native and poet John Sinclair.

But first, emergency unemployment benefits, and Senatorial "jitters" over an Enbridge oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac.

Both are issues consuming attention from Michigan's Congressional delegation.

Let's start with the fact that more than a week ago, a federal unemployment benefits program expired leaving 1.3 million jobless Americans without aid. Some 45,000 of them are here in Michigan.

The program is the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program,EUC for short. Here in Michigan, the EUC added 36 more weeks to the state's regular 20 weeks of benefits.

On Capitol Hill today, Democrats are trying to pressure House Republicans to extend the program for three more months.

Detroit Free Press Washington reporter Todd Spangler joins us now to tell us more about this bid to revive the EUC.

*Listen to the audio above.

Stateside
4:11 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

When John Lennon came to Ann Arbor

A program from the John Sinclair Freedom Rally at Crisler Arena on December 10, 1971.
Wystan Flickr

An interview with James Mitchell.

Dec. 10, 1971. Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. John Lennon steps up to the microphone.

"It ain't fair, John Sinclair…” the former Beatle sings.

In his new book, "The Walrus And The Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution," author James Mitchell tells the story of Lennon’s trip to Michigan, and why Ann Arbor was the perfect launchpad for Lennon's new life as a revolutionary.

Listen to the full interview above. 

Stateside
4:08 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Battles over unemployment benefits, Mackinac’s oil pipeline gain federal attention

The Mackinac Bridge.
Julie Falk Flickr

An interview with Todd Spangler.

Emergency unemployment benefits and senatorial "jitters" over an Enbridge oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac: Both are issues consuming attention from Michigan's congressional delegation.

More than a week ago, a federal unemployment benefits program expired, leaving 1.3 million jobless Americans without aid. Some 45,000 of them are here in Michigan.

The program is the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. In Michigan, the EUC added 36 more weeks to the state's regular 20 weeks of benefits.

On Capitol Hill today, Democrats are trying to pressure House Republicans to extend the program for three more months.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is trying to ease concerns over an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

Detroit Free Press Washington reporter Todd Spangler joins us now to tell us more about these issues.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Why is Michigan’s former state treasurer collecting a salary after his resignation?

Former State Treasurer Andy Dillon.
Associated Press

More than two months ago, former State Treasurer Andy Dillon resigned, clouded in controversy.

Today, word leaked out that Dillon is still on the state payroll – and has been since November 1 – still pulling down his full salary of $174,204 for training his successor, Kevin Clinton.

Zoe Clark, co-host of Michigan Radio's It's Just Politics joins us to talk about the controversy, along with Lester Graham of Michigan Watch.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
3:40 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

How to compare medical costs – right now

Do you compare costs before stepping into a doctor's office?
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Cost comparison – it can be an effective way of saving money. Whether it's comparing the price of a cup of coffee – Starbucks versus Tim Horton's, for instance – or comparing gas prices in different parts of the city or state, checking out cost differences is, for many, just part of a regular day.

But what about comparing medical costs? Would you have any idea what, say, a hip replacement might cost at the hospital you go to?

If you could tease out those prices and compare them, you might find yourself wondering: Why do some hospitals in the same city or state charge thousands of dollars more for the same procedure? And why is it so tough to get those prices?

Those are the questions Ilene Wolff, a writer with DBusiness, explored in a recent story.

To compare prices of services at different hospitals, visit healthcarebluebook.comTo look up hospital quality information, visit hospitalcompare.hhs.gov.

Listen to the full interview above. 

Stateside
5:28 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

A closer look at the future of ethanol and our renewable energy future

A cornfield in northern Ohio.
Mark Brush Michigan Radio

It’s been seven years since America hit the accelerator on corn-based ethanol fuels. Homegrown corn became the centerpiece of a push to find an alternative to foreign oil.

President Bush signed this expansion of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2007, promising it would make us “stronger, cleaner and more secure.”

But, as is so often the case, something that offers great promise on one hand, takes its toll on the other hand. So the view of corn-based ethanol very much depends upon which side of the fence you’re standing on.

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Stateside
5:19 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Michigan falling behind on school safety reporting

Public school in Detroit.
Mercedes Mejia Michigan Radio

Parents want to know how safe their child's school is. How many incidents of bullying have happened, for example? How many kids caught with drugs or alcohol?

Well, it's been more than a decade since the state of Michigan required the reporting of school safety information, but it appears that requirement is failing.

Bridge Magazine writer Ron French recently dug into the extent of the problem.

*Listen to the audio above.

Stateside
5:14 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

How gay neighborhoods could help rebuild Detroit

Peter Martorano Flickr

We've had many ideas and proposals floated for ways to rebuild Detroit to help it back from the depths of bankruptcy.

But there has been one group, it could be argued, that has been overlooked in these conversations: the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

And that is quite an oversight, considering that, as my next guest writes in Slate, "gays and lesbians are known to be drivers of gentrification.”

And as the CEO and president of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation says about Detroit, "bring on more gentrification!"

Joining me is Ross Benes, journalist and researcher. His piece for Slate is titled "The Latest Plan to Save Detroit: Build a Gay Neighborhood.”

And we're joined by Curtis Lipscomb. He's the executive director of KICK in Detroit.

*Listen to the audio above.

Stateside
5:08 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

What's behind the need to share on social media?

It's cold in Ann Arbor!
Mike Perini

  If you've logged onto Facebook, or checked your Instagram account, or maybe just following Twitter over the past 48 hours, you've no doubt seen the photos -- pictures of smart-phone screens showing the negative-digit temperatures, or the photo of a friend with a measuring stick in the snow to prove, yes, indeed, we got 17 inches.

Or, maybe you've read what all appear to be the same "status updates"telling you pretty much what you already know: It's cold out there!!

Just what is behind this need to share - over social media - what we're all experiencing? Cliff Lampe is an Assistant Professor at the School of Information at the University of Michigan.

*Listen to the audio above.

Stateside
5:01 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Chris Gautz talks about the coming year in Michigan politics

Chris Gautz.
Twitter

2014 is going to be a major year in Michigan politics. You can expect much of the spotlight to be fixed on the gubernatorial election with presumed candidates Rick Snyder for the Republicans and Mark Schauer for the Democrats.

But Crain's Detroit Business thinks there are other names worth watching in 2014. Writer Chris Gautz joined us to talk about the people to watch in state politics.

*Listen to the audio above.

Politics & Culture
4:59 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Stateside for Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

It's been 13 years since the state of Michigan required schools to report safety information -- information like how many incidents of bullying there were, or how many students were caught with drugs or alcohol. But more than a decade later, it appears that requirement for information is failing.

On today's show, we dig into the extent of the problem, and what it means for teachers, students and parents.

And, then, if you've logged onto Facebook or maybe Instagram in the last two days, you've certainly seen them: pictures of the massive amounts of snow piled up or status updates complaining about what we all know -- how cold it is!

So why do we all feel the need to share the same weather information on social media?

We ask an expert later in the hour.

But first on the show, 2014 is going to be a major year in Michigan politics. You can expect much of the spotlight to be fixed on the gubernatorial election with presumed candidates Rick Snyder for the Republicans and Mark Schauer for the Democrats.

But Crain's Detroit Business thinks there are other names worth watching in 2014. Writer Chris Gautz joined us to talk about the people to watch in state politics.

Stateside
4:41 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Detroit City Council has a new president

The new Detroit City Council President, Brenda Jones.
Brenda Jones

There was an important vote today as members of Detroit's City Council chose a new leader.

Councilwoman Brenda Jones edged out previous Council president Saunteel Jenkins.

Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek explains what happened.

*Listen to audio above.

Stateside
4:32 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Looking at the year ahead for the auto industry

The North American International Auto Show is even tough for the Michelin Man.
Mark Brush Michigan Radio

The 2014 North American International Auto Show is just around the corner.

Reporters from around the world will descend on Detroit's Cobo Center next week for the media preview days, the big black-tie Charity Preview is on Jan. 17, and the doors open to the public on Saturday, Jan. 18.

With that in mind, we wanted to see what the upcoming year might bring for the auto industry. For that we turn to Michelle Krebs from Edmunds.com, and Michigan Radio’s auto reporter, Tracy Samilton.

*Listen to the audio above.

Stateside
4:29 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Michigan historian tells us how polio shaped FDR's presidency

One of the few photographs of Franklin D. Roosevelt in a wheelchair. Taken at Top Cottage in February 1941.
user Doco wikimedia commons

Michigan historian James Tobin has written a new book on Franklin Delano Roosevelt and how polio shaped the president he became. FDR was our 32nd president, and on his Inauguration Day, in the darkest days of the Great Depression, FDR sent out a timeless challenge to Americans.

*Listen to the audio above.

Politics & Culture
4:29 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Stateside for Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

On today's show: An auto forecast. More electric cars? What about increased sales in a recovering economy? And how about the dreadful European market? Just what will 2014 hold for the industry that still powers our state?

Then later in the hour, Michigan author James Tobin joins us. We'll talk with him about his new book, "The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency."

But first on the show we talk with MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa, who also runs farmerweather.com.

This time the forecasters did not cry wolf. We got slammed by snow. And now that the snow has fallen, we’re looking at winds and that dangerous cold.

Torregrossa explains what's ahead and when we'll see something resembling a more "typical" Michigan winter.

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