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5:06 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Three Michigan books to read this fall

Michigan poet and writer Keith Taylor.
Robert Turney

We've welcomed autumn here in Michigan, many of us with open arms. It is a beautiful season in our state.

And one of the pleasures of changing seasons is being able to talk with poet and writer Keith Taylor.

Keith joined us today with his picks for our autumn reading, books set-in Michigan written by Michigan authors. This time, he focused on writing from the Upper Peninsula.

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Stateside
4:56 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Public universities and colleges in Michigan could be in trouble

University of Michigan student union
Wikimedia Commons

What does the future hold for public universities?

A recent report from Moody's suggests the future is very uncertain for public universities: enrollment is flat, revenue is stagnant, and expenses grew nearly twice as fast as inflation.

Are public colleges on a "path to economic oblivion," as the Chronicle of Higher Education puts it? And how are Michigan's public colleges and universities faring?

Dan Hurley grew up and was educated in Michigan. Today he is with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, where he's the Director of State Relations and Policy Analysis. He joined us today from Washington.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
3:21 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

How are Michigan franchises fairing?

We turn now to an area of business that held strong in Michigan even in the darkest hours of the Great Recession.

Franchises. They create jobs faster than any other business sector. Even when the Great Recession slammed us in 2008, franchises kept on hiring. The pace may have slowed down a little, but the franchise hiring rate still topped the national rate of employment.

DBusiness is out with its 2013 "Michigan Franchise Report" and we wanted to find out their verdict on the franchise scene in Michigan.

DBusiness editor R.J. King joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
2:03 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Current political system penalizes those willing to cooperate, says Rep. Kildee

Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-D, 5th District).
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is warning that lawmakers are "playing with fire" and he’s asking Congress to pass legislation to re-open the government and to increase the nation’s debt limit.

Lew says President Obama has no intentions of linking either bill to Republican demands to change the health care law. This comes as Republican House Speaker John Boehner rules out a House vote on a temporary spending bill without concessions from the President.

That’s where things stand as the government shutdown moves into its second week.

Democratic Representative Dan Kildee joined us today from Washington D.C.

We asked him whether Democrats like it or not, don’t voters expect some type of negotiation - some type of compromise - from both sides?

You can listen to our interview with him above.

Politics & Culture
10:52 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Stateside for Monday, October 7th, 2013

A recent report from Moody's suggests the future is very uncertain for public universities. Today we talked about the future of public universities in Michigan.

And, poet Keith Taylor stopped by the studios to introduce us to some Michigan must-reads for the month of October.

Also, despite our troubled economy, Michigan franchises are going strong. We spoke to DBusiness editor R.J. King about the 2013 Michigan Franchise Report.

First on the show, it’s Day Seven of the partial government shutdown.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew is warning that lawmakers are “playing with fire” and he’s asking Congress to pass legislation to re-open the government, and to increase the nation’s debt limit.

Lew says President Obama has no intentions of linking either bill to Republican demands to change the health care law.

This comes as Republican House Speaker John Boehner rules out a House vote on a temporary spending bill without concessions from the President.

So, that’s where things stand as the government shutdown moves into its second week. Michigan Democratic Representative Dan Kildee joined us from D.C. to discuss the issue. 

Stateside
6:02 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

What history can tell us about the government shutdown

The Capitol building
U.S. Congress congress.gov

An interview with historian Gleaves Whitney.

It's Day Three of the government shutdown — with no compromise in sight. 

Late Tuesday, President Barack Obama met with Vice President Joe Biden, Speaker of the House John Boehner, Minority House Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Harry Reid, and Sen. McConnell. That meeting yielded nothing that we know of in terms of solving the impasse.

Meantime, Americans continue to express their anger at all sides involved in this stalemate.

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Stateside
5:54 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Building a pre-school from the ground up in Ann Arbor

Ryan Brown, co-founder of the U-School in Ann Arbor.
U-School

What if you could build a pre-school from the ground up?

What if you could take the things that seem to work well -- take out what doesn't -- and build-in new ideas after listening to your community?

That's exactly what my next guest is doing.

Ryan Brown wants to re-imagine what early childhood education looks like and feels like.

He's doing it with the "U School," which is opening next June in Ann Arbor.

And what's happening in these weeks before the U-School opens is worth looking at.

Brown is the co-founder, executive director, and a classroom teacher at the U-School, and he joined us today.

Listen to the interview above.

Stateside
5:47 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Detroit's EM hints at how he might use DIA art to help city

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Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr has sent out the strongest hint yet that prized pieces in the DIA collection are on the table as a way to put money into the city coffers.

Without offering many details, Orr told the Detroit Economic Club today that there are ways for the DIA to make money from its artwork that might not involve outright sales, but perhaps would involve long-term leases.

Orr was clear -- he said he must consider ways to use the museum's treasures to help the bankrupt city.

And, earlier this week, another one of the city's "jewels" was back in the spotlight.

The State and Mayor Dave Bing announced an agreement under which the State DNR would run Belle Isle as Michigan's 102nd State Park.

Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes joined us to talk about all this.

Listen to the interview above.

Stateside
5:43 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Warming climate leading to heavier rains in region

Rain is in the forecast for much of Michigan.
Tom Grundy Flickr

This past summer brought us challenging days in terms of heavy rain, thunderstorms, and sewers unable to handle the fast and furious downpours.

And that is giving scientists cause for concern.

Dr Larissa Larsen is an associate professor in the Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Michigan and she joined us in the studio.

Listen to the audio above.

Politics & Culture
5:29 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Stateside for Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

What if you could build a school from the ground-up? What would it look like? How would it feel? Just what would it be?

On today's show, we talk to a man who's re-imagining what early childhood could look like in Michigan.

And then, the state has signed a deal to lease Belle Isle from Detroit. The island soon becoming Michigan's 102nd state park, but there is plenty of unhappiness in Detroit about the decision. We'll find out why later in the hour.

But first, it's Day Three of the government shutdown. There was an Obama-Biden-Boehner-Pelosi-Reid-McConnell meeting at the White House late Tuesday that yielded nothing that we know of in terms of solving the impasse.

Meantime, Americans continue to express their anger at all sides involved in this stalemate.

We wanted to get some historical perspective and context to all of this. Has America weathered standoffs like this in the past? What can history teach us about the divisions we see now between the President, the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans -- especially the far-right Republicans.

Is finding common ground possible in Washington in 2013?

For that, he turned to our favorite political-historian -- Gleaves Whitney directs the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University.

Stateside
1:46 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

How much solar energy does it take to cross Australia?

U-M's solar car.
umich.edu umich.edu

Cars running on solar energy might not be in every driveway in the country, but a group of students at the University of Michigan are helping keep the solar power dream alive.

The university’s solar car team, one of the most decorated teams of its kind in North America, is in Australia now, preparing to compete in the World Solar Challenge on Sunday. They’ll be shooting for the fastest time on an 1800-mile race from the top of the continent to the bottom. Teams from across the globe will be using nothing but the sun and a jet-like roadster to get them across the outback.

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Stateside
5:34 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The government shutdown from the perspective of a former Congressman

Joe Schwarz
Wikipedia

It's day two of the government shutdown.

Joe Schwarz is a former Republican Congressman from southern mid-Michigan. He has been out of office now for about 7 years. He joined us today to give us his perspective on the issue from the outside.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
5:34 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Congressman Gary Peters on the government shutdown

Gary Peters

It’s day two of the government shutdown.

Democratic Congressman Gary Peters joined us today. He represents Michigan's 14th Congressional district. He’s here to help those of us who are not on the ground in D.C. understand where things stand right now.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
5:31 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

What can be done about Michigan's overcrowded jails?

California inmates will be housed in a Baldwin prison beginning in 2011
Flickr user Still Burning Creative Commons

When the public hears that a prisoner has been sentenced to serve time in jail, most of us allow ourselves to think that the guilty party will do the time.

But what happens when the number of prisoners who are sentenced outstrips the capacity of that jail? Do you cram in more and more inmates? Relieve overcrowding through early release? Reduce bonds? And what are the repercussions of each of those approaches?

Daniel Manville is an Associate Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of the Civil Rights Clinic at Michigan State University. He joined us today to discuss the issue.

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Stateside
5:24 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Scrap metal theft is a huge problem for some cities in Michigan

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Imagine this: you go to open the doors of your church one bright morning and realize something is missing, something big. The statue of the crucified Christ has been stripped right off the outside wall.

Or you're driving along a street and you have to navigate your way around big open holes in the street because the manhole covers have been stolen.

Or how about this: the catalytic converter is stripped right out from under the hood of your parked car.

Welcome to the world of scrap-metal theft in Michigan cities.

Nancy Derringer reported on the problem for Bridge Magazine and she joined us today in the studio.

Listen to the full interview above.

Politics & Culture
5:20 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Stateside for Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

Some thirty years after the County Jail Overcrowding Act was passed, Michigan is still dealing with overcrowding emergencies in jails across the state. On today's show: How do we fix the problem of jails filled to the brim? Do we reduce bonds? Increase rates of early release?

And, when it comes to scrap metal theft, anything goes, from manhole covers to copper Jesus statues. What can Michigan lawmakers do to crack down on these thefts?

Also, Michigan writer Natalie Burg joined us to talk about her new book. It's a memoir of her experience living on a Swedish farm.

First on the show, it’s day two of the government shutdown.

Democratic Congressman Gary Peters joined us today. He represents Michigan's 14th Congressional district. 

And former Congressman Joe Schwarz joined us to give us his perspective on the issue as well.

Politics & Culture
4:55 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

It's October 1st. The beginning of the new state and new federal fiscal years have come in with a bang. The news making headlines across the country: the partial government shutdown. The first federal shutdown in 17 years.

Democrats and Republicans in Washington D.C. were unable to compromise on a continuing resolution to fund the federal government.

But, what does this mean for you here in Michigan?

Well, 41% of Michigan's budget comes from the federal government, but a shutdown doesn't mean all of that money will stop flowing immediately - though, it will slow.

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Education
4:49 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Impacts of new school consolidation law felt in northern Michigan

An empty classroom.
Sarah Hulett Michigan Radio

A record number of Michigan schools are struggling to stay in the black.

So far, the headlines have focused on the fiscal problems of some of the state’s more populated counties.

A new state law allows state officials to dissolve and consolidate small schools with big problems.

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Stateside
4:43 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Author revisits crime and corruption of yesteryear in 'Detroit Shuffle'

A map of Detroit from 1923, around the time author D.E. Johnson writes about in "Detroit Shuffle."
user davecito Flickr

Corruption. Political shenanigans. Murder. 

That may sound like life in a big city in 2013. 

But Kalamazoo-based writer D.E. Johnson says think again. His latest novel is set in the Detroit of 1912. From his research, there was plenty of crime and corruption happening in those good old days. 

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Stateside
4:39 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

How deeply do major university donors influence higher education in America?

Real estate mogul Stephen Ross, left, donated $200 million to the University of Michigan in September.
Teresa Mathew The Michigan Daily

It was a gift — with a capital "G."

Real estate developer and Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross made big headlines last month with an eye-popping $200-million gift to the University of Michigan.

The donation is earmarked for the university's athletic department and the business school that already bears the name of Stephen Ross from an earlier gift of $113 million.

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