Stateside Staff


5:08 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

More people using Bridge Cards at farmers markets

Produce at a farmers market
user tami.vroma Flickr

So, we're still here in it.

Stuck in the middle of winter and its hard to think about putting on flip-flops, sunglasses, and heading out for fresh, summer veggies from the farmers market.

But, it seems more and more people are going to farmers markets throughout the year, and paying for their purchases with Bridge cards.

Numbers are out from last year and they show the use of Bridge Cards at farmers markets around the state went up by 42 % in 2012.

Amanda Shreve joined us today. She's the Food Assistance Partnership Coordinator with the Michigan Farmers Market Association.

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5:01 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Belief in global warming is on the rise again

Temperatures soar as the heat wave continues.
Rich Mondky NWS

A new survey released by U of M's Ford School of Public Policy finds global warming is becoming more and more real to more and more Americans.

Barry Rabeis one of the authors of the study, and the director of the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy.

He talked with us about why more of us are believing in the reality of global warming.

Click the link above the to hear the whole interview.

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5:00 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Howell High School students know their U.S. Constitution

We always like to say here on Stateside that we are eager to get your ideas for stories that we should tell and people we should profile.

So when we got an email from Charlie Todd and Barb Schmidt of Howell - proud grandparents - telling us about a very special teacher at Howell High School, and his very special students, we soon realized that this was a story we wanted to share with the rest of Michigan.

We hear lots about the victories of high school teams all over the state. Generally it has to do with football, basketball, soccer, hockey.

This victory is different. The competition is called "We The People."

Schools compete based on their students' knowledge of the U.S. Constitution.

And this year Howell High School came in first in the state in the "We The People Competition," which was a first for Howell High and for any high school on the east side of the State.

The three competing students, Jon Reck, Aaron Osborne, Jake Tholen, and their teacher Mark Oglesby joined us today. Oglesby won the Michigan Civic Education Teacher of the Year in 2011.

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Politics & Culture
4:41 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

Today on the show, anyone writing tuition checks to a college or university will tell you it takes a big bite out of your checking account.

Senate Democrats in Lansing are now re-introducing their Michigan 2020 plan.

Under their plan, Michigan high school grads would receive grants allowing them to pay tuition at our state's public universities and community colleges.

They tried to get this Michigan 2020 plan off the ground last year, but it got a hearing and never advanced beyond that.

We talked with Senator Gretchen Whimer (D- East Lansing) about how the plan would work and where the money would come from.

Also, a new study released by the University of Michigan shows belief in global warming among Americans is going back up.

We ask why and how this change in public opinion will impact public policy.

And, we'll talk with singer/songwriter Khalid Hanifi about his new album and his first song that was translated into Pashto.

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5:23 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Interview with Congressman Gary Peters

Gary Peters

Cyndi talked with Michigan Congressman Gary Peters (D) today.

Peters is the new co-chair of the House Automotive Caucus along with Republican Congressman John Campbell (R-CA).

Peters talked about what it's like in a bi-partisan caucus and what it might mean for Michigan and the auto industry.

Click the audio above to hear the full interview.

Politics & Culture
5:22 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Stateside for Monday, March 4, 2013

On today's show, Michigan exports are on the rise. We'll find out what products are selling, and why.

And, it's a tale of two cities, of sorts. We'll talk to two Detroiters with different ideas about what an emergency manager would really mean for their city.

We start today's show with a Michigan congressman who was just named co-chair of the House Automotive Caucus.

Congressman Gary Peters (D - MI14) will co-chair the caucus with Congressman John Campbell (R-CA45) who, it should be noted, was once a car dealer.

5:17 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

CEOs want to see more post-secondary education in Michigan

Deciding where and how to spend money. It is a major part of the decisions made by top business executives.

There are 70 CEO's who have come together in West Michigan to set up a system of investment in human capital in their future employees.

They've named their effort "TALENT 2025," and they want to see 60 percent of the region's workforce achieve a post-secondary degree by 2025.

The President of TALENT 2025, Kevin Stotts, talked with Cyndy from Grand Rapids.

5:13 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

More Michigan companies are tapping foreign markets

There’s an encouraging story to tell about Michigan companies. More companies are tapping into foreign markets, and that will have a duel result: they’re making money, and creating jobs.
Michigan was among 11 states that posted double-digit export growth last year. The Commerce Department reports that we were number eight when it came to exporting merchandise to foreign buyers.  It was at $56.9 billion in 2012.  That's up 12 percent from the year before.

Richard Curson is the director of the East Michigan US Export Assistance Center. He talked to us about the successes and challenges we face.

Click the audio above to hear the entire interview.

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Politics & Culture
3:42 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Stateside for Thursday, February 28th, 2013

On today's show: We take up the topic of charter schools in Michigan, particularly the question: is there an academic difference in charter schools operated by for-profit companies versus charter schools run by non-profits. New research sheds some light.

And Michigan has the 11th-highest population of veterans in the nation, but the state is last when it comes to federal money spent per vet on all the services veterans are entitled to we'll find out what the plan is to address the issue.

But first we go to Detroit.  Mayor Dave Bing says tomorrow is the day when Governor Snyder announces whether there will be a state takeover of the city of Detroit. Mayor Bing says he spoke with Snyder today and would go no further than saying an announcement will come tomorrow.

It was just last week that a state-appointed financial review team delivered the news to Governor Snyder: Detroit is in a state of financial emergency, and the city’s current leaders "lack a plan" to deal with it.

Detroit news columnist Daniel Howes joined us to talk about Detroit's future.

3:14 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Measuring how charter schools perform in Michigan

TeachingWorks aims develop a nationwide system for all teaching programs, so that teachers are prepared the minute they walk into the classroom.
Jennifer Guerra Michigan Radio

In 2011, Governor Snyder signed a law to increase the number of charter school contracts around the state.

This bill allowed the state to have up 300 charter schools by the end of 2012.

And by the end of 2015, have unlimited caps.

When it comes to the topic of charter schools in Michigan, the question to be answered is whether there is an academic difference in charter schools operated by for-profit companies versus charters run by non-profits?

That question is the focus of a piece appearing in today's Bridge Magazine.

We spoke with Bridge writer Ron French and Chief Executive Officer Jeff Williams, from Public Sector Consultants.

They  gave us a rundown on charter schools in Michigan and how they compare with other states.

To hear the full story click the audio link above.

3:13 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

The latest on a potential emergency manager for Detroit

The future of Detroit's Emergency Manager
Zoe Clark Michigan Radio

Last week, Governor Snyder  received the results of a state-appointed financial review of Detroit.

According to the review, Detroit is in a 'financial emergency' and that the city's current leaders "lack a plan."

This week, Michigan is waiting to see whether or not Gov. Snyder will appoint an emergency manager for the city. The Detroit City Council still seems unsure about how to respond to the review team's assessment. 

To discuss the options in front of Gov. Snyder and in front of the city, Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Detroit News columnist Daniel Howes.

To hear the full interview, click on the listen link above.

3:02 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

What patent changes will mean for inventors

US patent changes may influence inventors Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

March 16 is a big day for innovators, inventors and creators. That's the day that the United States will change it's patent system from the first-to-invent system of filing for a patent to the first-to-file system. 

For many companies and creative individuals, the pressure's on to take advantage of the current patent system before the big day.

But will the change hurt or help businesses and universities?

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with two University of Michigan professors: Bryce Piltz, an assistant professor in the Entrepreneurship Clinic, and Max Shtein, a professor in the Entrepreneurship Master's Program and in Materials Science and Engineering

You can listen to the full interview above.

2:14 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Why Michigan veterans aren't taking advantage of benefits

Michigan seeks better use of veteran benefits
Carl Levin

  The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

There are 670,000 veterans in Michigan — the 11th highest population of veterans in the US.

However, Michigan comes in last place (after Guam) when it comes to the amount of federal money spent per veteran. The benefits and assistance exist, but why aren't they being used?

Jason Allen is the senior deputy director for veteran affairs for Michigan's Department of Military and Veteran Affairs. He pointed to three reasons that can be attributed to Michigan's low ranking.

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12:40 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

A dive into Michigan shipwrecks

Shipwreck Diver
Michigan Department of Enviromental Quality

For centuries the Great Lakes have engulfed thousands of ships and 2,000 of those ships have been found at the bottom of of our lakes.

The most famous of which is probably the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Tony Gramer, an award winning underwater photographer, knows of other famous ships that have been swallowed up by the Great Lakes. 

He's presenting the story behind one of those ships this weekend at the 32nd Great Lakes Shipwreck Festival. It's happening this weekend at Washtenaw Community College.

We spoke with Tony about what it is  like to dives in the Great Lakes and why people are so passionate about shipwreck discovery & exploration.

To hear the full story click the audio link above.

Environment & Science
6:58 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Solving the problem of 'food insecurity'

University of Michigan Professor Dorceta E. Taylor

The challenge of food insecurity is a fact of life for some 50 million Americans.

Researchers at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment are taking part in a major study to probe the causes and solutions to food insecurity in Michigan.

In short, their research will look into how to link up the people who are not getting enough fresh healthy food, to the producers and the sources of that safe healthy food.

University of Michigan Professor Dorceta Taylor is one of the lead investigators. She is a professor of Environmental Justice at the School of Natural Resources and Environment and she was kind enough to tell us about the issue of food security.

To hear the full story click the audio link above.

6:54 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Stateside: An alternative solution to fixing Michigan roads

The freeze-thaw cycle brings potholes to Michigan roadways.
Michael Gil Flickr

Governor Snyder was crystal-clear in his State of the State address. Michigan’s roads are creaky, old and need to be fixed.

Just about everyone agrees with that. The big question is how to pay for those badly-needed repairs.

Governor Snyder wants to spend $1.2 billion each year for these road repairs. He’s proposed raising our gas tax and vehicle registration fees.

These proposals are not getting a lot of love, especially among Republicans who are not fans of anything that looks, smells, or sounds like a tax increase.

Which leads us to another idea afoot in Lansing. An idea that proposes that we can find the money from our existing budget, rather than increase revenue.

We welcomed the Capitol Correspondent at Crain’s Detroit Business Chris Gautz and Lansing reporter for the Detroit News Chad Livengood to discuss these ideas.

To hear the full story click the audio link above.

Politics & Culture
6:49 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Stateside for February 27th, 2013

Today on Stateside, Governor Snyder is appointing a Justice to the state Supreme Court. That's after former Justice Diane Hathaway officially resigned last month after being indicted on bank fraud. We got the details on the appointment coming out of Lansing.

 And, in his State of the State address, Governor Snyder was crystal-clear: Michigan’s roads are creaky and old, and they need to be fixed. Just about everyone agrees with that. The big question is how to pay for those badly-needed repairs.
 The Governor wants  $1.2 billion each year for these road repairs. He’s proposed raising our gas tax and vehicle registration fees, but this isn’t getting a lot of love, especially among Republicans who are not fans of anything that looks, smells, or sounds like a tax increase.
 And finally, five-time national champions, silver medalists in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, 2011 world champions, and four-time Grand Prix Final champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White joined us in the studio today. It’s no exaggeration to say they helped to make Southeast Michigan the ice-dance capital of America.

6:39 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Stateside: Snyder appoints new justice to state Supreme Court

Newly appointed Michigan Supreme Court Judge, David Viviano

Governor Snyder has appointed a new Justice to the state Supreme Court.

The appointment comes after former Justice Diane Hathaway resigned last month after being indicted for bank fraud.

For many Court watchers, Chief Judge of the Macomb County Circuit David Viviano is a surprise pick.

Rick Pluta,  Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network was at the announcement. He spoke with us to tell us more about Judge Viviano.

To hear the full story click the audio link above.

Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Group seeks to interrupt the outbreak of violence in Grand Rapids

Cure Violence sees violence as an infection
user: The Ohio State University Flickr

In 2012, Grand Rapids saw an outburst of violent crime, including nine homicides in which all of the victims died from gunshot wounds.

This week, two community groups called Urban League and Network 180 are hosting a series of meetings to inform the public about possible solutions and to begin a discussion about the future of violence in the Grand Rapids community.

Raynard Ross is a resident of Grand Rapids and works with Upward Bound at Grand Rapids Community College. Ross also serves on a panel to address the issue of violence within the Grand Rapids community.

The interrupters

According to Ross, street violence has reached a level of “borderline madness.”

“There’s a lot of retaliatory violence,” Ross said. “[Grand Rapids] is relatively small, so the degree of separation with those involved is one or two degrees tops. We’ve found that a lot of this violence is occurring based on misunderstandings and things begin to snowball and escalate and next thing you know we have something that could have been squashed by some early interrupting.”

That’s where someone like Cobe Williams comes in.

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4:59 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Stateside: What lies ahead for auto companies?

The Renaissance Center is home to GM one of the worl's largets auto manufactures
Carlos Lowry Flickr

The clouds have been lifting for  U.S. car makers.

With car sales and America's economy picking up, there are some who are looking further down the road.

They have been wondering  if deeper, bigger challenges lie ahead for the companies who put the world on wheels.

One of those wondering is automotive writer Micki Maynard. She recently published a couple of pieces in Forbes Magazine exploring what she calls "The Secret Fear of the World's Biggest Auto Companies".

Micki Maynard spoke with us to explain exactly what is the "Secret Fear" of the World's Biggest Auto Companies.

To hear the full story click the audio link above.