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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.

Stateside
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.

Stateside
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.

Stateside
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.

Stateside
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.

Stateside
3:02 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

What patent changes will mean for inventors

US patent changes may influence inventors
http://developingchild.harvard.edu 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.

Stateside
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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Stateside
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
http://www.snre.umich.edu

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.

Transportation
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.

Law
6:39 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Stateside: Snyder appoints new justice to state Supreme Court

Newly appointed Michigan Supreme Court Judge, David Viviano
http://www.macombcountymi.gov

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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Auto
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.

Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Stateside: Mike Duggan joins race for next Detroit mayor

Mike Duggan making an address at the Detroit Medical Center
http://dugganfordetroit.com

He has been an assistant prosecutor, Wayne County Deputy Executive under Edward McNamara, and the CEO of the Detroit Medical Center.

Today, Mike Duggan is making his next move official. He wants to become Detroit's next Mayor.

With Duggan throwing his hat into the ring,  what is he going to bring to the table that other candidates do not?

And are black residents prepared to cast their vote for a white candidate?

1973 was the last year there was a white candidate in a Detroit Mayoral race. That's when John Nichols lost to Coleman Young.

Will Detroiters be ready to vote for Duggan? He recently moved to the city from Livonia.

We spoke with Detroit Free Press writer Rochelle Riley who gave us a closer look at Duggan's mayoral campaign.

To listen to the full interview click on the audio link above.

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Arts & Culture
4:49 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Stateside: Rosa Parks goes to Washington

Rosa Parks life-size statue to be placed in National Statuary Hall
via US Postal Service

In 2005, the Daub and Firmin Sculpture Studio of California was commissioned to create a bronze statue of Rosa Parks.

Parks, who would have been 100 this month, will be the first life-sized representation that is approved and funded by Congress since 1873.

Her likeness will also be the first full-sized statue of an African-American woman in the National Statuary Hall. 

Seven years after the commission was placed, Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with one of her sculptors, Eugene Daub. 

You can listen to the full Stateside interview above.

Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Stateside: One Detroiter's opportunity to speak directly to lawmakers

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or "Super Committee," failed to come up with a compromise to reduce the deficit. Michigan members of the Super Committee spoke about the experience.
U.S. Congress congress.gov

Mary Kate Cartmill joins Stateside

Not many people have the opportunity to speak directly with legislators about priorities within the federal budget, but Detroit area resident Mary Kate Cartmill is going to get that opportunity this week.

Cartmill has been chosen to meet on Capitol Hill this week with legislators to discuss the impact federal spending cuts will have on the poorest and most at-risk people here at home.

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Cartmill about her upcoming experience.

You can listen to the full Stateside interview above.

Politics & Government
5:07 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Stateside: What happened during Michigan's political conventions?

Last weekend, GOP and Democratic parties held conventions
Lester Graham Michigan Radio

Over the weekend, both the Democratic and Republican parties held their conventions.

The 18-year run for Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer has come to an end. Brewer will be replaced by Lon Johnson, of Kalkaska.

On the other side of the aisle Republican Chairman Bobby Schostak was reelected.

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Rick Pluta, the Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network.

You can listen to the full Stateside interview above.

Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Stateside: Abandoned cities that bounce back

Detroit's future city plan to outline economic growth
Kate Sumbler Flickr

The Detroit Future City plan, released by Detroit Mayor David Bing's Detroit Works Project, offers both short term action and long term plans to rebuild the city.

The report, created over a two year period, intends to improve the quality of life and business in Detroit and also sets goals for the future.

What could cities facing similar situations learn from Detroit? And what has been done in cities outside of Michigan?

June Manning Thomas and Margaret Dewar are professors of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan and are editors of the book "The City after Abandonment," a collection of essays from top urban planning experts.

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Thomas and Dewar about the next steps outlined in the plan for Detroit and what its future will hold.

You can listen to the full Stateside interview above.

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