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Transportation
6:08 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Stateside: Train travel up in Michigan

The state is close to finishing a deal with a freight rail company to buy a 140 mile stretch of track between Detroit and Chicago.
user amtrak_russ Flickr

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

More and more of us not just here in Michigan, but across the nation, are traveling by train and turning to Amtrak.

Its trains carried 31.2 million passengers in its fiscal year that ended last September.

Here in Michigan, a record-setting 793,000 people traveled on Amtrak's three routes, bringing in all-time high revenues of $27.8 million in Michigan.

What's behind our growing affection for the train?

Adie Tomar is a researcher with the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank.

He joined us from Washington.

Politics & Government
5:57 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Stateside: Getting ready for the Governor's budget

Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

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

News out of Lansing: Governor Snyder announced  today that he supports expanding Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents without insurance.

The expansion comes under the Obama administration's health care overhaul.... and there are benefits for states that decide to expand Medicaid. The federal government will pick up the entire cost in the first three years... and 90 percent over the long haul.

But, Snyder is likely to run into resistance from fellow Republicans who are opposed to the Affordable Health Care law.

Meanwhile, the Governor is also gearing up to deliver his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013-2014 tomorrow. You could say, unveiling the proposal begins the "debate" (sometimes putting that kindly) in Lansing over what should and should not be funded.

So which programs and initiatives could be winners? And which could be losers in the Governor's spending plan? And in what the Legislature ultimately does with it?

Cyndy talked with Chris Gautz, Capitol Correspondent for Crain's Detroit Business and Dave Eggart, the Lansing reporter for the Associated Press.

Politics & Culture
5:31 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Stateside for Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Stateside for Wednesday, February 6th, 2013.

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

Post-minimalist music is getting plenty of attention on the music scene.

On today's show, we talk with acclaimed new music teacher, composer, and performer Bill Ryan about his group "Billband" and the making of their first CD in nearly a decade.

Plus, high gas prices mean that more of us are choosing to hop on a train. We'll talk about rising numbers of rail passengers.

But first, we talk about the news out of Lansing.

Governor Snyder announced  today that he supports expanding Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents without insurance.

There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty"

Politics & Culture
5:22 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday February 5th, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, February 5th, 2013.

A new report finds that Americans are less healthy than our international peers. Why are we falling behind? On today’s show, we’ll explore America’s health disparities.  

And, should Michigan recruit more skilled foreign workers? One immigration lawyer in west-Michigan says there aren't enough workers for STEM jobs---those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics---in our state and the country. Are foreign workers really taking these STEM jobs away from Americans?

And, when you hear the term “human trafficking” and let yourself think about what that entails, you might think of it as something that happens overseas, perhaps in exotic places.

You would be very wrong.

Human trafficking happens in the United States, and it is happening right here in the Great Lakes State.

Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette joins us today. He says you can bet that human beings are being sold for profit in our state, and he’s marshaling his resources to fight back against human trafficking.

Education
5:07 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Stateside: Not enough STEM graduates in the U.S.

www.michiganadvantage.org

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

Are there important jobs going begging in Michigan?

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Law
4:48 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Stateside: Michigan's Attorney General talks about human trafficking

Bill Schuette Facebook.com

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

When you hear the term "human trafficking" and let yourself think about what that entails, you might think of it as something that happens overseas, perhaps in exotic places.

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Politics & Government
5:57 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Stateside: Immigration issues in Michigan

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents making arrest in Dearborn.
U.S. ICE

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

For the very first time in more years than just about anyone can remember, things seem to be lining up in favor of immigration reform.

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Culture & History
5:42 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Stateside: The life and legacy of Rosa Parks

Ebony Magazine

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks.

She was small in stature, quiet, humble, and yet a woman who made a giant mark on the pages of American history. A woman hailed as a true icon of the civil rights movement.

Her deliberate, well-thought-out act of civil disobedience galvanized the struggle for civil rights, not only here in America, but around the world.

A year later, in 1956, Rosa Parks and her husband Raymond moved to Detroit where she lived until her death in 2005.

We take a closer look at the life and legacy of Rosa Parks with Wayne State University Professor of History, Danielle McGuire.

Her book is entitled "At The Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance: A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power."

She joined us now from the Rosa Parks celebration, the National Day of Courage, at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.

News & Culture
5:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Stateside for Monday, February 4, 2013

Stateside for Monday, February 4, 2013.

Today marks the 100th birthday of Civil Rights leader, Rosa Parks. Cyndy talks with history professor Danielle McGuire about the legacy of Rosa Parks life.

And we'll take you inside the bus where Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man in Montgomery Alabama. That simple act of courage helped spark the civil rights movement in the U.S.

And, with immigration reform high on the agenda in Washington D.C., we take a look at just what makes people think the way they do about undocumented workers.

First up on the show, will the State of Michigan expand its Medicaid coverage?

That's the question on the front burner at the Governor's office these days as he prepares to unveil his new budget to the Legislature this week. We talk with reporter Kathleen Gray from the Detroit Free Press about the Governor's upcoming decision.

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Politics & Government
4:54 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Stateside: Children of undocumented immigrants eligible for Michigan IDs or driver's licenses

Michigan Sheriffs' Association

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

There has been a change of heart, or at least of policy, at Michigan's Secretary of State's office.

Word came down late last week that thousands of children of undocumented immigrants in Michigan will now be eligible for a driver's license or official state ID.

This was quite a reversal of the stand that had been taken by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson who now says a review of new federal guidelines convinced her to change the policy.

Cyndy spoke with Miriam Aukerman, staff attorney with the ACLU of Michigan, to talk about the change of policy.

Health
4:44 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Stateside: Talking Medicaid expansion in Michigan

Thomas Anderson Flickr

Cyndy talks Medicaid expansion with Detroit Free Press reporter Kathleen Gray.

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

Is the State of Michigan going to expand its Medicaid coverage? That's the question on the front burner at the Governor's office these days as he prepares to unveil his new budget to the Legislature this week.

Cyndy spoke with Detroit Free Press reporter Kathleen Gray who helped break down the Medicaid program in the state and talked to us about the pros and cons of expanding Medicaid coverage to another half a million people.

The Affordable Care Act will assist states in expanding their Medicaid eligibility limits for adults to 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, (that's and income of about $14,860 per year for one person).

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Developing
2:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Updates on the I-96 shooter

A sketch of the man suspected of random shootings in a four-county area along I-96 in Michigan.
MSP

Update Thursday, November 1, 2:00 p.m.

A series of shootings on or near I-96 has Michigan motorists thinking twice about driving the interstate.

A police task force reports 24 confirmed shootings since October 16. Here is a summary of what we've learned since then:

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Offbeat
6:17 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Stateside: A good city for a drink

A taste of Detroit's hard-drinking beginning.
Laserbrain

Imagine going to your pharmacy to fill a keg of hard cider.

Such was reality in 19th century Detroit.

Stateside’s Cyndy Canty spoke with Bill Loomis, writer for the Detroit News, about the city’s history of dedicated drinking.

“You could get liquor almost anywhere. Pharmacies sold liquor. You would bring in your container and they would fill it up and charge you,” said Loomis.

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Stateside for Wednesday, October 24, 2012

On today's show Cyndy speaks with Charley Ballard about Michigan. Are we better off than we were four years ago?

We talk about the role of alcohol in Detroit's history with Detroit news writer, Bill Loomis.

Andy Markovitz and Emily Albertson, co-authors of “Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States," speak about women's role in sports fandom.

In Stateside's third and final installment of our look at Michigan's film industry, we speak with Scott Watkins about the incentives' sustainability.

Economy
3:59 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Stateside: Is Michigan Improving?

Dr. Ballard calls for a focus on Michigan's education system.
Michigan State University Press

Is Michigan better off than it was four years ago? The question is important when assessing the progress of both our state’s citizens and the politicians who govern it.

To further investigate this question, Stateside’s Cyndy Canty spoke with Michigan State University Economics Professor, Dr. Charley Ballard.

Although no simple answer to this question exists, Ballard felt generally positive about our state’s status.

“For the state as a whole, I would say the state is definitely better off than it was three years ago.”

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Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Stateside: Watkins' critique of Michigan's film plan

On the Detroit set of Paramount Pictures’ "Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon."
Robert Zuckerman Michigan Film Office

Stateside continues its look at Michigan's film industry.

Yesterday, we spoke with a Michigan actor who found that film producers, by and large, headed to other states when Michigan's film subsidies were dramatically cut.

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Sports
3:15 pm
Wed October 24, 2012

Stateside: Sportistas seek entry into a male-dominated realm

The book by authors Albertson and Markovits.

Women’s place in sports is an important one, claim Andy Markovits and Emily Albertson, co-authors of “Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States.

Markovits, a Sociology professor at the University of Michigan, and Albertson, a U of M law student, coined the term “Sportista.”

According to Markovits, a “Sportista is a female who loves sports and is knowledgeable about them.”

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Politics & Government
6:07 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Stateside for Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Today Jack Lessenberry and Daniel Howes speak with Cyndy about last night's presidential debates.

We continue our look at Michigan's film industry and hear from Michigan Film Office's Carrie Jones.

What do celebrities and political candidates have in common? Cyndy speaks with Michael Lempert, a linguistic anthropologist at the University of Michigan, to discover their similarities.

Bats, a species dealing already with an ominous depiction in society, are now facing white-nose syndrome. Find out more about the fungus on today's show!

Politics & Government
6:06 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Stateside: Auto industry's place in the debate

President Obama and Mitt Romney in their final debate.
Commission on Presidential Debates

The auto industry continues to resonate throughout this year’s presidential election.

Cyndy Canty spoke with Michigan Radio’s political analyst Jack Lessenberry and Daniel Howes, business columnist for the Detroit News, about the auto industry’s role in last night’s presidential debate.

“It drives home the point how important the industrial Midwest is in this election,” said Howes.

Obama suggested last night that Mitt Romney called for Detroit’s bankruptcy.

This was a point of contention for Mr. Romney and, according to Howes, for good reason.

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Arts & Culture
4:12 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Stateside: A State with Coming Days of Fame

Tax incentives aim to bring film production back to Michigan.
Lloydpictures.com

Michigan’s days of filling films’ frames are far from over. Carrie Jones, executive director of the Michigan Film Office, foresees a steady increase in the state’s film production.

Cyndy spoke with Jones in what was a continuation of Stateside’s look at Michigan’s film industry.

Once the top film incentive program in the country, Michigan now ranks within the top 10.

With a budget increase to $58 million for the 2013 fiscal year, Michigan expects to enjoy an increase in film production.

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