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Stateside for Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015

Oct 29, 2015

Today on Stateside:

  • This week there was some optimism that the state Senate might pass a road funding plan, but it didn’t happen. Rick Pluta, co-host of It’s Just Politics and Daniel Howes, business columnist at the Detroit News, joined us to talk roads.

  • Zach Saginaw, who goes by the name Shigetto, will release a new EP Friday. Michigan Radio’s Emily Fox talked with the artist about his music.
  • Diane Griffin, CEO of Griffin Properties in Grand Rapids, often talks about success, but in this story she comments on her failure to make time for the people she loves. The story comes from our partners at Failure:Lab.
  • Lisa Oliver-King, founder of Grand Rapids-based Our Kitchen Table, believes things like school gardens aren’t enough to address healthy eating and nutrition in low-income neighborhoods. This interview comes from our Next Idea project.
  • Youmacon kicks off in Detroit today. It’s the biggest anime, gaming, and comic convention in the state. The event is in its 11th year and it continues to grow. This story comes from Michigan Radio's Mark Brush and our M I Curious project.
  • And, we talk with Andrew Koelinger, project director at VoteSpotter, a new app that claims to bring millennials into the political process by giving them easy access to tools to get informed, become engaged and share their voice with elected officials, including those in Michigan.