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Issues & Ale

Issues and Ale is an event series from Michigan Radio designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing Michigan... in an informal atmosphere.  The events are hosted by Michigan Radio reporters and feature experts on the topic. All events are free, and the public is invited to join in the discussion. You can find information on upcoming and past Issues & Ale events on the pages below.

We hold Issues & Ale events at venues all across our listening area. You can share your suggestions for future topics or locations by e-mailing us at marketing@michiganradio.org

Michigan Radio has been sponsoring a set of public forums designed to bring experts on various issues together with the public in an informal, non-threatening way, a series called “Issues and Ale.“ I moderated one earlier this week that focused on education, held at the Wolverine Brewing Company in Ann Arbor. I was doubtful how many people would actually show up. This was on Tuesday night in what is really early winter, with the holidays approaching. To my surprise, however, before the evening was over it was standing room only, with people packing the hall.

Issues & Ale: How Michigan Learns
Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, 6:30pm
Jack Lessenberry hosted this discussion and community conversation on
the future of K-12 education. What’s the best way to prepare today’s
students for the global economy?  

Issues & Ale: The Future of Renewable Energy
Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011, 6:30pm Park Theater, Holland
Host Rebecca Williams of The Environment Report talked with
WMU Professor of Environmental Studies Harold Glasser, Hugh McDiarmid, Jr.
(Mich Environmental Council) and Paul Isely (GVSU Economics Professor)
about renewable energy in Michigan.

Issues & Ale: How will the Governor's budget affect you?
Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, Royal Oak
Jack Lessenberry hosted this look at the Governor's proposed
budget and how it would affect Michigan citizens.  

Issues & Ale: Fixing Michigan
Monday, Dec. 13, 2010
The Nuthouse, Lansing
Lester Graham hosted this discussion looking at the priorities for the
Snyder administration and the new legislature. 

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Issues & Ale: Campaign ads and the upcoming election Tuesday,
Oct. 19, 2010 Dr. Grins Comedy Club, Grand Rapids, Host
Jack Lessenberry and the Center for Michigan's Truth Squad looked
at the fact and fiction behind campaign ads. 

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