Stateside with Cynthia Canty

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Stateside with Cynthia Canty covers a wide range of Michigan news and policy issues — as well as culture and lifestyle stories. In keeping with Michigan Radio’s broad coverage across southern Michigan, Stateside with Cynthia Canty will focus on topics and events that matter to people all across the state.

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Politics & Culture
4:10 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Stateside for Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Michigan could become the first state to adopt a roadside saliva test for marijuana impairment if lawmakers pass a package of bills introduced in both the state House and Senate.

Critics dispute the accuracy of the tests – expressing concern for medical marijuana users. State Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-St. Clair County, sponsored the legislation.

Then we talk about what needs to happen in the education process to correct the imbalance between specialists and primary care physicians.

Also,  the upcoming August primary ballot will feature something not usually seen on August primary ballots: a statewide ballot proposal, something we haven't seen in August since 2002.

This ballot proposal will ask you to decide the fate of a reform of Michigan's industrial personal property tax, but there is a pretty significant hurdle that backers have to face – that icky little three-letter word: tax.

Chris Gautz, reporter for Crain's Detroit Business, joined us to talk about all this.

*Listen to the show above.

Politics & Culture
4:02 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Stateside for Tuesday, May 6, 2014

State lawmakers are waist-deep in the big budget process. The mission is to iron out differences in what the governor wants, and what the House and Senate are willing to give. 

Then, John U. Bacon discussed the debate over whether college athletes should be recognized as school employees, and be allowed to unionize. 

Next, the Detroit Red Wings are getting a new home in 2016, and Joe Louis Arena may be no more. What will happen to the riverfront property the arena stands on now? 

The Center for Michigan has been listening to what voters are saying, and has compiled a citizen's agenda for the 2014 elections. 

The CDC has said that there is a high rate of heart attack and heart disease in the Upper Peninsula. We looked at what these rates say about health care and health habits in the UP. 

Politics & Government
4:02 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Center for Michigan creates citizen's agenda for 2014 elections

As 2014 elections approach, the Center for Michigan is trying to get the voice of the people heard.
Credit Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

There are plenty of issues on the minds of Michigan voters as we look to the November elections: education, college, poverty, how to spend public dollars, our economy, our quality of life. 

The Center for Michigan has been listening to what voters are saying. The result is Michigan Speaks: The Citizen's Agenda for the 2014 election. 

It's being released today.

Here to tell us what the voters are thinking about and hoping for is Phil Power, founder of the Center for Michigan. 

Listen to the full interview above. 

4:01 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Michigan's Upper Peninsula has high heart attack rates, CDC says

Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been cited as having high heart attack rates.
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There's some pretty unsettling data that has come out about the health of the people who call the Upper Peninsula home. 

The Centers for Disease Control numbers say heart attack rates for the entire western and eastern UP for 2008-2010 are right up there at the highest level for the top five categories the CDC tracks.

What does the high rate of heart attack and heart disease say about health care and health habits in the UP? And what can bring those high rates down?

Dr. Teresa Frankovich, medical director for the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, joined us. 

Listen to the full interview above. 

3:37 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Riverfront site of Joe Louis Arena may see an overhaul

Joe Louis Arena will no longer be the home of the Detroit Red Wings.
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Now that the Detroit Red Wings are going to get a new home in 2016, Joe Louis Arena seems destined for the wrecking ball. 

And that is focusing fresh attention on Detroit's riverfront, as the city searches for a new use for that riverfront site. 

There could be some valuable lessons Detroit could learn from Buffalo, which is doing more than just about any Great Lakes City to reconnect with its waterfront after generations of industrial abuse and neglect. 

Writer Edward McClelland spelled out the story of the ongoing process of reclaiming Buffalo's waterfront in a story for Belt Magazine. He joined us to discuss what Buffalo is doing, and what Detroit could do. 

Listen to the interview above. 

3:28 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Should college athletes be considered school employees?

Northwestern's Kain Colter is tackled during a game with Army in 2011. Colter has argued the players should be allowed to form a union.
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Earlier this spring, the National Labor Relations Board made big headlines when it granted Northwestern University football players permission to unionize if they chose to. 

That decision has opened up a big national discussion and debate over whether college athletes should be recognized as school employees. 

So we wanted to bring in sports commentator and coach, John U. Bacon. His most recent book is Fourth and Long: the Fight for the Soul of College Football

Listen to the full interview above. 

Politics & Government
3:27 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Big budget process predicted to be a "pain"

Capitol Building, Lansing, MI
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State lawmakers are waist-deep in the big budget process. The mission is to iron out the differences in what the governor wants and what the House and Senate are willing to give.

It's looking like many differing views add up to lots of haggling, lots of need for compromise, and it has one State Senator talking like Mr. T as Clubber Lang in Rocky 3. 

Kathy Gray of the Detroit Free Press joined us to explain why Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Roger Kahn is predicting "pain". 

Listen to the story above.

4:59 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Looking at the results of Michigan's wolf hunt


The 45-day wolf hunting season that began November 15 inflamed passions, both pro and con.

Now that the first-ever wolf hunt is wrapped up, what were the results?

John Barnes explored the impact of the hunt in a recent piece for MLive, which breaks down the ages of the 22 wolves killed over the course of the hunt. He joined us on Stateside today (you can listen to the audio above).

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Environment & Science
4:44 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Harsh winter may have damaging effects on pine trees

Michigan's harsh winter may have had damaging effects on our pine trees.
Credit user: Njaelkies Lea / Wikimedia Commons

If you've been wondering why your favorite pine tree has been turning brown as the weather warms up, you can stop wondering and start blaming winter.

Bert Cregg is an associate professor in the horticulture department at Michigan State University. He joined us to explain what the snow, cold and wind has done to our conifer trees. 

Listen to the full interview above. 

Arts & Culture
4:43 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

University of Michigan Art and Design students help to share joy of creating with visually impaired

University of Michigan's School of Art and Design.
Credit user: Dwight Burdette / Wikimedia Commons

It began as a series of annual workshops for K-12 students who were visually impaired to introduce them to art, and to help them experience the joy of creating. 

That was 15 years ago. Those workshops became engagement courses where University of Michigan Art and Design students worked closely with people who are visually impaired. 

Bringing the low vision and sighted communities together to discover the joy of creating art was the idea of internationally renowned ceramic artist, Sadashi Inuzuka. He is the Arthur Thurnau Professor at the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan, and he joined us to discuss the program. 

4:42 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

When traveling, do you say you're from Detroit?

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Even before Detroit got itself an emergency manager and became the biggest city in American history to declare bankruptcy, the headlines and images coming out of the Motor City have been pretty grim. 

And, as travelers abroad are discovering, that has led to all kinds of encounters with "the locals" when they discover you're from Detroit. 

So, do you tell them that you're from Detroit, or do you hide it?

That's the question posed by Detroit Free Press travel writer Ellen Creager. 

Politics & Culture
4:41 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Stateside for Monday, May 5, 2014

A wave of nonprofit community hospitals has been selling out to large health care systems over the past four years.

For-profits promise to bring a significant amount of cash to hospitals and the people who live around them, but what does consolidation mean for what you will pay for health care?

We look at recent hospital acquisitions in Michigan.

Also on today’s show, a renowned artist who is legally blind has been helping visually impaired kids in the Detroit area discover that they can make art. As his 15-year involvement with the program comes to a close, we talk to University of Michigan professor Sadashi Inuzuka about the future of the art workshops.

But first on the show today, new data is out on Michigan's first, and very controversial wolf-hunting season. Mlive’s John Barnes dug through the results.

*Listen to the show above.

Politics & Culture
4:37 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Stateside for Thursday, May 1, 2014

Federal money may be on the table for helping Detroit get back on its feet. Detroit Free Press Washington, D.C. reporter Todd Spangler joined us.

Writer Anna Clark has identified Kalamazoo as an up-and-coming literary hotspot in Michigan, and she joined us to tell us why. 

After 10 years, Michigan's state librarian, Nancy Robertson, is retiring. She shared what she thinks will be the future of libraries in the state. 

University of Michigan's Shapiro Undergraduate Library has come up with an inventive plan to help solve students' sleep deprivation: a newly installed napping station for students trying to get some rest during long days and nights of studying. 

Ford Motor Company announced today that CEO Alan Mulally is retiring, and COO Mark Fields will be  his successor. 

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4:35 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

University of Michigan researchers develop app to combat jet lag

  The excitement of a dream vacation in a faraway land can lose its luster if you get there and find yourself fogged-in by jet lag. 

Certainly, if a big business meeting is the purpose of your trip, you want to land and be as mentally "on your game" as possible. 

Now, thanks to University of Michigan researchers, there's an app for that.

It's called Entrain, and it crunches the numbers to help you minimize that jet lag. 

Daniel Forger, professor of mathematics and computational medicine, joined us to talk about the app. 

Listen to the full interview above.

4:23 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Ford announces CEO Alan Mulally will retire in July

Ford CEO Alan Mulally.
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It was perhaps the worst-kept secret in recent business history: Ford Motor Company has made it official today that their CEO Alan Mulally, is retiring July first. 

His successor, as expected, will be COO Mark Fields. 

Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes sat down with Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford shortly after this morning's announcement.

Howes joined us to talk about the timing of the announcement, and that conversation with Bill Ford. 

Listen to the full interview above. 

Arts & Culture
4:19 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Kalamazoo deemed a literary hot spot

The Michigan News Agency is an independent bookstore in downtown that helps to promote the work of local authors.
Credit user: Kevin Martini / Flickr

What city would get your vote as one of Michigan's literary hot spots? 

Writer Anna Clark would give her vote to Kalamazoo. Her recent story in the Detroit Free Press is titled Kalamazoo quietly emerging as a literary hot spot.

She joined us today to tell us why. 

Listen to the full interview above. 

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Politics & Government
4:13 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

What's the future of Michigan's libraries?

The main atrium of the Library of Michigan, in Lansing.
Credit user: imzadi1979 / Wikimedia Commons

The State Legislature created the Library of Michigan 32 years ago to collect and preserve Michigan publications, conduct research and to support libraries statewide. 

For the past 10 years, Michigan's state librarian has been Nancy Robertson, but now she is retiring. She joined us to speak about the future of libraries in Michigan, and the role of Michigan's state library. 

Listen to the full interview above. 

Politics & Government
4:08 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Federal money may be on the table for Detroit

The city of Detroit.
Credit Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

Kevyn Orr has wrapped up his two days of meeting with lawmakers in Lansing. His goal was to win support for some $350 million as the state's share in the so-called grand bargain. 

We shift our focus to money not from the state capitol, but the nation's capitol. 

Republicans, even some Democrats, are dead-set against the idea of a federal bailout for Detroit. GOP Senator David Vitter of Louisiana tried and failed last fall to get a law passed to prevent federal money from ever going to the city. 

But are the tides changing? 

The Obama Administration and Michigan officials are now in talks to give Detroit $100 million federal dollars for blight remediation, and just last week Treasury Secretary Jack Lew visited Detroit. 

Detroit Free Press Washington, D.C. reporter Todd Spangler joined us.

Listen to the full interview above. 

Politics & Culture
4:48 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Stateside for Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It has been 20 years since Michigan passed Proposal A - the then-new system for school funding. But two decades on – there’s lots of agreement that Prop A needs to be overhauled.

Today on Stateside, we took a look at reforming K-12 education spending in Michigan.

Also during today’s show we hear about the weather. After the bitter winter, one forecaster says we should probably expect a cooler and wetter summer.

And “stop employment discrimination against gays.” That is the challenge coming from the Business Leaders for Michigan. As part of its 2014 Michigan Turnaround Plan, the group is challenging Michigan leaders to pass an anti-discrimination law that includes protections for LGBT workers - something the state's current Elliott-Larsen Civil  Rights Act does not provide.

The President and CEO of the Business Leaders for Michigan, Doug Rothwell, joined us today.

4:48 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Many female athletes have come out, but that news barely makes a ripple

There’s been a lot of media attention surrounding Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling. His racist remarks have triggered outrage from NBA players and fans. 

But not too long ago in the world of sports, gay athletes seemed to be getting all the attention. Earlier this year, NBA star Jason Collins announced that he is gay, becoming the first openly gay player in the NBA.

Then, Michael Sam of the University of Missouri came out and became the first publicly gay player on a fast-track to the NFL. But they are certainly not the first athletes to come out.

There are many female athletes who have come out, but that news barely makes a ripple. Dr. P.J. McGann specializes in gender, sexuality and sports at the University of Michigan Sociology department.

She's currently writing a book titled: “The Ballfields of Our Hearts: Tomboys, Femininity, and the Gendered Body."

She joined us today.

*Listen to the interview above.