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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
5:18 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Stateside for Thursday, January 9, 2014

Last month, Governor Rick Snyder called for less coal power and more renewable energy in Michigan. Utilities are in a good position, but questions remain over whether lawmakers will be able to act before the state's current energy standards expire. We found out more on today's show.

Then, of all the physics professors in the United States, only 14% are women. Why do some female scientists give up? And what can be done to help female students and minorities succeed?

And, we heard from the BBC on how China had become the world leader for wind power.

Also, a group of “free skiers” have found a new ski location in the abandon buildings of Detroit.

First on the show, it's Thursday, time for the first check-in of this New Year with Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.

Understandably, he has the auto industry on his mind as we prepare for next week's opening of the North American International Auto Show. He got an early look at the show, and he joined us today to discuss it.

Politics & Culture
4:17 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Stateside for Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

In the past decade, health care price transparency has become a hot topic. On today’s program we shed some light on why some hospitals in the same city or state charge thousands more for the same procedure. And what you can do to compare prices. Then later in the hour, the story of why John Lennon sang to free Michigan-native and poet John Sinclair.

But first, emergency unemployment benefits, and Senatorial "jitters" over an Enbridge oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac.

Both are issues consuming attention from Michigan's Congressional delegation.

Let's start with the fact that more than a week ago, a federal unemployment benefits program expired leaving 1.3 million jobless Americans without aid. Some 45,000 of them are here in Michigan.

The program is the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program,EUC for short. Here in Michigan, the EUC added 36 more weeks to the state's regular 20 weeks of benefits.

On Capitol Hill today, Democrats are trying to pressure House Republicans to extend the program for three more months.

Detroit Free Press Washington reporter Todd Spangler joins us now to tell us more about this bid to revive the EUC.

*Listen to the audio above.

Stateside
4:11 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

When John Lennon came to Ann Arbor

A program from the John Sinclair Freedom Rally at Crisler Arena on December 10, 1971.
Wystan Flickr

An interview with James Mitchell.

Dec. 10, 1971. Crisler Arena in Ann Arbor. John Lennon steps up to the microphone.

"It ain't fair, John Sinclair…” the former Beatle sings.

In his new book, "The Walrus And The Elephants: John Lennon's Years of Revolution," author James Mitchell tells the story of Lennon’s trip to Michigan, and why Ann Arbor was the perfect launchpad for Lennon's new life as a revolutionary.

Listen to the full interview above. 

Stateside
4:08 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Battles over unemployment benefits, Mackinac’s oil pipeline gain federal attention

The Mackinac Bridge.
Julie Falk Flickr

An interview with Todd Spangler.

Emergency unemployment benefits and senatorial "jitters" over an Enbridge oil pipeline running through the Straits of Mackinac: Both are issues consuming attention from Michigan's congressional delegation.

More than a week ago, a federal unemployment benefits program expired, leaving 1.3 million jobless Americans without aid. Some 45,000 of them are here in Michigan.

The program is the Emergency Unemployment Compensation program. In Michigan, the EUC added 36 more weeks to the state's regular 20 weeks of benefits.

On Capitol Hill today, Democrats are trying to pressure House Republicans to extend the program for three more months.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration is trying to ease concerns over an oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

Detroit Free Press Washington reporter Todd Spangler joins us now to tell us more about these issues.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:00 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

Why is Michigan’s former state treasurer collecting a salary after his resignation?

Former State Treasurer Andy Dillon.
Associated Press

More than two months ago, former State Treasurer Andy Dillon resigned, clouded in controversy.

Today, word leaked out that Dillon is still on the state payroll – and has been since November 1 – still pulling down his full salary of $174,204 for training his successor, Kevin Clinton.

Zoe Clark, co-host of Michigan Radio's It's Just Politics joins us to talk about the controversy, along with Lester Graham of Michigan Watch.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
3:40 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

How to compare medical costs – right now

Do you compare costs before stepping into a doctor's office?
Fotos GOVBA Flickr

Cost comparison – it can be an effective way of saving money. Whether it's comparing the price of a cup of coffee – Starbucks versus Tim Horton's, for instance – or comparing gas prices in different parts of the city or state, checking out cost differences is, for many, just part of a regular day.

But what about comparing medical costs? Would you have any idea what, say, a hip replacement might cost at the hospital you go to?

If you could tease out those prices and compare them, you might find yourself wondering: Why do some hospitals in the same city or state charge thousands of dollars more for the same procedure? And why is it so tough to get those prices?

Those are the questions Ilene Wolff, a writer with DBusiness, explored in a recent story.

To compare prices of services at different hospitals, visit healthcarebluebook.comTo look up hospital quality information, visit hospitalcompare.hhs.gov.

Listen to the full interview above. 

Stateside
5:28 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

A closer look at the future of ethanol and our renewable energy future

A cornfield in northern Ohio.
Mark Brush Michigan Radio

It’s been seven years since America hit the accelerator on corn-based ethanol fuels. Homegrown corn became the centerpiece of a push to find an alternative to foreign oil.

President Bush signed this expansion of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2007, promising it would make us “stronger, cleaner and more secure.”

But, as is so often the case, something that offers great promise on one hand, takes its toll on the other hand. So the view of corn-based ethanol very much depends upon which side of the fence you’re standing on.

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Stateside
5:19 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Michigan falling behind on school safety reporting

Public school in Detroit.
Mercedes Mejia Michigan Radio

Parents want to know how safe their child's school is. How many incidents of bullying have happened, for example? How many kids caught with drugs or alcohol?

Well, it's been more than a decade since the state of Michigan required the reporting of school safety information, but it appears that requirement is failing.

Bridge Magazine writer Ron French recently dug into the extent of the problem.

*Listen to the audio above.

Stateside
5:14 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

How gay neighborhoods could help rebuild Detroit

Peter Martorano Flickr

We've had many ideas and proposals floated for ways to rebuild Detroit to help it back from the depths of bankruptcy.

But there has been one group, it could be argued, that has been overlooked in these conversations: the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.

And that is quite an oversight, considering that, as my next guest writes in Slate, "gays and lesbians are known to be drivers of gentrification.”

And as the CEO and president of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation says about Detroit, "bring on more gentrification!"

Joining me is Ross Benes, journalist and researcher. His piece for Slate is titled "The Latest Plan to Save Detroit: Build a Gay Neighborhood.”

And we're joined by Curtis Lipscomb. He's the executive director of KICK in Detroit.

*Listen to the audio above.

Stateside
5:01 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Chris Gautz talks about the coming year in Michigan politics

Chris Gautz.
Twitter

2014 is going to be a major year in Michigan politics. You can expect much of the spotlight to be fixed on the gubernatorial election with presumed candidates Rick Snyder for the Republicans and Mark Schauer for the Democrats.

But Crain's Detroit Business thinks there are other names worth watching in 2014. Writer Chris Gautz joined us to talk about the people to watch in state politics.

*Listen to the audio above.

Politics & Culture
4:59 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Stateside for Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

It's been 13 years since the state of Michigan required schools to report safety information -- information like how many incidents of bullying there were, or how many students were caught with drugs or alcohol. But more than a decade later, it appears that requirement for information is failing.

On today's show, we dig into the extent of the problem, and what it means for teachers, students and parents.

And, then, if you've logged onto Facebook or maybe Instagram in the last two days, you've certainly seen them: pictures of the massive amounts of snow piled up or status updates complaining about what we all know -- how cold it is!

So why do we all feel the need to share the same weather information on social media?

We ask an expert later in the hour.

But first on the show, 2014 is going to be a major year in Michigan politics. You can expect much of the spotlight to be fixed on the gubernatorial election with presumed candidates Rick Snyder for the Republicans and Mark Schauer for the Democrats.

But Crain's Detroit Business thinks there are other names worth watching in 2014. Writer Chris Gautz joined us to talk about the people to watch in state politics.

Stateside
4:29 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Michigan historian tells us how polio shaped FDR's presidency

One of the few photographs of Franklin D. Roosevelt in a wheelchair. Taken at Top Cottage in February 1941.
user Doco wikimedia commons

Michigan historian James Tobin has written a new book on Franklin Delano Roosevelt and how polio shaped the president he became. FDR was our 32nd president, and on his Inauguration Day, in the darkest days of the Great Depression, FDR sent out a timeless challenge to Americans.

*Listen to the audio above.

Politics & Culture
4:29 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Stateside for Monday, Jan. 6, 2014

On today's show: An auto forecast. More electric cars? What about increased sales in a recovering economy? And how about the dreadful European market? Just what will 2014 hold for the industry that still powers our state?

Then later in the hour, Michigan author James Tobin joins us. We'll talk with him about his new book, "The Man He Became: How FDR Defied Polio to Win the Presidency."

But first on the show we talk with MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa, who also runs farmerweather.com.

This time the forecasters did not cry wolf. We got slammed by snow. And now that the snow has fallen, we’re looking at winds and that dangerous cold.

Torregrossa explains what's ahead and when we'll see something resembling a more "typical" Michigan winter.

Weather
4:28 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

A check of the weather with MLive's Mark Torregrossa

Snow from the January 4-5, 2014 storm.
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

This time the forecasters did not cry wolf. We got slammed by snow.

Now that the snow has fallen, we’re looking at winds and dangerous cold.

What's ahead and when will we see something resembling a more "typical" Michigan winter?

For the answers we turned to MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa, who also runs farmerweather.com.

I just got back yesterday from nearly two weeks in Ireland, and we were checking on Torregrossa’s reports as we got ready to fly back yesterday -- wondering if we were going to beat the snow and be able to land. The answer was "yes." He was spot-on in calling what was going to happen and when.

*Listen to the audio above.

Stateside
4:38 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Pam Byrnes shares what issues are most important to her

campaign photo

Former Democratic State Rep. Pam Byrnes announced last year that she is running against Republican Congressman Tim Walberg. Walberg represents Michigan’s 7th District.

*Listen to our interview with Byrnes above.

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Stateside
4:32 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

How H-4 visas are troubling many families coming to the U.S.

Find out about the H-4 visa and why it’s troubling to many families coming to the U.S. 

*Listen to the interview above.

Stateside
4:22 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Local musicians blend tunes from Ghana, New Orleans, Detroit

Kofi Ameyaw on Ghanaian (xylophone) Gyil.
image from YouTube

Mark Palms and Kofi Ameyaw are two of the musicians behind the band A L'Afrique.

*Listen to our interview with them above.

Politics & Government
3:59 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Academic group boycotts Israeli academic institutions

James Emery Flickr

Members of the group American Studies Association have voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions. It's to protest  alleged Israeli human rights violations against Palestinians. To say this boycott is controversial is an understatement. We spoke with a member of the American Studies Association.

*Listen to our interview above.

Stateside
3:36 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

ACLU says Catholic hospitals put women's health at risk

Moshe Reuveni Flickr

The ACLU is suing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on behalf of a Michigan woman. At the heart of the issue is whether women can get appropriate medical care at a Catholic hospital.

This is becoming more important because more secular hospitals are merging with Catholic-affiliated health care providers. By our count, of the 187 hospitals in Michigan, 26 of them are Catholic. That's 14%.

*Listen to our interview above.

Politics & Culture
3:17 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Stateside for Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Lester Graham fills in for Cyndy Canty on the first Stateside of the New Year. Cyndy will be back Monday. On today's show: Catholic hospitals, Israeli boycott, music from Ghana, and Pam Byrnes making a run for Congress. 

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