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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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Stateside
4:56 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

The latest efforts to free Amir Hekmati from Iran

Amir Hekmati
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A man from Flint, Michigan has been held prisoner in Iran for two years.

Amir Hekmati traveled to Iran to visit his grandmother in 2011. He was seized by the Iranian government and imprisoned. They accuse Hekmati –a former Marine- of spying for the CIA. He and the U.S. Government deny it.

Democratic U.S. Representative Dan Kildee (D-MI), has been leading an effort calling for Amir Hekmati to be released. Kildee joined us on Stateside today.

Listen to the full interview above. 

Politics & Culture
4:52 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Stateside for Monday, September 23rd, 2013

In a few weeks, a U.S. District judge will hold a hearing on a Michigan case that challenges the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage. On today's show: we explored the implications the case could have in Michigan and across the nation.

Also on today's show, Michigan wines are really making a name for themselves outside of the state. We talked to a connoisseur who isn't the least bit surprised by that news. And, according to a new report, lobbyist spending on free lunches for legislators has gone up. We spoke to Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network to see what else they are spending on. Also, The Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference was this past weekend. It's Just Politics co-hosts Rick Pluta and Zoe Clark joined us to talk about what happened there.

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Stateside
4:40 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Michigan's gay marriage ban will be challenged in court in less than a month

DeBoer Rowse Adoption Legal Fund

On October 16th,  U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman will be hearing a case, which challenges Michigan’s Constitutional ban on gay marriage.

The case didn’t start out that way. It started out as a court case to simply protect the futures of these three little kids who really don’t understand such things as government and lawyers and courts. They only know they have a happy home with their two moms.

DeBoer and Rowse wanted to jointly adopt their kids to better protect their futures. The State of Michigan argued, no way. They can’t. They’re not married.

Their case has become the most anticipated development in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people’s rights in Michigan. They’re involved in a Federal court case that challenges the state’s Constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

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Stateside
4:34 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

How about a free lunch? Michigan lobbyist spending on food has gone up

According to the report, Republican Frank Foster is one of the top spenders on food and beverage.
http://gophouse.org/

There’s a new report on lobbyists’ spending in Lansing. The Michigan Campaign Finance Network has looked at the numbers, and the big change: free lunches for legislators are up 48% from 2012.

Rich Robinson of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network joined us today to talk about what he’s found.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:27 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Hundreds of Republicans flock to Mackinac Island to prepare for Election 2014

The Republican Leadership Conference was held in the Grand Hotel.
SteveBurt1947 Flickr

The co-hosts of It’s Just Politics were hanging out with lots of Republicans this weekend - around 1,500, in case you were wondering. 

Rick Pluta, Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and our own political junkie here at Michigan Radio, Zoe Clark joined us today to talk about what they learned at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference that took place over the weekend.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:22 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Michigan wines are getting some love across the country

Vineyard in Leelanau County
user farlane flickr

Go to New York. Visit a nice restaurant. And, you just might find yourself looking over the wine list and find an entry that might be surprise you. A Michigan wine.

The Chief Restaurant Critic and Wine Writer for Hour Magazine, Chris Cook recently wrote about that surprise, and he joined us today to talk Michigan wines.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:58 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

How does income level affect health care in Michigan?

Cathy Schoen
http://www.commonwealthfund.org/

A brand-new report card has been released from the bipartisan Commonwealth Fund.

The report examines just how well the health care systems in each of the 50 states are working. The conclusion: if you live in a state that generally does poorly in health care, it doesn't necessarily matter what your income level is. High-income people who live in these poorly-performing states are worse off than low-income people who live in states with high health scores.

Cathy Schoen is senior vice president at The Commonwealth Fund and the author of the new report. She spoke with Cyndy Canty, host of Stateside, earlier in the day.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:52 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

The University of Michigan is now offering in-state tuition to undocumented students

University of Michigan student union
Wikimedia Commons

The new fall semester at the University of Michigan is bringing significant change.

Earlier this summer, the U of M Board of Regents said “yes” to offering in-state tuition to undocumented students as long as they meet certain criteria. All military will be allowed to pay in-state tuition, active, reserve, and honorably discharged, as well.

The vote was watched closely by advocates for young people who were brought into this country as undocumented immigrants. On such advocate is Serena Davila. Davila is the Executive Director for Legislative Affairs for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. Cyndy Canty, host of Stateside, spoke with Davila about the change in tuition.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:48 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Detroit bankruptcy: Mediation talks begin

Time now for our weekly check-in with Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes. On the front-burner: The mediation talks between Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and dozens of lawyers representing the city's creditors.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:45 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Small southwest Michigan town is the 'Magic Capitol of the World'

The welcome sign into the town of Colon.
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It's been an extra-magical summer in the small southwest Michigan town of Colon.

This summer brought the 77th Annual Abbott's Magic Get-Together put on by the Abbott Magic Company, which has been helping magicians work their wonders since 1934.

Cyndy Canty, host of Stateside, sat down with Greg Bordner, his father co-founded the Abbott Magic Company in January 1934, and asked just how a small Michigan town became, as it likes to say, "The Magic Capitol of the World?"

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:39 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Why did Amash decide not to run for US Senate and what happens now?

Michigan U.S. Rep. Justin Amash
Facebook

Usually we do a story when someone decides to run for office. Generally, it's not much news when a possible candidate decides against a run. But, in this case, today it is news. The headline: West Michigan Republican Congressman Justin Amash has decided he will not run for the open U.S. Senate in Michigan in 2014.

As of now, former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land is the only declared Republican candidate.

Rick Pluta, Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Politics & Culture
4:37 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Stateside for Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

More than 1,500 works of art, with more than 160 venues, and 47 countries represented. Those are just a few statistics of this year's ArtPrize in Grand Rapids opening today with some 400,000 expected visitors to the city. Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith was on the scene, and we spoke to her as well as the new Executive Director of ArtPrize.

And, Congressman Justin Amash has decided not to run for U.S. senate. What does this decision mean for the rest of the candidates?

The University of Michigan announced earlier that they will now offer in-state tuition to undocumented students. We talked with Serena Davila, the executive director for Legislative Affairs for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, about what this means for the students.

Also, how well are health care systems in the U.S. working? A new report by the Commonwealth Fund gave us some answers.

And, the small town of Colon in southwest Michigan has been dubbed the “Magic Capital of the World.” We spoke with one resident to find out why that is.

First on the show, our weekly check-in with Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes. And, on the front-burner? The mediation talks between Detroit's Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr and dozens and dozens of lawyers representing the city's creditors. Howes joined us to tell us more about the mediation.

Stateside
4:36 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

An interview with the new executive director of ArtPrize

Christian Gaines, the new executive director of ArtPrize.
artprize.org

Today was the opening day for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids. And this year, ArtPrize has a new executive director, Christian Gaines. He was formerly with the American Film Institute and IMDB.com.

Christian Gaines joined us today from Grand Rapids to talk about this new position and what the event means for the city.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:34 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

ArtPrize opens today in Grand Rapids

A dragon sculpture from this year's ArtPrize.
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

Alright, Michigan art lovers, it is time.

ArtPrize opened today, and for the next 19 days downtown Grand Rapids will be crammed with art from all over the world, and we the public get to decide which artist is going to win the $200,000 top prize.

This is an art show that Time magazine called one of 5 festive events you won’t want to miss in 2013, and as you might expect, Grand Rapids is buzzing.

Michigan Radio’s West Michigan reporter Lindsey Smith joined us today from Grand Rapids to talk about the show. 

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:32 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

How to provide for those in need when budgets are being cut

SafeHouse sign.
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It's the crunch that service groups all over Michigan are facing: funding is shrinking, even as demand for services is rising.

We wanted to see how these budget cuts are hitting service groups. What has the cost been in terms of the help they're able to offer to their community? And what strategies have they come up with to help close that gap?

Barbara Niess-May joined us today. She's the executive director of the SafeHouse Center in Ann Arbor. It's the only place in Washtenaw County that focuses on helping survivors of domestic violence.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:28 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

The state of Michigan's museums in the digital age

DIA

For every time Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr declares there are no plans to sell off DIA treasures to satisfy creditors, he also says, "all options are on the table."

Detroit Institute of Arts officials are leaving no stone unturned as they work to protect its collection from the storm of Detroit's bankruptcy.

We wondered, with the art world's attention focused on the DIA, how are other art museums in Michigan faring? And just how are they drawing in visitors in this digital age when most of us can look at priceless art images with just a few clicks of a mouse?

Joining us for this discussion is Bridge Magazine contributing writer Nancy Derringer, whose recent piece in Bridge has the hopeful headline: "Far from Bankrupt: Michigan art museums thrive despite economic woes."

Listen to the full interview above.

Politics & Culture
4:28 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Since the Detroit bankruptcy filing, there's been lots of discussion about the works at the Detroit Institute of Art.

Could they be sold?

But, what about the state of the state's other art museums - in say, Flint, East Lansing or Kalamazoo?

On today's show we check in on just how museums across Michigan are faring in the digital age.

And there's a job crunch in Michigan. It can cost business and job growth, but it might not be what you expect -- truck-driver shortages. What it means for the state economy, later in the show.

First, when it comes to trying to wiggle out of paying for auto insurance, the creativity of some Michigan drivers seems to know no bounds. But to all of those drivers who think they're getting away with auto insurance fraud, the Michigan Secretary of State has a warning: "We're on to you."

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is announcing the creation of a task force to fight fraud in auto insurance all across Michigan.

She joined us today.

Stateside
4:28 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Michigan Secretary of State speaks out against insurance fraud

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson.
rick4mi.com

When it comes to trying to wiggle out of paying for auto insurance, the creativity of some Michigan drivers seems to know no bounds.

But to all of those drivers who think they're getting away with auto insurance fraud, the Michigan Secretary of State has a warning: "We're on to you."

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is announcing the creation of a task force to fight fraud in auto insurance all across Michigan.

Secretary of State Johnson joined us today from Lansing.

Listen to the interview above.

Arts & Culture
4:14 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Detroit Design Festival opens up this week

Mobel Link Modern Furniture will be featured at the Detroit Design Festival.
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Detroit and its unique role in the world of design.

That's what organizers are focusing on this week with the Detroit Design Festival.

The five-day festival rolls out on Wednesday with 70 separate events representing nearly 400 artists and designers.

Matt Clayson joined us today.

Listen to the interview above.

Politics & Culture
4:33 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

Stateside for Monday, September 16th, 2013

It's officially the law of the land.

Governor Rick Snyder signed the Medicaid expansion into law today.

The expansion will provide Medicaid services to hundreds of thousands of working-poor in the state through the federal Affordable Care Act. On today's show, what the expansion means for Michigan and what's next on the Governor's and the Legislature's agenda.

And, Brandon and Bethany Foote, the couple behind the musical group Gifts or Creatures, joined us today to talk about their music.

Also, Rivertown, a $55 million proposed development along the east riverfront in Detroit, recently won approval from the Detroit Economic Development Corporation. How are developments like this possible when Detroit is bankrupt?

First on the show, in Michigan, by state law, the day after Labor Day is Back-To-School Day.

But in some 30 districts and charter schools in Michigan, kids have already been going to school because these districts and schools are experimenting with year-round school.

It's a concept getting much attention with the realization that our traditional school schedule causes most kids to forget some of the reading and math skills over the long summer break. That forces teachers to spend the first month or more re-teaching the previous year's material.

What does year-round school look like and is there a demand for it?

For the answer, we turned to the Crosswell-Lexington Community Schools in rural Sanilac County, which is offering the option of a year-round schedule.

Superintendent Kevin Miller joined us today.

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