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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
4:42 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

How co-workers view 'personal expressions' of their colleagues at work

Nearly half of the Detroit workforce lack the basic skills needed by employers
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Ask anyone here at Michigan Radio who walks by my cubicle: I love my husband, kids and grandson. I love the countryside in County Cork Ireland, and I love Roger Daltrey of The Who.

Why do they know that?

Because all around my desk, I've tacked up photos of my family, of the fields of West Cork, and of my meeting with the legendary Who singer.

It's something I've always done at my desks throughout my career.

But an intriguing study by University of Michigan researchers suggests I might not be doing myself a favor with such "visible expressions" of my personal life.

Joining me is one of the five co-authors of the research paper, set for publication in the Journal of Organizational Behavior.

Jeffrey Sanchez-Burks is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations at the Ross School of Business at UofM.

Stateside
4:42 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Data Driven Detroit talks to us about where Michiganders new and old are heading

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Interesting data released by the Census Bureau is shedding some light on the question of who's moving to Michigan, and where Michigan folks are heading when they pack up and leave the Great Lakes State.

Let's take a closer look at these comings and goings and what it means for the state's future. We welcomed Kurt Metzger, director emeritus of Data Driven Detroit, and the newly elected Mayor of Pleasant Ridge.

Stateside
4:37 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Ann Arbor school finds a creative way to teach kids music

The Detroit Symphony musicians and the DSO management have agreed to meet
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All too often, as school districts are forced to cut spending, programs like music get the ax.

And that sorry fact robs students of the chance to learn music, to make music, and leaves one to wonder: Where are the musicians of the future going to come from?

One Ann Arbor Elementary School is teaming up with the University of Michigan School of Music for a unique approach to teaching music...and they are turning to Venezuela for inspiration.

It's called El Sistema.

The program originated in Venezuela, and the idea was to teach disadvantaged children, to help them discoverer the power of music.

I spoke with Professor John Ellis with the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance, where among other things, he is Director of Community and Preparatory Programs - and Horacio Contreras Espionoza, he is a UofM grad student studying cello, and he is an El Sistema teacher at Mitchell Elementary School in Ann Arbor.

Stateside
4:31 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

The Jewish contribution to American cooking

Part of the cover of the More than Matzo Balls cookbook by the 2010 National Council of Jewish Women, St. Louis Section.
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There's an exhibit going on now  through December 8 at the Hatcher Graduate Library at the University of Michigan. It's entitled "American Foodways: The Jewish Contribution."

Janice Bluestein Longone is the co-curator of the university's new exhibit.

She has spent more than four decades creating a 25,000-item library of American culinary literature -- one of the largest, most acclaimed private collections in the world.

But, Jan says she was surprised by the outpouring of support she received from the Jewish community.

Transportation
4:18 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Winter storm on its way during the holiday

Thanksgiving doesn't just  mean Turkey, it also means travel.

AAA figures that over 43 million of us will travel at least 50 miles from home during the upcoming holiday weekend.

And Mother Nature plans to hit much of the nation with a big, dangerous winter storm this week.

MLive Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa joins us now.

Stateside
4:12 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Heidelberg fires in Detroit energize Tyree Guyton to make more art

Emily Fox Michigan Radio

An open air art installation in Detroit has become the subject of a suspected arson rampage.

It's had 6 suspicious fires in 7 months.

The fires have demolished several homes that are key to the art project, but the artist behind the project says he’s energized by the wreckage and is ready to begin another stage of his art project.

The Heidelberg Project is on the east side of Detroit and takes over two city blocks.

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Stateside
5:03 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

What would happen if the US and Canada merged together into one big country?

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If you live in Michigan, particularly the Eastern Upper Peninsula and the Southeast Lower Peninsula, chances are high that you’ve crossed the border into Canada. We certainly know that our Canadian neighbors are heading over here in hefty numbers. A check of license plates at Metro Detroit shopping centers makes a strong case.

Our next guest makes a case for taking these two large countries and merging them into one. She believes the two would become much stronger for joining together.

She is currently Editor at Large at the National Post, a blogger for the Huffington Post, and a Distinguished Professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto. Her nine earlier books focused on politics, immigration, economics and finance and white collar crime.

Her newest book is “Merger of the Century: Why Canada and America Should Become One Country.”

Author Diane Francis joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
5:01 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

The GOP cares about Detroit, they are building new 'African-American Engagement Office' to prove it

Dennis Lennox
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The Republican Party wants Detroit to know it cares. The GOP is hoping to increase its presence in the city where Barack Obama grabbed 97.5% of the vote in 2012.

And, how is the GOP going to reach out to Detroiters? By sending in Senator Rand Paul, tea party senator from Kentucky, to headline the opening of the new GOP outreach center, which is named "The African-American Engagement Office."

This has at least one Republican stalwart cringing. Dennis Lennox, GOP strategist and columnist at the Morning Sun, joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:54 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Domestic workers are critical to our economy, so why are they invisible?

A poster in the The Workers Institute at The Black Country Living Museum.
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There has been virtually no end to the stories focusing on the "Lean In" concept put forth by then- C.O.O of Facebook Sheryl Sandburg, focusing on whether highly talented and visible---and basically well-off---women could "have it all.”

But, as writer Laurie Penny wrote in The New Statesman, "While we all worry about the glass ceiling, there are millions of women standing in the basement---and the basement is flooding."

Domestic workers. The people that come into our homes to cook, clean, nanny or provide health care. Historically, many of these workers were African American women who were servants to families.

Today, household workers are critical to our economy, but all too often they're the invisible and underpaid part of society.

Why are they so invisible and what needs to happen to lift them out of that "flooding basement?"

Dr. Eileen Boris is the Hull Professor and Chair, Department of Feminist Studies and a Professor of History, Black Studies, and Global Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. She joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:52 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Detroit called 'post-apocalyptic' by city outsiders

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As Detroit has slid its way down the slippery slope to bankruptcy, the eyes of the world have been fixed on the Motor City.

Whether it was Time Magazine renting a house for embedded reporters, Bob Simon of 60 Minutes comparing Detroit to Mogadishu, chef Anthony Bourdain comparing Detroit to Chernobyl, using the description "post-apocalyptic," the outsiders' view of Detroit has been, to put it gently, negative.

Our next guest has raised the question: what happened when outsiders are shaping Detroit's narrative? When Detroit and its leaders and stakeholders can't articulate a consistent message, someone else is going to do it. And how is that Narrative-Shaped-By-Outsiders going to affect Detroit's destiny?

Detroit Free Press Staff Writer Mark Stryker explored this in a recent piece "Seeking Detroit's Voice: Lack of message lets others shape the narrative." He joined us today to discuss the issue.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
3:36 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

An interview with Ann Arbor electro-pop music duo Hollow & Akimbo

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An interview with with music duo Hollow & Akimbo.

That’s “Hollow and Akimbo” on their new EP “Pseudoscience” on Quite Scientific Records.

Their electro-pop is winning this Ann Arbor duo some very warm praise from critics, including some in the UK.

Hollow & Akimbo duo Jon Visger and Brian Konicek joined us today in the studio.

Listen to the full interview above.

Politics & Culture
4:53 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Stateside for Thursday, November 21st, 2013

Any day now, there will be a decision from Judge Steven Rhodes on whether to authorize Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy, and everyone paying attention to this historic ruling is wondering how he will rule.

But, here’s another question: What will it take to keep other cities and towns across Michigan safe from municipal bankruptcy? Later in the program we’ll talk with an expert who believe he has a solution.

Then, after 40 years, when many other cultural institutions shut their doors, the Michigan Opera Theatre remains one of the most vibrant regional opera companies in the nation.

We spoke with the Theatre's founder about the challenges that lie ahead. 

First on the show, whatever your political or social views about the Affordable Care Act, these things are true: It is here. There are people who have no health insurance who need it, and the rollout has been, to put it kindly, a disaster.

With the terrible performance of the healthcare.gov website, and the natural confusion that comes with breaking new ground, it's small wonder that many people don't even know where to start with seeking coverage under the ACA.

Don Hazaert is the director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare, one of four navigator agencies in our state for Obamacare. We spoke with him about how these navigators can help.

Stateside
4:38 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

The Michigan Opera Theatre is a gem in Detroit

David DiChiera is the founder of the Michigan Opera Theatre.
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Detroit sure has seen its share of challenges in the past

4o years, but all through that time the city has been home to one of the most vibrant regional opera companies in the nation: The Michigan Opera Theatre.

The founder of the MOT is Dr. David DiChiera.

He’s recently been named the 2013 Kresge Eminent Artist. That prize is the Kresge Foundation’s annual lifetime achievement award in the Arts.

It’s been called the most prestigious local prize in the field of culture. David, We welcomed David to the program today.

*Listen to the audio above.

Stateside
4:37 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

How do cities get in a 'death spiral,' and how can we stop it?

In July, Detroit became the largest city to file for bankruptcy in U.S. history.
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Ever since Detroit’s became the biggest in American history to seek bankruptcy protection, the term “death spiral” has been in the spotlight.

The spiral often begins with promises made to municipal workers. Pensions and health coverage are becoming too much for many cities and states to bear. But the law tells mayors and governors that those pension plans need to remain intact.

As pension costs mount, they try raising taxes, or turning to the municipal bond market. And when those doors are slammed shut, what happens? Essential services get cut, pink slips start flying, and businesses and homeowners get out of town, leaving behind a smaller and poorer population even less able to cover a city’s soaring costs.

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Stateside
4:35 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Will Detroit's new mayor work well with the emergency manager and governor?

Center, Detroit's Mayor-elect Mike Duggan
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In the weeks after the Detroit’s mayoral election, a top aide to Gov. Rick Snyder recently quipped that “adults” are now running Detroit’s city hall.

Does that point to a better working relationship between the governor, Detroit’s Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, and the city’s Mayor-elect Mike Duggan?

Detroit News Business Columnist Daniel Howes is taking a look at the relations between Detroit’s leadership and the governor’s office.

Listen to the full interview above. 

Stateside
4:31 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Is there a link between arts education and entrepreneurship? This study says yes.

Students in a classroom.
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A recent study coming out of Michigan State University reaffirms the need for one educational discipline that’s been continuously cut over the past decade — the arts.

Researchers found a startling link between taking part in arts and crafts activities as a child and patents received or businesses launched as an adult.

According to that study, which examined MSU Honors STEM students between 1990-1995, 94% of STEM graduates had musical training in their lives, compared to 34% of all adults.

Joining us is one of the authors of the study, Rex LaMore, the director of the MSU Center for Community and Economic Development. Cynthia Taggart, a professor of Music Education at Michigan State also talked to us.

Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
2:20 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Who are the Affordable Care Act's navigators?

This is a screenshot of the informational video from healthcare.gov.
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An interview with Don Hazaert, the director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare.

It’s been more than a month since the Affordable Care Act’s insurance marketplace has open, and to say the rollout has been problematic would be an understatement.

With the glitch-ridden healthcare.gov website, and the natural confusion that comes with breaking new ground, it’s no wonder that many insurance-seekers don’t even know where to begin to find health insurance under the ACA.

Enter Don Hazaert, the director of Michigan Consumers for Healthcare. MCH is one of four navigator agencies in Michigan for Obamacare.

But what does a navigator do? What can’t they do? And where do Michiganders stand with their healthcare?

Hazaert met with us in the studio, to discuss how those looking for coverage for Michigan actually do it.

For more information, visit enrollmichigan.com or any of the websites below:

consumersforhealthcare.org

communitybridgesihc.com

accesscommunity.org

aihfs.org

Listen to the full interview above.

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Politics & Culture
5:06 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

Three more Michigan communities have voted to decriminalization small amounts of marijuana. But, one former Ambassador says there are international implications to this decision. We find more on today's show.

And we speak to a Michigan professor who has spent the past decade putting together what's being called the most thorough reference on Buddhism to ever be produced in English.

A pop history quiz for you: which state was the very first to recognize the importance of civil rights - important enough to create a Civil Rights Commission whose mission was ensuring each citizen receives equal protection without discrimination?

The answer: Michigan. It was 1963 when Michigan voters approved the plan to set up the first Civil Rights Commission in American history. 50 years later, the newest director of the Michigan Department of Civil Rights is a former state trooper, and the first Native American to lead the Civil Rights Department.

Culture
5:04 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Buddhism's growing place in our culture

Donald Lopez, author of a new Buddhist reference book.
Myra Klarman

There is no questioning the data: Buddhism is a force to be reckoned with. Estimates of the number of practicing Buddhists around the world ranges from 350-million all the way up to 1.6 billion.

 Buddhism is also recognized as one of the fastest-growing religions in the world. A University of Michigan professor has spent the past 12 years putting together what's being hailed as the most authoritative and comprehensive reference on Buddhism ever produced in English. It is "The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism," co-authored by Robert Buswell of UCLA, and Donald Lopez. He is the Chair of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures and he is a Distinguished Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan.

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Stateside
5:01 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Tolerance for marijuana use in Michigan is increasing

A marijuana plant.
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One of the more intriguing results of the recent elections here in Michigan centered on marijuana.

Voters in Ferndale, Jackson and Lansing voted to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, and by large margins: Each passed with more than 60% of the vote. Voters in Grand Rapids, Ypsilanti, Flint and Detroit have passed similar proposals in recent years.

On the state level, Michigan voters approved legalizing medical marijuana in 2008. And a recent EPIC-MRA poll found nearly 80% of Michigan voters support ending criminal penalties for pot-related charges.

What’s behind this greater tolerance towards marijuana? And what could come from relaxing pot restrictions?

We talked with Melvyn Levitsky, a professor of International Policy and Practice at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy. The former U.S. ambassador to Bulgaria and Brazil, Levitsky also served as Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics Matters.

Listen to the full interview above. 

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