Stateside with Cynthia Canty

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Conversations about what matters in Michigan.

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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Post-minimalist music is getting plenty of attention on the music scene.

On today's show, we talk with acclaimed new music teacher, composer, and performer Bill Ryan about his group "Billband" and the making of their first CD in nearly a decade.

Plus, high gas prices mean that more of us are choosing to hop on a train. We'll talk about rising numbers of rail passengers.

But first, we talk about the news out of Lansing.

Governor Snyder announced  today that he supports expanding Medicaid eligibility to hundreds of thousands of Michigan residents without insurance.

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A new report finds that Americans are less healthy than our international peers. Why are we falling behind? On today’s show, we’ll explore America’s health disparities.  

And, should Michigan recruit more skilled foreign workers? One immigration lawyer in west-Michigan says there aren't enough workers for STEM jobs---those in science, technology, engineering and mathematics---in our state and the country. Are foreign workers really taking these STEM jobs away from Americans?

And, when you hear the term “human trafficking” and let yourself think about what that entails, you might think of it as something that happens overseas, perhaps in exotic places.

You would be very wrong.

Human trafficking happens in the United States, and it is happening right here in the Great Lakes State.

Michigan’s Attorney General Bill Schuette joins us today. He says you can bet that human beings are being sold for profit in our state, and he’s marshaling his resources to fight back against human trafficking.

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The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

When you hear the term "human trafficking" and let yourself think about what that entails, you might think of it as something that happens overseas, perhaps in exotic places.

U.S. ICE

The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

For the very first time in more years than just about anyone can remember, things seem to be lining up in favor of immigration reform.

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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Rosa Parks.

She was small in stature, quiet, humble, and yet a woman who made a giant mark on the pages of American history. A woman hailed as a true icon of the civil rights movement.

Her deliberate, well-thought-out act of civil disobedience galvanized the struggle for civil rights, not only here in America, but around the world.

A year later, in 1956, Rosa Parks and her husband Raymond moved to Detroit where she lived until her death in 2005.

We take a closer look at the life and legacy of Rosa Parks with Wayne State University Professor of History, Danielle McGuire.

Her book is entitled "At The Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance: A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power."

She joined us now from the Rosa Parks celebration, the National Day of Courage, at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.

Today marks the 100th birthday of Civil Rights leader, Rosa Parks. Cyndy talks with history professor Danielle McGuire about the legacy of Rosa Parks life.

And we'll take you inside the bus where Parks refused to give up her seat to a white man in Montgomery Alabama. That simple act of courage helped spark the civil rights movement in the U.S.

And, with immigration reform high on the agenda in Washington D.C., we take a look at just what makes people think the way they do about undocumented workers.

First up on the show, will the State of Michigan expand its Medicaid coverage?

That's the question on the front burner at the Governor's office these days as he prepares to unveil his new budget to the Legislature this week. We talk with reporter Kathleen Gray from the Detroit Free Press about the Governor's upcoming decision.

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The following is a summary of an audio segment. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

Today marks the 100th birthday of civil rights leader, Rosa Parks.

Back in 1955, the south was segregated.

And on December 1 of that year, a 42-year old seamstress refused to give up her seat to a white man on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama and was arrested for it.

That simple act of courage helped spark the civil rights movement in America.

Today, that bus lives in the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn.

Stateside’s Emily Fox takes us on a tour of the exhibit where she talked with museum visitors and Christian Overland, the executive Vice President of the Henry Ford Museum.

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There has been a change of heart, or at least of policy, at Michigan's Secretary of State's office.

Word came down late last week that thousands of children of undocumented immigrants in Michigan will now be eligible for a driver's license or official state ID.

This was quite a reversal of the stand that had been taken by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson who now says a review of new federal guidelines convinced her to change the policy.

Cyndy spoke with Miriam Aukerman, staff attorney with the ACLU of Michigan, to talk about the change of policy.

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The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

Is the State of Michigan going to expand its Medicaid coverage? That's the question on the front burner at the Governor's office these days as he prepares to unveil his new budget to the Legislature this week.

Cyndy spoke with Detroit Free Press reporter Kathleen Gray who helped break down the Medicaid program in the state and talked to us about the pros and cons of expanding Medicaid coverage to another half a million people.

The Affordable Care Act will assist states in expanding their Medicaid eligibility limits for adults to 133 percent of the Federal Poverty Level, (that's and income of about $14,860 per year for one person).

Stateside: ACLU files suit against right-to-work legislation

Jan 31, 2013
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The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

Today the ACLU filed a lawsuit against right-to-work legislation.

Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher spoke with Cyndy about the suit and its potential implications.

“They say for about four hours on the day right-to-work started moving through the legislature, the doors were closed. They say that that violates the Michigan Constitution which guarantees the residents of Michigan the right to assemble. There were people from the public inside at the time, they just weren’t letting in others," said Neher.

According to Neher, people across the state feel as if their voices are underrepresented.

“The people that brought this bill up say that they’re concerned that a win-or-take-all system for votes leaves people in certain parts of the state without a voice,” said Neher.

Stateside for Thursday, January 31, 2013

Jan 31, 2013

Sandra Bernhard is appearing at The Ark in Ann Arbor this Friday and Saturday. We spoke with Bernhard about growing up in Michigan and her overall career.

We discussed Super Bowl advertisements with Mike Bernacchi and Bob Kolt.

Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher provided a look at Michigan legislation with a specific focus on right-to-work.

Listen to these stories and more on today's podcast.

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The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish humanitarian credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews during World War II.

To Me There’s No Other Choice,” the exhibition currently at the University of Michigan, celebrates Wallenberg’s achievements and spirit.

Ingrid Carlberg will be among the presenters at the exhibition. Carlberg is the author of “There is a room  waiting for you here.”

Today Carlberg spoke with Cyndy about Wallenberg’s history.

“It was some kind of a coincidence. He was a businessman; he was importing groceries from Hungary. When the Germans marched into Hungary in the spring of 1944, Raoul Wallenberg was alarmed by what was going on. But actually the initiative to go to Budapest and lead a rescue mission came from the American government,” said Carlberg.

Stateside: A story slam competition for entrepreneurs

Jan 30, 2013
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Tired of giving the same pitches in the same offices?

Do you have a great idea but lack the environment in which to present it?

Then try Entre-SLAM!

Stateside: Local funding assessed by Michigan Public Policy Survey

Jan 30, 2013
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One of the major challenges local leaders face is providing services amidst dwindling budgets.

Today we spoke with Tom Ivacko from the Center for Local, State and Urban Policy [CLOSUP] about Michigan’s local services.

“79% of Michigan’s local government leaders told us that, even after the cuts they’ve been making, they’re still satisfied with the overall package of services they deliver,” said Ivacko.

Ivacko noted, however, that many leaders think their citizens remain satisfied.

“We asked local leaders how satisfied their citizens are and they think their citizens are pretty satisfied with the packages today.”

Stateside for Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Jan 30, 2013

Today we spoke with author Ingrid Carlberg about the legacy of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish diplomat credited with saving thousands of Jews in WWII.

Are you an entrepreneur? Heard of Entre-SLAM? We spoke with creators Jeannie Ballew and Christa Chambers-Price and host Al McWilliams about the storytelling competitions.

Tom Ivacko spoke with Cyndy about local leaders and the challenges they could face.

Listen to these stories and more on today's podcast.

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Stateside: An app for that ancient manuscript

Jan 29, 2013
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There is now an app for reading an ancient text.

The Papyrus App “Picture it: EP” allows one to browse the pages of the oldest existing manuscript of the letters of St. Paul.

Professor Arthur Verhoogt, Associate Professor of Papyrology and Greek at the University of Michigan helped design the app.

“The text is the most ancient manuscript of the letters of Saint Paul that exist. It dates to about [the year] 200,” said Verhoogt.

The texts are kept in a secure vault.

Stateside for Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Jan 29, 2013

Today we discussed Flint's financial status with emergency financial manager Ed Kurtz.

Professor Arthur Verhoogt discussed an iPhone app that allows you to read Epistles of Paul.

We discussed skiing with Mickey McWilliams, the Executive Director of the Michigan Snowsports Industries Association.

Listen to these stories and more on today's podcast.

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Stateside: Changes to tax refunds may come as a surprise to some

Jan 29, 2013
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The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

For those who have not yet completed your 2012 tax returns- brace yourselves.

In 2011 Governor Snyder signed a tax overhaul package that included $1.4 billion  in additional income taxes and $1.7 billion in business tax cuts.

Stateside for Monday, January 28, 2013

Jan 28, 2013

Today, Roland Zullo of the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and Economy at the University of Michigan and Vincent Vernuccio of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy spoke about future right-to-work legislation.

Detroit Free Press journalist Jim Schaeffer provided Stateside with an update on Kwame Kilpatrick's trial.

Professor Rosina Bierbaum contributed recently to the National Climate Assessment. We spoke with Bierbaum about the Assessment and its findings.

Listen to these stories and more on today's podcast.

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Stateside: Right-to-work legislation takes effect on March 27

Jan 28, 2013
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The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

On March 27, Michigan will become the 24th state to adopt right-to-work legislation.

Roland Zullo of the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and Economy at the University of Michigan and Vincent Vernuccio of The Mackinac Center for Public Policy spoke with Cyndy today about the legislation.

Stateside: Scientists draft a National Climate Assessment

Jan 28, 2013
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More than 240 scientists contributed to a new draft report of the National Climate Assessment. The report addresses the country’s changing climate and is the third federal climate review since 2000.

Stateside for Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Jan 23, 2013

Today we spoke with Devon Akmon about this weekend's Arab Film Festival in Dearborn.

And Michigan Radio's Jennifer Guerra and Dustin Dwyer are investigating Michigan's education system for our State of Opportunity project. They spoke today with Cyndy about early childhood education.

Be sure to catch Dwyer's documentary, which airs tomorrow at 3 p.m, on Michigan Radio.

We also spoke with two Reverends about shelters and their vital functions in the winter.

Listen to these stories and more on today's Stateside.

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Stateside: Documenting a region in flux at the Arab Film Festival

Jan 23, 2013
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The 2013 Arab Film Festival opens Thursday in Dearborn.

Eight films will be screened at the Arab American National Museum.

Stateside for Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Jan 22, 2013

Today is the 40th Anniversary of Roe Versus Wade. That landmark decision made access to abortion services a federal constitutional right, rather than a matter of state-by-state policy.

Dr. Lisa Hope Harris spoke with Cyndy today about Michigan Bill 5711 and how it could affect the state.

Also, John Bebow, president and chief executive of the Center for Michigan and Amber Toth,  the outreach director for the Center for Michigan, spoke with Cyndy about Center's education report released today.

Listen to these stories and more on today's podcast.

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Stateside for Monday, January 21, 2013

Jan 21, 2013

Today we spoke with Jocelyn Benson.

Her group, Military Spouses of Michigan, marched in President Obama's inaugural parade.

Gleaves Whitney provided a history of second inaugural addresses. Guess who gave the shortest.

And Kevin Hofmann spoke with us today about growing up biracial in America.

Listen to these stories and more on today's Stateside.

Stateside for Thursday, January 17, 2013

Jan 17, 2013

Governor Snyder joined us today to discuss last night's State of the State address.

Rick Pluta, Michigan Public Radio Lansing Bureau Chief and Michigan State Economics Professor Charley Ballard provided their opinions also of the address.

Daniel Howes of the Detroit News gave us North American International Auto Show coverage.

Listen to these stories and more on today's podcast.

Stateside for Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Jan 16, 2013

Today we spoke with Chris Gautz about what to expect from Governor Snyder's State of the State address.

Artist Alec Soth shared his experiences traveling through and photographing Michigan.

Can you believe it was 30 years ago that Hudson's closed its Detroit store? We spoke with Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry about the store and Detroit.

Finally, Milton Mack, Chief Judge of Michigan County Probate Court, and Dr. Michele Reid, Medical Director of Detroit-Wayne County Community Mental Health Agency, spoke with Cyndy about the ways we treat mental health.

Listen to these stories and more on today's podcast.

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Stateside for Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Jan 15, 2013

We spoke today with Senator Debbie Stabenow about the need for a new farm bill and its impact on Michigan agriculture.

Though the national homicide rate has declined over the past decades, many Michigan cities are struggling to follow the trend.

Gregg Barak, Professor of Criminology at Eastern Michigan University and Dayne Walling, Mayor of Flint, spoke with Cyndy about the state’s homicides.

And Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton provided coverage of the North American International Auto Show.

Listen to these stories and more on today's Stateside podcast.

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Stateside for Monday, January 14, 2013

Jan 14, 2013

Theresa Flores is working to eliminate human trafficking.

We spoke today with Flores about trafficking's presence at the Auto Show.

What would wolf hunting mean for Michigan? Adam Bump of the Michigan DNR spoke with Cyndy about the hunt.

Michigan is now the fifth-fattest state in the country. This is no cause for celebration, so put down that cake. 

Dr. Tom Peterson of Helen DeVos Children's Hospital addressed possible ways of reducing our state's waistline.

Listen to these stories and more on today's podcast.

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Stateside for Thursday, January 10, 2013

Jan 10, 2013

For part three of her investigation of Detroit's homeless population, Michigan Radio's Kyle Norris looked at a series of homeless shelter renovations.

What is "dark money?" We spoke with Rich Robinson today about secretive campaign funding.

Michigan is making wine. Check out our podcast to hear about the specifics of our state's wine production.

Listen to these stories and more on today's podcast.

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