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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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Arts & Culture
6:21 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Stateside: A conversation with Bill Ryan, a leading light on the new music scene

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

Bill Ryan is one of the leading lights on the new music scene.

Ryan leads 'Billband' and is also a music educator at Grand Valley State University.

It has been nine years since the last CD release from Billband, but Ryan continues to make his mark on contemporary music with his teaching at GVSU, and with the GVSU New Music Ensemble.

He's put Grand Valley on the map for those who follow and love contemporary music.

And now, after nine years, Billband has a new release. It's called Towards Daybreak with emotive, postminimalist  new music.
 
Bill Ryan joined us from Allendale and Grand Valley State.

Transportation
6:08 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Stateside: Train travel up in Michigan

The state is close to finishing a deal with a freight rail company to buy a 140 mile stretch of track between Detroit and Chicago.
user amtrak_russ Flickr

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

More and more of us not just here in Michigan, but across the nation, are traveling by train and turning to Amtrak.

Its trains carried 31.2 million passengers in its fiscal year that ended last September.

Here in Michigan, a record-setting 793,000 people traveled on Amtrak's three routes, bringing in all-time high revenues of $27.8 million in Michigan.

What's behind our growing affection for the train?

Adie Tomar is a researcher with the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank.

He joined us from Washington.

Politics & Government
5:57 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Stateside: Getting ready for the Governor's budget

Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

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

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

The expansion comes under the Obama administration's health care overhaul.... and there are benefits for states that decide to expand Medicaid. The federal government will pick up the entire cost in the first three years... and 90 percent over the long haul.

But, Snyder is likely to run into resistance from fellow Republicans who are opposed to the Affordable Health Care law.

Meanwhile, the Governor is also gearing up to deliver his budget proposal for fiscal year 2013-2014 tomorrow. You could say, unveiling the proposal begins the "debate" (sometimes putting that kindly) in Lansing over what should and should not be funded.

So which programs and initiatives could be winners? And which could be losers in the Governor's spending plan? And in what the Legislature ultimately does with it?

Cyndy talked with Chris Gautz, Capitol Correspondent for Crain's Detroit Business and Dave Eggart, the Lansing reporter for the Associated Press.

Politics & Culture
5:31 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Stateside for Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Stateside for Wednesday, February 6th, 2013.

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

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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Politics & Culture
5:22 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday February 5th, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, February 5th, 2013.

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.

Law
4:48 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Stateside: Michigan's Attorney General talks about human trafficking

Bill Schuette Facebook.com

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.

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Politics & Government
5:57 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Stateside: Immigration issues in Michigan

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents making arrest in Dearborn.
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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Culture & History
5:42 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Stateside: The life and legacy of Rosa Parks

Ebony Magazine

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.

News & Culture
5:30 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Stateside for Monday, February 4, 2013

Stateside for Monday, February 4, 2013.

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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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Stateside: Celebrating Rosa Parks' 100th birthday at the Henry Ford

RosaParks.com

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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.

Politics & Government
4:54 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Stateside: Children of undocumented immigrants eligible for Michigan IDs or driver's licenses

Michigan Sheriffs' Association

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

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.

Health
4:44 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Stateside: Talking Medicaid expansion in Michigan

Thomas Anderson Flickr

Cyndy talks Medicaid expansion with Detroit Free Press reporter Kathleen Gray.

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).

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Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

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

More than 12 thousand right-to-work protestors tried, and failed, to convince state lawmakers not to pass the legislation in December
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Jake Neher discusses right-to-work legislation.

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.

Politics & Government
5:01 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Stateside for Thursday, January 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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Offbeat
5:48 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Stateside: University of Michigan honors Raoul Wallenberg in new exhibition

Passport photo of Wallenberg from 1944.
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Ingrid Carlberg spoke with Cyndy about Wallenberg's history.

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.

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Business
5:47 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Stateside: A story slam competition for entrepreneurs

Entre-SLAM allows entrepreneurs to describe their business ideas with a story.
http://vimeo.com/entreslam

Listen to our Entre-SLAM panel discussion.

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

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!

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Economy
5:46 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Stateside: Local funding assessed by Michigan Public Policy Survey

Tom Ivacko.
http://www.fordschool.umich.edu/news/?news_id=548

We spoke with Tom Ivacko about Michigan's local leaders.

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

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.”

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Politics & Government
5:34 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Stateside for Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Stateside for January 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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Offbeat
6:02 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Stateside: An app for that ancient manuscript

Three gods in an 18th century Icelandic manuscript.
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Professor Arthur Verhoogt discusses a new iPhone app.

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

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.

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Politics & Government
5:59 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Stateside for January 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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