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Stateside 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 focuses on topics and events that matter to people all across the state. Stateside is hosted by Cynthia Canty (Mon-Thu) and Lester Graham (Fri). 

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Getting kids to school in Detroit can be a real hassle. Some parents drive their kids nearly 30 minutes to get them to their school of choice, whether that’s a public school or a charter school.

In his State of the City address this week, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan outlined a plan: Pick an area, then offer bus service from school to school, public or private, and to a center for daycare.

A Community Court graduation with Judge Shannon A. Holmes of Detroit's 36th District Court.
Southwest Detroit Community Justice Center

For most misdemeanor offenses in Michigan, the likely punishment is a fine, jail time, or both. But each Wednesday in Detroit’s 36th District Court, a different vision of justice plays out.

That vision is based on the principles of restorative justice, the backbone of the Southwest Detroit Community Justice Center, which operates Detroit’s only community court.  

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is calling it a “Marshall Plan for Talent.” He wants the legislature to approve $100 million for programs, equipment and scholarships to train the hundreds of thousands of workers that will be needed in the next several years.

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Voters’ rights groups are gathering signatures for a constitutional amendment to make registering to vote easier in Michigan. The “Promote the Vote” campaign is being backed by several groups including the League of Women Voters of Michigan.

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Election officials across the nation are concerned about hacking schemes that might corrupt the outcomes. But how likely is that?

Riley Beggin, a reporter with Bridge Magazine, joined Stateside today to talk about her recent report titled, “As hacking fears mount, Michigan election security gets middling marks.”

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The University of Michigan is reaching out to donors, offering better access to its hospital’s doctors, for an annual fee.

For $2,700 a year, a patient can take advantage of what’s known as a “concierge medicine” service the hospital is calling Victors Care.

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The rise in student activism and interest in politics is being felt across the nation. We've seen it, of course, with the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida.

One example here in Michigan is a debate this coming Sunday among the Democrats running for governor. It's being held at Bloomfield Hills High School and it's put on by a student-founded and student-run non-profit group called Engage 18.

An elderly Italian woman with Alzheimer's.
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Every 66 seconds, someone in this country is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. It's the sixth leading cause of death in the United Stateside, and as our nation gets older, that incidence will increase.

Three months after adopting a plant-based lifestyle, Ramirez had lost 45 lbs and was off all five of his daily medications.
Marc Ramirez

Today at Detroit's Eastern Market, there will be a celebration of all things vegan. It's called V313.

Organizers promise food from local vegan restaurants, music by local "plant-powered musicians," and educational speakers. 

Marc Ramirez will be moderating the Vegans of Color panel discussion. He's the co-founder of Chickpea and Bean, a nonprofit which hopes to raise awareness and educate people on the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle. He's also a former football player for the University of Michigan.

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There are many ways to make the most of winter in Michigan, but how about climbing frozen waterfalls? 

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Stateside host Cynthia Canty was scrolling through her Twitter feed when a tweet jumped out at her. It had a photo of a big orange tabby cat wearing a Smokey-the-Bear-style police hat and some traffic-cop-style mirrored sunglasses.

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President Trump has authorized his planned tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.  

(And a note: Stateside aired this conversation just before President Trump adopted the tariffs.)

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Today, the White House rolled out President Trump's planned tariffs on imported steel and aluminum. 

(Stateside aired this conversation just before this news broke.)

But Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes has a three-word warning for the President: “Unintended consequences loom.”

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Charlotte Finnegan, an MI Curious question asker

As Michiganders drove to work or school today, many were dodging potholes or rumbling along on cracking or crumbling pavement.

It’s the time of year when the condition of Michigan’s roads makes its way into conversation after conversation. Many wonder what it’s going to take to get Michigan’s roads and highways in better shape.

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A century ago, as the US was deep into fighting WWI, General "Black Jack" Pershing issued an urgent call to American women to volunteer for a new unit with the US Army Signal Corps.

More than 200 women from across the nation responded, including women from Michigan. They became known as "The Hello Girls."

Courtesy of Jim Mangi

Traditional wedding vows talk about “for better or for worse … in sickness and in health.”

When your wife has Alzheimer's disease, and you’re her caregiver, you learn what those words truly mean.

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Jolly Pumpkin Dexter
2319 Bishop Circle East,
Dexter, Michigan 48130
Host: Joe Linstroth

John Sinkevics, editor and publisher of LocalSpins.com, joined Stateside today to bring us the latest from West Michigan’s music scene.

Listen above to hear about a brand new group to West Michigan, a group that’s been touring the country for several years, and a singer/songwriter that’s “legendary,” Sinkevics says, with about 40 years of experience under his belt.


A Republican report released last week by the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology found that social media accounts linked to Russian propagandists were tweeting and posting about Enbridge's Line 5 oil pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac.

Keith Matheny, a reporter for the Detroit Free Press, joined Stateside today to explain what's known about these Russian trolls.

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When a young person commits a crime, one common response is to blame video games, especially violent video games, for the criminal act.

The recent mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida was no exception. On Thursday, President Trump will convene a meeting with video game industry leaders at the White House. The meeting will focus on whether violent video games contribute to real-world violence in our country.

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, a public charity created by and for the people of Genesee County. Isaiah Oliver is the youngest-ever president and CEO of the foundation. He is also the first Flint native and first African-American to lead the group.

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Michigan has pumped nearly $80 million into boosting third-grade reading levels.

But the latest analysis from The Education Trust-Midwest shows despite all that money, early reading scores went down.

Third-graders in Michigan are the last in the nation for early literacy, and we're one of the few states actually losing ground in third-grade reading levels.

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News that the state of Minnesota recently settled a lawsuit against 3M caught our eye. That's the company whose chemicals were used by Wolverine Worldwide to water-proof shoes – chemicals that have now contaminated drinking water in the Grand Rapids area.

The $850 million settlement was over water contamination from similar chemicals that are all part of a broader group called per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).

lake with evergreen tree in summer
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio


The goal of business is to make profit, but these days, big corporations are feeling pressure to do more—like investing some of that money back into communities or reducing a company's environmental impact.  

In an op-ed for The Conversation, economist Marina Whitman described this new ethos and why investors are leading the push for change.

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President Trump is digging in on his promised tariffs on foreign aluminum and steel: 10% on imported aluminum, 25% on imported steel.

That announcement sent the stock market tumbling and got our European and Canadian allies talking about possible trade wars, and retaliatory tariffs on American-made products.

And the pushback from the president’s own party is growing: House Speaker Paul Ryan has split with the president and opposes the tariffs, and Congressional Republicans are figuring out how to block them.

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The already-stunning photo ops at the Straits of Mackinac just got even better.

Rare blue ice has formed at Mackinac, and it’s a bonanza for photographers, such as Michigan Barefoot Memories.

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Michigan has won its second straight Big Ten title by beating Purdue 75-66. 


There are more than three-quarters of a million people in Michigan over age 23 who never graduated high school.

Now, there is a way for them to get not a GED, but a high school diploma. There are also job-training courses in construction trades and health care available.

Just think: a high school diploma and training for jobs that are going unfilled in Michigan — and it’s all absolutely free.

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This week alone, four people were shot and killed by one gunman in Detroit. There was an apparent murder-suicide in Southfield. A Grand Rapids man was killed after being shot ten times. And today, two people were shot and killed at Central Michigan University.

Government leaders in Washington and in Lansing are trying to come up with ways to prevent mass shootings. The main focus is on shootings at schools, such as the one last month at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

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Fifty years ago, on Feb. 29, 1968, a presidential commission released a report on why there had been so many uprisings, civil disturbances, and riots by black citizens in cities across the country.

The Kerner Report blamed the civil disturbances on white racism. Its most quoted line is: “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, and one white – separate and unequal.”