Stateside

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Conversations about what matters in Michigan.

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). 

  • Rick Pluta, Michigan Radio's Lansing bureau chief, joins us to talk about the first pieces of legislation being introduced in Lansing today to try and fix the broken Detroit Public School system.
  • Daniel Howes, Detroit News business columnist, joins us to talk about the North American International Auto Show.
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Today marks the 141st birthday of a Nobel prize-winner who is well-known to baby-boomers, but perhaps less well-known to later generations.

Dr. Albert Schweitzer was a physician, philosopher, theologian, organist and humanitarian. He was German and French and is known for his charitable work including opening a hospital in Africa.

Yet, his legacy is not without controversy.

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If you follow the Detroit River south of the city, you’ll hit the working class communities of River Rouge, Ecorse and to the west, Taylor. These, so called “Downriver” cities sometimes get a bad rap. As part of our Community Vibe series, Michigan Radio’s Emily Fox introduces us to two long-time residents of River Rouge who are trying to help shape the next generation of residents.


Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha helped bring attention to the elevated blood lead levels in the children in Flint.
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There's a new initiative being launched to help the victims of the decision to switch water sources in Flint.

Those victims are the children.

The number of Flint children with elevated levels of lead in their blood has doubled since the water switch was made nearly two years ago.

Now we learn that Hurley Children's Hospital in Flint is joining with Michigan State University to help these children.

  • We have reaction to President Obama’s final State of the Union speech from Republican U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, and we get the Democratic view from Senator Debbie Dingell.
  • An adoptive parent reflects on struggles raising her interracial family. Mary Koral tells her family's story in her memoir The Year The Trees Didn't Die.
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Following President Obama's final State of the Union address, Stateside reached out to some of Michigan's congressional delegation for analysis.

U.S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Twp., tells Stateside host Cynthia Canty that the speech was a little heavy on rhetoric. But Miller says she agrees with the president regarding formalizing military force against ISIS. "The Congress is shirking its responsibility by not debating the issue," Miller says.

When prospective parents consider the possibility of adopting a child, they think about what advantages they might offer a child: a loving, stable home with economic and education advantages that the child might not otherwise have.

But as the years go on and that child grows up, there can be pitfalls and problems that no one can foresee.

And, if the child is of a different race and ethnic background than the adoptive parents, the pitfalls can be especially challenging.

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Go to Hell.

Michigan Radio's Emily Fox did, as part of our Community Vibe series, where we're exploring one interesting thing about different towns across the state.

Emily takes us now to Hell Michigan, to meet the leading hellion of the village. 


Sarah Welch, executive chef at Republic Tavern in Detroit
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A recent Washington Post story declares that “one of the country’s poorest cities is suddenly becoming a food mecca.”

It highlights the growing scene of young chefs and restaurateurs setting up shop in Detroit.

Sarah Welch is one of them. She’s the executive chef at Republic Tavern, located in the restored castle-like Grand Army of the Republic building in Detroit.

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The Powerball jackpot has hit a record $1.5 billion for Wednesday night's drawing.

Should you beat the astronomical odds and actually win that eye-watering jackpot, you would also surrender your privacy.

And that's something State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, wants to fix.

He's introduced a bill that would allow it to be your choice whether the world knows you’ve won the lottery. 

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As part of this week’s Community Vibe series. We’re exploring one interesting thing about different towns across the state.

Today, we go to northern Mid-Michigan, which is home to a large Amish population. For some Amish families there, their traditional lifestyle is starting to evolve and change.


  • Meanwhile, those thriving gay communities in Saugatuck and Douglas are surrounded by what is arguably the most religiously conservative area of the state.

First-ever Michigan Design Prize now taking entries

Jan 11, 2016
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The Next Idea

At more than 4,000 strong, Michigan has the highest concentration of industrial designers in the nation.

Yet few people know about it unless you live here, says Jeff DeBoer, chair of the Michigan Design Council and a principal at Sundberg-Ferar, a Michigan design firm.

Founded early last year, the Michigan Design Council has been tasked with a mission to change all that.

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This week Michigan Radio is airing a series called Community Vibe. We’re showcasing one interesting thing about different towns across the state.

Today we’ll visit the neighboring communities of Saugatuck and Douglas. They’re artsy, waterfront resort towns in West Michigan. Although Saugatuck-Douglas sits in what’s known to be the Bible belt of the state, it’s also home to a vacation destination to a large gay community. Michigan Radio’s Emily Fox reports on how Saugatuck-Douglas became the gay resort of the Midwest.


Southwest Michigan Volunteer Militia members training in 2010
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A self-styled armed militia continues to occupy a wildlife refuge building in Oregon. The FBI says it is hoping for a peaceful end to the occupation.

The story out of Oregon got us wondering about Michigan’s history of militias, and whether what’s happened in the Beaver State could happen here as well.

  • We look at Michigan's history of militias. Could what's happened in Oregon happen in Michigan? Amy Cooter, faculty member in Vanderbilt University's Sociology Department did field work with the Michigan Militia as part of her dissertation research. She joins us to talk about Michigan's militia scene.
  • Pure Michigan is undertaking a new campaign: to sell itself and what it's done with the taxpayer dollars that pay for all of those Pure Michigan commercials. Lindsay VanHulle of Bridge and Crain's Detroit Business updates us on the Pure Michigan campaign.

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West Michigan, you're getting a chance to see unique performance art in the form of music, movement, choreography, film happening Jan. 8-17 at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids.

A Gallery Exhibition of New Works in Screendance is a collection of three short films along with dance photography and video all presented by ArtPeers and Dance in the Annex.

The short film “Pull Me Back” features actor Joshua Burge (The Revenant) and tackles the theme of addiction.

Where do the truly great innovations lie?

Jan 7, 2016
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Cool, shiny, sleek:  These are the qualities we associate with top-shelf innovations.

That’s because we’re constantly confronted with magazine and Internet lists of the most innovative companies that are essentially just beauty contests. At the top of all these shimmering lists are blustery bands and glitzy gadgets and chic designers.

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It’s called a "discussion meet," and the Farm Bureau’s been doing it for decades. It's a way to bring young farmers together to talk about the challenges they face. And it's also a competition.

While the farmers are talking, they’re competing for a place at the state-level discussion meet, and then a shot at representing Michigan in the national competition.

  • Our "It's Just Politics" team joins us to talk about straight-ticket voting, the state of emergency in Flint over the water crisis, and a death threat tweeted at Gov. Rick Snyder by the singer Cher.
  • A number of high-end luxury carmakers are taking a pass on this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Michelle Krebs, senior analyst at Autotrader joins us to tell us why.
  • Michigan's teen birth rate dropped 60% between 1991 and 2013, beating out the national decline of 57%.
Larry and Priscilla Massie

Historians Larry and Priscilla Massie have opened Massie's Michigan Books (by appointment only) at their Allegan home.  

“For the last 35 years I’ve stuck away any book about Michigan that I came across with the intention of opening a book shop,” said author Larry Massie, who has written numerous books about Michigan. 

Massie built an addition on his home for the new store that houses about 5,000 books from fiction and poetry to railroading and shipwrecks.

  • Paul Eisenstein joins us from Las Vegas to talk about what GM and Ford are showing off at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.
     
  • The DIA is offering us a chance to see work by some of the most important modern African-American artists in an exhibit called "30 Americans." 
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Linda Gregerson’s poems explore a wealth of themes from parenting to social inequality, the environment, illness, and so much more.

She has won a wide array of honors, from Guggenheim Fellowship to finalist for a National Book Award. She is Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and a professor at the University of Michigan.

And now, she’s out with her first collected volume: Prodigal: New and Selected Poems, 1976-2014. The collection includes 10 new poems and 50 poems pulled from some 40 years of writing.

The Rust Belt is home to the Inland North accent
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We Michiganders tend to think of ourselves as having no accent, instead speaking with a perfect, neutral broadcast voice. But according to Ted McClelland, that’s not the case.

In his piece for BELT Magazine, McClelland argues that we in the Midwest speak a strain of English that’s shaking up millennia-old conventions.

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The march of technology continues, bringing us closer to the day when owning your own car may be less important than on-demand transportation services.  And closer to the day when we expect our cars to be super-connected to just about everything.

Automakers are laying the groundwork for this new era, as seen in some  announcements this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Mitch Albom signing autographs in Taipei in 2010
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The latest novel from Mitch Albom is a magical walk through much of the 20th century’s best music.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto tells the story of a Spanish orphan who becomes the greatest guitar player anyone has heard. Through his life, he encounters some of the biggest names in 20th century music and changes lives with his musical talent.

Albom first made his mark here in Michigan as a sports columnist for The Detroit Free Press, a role he continues 30 years later.

  • Debt payments for Detroit Public Schools are already the highest of any school district in the state, but things are going to get even more dire next month. Chad Livengood takes a look at the year ahead for DPS.
     
  • Mitch Albom joins us to discuss his latest book, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto.
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Public schools in Detroit are looking at a rough year ahead.

Debt payments for Detroit Public Schools are already the highest of any school district in the state, but things are going to get even more dire next month.

Chad Livengood of The Detroit News' Lansing Bureau tells us that DPS will owe $26 million every month through 2016 to pay back this year’s operating debts, as well as debts carried over from previous years.

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Michigan has a growing problem with what's called "uncoordinated prescription opioid use," and it's putting hundreds of patients at risk.

“In Michigan we went from 81 deaths in 1999 to 519 deaths in 2013 from opioids,” said Marianne Udow-Phillips from the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation.

A new report from CHRT finds that most opioids are used and prescribed appropriately, but a small number of patients receive numerous prescriptions from separate prescribers within a short period of time.

Steady decline in wetlands endangers Great Lakes

Jan 4, 2016
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In Michigan and across the country, wetlands are known as marshes, swamps, bogs, fens and pocosins.

They are also known as threatened.

A recent study by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, which used data collected by our (Ducks Unlimited) mapping experts, points to staggering losses.

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