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4:03 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Stateside for Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  Today on Stateside:

·         August 5th is primary election day in Michigan. Jack Lessenberry and Nolan Finley joined Stateside to talk about criticism, not just about who is on the ballot, but who is not on the ballot. And about the mediocrity of some of those on the ballot.

·         Detroit has a bright history. Today we talked about the city’s lighting revolution.

·         How do you lose $9 billion? Ask the Stroh family about their failed beer brewery.

·         Algal blooms in Lake Erie are dangerous and spreading fast.

·          GM's corporate culture is in need of a makeover.

·         We’ve heard all about how GM is handling recalls, but how do the recalls affect the dealers?

·         August 5th is the primary election, so we talked to Raymond G. Mullins about his campaign for the 12th congressional district.

*Listen to the full show above. Lester Graham will be hosting for Cynthia Canty this week. 

Stateside
4:00 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

GM recalls bring in revenue for dealerships

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We’ve all heard about one recall after another from General Motors. But what does that mean for the dealer? Lester Graham stopped by Victory Chevrolet Buick in Milan and talked to salesperson Sean Johnson about the recalls.

“It’s a lot more business in the service end of it,” Johnson said. “Negative wise, I think people are kind of scared to buy a GM product.”

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Stateside
3:54 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

GM struggling to overhaul its corporate culture

General Motors has been in the news a lot, probably more than it wants to be. Daniel Howes, a business columnist at The Detroit News, wrote an article about the automaker's struggle to overhaul its culture in the wake of failed parts, recalls, government criticism, and more.

Howes described GM’s corporate culture in his article as “blame-shifting, lack of accountability, and a callous disregard for customers.”

He said changing the leadership and putting new people on the board of directors may be necessary, but is not enough to change the culture of the company.

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Stateside
3:52 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

How do you tank $9 billion? The Stroh family story

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The Stroh family was one of the richest in America. Now, their fortune is all but wiped out.

How did they lose $9 billion?

Forbes reporter Kerry Dolan spoke with family members to find out what led to the loss in her article: "How to Blow $9 Billion: The Fallen Stroh Family." 

Bernard Stroh emigrated from Germany to the United States with a beer recipe and started delivering beer with a wheelbarrow. By the 1980s, fourth-generation family member Peter Stroh was CEO of a major brewery.

Peter Stroh wanted to expand the company and bought the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company of Milwaukee.

“It was like a minnow swallowing a whale,” Dolan said. “Stroh had one brewery in Detroit and Schlitz had six around the country.”

The business had a hard time competing with other companies such as Coors, Miller, and Anheuser-Busch.

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Stateside
3:50 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Blue-green algae spreading in Lake Erie

Swirling blue-green algae
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The western end of Lake Erie, especially near Toledo, is seeing a lot of algae this year. It’s been worse, but this year's algal bloom is larger than average.

And we’re seeing a kind of blue-green algae that can produce a toxin. It can make you sick if you swim in it. It can make pets sick. And it’s a problem for water purification plants and drinking water, too.

Don Scavia is the director of the Graham Sustainability Institute at the University of Michigan. He’s also an aquatic ecologist.

When Lake Erie was considered “dead” back in the 1960s and '70s, these algal blooms were a contributing factor.

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Stateside
3:44 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Why our best and brightest candidates are not running

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Aug. 5 is primary election day in Michigan, and across all media channels, you can find criticism of who is on the ballot and who isn’t on the ballot. On Stateside today, Jack Lessenberry and Nolan Finley talked about why our best and brightest do not run.

Jack Lessenberry is Michigan Radio’s political analyst. Nolan Finley is editorial page editor at The Detroit News.

“We really aren’t sending the best and brightest to our capitols, whether it’s Lansing or Washington,” Finley said.

He added that when he talks to some of the people running for office, and even those who may ultimately win, there is a great deal of mediocrity among the candidates. Finley says the leadership pool is really shallow, and the promising leaders don’t have enough time to develop with short term limits.

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Stateside
10:20 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Detroit's brightly lit history

Motor City lights
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Technology is changing rapidly, but the changes that we see today – in phones, cars, and computer software – are not as life-changing as electricity. We went from water wheel power and candles to electric motors and light bulbs in no time at all.

In a recent article in Model D, Amy Elliott Bragg wrote that “by the late 1880s, Detroit was widely considered one of the best-lighted cities in the world.” Now, about 40% of the city’s streetlights are broken and many of the rest are old and dim.

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Stateside
4:43 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Stateside for Monday, July 28, 2014

Stateside for Monday, July 28, 2014.

Today on Stateside:

·         For every dollar a Michigan candidate spends in campaign ads, outside groups have spent $3.50. Why should we care?

·         Academic research is being misused, and academics' words have been twisted in the media and by politicians. Andrew Hoffman joined Stateside to discuss this disturbing trend.

·         Sweet corn is coming in later in the season, due to the cold spring. 

·         With John Dingell retiring, his wife Debbie Dingell is running in the Democratic primary to take his place.

·         A bill to certify Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (ARPN) would allow nurses to work more independently from physicians, and could allow them to write prescriptions and refer patients to specialists.

*Listen to the full show above. Lester Graham is sitting in for Cynthia Canty this week. 

Stateside
4:38 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Outside groups are spending more money on campaign ads

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Lester chats with Rich Robinson and Todd Spangler.

A recent report shows that for every dollar spent by a Michigan candidate in campaign ads, outside groups have spent $3.50. Another way to look at it: of the $18 million spent on TV campaign ads in the first half of this year, outside groups contributed $14 million.

What are the consequences of outside money in Michigan political campaigns, and who are these groups?

To answer those questions, Rich Robinson and Todd Spangler joined Lester Graham on Stateside. Robinson is the executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network.  Spangler is a correspondent with the Detroit Free Press.

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Stateside
4:35 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Corn crops are coming in late

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Todd Hulett talks about the long wait for sweet corn.

This summer, many of us are still waiting for Michigan sweet corn. Tom Hulett is known as the "Corn Man" in the Port Huron area. He said people had problems planting their sweet corn due to the cold spring, and that's delayed this year's harvest.

Hulett says we should start seeing more sweet corn in the markets two to three weeks later than normal.

*Listen to the full interview above. 

Stateside
12:38 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Nurses with advanced degrees could be given more independence

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Kathleen Potempa talks about Senate Bill 2.

Last year, the state Senate passed a bill allowing the certification of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), which will allow APRNS to practice independently from physicians, granting them the ability to write prescriptions and refer patients to specialists. Last November, the bill was referred to the House.

Kathleen Potempa, Dean of Nursing School at the University of Michigan, said the data shows in other states that have adopted similar policies, the quality of patient care remained high. She added that this could alleviate primary care shortages in Michigan.

Potempa joined Stateside today to talk about how Senate Bill 2 could change the role of nurses in Michigan.

*Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
12:35 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Why aren't more university researchers engaging with the public?

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Lester Graham chats with Andy Hoffman about why some researchers shy away from engaging with the public and the media.

In the last two or three decades, public discussions seem to have shifted from looking to scholars, scientists, the researchers and experts at universities to help inform the debate to relying on politicians, spinmeisters and people with microphones determining what is sound science.

All those university professors have been busy publishing in journals which other researchers read. But rigorous published research doesn't always make it to the public at large, or if it does, it's distorted by news media, pundits, or just loudmouths who twist research to support their own beliefs.

Andrew Hoffman joined us to discuss this disturbing trend. He’s a professor at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. He teaches and researches business sustainability.

*Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
11:17 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Debbie Dingell wants to be your next congresswoman

Debbie Dingell
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Lester Graham speaks with Debbie Dingell about her campaign.

It’s an election year and the primary elections will be held August 5th.  With the retirement of John Dingell, the 12th Congressional district is an open seat. His wife, Deborah Dingell, is running for that seat in the Democratic primary against Ypsilanti attorney Raymond G. Mullins.

Debbie Dingell joined Stateside today to talk about her campaign.

*Listen to the full interview above.

Stateside
4:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Why Coleman Young was not the cause of Detroit's bankruptcy

Coleman A. Young, 1981
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Coleman A. Young was Mayor of Detroit from 1974 to 1994. He was Detroit's first black Mayor.

Even though it's been more than 20 years since he was Mayor and over 16 years since he died, there's a common narrative that Young was the cause of Detroit's financial ruin.

But is that really true?

Larry Gabriel from Bridge Magazine and Stephen Henderson from the Detroit Free Press joined Stateside to answer this question.

Henderson said you cannot get a bigger reaction from someone by saying any name other than Coleman Young.

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Stateside
4:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Stateside for Wednesday, June 23, 2014

Today on Stateside:

  • Governor Snyder signed a law to raise the minimum wage in May, however the fight is not over. "Raise Michigan" is pushing to get a ballot measure in place for the November election. They want to increase the minimum wage more.
  • Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta from Michigan Radio’s ‘It’s Just Politics’ talk about the GOP’s spy scheme. Was it really foul play?
  • Grand Valley State University’s president, Thomas Haas, joined us to take a look back at the Exxon Valdez oil spill. What have we learned 25 years later?
  • Coleman A. Young was Mayor of Detroit from 1974 to 1994. Even though it's been more than 20 years since he was Mayor, and over 16 years since he died, there's a common narrative that Coleman Young was the cause of Detroit's financial ruin. Is he really to blame?
  • Should we tear it all down, or take a closer look to see what is worth preserving? Alan Brake from Architects Newspaper and Brian Farkas from the City of Detroit Building Authority tackle that question about Detroit’s blight in Stateside.
  • We’ve got snorkeling, surfing, and scuba diving. Now you can add Stand-Up Paddling, or SUP, to your list of activities to try on Michigan’s waters.

*Listen to the full show above. 

Stateside
4:32 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Michigan Democrats call foul play on Republican spying

Spy glasses wearer checks his specs in the bathroom.
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By now you've probably heard the chuckling, the snickering and Democratic growling over that pair of young Republican "operatives."

The ones who turned up at a Mark Schauer fundraiser at a private home in Bloomfield Hills.

One of the pair wore fake glasses with a tiny video camera built into the frame.

It might have gone undetected but for the fact the memory card of their "Secret Squirrel" mission somehow turned up on the floor of a union hall in Farmington Hills two weeks later.

Democrats immediately posted the eight-minute video, wherein we learned little more than the facts that Natalie Collins, the Republican staffer who wore the glasses, doesn't like having her photo taken when she's eating pineapple and she didn't think much of the artwork at the home.

Have a look at the video of the training sessions with Republican would-be spies. Video released by the Michigan Democratic Party.

Democrats cried "foul, dirty tricks!" And Republicans shrugged and said, well, everyone does it.

Michigan Radio's It's Just Politics team of Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta shared their thoughts with Stateside.

*Listen to the full interview with Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta above. 

Stateside
4:30 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

"Stand-Up Paddling" growing quickly on Michigan's waters

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All summer we’ve been exploring different ways to enjoy our Michigan waters.

We’ve discovered great snorkeling, scuba diving, and even surfing. And now we can add SUP, Stand Up Paddling, to the list.

Brody Welte, a Michigan native, is based in San Diego and is the head of Paddlefit. He’s become a national leader in Stand-Up Paddling.

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Stateside
11:24 am
Wed July 23, 2014

President of GVSU looks back on the clean-up of the Exxon Valdez oil spill

Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
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We've just marked the 25th anniversary of one of the most catastrophic man-made environmental disasters, the Exxon Valdez oil spill.

It was just after midnight on March 24, 1989 when the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound. 11 million gallons of crude oil gushed into the pristine waters.

The clean-up effort was staggering. Among those called to help was U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Commander Thomas Haas. He was a chemist and an expert in hazmat cleanup. Twenty-five years later, that Lt. Commander is the president of Grand Valley State University.

“We had to figure out what clean meant,” Haas said.

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Stateside
11:18 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Demolish or Restore? How should Detroit handle blight?

Abandoned Packard Automobile Factory, Detroit
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Blight is one of the biggest challenges facing Detroit.

Should we tear down and start fresh? Or selectively look at the properties and see what can be preserved?

According to a report from the Detroit Blight Removal Task Force, 78,506 building in the city are decayed or at risk of decaying.

That’s 30% of the cities structures.

It will cost $850 million to demolish the blighted homes and commercial buildings. Clearing industrial sites could cost a billion dollars more.

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Stateside
11:13 am
Wed July 23, 2014

The fight to increase Michigan's minimum wage is not over

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Governor Rick Snyder signed a new minimum wage law in May that would raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.40 to $9.25 an hour by 2018.

But the fight is not over.

Raise Michigan, a group of unions, nonprofits and liberal advocacy groups, wants to put forth a ballot initiative that will ask voters to amend the law and raise minimum wage eventually to $10.10 an hour.

Chris Gautz is the Capitol Correspondent for Crain’s Detroit Business. He joined Cynthia on Stateside today to talk about the group’s plans to meet at the Capitol this Thursday with the Board of State Canvassers.

Read his article in Crain’s Detroit Business here.

*Listen to the full interview with Chris Gautz above.

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