Stateside

Politics & Government
5:09 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Stateside for Monday, January 21, 2013

Stateside for Monday, January 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.

Offbeat
4:43 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Stateside: Author Kevin Hofmann on growing up as a biracial child

Kevin Hofmann's book, "Growing up Black in White"
http://www.kevinhofmann.com/

Author Kevin Hofmann spoke today with Cyndy.

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

One very clear aspect of President Barack Obama's story is that he grew up biracial in America.

His mother was from Kansas. His father was Kenyan.

Author Kevin Hofmann grew up in a similar environment.  

He was born in 1967 to a white mother and a black father, just two and a half weeks after the Detroit riots.

He lived in foster care before being adopted by a white family, where he became the fourth of their three children.

Hofmann’s memoir is entitled "Growing Up Black in White."

On “Stateside” today he recalled his adoption experience.

“They had approached the adoption agency and said we want to adopt. They only qualified at that time for what was called ‘hard-to-place’ kids. Back in 1967 and in some places today, biracial children are considered hard-to-place.  So that’s how I came to them. My dad was an associate pastor at a large Lutheran church in Dearborn. Much to our dismay, the church was very vocal about disapproving of having this biracial child in their congregation."

Read more
Politics & Government
4:34 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Stateside: Second inaugural addresses throughout history

George Washington's second inaugural speech was the shortest in history, said Whitney.
the-athenaeum.org/art/detail.php?ID=14476

Gleaves Whitney discusses the history of second inaugural addresses.

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

Today, President Barack Obama delivered his second inaugural address.

According to Gleaves Whitney, many second addresses are somber and straightforward.

Whitney directs the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, and he spoke with Cyndy about the history of inaugural addresses.

“I think that Eisenhower was the first and only president to write his  prayer into the inaugural address,” said Whitney.

George Washington’s second inaugural speech was the shortest in history, said Whitney.

“Second inaugural addresses usually occur after the president has been chastened by experience. The lofty optimism that often characterizes first inaugural addresses is missing," he continued.

For the entire interview, listen to the above audio.

There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty"

Offbeat
3:51 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Stateside: Military spouses march in today's inaugural parade

Military Spouses of Michigan Facebook

Jocelyn Benson spoke with Cyndy about the Inauguration Parade.

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

Among the groups that represented Michigan in today's inaugural parade was the Military Spouses of Michigan.

Jocelyn Benson, who also serves as dean of Wayne State University's Law School, is the president of the group.

The group is about a year old and provides support for spouses of service members throughout the state.

Benson spoke with Cyndy from the parade.

"It's so exciting because we honor our veterans but too often our military families are on the sidelines. To be able to recognize their sacrifices today is incredible," said Benson.

Every child marching with the group seemed to have enjoyed the experience, she noted.

"Instead of feeling isolated, we're able to provide that camaraderie for each other," said Benson.

There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty"

Politics & Government
8:18 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Michiganders will take part in today's presidential inaugural parade

President Barack Obama
official portrait

There will be a big parade in Washington D.C. after today’s inauguration ceremony.

Many people from Michigan will be in the parade.

Jocelyn Benson is the president of the Military Spouses of Michigan. She says it’s a great honor for a group whose sacrifices are often overlooked.

Benson says she’s looking forward to the parade, even though the temperatures will be on the chilly side.

Politics & Government
10:27 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Stateside: Celebrating a remarkably normal presidential inauguration

Barack Obama being sworn in as president of the United States on January 20, 2009.
Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo U.S. Air Force

President Obama will be sworn in publicly for his second term on Monday.

Michigan musician and storyteller Allison Downey remembers the President's first inauguration:
 


Politics & Government
5:13 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Stateside for Thursday, January 17, 2013

Stateside for Thursday, January 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.

Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Stateside: The economics behind State of the State

Governor Snyder gave his State of the State speech last night.
Rick Snyder for Michigan Facebook.com

Rick Pluta and Charley Ballard assessed Governor Snyder's State of the State address.

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

Rick Pluta of Michigan Public Radio Lansing Bureau Chief and Michigan State Economics Professor, Charley Ballard weighed in with their responses to Snyder’s State of the State speech.

“It was a pretty standard State of the State speech…The one wrinkle in that was just for one brief moment, the governor did allude to the controversies of last year and said he was hoping that going forward they could find ways to work together,” said Pluta.

Ballard said Snyder’s transportation proposal could be good for Michigan’s economy.

Read more
Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Stateside: A State of the State analysis with Governor Snyder

Governor Snyder spoke about last night's address.

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

Last night Governor Rick Snyder delivered his State of the State address.

Today he spoke with Cyndy about the speech and his 2013 plans.

The governor began by assessing his transportation proposal.

“This is all about saving money. By actually doing this the right way, it will save us a tremendous amount of money that we’d have to pay later….This billion dollars a year, if we did that for ten years--that’s a lot of money. But if we didn’t, the bill we would have to pay to bring our roads back would be $25 billion. So it’s a huge savings by doing this…” said Snyder.

According to Snyder, one’s party affiliation shouldn’t affect discussions of the legislation. 

Read more
Politics & Government
5:03 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Stateside: House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel reacts to State of State address

http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2013/01/15/democratic-leader-says-snyder-hasnt-delivered-on-promises/

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

Today, House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel spoke with Cyndy about his reaction to Governor Snyder’s State of the State address.

“We stand willing and eager to work together in a bipartisan way to move our state forward and we’ll have to whether the Republicans show that same willingness,” Greimel said.

He thinks Democrats could possibly agree with Snyder's proposal to allow voters to register online.

Read more
Politics & Government
4:54 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Stateside for Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Stateside for Wednesday, January 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.

There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty"

Arts & Culture
4:45 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Stateside: Artist Alec Soth on his Michigan travels

Alec Soth's photography
http://www.cranbrookart.edu/museum/

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

Alec Soth's exhibition, "From Here to There: Alec Soth's America," is on display at the Cranbrook Art Museum through March 30.

Soth spoke today with Cyndy about his time in Michigan and the various people he encountered.

Soth was unfamiliar with Michigan at the start of his trip.

Read more
Health
4:44 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Stateside: Assessing mental health in Michigan

Developers used tax credits to redevelop a former mental hospital in Traverse City

Stateside's mental health panel.

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

Today we looked at Michigan's treatment of mental health.

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.

“I see case after case of people who didn’t get timely treatment. We have a mental health model in Michigan which is based on inpatient, but we live in an outpatient world….Today we know that early intervention helps people survive,” said Mack.

Read more
Business
4:25 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Stateside: Remembering Hudson's in Detroit

Hudson's circa 1915.
Burton Historical Collection

Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry discussed Hudson's place in Detroit.

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

Thirty years ago Hudson’s closed its store in downtown Detroit.  

Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry spoke with Cyndy about the store’s significance to Detroit and its citizens.

“They talked about closing it as early as the 1970’s. It was a symbol. The people who were saddest were people who ceased to come to the store,” said Lessenberry.

Lessenberry noted the difficulty of retaining a downtown shopping district.

“People started moving away from downtown shopping…Large industrial cities all over the nations have had trouble keeping their downtowns viable."

For more of Lessenberry’s interview, listen to the above audio.

There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty"

Politics & Government
4:28 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, January 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.

There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty"

Environment & Science
4:23 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Stateside: Stabenow addresses farm bill, stresses its urgency

Senator Debbie Stabenow is pushing for a new farm bill that would invest heavily in local food systems.

Senator Stabenow spoke with Cyndy about the farm bill.

Senator Debbie Stabenow is asking Congress to pass a new farm bill.

Stabenow spoke to the Michigan Agri-Business Association at its annual conference in Lansing earlier this morning.

Stabenow, who spoke today with Stateside, was confident the bill would pass.

“It will, because our farmers and ranchers need the certainty of a five-year farm bill and consumers need to know what their choices are and our farm bill includes more investments in local food systems. When we look at the deficit we have today, we need to find ways to cut spending. We did that in our farm bill. We saved $24 billion dollars and will move agriculture toward the future,” she said.

One of the bill’s interests, said Stabenow, is preserving the quality of the Great Lakes.

Read more
Investigative
3:50 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Stateside: Investigating Michigan's homicide rate

Mayor Dayne Walling addressed ways to reduce homicides in Flint.
http://jmc.msu.edu/alumni/madisonian.php?id=23

Today we addressed Michigan's homicides.

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

Dayne Walling, Mayor of Flint and Gregg Barak, Professor of Criminology at Eastern Michigan University and author of "Violence and Nonviolence: Pathways to Understanding" spoke with Cyndy about the state’s homicides.

“Homicide rates across the country are down to about 4.8 per 100,000…Here in Michigan, the state as a whole is at 6.2. In Detroit, it’s eight times higher…I’m not that surprised in terms of Detroit. Its rate today is no higher than it was when we were identified as the murder capital of the world,” said Barak.

Read more
Politics & Government
4:50 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Stateside for Monday, January 14, 2013

Stateside for Monday, January 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.

There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty"

Health
4:38 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Stateside: Michigan is now fifth most obese state in America

Michigan's waistline continues to expand.
ObesityinAmerica.org The Endocrine Society and The Hormone Health Network

Dr. Peterson spoke with Cyndy about handling the state's obesity issue.

It is estimated that nearly 50 percent of Michigan residents will be obese by 2030.

But don’t throw your salad out in reckless abandon just yet.

There is hope for your waistline, said Dr. Tom Peterson.

Director of Quality, Safety and Community Health at DeVos Children’s Hospital, Peterson helped organize ShapeMichigan.

According to Peterson, obesity is a relatively new problem.

Read more
Environment & Science
4:36 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Stateside: What Upper Peninsula wolf hunt means for Michigan

The state Senate approved an open hunting season on gray wolves
Tracy Brooks/Mission Wolf/USFWS

Adam Bump spoke with Cyndy about wolf hunting in Michigan.

Gray wolves in the Upper Peninsula are a step closer to being hunted this fall.

A new state law designating wolves as game animals in Michigan passed late last year.

Adam Bump of Michigan Department of Natural Resources spoke with Cyndy about the implications of hunting wolves.

“The focus was to give the DNR the full range of options for wolf management," said Bump.

Bump noted the conflicts the wolves created.

“There certainly is a lot of conflict that exists surrounding wolves. We’ve had consistent depredations where wolves are praying on livestock.”

Read more

Pages