4:11 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Stateside: Stories shared between two recovering cities

New Orleans
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New Orleans and Detroit share a common story of recovery.

After Hurricane Katrina's devastation, New Orleans resembled Detroit post-economic crisis.

Writer Micki Maynard spoke with Cyndy about similarities she has seen between the two cities.

“Many people think that what happened in Detroit is the equivalent of an economic storm,” said Maynard.

Maynard has witnessed an influx of people moving from other cities to both New Orleans and Detroit, bringing with them fresh ideas of growth and innovation.

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Politics & Government
3:59 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Stateside: Reconsidering Michigan's proposed gun legislation

Governor Synder's decision to pass or veto the recent gun bill will affect schools and churches

Governor Snyder is considering a bill that would allow concealed pistols in churches, public schools and daycares.

Michigan Public Radio Lansing Bureau Chief Rick Pluta outlined the various aspects of the legislation.

“One of the trade-offs in this legislation would be that schools would no longer be open-carry areas. But they would be someplace where you could carry a concealed pistol if you took more classes," said Pluta.

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2:40 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Stateside: Investigating Detroit's homeless population

Money awarded to help homeless veterans.
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Airing this week will be a series of stories Michigan Radio’s Kyle Norris compiled on Detroit’s homeless population.

To introduce the series,  Norris spoke with Meghan Takashima of the Corporation for Supportive Housing.

They spoke about some of the misconceptions people have about those without a home.

Norris began by noting her inspiration for the stories.

“Something is drawing me to these stories…when I’m with homeless people I have to be real, I have to be a human first and a reporter second,” said Norris.

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12:36 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Stateside: Moving to an electronic currency

Miles Kimball says a switch to electronic currency would benefit the economy
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How would consumers in America function without paper currency?

Miles Kimball, Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan, advocates the switch from paper to electronic currency.

“The thing you want to do is make it so we can stimulate the economy with monetary policy. A lot of people don’t realize that the reason we’ve had such a long recession is because the Federal Reserve was not able to lower the interest rate because of the way our system uses money. If you tried to make the interest rate negative, which would be what is needed to stimulate the economy, then people would just keep money under the mattress. Because of that, the Federal Reserve is not able to lower the interest rate low enough to get the economy moving.”

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Politics & Government
5:27 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Stateside for Thursday, December 13, 2012

Stateside for Thursday, December 12, 2012

Today we investigated Michigan's busy lame duck session. Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry and Bill Ballenger of "Inside Michigan Politics" spoke about some of the legislation and its long-term effects.

One of the reform policies is that of Blue Cross Blue Shield. Peter Luke of Bridge Magazine spoke with Cyndy about Blue Cross' future and its policy changes.

Michigan had a significant role in the Underground Railroad. Today we spoke with Dr. Roy Finkenbine about some brave Michiganians who worked to free slaves.

Representative Dan Benishek claims that cuts to our country's defense budget would not sacrifice our safety. Listen to our podcast to hear his reasons.

3:38 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Stateside: Where Michigan stands in the fiscal cliff

Does this resemble the 'cliff' we are fast approaching?
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Stateside talks fiscal cliff

With the approaching "fiscal cliff" comes the concern of protecting Michigan’s businesses.  

We spoke today with Susan Tompor of the Detroit Free Press about the fiscal cliff.

Tompor noted that many companies are not laying off their workers.

“Back in November we had Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. state that it was vitally important that they work on this bipartisan agreement for the economy. When you’re selling big-ticket items, it’s a key issue. Will consumers need to cut back if we got over the fiscal cliff? Right now, according to Mark Zandi [Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics], he doesn’t see that companies are cutting back. The reason is that it would be costly to lay off workers now to prepare for what might be a temporary problem. Instead Zandi said that, overall, businesses are more likely to cut back on investing in heavy equipment as a stop-gap measure,” said Tompor.

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Politics & Government
3:36 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Stateside: An unusually active lame duck session

Bill Ballenger and Jack Lessenberry provided an assessment of this year's lame duck session
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There is an abundance of political action in this year’s lame duck session.

Bill Ballenger of “Inside Michigan Politics” and Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry spoke with Cyndy about the recent legislature coming out of the Capitol.

According to Lessenberry there were several reasons for right-to-work being passed.

“The legislature will be marginally more Democratic next time. Some of the people who were voting are people who aren’t coming back. It was a campaign year and some of the stuff that might have gotten done earlier didn’t get done,” said Lessenberry.

“Legislators have been working on a lot of these bills for a year and a half,” said Ballenger.

Ballenger noted the role of partisan politics in the lame duck session.

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3:17 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

Changes could make Blue Cross Blue Shield a nonprofit mutual

Peter Luke of Bridge Magazine addressed various reforms to Blue Cross Blue Shield

The measure to make Blue Cross Blue Shield a nonprofit mutual is under way.

Peter Luke of Bridge Magazine spoke with Cyndy about health care changes in Michigan.

According to Luke, the reform would put Blue Cross into the hands of policy holders.

“They [Blue Cross Blue Shield] have 70 percent of the market share and in some forms of business, critical to this legislation, they have almost 100 percent. Most of their role is in administrative capacity. For 70 years they’ve been a benevolent trust established by the State of Michigan to be the insurer of last-resort and that was codified in 1980. What this law does is turn them into a nonprofit mutual so they’re no longer owned by the people of Michigan but by the policy holders.”

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Politics & Government
5:46 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Stateside: As conflicts persist within Detroit City Council, economic strife looms

Krystal Crittendon continues to pose challenges to Detroit City Council

The debate over appointing a Detroit emergency financial manger continues amidst aggravated communication between Mayor Bing and Detroit Corporation Counsel Krystal Crittendon.

Detroit Free Press editorial writer Nancy Kaffer provided Stateside with an update on Detroit City Council.

“The City of Detroit needed to draw $30 million dollars- and to get the draw the Council had to pass five key contracts. All five passed, so they will get the money that will stop payless paydays for now,” said Kaffer.

Kaffer expressed concern over the relationship between the mayor and Crittendon.

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5:41 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Stateside: Addressing Michigan's income disparity

Charley Ballard called for policy changes that allow for economic growth
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The gap between the Middle and Upper class in Michigan has widened.

Michigan State University’s Charley Ballard spoke with Cyndy about income disparity in both the state and country.

“There is a lot of emphasis about the level of income, but I am talking about the gap between those at the top, the middle and bottom in terms of how much their household income is. A big story is that the gap has widened. Michigan is typical in that the gap between the gap and top and the middle has gone way up, but the gap between the middle and the bottom has not,” said Ballard.

The disparities in income are largely a result of varying degrees of education among Michigan workers.

“Those at the top tend to be college-educated. Those at the bottom tend to not be,” said Ballard.

According to Ballard, Michigan’s statistics are average when compared nationally.

“In a lot of ways we’re a middle-of-the-pack state. If you take that ratio of the household income for the person at the 90th percentile, upper-middle class, and compare that with the household income with someone at the tenth percentile, that ratio increased by more than 20% in Michigan.”

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Politics & Government
5:36 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Stateside for Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Stateside for Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

Tim Bos, a union member for 17 years, is now a vocal proponent of right-to-work.

Bos spoke with Cyndy about what he feels are the positive impacts the legislation will have on Michigan.

Detroit Free Press' Nancy Kaffer provided us with an update on Detroit City Council and why Krystal Crittendon poses a challenge.

Michigan State's Charley Ballard addressed income disparity in Michigan. He claims there is a widening gap between our state's middle and upper class.

Bob Bury, Executive Director of the Detroit Historical Society, spoke with Cyndy about the renovated Detroit Historical Museum.

Finally, University of Michigan professor Daniel Kruger explained why he thinks cell phone use is contagious. Listen to our podcast to find out why.

Politics & Government
5:28 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Stateside: Tim Bos sees benefits in right-to-work legislation

Tim Bos described the benefits of right-to-work
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Right to work supporter and union member Tim Bos.

Tim Bos- a union member for 17 years- is now a vocal proponent of right-to-work.

Bos spoke with Cyndy about what he feels are the positive impacts the legislation will have on Michigan.

“I was very pleased to see what happened. When I got involved in this...this was just a dream," said Bos.

"We didn’t know if we would ever see it happen, but it was something we felt very strongly about. It didn’t have anything to do with being against unions, we love unions."

Bos described why he felt unions have an important role in protecting workers from bad-acting companies.

"We cherish that. We want to make sure that always stays healthy and available. On the other hand, we think that it has been very detrimental to the union cause and to workers in general by being forced to financially support... a third party that is allowed to siphon off part of your earnings just in order for you to have the ability to continue working,” said Bos.

Canty pointed out that workers can vote to decertify the union if they don't like.

Bos agreed, but said workers feel immense pressure not to do so.

"This whole thing is about power and money," said Bos.

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5:17 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Stateside: Peeking at cell phones is contagious

For some young adults, conversations outside of text messages are perfunctory
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Stateside talks cell phones.

Conversations for some have become a scramble between maintaining eye contact and checking one’s phone.

University of Michigan professor Daniel Kruger explained the relationship between cell phone usage and one’s attention span.

“It seems like a feedback loop and it happens quite frequently. We think it’s related to social attention- imagine you have attention as a limited resource and you’re dividing it between those people in your real space and those people in your virtual networks,” said Kruger.

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Politics & Government
5:28 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Stateside for Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta took us inside the Capitol today.

Also addressing the urgent right-to-work news were Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton, Steve Carmody, and Lester Graham.

We spoke with UAW President Bob King about his opinion on the legislation.

Michigan Radio's Rebecca Williams took us north to Isle Royale, where she assessed the local wolf population.

Former Detroit Lion Eric Hipple and Dr. Richard Dopp of  the U of M Depression Center spoke with Cyndy about teenage depression.

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5:20 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Stateside: Understanding depression in teens

Eric Hipple works to spread awareness of teenage depression

Depression in teens is a serious illness with a difficult diagnosis.

To better understand how to effectively communicate with one’s child we spoke with two men from the University of Michigan Depression Center.

Dr. Richard Dopp is a psychiatrist who specializes in teenage depression. And Eric Hipple, a former quarterback for the Detroit Lions, is the Center’s Outreach Coordinator.

“There is a lot of news that goes out when there is the loss of a teen. What we see over time is certain populations will have an increase in suicide, but what you are actually seeing is more people are talking about it,” said Dopp.

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Politics & Government
5:16 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Stateside: A shift in public opinion of right-to-work

According to Bernie Porn of EPIC-MRA, public opinion is no longer in favor of right-to-work
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As right-to-work gains momentum, supporters of the legislation claim Michigan’s public opinion is in favor of the bill.

EPIC-MRA has tracked the public’s opinion of right-to-work since June 2007. During that time there was indeed 62% majority opinion in favor of the bill. But Bernie Porn of EPIC-MRA recently found that the opinion is drastically different than that of 2007.

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Environment & Science
5:12 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Stateside: Studying wolves to understand the environment

Moose bones offer insight into Isle Royale's environment and its wolves
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Michigan Radio’s Rebecca Williams visited Isle Royale, a remote island in Lake Superior reachable only by ferry or airplane.

Williams spoke with scientist Rolf Peterson about the island’s diminishing wolf population.

“Over the past 54 years, researchers have collected more than 4,000 moose skeletons on the island.  The bones offer clues about the moose population – and about the wolves.  Wolves got here by crossing an ice bridge from Ontario in the late 1940’s,” said Williams.

Peterson’s studies are extensive.

“This study of wolves and moose is the longest running study in the world of a predator and its prey.  Rolf Peterson has been involved for 42 years of the study. He’s been here through the brutal black fly summers and the harshest winters. He and his wife Candy live in an old fishing cabin on the island for much of the year,” said Williams.

To hear and see the entire series, you can see our topic page: Lessons from Isle Royale's Wolves and Moose.

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Politics & Government
2:20 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Stateside: UAW President Bob King addresses right-to-work

UAW President Bob King says right-to-work legislation will compromise the unions

Protestors swarm the Capitol as right-to-work rapidly moves through the Legislature.

Among the chanting men and women is UAW President Bob King.

Today he spoke with Cyndy about the problems he sees in right-to-work.

"Right-to-work is trying to undermine unions' ability to serve their members. It isn't good for companies. It's a huge mistake," said King.

He addressed various percentages of union participation.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Stateside for Monday, December 10, 2012

Stateside for Monday, December 10th, 2012

What are the political and economic implications of right-to-work? Michigan Radio’s senior political analyst Jack Lessenberry and Detroit News’s Daniel Howes discussed the role of right-to-work in Michigan.

Andrew Herscher's new book, "The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit," re-imagines vacant city space. We spoke with Herscher about various uses of abandoned buildings.

Addressing our state's environment, Michigan Radio's Rebecca Williams investigated Isle Royale's wolf population.

Allen Park's "Tech Shop" has the tools to help you achieve your goals. Michigan Radio's Emily Fox visited the  shop and spoke with some its users.

3:56 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Stateside: Andrew Herscher's "Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit"

Herscher's new book "The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit," is out on digitalculturebooks

In “The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit,” Andrew Herscher re-imagines unused city spaces as areas of possibility.

The city’s surfeit of abandoned buildings is, for some, an image of blight.

But according to Herscher, a variety of individuals are using Detroit as a site of experimental craft and commerce.

"Unreal Estate" is the term Herscher gives to urban space that has lost economic value to the point where it can support other types of development.

When land is used by homes it becomes real-estate; but when these properties fail, the buildings they occupy become available to be appropriated in other ways.

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