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Arts & Culture
6:01 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Stateside: Detroit's Tashmoo Biergarten offers European take on beer drinking

Tashmoo in Detroit is an open-air beer garden
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There is beer to be consumed outdoors in Detroit.

Michigan Radio's Ellen Kortesoja provided a sonic document of Detroit's Tashmoo Biergarten.

Listen to Kortesoja's piece in the podcast above.

Arts & Culture
4:35 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Stateside: Detroit firefighters documented in "BURN"

"BURN" opens in the Detroit area tomorrow at the AMC20 in Livonia and Forum30 in Sterling Heights
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Firefighter Walter Harris was killed in 2008 while attempting to put out a blazing abandoned building.

The headlines surrounding Harris’s death caught the attention of Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez.

Both filmmakers agreed a story deserved to be told about Harris and other Detroit firefighters.  

“Tom and I knew there was a story here that hadn’t been told about firefighters,” said Sanchez.

The story manifested into the new film, "BURN."

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Politics & Government
4:00 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

Stateside: The politics behind right-to-work

By law in Michigan, workers in unionized work places are required to pay union dues. There's an option to not be part of the union, but an "agency fee" still has to be paid. That covers the cost of the union's collective bargaining and grievance handling.
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Stateside with Cynthia Canty's Executive Producer Zoe Clark and MPRN’s Rick Pluta discussed the politics behind the right-to-work issue.

Governor Snyder announced today that right-to-work bills will be placed in the state’s Legislature.

This means that union membership would be voluntary in Michigan.

"Stateside with Cynthia Canty" Executive Producer Zoe Clark and MPRN’s Rick Pluta discussed the politics behind this issue.

Here is what they had to say:

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Politics & Government
5:30 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Stateside for Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Stateside for Wednesday, December 5, 2012

On today's show, we addressed changes to adoption law in Michigan.

Michigan Radio's Lester Graham told Cyndy about a Michigan House bill that could have a momentous impact on faith-based adoptions.

As the prospect of a Chapter 9 Bankruptcy looms over Detroit, many are wondering what will become of the city.

We spoke with freelance writer Mickie Maynard and Daniel Howes of the Detroit News about restructuring the city and those who run it.

What is behind one's decision to buy a car? We spoke with Michael Bernacchi about creating a brand's image.

And finally, Michael Federspiel, executive director of the Little Traverse Historical Society and history professor at Central Michigan University spoke with Cyndy about the Pure Michigan of the past.

Economy
5:23 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Stateside: What would a Detroit bankruptcy bring?

A Chapter 9 Bankruptcy could present possible restructuring options for Detroit
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As the prospect of a Chapter 9 Bankruptcy looms over Detroit, many are wondering what will become of the city.

We spoke with Forbes.com contributor Micki Maynard and the Detroit News' Daniel Howes about restructuring the city and those who run it.

“It would be very difficult for the image of the city. It would be the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the country. It would probably last three years and be very unforgiving to the employees and residents,” said Howes.

Howes insisted that taxpayers would mostly likely have to fund the restructuring of the city.

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Business
2:12 pm
Wed December 5, 2012

Stateside: Pure Michigan's history of allure

The effective Pure Michigan campaign has long promoted the state's northern region
www.michigan.org

The Pure Michigan campaign is credited with attracting 3.2 million out-of-state visitors to Michigan.

It is an effective campaign with a surprisingly long history.

Michael Federspiel, executive director of the Little Traverse Historical Society and history professor at Central Michigan University spoke with Cyndy about the Pure Michigan of the past.

According to Federspiel, Northern Michigan was faced with reconstructing its image

“It was an area looking for an identity,” said Federspiel.

The major message of 19th century promotional campaigns was a combination of relaxation and exploration.

“During those years when the railroads were in charge of publicity, they would create booklets that would be in hotels and railroad stations. They would point to Northern Michigan where you could be very active, or not active at all. The Pure Michigan campaign targets non-Michiganians,” said Federspiel.

According to Federspiel,  in 1898 Ernest Hemingway's family decided to come to Petoskey and bought property. The Hemingway family still owns that original cottage.

“You have resort communities that were founded in the 1870’s that were places people came to spend the season.”

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Politics & Government
5:04 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Stateside for Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Stateside for Tuesday, December 4th 2012.

Michigan Radio Lansing Bureau Chief Rick Pluta provides us with continued coverage of the capitol's lame-duck session and the debate over "right-to-work."

Yesterday, we covered a proposed education reform bill that could drastically change the ways students attend school. Today, we spoke with Dr. Vickie Markavitch about Michigan’s education system and how she views the proposed reforms.

And what is the cause of this warm December weather?

We spoke with Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground about global warming and its role in the state's shifting climate.

To further address the issue of eminent domain, we spoke with Avery Williams and Alan Ackerman. Williams provides land acquisition advice for Detroit, and Ackerman represents displaced persons and businesses in court.

Education
4:35 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Stateside: Superintendent Dr. Vickie Markavitch on Michigan's proposed education overhaul

Dr. Markavitch says the proposed reforms are a 'corporatization' of public education.
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Dr. Vickie Markavitch, Superintendent of Oakland County Schools, says the proposed changes would have a negative impact on Michigan's schools.

Yesterday, we covered the proposed education overhaul bill that could drastically change the ways students attend school.

Today, we spoke with Dr. Vickie Markavitch about Michigan’s education system and her view of the proposed changes.

Markavitch, a Superintendent of Oakland County Schools, claims the changes would have a negative impact on Michigan’s schools.

“I’ve been an educator for 46 years. I don’t think we can turn over our next generation to something that is ‘anyhow, any one.’ It’s a corporatization of public education. It really has nothing to do with improving achievement,” she said.

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Environment & Science
4:12 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Stateside: A morning jog in December, courtesy of global warming

According to Jeff Masters, the current weather is a result of global warming.
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Dr. Jeff Masters on the warm weather and a warming climate.

It's December and joggers' shorts are still short.

Atypical high temperatures continue throughout the state, something Dr. Jeff Masters says is in line with a warming climate.

Masters, who co-founded the Weather Underground, is reasonably concerned.

"It doesn't feel very right. We have seen a number of winter-time thunderstorms and it's definitely not right. The climate has shifted to a warmer state," said Masters.

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Investigative
2:54 pm
Tue December 4, 2012

Stateside: Enbridge Energy's eminent domain issue

The Enbridge Energy oil spill affected dozens of families along the river.
Steve Carmondy Michigan Radio

Avery Williams and Alan Ackerman talk eminent domain.

Enbridge Energy is replacing one of its key pipelines that runs through  Michigan. Nearly 285 miles of new pipeline is required to replace the ruptured  line that caused an oil spill in July 2010.

Enbridge took homeowners to court in numerous eminent domain conflicts.

To further address the issue of eminent domain, we spoke with Avery Williams and Alan Ackerman. Williams provides land acquisition advice for Detroit and Ackerman represents displaced persons and businesses in court.

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Politics & Government
5:51 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Stateside for Monday, December 3, 2012

Stateside for Monday, December 3rd, 2012

The Michigan State House and Senate will look at a series of proposals that could drastically change the state’s education system.

We spoke with Jeff Williams of Public Sector Consultants and MLive reporter Tim Martin about the various reforms.

Lincoln recently changed its company's name. Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton addressed the reasons behind the automotive company's decision.

And what is the status of China's automotive industry?

Michael Dunne told us why we won't be seeing Chinese cars on our streets for a few years.

Education
4:34 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Stateside: Education reforms aim to change schools' formats

Education is beginning to move out of the classroom.
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Jeff Williams of Public Sector Consultants and MLive reporter Tim Martin talk about proposed changes to the education system in Michigan.

The Michigan House of Representatives and Senate are looking at a series of proposals that could drastically change the state’s education system.

Jeff Williams of Public Sector Consultants and MLive reporter Tim Martin addressed the various reforms.

According to Martin, the proposals were met with a variety of responses.

“The folks in favor of it tend to be people who now offer alternatives to the traditional K-12 school districts. Some of the traditional K-12 districts feel these changes are coming too fast. They’re worried about the model and what it might mean for them from a financial standpoint,” said Martin.

The proposals would change the way schools receive funding.

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Business
3:46 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Stateside: Chinese cars yet to motor along U.S. roads

A Chinese-built truck in Belarus. China still has further to go before it will place its cars in the American market.
user Ritzo ten Cate Wikimedia Commons

Michael Dunne, president of Dunne and Company, talks cars and China.

China continues to be the world’s largest automotive market.

However, Chinese car manufacturers are still several years away from putting their products in the U.S. market, according to Michael Dunne.

Dunne is the president of Dunne and Company, a strategic marketing group helping auto companies expand in Asia.

Dunne addressed the status of China’s car industry, citing economic tensions with Japan.

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Health
2:36 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Stateside: Dr. Jack Kevorkian's legacy

Kevorkian's controversial case raised numerous quality-of-life questions
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Jack Lessenberry talks about Kevorkian's legacy.

Twenty-two years ago today, Dr. Jack Kevorkian was first charged with murder.

He was charged with the death of Janet Adkins, an Alzheimer's patient who traveled from Oregon seeking Kevorkian’s assistance in ending her life.

Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry knew Kevorkian and extensively covered his trial.

“Kevorkian was more of a scientist than a doctor. He was obsessed with death and obsessed with the idea of organ transplants. He was presented by Geoffrey Fieger as concerned with alleviating peoples’ suffering,” said Lessenberry.

Lessenberry found Kevorkian to be both impatient and strikingly intelligent.

“He was brilliant; he probably had an IQ of 200. He was a restless person and a self-destructive person. He was a very different individual,” said Lessenberry.

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Politics & Government
5:30 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Stateside for Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stateside for Thursday, November 29, 2012

Graduate from public high school in Kalamazoo and go to college for free.  In a recent New York Times feature, Ted C. Fishman examined the Kalamazoo Promise. We spoke with him about the Promise and its effect on Kalamazoo students, and on the city itself.

Congressman Hansen Clarke spoke with us about politics in Washington.

And will cars one day have color-changing skin? NPR's Sonari Glinton gave us an update on the LA Auto Show.

Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry and the Detroit News' Daniel Howes addressed the upcoming obstacles to the establishment of a Regional transit authority in southeast Michigan.

Education
4:18 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Stateside: Kalamazoo's Promise of lifelong learning

The Kalamazoo Promise offers to pay for Kalamazoo students' college tuition
Kalamazoo Public Schools

Graduate from public high school in Kalamazoo and go to college for free.

It’s a rare offer- one that strives to show students that college is something crucial and attainable.  

In a recent New York Times feature, Ted C. Fishman examined the Kalamazoo Promise and its effect on both the city and the state of Michigan.

Seven years ago, anonymous donors started The Promise, hoping to encourage more Kalamazoo students to attend college.

During his time writing the piece, Fishman was personally impacted by the stories of the students with whom he spoke.

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Transportation
1:43 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Stateside: Regional transit authority faces big roadblocks

The Regional Transit Authority must pass in the Michigan House of Representatives to be put in place.
Sarah Hulett Michigan Radio

The Michigan Senate recently passed a bill to create an authority for Detroit and surrounding counties to operate its own transit system.

However, the bill faces significant hurdles in the Michigan House of Representatives.

Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry and Daniel Howes of the Detroit News addressed the various obstacles the bill must overcome.

The bill is decades in the making and has wide support throughout Michigan, but Howes says the reason it has not yet passed is due to a history of control issues.

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Transportation
1:28 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Stateside: Fuel efficient vehicles pack the Los Angeles Auto Show

Cadillac is among the many auto companies offering a variety of fuel-efficient vehicles
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It's not the country's largest, but the Los Angeles Auto Show is the first chance many automakers have to preview their latest concepts and designs.

NPR's Sonari Glinton was at the show and witnessed a high number of fuel-efficient vehicles.

“This is the show right before the luxury car season. It’s also where the automakers put their greenest foot forward,” he said.

Glinton said nearly every company now offers fuel-efficient versions of previously-made models.

Listen to our podcast to hear an intriguing technology concept for cars of the future.

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Politics & Government
5:31 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Stateside for Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Stateside for Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Today, Governor Rick Snyder delivered a speech in which he addressed the energy and environment concerns of our state. We spoke with Snyder about his future plans for Michigan.

We also continued our higher education conversation. Joining us was Brandy Johnson, the executive director of the Michigan College Access Network and Nathan Daun-Barnett of the University of Buffalo.

University of Michigan-Flint economics professor Adam Lutzker spoke to us about the debate surrounding  "contested commodities" like human organs.

Kurt Metzger, director of Date Driven Detroit, spoke with Cyndy about the status of Michigan's housing market.

Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Stateside: Governor Snyder addresses Michigan's energy, environment plans

Today Gov. Snyder addressed Michigan's environment and energy plans
Photo courtesy of the Snyder Administration

Today, in what his administration called a “special message,” Governor Rick Snyder addressed Michigan’s pressing environmental and energy issues.

Gov. Snyder spoke with Cyndy about his speech and what he has planned for Michigan’s environment.

The first issue on which he spoke was hydraulic fracturing, or, as it's also known, fracking.

“A lot of it is getting the right facts out to people then working together to make sure we’re being sensitive about how drilling continues to evolve. Michigan has been doing fracking for over a decade and we’ve never had an environmental problem of any major magnitude,” said Snyder.

Snyder hopes that people look for responsible ways of fracking and aims to ensure that Michigan is leading the way to frack smartly.

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