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Politics & Culture
6:49 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Stateside for February 27th, 2013

Today on Stateside, Governor Snyder is appointing a Justice to the state Supreme Court. That's after former Justice Diane Hathaway officially resigned last month after being indicted on bank fraud. We got the details on the appointment coming out of Lansing.

 And, in his State of the State address, Governor Snyder was crystal-clear: Michigan’s roads are creaky and old, and they need to be fixed. Just about everyone agrees with that. The big question is how to pay for those badly-needed repairs.
 The Governor wants  $1.2 billion each year for these road repairs. He’s proposed raising our gas tax and vehicle registration fees, but this isn’t getting a lot of love, especially among Republicans who are not fans of anything that looks, smells, or sounds like a tax increase.
 And finally, five-time national champions, silver medalists in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, 2011 world champions, and four-time Grand Prix Final champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White joined us in the studio today. It’s no exaggeration to say they helped to make Southeast Michigan the ice-dance capital of America.

Law
6:39 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Stateside: Snyder appoints new justice to state Supreme Court

Newly appointed Michigan Supreme Court Judge, David Viviano
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Governor Snyder has appointed a new Justice to the state Supreme Court.

The appointment comes after former Justice Diane Hathaway resigned last month after being indicted for bank fraud.

For many Court watchers, Chief Judge of the Macomb County Circuit David Viviano is a surprise pick.

Rick Pluta,  Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network was at the announcement. He spoke with us to tell us more about Judge Viviano.

To hear the full story click the audio link above.

Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Group seeks to interrupt the outbreak of violence in Grand Rapids

Cure Violence sees violence as an infection
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In 2012, Grand Rapids saw an outburst of violent crime, including nine homicides in which all of the victims died from gunshot wounds.

This week, two community groups called Urban League and Network 180 are hosting a series of meetings to inform the public about possible solutions and to begin a discussion about the future of violence in the Grand Rapids community.

Raynard Ross is a resident of Grand Rapids and works with Upward Bound at Grand Rapids Community College. Ross also serves on a panel to address the issue of violence within the Grand Rapids community.

The interrupters

According to Ross, street violence has reached a level of “borderline madness.”

“There’s a lot of retaliatory violence,” Ross said. “[Grand Rapids] is relatively small, so the degree of separation with those involved is one or two degrees tops. We’ve found that a lot of this violence is occurring based on misunderstandings and things begin to snowball and escalate and next thing you know we have something that could have been squashed by some early interrupting.”

That’s where someone like Cobe Williams comes in.

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Auto
4:59 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Stateside: What lies ahead for auto companies?

The Renaissance Center is home to GM one of the worl's largets auto manufactures
Carlos Lowry Flickr

The clouds have been lifting for  U.S. car makers.

With car sales and America's economy picking up, there are some who are looking further down the road.

They have been wondering  if deeper, bigger challenges lie ahead for the companies who put the world on wheels.

One of those wondering is automotive writer Micki Maynard. She recently published a couple of pieces in Forbes Magazine exploring what she calls "The Secret Fear of the World's Biggest Auto Companies".

Micki Maynard spoke with us to explain exactly what is the "Secret Fear" of the World's Biggest Auto Companies.

To hear the full story click the audio link above.

Arts & Culture
4:57 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Stateside: Young People's Theatre makes its Michigan debut

Young playwrights practicing their lines
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A group from Washington DC is hoping to get elementary, middle and high school students excited about playwrighting.

The group is called The Young Playwright's Theatre and the leaders of this program are launching a four-city tour, starting in Detroit.

It's aim is to reach out to key education figures about spreading the Young Playwright's Theatre model to classrooms across the nation.

Executive director of the Young Playwright's Theatre Brigitte Pribnow Moore and artist director Nicole Jost joined us on Stateside to tell us more about their Michigan tour.

To listen to the full story click the audio link above.

Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Stateside: Mike Duggan joins race for next Detroit mayor

Mike Duggan making an address at the Detroit Medical Center
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He has been an assistant prosecutor, Wayne County Deputy Executive under Edward McNamara, and the CEO of the Detroit Medical Center.

Today, Mike Duggan is making his next move official. He wants to become Detroit's next Mayor.

With Duggan throwing his hat into the ring,  what is he going to bring to the table that other candidates do not?

And are black residents prepared to cast their vote for a white candidate?

1973 was the last year there was a white candidate in a Detroit Mayoral race. That's when John Nichols lost to Coleman Young.

Will Detroiters be ready to vote for Duggan? He recently moved to the city from Livonia.

We spoke with Detroit Free Press writer Rochelle Riley who gave us a closer look at Duggan's mayoral campaign.

To listen to the full interview click on the audio link above.

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Arts & Culture
4:49 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Stateside: Rosa Parks goes to Washington

Rosa Parks life-size statue to be placed in National Statuary Hall
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In 2005, the Daub and Firmin Sculpture Studio of California was commissioned to create a bronze statue of Rosa Parks.

Parks, who would have been 100 this month, will be the first life-sized representation that is approved and funded by Congress since 1873.

Her likeness will also be the first full-sized statue of an African-American woman in the National Statuary Hall. 

Seven years after the commission was placed, Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with one of her sculptors, Eugene Daub. 

You can listen to the full Stateside interview above.

Politics & Culture
4:49 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, February 26th, 2012

On today's show, troubling headlines have been coming out of Grand Rapids in recent  months a burst of violent crime. Today we take a look at what can be done to curb the violence.

And we turn an eye to medical care: just how can we fix inequality in access to health care in Michigan.

But to start things off... he has been an assistant Wayne County prosecutor, the deputy Wayne County executive under Edward McNamara. He was the CEO of the Detroit Medical Center.Today, Mike Duggan’s is making it official, he wants to be Detroit’s next mayor.

To take a closer look at the Duggan candidacy, we spoke with Rocelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press.

Economy
5:20 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Stateside: What does the 'sequester' really mean for Michigan?

What the sequester means for Michigan
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The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

The term "sequester" is being tossed around all over the news and in Washington D.C. this week, but what does that mean for Michigan?

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Politics & Government
5:10 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Stateside: One Detroiter's opportunity to speak directly to lawmakers

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, or "Super Committee," failed to come up with a compromise to reduce the deficit. Michigan members of the Super Committee spoke about the experience.
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Mary Kate Cartmill joins Stateside

Not many people have the opportunity to speak directly with legislators about priorities within the federal budget, but Detroit area resident Mary Kate Cartmill is going to get that opportunity this week.

Cartmill has been chosen to meet on Capitol Hill this week with legislators to discuss the impact federal spending cuts will have on the poorest and most at-risk people here at home.

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Cartmill about her upcoming experience.

You can listen to the full Stateside interview above.

Politics & Government
5:07 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Stateside: What happened during Michigan's political conventions?

Last weekend, GOP and Democratic parties held conventions
Lester Graham Michigan Radio

Over the weekend, both the Democratic and Republican parties held their conventions.

The 18-year run for Democratic Party Chairman Mark Brewer has come to an end. Brewer will be replaced by Lon Johnson, of Kalkaska.

On the other side of the aisle Republican Chairman Bobby Schostak was reelected.

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Rick Pluta, the Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network.

You can listen to the full Stateside interview above.

Politics & Government
5:05 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Stateside: Abandoned cities that bounce back

Detroit's future city plan to outline economic growth
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The Detroit Future City plan, released by Detroit Mayor David Bing's Detroit Works Project, offers both short term action and long term plans to rebuild the city.

The report, created over a two year period, intends to improve the quality of life and business in Detroit and also sets goals for the future.

What could cities facing similar situations learn from Detroit? And what has been done in cities outside of Michigan?

June Manning Thomas and Margaret Dewar are professors of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan and are editors of the book "The City after Abandonment," a collection of essays from top urban planning experts.

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Thomas and Dewar about the next steps outlined in the plan for Detroit and what its future will hold.

You can listen to the full Stateside interview above.

Arts & Culture
5:00 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Stateside: Metallica on Belle Isle for Orion Music + More Festival

Orion Music + More Festival moves to Detroit for 2013
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The second annual Orion Music + More Festival will take place on Detroit's Belle Isle on June 8 and 9.

The festival, created and headlined by the hard rock group Metallica, debuted in 2012 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The Festival lineup includes 30 acts on five stages, including groups like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Bassnectar.

Gary Graff is the music writer for the Oakland Press and is a dedicated observer of the music scene in Detroit and in Michigan.

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Graff about Orion Music + More and the Festival's influence in Southeast Michigan.

You can listen to the full Stateside interview above.

Politics & Government
4:27 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Stateside for Monday, February 25, 2013

Today on Stateside, Cyndi talks "sequestration." The word is on the tip of everyone's tongue in D.C.

We’ll get a break-down of how those across-the-board cuts could directly affect Michigan's economy.

We also look at the challenges around re-inventing abandoned and distressed neighborhoods.  Cyndy gets a perspective from two urban planning experts.

Also, it was a very busy weekend for the Michigan Democratic and Republican Parties.

Both held their conventions this weekend, and for one party, it means a brand-new state leader.

So Rick Pluta, the Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, stopped by to help fill in the details.

Arts & Culture
5:21 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Stateside: Conducting the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Detroit Orchestra Hall
www.DSO.org

The sounds of Beethoven have been ringing through Detroit's Orchestra Hall.
 
Starting tonight and running through the weekend, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra tops off its Beethoven Festival in magnificent style: with Beethoven's Symphony Number 9 in D-Minor.
 
These performances are the culmination of three weekends' worth of Beethoven.

Music Director Leonard Slatkin has been leading the DSO through all nine of Beethoven's Symphonies.

It's worth noting that it has been 36 years since the DSO served up all nine symphonies in one complete "serving", if you will.
 
Maestro Leonard Slatkin joined us to talk about Beethoven's 9th and what it takes to be a maestro.

You can listen to the full Stateside interview above.

Health
5:07 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Stateside: How to resist Netflix and get outside this winter

Waara encourages women to get outside this winter
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Frida Waara is an instructor in the upcoming Becoming an Outdoors Woman event this weekend in the Upper Peninsula's Big Bay, sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources.

The event will help women - even the most devoted Netflixers - develop skills that encourage and maintain an active lifestyle during a Michigan winter.

So, how does Waara get women to be active outdoors when the weather drops below zero?

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Waara about the program and the importance for women to be active year round.

Education
4:59 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Stateside: Implications of international student enrollment

International student enrollment increases at Michigan universities
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

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

The amount of international students from China who have enrolled  at Michigan State University is 385 times greater than it was a decade ago.

How does this impact instate students applying to schools like MSU and the University of Michigan? How big of a factor does out-of-state tuition play in an institution's decision to accept more non-Michigan or international students?

Michigan writer Ron French wondered, "is a student from China taking my kid's college slot?" His story appeared in today's issue of Bridge, from the Center for Michigan.

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Politics & Culture
4:51 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Stateside for Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Stateside for Thursday, February 21st, 2013.

On today's show, as the Detroit Symphony Orchestra tops off its Beethoven Festival, we'll speak with the Orchestra's Music Director Maestro Leonard Slatkin. And, as temperatures continue to remain below freezing, we'll speak to the instructor of the "Becoming an Outdoor's Woman" event, being held this weekend in the Upper Peninsula.

But first on today's show, Governor Rick Snyder met with reporters in downtown Detroit today answering questions about the report he got from a state financial review team. Nobody was particularly surprised when, earlier this week, that review team announced Detroit is in a state of financial emergency and that its current leaders "lack a plan" to deal with it.

Even as Mayor Dave Bing protests that a host of roadblocks have kept his plan from being put into place, most Detroiters and Detroit-watchers are now resigned to the fact that it's likely a matter of when, not whether, Governor Snyder will appoint an emergency manager for the city.

Cyndy spoke with Karen Dumas. She is watching these developments with intense interest and insight. She grew up in Detroit has worked in Detroit. She is the former Chief of Communications for Mayor Dave Bing and the City of Detroit.

Politics & Government
4:41 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Stateside: Insight into Synder's emergency manager appointment

Governor Snyder spoke about Detroit's state of emergency on Thursday
Photo courtesy of the Snyder administration

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

Governor Rick Snyder met with reporters in downtown Detroit on Thursday to discuss the report he received from a state financial review team earlier this week.

The report announced that Detroit is in a state of financial emergency and that the city's current leaders "lack a plan" to deal with it. Mayor Dave Bing's insisted that he did have a plan, but numerous obstacles made it difficult to put it in place.

Now, Detroit residents and those who have been following the crisis are merely waiting for Governor Snyder to appoint an emergency manager.

Karen Dumas, a native Detroiter, is the former Chief of Communications for Mayor Dave Bing and the City of Detroit. Dumas has worked at Detroit's City Hall over the past decade, and is closely following the process.

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Dumas about Detroit's state of financial emergency and the upcoming process the city will undergo.

Education
5:29 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Stateside: The future of online education

Online learning is a new option to expand education in Michigan
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The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

The state of Michigan is quickly becoming a leader in online education with the support of Governor Snyder.

K-12 schools, colleges and universities throughout the state are realizing the potential online learning offers to students. 

A recent education study conducted by The Center for Michigan found that residents are less enthusiastic about online learning. 

As a new form of education, there are still unanswered questions about the advantages and disadvantages of online learning for students.

Michigan Virtual University, founded in the late 1990's by the State of Michigan is now one of the largest virtual schools in the country. 

Michigan Radio's Cynthia Canty spoke with Jamey Fitzpatrick, the President and CEO of Michigan Virtual University.

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