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Stateside for Monday, November 12, 2012

Nov 12, 2012

We were joined today in the studio by two of Michigan’s World War II veterans.  Both men fought their war in the skies. Bill Rosnyai of Bloomfield Hills was a navigator on a B-17 in Europe and Murray Cotter of Beverly Hills was a bombardier on a B-24  in the Pacific.

Joining us also was Brad Ziegler, a freelance photographer who has been documenting Michigan’s World War II vets, particularly as the vets took special “Honor Flights” to visit the World War II memorial in Washington D.C.

East Lansing's brand new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum opened recently. We spoke with the museum's director, Michael Rush, about the museum and his plans for its future.

Julie Steiner directs the Washtenaw Housing Alliance.  She's overseeing a poverty simulation tomorrow night at the Michigan Theater. What is a poverty simulation? Check out our podcast to find out.

Stateside: Michigan's marijuana laws receive revision

Nov 8, 2012

This Tuesday Grand Rapids, Detroit and Flint witnessed a revision of laws concerning marijuana regulation.

David Uhlman, director of the University of Michigan's Environmental Law and Policy Program and Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith talked with Stateside about the specific changes and what they mean for Michigan residents.

Listen to the audio above to hear their conversation.

Stateside for Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nov 8, 2012

Are you curious about Congress? Detroit News Washington reporter David Shepardson spoke today with Cyndy about Congressional Delegation.

Keep your snacks sealed- the recent revisions of Michigan's marijuana laws may not mean what you think. Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith shared some points on how the changes affect Michigan residents.

Jordan Stancil's family has owned the Rialto theater in Grayling since 1915. Hear his discussion with Cyndy about the film industry and the life of a theater owner.

Stateside: Hike, bike and kayak the Great Lakes

Nov 8, 2012
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Midwest residents may have three new ways to enjoy the Great Lakes.

At a conference in Saugatuck this week, Western Michigan University geography professor Dave Lemberg will discuss plans for a 1,600 mile route along Lake Michigan.

Lemberg spoke with Cyndy about the details of the route.

Stateside: Rialto's screen shared by a community

Nov 8, 2012

Moviegoers in northern Michigan have a lot to be thankful for.

Though many small-scale theaters across America have closed, the Rialto Theater in Grayling is still a dependable source of relevant film screenings.

Jordan Stancil, a former U.S. diplomat, lectures at the University of Ottawa and runs the theater with his family.

Last year, Jordan and his father George Stancil founded the Rialto Film Club, a program that shows foreign and independent films to subscribing moviegoers.

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Fifty years ago, singer Bettye LaVette recorded her first single and Top Ten hit, “My Man- He’s a Lovin’ Man.” But the time between “Man’s” release and now has not been one of unscathed fame and stardom.

The Muskegon-born artist delves into the ups and downs of her career in her new autobiography, “A Woman like Me.”

Along with her book, LaVette recently released a new album, “Thankful ‘N Thoughtful.” She will perform material from the record at her show tonight at the Ark.

Stateside for Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nov 7, 2012

Stateside: Financial transparency in politics

Nov 7, 2012
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Millions of dollars were invested in Michigan’s recent ballot proposals.

While citizens were aware that money was being spent, it was often unclear how much money was spent and from whom it was coming.

Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham and Rich Robinson, director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, spoke with Cyndy about the need for financial transparency in elections.

Stateside: What the election results mean for Michigan

Nov 7, 2012
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The election results are in and Americans are now looking at our country’s future.

To better understand what last night’s results mean for Michigan, Cyndy spoke with Rick Pluta, the Lansing Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network and Bill Ballenger, Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.

Ballenger began by addressing the automotive bailout’s effect on Romney and his Michigan campaign. According to Ballenger, his position on the bailout was only part of the reason he failed to win the state.

Stateside: The question of a post-racial presidency

Nov 7, 2012

When Barack Obama was elected to the White House four years ago, there was talk of a "post-racial era." With an African-American as president, some thought the racist notions of the past would be eliminated.

But, as found by an Associated Press poll, racial attitudes have not completely improved.

Stateside: Small shining towns

Nov 7, 2012

The things one searches for in a big city may very well exist in one’s hometown.

In a recent article entitled, “In Praise of Smaller Cities,” Micki Maynard discussed the overlooked bounties of small American towns.

For Maynard, the benefits of living in a small town were not immediately apparent. In fact, it took living in numerous big cities to really see the practicality of having a lawn, a garden and a garage.

Stateside for Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Nov 7, 2012

It's election day and Stateside has it covered. 

We spoke with Troy Hale who is part of Michigan's largest election coverage team in East Lansing.

We take a look also at the status of the polls throughout Michigan.

Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry and Daniel Howes of the Detroit News give their election predictions.

There is a history of mudslinging in American politics. Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, told Stateside that attack ads are in America’s DNA.

Stateside: An election nearing its end

Nov 6, 2012

After today, it’s over.

The campaign commercials, the ballot proposal advertisements and social media bombardment will come to an end.

But first, Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry and Daniel Howes of the Detroit News provided Stateside with  election coverage.

“I don’t think this election will be that close, I think Obama will win it by three points,” said Lessenberry.

To both Lessenberry and Howes, once the election is over the auto industry will become less heated of an issue.

Stateside: A history of mudslinging

Nov 6, 2012
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Do you think today’s political attack advertisements are venomous?

They are tame when compared to those used by Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in the 1800 election.

Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, told Stateside that attack ads are in America’s blood.

Stateside: Judge Connie Marie Kelley's case for candidacy

Nov 5, 2012

Judge Connie Marie Kelley, a candidate for Michigan’s Supreme Court, has a long career in law; one she feels makes her well-suited to serve the state. That Kelley paid her way through Law School is something she feels gives her a unique perspective.

Stateside for Monday, November 5, 2012

Nov 5, 2012

We all have our voting questions. Tim Martin, Lansing Reporter for MLive, spoke with Cyndy about five major questions many voters have.

In our final installment of Michigan Supreme Court coverage, we spoke with Judge Connie Kelley about her candidacy.

Why can't we all just get along? The question is important when looking at the state of American politics and its elected officials.

Stateside: Addressing the political divide

Nov 5, 2012
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The polarization of American politics has been widely documented through social media. Many citizens are now taking sides and filling their screens with voices that only reflect their own political opinions.

To investigate the effect this split will have on America’s political future, Cyndy spoke with John Bebo, the President and CEO of The Center for Michigan and Michigan Radio’s News Director, Vincent Duffy.

Stateside: Gowns that keep giving

Nov 5, 2012
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The wedding dresses sold by Barb Hiltz are involved in a perpetual cycle of giving.

This month, The Brides Project in Ann Arbor celebrated its one-year anniversary.

Barb Hiltz, executive director of the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor, spoke with Cyndy about earning a consistent stream of revenue for their non-profit with this creative project.

Stateside: Five questions for Tim Martin

Nov 5, 2012

Tim Martin, the Lansing reporter for MLive,  joined Stateside to answer five questions facing Michigan voters.

Listen to the above audio to hear Martin address the ballot proposals, the presidential race and the Michigan Senate.

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Stateside for Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Nov 1, 2012

Today, we spoke with Tom Hayden, the writer who drafted and finalized the Port Huron Statement.

Judge Colleen O'Brien, who currently sits on the Oakland County Circuit Court, spoke with Stateside about her candidacy.

Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek provided Proposal 6 clarity.

Koerner Buchta is walking across Michigan. He spoke with Cyndy about his cause and its urgency. 

Stateside: Judge O'Brien's case for candidacy

Nov 1, 2012

Judge Colleen O'Brien, who currently sits on the Oakland County Circuit Court, spoke with Stateside about her candidacy.  

“I practiced law for 17 years and I’m running for the same reason I ran for circuit court. When I practiced law I had the opportunity to appear in the court rooms of many different judges and I would have the same set of facts but I would go to three different counties and get three different decisions. That is not the way our legal system is supposed to work. We need judges that follow the law,” said O’Brien.

Stateside: A statement born from engagement

Nov 1, 2012
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With the tumult of the Vietnam War, the War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Movement came the feeling that something momentous was happening.

For Tom Hayden and his peers, there truly was.

It has been 50 years since members of Students for a Democratic Society gathered in Port Huron to produce the Port Huron Statement.

The Statement defined their vision of "participatory democracy, a calling for students to take place in liberal causes across the country."

Stateside: Walking with a purpose

Nov 1, 2012

For several years, Koerner Gray Buchta, a 20-year-old man from Grand Rapids, has battled an illness that’s commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, or Myalgic Encephalomyalitis (often abbreviated to ME/CFS).

There is no known cure for ME/CFS. The illness is difficult to manage because there is no consistently effective treatment.

Stateside: Proposal 6, crossing the bridge

Nov 1, 2012
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Today we spoke with Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek about Proposal 6.  For complete audio of the segment, click the link above.

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Stateside for Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Oct 31, 2012

To explain the stakes of the presidential race in Michigan, Cyndy spoke with editor and publisher of "Inside Michigan Politics,” Bill Ballenger and Michigan Public Radio Network Lansing Chief, Rick Pluta.

We spoke also with Michigan Radio's Rebecca Williams about Proposal 3 and what it means for Michigan.

Continuing our conversations with the candidates for Michigan Supreme Court, Cyndy spoke with Justice Brian Zahra.

Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek discussed the recent merger of Beaumont Health and Henry Ford Healthy Systems.

Stateside: Justice Brian Zahra's case for candidacy

Oct 31, 2012

Continuing Stateside’s conversations with Supreme Court candidates, Justice Brian Zahra spoke with Cyndy about his candidacy.

Justice Brian began the show by recapping his political past.

“I’ve been a judge for 18 years; in 1994 I became a Wayne Circuit Judge. Then I was appointed to the Court of appeals where I served for 12 years and then the past few years on the Supreme Court. “

When asked about his

Stateside: The renewable energy question

Oct 31, 2012
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Continuing our examination of the six proposals on Michigan's ballot, we turn to Proposal 3: The renewable energy question.

 Michigan Radio's Rebecca Williams, host of "The Environment Report," spoke with Cyndy about how the proposal would affect the state if passed.

Listen to the segment above.

Election Day is less than a week away and the race is tightening with intensity.

Filling Michigan residents’ televisions is a burst of campaign ads from both Governor Romney and President Obama.

To explain the stakes of the race in Michigan, Cyndy spoke with editor and publisher of "Inside Michigan Politics,” Bill Ballenger and Michigan Public Radio Network Lansing Chief, Rick Pluta.

The guests started by addressing where the race currently stands.

Stateside: That status of Michigan's medical marijuana law

Oct 31, 2012
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Nearly four years ago, Michigan voters approved the use of medical marijuana by 63% making Michigan one of 17 states permitting its usage.

The law removed state-level criminal penalties for using, possessing and growing marijuana by and for patients whose doctors have granted them medicinal usage of marijuana.

Throughout the past four years, however, the law has generated a considerable amount of confusion over who can grow marijuana and what its uses really are.

To assess where the law stands today, Stateside spoke with attorney Matthew Abel and Senator Rick Jones.

Stateside: Contrary to recent ad, Jeep will stay in the U.S.

Oct 30, 2012
Rebecca Williams

As the year’s Presidential Campaign comes to a close, both parties focus on Chrysler’s future plans concerning Jeep.

In a recent ad, Governor Romney claimed Jeep had plans of moving its production to China, a claim that was soon refuted by the company.

David Shepardson, the Detroit News Washington Bureau Chief, talked to Stateside to help clarify the confusion surrounding the ad. According to Shepardson, the ad acts more as a reflection of the race’s desperation than a document of the auto industry’s future.