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Education
4:43 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Stateside: The possible return on investment for early childhood education

Jane M Sawyer morgue file

Michigan Radio's Jennifer Guerra and Dustin Dwyer discussed early childhood education.

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

Governor Snyder announced his plan to increase funding for early childhood education during last week’s State of the State.

Michigan Radio’s Jennifer Guerra and Dustin Dwyer are researching education in Michigan through the State of Opportunity project.

They spoke with Cyndy today about the benefits of early childhood education.

According to Guerra, there were waves of both skepticism and excitement after Gov. Snyder talked about early childhood education in his State of the State address.

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Health
4:11 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

Stateside: Fending off bitter temperatures with shelters

More Michigan residents are seeking help at homeless shelters and warming centers this winter.
SamPac creative commons

Reverend Chico Daniels and Reverend Faith Fowler are giving shelter to the homeless.

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

During these frigid weeks the warmth of a home is invaluable.

But for the homeless, these winter conditions pose life-threatening challenges.

Reverend Chico Daniels, president and chief executive of Mel Trotter Ministries and Cass Community Social Services  executive director, Reverend Faith Fowler, spoke with Cyndy about the necessity of homeless shelters in the winter.

“In the Cass Corridor we have a warming center for 50 homeless women and children. Beyond that we have two regular shelters and some transitional housing,” said Fowler.

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Health
4:52 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Stateside: Looking at Michigan's new abortion law 40 years after Roe v. Wade

Protestors in favor of pro-choice.
Rick Pluta Michigan Public Radio

Dr. Harris discussed recent legislation regarding abortions in Michigan.

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

Among the flood of bills passed in the waning days of 2012 came House Bill 5711.

The bill was signed by Gov. Snyder last month and became law (Public Act 499 of 2012).

Dr. Lisa Hope Harris Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Michigan spoke with Cyndy about the new law and its implications for the state.

“There are four components to the new law. The first is that health centers that provide 120 or more surgical abortions per year and advertise those abortions be licensed as free-standing surgical centers. The law does include waivers… Clinics will very likely be able to comply with this regulation. That means that women are unlikely to be directly affected by the component of the new law.”

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Arts & Culture
4:46 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Stateside: Hostel Detroit gives a behind the scenes art tour of the city

Hostel Detroit is located in Corktown, Detroit
Emily Fox Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio's Emily Fox went to Hostel Detroit.

When someone from out of town travels to Detroit, the usual destinations might be the Fox Theater for a concert, or Comerica Park for a Tiger’s game. But how do you explore the city on a deeper level without the double decker busses and big tour companies that many big cities have?

When Hostel Detroit opened its doors in April of 2011, its mission was to give its guests a behind the scenes look of the city and take visitors to places that would otherwise be overlooked.

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Politics & Government
4:36 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stateside for Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Today is the 40th Anniversary of Roe Versus Wade. That landmark decision made access to abortion services a federal constitutional right, rather than a matter of state-by-state policy.

Dr. Lisa Hope Harris spoke with Cyndy today about Michigan Bill 5711 and how it could affect the state.

Also, John Bebow, president and chief executive of the Center for Michigan and Amber Toth,  the outreach director for the Center for Michigan, spoke with Cyndy about Center's education report released today.

Listen to these stories and more on today's podcast.

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Education
1:58 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Stateside: Study surveys the state of education in Michigan

The Center for Michigan's latest report
http://thecenterformichigan.net/

John Bebow and Amber Toth discussed education in Michigan.

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

A recent study called “The Public’s Agenda for Public Education” surveyed more than 5,000 Michigan residents to learn how to best improve public education.

John Bebow, president and chief executive of the Center for Michigan and Amber Toth, outreach director for the Center for Michigan, were both involved in the study.

They spoke today with Cyndy about the survey and the state’s future goals for education reform.

“Those who most need that economic ladder that a great education provides, are feeling least well served by today’s system,” said Bebow.

One student with whom Bebow spoke was using dated textbooks.

“We had a student in a community conversation say, ‘my government textbook says Ronald Reagan was the last president.’ We had other people at the opposite end of the spectrum concerned about how we spend money. There are so many concerns expressed. This survey is by no means a lambasting of the education service industry. People are concerned…” said Bebow.

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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."

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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