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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.
James Sarmiento Flickr

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
Greg Asatrian wikimedia commons

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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Health
4:58 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Stateside: When body parts become commodities

The idea of body parts as commodities is of interest to Dr. Adam Lutzker
Gray's Anatomy

For some, the idea of body parts functioning as units of exchange is unsettling.

But for Dr. Adam Lutzker, the concept is one worth investigating. Lutzker teaches at the University of Michigan- Flint, where he recently gave a lecture entitled “Human Body Parts as Commodities.”

Born from a teaching strategy used to spark his students’ attention, the lecture challenges what we view as viable commodities.

“A commodity is anything that is produced for profit and bought and sold. With a commodity, we tolerate the fact that not everyone will get them. This was the debate- should things be treated as commodities? Should they be treated as rights?” said Lutzker.

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Education
4:56 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Stateside: Improving students' access to higher education

Johnson insists we view all students as potential college candidates
user BES Photos Flickr

Students’ transitions to college are often determined by the rigor of their high school education.

How a student views attending college is often shaped by the adult voices around them.

Today, we spoke with Brandy Johnson and Nathan Daun-Barnett.

Johnson, the Executive Director of the Michigan College Access Network and Barnett, a professor of Higher Education Administration at the University of Buffalo both stressed the importance of an informed body of high school students to better ensure their college attendance.

The Michigan College Access Network’s goal  is to boost the percentage of Michigan residents with post-secondary degrees or credentials to 60% by 2025. According to Johnson, Michigan still has further to go.

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Politics & Government
4:51 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Stateside for Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Stateside for Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Michigan State Professor of Economics Charley Ballard spoke with us today. He addressed the state's improving economy and helped clarify the fiscal cliff's implications.

Graduating from college brings with it many things- four years of academic achievement, a degree, and for some, substantial financial debt.

Continuing our student debt conversation we spoke today with Detroit Free Press financial columnist Susan Tompor. Joining us also was Pam Fowler, Executive Director of Financial Aid at the University of Michigan.

Ed Wargin is telling a Great Lakes story through his film photography endeavor, The Fresh Coast Project. We spoke with Wargin about his Project's goals and the joys of shooting in film.

Education
4:37 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Stateside: Paying off a degree of debt

For some, attending a college such as Western Michigan University results in massive financial debt
user TheKuLeR Wikimedia Commons

Graduating from college brings with it many things -  four years of academic achievement, a degree, and for some... substantial financial debt.

Continuing our student debt conversation we spoke today with Detroit Free Press financial columnist Susan Tompor. Pam Fowler, Executive Director of Financial Aid at the University of Michigan, also joing us.

According to Tompor, one of the primary reasons students fall so deeply into debt is their failure to record the money they borrow.

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Economy
4:34 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Stateside: Per capita income increases in Michigan, still below national average

Though far from fully repaired, Michigan's economy is improving
sushina flickr

A new report from the United States Commerce Department found that economic recovery is occurring in Michigan. According to the survey, per capita personal income rose in nearly every Michigan county last year.

Charley Ballard, Michigan State University Professor of Economics explained that although improving, Michigan’s economy still has further to go.  

Ballard began by defining the factors of per capita income.

“It’s their wages and salaries. It also included dividends and social security. It doesn’t include Medicare. They add up all of the income of all the people in Michigan and then divide by the number of people,” said Ballard.

Though improved, Michigan is still well below the national average of per capita income.

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Arts & Culture
4:29 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Stateside: Michigan's shores documented in the Fresh Coast Project

Ed Wargin's Fresh Coast Project captures the Great Lakes in all their glowing beauty
Ed Wargin

Photographer Ed Wargin is enchanted by the Great Lakes; he endeavors to document all 10,000 miles of their shores with his Fresh Coast Project.

The project's aim is to celebrate the beauty of the Great Lakes through the ephemeral medium of film photography.

"I've realized we often look at the Great Lakes in parts and pieces. The goal of the project is to try to look at the Great Lakes as one story," said Wargin.

Wargin hopes his shots of gleaming sunsets will  inform people of the state's abundant resources and thereby promote their preservation.

Hear Wargin further discuss his Fresh Coast Project on today's podcast.

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Politics & Government
5:32 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Stateside for Monday, November 26, 2012

Stateside for Monday, November 26, 2012

Today we spoke with Nolan Finley of the Detroit News about Detroit City Council. According to Finley, there is dire need for reform within the Council.

Michigan-born Dana Falconberry makes folk music that is both mystical and enveloping. Falconberry spoke with Cyndy about her latest album, "Leelanau," and how Michigan influences her music.

Though you may not have known, Michigan owns the blueprints of the World Trade Center. Michigan Radio's Lansing Bureau Chief Rick Pluta further explained how this came to be.

Although increasingly expensive, college educations continue to prove valuable. 

Addressing the long-term value of a college education was University of Michigan’s Vice Provost Martha Pollack and Don Heller, Dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University.

Arts & Culture
3:46 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Stateside: Dana Falconberry's "Leelanau" soundscapes

Dana Falconberry's music draws from the lush landscapes of the Leelanau Peninsula
Alicia Vega

Listening to Dana Falconberry's lush music, it becomes clear the artist draws inspiration from Michigan's western coast.

We spoke today with Falconberry about her latest record, "Leelanau," and the role that Michigan's landscapes play in her music.

"It's so beautiful up there, it's easy to be inspired by the land," said Falconberry.

With track titles like "Pictured Rocks" and "Sault Ste Marie," Falconberry's latest is in many ways a musical homage to a state beaming with beauty.

Listen to Falconberry's interview and music in our podcast.

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Politics & Government
3:42 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Stateside: Nolan Finley's call for Detroit City Council reform

Detroit News writer Nolan Finley says Governor Snyder must take control of Detroit's City Council
Detroit City Council Facebook

Nolan Finley is concerned about Detroit City Council.

In a recent Detroit News editorial, Finley claimed that Detroit Corporate Council Krystal Crittendon “must go.”  

Finley spoke with Cyndy about Detroit’s drastic need to reform its Council.

“The mayor has finally got the message that you have to cooperate or this won’t end well. City Council is still under the delusion that it has power and can escape the consequences of decades of bad management,” said Finley.

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