3:48 pm
Wed November 14, 2012

Stateside: Education Achievement Authority faces loss of Detroit Public Schools

The EAA will await the news concerning the Detroit Board of Education's contract
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Last night, the Detroit Board of Education voted to break their contract and pull out of the Education Achievement Authority.

The Board’s decision will greatly affect the EAA, whose initial goal was to provide educational care to struggling schools throughout Michigan.

Don Heller, Dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University, insists the Detroit Schools’ exit will greatly disrupt the EAA.

“If the Detroit Public Schools pull out of the EAA it will be a major blow,” said Heller.

Michelle Richard, who specializes in Educational Policy at Public Sector Consultants, echoed Heller’s remarks.

“My biggest concern is in the short-term and in lending legitimacy to the EAA’s effort, this just causes more confusion. The legislature is currently looking at codifying the EAA and are looking at how they could continue to expand this effort state-wide,” said Richard.

Listen to the audio above or to our podcast to hear more about the state of the EAA.

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Politics & Government
5:23 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Stateside for Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Stateside for Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Today we looked at the economic situation in Detroit.

Daniel Howes, Detroit News business columnist, addressed what needs to be done within the city to ensure its financial stability.

University of California, Berkeley professor, Harley Shaiken analyzed the state of  labor unions today and where they are headed in the future.

For Eli Neuberger,  Old News is great news. The Ann Arbor District Library's project, Old News, archives printed items in its expansive database. Cyndy spoke with Neuberger about the project's goals.

Continuing our look at homelessness in Michigan, we spoke with Greg Nelson about his experience with poverty and how he transcended its debilitations.

4:51 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Stateside: Detroit's financial predicament

Detroit's handling of its financial situation is of great importance to both the state and country
Mike Russel

Detroit’s financial status is once again on the brink of devastation.

The city’s program management director, William Andrews, recently told the advisory board that the city is facing financial crisis.

Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes assessed the city’s situation, looking at its aging bureaucracy as a potential area of conflict.

The collapse could occur sooner than expected, said Howes, perhaps as soon as December.

“It could happen as early as next month. What’s hanging out there right now is about $80 million in bond proceeds that the State Treasurer's Office is holding  more reforms within the city. There is hope they can move ahead with some reforms that would release around $30 million by the end of the year. It’s really important to note that time is running out for the city,” said Howes.

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4:46 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Stateside: Old news put to good use

Old News archives out of print items from around Washtenaw County.
T. Voekler

Retired newspapers are finding a new purpose.

Old News, a project started by the Ann Arbor District Library, archives previously published news items throughout Washtenaw County.

Eli Neiburger works for the AADL, and works primarily on the Old News project.

"Libraries are service industries and we want to help people," said Neiburger.

Old News functions as a resource for anyone curious about past news items and family lineage.

"Our goal is to get people the answers to the questions of their own history," said Neiburger.

For more on Old News, listen to the above podcast.

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4:41 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Stateside: Labor unions' future reliant on cooperation

Unions such as the UAW are still fulfilling their ultimate purpose
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Labor unions have suffered something of an image crisis over the past decade.

People blame their presence for convoluting many political and economic conversations.

But, according to Harley Shaiken, the unions’ place in society is far from extinct.

Shaiken is a professor of education and geography at University of California, Berkeley.

He addressed the problems currently facing labor unions as well as their past triumphs.

“Overall the public opinion polls are favorable when people are asked if they would join a union,” said Shaiken.

According to Shaiken, the economic gloom of states’ economies cannot entirely be blamed on labor unions.

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4:37 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Stateside: The men with the bomber planes and the man with the camera

Bill Rosnyai flew a B-17 Bomber in the WWII European Theater.
Brad Ziegler

Flying bomber planes over German and Japanese terrain, Bill Rosnyai and Murray Cotter spent much of World War II in the air.

In observation of Veterans Day, Stateside spoke with Rosnyai, a former navigator on a B-17 in Europe and Cotter, a former bombardier on a B-24 in the Pacific.

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

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Politics & Government
4:34 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Stateside: Keeping an eye on China's elections

Xinhuamen, the "Gate of New China." The formal entrance to Zhongnanhai. The palace serves as the Communist Party's headquarters.
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Communist Party leaders are meeting in Beijing for an important shuffling of China’s leadership, including the selection of a new president.

Tom Watkins is the former state school superintendent and has been closely involved in building ties between Michigan and China. Tonight, he’s flying to Beijing to be present for the selection of China’s new president.

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4:20 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Stateside: Poverty simulations

Tomorrow's simulation aims to reveal the struggles faced by those dealing with poverty and homelessness
Washtenaw Housing Alliance

To better inform those unfamiliar with the challenges faced by the impoverished and homeless, Julie Steiner will host a poverty simulation tomorrow night at the Michigan Theater.

Steiner, the director of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance, spoke with Cyndy about Washtenaw County’s poverty problem.

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Politics & Government
4:18 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

Stateside for Monday, November 12, 2012

Stateside for Monday, November 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.

4:49 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Stateside: Michigan's marijuana laws receive revision

The state's treatment of marijuana is in a process of change

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.

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Politics & Government
4:31 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Stateside for Thursday, November 8, 2012

Stateside for Thursday, November 8th, 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.

3:42 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Stateside: Hike, bike and kayak the Great Lakes

Dave Lemberg addresses the potential 1,600 mile route along Lake Michigan
Mark Brush Michigan Radio

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.

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Arts & Culture
3:35 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Stateside: Rialto's screen shared by a community

Grayling's Rialto Theater has a history of

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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Arts & Culture
10:42 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Stateside: Reflection on a voice, singer Bettye LaVette's musical career

Singer Bettye LaVette spoke with Stateside about her life-long career.
Mercedes Mejia

Stateside welcomes singer Bettye Lavette to the studio.

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.

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Politics & Government
5:17 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Stateside for Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Stateside for Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

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Election 2012
4:46 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Stateside: Financial transparency in politics

Though Maroun spent nearly $33 million on Proposal 6, it failed to pass
Laura Weber Michigan Public Radio Network

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.

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Election 2012
4:39 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Stateside: What the election results mean for Michigan

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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.

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Politics & Government
4:16 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Stateside: The question of a post-racial presidency

Communications Studies professor Josh Pasek

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.

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Arts & Culture
1:44 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Stateside: Small shining towns

Micki Maynard addresses the benefits of living in a small city

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.

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Politics & Government
1:35 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Stateside for Tuesday, November 6, 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.

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