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Politics & Government
6:07 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Stateside for Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Today Jack Lessenberry and Daniel Howes speak with Cyndy about last night's presidential debates.

We continue our look at Michigan's film industry and hear from Michigan Film Office's Carrie Jones.

What do celebrities and political candidates have in common? Cyndy speaks with Michael Lempert, a linguistic anthropologist at the University of Michigan, to discover their similarities.

Bats, a species dealing already with an ominous depiction in society, are now facing white-nose syndrome. Find out more about the fungus on today's show!

Politics & Government
6:06 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Stateside: Auto industry's place in the debate

President Obama and Mitt Romney in their final debate.
Commission on Presidential Debates

The auto industry continues to resonate throughout this year’s presidential election.

Cyndy Canty spoke with Michigan Radio’s political analyst Jack Lessenberry and Daniel Howes, business columnist for the Detroit News, about the auto industry’s role in last night’s presidential debate.

“It drives home the point how important the industrial Midwest is in this election,” said Howes.

Obama suggested last night that Mitt Romney called for Detroit’s bankruptcy.

This was a point of contention for Mr. Romney and, according to Howes, for good reason.

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Arts & Culture
4:12 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Stateside: A State with Coming Days of Fame

Tax incentives aim to bring film production back to Michigan.
Lloydpictures.com

Michigan’s days of filling films’ frames are far from over. Carrie Jones, executive director of the Michigan Film Office, foresees a steady increase in the state’s film production.

Cyndy spoke with Jones in what was a continuation of Stateside’s look at Michigan’s film industry.

Once the top film incentive program in the country, Michigan now ranks within the top 10.

With a budget increase to $58 million for the 2013 fiscal year, Michigan expects to enjoy an increase in film production.

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Politics & Government
4:10 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Stateside: A hand gesture, a hidden meaning

Romney's gestures may mean more than we think.
Gage Skidmore Flickr

We know the importance of posture when reading one’s disposition. But how about something as subtle as finger placement?

Stateside’s Cyndy Canty spoke with Michael Lempert, a linguistic anthropologist at the University of Michigan, about what these minute gestures convey.

According to Lempert, a candidate is a combination of meticulously crafted elements.

“Not just speech but also gesture, comportment, clothing even hairstyle. Any of these materials can be treated as revelatory, as windows onto who the candidates really are,” said Lempert.

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Environment & Science
4:06 pm
Tue October 23, 2012

Stateside: A fungus threatening Michigan's bats

Michigan bats are at risk of being infected by white-nose syndrome.
By Jim Conrad [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

There is a disruption in our caves. Hibernating bats across the United States are suffering from white-nose syndrome. Named after the white fungus that grows on bats’ muzzles, the disease has killed millions of bats across North America.

Allen Kurta, a biology professor at Eastern Michigan University, spoke with Stateside’s Cyndy Canty about the future of Michigan’s bat population.

“We are dealing with a disease that is potentially going to wipe out numerous species of bats,” said Kurta.

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Michigan Radio
5:17 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Stateside for Monday, October 22nd 2012

Today we speak with Brad Bushman, a communication and psychology professor at Ohio State University, about the I-96 shootings.

Michigan has been labeled the "Wild West of Lobbying." Cyndy speaks with Jocelyn Benson about the state's lobbying regulations.

We congratulate those who participated in the Detroit Marathon.

And we talk about film! Michigan's film industry is in a state of flux and, according to Michigan actor Peter Carey, at something of a crossroads.

There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty"

Crime
3:14 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Stateside: I-96 Shooter, Commuters safer than they may think

A sketch of the suspected I-96 shooter.
MSP

Police are searching for the person responsible for a series of shootings along the I-96 corridor. From  October 16-18, 22 people were reported being shot and although no one was injured, there were some close calls.

Complaints came from Oakland, Livingston, Ingham and Shiawassee counties.

These random attacks evoke memories of the 2002 Washington D.C. shootings that left 10 people dead and three critically wounded.

Often these violent acts are accompanied with a considerable amount of worry and fear- their erratic nature is the source of our distress.

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Arts & Culture
2:15 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Stateside: Clearing the tumbleweeds out of Michigan's film studios

Judy van der Velden Flickr

Not long ago stars like Mila Kunis, Ryan Gosling and Philip Seymour Hoffman were spotted in Michigan. For a brief moment the streets of Ann Arbor resembled those of New York or Los Angeles.

That was when Michigan offered the nation’s best subsidies for film and television production.

But to Governor Rick Snyder, these generous production tax incentives were not viable for our struggling state.

The incentives program was given a $25-milion dollar cap for the 2012 fiscal year.

Michigan’s tidal wave of film and TV production has slowed to a trickle.

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Law
1:46 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Stateside: Lobbying in Michigan, the 'Wild, Wild West'

Jocelyn Benson announcing the launch of a ballot campaign to require corporations to disclose their political spending on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing.
Rick Pluta MPRN

It seems nearly every leader who takes office, including President Barack Obama and Governor Rick Snyder, promises to make transparent the dealings between lobbyists, special interest groups and our elected officials.

The results of these promises, however, are often underwhelming.

The Center for Public Integrity recently gave Michigan an “F” on its Corruption Risk Report Card.

With this dismal grade comes the question: Why is Michigan lacking in the areas of ethics and transparency?

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Politics & Government
5:38 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Stateside for Thursday, October 4th 2012

On today's show we break down last nights presidential debate with Michigan Radio's political analyst, Jack Lessenberry and Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.

And we speak with author Patricia Polacco about her new children's book, Bully  and Michelle Uebreuck discusses what she calls, "Operation Kindness."

We talk local food with Will Branch, Shannon Byrne and Frank Gublo, whose combined efforts are building a strong food scene in metro Detroit.

Stateside's Emily Fox visits the MSU Dairy Store  whose ice cream is as popular as it is local.

Also today we talk with speak with Mark Schwartz, an organizer of Dlectricity, about Detroit's current art exhibition.

There are two ways you can podcast "Stateside with Cynthia Canty"

Politics & Government
4:52 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Stateside Will Resume Monday, October 22

It has been an amazing five weeks here on Stateside! It has been wonderful talking with Governor Snyder, our Secretary of State, the artists, entrepreneurs and authors who are helping  define what it means to live in Michigan.
 
And most of all, it's been terrific to hear from you and witness what issues are affecting your life and community. As we've said all along here at Stateside: If it matters to YOU, it matters to us.

So, we are thrilled to make this announcement: Beginning Monday, October 22nd, Stateside is expanding! We'll be coming to you Monday through Thursday afternoons at 3.

Before then, however, we're going to take a two week break as we gear up for our Fall Membership Drive.

But, in the meantime, before the October 22nd premiere we want to hear from you! What stories do you want us to focus on? What issues are on the top of your list to find out more about?

Let us know! You can find us on Facebook – just search for “Stateside with Cynthia Canty" on twitter at “StatesideRadio.”

Politics & Government
4:26 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Stateside: Impressions of the first Presidential Debate

Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama square off in their first debate.
Commission on Presidential Debates

The first Presidential debate of 2012 is in the history books.

Radio, Television and Newspapers are filled today with opinions, verdicts and spins.

Who came out on top?

Will the undecided voters be moved one way or another?

Did the 90-minute debate contain anything likely to strike a deep chord with voters here in Michigan?

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Arts & Culture
4:02 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Stateside: Dlectricity

Dlectricity.com

Mark Schwartz is illuminating Detroit. An organizer of Dlectricity, a contemporary light art festival running Oct. 5-6 in Detroit, Schwartz helped create an event he hopes will engage and stimulate his audience.

Cynthia Canty recently spoke with Schwartz about Dlectricity’s function in both the City of Detroit and the art world at large.

“Part of it is art; part of it is the regeneration of Detroit,” said Schwartz. “I think this will be a way for people to really enjoy Detroit at night and start thinking of this city as a pedestrian village.”

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Education
3:04 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Stateside: Operation Kindness fights bullying in Sterling Heights school

Operation Kindness was inspired by the anti-bullying program Rachel's Challenge.
Rachel's Challenge

On any given day, as many as 160,000 students stay home from school because they’re afraid to face the bullies they may encounter in classrooms, lunchrooms and school hallways. 

As author Patricia Polacco noted in her interview with Cyndy, it seems that peer-to-peer programs are most effective and pack the most power against bullies.

Such a program is going on at Jeannette Middle School in Sterling Heights, part of the Utica Community Schools.

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Business
2:54 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Stateside: Food Entrepreneurs

The bounties of local food entrepreneurs.
Clagett Farm CSA Week 10 thebittenworld.com

There is an explosion of locally made jams, sausages, salsas and granolas filling the shelves of grocery stores and farmers’ markets. People like Frank Gublo, an Innovation Counselor at the Michigan State University Product Center, are largely responsible for local food’s prevalence.

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Business
2:15 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Stateside: Michigan State University's Dairy Store

The Big Ten themes for ice cream made from local dairy.

The local food movement is not a new thing for Michigan State University's Dairy Store.

It has been selling local dairy products such as cheese and ice cream since 1913. The milk is bought from Michigan Milk Producers, less than 30 miles away.

It's then taken to MSU where it is processed and distributed. A lot of the ice cream flavors have MSU or Big Ten themes.

Stateside's Emily Fox, visited the store and chatted with customers, workers and manager, John Engstrom.

You can listen to the audio postcard above.

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Arts & Culture
1:35 pm
Thu October 4, 2012

Stateside: Patricia Polacco's new book, 'Bully'

'Bully' author, Patricia Polacco
Steven Polacco

Bullying, according to Michigan author Patricia Polacco, now follows children home.

Told through the eyes of Lyla Dean, Polacco’s new book Bully investigates the contemporary world of cliques and online bullying.

Because of social networking sites like Facebook, children are no longer able to evade bullying outside of school.

“Before, it was bad enough that you had to go to school and be teased. But at least you had the safety of your own home. Now with computers, they reach you at home,” says Polacco.

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Politics & Government
1:53 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

3 things to know about Emergency Managers, our discussion on Stateside

Yesterday, Cyndy Canty spoke with Flint Mayor Dayne Walling and other experts about Michigan's Emergency Manager Law.
michiganradio.org

Under PA 4, EMs can strip local leaders of their power and do away with union contracts.

The law is being targeted for repeal in a voter referendum.

Michigan voters will either keep it or kill it.

So, what do the people close to the EM law think of it?

Here are three takeaways from yesterday's discussion on Stateside with Cynthia Canty.

1) Today, Michigan's cities have giant infrastructures and tiny budgets

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Politics & Government
6:12 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Stateside: An in-depth look at Michigan's controversial Emergency Manager Law

Cities like Pontiac are dealing with the affects of Public Act 4--the Emergency Manager Law.
Dave Garvin Flickr

Voters in November will decide the fate of Michigan’s state-imposed remedy for most struggling cities—Public Act 4, also known as the Emergency Manager Law. 

Voting “yes” on the referendum keeps PA4. Voting “no” will repeal it. If that happens, the state says it will revert back to the older PA 72, the Emergency FINANCIAL Manager law. The state is currently operating under that law because Public Act Four is suspended until after voters go the polls.

Currently, seven Michigan cities and school districts are run by state-appointed managers.

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Politics & Government
6:01 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Stateside for Thursday, September 27th, 2012

On today's program, We take an in-depth look at one of the most controversial questions on the November ballot: the fate of PA4, the Emergency Manager law in Michigan.

And, we talk about the National Writers Series, putting the literary spotlight on Traverse City, where big-name authors and their readers get to know each other.

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