Michigan Radio
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Michigan Radio

On today's show, Believed co-host Kate Wells breaks down a recent report that found top officials at the U.S. Olympic Committee knew former sports doctor Larry Nassar was sexually abusing his patients, yet took no disciplinary action against him. Plus, a conversation about the changing field of classical music between a graduate student and aspiring conductor, and the retired music director for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Gov. Rick Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder says he has no intention of interrupting the lame duck session. Protesters have been gathering in the state capitol over the last few weeks.

They’re frustrated with various bills that would do things like take away power from the Secretary of State and shape ballot initiatives that passed in November.

State capitol
Lester Graham / Michigan Radio

A bill that would prevent state agencies from adopting standards stricter than federal standards is on its way to the governor’s desk. This applies to areas like environmental and workplace cleanup regulations.

Representative Donna Lasinski (D-Ann Arbor) voted against the bill. She says environmental regulations are not one size fits all.

Court intervention legislation passes Senate committee

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scales of justice
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A state House bill that would allow the Legislature to intervene in court cases was passed by a Senate committee Tuesday.

Critics say the goal of the bills is to strip power from the newly elected Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel.

A diver inspects Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac for a possible dent.
Enbridge inspection video shared with the state of Michigan

A bill that would let Enbridge Energy build a tunnel under the bedrock of the Straits of Mackinac is now on its way to the governor's desk. Enbridge would replace the section of Line 5 that runs under the Straits, and build a new section of pipeline that would run through the tunnel.

Larry Nassar at Eaton County sentencing
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Deleted emails. Documents removed in boxes and a suitcase. Lying to investigators. An FBI investigation into Larry Nassar that stalled for seven months.

Those are just a few of the stunning details released Monday in a 233-page investigation commissioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Investigators interviewed some 100 people and reviewed more than a million documents, and their findings are damning. One USOC official was fired Monday as a result of the report.

Leonard Slatkin (left) is Music Director of the Detroit Symphony, and conductor Chelsea Gallo (right) is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan.
Sarah Leeson

When you bring two people from opposite ends of the same career path together, chances are they’ll have plenty to talk about.

Stateside's ongoing Work in Progress series aims to do just that by featuring conversations between someone just starting out in a particular field and someone who is reaching the end of their professional career. 

Leonard Slatkin is Music Director Laureate of the Detroit Symphony, and conductor Chelsea Gallo is pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan. 


Michigan’s outgoing governor is trying to convince his counterpart in Illinois to support a project aimed at keeping asian carp out of Lake Michigan.

Asian carp are seen as a threat to the Great Lakes fishing industry. The invasive fish has moved up from the Deep South along the Mississippi River basin, reaching a point several miles from Lake Michigan.

French fries

A Michigan-based bar and restaurant chain plans to change the name of its "Crack Fries" in January to distance itself from a name associated with a drug epidemic.

A post on HopCat's website by BarFly Ventures CEO Mark Gray says the recipe and ingredients of its seasoned fries will stay the same.

Water running from tap
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Residents in two West Michigan townships with PFAS contamination could end up paying to be connected to city water.

Officials from Plainfield and Algoma Townships say shoe manufacturer Wolverine Worldwide ended talks that included a plan to pay for the city water extension, but a representative from the company denies ending the talks.


A 9-part podcast about a team of women who won justice in one of the largest serial sexual abuse cases in U.S. history.