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Look about you. What ideas do you see inscribed on the land of Michigan?

We are of the dirt. That’s what Willie Jennings believes. “My mother was a gardener,” he says. Each spring, as she got her garden ready, she would spray water on the dirt, and tell him to plunge his hands deep into the wet soil. “And she would turn to me and say, ‘You feel that? You feel that son? That’s life.'”

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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell
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As we approach Election Day on November 6, Stateside is interviewing congressional candidates around the state about the issues most important to them.

Debbie Dingell is the incumbent Democrat in Michigan’s 12th Congressional District. She has represented the district since 2015.

The University of Michigan Regents
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The two Democrats running for the University of Michigan Board of Regents say the university needs to improve its ethics and transparency practices, and do more to make tuition more affordable.

Some of the changes proposed by Paul Brown and Jordan Acker stem from a Detroit Free Press investigation into the university's handling of its endowment funds. The investigation found that many of the funds in which the university invests are connected to top university donors and alumni investment advisors.

Recreational marijuana use will become legal in Canada on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

On Wednesday, October 17, Canadian citizens will have the option of legally buying recreational marijuana. Rules regulating the use and sale of the drug, however, will vary throughout Canada’s 10 provinces and three territories.


Today on Stateside, a member of Canada’s House of Commons and a reporter with the Windsor Star break down Canada’s legalization of recreational marijuana — which goes into effect tomorrow — and how that change will affect travelers on both sides of the border. Plus, Representative Debbie Dingell (D-12th District) shares her thoughts on the upcoming midterm elections and on President Trump's recently-negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (UMSCA).

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

This is part two in our series "An Idea on the Land." To hear part one, click here.

It was 1823. The land of Michigan wasn’t yet a state. The indigenous people far outnumbered the white settlers. The Erie Canal hadn’t opened. The flood of European immigrants was yet to arrive.

But the groundwork for their arrival was set in 1823 by the U.S. Supreme Court in a case about property rights.

The case: Johnson v. M'Intosh.

Recreational marijuana use will become legal in Canada on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
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If Michigan voters approve the legalization of recreational marijuana for individuals 21 or older by voting in favor of Proposal 1 on November 6, new net annual state tax revenues could grow to $262 million by FY 2023.

A long table surrounded by red chairs in a school classroom.
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Michigan’s public schools lost in court today. Multiple public school organizations and the ACLU sued the state over a multi-million dollar budget item.

The lawsuit is over public money going to non-public schools for state mandates; things like safety drills and health requirements. In its opinion, the Michigan Court of Appeals said:

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Grand Rapids wants to get more young people of color to consider working in the hospitality and tourism industry. So the city’s public school system is opening an academy that focuses on this field.

The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, which will be housed at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids, will be open to students starting next fall.

Michigan Radio's quick guide to podcasts

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Interested in checking out our growing collection of podcasts and radio shows? If you are having some trouble figuring this all out, here’s a quick, easy guide to download and stream our shows! 

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Proponents of paid sick time in Michigan want to rally support before state lawmakers try to tinker with the new law after the November election.


Introducing Mornings in Michigan

How do you spend your mornings?