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Stateside 8.20.2018

Aug 20, 2018

Today on Stateside, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer picks Detroiter Garland Gilchrist her running mate. Also, the state of Michigan is mounting murals in Chicago to lure those Chicagoans to Michigan's big cities. And, a native Detroiter and how she became MSU's Rodeo Queen. 

Elvis Presley
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On Thursday, August 16 we lost the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. But for countless Elvis fans, last Thursday was already a date marked by tragedy. 

On that day in 1977, the world learned that Elvis Presley had passed away. 

 

Doctor's stethoscope
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The Upper Peninsula Health Departments has published their first ever Community Health Needs Assessment

This 350-page report combines 18 months of research, surveying 5000 households spread over the regions' 15 counties. 

 

Courtesty artist Sheefy McFly

Michigan has gotten plenty of mileage out of Tim Allen's voice spreading the word about Pure Michigan as a travel destination.

Now, the talents of a Detroit artist will lure Chicagoans to come visit Michigan's big cities.

A Stars and Stripes truck cab and woman on a horse
Courtesy of Khalilah Smith

Discovering a passion -- and chasing that passion -- can change your life in profound ways. Just ask Michigan State University student Khalilah Smith of Detroit.

She discovered horses as a young girl, and then she discovered rodeo.

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"Everything old is new again."

That adage comes to mind when you hear about a new business in West Michigan called Lakeshore Game Night, a door-to-door delivery for board games.

Jared Leatzow is the business’ founder and owner. He joined Stateside’s Cynthia Canty to discuss how he came up with the idea for Lakeshore Game Night and how the service works. 

head shot of Bill Gelineau
Bill Gelineau

The primaries are over, and we are officially into the general election season.

If you pulled a ballot in the August election, you might have noticed there were not two, but three, parties on the primary ballot this year: Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian.

Stateside 8.17.2018

Aug 17, 2018

Today on Stateside, a retired Flint pediatrician rebukes his former colleagues' choice to not call children exposed to lead "poisoned." Plus, a Grand Rapids couple started out as leather goods competitors and ended up sharing a studio (and a marriage). 

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sturgeon baby
Photo courtesy of USFS, Rob Elliott

One of the most ancient species in the Great Lakes is the sturgeon. The fish has been around since the time of the dinosaurs, and was once abundant in all five lakes.

But, like many species, its numbers nosedived thanks to overfishing and habitat destruction.

Ed Baker is research station manager at the Marquette Fisheries Research Station of the Department of Natural Resources. He joined Stateside to talk about efforts to restore the region’s sturgeon population.

picture of Lansing capitol building
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The big news in politics this week was the Republican gubernatorial nominee choosing a running mate.

Attorney General Bill Schuette announced that Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus-Lyons would be his lieutenant governor Monday.

To discuss that choice, and all things lieutenant governor, Stateside talked to our Friday political commentators.

Blood test.
Steve Carmody / Michigan Radio

An opinion piece in the New York Times has stirred up a war of words. According to a recent Detroit News article, an emergency room doctor at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint persuaded the majority of his physician colleagues to ban using the words “lead poisoned” to describe children's exposure to lead from drinking Flint water.

Stateside 8.16.2018

Aug 16, 2018

Today on Stateside, many were surprised when Aretha Franklin took over for Luciano Pavarotti at the 1998 Grammys — but not her Detroit opera teacher Mary Callaghan Lynch. Plus, a conversation with one of the scientists helping NASA launch a mission to "touch the sun." 

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It's the stuff of science fiction: send a space mission to the sun.

But science fiction became reality this week when NASA launched the Parker Solar Probe, humanity's first-ever mission into the corona, part of the sun’s atmosphere.

Aretha Franklin is embraced by her opera coach of more than 20 years, Mary Callaghan Lynch.
Courtesy of Mary Callaghan Lynch

The world lost the “Queen of Soul” this morning. Aretha Franklin, 76, passed away from pancreatic cancer at her home in Detroit.

Franklin's voice helped create hits like “Respect,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” and “I Say a Little Prayer.” She was the first woman ever inducted into the national Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

While she is most well-known for her gospel and soul recordings, Franklin’s voice and talent also extended to opera.

person on surfboard in Great Lakes
Courtesy of Great Lakes Surf Festival

It's been a lot of fun discovering the unique summer festivals happening around the state, celebrating everything from baby food to bologna.

This weekend, a festival in Muskegon will celebrate a sport that most people don't associate with the Great Lakes: surfing.

Ethernet cable
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Michigan is lagging in broadband availability. The state is ranked 30th in the nation, and more than 350,000 households — mostly in rural areas — don't have access to that vital service.

In 2018, people who don't have effective, high-speed internet may not have access to news, social, job connections, schoolwork, health care, and so much more. 

Stateside 8.15.2018

Aug 15, 2018

Today on Stateside, the state of Michigan gets smacked by a federal appeals court for denying juvenile lifers credits for good behavior. Plus, how a Detroit woman took her family's secret hibiscus tea recipe and became the first black woman with a beverage manufacturing plant in the country.

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cover of Rosie: a Detroit herstory
Wayne State University Press

A new children’s book from two Metro Detroit women uses the iconic image of “Rosie the Riveter” to teach kids about the roles that women and the city of Detroit played in winning World War II.

Prison bars
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The 6th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Michigan cannot deny credits for good behavior to prisoners who were sentenced to life without parole as minors.

two bottles of Ellis Island Tea
Courtesy of Nailah Ellis-Brown

Most entrepreneurs start small and dream big. 

And for Nailah Ellis-Brown of Detroit, those dreams came true. 

She started selling her family's sweet tea out of her car, and ended up with a national deal with Sam's Club to sell her Ellis Island Tea.

A letter urging the governor to suppress the film
Michigan History Center

Nowadays, watching sports highlights is as easy as looking at your phone. But a century ago, not so much. 

In fact, more than 100 years ago, groups were urging the Governor of Michigan to suppress the showing of a film that recorded one of the biggest sporting events of the age. 

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Attorney General Bill Schuette has chosen former state representative Lisa Posthumus Lyons as his running mate.

The announcement was made in Grand Rapids this morning. It was the first of three events for the GOP gubernatorial candidate.

A living room, with a couch and a window, is shown with inches of mud piled on the carpet.
Kaye LaFond / Michigan Radio

In mid-June, massive floods devastated parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The situation has been declared an emergency by both the state and federal government.

This week, Bridge Magazine reporter Jim Malewitz did a deep dive into what the recovery looks like in the region nearly two months later.

Stateside 8.14.2018

Aug 15, 2018

Today on Stateside, a look at how the Upper Peninsula is recovering nearly two months after devestating floods in the region. Plus, how the blinking bugs in your yard helped change medical testing. 

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It’s time for another edition of Theater Talk with David Kiley, editor-in-chief of Encore MichiganKiley joined Stateside to preview and review plays opening around Michigan this month.

Kiley says the end of summer always seems to go too fast. Soon kids will be heading back to school, and families will be packing away their beach chairs.

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As you watch fireflies flit around your backyard at night, do you ever wonder, "How does that firefly do it? What makes him glow?" 

Kyle and Bryce at a library
Michigan Radio

  

Taking that first step down a career path can be daunting. It's like stepping into a world completely unknown. On the flip side, if you’ve been walking that road a long time, chances are you’ve learned a thing or two. 

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Courtesy of Grace French

Seven months ago, the world watched as dozens of survivors stood up in Michigan courtrooms to share their stories of abuse by the former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar.

One of those survivors, Amanda Thornashow, said to Nassar, “You didn’t realize you were building an army of survivors who see you for what you are: a sexual predator.”

Stateside 8.13.2018

Aug 13, 2018

Today on Stateside, Abdul El-Sayed sits down for his first interview after coming in second place in Michigan's Democratic gubernatorial primary. And, you're not imagining it — there are more fireflies than usual showing up in your backyard this summer. 

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From Ann Arbor to Grand Rapids, communities all across Michigan are paying more to recycle their trash. 

That’s thanks to a change in China’s stance on accepting recycling products from the U.S.  

Dar Baas, the director of the Kent County Department of Public Works, joined Stateside to talk to us about the financial impact this Chinese policy is having on operations there.

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