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Stateside: Iraqi detainees released; Mackinac tunnel plan moves ahead; ads in kids’ apps

Dec 19, 2018

Today on Stateside, a West Bloomfield resident who was one of some 1,400 Iraqi immigrants to be rounded up and detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement last year talks about his experience in federal custody. Plus, a pediatrician at the University of Michigan shares her research into how advertisers target children in popular smartphone apps marketed towards kids. 

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

Lead plaintiff in Iraqi deportation case: “We deserve a second chance, and this is the country to give it to us.”

  • Last month, a federal judge ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release nearly 100 Iraqi immigrants it had kept in detention since the summer of 2017. Usama Hamama of West Bloomfield, also known as “Sam,” is the lead plaintiff in the case that led to that order. Hamama joined Stateside to talk about his experience being detained for eight months, how it affected his family, and what he wants people to understand about what he and the other Iraqi detainees went through.

Kids leave this Flint doctor’s office with a prescription for fruits and veggies

  • Michigan State University professor Amy Saxe-Custack is the Nutrition Director of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative, a program at Flint’s Hurley Hospital Children’s Center where patients and parents leave with an unusual prescription — one that calls for more fruits and vegetables. She breaks down the mission of the initiative, how it encourages parents to go about filling their “prescription,” and the response her team is getting from families so far.

Governor Snyder’s Line 5 tunnel plan is moving at “warp speed”

  • Today marks the first meeting of the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority, the body set up to oversee construction of a controversial tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac. Kyle Melinn is editor of MIRS, a news service that covers state government. He explains why two of the three members of the authority have already resigned, and talks about the politics behind Governor Snyder's approach to the controversial Line 5 tunnel. 

The hidden, manipulative advertising in your kid’s favorite apps

  • Jenny Radesky is a pediatrician at the University of Michigan. After she and her team decided to study popular children’s apps, they discovered some troubling information about the advertisements embedded within those apps. Radesky shares some of the key findings of her research, and gives her advice for parents about how to manage kids' time with technology.

It’s Christmas all year long in this Upper Peninsula town

  • With the holidays nearly upon us, we turned to Michigan History Center State Archivist Mark Harvey to talk about an Upper Peninsula town where it’s Christmas all year round. He tells us how Christmas, Michigan got its name, and whether or not its residents are privy to more Santa sightings than the rest of us. 

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