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Conversations about what matters in Michigan.

Stateside covers a wide range of Michigan news and policy issues — as well as culture and lifestyle stories. In keeping with Michigan Radio’s broad coverage across southern Michigan, Stateside focuses on topics and events that matter to people all across the state. Stateside is hosted by Cynthia Canty (Mon-Thu) and Lester Graham (Fri). 

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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.

Demand to kill cormorants grows in Great Lakes

Aug 15, 2018
Cormorant drying its wings on the wreck of the Francisco Morazan off South Manitou Island.
Sam Corden

There are renewed calls to kill cormorants in the Great Lakes. There are far fewer of these migratory birds left in the region after years of lethal control. But anglers and some congressmen say there are still too many and they eat too many fish. Conflict with these waterbirds is longstanding in coastal communtities where fishing is important and the birds nest by the hundreds or even thousands.

In 2004, there were almost 1,800 double-crested cormorant nests on Goose Island, a strip of land in northern Lake Huron about 500 feet wide and less than a mile long.

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.

Ruby red theater curtains with lights
Vitor Torres / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

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.

firefly
terry priest / FLICKR - HTTP://J.MP/1SPGCL0

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. 

grace french in front of white house
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.”

Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Many cultures use storytelling as a way to pass down their history and heritage.

Native American cultures are known for their rich oral traditions. So here's one to consider. 

Have you heard of the term counting coup?

recycle cone
Ben Simo / FLICKR - HTTP://J.MP/1SPGCL0

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.

Abdul El-Sayed
Jodi Westrick / Michigan Radio

It's been 534 days since Abdul El-Sayed announced his candidacy for the governor of Michigan. It's been nearly a week since he finished second in the primary to Gretchen Whitmer.

As a candidate, El-Sayed rallied many younger, progressive voters with his promise to establish a single-payer healthcare system, and his refusal to take corporate money in an effort to keep dark money out of politics, among others.

Firefly or lightning bug on a flower
Radim Schreiber

Does it feel like you've seen a burst of fireflies this summer? You probably have!

This year will go down as a "firefly boom," not just here in Michigan, but across the country. 

Derek Smith
Sarah Leeson / Michigan Radio

When you think of a mandolin, you may think of Europe during the Renaissance or bluegrass music from the South. But it turns out the mandolin actually has roots right here in Michigan.

This past weekend, mandolin enthusiasts descended on Marshall, Michigan for the Marshall Mandolin Summit. Visitors spent the weekend sharing their love for the instrument and learning under world-renowned mandolin players like Don Julin, author of Mandolin for Dummiesand Mike Marshall (no relation to the town).

statue of Robert E. Lee atop a horse
Public Domain

One year after the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, another white nationalist rally will be held this weekend in Washington D.C.

Filmmaker Deeyah Khan was at the Charlottesville rally and walked with the white nationalists. She was embedded with the National Socialist Movement – neo-Nazis – while filming portions of her documentary, White Right: Meeting the Enemy, which is now available on Netflix.

Rick Snyder, Bill Schuette, Brian Calley headshots
michigan.gov

On August 7, Attorney General Bill Schuette won the four-way race to be the gubernatorial candidate for the Republicans.

The following day, there was a unity rally in Grand Rapids in an effort to bring the party together after a fractious primary race.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, the leading opponent in the primary race, showed up to offer his endorsement. Schuette’s team declined his offer.

Detroit Athletic Club
Michael Hodges

The Detroit skyline and the University of Michigan would not be the same if it weren’t for the work of one of Detroit’s most famous architects, Albert Kahn. Kahn also played a large role in the development of the Soviet Union in the early twentieth century.

Michael Hodges, a fine arts writer for the Detroit News, joined Stateside to discuss his new book, Building the Modern World: Albert Kahn in Detroit.

Capitol Building in Lansing, MI
Matthileo / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

It’s Friday and that means it’s time to take a look at the week in politics with our favorite commentators.

Ken Sikkema is Senior Policy Fellow with Public Sector Consultants and the former Republican majority leader in the state Senate. Vicki Barnett is a former mayor of Farmington Hills and a former Democratic legislator.

On the agenda for today's roundup is the  results of Tuesday’s primary, and a look at how the winning candidates will choose their second-in-command.

milk
Guy Montag / Creative Commons

There’s a new $555 million dairy processing plant planned for St. Johns, north of Lansing.

The Lansing State Journal reports economic development types were calling it:

“A huge deal not only for the region but for the state overall," and "a new level of ag tech production that’s going to enormously impact the entire dairy ecosystem of the whole state.”

Christopher Wolf is a professor in the Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics department at Michigan State University. He joined Stateside to give us some insight into the new facility.

Interlochen Center for the Arts

At the Library of Congress later this month, five teenagers from across the country will be honored as National Student Poets.

Among those five is Darius Atefat-Peckham, a senior at Interlochen Arts Academy.

two wild turkeys in Clyde Township, Michigan
Matthew Gordon / Wikimedia Commons / http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

Continuing our look at conservation and restoration efforts paying off: animal species here in Michigan that were threatened – but are now coming back.

Today: the wild turkey!

Al Stewart, a wildlife biologist, upland game bird specialist at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, joined Stateside to discuss how wild turkeys have become the “poster child for the comeback of wild species.”

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The state reviewed another round of medical marijuana licenses on Thursday. The new licensing process comes out of laws passed in 2016 meant to better regulate the medical marijuana industry.

Michael Pedrosi is managing partner of Capital Transport, LLC, a secure transporter of medical marijuana. The company’s license was approved in July during the first state review of pre-qualified applicants. He joined Stateside to discuss the nascent industry and his expectations moving forward.

group of people at table with laptops
rawpixel / Unsplash

It's been called a "blockbuster acquisition."

Cisco Systems recently announced its intent to buy the Ann Arbor-based company Duo Security for $2.35 billion. The company was valued at half that amount just nine months ago.

Duo Security is a company that began as an Ann Arbor startup backed by venture capital investors. It provides clients like Facebook, Etsy, Yelp, and Zillow with cloud-based computer security.

James Sofranko dancing
Erik Tomasson

James Sofranko has spent decades dancing on stages from Florida to New York to San Francisco.

After growing up in Cincinnati, he went on to study at Juliard. He's trained with dance legends, some of them students of the iconic dancer and coreographer Martha Graham.

Now, after 18 years with the San Francisco Ballet, James is returning to the Midwest. He officially began his position as artistic director with the Grand Rapids Ballet on July 1.

perseid meteor shower in New Mexico, 2013
Mike Lewinski / Flickr - http://j.mp/1SPGCl0

The Perseids are coming!

North America's favorite meteor shower will be most visible to Michigan stargazers on August 11, 12, and 13.

The biggest question is: will the weather be on our side for this celestial show?

rashida tlaib
RASHIDA TLAIB FOR CONGRESS / VIA TWITTER

She made history in Michigan as the first Muslim woman to serve in the Michigan Legislature.

Now, Rashida Tlaib will become the first Muslim woman in Congress.

On Tuesday, August 7, Tlaib won the primary race to fill the 13th District seat, formerly held by U.S. Congressman John Conyers.

Tlaib joined Stateside to talk about her historic win and what she wants to accomplish. 

A screenshot from the Get Up North app with a car driving on a snowy road, avoiding a deer and a pothole
Joey Stinson

Some video games take you to outer space. Others take you back in time.

Now there's an app that keeps you right here in Michigan, doing something we all know all too well: getting ourselves up North while avoiding a seemingly infinite number of potholes. 

ballot
Emma Winowiecki / Michigan Radio

Now that the primary elections have shaken out the winners and the losers, the victorious candidates are turning their attention to the November general election.

Which means it's already time to talk strategies, campaign messages, and running mates.

woodcut of le griffon
Wikimedia Commons / HTTP://J.MP/1SPGCL0

Today, we’re taking you way back to the summer of 1679. It was on this Friday, 339 years ago, that the French ship Le Griffon appeared on the Detroit River.

It was the first large scale, European style sailing ship to reach the shores of what would eventually become Michigan.

Diners at a table
Courtesy of Valaurian Waller / https://www.picvwdetroit.com/

From Yemeni lamb to Polish perogies, metro Detroit is home to a rich variety of international cuisines. But there's one cuisine that's a little harder to find here in Michigan: Filipino food.

Dorothy Hernandez is trying to change that with Sarap Detroit. The pop-up restaurant holds events all around metro Detroit, where diners can experience Filipino-inspired farm-to-table food.

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