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Stateside: Beloved Detroit BBQ joint; Metro Times fiction edition; poet Tommye Blount

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With the long holiday weekend ahead, many of us are thinking about grilling and sharing a meal with loved one for the first time in more than a year. Today on Stateside, we start with food and drink. First, how one beloved Detroit barbecue joint has been surviving the COVID-19 pandemic. Then a contribution from the Cheers! team. Also, two writers discuss putting together a special fiction and poetry edition of the Detroit Metro Times. Plus, an award-winning poet reflects on exploring the nuances of love and pain for Black Americans.

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How legendary Eastern Market barbecue joint Bert’s Market Place has navigated the pandemic

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Stateside’s conversation with Jai-Lee Dearing

  • Jai-Lee Dearing is the manager of Bert's Market Place, a legendary barbecue and music joint in Eastern Market.

Cheers! Oberon in a riff on a Prohibition era cocktail

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Stateside's conversation with Lester Graham and Tammy Coxen

  • Lester Graham is a reporter at Michigan Radio and co-author of Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers.
  • Tammy Coxen is a mixologist and co-author of Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers.

Detroit Metro Times 2021 fiction and poetry edition

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Stateside’s conversation with Drew Philp and Nandi Comer

  • Drew Philp is a writer and editor of the Detroit Metro Times Fiction Issue.
  • Nandi Comer is a poet and deputy editor of the Detroit Metro Times Fiction Issue.

Poet Tommye Blount’s new book mines the nuance of queer Black life in Detroit and white America

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Stateside’s conversation with Tommye Blount

  • Tommye Blount is a poet and author of Fantasia for the Man in Blue, which was a finalist for the National Book Award 2020 in poetry.
  • This segment originally aired April 13, 2021.
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