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Stateside: Overwhelmed unemployment system; The War and Treaty; food of the African diaspora

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Today on Stateside, frustrated Michiganders try to navigate an unemployment system overwhelmed by pandemic job losses. Plus, a Detroit festival celebrates the food of the African diaspora.

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

Laid-off Michiganders navigate an unemployment system overwhelmed by pandemic job loss

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Stateside’s conversation with Sarah Alvarez

  • Sarah Alvarez is the founder and executive editor of Outlier Media. You can read her piece on issues with the state's unemployment insurance system here.

The War and Treaty’s new album provides sonic comfort for a chaotic year

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Stateside’s conversation with Michael Trotter and Tanya Blount Trotter

  • Michael Trotter and Tanya Blount Trotter perform as The War and Treaty. Their latest album is Hearts Town.

Detroit festival spotlights the rich history, flavor of food from the African diaspora

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Stateside’s conversation with Raphael Wright, Jermond Booze, and Ryan Eli Slater

  • Raphael Wright is a co-founder of Taste the Diaspora. He also owns Urban Plug L3C, which starts and owns businesses dedicated to improving Detroit’s urban neighborhoods.
  • Jermond Booze is a co-founder of Taste the Diaspora.  He is also a chef and consultant for local start up grocery stores throughout Detroit.
  • Ryan Eli Slater is a chef and owner of Salt + Ko, a hospitality company.
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