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In recent months, the State of Michigan has found several places where drinking water and fish are contaminated by a class of chemicals called PFAS, or poly and perfluoroalkyl substances.PFAS is a family of chemicals that can be found in all sorts of products. But what are the lingering effects of PFAS on our health and the environment?

Stateside: MI’s special education failure; your PFAS questions; improving cancer treatment for kids

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A recent report named Michigan as the only state in need of federal intervention due to its failture to meet national special education guidelines.

Today on Stateside, a conversation about the dismal state of special education in Michigan in light of a recent report that names it as the only state in need of federal intervention to help improve special education curriculum. Plus, an environmental health expert talks about the potential health risks associated with PFAS exposure. 

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

Advocates to rally at Capitol over state’s poor performance in special education

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Stateside's conversation with Mark McWilliams, an attorney with Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services

  • Mark McWilliams, an attorney with Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services, talks about the most pressing issues for Michigan students with special needs and how we can help hold the state accountable for the poor quality of special education in Michigan. 

Imported crystal meth now a 'crisis' in Michigan

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Interlochen Public Radio's Aaron Selbig story on meth use in Michigan.

  • Interlochen Public Radio's Aaron Selbig on the resurgence of methamphetamine use throughout the state. You can find Selbig's whole story here

New website is “where the sharing economy meets the arts”

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Stateside's conversation with Aaron Dworkin, founder and president of ArtsShare and professor at the University of Michigan

  • Aaron Dworkin, founder and director of ArtsShare, talks about the online platform he built that seeks to connect people through the arts. 

West Michigan Mixtape: Under the radar singer-songwriter, atmospheric” folk-rock,” and Christian rap

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Stateside's conversation with John Sinkevics, editor and publisher of "Local Spins"

  • Local Spins editor John Sinkevics on new folk-rock band "Big Dudee Roo's" new EP, Grand Rapids singer-songwriter Ford Turrell's latest album, and the national attention being garnered by Christian rapper and Grand Rapids native Steven Malcolm. 

How does PFAS impact your health?

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Stateside's conversation with Dr. Courtney Carignan, an environmental exposure scientist and epidemiologst at Michigan State Univeristy's Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.

  • Courtney Carignan, an environmental exposure scientist and epidemiologist at Michigan State University, discusses the potential health effects of PFAS exposure. 

Michigan doctor helps craft federal law to improve cancer treatment for children

 

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Stateside's conversation with ?David Dickens, a pediatric oncologist at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids.

  • Pediatric oncologist David Dickens talks about the goals, limitations, and priorities of the "Childhood Cancer Survivorship, Treatment, Access and Research Act" (STAR) that President Trump signed into law earlier this summer. 

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