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Stateside: Detroit starts summer school; from virus to artwork; how systemic racism hurts Black kids

Illustration of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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What's behind the visual representation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19? Stateside spoke with Deborah Gumucio, director of the BioArtography Project, about how scientists and artists depict microorganisms.

Today on Stateside, summer school started for students in Detroit. We check in with the superintendent of schools in the city to find out how summer instruction will work, as well as the district’s plans for the fall. Also, a parent reflects on how systemic racism in the U.S. demands that Black children grow up far too fast. Plus, the COVID-19 virus image as an artifact of design.

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Detroit starts summer school amid COVID controversy

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Stateside's conversation with Nikolai Vitti

  • Dr. Nikolai Vitti is Superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District.

How scientists and artists turn microscopic organisms into striking works of art

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Stateside’s conversation with Deborah Gumucio

  • Deborah Gumucio is Professor Emerita of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Michigan and the director of the BioArtography Project.

Kids will be kids--unless they’re Black: How systemic racism shapes childhood for kids of color

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Stateside’s conversation with Des Cooper

  • Des Cooper is a 2015 Kresge Artist Fellow, Pulitzer-Prize nominated journalist, and writer.
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