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Stateside: GRPS back for in-person school; Black Great Lakes sailors; Line 5 and climate change

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Today on Stateside, Grand Rapids public schools are back in the classroom. The district’s superintendent discusses the return to in-person learning. Also, writer Rochelle Riley tells us about her new book, which features children dressed up as iconic and influential Black Americans. Plus, a look at the history of Black sailors on the Great Lakes.

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

After months of online learning, Grand Rapids Public Schools welcomes kids back to the classroom

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Stateside’s conversation with Leadriane Roby

  • Leadriane Roby is the superintendent of Grand Rapids Public Schools.

The forgotten sea shanties of Black Great Lakes sailors

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Stateside’s conversation with Jillian Reese

  • Jillian Reese is Curator of Exhibits for the Michigan History Center.

Should future plans for Line 5 consider climate change?

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Lexi Krupp’s feature for Interlochen Public Radio

  • Lexi Krupp is a science and conservation reporter for Interlochen Public Radio.

New book views Black history through a child’s face

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Stateside’s conversation with Rochelle Riley

  • Rochelle Riley is the Director of Arts and Culture for the city of Detroit and a former columnist for the Detroit Free Press. She’s also co-creator of the new book That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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