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Stateside: Reimagining public space in Detroit; classical music, electrified; a summer spritz

Children on a swing set in Detroit's ella fitzgerald park
City of Detroit
Detroit's Ella Fitgerald Park was recently revamped as a part of the city's project "reimagining the civic commons."



Today on Stateside, the city of Detroit is making efforts to revitalize local neighborhoods by creating new public gathering spaces. Plus, a contemporary strings band is using new techniques to electrify all genres of music.


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


How Detroit is reimagining public spaces in the city’s neighborhoods



Stateside’s conversation with Maurice Cox

  • Detroit has been turning vacant lots into public parks as part of a revitalization effort that wants to reimagine public space in the city's neighborhoods. Maurice Cox, Detroit’s outgoing Director of Planning and Development Department, explains the city’s efforts.


Isle Royale residency gives writers a wilderness workspace free of modern interruptions



Stateside’s conversation with Keith Taylor

  • Writer and retired University of Michigan lecturer Keith Taylor has been living on Isle Royale as a part of the park’s artist-in-residence program. He talks to Stateside producer Laura Weber-Davis about the joys of living apart from technology and the modern world, and shares some poems he's written during his time on the island.


Contemporary duo The Moxie Strings update classical music with an electric sound



Stateside’s conversation with Diana Ladio and Allison Lynn

  • The contemporary strings duo The Moxie Strings has been electrifying classical music since 2007. Fiddler Diana Ladio and cellist Allison Lynn have recorded four albums and taught music clinics across the U.S. since meeting for the first time at a music camp in Howell. Ladio talks to Stateside’s Mercedes Mejia about making unique music across a variety of genres.


White police officers not more likely to shoot black unarmed citizens, says MSU study



Stateside's Lester Graham's conversation with Joe Cesario


  • Over the last several years, we’ve heard about many cases of white police officers shooting unarmed black citizens. A lot of debate has centered around what to do about it, but new research shows the premise of the debate is flawed. According to the study, white officers are not more likely to fatally shoot minority civilians compared to black or Hispanic officers.
  • One of the researchers, Joseph Cesario, is an associate professor of psychology at Michigan State University. He shares the surprising findings of the research, and explains what it might mean for police departments in the U.S.


Political roundup: Court decision leaves state and municipalities even more confused about revenue sharing



Stateside’s conversation with Brandon Dillon and Ken Sikkema

  • This week, a state appeals court ruled that the state of Michigan has not been paying local governments in the way that’s required by the state constitution. Lawyers and experts are sorting out exactly what this might mean for the state. 
  • Brandon Dillon is a former Democratic legislator and former Michigan Democratic Party chair. Ken Sikkema is Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants and a former Republican Majority Leader in the Michigan Senate. They explain why the ruling hasn't cleared much up for the state or local governments. 


Cheers! A bittersweet spritz for summer evenings



Listen to Tammy mix up an Alta Spritz


  • Stateside host Lester Graham and Tammy Coxen of Tammy’s Tastings whip up an Alta Spritz, a bittersweet break from super-sweet summer drinks

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