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Stateside: Lawmakers’ return to school bills; driving while Black; escape with a frozen cocktail

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As the start of a new academic year approaches and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, state lawmakers are seeking to compromise on back-to-school bills.

Today on Stateside, the Michigan Senate will meet in a special Saturday session this weekend to make recommendations for school reopenings. We hear from two reporters about what factors lawmakers are considering as they plan for what a return to the classroom could look like this fall. Plus, a Detroit-born journalist discusses how racial profiling and police brutality complicated his relationship with the cars he grew up loving. 

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MI Senate to consider school reopening bills in rare Saturday session

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Kevin Lavery's feature for WKAR

  • Kevin Lavery is a reporter for WKAR.

State lawmakers make moves toward compromise on a package of school reopening bills

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Stateside’s conversation with Lauren Gibbons

  • Lauren Gibbons is a political reporter for MLive.

How black pioneers built lives in Michigan before the state was founded

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Stateside’s conversation with Anna-Lisa Cox and Angelica Roberts

  • Anna-Lisa Cox is a historian based in West Michigan and a non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. She’s the author of The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America’s Forgotten Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality.
  • Angelica Roberts is an artist in Kalamazoo County.

For Black drivers, cars can be both a source of pride and apprehension

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Stateside’s conversation with Ron Stodghill

  • Ron Stodghill, is an award-winning journalist and professor at the University of Missouri. He grew up in Detroit and recently wrote a piece for the New York Times title “Black Behind the Wheel,” that explores how the fear of racial violence changed his relationship to cars. 

Cheers! Making a frozen daiquiri at home

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Stateside’s conversation with Tammy Coxen and Lester Graham

  • Tammy Coxen is a mixologist and co-author of Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distilleries.
  • Lester Graham is a reporter at Michigan Radio and Coxen’s co-author.
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