Stateside: Lawmakers’ return to school bills; driving while Black; escape with a frozen cocktail
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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- Kevin Lavery is a reporter for WKAR.
State lawmakers make moves toward compromise on a package of school reopening bills
- Lauren Gibbons is a political reporter for MLive.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.