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Stateside: Some workers wary of reopening; covering COVID-19 and protests as a black journalist

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Bartender Gabrielle Bussell discussed how physical distancing might be hard in a bar or restaurant. “We often have to deal with drunk and disorderly customers and people who want to get up in your face,” she said.";s:

Today on Stateside, more Michigan businesses reopen, including some bars and restaurants. A bartender weighs in on some service industry workers’ concerns. Also, two Black American journalists discuss covering protests against police brutality, during a pandemic, in a field dominated by white reporters and editors. Plus, an artist collective based up north relaunches.

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

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Stateside’s conversation with Gabrielle Bussell

As restaurants and bars reopen, some workers wonder if it’s too soon to be safe 

  • Gabrielle Bussell is a bartender at Arbor Brewing Company in downtown Ann Arbor.

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Stateside’s conversation with Seth Bernard

Earthwork Music Collective relaunches with new mission, new music

  • Seth Bernard is the founder of the Earthwork Music artist collective.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

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Stateside’s conversation with Kat Stafford and Ken Coleman

The importance, and dearth, of black journalists is amplified right now

  • Kat Stafford is a national race and ethnicity writer for the Associated Press.
  • Ken Coleman is an author and writer for Michigan Advance.

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