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Stateside: MDHHS director on COVID-19 surge; vaccine production in MI; pandemic holiday etiquette

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Michigan could play a key role in getting some of the most promising COVID-19 vaccines to market.

Today on Stateside, we check in with the director of Michigan’s department of Health and Human Services in light of the new COVID-19 orders going into effect Wednesday. We'll also hear about how Native Americans in nineteenth century Michigan were at the forefront of the fight for equal voting rights in the state. Plus, a conversation about how to have awkward conversations surrounding your Thanksgiving plans (or lack thereof).

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

MDHHS director on new COVID restrictions: “Epidemics are not new, and responses like this are not new.”

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Stateside’s conversation with Robert Gordon

  • Robert Gordon is the director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. 

Some COVID-19 vaccines will be manufactured in Michigan. Here’s how it’s done.

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Stateside’s conversation with Karen Bouffard

  • Karen Bouffard is a health reporter with the Detroit News.

Michigan’s tribal nations were on the forefront of the fight for equal voting rights

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Stateside’s conversation with Eric Hemenway

  • Eric Hemenway is the director of archives and records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians and member of the Michigan Historical Commission. 

From Zoom calls to green bean casserole, your guide to a pandemic Thanksgiving

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Stateside’s conversation with Alex Beggs

  • Alex Beggs is a senior staff writer for Bon Appétit.

Antrim County became the focus of election night conspiracy. Here’s what really went wrong.

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Kaye LaFond reports

  • Kaye LaFond is a data journalist and Report for America fellow at the Traverse City Record Eagle.
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