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Stateside: Lame duck in Lansing; restoring the arctic grayling; vaccine hesitancy and misinformation

Today on Stateside, old tensions between Governor Whitmer and state legislative leaders flared during the lame-duck session. Plus, a conversation with the author of the satirical novel The Great American Cheese War about its eerie parallels with some of 2020’s biggest stories. And, we talk more about the vaccines and how distribution is going in Michigan. 

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COVID relief, criminal justice reform, and other lame-duck session takeaways

Stateside’s conversation with Lauren Gibbons and Zach Gorchow

  • Lauren Gibbons is a politics and policy reporter for MLive.
  • Zach Gorchow is the executive editor and publisher of Gongwer Michigan.

Michigan author predicted some of 2020's biggest stories in a satiracl novel written years before

Stateside’s conversation with Paul Flower

  • Paul Flower is the author of The Great American Cheese War. He lives in Kentwood, Michigan.

A once-bountiful fish was wiped out of Michigan. Now, researchers think they can bring it back.

Lexi Krupp reports

  • Lexi Krupp is a reporter for Interlochen Public Radio.

What you should know about the COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Stateside's conversation with Robin Erb and Arnold Monto


  • Robin Erb is a health reporter with Bridge Michigan. 
  • Dr. Arnold Monto is a leading epidemiologist at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. He is also the acting chair of the FDA’s Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee.
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