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Stateside: Soybean farmer on trade war; Dirt City Sanctuary; solutions to teacher shortage

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How does President Trump's trade war with China affect Michigan's soybean farmers?

Today on Stateside, we hear from a Michigan soybean farmer on how President Trump's escalating trade war with China is projected to affect the state's agriculture producers. Plus, Stateside's education commentator Matinga Ragatz weighs in on the teacher shortage crisis facing Michigan schools. 

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

Michigan soybean farmer: Aid from federal government a “band-aid package”

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Stateside’s conversation with Jim Domagalski, a soybean farmer in St. Clair County

  •   Soybean farmer Jim Domagalski discusses how the Trump administration's $250 billion tariffs imposed on China will affect the price and demand of soybeans in Michigan. 

Medical historian Dr. Howard Markel reflects on the life of acclaimed composer George Gershwin

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Stateside’s conversation with University of Michigan medical historian and PBS contributor Dr. Howard Markel

  •   UM medical historian Dr. Howard Markel talks about the life and death of George Gershwin, a celebrated early-20th-century composer who died of brain cancer at the age of 38. 

Ragatz: the long-term solution to Michigan's teacher shortage is more respect for the profession

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Stateside’s conversation with new education commentator Matinga Ragatz

  • Matinga Ragatz, Stateside’s new education commentator, shares her take on why Michigan teachers are leaving schools, the merit of "alternative certification" as a short-term solution to the problem, and the students that this shortage is affecting most. 

Finding a community helped West Michigan man kick addiction. Now, he’s helping others do the same.

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Stateside's conversation with Tyler Trowbridge, Stacy Peck, and Wendy Botts, the founders of Dirt City Sanctuary (extended conversation)

  •  Tyler Trowbridge, Stacy Peck, and Wendy Botts discuss the path that led them to conceive Dirt City Sanctuary, a community-based residential recovery facility for people struggling with addiction. (Originally aired June 18, 2018)

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