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Stateside: Rep. Upton on shutdown, EPA; the UP’s humongous fungus; Henry Ford’s anti-Semitism

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Today on Stateside, we talk to a biologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration about the aftermath of the partial government shutdown. Plus, Rep. Fred Upton, R, explains why the EPA needs to set PFAS standards for drinking water. 

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

NOAA employees suspicious of another shutdown, but glad to be back at work


Stateside’s conversation with Dave Fanslow

  • From coast-to-coast, government workers are back on the job, taking down old holiday decorations, blowing dust off their desks and, in many cases, wading through thousands of emails that stacked up during the 35-day partial government shutdown.
  • Among those 800-thousand employees finally back on the job is biologist Dave Fanslow. He's with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, working in its Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory in Ann Arbor and President of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3908. We talk to him today on Stateside to get a taste of what these first days back on the job are like.

In unprecedented move, regulators prohibit Consumers Energy from spending on political advocacy



Stateside’s conversation with Tracy Samilton

  • Consumers’ Energy has been coming under fire in recent years for the amount of money it spent to influence Michigan politics. Now, in an unprecedented move, the Michigan Public Service Commission is reining in the utility company’s political spending, at least temporarily.
  • Michigan Radio’s Tracy Samilton joins Stateside today to bring us up to speed on this story.

Henry Ford’s anti-Semitic views still fueling hate groups today


Stateside’s conversation with Bill McGraw

  • He ushered in the five-dollar workday, the auto assembly line, and the Model T.  One hundred years ago this month, Henry Ford also bought his hometown paper, the Dearborn Independent. As journalist Bill McGraw spells out in a story for Deadline Detroit, Ford used his newspaper as a platform for his anti-Semitic attacks. He joins Stateside today to explain the influence Ford had through that newspaper, and how he continues to influence white supremacist ideolody today.

Holland teen copes with anxiety by turning her "mental monsters" into art



The third story in our Creating Connection series

  • Our Creating Connection Michigan series explores art's ability to connect us to ourselves and to each other. In this story, our fourth installment in the series, we hear from sixteen-year-old Kat, who's part of an art and design program called CultureWorks. Kat explains how art has helped her cope with anxiety and her "mental monsters."

There’s a 2,500-year-old fungus lurking underground in the U.P.



Stateside’s conversation with Johann Bruhn

  • In the Upper Peninsula there’s a giant fungus living underground that is really old, extremely large, and incredibly heavy. Its low mutation rate has intrigued researchers. 
  • We find out more about this humongous fungus as we welcome Johann Bruhn to Stateside. He is professor emeritus of plant sciences at the University of Missouri at Columbia.

Rep. Upton: EPA needs to do its job and set PFAS standards for drinking water



Stateside’s conversation with Fred Upton

  • The partial government shutdown is finally over. Bills being put forth by both Democrats and Republicans seek to ensure that another partial shutdown never happens again. Rep. Fred Upton, R, joins Stateside today to explain what he thinks the partial shutdown accomplished, and why he voted to end it. He also explains why the EPA needs to set PFAS standards for drinking water. 

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