Stateside: Nassar scandal not over at MSU; cities and climate change; origin of Detroit style pizza
Today on Stateside, what does the resignation of a member of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees mean for the university moving forward? Plus, how Kalamazoo and other cities are preparing for, and trying to mitigate, the impacts of climate change.
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Nassar abuse scandal not over at MSU as trustee resigns, and former president Simon is ordered to stand trial
- On Monday, Michigan State University Board of Trustees member Nancy Schlichting announced her resignation after less than a year of serving on the board. David Jesse covers higher education for the Detroit Free Press. He explained how the board's recent decision not to pursue an independent review of the Nassar scandal contributed to Schlichting’s decision, why she was upset with board chair Dianne Byrum’s leadership, and what type of person Governor Whitmer may be looking for to replace Schlichting.
- Northern Michigan’s iconic cherry industry is stuck in the middle of trade tensions between the United States and global trade partners like Turkey. Tart cherry farmers have been undercut by foreign competitors for years. Those farmers hoped that tariffs implemented by the Trump administration would help, but so far, they haven’t. Interlochen Public Radio’s Max Johnston brought us this story.
- Scientists still aren’t sure why women are diagnosed with depression nearly twice as often as men. But researchers at Michigan State University have made a discovery about the brains of female mice that could help explain the disparity. Michigan Radio’s Kate Wells found that it’s one of many recent studies that show how little we know about sex differences in disease.
Theater Talk: A trio of popular musicals, and the theater of the absurd in Flint
- As we close out October and say goodbye to Halloween theater shows like Dracula and Frankenstein, there are plenty of great productions to look forward to in November. Encore Michigan editor-in-chief David Kiley told us which shows to keep an eye out for, including Les Miserables at the Wharton Center in East Lansing, Hello Dolly at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit, The Chairs at the Flint Repertory Theatre and the Joffrey Ballet is performing Beyond The Shore at the Michigan Opera Theatre in Detroit.
- Halloween is one of the busiest pizza delivery nights of the year. If you're having people over after trick-or-treating, there's a good chance you’ll be ordering a rectangular deep-dish for delivery. That style of pizza—with the cheese pushed to the edges, forming a caramelized crust—originated in Detroit, and it's becoming popular in culinary scenes across the country. Stateside sent a team to the original Buddy’s Pizza restaurant in Detroit to hear from former busboy and current chief brand officer Wes Pikula about how “Detroit style" pizza came to be.
Kalamazoo joins growing number of cities tackling global climate change at the local level
- The International Panel on Climate Change has called for rapid, far-reaching, and unprecedented social changes to combat climate change. Last week, the city of Kalamazoo declared a climate emergency as a prompt for putting together a climate action plan. David Anderson is a city commissioner in Kalamazoo. He walked us through what the city is doing on climate change, and how citizens are helping design Kalamazoo's climate action plan.
- Maria Lemos is a professor at the University of Michigan’s School for Environment and Sustainability. She explained how individual communities can play a large role in combating climate change, and why being proactive about mitigating climate change can reduce the need for costly adaptation measures in cities.