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Erin Allen

Producer, Stateside

Erin Allen comes to Michigan Radio as a new producer for the station’s Stateside show.  She is an experienced communicator driven by her curiosity about stories of people.

Since 2019, Erin has been the executive producer of the Detroit Podcast Festival which focuses on amplifying the stories and voices of Detroit. She also co-curates Radio Campfire,  a live listening event series featuring creative audio stories of all kinds. Erin has worked as a content producer at WDET public radio and has experience in radio and podcast production, as well as event organizing, managing and coordinating. 

She holds a BA in psychology from Grand Valley State University. 

  • In the wake of Tuesday's fatal shooting at Oxford High School, many distraught Michiganders are desperate for answers. A former school superintendent talks about managing community mental health response, and an expert weighs in on why these shootings happen.
  • Michigan is on pace to top the national record for COVID hospitalizations since the start of the pandemic. And Kent County may not have as many cases as, say, Oakland or Wayne County. But per capita, it is not far behind.
  • With recent COVID surges in the state, parents are uncertain about the future and school districts are grasping for solutions. We catch up with two Michigan parents, Arlyssa Heard and Caitlyn Perry Dial, about their children's experiences in school this year.
  • Today, we return to one of the most anticipated YA reads of the year. Firekeeper’s Daughter by Michigan’s Angeline Boulley is at once a a ripping thriller and a complex story of a girl finding her way in two cultures. Since our conversation in February, it hit the New York Times best-seller list.
  • Last week, Facebook announced it was changing its name to Meta, and Mark Zuckerberg talked about the rebrand in terms of the metaverse and the future of the internet. But what exactly is the metaverse, and will we have to be customers of Facebook — or Meta — to go there? Today, on Stateside, a media and information expert fills us in on some, sci-fi, social media and social equity points to think about.
  • There’s a house in Detroit that displays Halloween decorations year-round. Stateside’s Erin Allen takes us there.
  • Michigan’s Legislature is moving a package of bills designed to streamline operations for the state’s beleaguered childcare industry. Not only have day-to-day operations changed radically because of COVID, but the industry’s financial model has been thrown into chaos because of the statewide labor shortage. In this episode, you'll hear two perspectives on Michigan's childcare crisis.
  • With great bookshelves come great responsibilities. For writer and critic Douglas Wolk, that means consuming some 27,000 comic books – the entirety of Marvel Comics’ output spanning more than half a century. And he wrote a book about it: All of the Marvels published October 12.
  • From the Great Migration to the impact of the I-75 extension in Detroit, Black and Latinx Americans have seen many parallels through their decades in the city. Today, we talk about the history, development and gentrification of Southwest Detroit — Mexicantown, Corktown, and Delray.
  • Have you noticed a barrage of projectiles crashing down on your roof this fall? Much to the delight of squirrels, chipmunks and other creatures, 2021 has been a big year for acorns, walnuts and other fruit of Michigan trees. Today, a horticulturist talks about our unexpected bumper crops.