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If you use a Google Home device to stream Michigan Radio, you may have noticed that the stream doesn't always play correctly. It also now says "from TuneIn" after it tells you it's playing Michigan Radio - that is a new, but normal, behavior.

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Hey there!

Are you having what appears to be buffering issues with the live stream on the Michigan Radio app? Due to an Android update, the stream volume will default to "0," which then causes the stream to stop playing, or appear to buffer. 

Please check to make sure the volume on the app is set to a level more than 0 (or mute). You may need to touch the little speaker icon next to the play button in order to ensure it's on. The icon should be blue in color, not gray. 

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The latest operating system update for Apple devices are causing known issues with audio files playing within the Safari browser. This does not impact the live stream.

For users who access michiganradio.org via a Safari browser, you will find that clicking play on audio files within web posts will not work. Audio will not play. 

This evening, our online webstream will be down for maintenance beginning at 10 p.m. We don't expect it to be out for more than an hour. Thanks for your patience! 

Emma Winowiecki

Minutes is a new project at Michigan Radio to help keep track of what's happening at local government meetings throughout the state. As part of the project, we're providing podcast feeds so you can subscribe and listen to public meetings in your city. Check the list below to find your city, and click the link to listen or subscribe.

If you have problems with any of the podcasts, or you just want to give your feedback, you can email our team at minutes@michiganradio.org. We’d love to hear from you.

We sent out a notification earlier today asking you to uninstall and reinstall your Michigan Radio app. We were premature in asking you do so as an update to fix this issue has not yet been approved by Apple.

We made an update to the Michigan Radio app earlier today to improve some things within the interface. Unfortunately, this change somehow impacted the app icon only on iPad devices.

It is safe to use the app during this time.

We're working to correct this issue and we appreciate your patience. 


Michigan Radio

On March 10th, 2020, the night of the state’s primary election, much of the Michigan Radio news team was already working late in the newsroom when Governor Gretchen Whitmer held a press conference to announce the state’s first confirmed cases of COVID-19. The news team suddenly had to grapple with a virus that quickly raged out of control and within weeks, drove Michigan to near the top of the list of hardest hit states in the country for COVID. Here's a sample of the many stories we reported in 2020.

Kids These Days

Dec 1, 2020

This audio includes excerpts from three episodes from Michigan Radio's limited run series, Kids These Days. Reporters take a look into racism and protest, the realities of anxiety, and first kisses stories that mean a lot more than just a kiss. The final piece of audio is the entire series’ credits.

Timing breakdown:

00:00 - Episode 1, Race

15:15 - Episode 3, Anxiety

22:18 - Episode 5, Teen Life

28:47 - Credits

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Chettara T. Photography

Do you ever feel like you’re just…overwhelmed by the headlines? Those almost constant news alerts?

You are not alone. 

Our daily Stateside podcast, hosted by April Baer, is here to cut through the noise with conversations that matter to Michigan. 

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Vice President Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are debating in Salt Lake City. Their only face-off of the 2020 campaign comes with a wave of uncertainty with President Trump undergoing treatment for COVID-19. Follow live updates and fact-checks on the debate.

Be Informed

Oct 7, 2020

Thanks for checking out Michigan Radio, Michigan's NPR News Leader. Michigan Radio is a listener supported, non-commercial news source that provides statewide, national and international news and information 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Click below to listen.   

With so much happening around us, it’s easy to overlook today's true heroes of public journalism: you. Your support makes Michigan Radio possible.

We are witnessing history right now. A global pandemic, a contentious election just weeks away, nationwide demonstrations against racial injustice, and an economic crisis that is leaving many unsure of their future.

Michigan Radio’s Statement on Diversity begins with a direct acknowledgement that increasing diversity is an existential question for the station. Our future success depends on how well we are able to grow and diversify our audience, our news sources and our own staff.

As one of many steps we are taking, we have committed to publishing an annual report on the demographic composition of station staff. This post represents the first of these reports.

If you or someone you know is facing immediate harm because of suicidal or homicidal thoughts or actions, please get help now:

teenage hosts of the kids these days podcast
Katie Raymond / Michigan Radio

Teenagers. Always on their phones (but don’t know how to make a phone call). Endlessly curating their identities on Instagram. Unprepared for “the real world.” These are some of the stereotypes of Generation Z. But are they accurate? What are young people really thinking about, laughing about, and stressing about right now?

For nearly three months, our team of reporters, producers, hosts, engineers, and more have been working to bring you the news you rely on without interruption. Keeping you informed during the COVID-19 pandemic by bringing you breaking news, thorough analysis, and stories from the frontline has been our number one priority during this challenging time.


We're all adapting to this "new normal," and for our staff of reporters, producers, and hosts, it means discovering new ways to report news from across the state and from the frontlines - sometimes from your closet or with a new cat coworker. Trusted news coverage and thorough, accurate reporting are more important than ever.