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Politics & Government

Stateside for Wednesday, July 8, 2015

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Today on Stateside:

  • People can be really bad at talking to veterans. We thank them for their service, but then what? As part of our series “Beyond the Battlefield,” we talk with a number of vets about those interactions, and find out how civilians can do better.
  • Since 2009, when a wrecking ball finally took down Tiger Stadium, volunteers calling themselves The Navin Field Grounds Crew has maintained the field. Now they fear that the field’s grass may be replaced with artificial turf.
  • In 1960, Ernie Harwell became the voice of the Detroit Tigers. In September 2009, as he battled cancer, he made his final bow at Comerica Park. Mitch Albom’s play, “Ernie,” is opening tomorrow, July 9, for a fifth and final season at the City Theatre in downtown Detroit.
  • A new coalition of conservative and progressive groups is joining forces to push back against civil asset foreclosure. Holly Harris is with Fix Forfeiture, and she joins us to talk about their goals in Michigan.
  • Mike Ellison is a hip-hop artist and poet working in Detroit. He was born in Ethiopia, grew up in Virginia, and today he sits down to talk with us about how he translates his background and music into tools for education and community outreach.