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Politics & Government

Stateside for Thursday, July 23, 2015

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Today on Stateside:

Fiat Chrysler is rushing to assure customers that it does have a software fix to prevent hacking into the Jeep Cherokee and other vehicles, as demonstrated for Wired by two hackers. Paul Eisenstein joins us to talk about this development.

Sometimes, complicated and costly isn't the best way to approach an engineering problem. Joe Kissling is part of the team that constructed the “Angel Arms Exoskeleton” to help a young girl suffering from spinal muscular atrophy.

What better way to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Great American Road trip than to recreate that first journey? Mark Gessler and Casey Maxon are venturing across the country in a restored 1915 Ford Model T touring car, following the tire tracks of 21-year-old Edsel Ford.

Detroit singer/songwriter Jill Jack has been making albums for more than two decades, won numerous music awards, and this year was named "Americana Songwriter of the Year" at the Detroit Music Awards. She joins us today to talk about The Ark, her latest music, and how giving up playing at bars actually helped her career.

It’s official: Wayne County is in a state of financial crisis. The Detroit News’ Daniel Howes has advice for the county commissioners and its executive: learn from Detroit.

It was 100 years ago this week when the steamer Eastland capsized at its dock in the Chicago River. Eight hundred forty-four passengers died in that disaster. Caitlyn Perry Dial is a doctoral candidate in history at Western Michigan University, and she sits down to talk about the Eastland and why it’s been all but forgotten.