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Politics & Government

Stateside for Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015

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Today on Stateside:

  • Volkswagen cheated and lied to its customers by tricking the EPA. Heads are already rolling, but Daniel Howes says this isn’t even the end of the beginning.
     
  • Migrant, immigrant and seasonal workers have been the backbone of West Michigan’s agriculture industry for decades, and now efforts are being made to collect and celebrate the Hispanic community’s oral histories.
     
  • Oh, the barbershop: a place for conversations about life, politics and neighborhood gossip. Now, there’s a group in Detroit that's using that forum to get kids to think about college. It’s called Barbershop Chats and it's gaining recognition for the way it engages young African American men.
     
  • What’s the big deal with decanting? Is there something wrong with your wine? Chris Cook has been thinking about the practice of decanting wines and when to do it, and it seems to be something of a mystery.
     
  • What do a federal grant and robotic cockroaches have in common? Lisa Kurek gives us a glimpse at The Next Idea.
     
  • The Hell’s Half Mile Film and Music Festival kicks off its tenth year today in Bay City. Alan LaFave, founder and director of “Michigan’s true grassroots film festival,” shares with us some of the event’s history.