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Stateside for Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015

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  • Today marks the one-year anniversary of Detroit's exit from bankruptcy. Daniel Howes sees a city on the mend, but with some heavy lifting ahead.
     
  • Lovers of shooting stars should mark their calendars for some nights in December because the Geminids are on the way. Mary Stewart Adams with the Headlands International Dark Sky Park joins us to talk about what they have planned for "one of the most prolific meteor showers that we have during the year."
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    Our conversation with Mary Stewart Adams

  • First released 20 years ago, Bridges to Cuba/Puentes a Cuba is seen as a landmark anthology of Cuban voices, including the works of artists, writers and scholars on the island and in the diaspora. Editor Ruth Bahar tells us about assembling the book and the new edition being released this month.
     
  • For Detroiters, this is going to be the first Christmas without Northland Mall. That's got community activist Desiree Cooper asking, "Where is the black community going to go to find a black Santa Claus?"
     
  • When it comes to having a 21st-century workforce, Southeast Michigan is in the midst of a “perfect storm.” Michigan needs to close the gap between hiring demand and worker supply, and Lisa Katz tells us that crowdsourcing school guidance counseling may do just the trick.
     
  • You're probably familiar with the Nobel Prize, but you might not know much about the man who created and funded the awards. Dr. Howard Markel sits down with us to discuss the life of Alfred Bernhard Nobel.
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