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Stateside for Monday, January 18, 2016

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  • Newly released documents show officials were worried about Legionnaires' disease and Flint River water as far back as October 2014. Yet the news wasn't made public until last week. MLive and Flint Journal reporter Ron Fonger explains.

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An interview with Ron Fonger

  • All over the state, drivers are enjoying low gas prices, with oil prices at a 12-year low. Bridge Magazine writer Mike Wilkinson explores the question: With gas prices sliding, should Michigan start collecting taxes for roads now rather than wait until 2017?

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An interview with Mike Wilkinson

  • We commonly use the pronouns “he” and “she” to refer to someone, but what if that person doesn’t identify as male or female? Michigan Radio's resident linguist Anne Curzan describes the ways gender-neutral language is moving into the mainstream.
  • Stateside’s Cass Adair speaks with a University of Michigan senior about what it’s like to use gender-neutral pronouns on campus.
  • Congressman Dan Kildee updates us on the status of Amir Hekmati. The Flint resident was just released from an Iranian prison over the weekend and is making his way home after for more than four years behind bars. Plus, we get Kildee’s reaction to the latest news on the Flint water crisis.
  • Peggy McCracken discusses new ways to approach humanities research on The Next Idea.
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