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Stateside for Friday, April 1, 2016

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  • Documents obtained by the Detroit News show that 23,300 homes in Detroit had their water shut off last year. Bryan Peckinpaugh from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department joined Stateside to talk about some of the recent changes that have been made to offer more residents payment plans and to go after delinquent large businesses in an effort to lower rates for everyone.  
  • The demand for more students to get involved in science, technology, engineering and math studies is constant. At the same time, too often people of color and women are steered away early in their education. There’s a program at Wayne State University which helps significant numbers of underrepresented minority students into science majors. It’s called the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development and it just received a National Institutes of Health grant of more than $3.6 million for a five-year period.

    Listen to our interview with Joseph Dunbar and Markiesha Baines from Wayne State University

  • It’s been another week of interesting developments in unraveling why and how the drinking water in Flint was contaminated with lead. We take a look at that, as well as take a look back at Michigan Radio's coverage of the Flint water crisis and how we got to this point with Michigan Radio News Director Vincent Duffy and Assistant News Director Sarah Hulett.

    Listen to our interview with Vincent Duffy and Sarah Hulett from Michigan Radio

  • In Flint, there’s a lot of research to determine the effects of exposure to lead in the water. It’s a unique opportunity to study the short-term and long-term effects. But one researcher has concerns. Kevin Boehnke is a PhD Candidate in Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan. He wrote an essay entitled "Who Benefits from Research in Flint?"

    Listen to our interview with Kevin Boehnke from the University of Michigan.

  • A number of different industries are having a difficult time finding workers with the right set of skills. Michigan has an office created by Gov. Rick Snyder called the Talent Investment Agency. It’s part of the Department of Talent and Economic Development. 

    Listen to our interview with Stephanie Comai from the Talent Investment Agency.


  • An in-depth new study from the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program shows that the "brain drain" trend that we've heard so much about in Michigan is reversing. The study shows that the market that is retaining the most college graduates in the country is metro Detroit. Richard Florida wrote about the study for The Atlantic and joined Stateside to break down the numbers.
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