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Stateside: Michigan’s substitute shortage; Jeffrey Eugenides reflects on debut novel 25 years later

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Michigan school districts were caught off guard when a company that provides substitute teachers to more than 100 districts in the state unexpectedly closed its Michigan offices.

Today on Stateside, the executive director of the Michigan Association of School Superintendents and Administrators talks about how Michigan school districts are responding after a company that provides substitute teachers to more than 100 Michigan districts abruptly closed its offices. Plus, we hear from the Republican and Democratic candidates for Michigan’s next Secretary of State.

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Sudden closure of staffing agency adds to Michigan’s substitute teacher shortage

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Stateside’s conversation with Chris Wigent

  • Chris Wigent is the executive director of the Michigan Association of School Superintendents and Administrators. He explains how Michigan school districts are coping after a company that provides substitute teachers to more than 100 districts abruptly shut down its offices in the state, citing financial troubles. 

Voter voices: Restoring trust in government and listening to young voters

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Listen to hear what’s on voters’ minds

  • We've been sending reporters and producers across the state to ask people two questions: What are the most important issues for you as a Michigan voter? What concerns you most about our political climate right now? Today, we hear from Janet Davis of Richmond and Denise Moss of Jackson.

Spooky Stories: Bewitching tales for your Halloween season  

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Listen to Joseph Zettelmaier’s ghost story above

  • From now until Halloween, we’ll be bringing you creepy, spooky, and haunting stories of the underworld. Joseph Zettelmaier is a Michigan-based playwright and teacher of play writing at Eastern Michigan University. He shared with us a story about his one and only encounter with a ghost.

Secretary of State candidates lay out plans for election security, customer service  

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Stateside's conversation with Jocelyn Benson (D) and Mary Treder Lang (R)

  • Jocelyn Benson is the Democratic candidate for Secretary of State. She joined Stateside to discuss her plans if she’s elected to office, which includes strengthening election security making it easier for Michiganders to vote. 
  • Mary Treder Lang is the Republican candidate for Secretary of State. She joined Stateside to share her ideas for protecting election security if she’s elected to office, including keeping election equipment disconnected from the Internet and using paper ballots as supportive documentation.

25 years after first novel, Jeffrey Eugenides returns to the city that served as its inspiration

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Stateside’s conversation with Jeffrey Eugenides

  • This week, Pulitzer Prize winning author Jeffrey Eugenides is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his debut novel, The Virgin Suicides. He talks to us about the conversation that gave him the idea for that story, and how his experience growing up in Detroit inspired the book. 
  • Eugenides will give an author talk and book signing Wednesday, October 24 at Wayne State University's Community Arts Auditorium, presented by Pages Bookshop and Wayne State.

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