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Stateside: Legal hurdles to Line 5 shutdown; UM hires –and fires– ex-USAG official; women with ADHD

Mackinac Bridge
Mark Brush
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Michigan Radio
The governor and the state attorney general have voiced disapproval of a plan passed during last year's lame-duck legislature to replace Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline, which runs under the Straits of Mackinac.

Today on Stateside, an environmental law expert breaks down the legal questions involved in a lame-duck session-approved plan to replace a section of Enbridge's Line 5 twin pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac. Plus, Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon weighs in on the University of Michigan’s hiring - and subsequent firing - of a consultant who left USA Gymnastics amid fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal.

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

1892 US Supreme Court ruling could derail plan for Line 5 tunnel 

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Stateside’s conversation with Noah Hall

  • On her first day in office, Governor Gretchen Whitmer asked Attorney General Dana Nessel to conduct a legal review of Public Act 539. That's the bill, passed during last year's lame-duck legislative session, that approves a plan to replace a section of the aging Line 5 twin pipelines. 
  • Noah Hall is an environmental law expert at Wayne State University. He joined Stateside to talk about his perspective on replacing Line 5, the legal arguments surrounding the issue, and what he’ll be watching for from Governor Whitmer and Attorney General Nessel in coming weeks. 

Mysterious death of Edgar Allan Poe is perhaps more haunting than his poems

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Stateside’s conversation with Howard Markel

  • This week marks the 210th birthday of Gothic writer Edgar Allan Poe, one of America’s most well-known masters of all things macabre. Poe’s heart stopped beating at the age of 40, and he died under a cloud of mystery.
  • Howard Markel is a University of Michigan Medical Historian and PBS contributor. He explores some of the most popular “pet doctor” theories that seek to explain Poe’s death, including carbon monoxide poisoning, mercury poisoning, and a violent form of electoral fraud called “cooping.”

What’s the latest on the effort to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes?

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Stateside’s conversation with Mike Shriberg

  • Asian carp are an invasive species of fish that pose a major risk to the Great Lakes. If the fish ever establish a population in the lakes, they could do serious damage to tourism, fisheries, and ecological balance. 
  • Mike Shriberg is the director of the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center. He talked to Stateside about the latest solution proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and just how a carp invasion could affect our state's ecosystems, economy, and way of life. 

Bacon: UM made right call to dismiss ex-USAG official criticized by Nassar survivors

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Stateside’s conversation with John U. Bacon

  • On Saturday, the University of Michigan announced the hiring of new gymnastics consultant Rhonda Faehn, a former senior vice president of USA Gymnastics who left amidst fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal. On Sunday, the university fired Faehn.
  • John U. Bacon is Michigan Radio’s sports commentator. He shares his thoughts on the university’s response to the backlash it received in light of the hire, and what lessons every school should take away from this story.

Not just hyper boys: Why women and girls with ADHD go undiagnosed

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Stateside’s conversation with Sari Solden

  • Women are less likely to be diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) than men, and when they are, it tends to be later on in life.
  • Sari Solden is a therapist based in Ann Arbor, who specializes in adult ADHD treatment. She tells us what ADHD looks like in women, the emotional toll on women who go without diagnosis, and how women with the disorder can learn to appreciate their differences. 
  • Minding Michigan is Stateside’s ongoing series that examines mental health issues in our state.

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