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Politics & Government

Stateside: High price of Title IX investigators at MSU; post-GM Hamtramck; Odawa art in Vienna

a beaded canoe that's in display in Austria
Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians
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One of the pieces of Odawa art currently on display at the Museum of Ethnology in Vienna, Austria.

Today on Stateside, as General Motors prepares to close the company's Detroit-Hamtramck plant, how is the city of Hamtramck preparing for life after GM? Plus, a treasure trove of Anishinaabe art from Michigan is now on permanent display in Vienna, Austria.

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

Here’s what MSU got for paying elite firm $6.2 million to investigate 170 sexual assault cases

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Stateside’s conversation with Kate Wells

  • In the #MeToo era, more and more colleges are hiring private companies to handle their sexual assault cases. One of the biggest examples is Michigan State University. The school paid one elite firm more than $6 million to handle 170 investigations.
  • But Michigan Radio’s Kate Wells tells Stateside that despite all the money spent, investigations by Kroll Associates, Inc. lasted an average of 304 days — much longer than the 60 days survivors were told the investigations would take. In at least one case, Kroll investigators also made significant errors.

A treasure trove of Anishinaabe art from Michigan is now on permanent display in Vienna

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Stateside’s conversation with Eric Hemenway

  • There's a wealth of culture in Vienna, from architecture to music to art. Now that includes art from Michigan's First People, with some pieces dating back to the early 19th Century. How did Anishinaabek art from Northern Michigan end up on permanent exhibition at a Vienna museum? Eric Hemenway of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians joins Stateside with the answer.

UM student, Army vet says being out and gay in the military is still a struggle

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Stateside’s conversation with Necko Fanning

  • An editorial written by University of Michigan graduate student Necko Fanning was published last week in the New York Times. In it, Fanning talks about the struggles of being an openly gay man in the U.S. military, even after the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy in 2011.
  • Fanning was an intelligence officer in the Second Battalian, 87th Infantry from 2011 to 2014. He joins Stateside to talk about his experience serving as the Trump administration's ban on transgender service members takes effect. 

Howes: Detroit News publisher Jonathan Wolman leaves behind impressive journalistic legacy

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Stateside’s conversation with Daniel Howes

  • This week, his family, friends and co-workers lost Jonathan Wolman to pancreatic cancer. Wolman spent 46 years as a journalist, most recently as the editor and publisher of The Detroit News. Business columnist Daniel Howes wrote Wolman's obituary for the News, and joins Stateside to remember his friend and colleague. 

Hamtramck mayor says city sees departure of GM as both a challenge and an opportunity

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Stateside’s conversation with Karen Majewski

  • General Motor's Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly Plant has been turning out vehicles since 1985. It's been an economic mainstay for Hamtramck. But now GM will be ending production at the plant, leaving a huge hole in the heart of Hamtramck.
  • Hamtramck Mayor Karen Majewski joins Stateside to discuss what the city is doing to prepare for life after the closure of the GM plant.

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