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Stateside: Republican rep. on gun violence; nonprofits take on city services; StoryCorps in Flint

storycorps airstream trailer parked outside the Flint Institute of Art
Cristina Zamarron
Michigan Radio
The StoryCorps mobile booth will be parked outside the Flint Institute of Art from August 6th through September 5th.


Today on Stateside, a Republican state representative says the way to reduce mass shootings is by strengthening the mental health system, and toning down rhetoric on "all sides." Plus, how nonprofits are picking up the slack in some of Michigan's cash-strapped cities.

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

Republican state rep. says mental health care, personal responsibility are solution to gun violence

Stateside’s conversation with Hank Vaupel

  • We're still unpacking the most recent mass shootings in the country — in El Paso and in Dayton — and what measures lawmakers could agree on to reduce the threat of more mass shootings. 
  • State Representative Hank Vaupel is a Republican from Fowlerville and the chair of the House Health Policy Committee. He says that disarming law abiding citizens is not the right approach to America's gun violence debate, but says that it's clear from mass shootings that inadequate mental health care can play a role. 

Mixtape: A blend of jazz, funk, and bluegrass in new releases from West MI 

Stateside’s conversation with John Sinkevics

  • As the summer winds down, the West Michigan concert scene is still going strong. John Sinkevics is editor and publisher of Local Spins. He joined Stateside to discuss the artists making waves on the west side of the state. He tells us about the latest releases from the bands James Reeser and the Backseat Drivers, Full Cord, and Desmond Jones. 
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Flint schools superintendent on new year-round schedule: We don’t need kids at home to harvest crops anymore

Stateside’s conversation with Derrick Lopez

  • Flint Community Schools has a new so-called “balanced” calendar for the 2019-2020 school year. Students will still get the traditional 180 days of teaching, but they will start classes this week and continue until June 18th. Instead of a three-month summer break, they'll get six shorter breaks scattered throughout the year.
  • Derrick Lopez is the Flint Community Schools superintendent. He explains why switching to the balanced calendar is the right move for Flint, and shares what options will be available to kids and families during those shorter breaks. 

In some Michigan cities, nonprofits have filled gaps in city services. Is that a good thing?

Stateside’s conversation with Sarah Reckhow

  • What happens with a cash-strapped city loses its grip on the ability to govern and provide basic services for residents? New research from Michigan State University finds nonprofits and foundations are stepping in to fill the void in Michigan's cities, like Detroit and Flint.
  • We talk to Sarah Reckhow. assistant professor of political science at Michigan State University, about the unprecedented role that nonprofits and philanthropy groups now play in how cities like Detroit and Flint are governed.

How you can share your family’s story at StoryCorps mobile tour in Flint

Stateside’s conversation with Danielle Anderson

  • There is something new greeting visitors to the Flint Institute of Art. Beginning today and running until September 4th, a shiny airstream trailer is outside the museum. It’s StoryCorps all set up in Flint and hoping to gather stories in its mobile booth for the next month.
  • Danielle Anderson, associate director of the StoryCorps Mobile Tour talks about why they brought the project to Flint,  and what they are looking for in residents’ stories.

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