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Stateside: Slotkin on impeachment vote; longest-serving U.S. exoneree; how to teach anyone anything

Richard Phillips, longest-serving exoneree in United States history, and David Moran, an attorney from the University of Michigan's Innocence Clinic who worked on his case.
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Richard Phillips (L) is the longest-serving exoneree in United States history. Here he is with David Moran (R), an attorney from the University of Michigan's Innocence Clinic who worked to exonerate him.

Today on Stateside, we spoke with Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, who represents Michigan's 8th District, about why she is voting to impeach President Trump. Plus, Richard Phillips served some 46 years in a Michigan prison for a murder he didn't commit, making him the longest-serving exoneree in U.S. history. We spoke with him about what life has been like since he was released from prison more than two years ago. 

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

US Rep. Slotkin says she will vote "yes" on both articles of impeachment against President Trump

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Stateside’s conversation with Elissa Slotkin

  • This week, the U.S. House of Representatives will decide whether Donald Trump becomes the third president in American history to be impeached. Early Monday, Democrats released a 658-page report accusing the president of wire fraud and criminal bribery. This puts enormous pressure on the 31 Democratic representatives who were elected in districts that Trump won, including Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin, who represents Michigan's 8th District. We talked to Slotkin about why she's voting yes on impeachment, and what that means for her chances of reelection in November 2020. 

How Richard Phillips avoided anger and bitterness after being wrongly imprisoned for nearly five decades

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Stateside’s conversation with Richard Phillips

  • Richard Phillips spent some 46 years in prison in Michigan for a murder he didn't commit. Then, the Michigan Innocence Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School took up his case. Phillips walked out of prison in 2017, and was exonerated in 2018—his record wiped clean. We first spoke with Phillips in May 2018 after his exoneration. We checked back in about his life now, including his job, his art, and the compensation he received from the state earlier this year. 

How talking to John U. Bacon turned Cynthia Canty into a sports fan

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Stateside’s conversation with John U. Bacon

  • Some things don't change. Stateside host Cynthia Canty has been talking to John U. Bacon about the dismal outlook for Lions fans since the early days of the show. So, why is this team so perennially jinxed? Cynthia and John got together for one last look at Michigan sports teams. 

Dinner Party Convo: How to teach anyone anything

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Stateside’s conversation with Gleaves Whitney and Charley Ballard

  

  • For the final week of her broadcasting career, Cynthia Canty lined up conversations with the people she says would be guests at her dream dinner party. First up are Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, and Michigan State University economist Charley Ballard. They talked about how they both ended up in academia, the power of the liberal arts, and what's changed since they started in their fields. 

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