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Stateside: Primary turnout, enthusiasm; pandemic extends Miss Michigan’s reign; vaccine history

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About 1.6 million Michigan voters--a record-breaking number--voted absentee in the August 4 state primary.

Today on Stateside, we check in with two reporters and a county clerk about what the primary turnout —both in-person and absentee — tells us about the upcoming general election. Plus, a medical historian walks us through the history of vaccine development and what complicates the race for a COVID-19 vaccine. 

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What Michigan’s 2020 primary elections might tell us about the general election in the fall

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Stateside’s conversation with Jonathan Oosting and Riley Beggin

  • Jonathan Oosting is a Michigan politics reporter for Bridge Michigan. 
  • Riley Beggin covers Lansing for Bridge Michigan.

After record primary turnout, county clerk says vote tallying come November could be a heavy lift

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Stateside’s conversation with Justin Roebuck

  • Justin Roebuck is the Ottawa County Clerk.

Pandemic extends Miss Michigan’s reign until 2021

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Stateside’s conversation with Mallory Rivard

  • Mallory Rivard is a first-grade teacher from Bay City and currently holds the Miss Michigan title.

Nobody's perfect. What happens when teens feel pressured to be?

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An excerpt of Episode 8 of “Kids These Days.”

  • Kids These Days is a new podcast from Michigan Radio. It offers an insider’s perspective on what it’s like to be a teenager today.

What history tells us about the timeline for a successful COVID-19 vaccine 

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Stateside’s conversation with Dr. Howard Markel

  • Dr. Howard Markel is a medical historian at the University of Michigan.
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