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Politics & Government

Stateside: Voting in Kent County; history of pandemic elections; how 1967 changed Detroit politics

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On this Election Day, we take a look back at how past health crises have affected American politics.

Today on Stateside, it's Election Day! We spoke with the clerk of Kent County about what voting looks like in a swing district that always delivers suprises. Plus, a look back at how mass illness and social uprisings have impacted past elections.

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

What Election Day looks like in contested Kent County

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Stateside’s conversation with Lisa Posthumus Lyons

  • Lisa Posthumus Lyons is the clerk for Kent County.

Pandemic politics: a brief history of how mass illness impacts American elections

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Stateside’s conversation with Howard Markel

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

What the political legacy of 1967 Detroit uprising tells us about social justice movements today

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Stateside’s conversation with Ken Coleman

  • Ken Coleman is a journalist with the Michigan Advance and author of the book On This Day: African American Life in Detroit.
     
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