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Politics & Government

Stateside: Travel ban reversed; MI’s first absentee ballot fight; food insecurity solutions

President Joe Biden
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Today on Stateside, President Joe Biden signed a stack of executive orders on his first day in office, including an end to President Donald Trump’s travel ban on a number of countries with large Muslim populations. A reporter discusses the state's Muslim American communities’ responses to the controversial ban’s reversal. Also, a look at the debate over absentee ballots — during the American Civil War. Plus, a grocery store tackles food insecurity in Grand Rapids with tools from social justice.

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Biden’s first executive orders include an end to so-called Muslim travel ban

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Stateside’s conversation with Ali Harb

  • Ali Harb is a political reporter for Middle East Eye. He is from Dearborn and currently based in Washington, D.C.

How Michigan’s first absentee ballot controversy helped solidify judicial independence

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Stateside’s conversation with Carl Herstein

  • Carl Herstein is the president of the Michigan Supreme Court Historical Society.

Pandemic brings new urgency to the fight for food justice in Michigan

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Stateside’s conversations with Alita Kelly and Oran Hesterman

  • Alita Kelly is the founder of South East Market in Grand Rapids.
  • Oran Hesterman is the founder and CEO of Fair Food Network.
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