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Stateside: Coming home as a Michigan veteran; the viability of statewide passenger rail

Oct 8, 2018

Today on Stateside, pollster Richard Czuba on how news consumers should be looking at media coverage of polls in 2018. Plus, Stateside kicks off a week-long series about the challenges Michigan veterans face connecting with VA benefits after returning to civilian life. Two veterans, one who served in Vietnam and one who served in Iraq, discuss their experiences navigating life after returning home from war. 

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

Why you should be wary of political polls, according to a pollster

  • Richard Czuba is the founder of Glengarriff Group, a Michigan-based political survey research organization. He weighs in on what makes a reliable poll, what polls really tell us about our political climate, and how the media should (and shouldn't) cover them. 

A train between Ann Arbor and Traverse City could attract 1.5 million yearly riders, says new study

  • Jim Bruckbauer, Deputy Director of Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, talks about a new study that breaks down the operating costs and projected revenue of a potential railway system connecting Ann Arbor to Traverse City. 

Why cyber security “unicorn” Duo Security chose Michigan over Silicon Valley


  • In 2009, Dug Song and Jon Oberheide founded Duo Security. Nine years later, they announced that Cisco would be acquiring their company for $2.35 billion, marking the single largest sale of a privately-owned company in Michigan history. The two discuss the cybersecurity market, the challenges of being an entrepreneur in Michigan, and what their success means for the state more broadly. 

A welcoming home? Two Michigan veterans share what happened after returning from Vietnam, Iraq wars

  • Lawrence Dolph and Dan Patrick are veterans of the Vietnam and Iraq wars respectively. They share their experiences finding work after returning home, parsing the complicated world of veteran benefits, and how they think the state of Michigan could better support its veterans. 

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