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Stateside: Frustration over Ann Arbor schools plan; Black spaces in Detroit; winter birding

Feb 22, 2021

Ann Arbor's Skyline High School, above, currently sits empty. Ann Arbor Public Schools have been slow to announce their decision on in-person learning and and parents are upset.
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Today on Stateside, confusion and frustration among Ann Arbor parents over the decision on whether to reopen schools. Plus, a look into the history and future of public spaces centered around Detroit's Black residents. And, if you’re starting to feel a little cooped up, may we recommend some winter bird watching?

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

AAPS slow walks decision on in-person learning, upsetting many parents

  • Ron French is a reporter with Bridge Michigan. You can find his reporting on the controversy over Ann Arbor Public Schools' reopening plan here. 

The history - and future - of Black public spaces in Detroit

  • Lauren Hood is an urban planner and leading thinker in AfroUrbanist Design.
  • PG Watkins is the founder and director of the Black Bottom Archives, which preserves the memories of Detroit’s Black Bottom neighborhood.

Harsh weather causes "fowl iruption" for Michigan's winter birders

  • Lindsay Cain is the education coordinator for Michigan Audubon. 

Former Michigan House leader resigns from new gig over pushback on his stance on LGBTQ rights

  • Emily Lawler is the lead reporter on the MLive politics team.