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Stateside: #MeToo and medieval theater; Slotkin, DeVos meet on Title IX; tin can tourism

May 8, 2019

Today on Stateside, we talk to Michigan Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) after her meeting with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about proposed changes to Title IX rules on campus sexual assault. Plus, how the advent of camper trailers helped drive the establishment of Michigan’s state park system.

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

Rep. Slotkin meets with Devos on Title IX changes, asks her to meet with Nassar survivors

  • Michigan Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) met Tuesday with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Rep. Slotkin met with DeVos to encourage her to meet with survivors of former Michigan State University sports doctor and serial pedophile Larry Nassar. That meeting came as DeVos is looking to make changes to Title IX. We talk to Slotkin about what came out of that meeting.
  • We received this statement from Liz Hill, press secretary for the U.S. Department of Education:

“Rep. Sloktin needs to stop using Nassar’s heinous crimes as banter for a press release.  By all accounts from those in the room, this hyperbolic press release does not reflect the actual tone or tenor of yesterday’s meeting. Please make sure your reporting includes the fact that we have two open investigations (Clery and Title IX) involving these survivors and it would be inappropriate for the Secretary to meet with anyone during the open investigation stage.”

  • You can read Secretary DeVos's full response to Rep. Slotkin here. 

Schools struggle to regulate vaping among students

  • Vaping is the act of inhaling a liquid — often nicotine — heated inside a device such as an e-cigarette or Juul. Schools across the state say Michigan lawmakers need to regulate e-cigarettes and help keep them out of the hands of minors. But there’s a dispute over how to do that. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth reports.

How “tin can tourists” helped drive Michigan to establish a state parks system

  • Michiganders have had a long affinity for camper trailers. It's not a coincidence that the advent of camper trailers and the state park system, which celebrates its 100th birthday later this month, developed almost hand-in-hand.
  • We talk about the history of “tin can tourists” with historian and blogger Mickey Lyons and the Michigan History Center's Rachel Clark.

Medieval theater festival reinterprets ancient play for the #MeToo era

  • Thousands of scholars from around the world will be gathering in Kalamazoo this week to discuss all things medieval at the 54th International Congress on Medieval. And that includes medieval theater, which turns out to have some stunningly modern themes.
  • Jenna Soleo-Shanks is an assistant professor of theatre history at the University of Minnesota Duluth. She tells Stateside about bringing a #TimesUp-themed version of a medieval play to the Mostly Medieval Theatre Festival in Kalamazoo.

UM-Dearborn chancellor reflects on his first year in office

  • The school year is wrapping up for universities. And that means Domenico Grasso is wrapping up his first year as chancellor of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Grasso joined us at our Stateside live show at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn last week, where we talked about his first year and his vision for the future of the Dearborn campus.

Auto insurance reforms are wrapped up in a game of “legislative chicken”

  • “Let the game of legislative chicken begin.” That’s the headline from Gongwer News ServicesZach Gorchow in his latest piece on the passage of big auto insurance changes in the state Senate. The legislation would allow drivers to purchase lower insurance coverage amount, and would basically end unlimited medical benefits for folks injured in vehicle accidents. We talk to Gorchow about the reaction from Democratic lawmakers, including Governor Gretchen Whitmer who quickly said she would veto the legislation.

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