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Stateside: MI congressional delegation on impeachment; term limits lawsuit; a Thanksgiving cocktail

Nov 22, 2019

Today on Stateside, we recap the Michigan congressional delegation's reactions to the impeachment inquiry. Plus, following the recent settlement of a discrimination lawsuit against Founders Brewing Co., we talk to people of color in Michigan's food and craft beer scene about its lack of diversity.

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

Here's what Michigan Representatives are saying about the impeachment inquiry

  • We reached out to Michigan’s congressional delegation to get their reactions to the House impeachment inquiry, which just wrapped up two weeks of public testimony. Our resident political junkie Zoe Clark provided analysis of the responses. 

UM state economic projects foretell slowing economy amid record period of growth

  • The University of Michigan's Research Seminar in Quantitative Economics is a group of economists who meet regularly to crush the latest economic indicators to forecast Michigan's economy. This year's report shows the economy is starting to slow after a long period of growth. Michigan Radio's Rick Pluta broke down the latest numbers and what they mean for this coming year. 

When is someone really dead? The complicated ethics behind diagnosing brain death.

  • Today, medical tools can keep the heart beating and the lungs working. For the last several decades, the standard has been to determine death is the complete and irreversible absence of all brain function. Thaddeus Mason Pope is an expert on medical law and clinical ethics. He’s also the director of the Health Law Institute at Mitchell Hamline School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota. He explained the various ethical models surrounding the difficult decision to terminate life-sustaining care.

Term limit lawsuit: a “Hail Mary” to reform the legislature

  • This week some former legislators filed a lawsuit to eliminate term limits. Term limits were approved by the voters in 1992 and are among the strictist in the nation. These former lawmakers say they violate the Constitution.
  • TJ Bucholz is president of Vanguard Public Affairs, a progressive political strategy firm. Ken Sikkema is senior policy fellow for Public Sector Consultants, and a former Republican Majority Leader of the Michigan Senate. They weigh in on the controversy surrounding term limits and the legal effort to overturn them.

“It’s distressing.” The fraught racial dynamics of the food and beverage industry

  • Detroit residents and fans of craft brewing watched an incident play out that has left a great number of people disturbed and angry. An African-American employee complained of racial discrimination at the Founders Brewing Co's Detroit taproom. He filed a lawsuit. During a deposition, the employee accused of discrimination took the odd approach of answering questions by essentially saying he didn’t know if the employee was African-American. He also said he didn’t know if Barack Obama was black.
  • When the deposition was leaked, many people were outraged. Chef Phil Jones has worked at establishments such as Rattlesnake Club and the original Fishbones in Greektown, and he developed 400 recipes for the soup chain Zoup. Kuma Ofori-Mensa is a brand manager at Batch Brewing Company in Detroit. They joined us to discuss the obstacles in the food and craft beer industries that people of color face.

Cheers! A cocktail to complement your Thanksgiving food coma

  • Thanksgiving is less than a week away. Yikes! So what do you offer your guests to drink? One option is a cocktail called Medicine Man. Tammy Coxen of Tammy’s Tastings riffs off the drink by Ian Scalzo of Bourbon and Branch in San Francisco. Of course, she’s using as many Michigan ingredients as possible. 

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