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Stateside: Overwhelmed unemployment system; The War and Treaty; food of the African diaspora

Feb 16, 2021

It's been almost a year into the pandemic and Michiganders who are struggling with being laid-off are still having to navigate an overwhelmed unemployment system.
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Today on Stateside, frustrated Michiganders try to navigate an unemployment system overwhelmed by pandemic job losses. Plus, a Detroit festival celebrates the food of the African diaspora.

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

Laid-off Michiganders navigate an unemployment system overwhelmed by pandemic job loss

  • Sarah Alvarez is the founder and executive editor of Outlier Media. You can read her piece on issues with the state's unemployment insurance system here.

The War and Treaty’s new album provides sonic comfort for a chaotic year

  • Michael Trotter and Tanya Blount Trotter perform as The War and Treaty. Their latest album is Hearts Town.

Detroit festival spotlights the rich history, flavor of food from the African diaspora

  • Raphael Wright is a co-founder of Taste the Diaspora. He also owns Urban Plug L3C, which starts and owns businesses dedicated to improving Detroit’s urban neighborhoods.
  • Jermond Booze is a co-founder of Taste the Diaspora.  He is also a chef and consultant for local start up grocery stores throughout Detroit.
  • Ryan Eli Slater is a chef and owner of Salt + Ko, a hospitality company.