Stateside for Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

May 22, 2013

There's a three story pile of black petroleum coke big enough to cover an entire city block piling up in Southwest Detroit. It's a by-product of oil sands drilling from Alberta, Canada.

On today's show: we asked why is this high-sulfur, high-carbon waste piling up along the Detroit River?

And, the Board of State Canvassers met today in Lansing. We got an update on ballot initiatives that you could be voting on.

And, the Detroit Red Wings are facing their arch-rivals, the Chicago Blackhawks, tomorrow night. John Keating of Fox Sports Detroit talked with us about what’s in store for the team.

Also, Terrence McDonald, the Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan discussed the future of liberal arts programs in the U.S.

First on the show, when one thinks of poverty in Michigan, what image comes to mind? Where are poor people living?

Chances are, an image of an inner city neighborhood flashes in your mind.

Well, that would be wrong.

The Brookings Institute this week released its study called "Confronting Suburban Poverty in America".

Bottom line: poverty is moving into the suburbs.

Both here in Michigan and across the country, the suburbs are home to the largest and fastest growing poor population in the country.

Scott Allard, an associate professor at the University of Chicago and a research affiliate of the National Poverty Center at the University of Michigan, joined us today to discuss the issue.