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Stateside: Whitmer on Line 5; Flint musician Tunde Olaniran talks finding joy; MI’s WWI Polar Bears

Nov 8, 2018

Today, Stateside speaks with Michigan’s new Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer to discuss her top priorities when she takes office, the Line 5 pipeline, and her plans to work with the Republican leadership in the state Legislature. Plus, Tunde Olaniran, a Flint native and staple of the Detroit music scene, discusses his new album with us.

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

Governor-elect Whitmer: Line 5 oil passing through the Great Lakes is “unacceptable.”

  • Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer discusses her top priorities for her first term as governor, including ensuring clean drinking water across the state. She also discusses her opposition to Governor Snyder’s deal with Enbridge to build a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac that would enclose a Line 5 replacement.

Flint native Tunde Olaniran explores joy and belonging in new album 

  • Tunde Olaniran is a Flint singer-songwriter and activist who just released his second full length album, Stranger. He speaks with Stateside's Mercedes Mejia about being a queer black musician in Flint, pushing musical boundaries on his second album, and finding joy.

  • NOTE: The record release party mentioned in this interview that was scheduled for this Saturday at El Club in Detroit has been cancelled.

  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

The little known story of Michigan’s WWI Polar Bears and their battle against the Bolsheviks 

  • In honor of Veteran’s Day this Sunday, we hear about a group of soldiers in World War I that came to be known as the Michigan Polar Bears. Stateside talks about their story with Mike Grobbel, president of the Polar Bear Memorial Association, and Eric Perkins, military history expert at the Michigan History Center.

  • This segment is produced in partnership with the Michigan History Center.

Howes: How Michigan’s “pink wave” could help rebuild a “Blue Wall” 

  • Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes talks about how a wave of newly-elected Democratic women in Michigan helped rebuild the "Blue Wall" that crumbled in November 2016, and he shares his predictions for the state’s economy under Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer.

Congresswoman-elect Elissa Slotkin: “I want to be a part of charting the way forward on healthcare”


  • Elissa Slotkin is the Democratic Representative-elect of Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. She joined Stateside to discuss how a flipped House may investigate the Trump Administration, and what issues she would like to see tackled first when she gets to Washington.

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