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Stateside: WSU board member resigns; USMCA and automakers; influence of Grand Rapids billionaires

Dec 12, 2019

Today on Stateside, we look at what the resignation of Wayne State University's Board of Governors chairwoman means for the school’s divided leadership. Plus, we wrap up our series on billionaire influence in Michigan with a look at Grand Rapids and a conversation with the author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World.

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

Board chair resignation the latest turn in ongoing saga of deeply divided Wayne State Board of Governors

  • The Wayne State University Board of Governors has been gridlocked for the past year over whether President Roy Wilson should remain in his position. Today, board chairwoman Kim Trent, who was pro-Wilson, resigned from the board to join Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration. Detroit Free Press higher education reporter David Jesse joined us to discuss how Trent’s exit will affect the board, and the university overall, as the feud continues.

Learn to Drive! How to deal with aggressive drivers

  • If you're driving on the highway and a car zooms past you or is swerving in and out of lanes, what can you do? Do you just honk? Get out of the driver’s way? Call 9-1-1? In this Learn to Drive segment, Michigan State Police Lieutenant Michael Shaw explains how to handle aggressive drivers.

Howes: What the new US-Mexico-Canada trade deal could mean for automakers

  • The United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA) has the support of all three country’s leaders, including President Donald Trump and the Democratic leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives. Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes joins Stateside to discuss how the stricter sourcing and wage rules in this agreement will affect the automotive industry.

In Grand Rapids, the influence of the city's billionaires is clear

  • Stateside continues our series exploring the impact of billionaire philanthropy in Michigan. We have talked about billionaires' influence in Detroit and Kalamazoo. Now we look at Grand Rapids.
  • Michael Moody is the Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. He broke down how powerful families with deep pockets, like the DeVos, Van Andel and Meijer families, have made their mark on the Grand Rapids area.

Not everyone is convinced the very wealthy among us are spending their money for the greater good

  • To conclude our series on billionaire philanthropy, producer Laura Weber-Davis spoke to Anand Giridharadas, former New York Times columnist and author of Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World. He discussed why he believes the University of Michigan should disconnect itself from major donor Stephen M. Ross and why he says billionaire philanthropy is generally harmful.

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