These are the stories only Michigan Radio reporters could bring you.
This year took our reporters inside a prison with never-before-seen access, to schools facing new challenges in Flint, and into the history of how one 19th century Michigander changed how we approach education today.
Take some time to read the stories you missed, or revisit the ones that stuck with you in 2019:
Stateside spent a day inside Lakeland Correctional Facility, where the majority of prisoners are there for life. The documentary that resulted from that trip takes you inside Lakeland to learn what life is like when it is spent behind bars.
Bryce Huffman hosted Michigan Radio’s second podcast, Same Same Different. The five-episode podcast saw Huffman and his guests explore identity and how to survive “otherness.”
The babies and toddlers who lived through the height of the Flint water crisis are now in elementary school. Kate Wells visited one of those schools, and found that teachers and staff are facing a new crisis.
Larry Nassar is in prison, Michigan State University has lost two presidents and millions of dollars, and U.S.A. Gymnastics is in turmoil. But there’s one coach still being investigated. Lindsey Smith spoke to frustrated victims, parents, and coaches about the controversy surrounding John Geddert.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggins has promised to remove all blight in the city. But, as Sarah Cwiek learned from residents, there are fears about what will happen to the neighborhoods that are all but removed in the process.
Dustin Dwyer has been obsessed with the question, “Why do schools matter?” In order to find an answer, he dug into the history books to explain how public education came to be, and to tell the story of a 19th century Grand Rapids educator that forever changed what school is for.
2019 marked the 5 year anniversary of the Flint water crisis. Steve Carmody wanted to know, after all the pain and change the city has gone through, is it better off?
An auto accident can destroy a person physically, and financially. Many people rely on auto insurance payments after they’re injured in a crash. Tracy Samilton spoke to one family who relies on those payments, and worry about changes to the auto insurance law.