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Stateside covers what you need (and want) to know about Michigan. You hear stories from people across the state—from policymakers in Lansing, to entrepreneurs in Detroit, to artists in Grand Rapids. Tune in every day for in-depth conversations about what matters in Michigan. Stateside is hosted by April Baer.

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Stateside for Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Jan 8, 2013

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Diane Hathaway will resign on January 21st. We spoke with University of Detroit Mercy Law School professor Larry Dubin about her resignation and the future of the Court.

Do you have your flu vaccination? Dr. Dean Sienko of the Michigan Department of Community spoke about all things flu season.

We spoke with Heidi Alcock and Tom Goddeeris about neighborhood revitalization in Detroit and how we can all improve our surroundings.

Hear these stories and more on today's podcast.

Stateside for Monday, January 7, 2013

Jan 7, 2013

Today, we spoke with Mark Kurlyandchik about where our waste goes. His recent Hour Magazine article, "Waste Matters" investigated the state of landfills in Michigan.

Are you ready for the Red Wings?

Michigan Radio's John U. Bacon spoke today about the NHL's comeback.

Does Detroit need a financial manager? Detroit Free Press writer Nancy Kaffer spoke about the city's economic situation.

Listen to these stories and more on today's podcast.

Stateside for Thursday, January 3, 2013

Jan 3, 2013

Today, Michigan Radio's Kyle Norris brought us to a center that teaches vogue dancing to LGBTQ children.

The Detroit News' Daniel Howes and Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry discussed Congress' recent fiscal cliff agreement and what it means for Michigan businesses.

How did the Auto Industry fare in 2012? Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton provided a recap.

All of those stories and more on today's Stateside.

Stateside for Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Jan 2, 2013

Welcome back to Stateside!

Congress kicked off 2013 with a deal averting the dreaded "fiscal cliff."

On today's show, Cyndy speaks with Michigan State University economics professor Charley Ballard about what that means for the state.

Also, was 2012 the warmest year on record? And what kind of weather can we expect for 2013?

And finally, it's back-to-school day for students in Muskegon Heights. Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith breaks down the bumpy progress of Michigan's very first, fully privatized school district.

Stateside for Thursday, December 20, 2012

Dec 20, 2012

It has been a momentous year for Michigan.

Today we looked back at the stories that made political headlines with Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta.

The Detroit News' Bill Loomis spoke with Cyndy about various holiday feasts of the 19th century.

Noah Hudson-Peralta, our local hero, started a program for those affected by the Sandy Hook tragedy.

And Michigan Radio's Mercedes Mejia provided a look at aquaponics in Detroit.

We thank you for a great 2012, and look forward to speaking again with you in 2013!

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Stateside for December 19, 2012

Dec 19, 2012

Adie Tomer, a Senior Research Associate at the Brookings Institution, says that implementing a mass transit system in Detroit is entirely possible. Hear Tomer's reasons in today's podcast.

Detroit News' Daniel Howes provided Stateside with a look ahead at the coming year's political agenda.

Firefighter Chris Palm and Sergeant Tony Angelucey spoke with Stateside about fires in Detroit and the film, "BURN."

And Bridge Magazine's Rick Haglund explained why both firefighters and police officers were exempt from right-to-work.

Stateside for Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dec 18, 2012

The Grand Rapids School Board last night gave unanimous approval to a major restructuring plan. Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal spoke with Cyndy about the future of Grand Rapids schools.

Saul Anuzis, the former Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party and Debbie Dingell, a Democratic National Committeewoman, shared their thoughts on Michigan's 2013 political agenda.

Early 20th century steam ships traveling from Chicago to South Haven carried some promiscuous passengers. Historian Larry Massie wrote a November article entitled “Floating Gomorra" for Encore Magazine, in which he investigates these ships and the people who frequented them.

Kyle Norris aired the first installment of her investigation of Detroit's homeless population. Listen to our podcast to hear Norris experience.

Stateside for Monday, December 17, 2012

Dec 17, 2012

Governor Rick Snyder must decide whether to approve or veto legislation that would allow concealed pistols in churches, day care centers and public schools. Michigan Public Radio Bureau Chief Rick Pluta spoke with Cyndy about the legislation.

Writer Micki Maynard sees parallels between New Orleans and Detroit- both cities share similar stories of revitalization and growth. Hear what Maynard said Detroit could learn from New Orleans.

Throughout the week we will be airing a series of stories Michigan Radio's Kyle Norris compiled on homelessness in Detroit. Today was Norris' introduction to the piece, as she discussed the various things that compelled her to write the story.

How would consumers in America function without paper currency? Miles Kimball, Professor of Economics at the University of Michigan, advocates the switch from paper to electronic currency. Hear Kimball's interview in today's podcast.

Stateside for Thursday, December 13, 2012

Dec 13, 2012

Today we investigated Michigan's busy lame duck session. Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry and Bill Ballenger of "Inside Michigan Politics" spoke about some of the legislation and its long-term effects.

One of the reform policies is that of Blue Cross Blue Shield. Peter Luke of Bridge Magazine spoke with Cyndy about Blue Cross' future and its policy changes.

Michigan had a significant role in the Underground Railroad. Today we spoke with Dr. Roy Finkenbine about some brave Michiganians who worked to free slaves.

Representative Dan Benishek claims that cuts to our country's defense budget would not sacrifice our safety. Listen to our podcast to hear his reasons.

Stateside for Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Dec 12, 2012

Tim Bos, a union member for 17 years, is now a vocal proponent of right-to-work.

Bos spoke with Cyndy about what he feels are the positive impacts the legislation will have on Michigan.

Detroit Free Press' Nancy Kaffer provided us with an update on Detroit City Council and why Krystal Crittendon poses a challenge.

Michigan State's Charley Ballard addressed income disparity in Michigan. He claims there is a widening gap between our state's middle and upper class.

Bob Bury, Executive Director of the Detroit Historical Society, spoke with Cyndy about the renovated Detroit Historical Museum.

Finally, University of Michigan professor Daniel Kruger explained why he thinks cell phone use is contagious. Listen to our podcast to find out why.

Stateside for Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Dec 11, 2012

Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta took us inside the Capitol today.

Also addressing the urgent right-to-work news were Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton, Steve Carmody, and Lester Graham.

We spoke with UAW President Bob King about his opinion on the legislation.

Michigan Radio's Rebecca Williams took us north to Isle Royale, where she assessed the local wolf population.

Former Detroit Lion Eric Hipple and Dr. Richard Dopp of  the U of M Depression Center spoke with Cyndy about teenage depression.

Stateside for Monday, December 10, 2012

Dec 10, 2012

What are the political and economic implications of right-to-work? Michigan Radio’s senior political analyst Jack Lessenberry and Detroit News’s Daniel Howes discussed the role of right-to-work in Michigan.

Andrew Herscher's new book, "The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit," re-imagines vacant city space. We spoke with Herscher about various uses of abandoned buildings.

Addressing our state's environment, Michigan Radio's Rebecca Williams investigated Isle Royale's wolf population.

Allen Park's "Tech Shop" has the tools to help you achieve your goals. Michigan Radio's Emily Fox visited the  shop and spoke with some its users.

Stateside for Thursday, December 6, 2012

Dec 6, 2012

Today we investigated the breaking right-to-work news. We spoke with Michigan Radio's Zoe Clark and MPRN's Rick Pluta about right-to-work's implications on Michigan.

Joining us from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce was Jim Holcomb. Holcomb provided another perspective on the right-to-work bill.

Tom Putnam and Brenna Sanchez discussed their new film, "BURN."

Stateside for Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Dec 5, 2012

On today's show, we addressed changes to adoption law in Michigan.

Michigan Radio's Lester Graham told Cyndy about a Michigan House bill that could have a momentous impact on faith-based adoptions.

As the prospect of a Chapter 9 Bankruptcy looms over Detroit, many are wondering what will become of the city.

We spoke with freelance writer Mickie Maynard and Daniel Howes of the Detroit News about restructuring the city and those who run it.

What is behind one's decision to buy a car? We spoke with Michael Bernacchi about creating a brand's image.

And finally, Michael Federspiel, executive director of the Little Traverse Historical Society and history professor at Central Michigan University spoke with Cyndy about the Pure Michigan of the past.

Stateside for Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Dec 4, 2012

Michigan Radio Lansing Bureau Chief Rick Pluta provides us with continued coverage of the capitol's lame-duck session and the debate over "right-to-work."

Yesterday, we covered a proposed education reform bill that could drastically change the ways students attend school. Today, we spoke with Dr. Vickie Markavitch about Michigan’s education system and how she views the proposed reforms.

And what is the cause of this warm December weather?

We spoke with Dr. Jeff Masters of Weather Underground about global warming and its role in the state's shifting climate.

To further address the issue of eminent domain, we spoke with Avery Williams and Alan Ackerman. Williams provides land acquisition advice for Detroit, and Ackerman represents displaced persons and businesses in court.

Stateside for Monday, December 3, 2012

Dec 3, 2012

The Michigan State House and Senate will look at a series of proposals that could drastically change the state’s education system.

We spoke with Jeff Williams of Public Sector Consultants and MLive reporter Tim Martin about the various reforms.

Lincoln recently changed its company's name. Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton addressed the reasons behind the automotive company's decision.

And what is the status of China's automotive industry?

Michael Dunne told us why we won't be seeing Chinese cars on our streets for a few years.

Stateside for Thursday, November 29, 2012

Nov 29, 2012

Graduate from public high school in Kalamazoo and go to college for free.  In a recent New York Times feature, Ted C. Fishman examined the Kalamazoo Promise. We spoke with him about the Promise and its effect on Kalamazoo students, and on the city itself.

Congressman Hansen Clarke spoke with us about politics in Washington.

And will cars one day have color-changing skin? NPR's Sonari Glinton gave us an update on the LA Auto Show.

Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry and the Detroit News' Daniel Howes addressed the upcoming obstacles to the establishment of a Regional transit authority in southeast Michigan.

Stateside for Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Nov 28, 2012

Today, Governor Rick Snyder delivered a speech in which he addressed the energy and environment concerns of our state. We spoke with Snyder about his future plans for Michigan.

We also continued our higher education conversation. Joining us was Brandy Johnson, the executive director of the Michigan College Access Network and Nathan Daun-Barnett of the University of Buffalo.

University of Michigan-Flint economics professor Adam Lutzker spoke to us about the debate surrounding  "contested commodities" like human organs.

Kurt Metzger, director of Date Driven Detroit, spoke with Cyndy about the status of Michigan's housing market.

Stateside for Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Nov 27, 2012

Michigan State Professor of Economics Charley Ballard spoke with us today. He addressed the state's improving economy and helped clarify the fiscal cliff's implications.

Graduating from college brings with it many things- four years of academic achievement, a degree, and for some, substantial financial debt.

Continuing our student debt conversation we spoke today with Detroit Free Press financial columnist Susan Tompor. Joining us also was Pam Fowler, Executive Director of Financial Aid at the University of Michigan.

Ed Wargin is telling a Great Lakes story through his film photography endeavor, The Fresh Coast Project. We spoke with Wargin about his Project's goals and the joys of shooting in film.

Stateside for Monday, November 26, 2012

Nov 26, 2012

Today we spoke with Nolan Finley of the Detroit News about Detroit City Council. According to Finley, there is dire need for reform within the Council.

Michigan-born Dana Falconberry makes folk music that is both mystical and enveloping. Falconberry spoke with Cyndy about her latest album, "Leelanau," and how Michigan influences her music.

Though you may not have known, Michigan owns the blueprints of the World Trade Center. Michigan Radio's Lansing Bureau Chief Rick Pluta further explained how this came to be.

Although increasingly expensive, college educations continue to prove valuable. 

Addressing the long-term value of a college education was University of Michigan’s Vice Provost Martha Pollack and Don Heller, Dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University.

Stateside for Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Nov 21, 2012

Thanksgiving is tomorrow and Stateside has it covered.

We spoke with Detroit News's Bill Loomis about the history of Thanksgiving feasts.

Detroit's Thanksgiving Parade has a vibrant history; Author Romie Minor spoke with Cyndy about the parade and its place in American culture.

Author Keith Taylor provided his three winter reading recommendations. Listen to our podcast to discover the titles!

We thank you for listening to Stateside. Have a wonderful weekend and we'll speak again on Monday.

Stateside for Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Nov 20, 2012

Today we addressed the pressing news surrounding Judge Hathaway. Michigan Radio's Lansing Bureau Chief Rick Pluta spoke with Cyndy about the Judge's future.

A growing number of Chinese students are choosing to study at Michigan universities. We spoke with Peter Briggs, director of MSU’s Office of International Students and Scholars and Jing Cui, an undergrad student at MSU about the relationships between American and international students.

Mark Binelli's new book, "Detroit City is the Place to Be: The Afterlife of an American Metropolis" is a patient analysis of the multifaceted city. We spoke with Mark about some of the greatest Detroit personalities.

And Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith investigated Benton Harbor's recent millage rejection.

Stateside for Monday, November 19, 2012

Nov 19, 2012

Nine months after the implementation of Michigan welfare reform, the number of Michigan families receiving state checks plummeted to the lowest level in more than 40 years. We spoke with Michigan Radio's Lester Graham and Ron French of Bridge Magazine about the cuts and their implications.

A lame-duck session for Lansing is in effect. Today, David Eggert talked about potential  for Michigan politics. Eggert writes for MLive and was joined by Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry.

Anne Dohrenwend, author of “Coming Around: Parenting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
Kids," spoke with Cyndy about parenting a gay child.  Joining her was Mike Neubecker of the support group PFLAG.

Stateside for Thursday, November 15, 2012

Nov 15, 2012

Today we investigated health insurance exchanges, an integral part of the Affordable Care Act.

Helping define the exchanges was  Helen Levy, a Research Associate Professor at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research.

Michigan Radio Lansing Bureau Chief Rick Pluta helped assess the politics behind the new policies.

Mike Draper has Midwest respect. Draper spoke about the region and his book, "The Midwest: God's Gift To Planet Earth."

Opening at 555 Nonprofit Gallery this weekend is "Jailed Humanity: In Support of an American's Quest for Freedom from an Iranian Prison." Talking about the exhibition and her detainee brother was Sarah Hekmati.

Veteran Glenn Dickerson was recently awarded the Knight of the Legion of Honor medal for his service in World War Two. Cyndy spoke with Dickerson about the war and the honor surrounding the medal.

Stateside for Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Nov 14, 2012

Distracted driving continues to persist throughout the country. Drivers' seemingly innocent glances at their phones while on the road can have hazardous consequences. To address this issue, we spoke with NPR's Sonari Glinton and Dr. Paul Green, a research professor at U of M’s Driver Interface Group.

Last night, the Detroit Board of Education voted to break their contract with the Education Achievement Authority. Michelle Richard of the Public Sector Consultants and Don Heller, Dean of the College of Education at Michigan State University assessed the effects of the Board's decision.

Gambling is big business in Michigan. Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody investigates the lawsuit filed by Attorney General Bill Schutte that challenges the right of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians to build a casino in Lansing.

Also on today's show- Harvard Business School professor William George examines the turnaround of the auto industry in America.

Stateside for Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Nov 13, 2012

Today we looked at the economic situation in Detroit.

Daniel Howes, Detroit News business columnist, addressed what needs to be done within the city to ensure its financial stability.

University of California, Berkeley professor, Harley Shaiken analyzed the state of  labor unions today and where they are headed in the future.

For Eli Neuberger,  Old News is great news. The Ann Arbor District Library's project, Old News, archives printed items in its expansive database. Cyndy spoke with Neuberger about the project's goals.

Continuing our look at homelessness in Michigan, we spoke with Greg Nelson about his experience with poverty and how he transcended its debilitations.

Stateside for Monday, November 12, 2012

Nov 12, 2012

We were joined today in the studio by two of Michigan’s World War II veterans.  Both men fought their war in the skies. Bill Rosnyai of Bloomfield Hills was a navigator on a B-17 in Europe and Murray Cotter of Beverly Hills was a bombardier on a B-24  in the Pacific.

Joining us also was Brad Ziegler, a freelance photographer who has been documenting Michigan’s World War II vets, particularly as the vets took special “Honor Flights” to visit the World War II memorial in Washington D.C.

East Lansing's brand new Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum opened recently. We spoke with the museum's director, Michael Rush, about the museum and his plans for its future.

Julie Steiner directs the Washtenaw Housing Alliance.  She's overseeing a poverty simulation tomorrow night at the Michigan Theater. What is a poverty simulation? Check out our podcast to find out.

Stateside for Thursday, November 8, 2012

Nov 8, 2012

Are you curious about Congress? Detroit News Washington reporter David Shepardson spoke today with Cyndy about Congressional Delegation.

Keep your snacks sealed- the recent revisions of Michigan's marijuana laws may not mean what you think. Michigan Radio's Lindsey Smith shared some points on how the changes affect Michigan residents.

Jordan Stancil's family has owned the Rialto theater in Grayling since 1915. Hear his discussion with Cyndy about the film industry and the life of a theater owner.

Stateside for Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Nov 7, 2012

Stateside for Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Nov 7, 2012

It's election day and Stateside has it covered. 

We spoke with Troy Hale who is part of Michigan's largest election coverage team in East Lansing.

We take a look also at the status of the polls throughout Michigan.

Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry and Daniel Howes of the Detroit News give their election predictions.

There is a history of mudslinging in American politics. Gleaves Whitney, director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University, told Stateside that attack ads are in America’s DNA.