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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 that matter to Michigan. Stateside is hosted by April Baer.

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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.

Stateside for Monday, November 5, 2012

Nov 5, 2012

We all have our voting questions. Tim Martin, Lansing Reporter for MLive, spoke with Cyndy about five major questions many voters have.

In our final installment of Michigan Supreme Court coverage, we spoke with Judge Connie Kelley about her candidacy.

Why can't we all just get along? The question is important when looking at the state of American politics and its elected officials.

Stateside for Thursday, November 1st, 2012

Nov 1, 2012

Today, we spoke with Tom Hayden, the writer who drafted and finalized the Port Huron Statement.

Judge Colleen O'Brien, who currently sits on the Oakland County Circuit Court, spoke with Stateside about her candidacy.

Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek provided Proposal 6 clarity.

Koerner Buchta is walking across Michigan. He spoke with Cyndy about his cause and its urgency. 

Stateside for Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Oct 31, 2012

To explain the stakes of the presidential race in Michigan, Cyndy spoke with editor and publisher of "Inside Michigan Politics,” Bill Ballenger and Michigan Public Radio Network Lansing Chief, Rick Pluta.

We spoke also with Michigan Radio's Rebecca Williams about Proposal 3 and what it means for Michigan.

Continuing our conversations with the candidates for Michigan Supreme Court, Cyndy spoke with Justice Brian Zahra.

Michigan Radio's Sarah Cwiek discussed the recent merger of Beaumont Health and Henry Ford Healthy Systems.

Stateside for Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Oct 30, 2012

Today we spoke to Nadia Tonova, who is with the National Network for Arab American Communities, and Dawud Walid, the Executive Director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Both guests weighed in on the upcoming election.

Worried about Sandy's effects on Michigan? Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground, helps forecast the coming weather.

Judge Shelia Johnson weighs in on her Supreme Court candidacy.

Stateside for Monday, October 29, 2012

Oct 29, 2012

On today's show, we speak with Michigan Radio's Jack Lessenberry and Detroit Free Press writer, Paul Egan about lawmakers' term limits.

Is change in the future? Listen to find out.

Continuing our coverage of the state's Supreme Court race, Cyndy speaks with U of M Law professor Bridget Mary McCormack about her candidacy.

Hear Denise Ilitch as she discusses her Detroit Tigers pride.

And we discover some holy beats.

Michigan Radio's Emily Fox takes a look at how a Grand Rapids church is helping  the city's youth.

Stateside for Thursday, October 25, 2012

Oct 25, 2012

On today's show we speak with Metro Times contributor John Carlisle about his book "313: Life in the Motor City."

Are you stricken with questions about your upcoming ballot? Then tune in! Rick Pluta joins Cyndy to clear ballot proposal confusion.

Joshua Smith, a local hero with a popular lemonade stand, shares some words with Cyndy.

And Tom Ivacko, administrator and program manager of Ford School’s Center for Local, State and Urban Policy, explains why some unions and their officials are getting along.

On today's show Cyndy speaks with Charley Ballard about Michigan. Are we better off than we were four years ago?

We talk about the role of alcohol in Detroit's history with Detroit news writer, Bill Loomis.

Andy Markovitz and Emily Albertson, co-authors of “Sportista: Female Fandom in the United States," speak about women's role in sports fandom.

In Stateside's third and final installment of our look at Michigan's film industry, we speak with Scott Watkins about the incentives' sustainability.

Today Jack Lessenberry and Daniel Howes speak with Cyndy about last night's presidential debates.

We continue our look at Michigan's film industry and hear from Michigan Film Office's Carrie Jones.

What do celebrities and political candidates have in common? Cyndy speaks with Michael Lempert, a linguistic anthropologist at the University of Michigan, to discover their similarities.

Bats, a species dealing already with an ominous depiction in society, are now facing white-nose syndrome. Find out more about the fungus on today's show!

Today we speak with Brad Bushman, a communication and psychology professor at Ohio State University, about the I-96 shootings.

Michigan has been labeled the "Wild West of Lobbying." Cyndy speaks with Jocelyn Benson about the state's lobbying regulations.

We congratulate those who participated in the Detroit Marathon.

And we talk about film! Michigan's film industry is in a state of flux and, according to Michigan actor Peter Carey, at something of a crossroads.

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On today's show we break down last nights presidential debate with Michigan Radio's political analyst, Jack Lessenberry and Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.

And we speak with author Patricia Polacco about her new children's book, Bully  and Michelle Uebreuck discusses what she calls, "Operation Kindness."

We talk local food with Will Branch, Shannon Byrne and Frank Gublo, whose combined efforts are building a strong food scene in metro Detroit.

Stateside's Emily Fox visits the MSU Dairy Store  whose ice cream is as popular as it is local.

Also today we talk with speak with Mark Schwartz, an organizer of Dlectricity, about Detroit's current art exhibition.

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On today's program, We take an in-depth look at one of the most controversial questions on the November ballot: the fate of PA4, the Emergency Manager law in Michigan.

And, we talk about the National Writers Series, putting the literary spotlight on Traverse City, where big-name authors and their readers get to know each other.