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Stateside: First steps in reopening; economic cost of shutdown; protest organizers in GR and Detroit

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Today on Stateside, we spoke with activists who organized some of this week's protests in Detroit and Grand Rapids. Plus, Governor Whitmer rolled back some significant restrictions on business and gatherings yesterday which was a huge relief for some, but left many with huge gray areas about how commerce and social life will go forward.

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

Governor Whitmer lifts the stay at home order, with warnings to take it slow

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Stateside’s conversation with Rick Pluta

  • Rick Pluta is Capitol bureau chief for Michigan's public radio stations.

Striking the balance: Epidemiologist talks reopening the economy safely

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Stateside’s conversation with Emily Martin

  • Emily Martin is an associate professor in epidemiology at the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan.

An economist reflects on the costs of the shutdown, and the economic challenges ahead

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Stateside’s conversation with Gary Wolfram

  • Gary Wolfram is a professor in economics and public policy at Hillsdale College.

A tale of two protests: Detroit and Grand Rapids peaceful protest organizers breakdown the magnitude of the demonstrations

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Stateside’s conversation with Demeeko Williams and Victor Williams

  • Demeeko Williams is an organizer with the Metro Detroit Political Action Network.
  • Victor Williams is a community organizer who worked on the Grand Rapids march.
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