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Year in Review 2020: Our top Stateside podcast episodes

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If you didn't know already, our daily show, Stateside, recently revamped their sound to bring the important stories around our state into focus. Whether it’s the latest political news, interviews with artists and musicians,  or stories that just make you feel a little more connected to people around the state, the goal of the new podcast is to help you understand what's going on in Michigan, one conversation at a time. 

Today, we'll take a look back at the top Stateside podcast episodes that our listeners couldn't get enough of this year. And if you don't want to miss out on new episodes, subscribe to the podcast today. You can find us wherever you like to listen to podcasts, including these popular services:

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Tunde Olaniran on Finding Joy and Making Art in Tough Times

It can be really hard to find your happy in a moment when so much of the world is in turmoil. If you need a little extra joy right now, Tunde Olaniran’s music is a good place to start. We talked to the Flint-based musician, artist, and activist about their latest single “WDWHI,” their love of the X-Men, and creating joy and art in tough times.

A Second Surge Hits Michigan Hospitals

On today’s episode, we look at the COVID-19 pandemic through two lenses. One is a very personal story, and the other takes a much wider view. We’ll hear from a pastor who has presided over the funerals of more than 20 victims of COVID-19. And we’ll talk to a West Michigan reporter about why hospital capacity is more complicated than just one number.

Trump Eyes Michigan GOP as Soft Target to Reverse Election Loss

Why would a sitting president issue an invitation on less than one day’s notice to two state legislative leaders he barely knows? Many Democrats are worried it’s part of a plan to use the state Legislature to undermine Joe Biden’s win in Michigan. We talked to Zach Gorchow, executive editor and publisher of Gongwer Michigan, about what we know (and don’t know) about the last minute meeting.

Spiraling Up: Michigan in the Grip of COVID

Wash your hands, wear a mask, stay socially distant. We’ve heard this time and time again, but the number of new COVID-19 cases is climbing a dizzying spiral. Today we’re taking a look at the spread of COVID in Michigan and what measures we can take to slow it down.

A Bipartisan Take on the Election

We’re all paying a lot of attention to Detroit’s vote right now—and for good reason. But there’s more than one ingredient to Biden’s win in Michigan, including the county that flipped on the west side of the state.

Saving the Great Lakes

Pretty much everyone in Michigan has some kind of story about the Great Lakes—whether it’s summer swims, or ice fishing, or enjoying a sunrise or sunset along the shore. Unfortunately, there are some major threats to the health of the state’s most beloved natural resource. The cover story in the December issue of National Geographic takes a deep dive into some of them.

A Party Divided: Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on What’s Next for Democrats

The election might be over, but there’s a lot of work ahead for the Democratic Party when it comes to figuring out where its attention needs to be right now. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib just got re-elected to her second term representing Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. She’s now trying to meet the needs of her district during a pandemic, and a subsequent economic slide that erased many of the gains of the last decade.

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