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2020 Year in Review

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COVID-19 may have been the topic on everyone's mind in 2020, but there's still quite a bit more that happened. Follow along as we recap Michigan Radio's top stories of 2020. We promise not all of them are COVID related. 

John Auchter / Michigan Radio

When it's a big year for news, political cartoonists have plenty of material. Michigan Radio cartoonist John Auchter definitely took advantage of this year's chaotic news cycle.

Here are his seven most popular cartoons of the year.

a nurse holds a vial of one of the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
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2020 has been a challenging year for many. But even with all that has happened, there were still stories of hope and inspiration, leading to some feel-good moments that we may have forgotten amid all the turmoil.

2020 has been a roller coaster like no other. For Stateside, the year kicked off on a high note when the incomparable April Baer officially started as host. Everything was running smoothly until March, when the team suddenly had to figure out how to produce an hour-long daily show remotely.

Despite the challenges, Stateside has been there for you everyday with timely, in-depth conversations. The team covered the early days of the pandemic, an election like no other, the racial justice movement, environmental news, state politics, national news, and so much more. Oh, and on top of that, they launched a podcast. Casual.

stateside blue and green logo with host april baer
Chettara T. Photography

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. 

Dustin Dwyer / Michigan Radio

This year has changed everyone’s lives in so many ways. But for those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19, battled the disease themselves, or worked on the front lines, 2020 has been a tragedy.

Michigan Radio has been telling the stories of those we lost, those who fought, and those who survived this year. Here are some of those stories:

Paulette Parker / Michigan Radio

There was no shortage of news in 2020. It felt like major stories were breaking daily, not only across the globe, but right here in Michigan. Narrowing down all of those major stories to a list of 10 was no easy task. But here are some of the biggest stories that came out of Michigan this year that you may have missed.

Katie Raymond / Michigan Radio

This year, Michigan Radio and Community High School in Ann Arbor launched Kids These Days -- a podcast hosted by teens, about teens. The goal was to get an unfiltered look into teenage life and to find out what teens are thinking about, laughing about, and stressing about.

As we wrap up the year, let’s take a look back at the top five episodes: