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Issues & Ale

Wednesday, November 6, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Harmony Hall
401 Stocking Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

2019 was a big year in state politics, with a new Michigan governor and Attorney General taking office, a slew of Democratic presidential candidates beginning to campaign across the state, and Republicans rallying around the President. 

Issues & Ale: Go Big or Go Home - The Price and Payoff of College Sports
Monday, September 23, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Ypsi Alehouse
124 Pearl St., Suite 100 Centennial Center, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

A strong athletics program can bring in cash, build student engagement, and generate publicity for colleges. But what impact does the investment in large-scale athletics have on the rest of a college? And what happens if it's not successful?

Crissy Zamarron / Michigan Radio

Issues & Ale traveled to the west side of the state on Monday, July 23 for an informative discussion covering the concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that many communities there share. On a beautiful summer day on the patio at Perrin Brewing Company, host Lester Graham and a panel of experts shared the science and history behind PFAS contamination in Michigan, as well as some advice for nervous residents.

The panel for the evening included:

Issues & Ale: Inside StoryCorps
Monday, August 5, 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Flint Farmers’ Market
300 E. First St, Flint, MI 48502

Since 2005, the StoryCorps mobile recording studio, a converted Airstream trailer, has traveled the country recording the stories of the people who live there. They have heard and recorded amazing stories from extraordinary people from every part of America. Now, the StoryCorps MobileBooth will be in Flint from August 6 – Sept. 5 to help record, share, and preserve the stories of the city. Join Michigan Radio’s Lester Graham as we talk with StoryCorps’ staff about their visit to Vehicle City, life on the road with America’s oral history project, and some of the unique stories they’ve heard.

Issues & Ale: Michigan's Growing PFAS Crisis
Tues, July 23, 6:30 - 8:00 PM
Perrin Brewing Co
5910 Comstock Park Dr NW, Comstock Park, MI 49321

Over the past two years, PFAS (or perfluoroalkyl substances) contamination  has emerged as a growing problem across Michigan. The chemicals have been found in more than 100 public water systems across the state and people are being advised not to drink, come in contact with or eat fish from bodies of water that may be contaminated. Join Lester Graham of The Environment Report as we discuss the scope of the problem, the heath concerns and what's being done about it.

Wednesday, June 26, 6:30 -8:00 PM
Michigan Princess Riverboat
Grand River Park, Lansing, MI 48917

The divided political climate in the U.S has ushered in a new generation of leaders across the country. We're beginning to see more people of color, women, and young people running for public office. At our next Issues & Ale event, we'll discuss Michigan's next generation of leaders...where they're coming from, who they're representing, and what has motivated these first-time candidates to bring their voices to politics.

Join host Zoe Clark and our panel, as we talk about the potential impact these new faces are having on government. Have a pint, and let's talk politics as we cruise down the the Grand River for this special Issues & Ale on the Michigan Princess River Boat in Lansing.

Issues and Ale is an event series from Michigan Radio designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing our area...in an informal atmosphere.

Crissy Zamarron / Michigan Radio

Michigan’s wavering spring weather was in our favor this week as Issues & Ale took the discussion outside for the first time this year. Our panelists and listeners joined us on the patio of J.B.’s Smokehouse in Canton for a discussion on the state of child care in Michigan.

Michigan Radio’s Doug Tribou hosted the discussion, bringing his own experience as a father of two young girls who has encountered these issues firsthand. Doug was joined by fellow parents and experts in children’s education and care in Michigan:

Wednesday, May 22, 6:30 -8:00 PM
J.B.'s Smokehouse
225 S. Canton Center Rd., Canton, MI 48188

Join Michigan Radio's host of "Morning Edition" and father of two, Doug Tribou, for a discussion on the state of child care in Michigan. He and our expert panelists will talk about some of the current problems facing parents like affordability and quality of child care, and look for solutions.  Register to attend,  and join in the conversation.

Issues and Ale is an event series from Michigan Radio designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing our area...in an informal atmosphere.

Crissy Zamarron / Michigan Radio

Hosts of Michigan Radio’s That’s What They Say, Rebecca Kruth and Anne Curzan, took over the latest Issues and Ale event in Grand Rapids to discuss an ever important issue to many public radio listeners: language and grammar! The pair led our audience in an educational, enlightening, and often hilarious conversation about everything from the newest slang, to the impact of texting on language, to the ever-controversial, Oxford comma.

Crissy Zamarron / Michigan Radio

The Issues & Ale series was glad to provide a special presentation on March 7th featuring a visit from our colleagues from the BBC Newhour staff from London.

Michigan Radio and BBC fans flocked to The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale to join in a thought-provoking conversation about international and U.S. politics with our panel. Our own Lester Graham hosted the discussion while our visiting guest speakers included...

Monday, April 15, 6:30 -8:00 PM
City Built Brewing
820 Monroe Ave NW, #155, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503

Join University of Michigan English Professor Anne Curzan and Michigan Radio's Rebecca Kruth, the hosts of That's What They Say, for this fun evening discussing our changing English language and your favorite language pet peeves.

Issues and Ale is an event series from Michigan Radio designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing our area...in an informal atmosphere.

Issues & Ale panel
Crissy Zamarron / Michigan Radio

Gearing up for the State of the State Address on Feb. 12, our Issues & Ale crew gathered Monday, Feb. 4, at Brewery Becker in Brighton to talk about the new administration in Lansing. Over 100 politically engaged listeners packed into the venue for the entertaining night of local and national politics.

Thursday, March 7, 7 -8:30 PM
The Rust Belt Market
22801 Woodward Avenue, Ferndale, Michigan 48220

A very special Issues & Ale is coming this March as we welcome our friends from the BBC for a unique discussion of American politics. Staff from the BBC Newshour will join host Lester Graham to talk about the government shut down, the border wall…and perhaps some of the big news from across the pond.

Issues and Ale is an event series from Michigan Radio designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing our area...in an informal atmosphere.

Issues & Ale: The Changing of the Guard in State Goverment 
Mon, February 4, 6:30-8:00 PM
Brewery Becker
500 W Main St, Brighton, MI 48116

We’ve sworn in our new governor and as the position shifts from red to blue, the state anticipates changes ahead. At our first Issues and Ale of 2019, we’ll be talking about Governor Whitmer’s first month in office and what Michiganders can expect from the new administration in its first year.

Issues & Ale: It’s Just Politics Election Preview
Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018
6:30 - 8:00 pm

Harmony Hall
401 Stocking Ave NW,
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Host: Zoe Clark

Over 200 people joined Morning Edition host Doug Tribou at Bill’s Beer Garden in Ann Arbor this past Tuesday for our Issues & Ale discussion about the challenges surrounding downtown development in cities that are booming across Michigan.

Doug was joined by panelists Christopher Taylor, Mayor of Ann Arbor; Carolyn Loh, Associate Prof. of Urban Studies and Planning at Wayne State University; and Ben Phillips, Vice President, Develop Detroit.

Michigan Radio’s Issues & Ale discussion series traveled to Toledo Monday night for the station’s first event of this kind in Ohio. The event took place at Black Cloister Brewing Company and focused on Lake Erie’s toxic cyanobacteria blooms and the safety of Toledo’s water.

Issues & Ale: The Downtown Dilemma
Tue, Sept 11, 6:30-8:00 PM 
Bill’s Beer Garden
218 S Ashley St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(Note: Since this is an outdoor event. In case of bad weather the rain date will be Wednesday, Sept. 12).

Issues & Ale: Seeing Green in Lake Erie
Mon, August 20, 6:30-8:00 PM

Black Cloister Brewing Company
619 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43604

In the summer of 2014, toxic bacteria in Lake Erie forced some 400,000 people in the Toledo area (including several communities in southeast Michigan) to stop bathing in or drinking their tap water. Although the past few years have not been as bad, farm runoff and other factors have led to toxic cyanobacteria blooms in western Lake Erie every summer since then. Will voluntary farm restrictions be enough to solve this problem and if not, what else needs to be done?

Tuesday, July 31, 6:30 - 8:00 pm
Michigan Princess River Boat
Grand River Park, Lansing, MI 48917

Voters across Michigan will go to the polls on August 7 for Michigan’s primary election. They’ll be selecting the Republican and Democratic candidates in statewide races for governor and attorney general, as well as candidates in several open U.S. House of Representatives seats and State House and Senate districts.

Lindsey Scullen / Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio’s Issues & Ale team hit the road again Wednesday night. This time, they stopped at Fillmore 13 Brewery in Pontiac to talk about the future of regional mass transit.

Wed, May 9, 6:30 - 8 p.m.

Fillmore 13 Brewery
7 N. Saginaw St
Pontiac, MI 48342

Transit in Southeast Michigan has again surfaced as a major issue as area leaders have been unable to agree on a regional transit plan. Should Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw counties all work together to develop rapid bus transit lines and commuter rail, or should car dependent areas focus on maintaining or expanding their network of roads?

Steve Chrypinski / Michigan Radio

Mental illness is an issue that “knows no class, no gender, no race, no geography,” said Joe Linstroth, executive director of Stateside and host of Wednesday night’s Issues & Ale event.

He asked the audience – a full house at Jolly Pumpkin Dexter’s brewery – to raise their hands if they have a personal connection to mental health or mental illness. Most every hand went up.

Issues & Ale: "That’s What They Say" Grammar Night
Wed, April 25, 6:30-8:00 PM
JB’s Smokehouse BBQ
 225 S Canton Center Rd
Canton, MI 48188

If it drives you crazy when someone uses "literally" to mean "figuratively," or have ever wondered how "YOLO", "bracketology," and "bromance" became actual words, then this event is for you. 

Issues & Ale: The State of Mental Health in Michigan

Mar 7, 2018

When: Wednesday, April 4, 2018
6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Jolly Pumpkin Dexter
2319 Bishop Circle East,
Dexter, Michigan 48130
Host: Joe Linstroth

Panelists from left to right: Joe Linstroth, Jeff DeGraff, Eric Thomas, Lauren Bigelow, and Nate Lutz.
April Van Buren / Michigan Radio

For more than three years, The Next Idea has been talking to people who took their creative ideas and turned them into something tangible — a business, an invention, social change. 

Those out of the box ideas are essential to keep moving Michigan’s economy forward. But creative ideas often get stuck in their own regional bubbles.

Lindsey Scullen / Michigan Radio

 

The many elections of 2018 could stir up a big political year in Michigan.

Issues & Ale, an event series from Michigan Radio, hit HopCat in Royal Oak Monday night to discuss the political balls up in the air this year – and why they could spell excitement to come.

Monday, Jan 22,  2018
6:30 - 8:00 pm
HopCat
208 5th Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067

2017 was certainly an eventful year in politics, and 2018 promises to be more of the same. We have a race for governor and every statewide office in Michigan up for grabs, open Congressional seats across metro Detroit, key ballot issues, and national mid-term elections to look forward to.

Lindsey Scullen / Michigan Radio

Monday night’s Issues & Ale event dove into the complicated world of sports – where players kneel during the national anthem, college students get payoffs, and misinformation swells around concussions and other injuries.

 

Monday, November 20, 2017, 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Zingerman's Greyline 
100 N. Ashley St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104  

What happens when the controversies of politics and the realities of life intersect with the sports we love to watch? Issues like domestic violence, players kneeling for the national anthem, and payoffs to college players have all helped to move stories about our favorite players from the sports page…to the front page.

Join Michigan Radio’s Morning Edition host Doug Tribou as he talks with sports experts about some of the controversies facing the world of sports. Joining Doug will be author and Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon, former NBA player and UM 'Fab Five' member Jimmy King and sports journalist Joanne Gerstner. 

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