Stateside Staff

Stateside 4.24.2018

21 hours ago

Today on Stateside, we talk to a Detroit Free Press reporter about the sexual harassment women officers face in Michigan prisons. And, we learn a new commission is looking for a more fair way to fund criminal courts.

Stateside 4.23.2018

Apr 23, 2018

Today on Stateside, we talk to Lee Anne Walters, the Flint water activist who just won the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for grassroots environmental activism. And, we learn what microbiomes can tell us about death from an MSU study exploring the life of a corpse.

Stateside 4.20.2018

Apr 20, 2018

Is Michigan on the brink of an all-out stink bug invasion? That answer today on Stateside. We also hear why pundits say legalizing pot now won't keep Democrats from the polls.

Stateside 4.19.2018

Apr 19, 2018

Today on Stateside, we hear the story of Henry Ford's push to grow soybeans in America, and we learn some environmentalists have a blind spot when it comes to being allies of native people.

Stateside 4.18.2018

Apr 18, 2018

Today on Stateside, we learn how a washing machine reduced absenteeism at a Detroit school. And, we discuss a Detroit Free Press report that reveals the first signs of cracks between the MSU Board of Trustees and interim President John Engler.

Stateside 4.17.2018

Apr 17, 2018

Today on Stateside, we hear Desiree Linden explain how training in Michigan helped her conquer a wet, windy Boston Marathon. And, a Senegalese mother discusses her aim to empower African immigrant families in Detroit.

Stateside 4.16.2018

Apr 16, 2018

Today on Stateside, we learn that despite infighting, high convention attendance suggests Michigan Democrats are ready for November. Also today, a national sports columnist says Engler's response to Nassar survivor Kaylee Lorincz was an "extraordinary failure." And, how much do you pay in taxes? Today we learn the answer is likely lower than you think.

Stateside 4.13.2018

Apr 13, 2018

Today on Stateside, a pipeline safety advisor says Gov. Snyder's Line 5 tunnel idea just "kicks the can down the road." And, NAFTA or no, University of Michigan models show the state can "withstand a shock from international trade." Also today, we hear from Shri Thanedar as we continue checking in with the 2018 gubernatorial candidates.

Today on Stateside, a professor from Michigan State University explains the disconnect between the university's Board of Trustees and its community. And, we continue our check-ins with the 2018 gubernatorial candidates. Today we hear from Gretchen Whitmer.

Stateside 4.11.2018

Apr 11, 2018

Today on Stateside, we learn that in the face of scandal, Saginaw Bishop Joseph Cistone has a history protecting "the institution of the church." Also today, we continue checking in with the state's 2018 gubernatorial candidates. Today we hear from Abdul El-Sayed.

It's been spring for 22 days now, but the ice hasn't melted and snow is still falling.

Mark Torregrossa, chief meteorologist with MLive and farmerweather.com, joined Stateside Tuesday to discuss just how normal these weather patterns are, and how long we should expect them to last.

 

It's called the nation's report card: a benchmark test measuring math and reading proficiency.

When it comes to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), Michigan students unfortunately have nothing to brag about.

2018 is an election year in Michigan, and the primaries are already four months away.

Before the campaigns get too chaotic, Stateside decided to check in with the candidates. This week, we’ll talk to the Democratic candidates ahead of the party's 2018 State Endorsement Convention. Party leaders will endorse a candidate for attorney general, secretary of state and the State Supreme Court.

The Republican candidates will stop by later this month.

The Freep Film Festival opens on Wednesday with a documentary that takes us right into the heart of one of the most compelling stories in sports history anywhere: how the players who became known as the Russian Five came to the Detroit Red Wings and helped power the team to back-to-back Stanley Cups.

The Russian Five is the first feature-length documentary from Port Huron’s Joshua Riehl. It's getting its world premiere this Wednesday night at a sold-out event in Detroit.

It’s time for another edition of Theater Talk. David Kiley, editor-in-chief of Encore Michigan, joined Stateside to preview and review plays around Michigan.

Stateside 4.10.2018

Apr 10, 2018

Today on Stateside, we hear about a national report card that shows Michigan schools are below average, and Detroit schools are worst. Also today, a meteorologist predicts this cold April will turn into a "nice, warm" May and June, and we check in with 2018 gubernatorial candidate Bill Cobbs.

Governor Snyder’s administration has announced that it will stop providing free water bottles to Flint residents. The state says lead levels in Flint drinking water have not exceeded government action levels for more than two years. So, it's ending the bottled water distribution program, though it says Flint residents can still receive free water filters.

Representative Dan Kildee, D-Flint, joined Stateside today to discuss how ending the water bottle program will affect the city’s residents, how Flint residents feel about the water crisis, and how trust in government can be restored in Flint.

The state of Michigan has decided there’s no further need to distribute bottled water to people in Flint. That free bottled water program began after tests revealed extremely high levels of lead in the city’s drinking water.

But the state says lead levels in Flint haven’t exceeded government action levels for over two years, so it’s ending the water distribution program.

 

 

John U. Bacon, Michigan Radio sports commentator, joined Stateside today to discuss what the Red Wings should expect in the draft lottery, what the main difference was between watching the Frozen Four and Red Wings games, and why the Pistons have "stalled."

 

On the first day that Michael Gustafson and his wife Hilary opened Literati Bookstore in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, something possessed him to place a typewriter on a table for anyone to use.

That was in the spring of 2013. Since then, Gustafson’s “public typewriter experiment” has yielded a treasure trove of notes: some droll, some heartbreaking, some witty, some poignant.

 

The concept of seeking sanctuary in a church is an ancient one. 

 

As the United States toughens its immigration stance though, people facing deportation are turning to churches for sanctuary. 

Stateside 4.9.2018

Apr 9, 2018

As the state ends free bottled water, today on Stateside, Rep. Kildee says people of Flint deserve "a little more respect." Also today, we visit a Detroit church that's been providing sanctuary for an Albanian immigrant and his family for about three months.

Stateside 4.6.2018

Apr 7, 2018

Today on Stateside, we talk with our regular commentators about Nestle getting a new water withdrawal permit despite public opposition. and we talk to an artisan who tells us about the finer points of ice fishing rods.

 

One of the key proposals in Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s State of the City address last month was a new busing system that would serve both district and charter schools. 

The announcement brought to mind Detroit's fraught history with school busing. The city's schools   along with nearly every urban school system in the country – are still living with the legacy of the 1974 Supreme Court decision on busing in the case of Milliken v. Bradley.

Now that the state has approved a permit for Nestle to remove more water from its Osceola County well, opposition is growing.

Among the critics: Macomb County Public Works Commissioner and former Republican congresswoman Candice Miller.

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