Stateside Staff

The University of Michigan is not just a leader in educating its students. It’s also a leader in raising money.

The school has raised billions of dollars, to the point where its endowment stands at about $11 billion right now.

Stateside 2.1.2018

Feb 1, 2018

Today on Stateside, we hear why Michigan nurses are pushing back against understaffing and mandatory overtime. And, we discuss a Detroit Free Press report that the University of Michigan invests billions in firms run by alumni and advisers.

President Trump's first State of the Union speech touched on Detroit’s auto industry. The president said that he “halted government mandates,” and his actions would “get the Motor City revving its engines once again.”

Daniel Howes, business columnist for The Detroit News, joined Stateside to talk about the truth of these claims and the landscape of the U.S. auto industry.  

Stateside 1.31.2018

Jan 31, 2018

Today on Stateside, candidate Abdul El-Sayed fights recent uncertainty about his eligibility to run for governor. And, columnist Daniel Howes says Trump's State of the Union comments about the auto industry were "directionally correct," but lacked nuance and detail. Also today, we hear how museum intrigue nearly sent the original Wright brothers plane to Michigan.

Hudsonville entrepreneur Zach Booker will be at the U.S. Capitol tonight when President Trump delivers his first State of the Union speech. Booker is a fourth-generation barber and the guest of Republican Congressman Bill Huizenga. He joined Stateside from Washington D.C.

When President Trump declared the opioid crisis a public health emergency, he offered some ideas for tackling this national emergency. He didn't offer specific plans or funding for implementation, however.

One of those ideas was telemedicine, which might be especially helpful where America's opioid crisis is at its worst: rural areas.

Jamey Lister, an assistant professor of social work at Wayne State University, joined Stateside to discuss the future of telemedicine and its potential to serve rural populations.

Listen to the full conversation above, or read highlights below.

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed wants to become Michigan's next governor. The Democrat's bid has attracted attention from around the world.

The British newspaper The Guardian has dubbed him "the next Obama."  And recent polling shows El-Sayed is the strongest competitor to Gretchen Whitmer for the slot of Democratic front-runner.

Metro Detroit native Saladin Ahmed has been writing for years. From poetry to short stories to novels, he has experimented in many genres. Ahmed’s most recent medium is graphic novels. He produced a comic book series called “Abbott.” It follows Elena Abbott, a hard-working African-American journalist in 1972 Detroit.

Stateside producer Mike Blank recently spoke with Saladin Ahmed at a book signing at the Vault of Midnight in Detroit.

Tomorrow morning there will be a lunar trifecta: the super blue blood moon.

Mary Stewart Adams of the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Emmett County joined Stateside today to explain what this rare lunar event is, what Michiganders will be able to see, and when.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's investigation into MSU's handling of abuse allegations against Larry Nassar is focusing in these early days on three former staff members.

The special prosecutor's investigation has ordered the school to produce all emails and records for three close Nassar associates: his boss, former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine William Strampel; former women's gymnastics coach Kathie Klages; and Dr. Brooke Lemmen, a co-worker who thought of Nassar as her mentor.

Stateside 1.30.2018

Jan 30, 2018

Today on Stateside, we learn how to see tomorrow morning's lunar trifecta, the super blue blood moon. And, we discuss how deep Attorney General Bill Schuette's investigation into MSU will go. Also today, we hear why telemedicine could be an effective weapon in the war on opioid addiction in rural Michigan.

When President Donald Trump gives his State of the Union speech tomorrow night, the wife of a man the Trump administration deported will be in the audience.

Cindy Garcia will be the guest of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell.

Rep. Dingell has been working to reunite Jorge Garcia with his family. He was deported to Mexico in mid-January.

Cindy and Jorge Garcia joined Stateside to discuss Cindy's life with her husband in the United States, and how she feels about the president’s immigration policies.


An ESPN report over the weekend reveals a long-time pattern of denial, lack of action, and allegations of incidents involving Spartan football and basketball players.



A West Michigan company has come up with a remarkable way to address the skills shortage problem we hear about so much in our state.


Micron Manufacturing of Walker is a precision machining supplier, and Micron lets workers create their own schedules.

The Next Idea

The city of Grand Rapids is widely considered a great place to do business, unless you’re black. A 2015 study in Forbes magazine found that it was the second-worst city in the nation in terms of being economically friendly to African-Americans. An organization that works to promote entrepreneurship in Grand Rapids has started a pitch contest that’s meant to encourage startup ideas from everyone — especially people of color.

It is the most challenging time in the history of Michigan State University.

As MSU becomes the focus of a cascade of allegations regarding sexual abuse on campus, including accusations against members of the football and basketball teams, the school is also on a high-speed search for an interim president following the resignation of Lou Anna K. Simon.

Stateside 1.29.2018

Jan 29, 2018

Today on Stateside, a former MSU sexual assault counselor says she never had a seat at the table. And, Michigan Radio's sports commentator says MSU's Tom Izzo and Mark Dantonio need to be ready for some tough (and necessary) questions. Also today, we hear from a Michigan firm that has no supervisors, and whose employees set their own schedules.

Stateside 1.26.2018

Jan 26, 2018

Today on Stateside, a Republican member of California's redistricting commission says it's a "clear success." We also discuss the perks of former MSU President Simon's contract, and hear an author explain why tremendous beer is now part of Michigan's soul.

Stateside 1.25.2018

Jan 25, 2018

Today on Stateside, we hear reactions to former MSU President Lou Anna Simon's resignation. And, we discuss the state of 911 in Michigan –  the system is nearly half-century old, but big updates are pending. Also today, we hear from an MSU composer up for a Grammy.

Michigan State University faculty are now talking about a vote of no confidence in President Lou Anna Simon.

David Jesse, a reporter with the Detroit Free Press, wrote an article yesterday headlined, “Most Michigan State trustees quiet during calls for Simon’s resignation; faculty weighs in.” (Trustee Dianne Byrum joined Mitch Lyons in calling for Simon's resignation after this segment was recorded.)


When was the last time you heard about a politician who realized she or he needed to change to help the country – that former ways had to be put aside to foster bipartisan cooperation for the good of the country? 


A U.S. senator from Michigan, Arthur Vandenberg, was such a person. 



In the early days of making cars, many companies quickly appeared and then disappeared just as fast. 


In an article in Michigan History MagazineSteve Ostrander noted there were 34 automakers in the 1920s. One of them was named after a World War I flying ace — Eddie Rickenbacker. 

On Tuesday evening Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder outlined his plans for the state during his last year in office. Michigan Radio Capitol Bureau Chief Rick Pluta and resident political junkie Zoe Clark joined Lester Graham for a conversation about his State of the State address.

This week is National School Choice Week. But is school choice in Michigan cause for celebration?

Gary Miron is a professor of evaluation, measurement and research at Western Michigan University. He evaluates school choice programs and other educational reforms nationally and internationally. He joined Stateside to discuss Michigan’s school choice program.

Stateside 1.24.2018

Jan 24, 2018

Today on Stateside, we discuss whether a vote of no confidence will be the end for MSU President Lou Anna Simon. And, we debrief after last night's State of the State address. We also hear why a pro-school choice expert gives Michigan's approach a failing grade, and which ubiquitous innovation destroyed the Rickenbacker Motor Company.