Stateside

Monday-Thursday, 3pm on IPR News
Cynthia Canty

Stateside with Cynthia Canty covers a wide range of Michigan news and policy issues — as well as culture and lifestyle stories. The show is a production of our partner Michigan Radio. It focuses on topics and events that matter to people all across the state.

Genre: 
Composer ID: 
526eb9ef7165f3781e000b15|526153a9e1c833dd4ebc2235

Pages

Stateside
8:02 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Michigan bird species threatened by climate change, report says

The common loon is one of the climate-endangered species in Michigan.

 


A recent report from the National Audubon Society points to troubling times ahead for our bird population.


Climate change could make some huge changes for birds in North America: About half of our 650 species would be driven to smaller spaces or forced to find totally new places to live or become extinct – all of this in just the next 65 years.


Jonathan Lutz is the executive director of the Michigan Audubon Society. He says in Michigan, about 50 species are vulnerable to the changing climate.

Read more
Stateside
7:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

A preview of Affordable Care Act marketplace, year 2

 


Health insurers and Healthcare.gov are now gearing up for year two of the Affordable Care Act.


Open enrollment begins two months from today – November 15. And this year, there's a new twist: renewals and plan changes.


Marianne Udow-Phillips is the director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan. She says consumers have to do their homework to compare different health plans this year.


"Some [rates] are up, and some are down ... Even those who have coverage now, it would be very important for consumers to actually look at the choices again and see what is the best match with the premiums and the networks that are offered," says Udow-Phillips.


* Listen to our conversation with Marianne Udow-Phillips above.

Read more
Stateside
7:54 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Love the online quest for a sweet deal on airfare or hotel rooms? You may be wasting your time

A Delta Connection plane.

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 12:40 pm

    

 


Are you one of those travelers who scours the web, checking for the very best prices on all of the travel sites, big and small?


How much time does it take to find that "best" airfare or hotel room price?


Detroit Free Press travel writer Ellen Creager says if you're just looking for a hotel room or airfare, there really is no point spending hours comparing deals, because the travel sites have all turned into something she calls "inbred goldfish." 


"Let's say Expedia. They own hotels.com, Hotwire, Venere and TravelTicker. Priceline owns Kayak and booking.com. And Sabre Holdings owns Travelocity but they just firmed out their search to Expedia ... they all have ties and links to each other," says Creager.


For those of you who are hunting for travel bargains around the Web, Creager suggests keep looking, just don't spend too much time looking. 


"You can check 100 places, and you are basically going to find the exact same fare," says Creager.


* Listen to the interview with Ellen Creager above.


Read more
Stateside
7:50 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

DIA director talks about Detroit bankruptcy battle

Bank of the Oise at Auvers by Van Gogh, owned by the DIA


 

As the Detroit bankruptcy trial moves into its third week, the spotlight has often been trained on the Detroit Institute of Arts.


The discussion over whether the DIA can and should be forced to sell its treasures to help offset Detroit's insolvency has been one of the most hotly debated issues of the bankruptcy.


DIA director Graham Beal recently wrote a letter that was published in the museum's newsletter and then posted on Deadline Detroit under the headline "Museums Should Step Very Carefully 'In Times Of Crisis.'"


Here's an excerpt of the letter:


In the Great Depression, the DIA remained open and staffed, largely thanks to the secret support of Edsel Ford. The city of Detroit arts commissioners could have sold the van Gogh self-portrait, Matisse's The Window, Ruisdael's Jewish Cemetery, or even Breugel's Wedding Dance, but the thought never seems to have crossed anyone's mind.

Read more
Stateside
7:45 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Michigan-made Aeron chair was designed to break away from predictable office style


The Aeron Chair: It's the instantly recognizable mesh-backed, ergonomic office chair.

Nearly seven million Aerons have been sold to date by the Herman Miller Company of West Michigan.

But the chair that epitomizes today's office actually began life as something designed for a completely different consumer.

Don Chadwick and Bill Stumpf designed the Aeron for Herman Miller. 

Chadwick joined Stateside today. He says that the they believed that what had been done before and what was currently available would not satisfy their approach.

That's why they set out to take a totally different look at how an office chair looks, how it works, and how it responds to the environment it's to be used in.

"To be blunt, a lot of them were boring, because they were predictable," says Chadwick.

* Listen to the full interview with Don Chadwick above.

Read more

Pages