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Entertaining, common-sense, and in-depth commentaries from award-winning writer and media personality, Jack Lessenberry.

Entertaining, common-sense, and in-depth commentaries from award-winning writer and media personality, Jack Lessenberry.
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Entertaining, common-sense, and in-depth commentaries from award-winning writer and media personality, Jack Lessenberry.

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The Gordie Howe Bridge Across the Detroit River…Will It Ever Really Happen?

11/5/2019
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For nearly twenty years, a battle has raged over building a new bridge across the Detroit River. The Ambassador Bridge is nearly ninety years old, in questionable shape, wasn’t built for today’s huge trucks and is in a location that, given today’s traffic patterns, doesn’t make much sense. But it is also privately owned. And its owner, 92-year-old billionaire Matty Moroun, has spent millions fighting every attempt to build a new bridge – even though Michigan business interests have been...

Duration:00:40:36

The Truth About Impeachment: Will it happen? What would it mean?

10/29/2019
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The House of Representatives has begun an “impeachment inquiry” into President Donald Trump’s behavior, specifically in regard to the Ukraine. It’s alleged he tried to get that nation’s President to get dirt on former Vice-President Joe Biden’s son in return for aid. A majority of Americans now think that’s justified, but there’s still a long way to go. Only two US presidents have ever been impeached, and none have ever been convicted and removed from office. There’s also a broad...

Duration:00:49:13

Crisis in Michigan’s Messed-Up Mental Health System

10/22/2019
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There is a crisis in mental health care in Michigan. A single mother had to wait for months to have her son hospitalized, even though he had repeatedly tried to kill her. A 19-year-old autistic, severely mentally ill man kicked an elderly man to death in an adult foster care facility. He needs help – but authorities could not find or agree on where to put him, and there is an increasing percentage of state prisoners are mentally ill, many severely so – and for them and society, prison is the...

Duration:00:35:47

Wrongly Convicted: One Woman’s Lonely Search for Justice for Her Husband

10/15/2019
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Louise O’Connell is a senior banking executive, accountant and fraud investigator. Her husband Jim was semi-retired and spent time helping out at the church they belonged to and a preschool it ran. One day in 2013, a seven-year-old former pre-school student said “Mr. Jim” had abused her more than a year before. There was no evidence, no witnesses, and he had no prior record of any sexual misbehavior, but he was swiftly convicted and given what amounted to a life sentence. His wife Louise is...

Duration:00:39:32

Politics & Prejudices Podcast: Will the census really count all of us? And will redistricting reform really happen?

10/8/2019
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The U.S. Census is next April -- and it’s more important than ever for Michigan. For the first time, redistricting has been taken away from the politicians and given to the people. Kurt Metzger is probably Michigan’s best-known and most experienced demographer and population expert. After working for the U.S. Census bureau for years, he ran a program at Wayne State and went on to work for United Way and then found Data Driven Detroit. Today, he still studies demographic trends and keeps an...

Duration:00:37:23

Are Our Politicians Bought and Paid For?

10/1/2019
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Almost everybody knows that it takes indecent amounts of money to run political campaigns nowadays. But what you might not know is that politicians often try to hide just how much is being spent – and more importantly, where it is coming from. But a too-little known nonprofit outfit called the Michigan Campaign Finance Network (MCFN.org) is out there trying to hold the campaigns accountable and bring the facts to you. Craig Mauger has been executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance...

Duration:00:37:23

Will the census really count all of us? And will redistricting reform really happen?

9/30/2019
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The nation’s citizens will be officially counted by the U.S. Census Bureau next April -- and for Michigan, this will be more important than ever. That’s because, for the first time, redistricting has been taken away from the politicians and given to the people. Kurt Metzger is probably Michigan’s best-known and most experienced demographer and population expert. After working for the U.S. Census bureau for years, he ran a program at Wayne State and went on to work for United Way and then...

Duration:00:37:23

USA & China – Trade, Tariffs and Tension

9/24/2019
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Economically, China and the United States are the two most important superpowers in the world – and now they are involved in an escalating trade war. Does this make sense? Who is most likely to be hurt? The answer may surprise you. Listen to my guests, Tom Watkins, and Bernard Swiecki and let me know what YOU think. Tom Watkins has held a wide variety of important jobs in Michigan, from Director of the State Department of Health to State Superintendent of Schools, but he is now devoting...

Duration:00:39:56

What does a coffee company and a bus company have to do with the Detroit comeback story?

9/19/2019
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Here’s what happens when two guys from Detroit take different and unique paths to step up and make a real community and economic impact. A.J. O’Neil is a regular guy. He was a roofer until he fell off a roof and almost died. No longer able to stay in that career, he remade himself and is now the founder and CBO, (Chief Bean Officer), of Detroit Bold Coffee, which is selling a ton of beans a week, and employing folks in beaten-down Highland Park. Andy Didorosi created Detroit Bus Company to...

Duration:00:30:33

How the (BLEEP) Did This Guy Make An Award Winning Movie?

9/11/2019
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There's no way millennial Mike Rott could have made an award-winning documentary film about a Tuskegee airman. He'd never had a day of film school. But since he didn't know he couldn't do it .... he did. Luft Gangster has won awards and been shown nationwide and overseas. And now, he's getting funding and working hard on a potentially even more important film: "Why the bleep do they hate us?" Listen to the story of how he did it -- and what he plans to do next.

Duration:00:30:14

Living Transgender, The Real Story

9/11/2019
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Civil rights and women’s rights have come a long way. America has even begun to recognize that gay and lesbian people have legitimate rights to live their lives the way they want to. However, society has lagged much further behind about respecting the rights of transgender Americans, as well as understanding anything about them. That’s why Julisa Abad, a transgender Latina woman and Alanna Maguire, president of FAIR Michigan, an organization that is fighting to end discrimination in the...

Duration:00:27:04

The Truth About Michigan's New Car Insurance Law

9/11/2019
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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed a bill designed to significantly reduce car insurance rates. But when you read this bill it contains loopholes for the insurance companies and turns out that it may not be all it’s said to be. Find out the truth the law and how it could affect you and your family.

Duration:00:36:53

The War We Can't Forget - Civil War Citizen-General, Alpheus S. Williams

9/11/2019
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Michigan historian Jack Dempsey talks about his new biography of Citizen-General, Alpheus S. Williams, one of the most important Civil War general you never heard of.

Duration:00:32:41

Markie Miller – Lake Erie Bill of Rights

9/11/2019
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Markie Miller is the driving force behind the Bill of Rights ballot initiative for Lake Erie to reduce the toxic pollution to this Great Lake. Opposed by both major political parties and outspent in advertising forty to one, Markie successfully led the fight and helped this Great Lake win by a landslide. A modern-day David and Goliath story of passion and perseverance.

Duration:00:21:20

More Than the Geoffrey Fieger You Thought You Knew

9/11/2019
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Everybody knows Geoffrey Fieger is the toughest and most flamboyant attorney around. But do you know that he thinks Donald Trump is a “criminal and scam artist?” Did you know that he thinks that the intelligence in our country has gone down dramatically? Learn a lot more about the man you thought you knew.

Duration:00:46:20