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Stateside with Cynthia Canty covers a wide range of Michigan news and policy issues as well as culture and lifestyle stories. In keeping with Michigan Radio’s broad coverage across southern Michigan, Stateside with Cynthia Canty will focus on topics and events that matter to people all across the state.

Stateside with Cynthia Canty covers a wide range of Michigan news and policy issues as well as culture and lifestyle stories. In keeping with Michigan Radio’s broad coverage across southern Michigan, Stateside with Cynthia Canty will focus on topics and events that matter to people all across the state.


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Stateside with Cynthia Canty covers a wide range of Michigan news and policy issues as well as culture and lifestyle stories. In keeping with Michigan Radio’s broad coverage across southern Michigan, Stateside with Cynthia Canty will focus on topics and events that matter to people all across the state.




Stateside: Union rift over Medicare for All; death of the comment section; the race for MI's 8th

Today on Stateside , Michigan is under the microscope this election year. We talk to a POLITICO reporter about why the state could play a key role in the rift among labor unions over Medicare for All. Plus, we talk to the hosts of Michigan Radio’s new political podcast. It focuses on a competitive congressional district where Republicans are hoping to hold onto the gains of 2016.


Stateside: Absentee ballot debate continues; what record shops are spinning; road bonds explained

Today on Stateside, a bill to give local clerks a head start on absentee ballot counting has hit a wall in the Legislature. We'll hear from one clerk who's going back to the drawing board. Plus, a conversation with the owner of an Ann Arbor record store owner about the albums he's listening to and loving right now.


Stateside: Power of the presidential pardon; PFAS documentary; Detroiters in Ghana

Today on Stateside , as President Trump pardons a slew of white-collar criminals, some Detroiters are asking for consideration for Kwame Kilpatrick. The former Detroit mayor is serving a lengthy sentence on corruption charges. What would a commutation do for Trump's standing in metro Detroit? Also, a new documentary tells the story of how a lakeside town in West Michigan became contaminated with PFAS.


Stateside: GM downsizing; comedian Joe Pera; new rules for state’s marijuana industry

Today on Stateside , General Motors backs further into its comfort zone as it exits some markets around the Pacific Rim. We'll talk about how the company's effort to focus on strengths is playing out. Plus, we talk to comedian Joe Pera about his series that follows a mild-mannered oddball living in Marquette.


Stateside: Dan Gilbert’s recovery; collecting African American art; dark money in U.S. Senate race

Today on Stateside , a super PAC funded by the DeVos family has raised $800,000 to unseat Democratic U.S. Senator Gary Peters. We talk about how spending by outside groups could impact the state's most competitive 2020 races. Plus, an update on the Michigan family caught in a coronavirus scare on a cruise ship.


Stateside: Family quarantined on cruise ship; self portraiture and identity; Detroit water shut-offs

Today on Stateside , one Michigan family got an extended vacation after their cruise ship was turned away from port after port because of fears about the coronavirus. Also, we round up the week's news, including the coverage of black voters ahead of election 2020 and Detroit's ongoing water shutoffs.


Stateside: Hiring of MSU football coach; Whitmer appointment rejected; portraits of black life

Today on Stateside , we're digging deeper into the hiring of Mel Tucker, his around $30 million compensation package, and the process governing sports hiring at Michigan's Big 3 schools. Plus, two African American artists in Detroit talk about finding a canvas big enough to tell real stories.


Stateside: UM provost faces sexual misconduct allegations; black portraiture; gun-rights sanctuaries

Today on Stateside , the trial of Kathie Klages has begun. The longtime coach for the Michigan State University women’s gymnastics team is accused of lying to police during an investigation into Larry Nassar . Plus, the national debate over new gun control measures has led to some Michigan municipalities to adopt “ sanctuary county ” resolutions for gun rights.


Stateside: Shoreline erosion; Detroit-made film at Sundance; lotto money and school funding

Today on Stateside , what the worsening erosion of Great Lakes shorelines looks like from a bird’s eye view. Plus, an expected flood of absentee ballots this November has some of Michigan's clerks nervous about timely reporting. We talk to a state senator who says accuracy is more important than speed when it comes to counting votes.


Stateside: Coronavirus affect on MI economy; Line 5 under St. Clair River; MI’s first black settlers

Today on Stateside , the coronavirus outbreak in China is beginning to have an effect on Michigan manufacturers. We hear from an executive at a west Michigan auto parts supplier about how the virus is affecting their business. Plus, we'll learn about Michigan's first African American settlers, as well as Enbridge's plan to replace a section of Line 5 under the St. Clair River.


Stateside: Dantonio retirement; film critics preview Oscars; Detroit’s chief storyteller

Today on Stateside , it's the end of an era for Michigan State fooball under head coach Mark Dantonio. Plus, the city of Detroit's new chief storyteller talks about his plan for making sure the city's narrative reflects its residents.


Stateside: Whitmer lays out budget priorities; how parents and kids grapple with racism at school

Today on Stateside , we talk about Governor Gretchen Whitmer's budget priorities, including a boost in school funding. Plus, parents from Saline and Lansing discuss what it's like to raise kids of color who go to majority-white schools.


Stateside: Gov. Whitmer on national stage; diversity in classical music; future of executive power

Today on Stateside , we recap Governor Whitmer's response to President Trump's State of the Union address. Plus, with the impeachment trial wrapping up, we hear from former federal prosecutor and University of Michigan law professor Barbara McQuade about why this could be a big moment for the future of executive power.


Stateside: Absentee ballot challenges; Broadway’s first black star; cherry farmers struggle

Today on Stateside , we spoke to two Michigan clerks about how the state can avoid an Iowa caucuses style castastrophe in November. Plus, a new play at Plowshares Theatre in Detroit tells the story of Broadway's first black megastar Charles S. Gilpin.


Black artists take on indifference, reframe history in new FIA exhibit

The Flint Institute of Art's exhibit Community draws attention to black spaces and black lives, in both quiet and dramatic ways. The pieces in the exhibition vary in medium and message, but the story they tell broadens our understanding of black history.


Stateside: Whitmer shifts from SOTS to SOTU; tackling imam shortage; marijuana banking

Today on Stateside , Governor Gretchen Whitmer is set to deliver the Democratic rebuttal to President Trump’s State of the Union next week. Why was she chosen and what can we expect to hear? Plus, the head of a Dearborn seminary talks about educating the next generation of Muslim faith leaders.


Stateside: Whitmer on bonds plan and GOP response; lessons from Japanese-American WWII internment

Today on Stateside , Gretchen Whitmer laid out her 2020 agenda at Wednesday's State of the State address. We'll talk to the governor, and lawmakers from both parties, about what comes next. Plus, an investigative report into how law enforcement and a religious group let a suspected child predator go.


Stateside: State of the State; life as a “fat, black, Muslim” woman; impeachment and executive power

Today on Stateside , Governor Gretchen Whitmer will lay out her agenda for the year ahead at Wednesday night’s State of the State address. What can we expect to hear? Plus, a former U.S. Attorney for Michigan says there's an important struggle going on over the limits of executive power in the impeachment trial.


Stateside: Counting absentee ballots; shortage of women coaches; Lansing administrator audited

Today on Stateside , local and county clerks are raising concerns about their ability to deal with an influx of absentee ballots in November’s presidential election. Plus, the woman who turned the University of Michigan into a softball powerhouse talks about the yawning gender equity gap in college sports coaching.


Stateside: Education funding gap; play turns FBI interrogation into theater; history of quarantine

Today on Stateside , a new report calls on Michigan lawmakers to deal with the funding disparities between the state's poorest and wealthiest school districts. Plus, a staged reading of an FBI interrogation takes us inside one intelligence contractor's choice.