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Conversations that matter to Michigan. Each weekday, host April Baer will bring you stories from people across the state—from policymakers in Lansing, to entrepreneurs in Detroit, to artists in Grand Rapids. To access full episodes and individual story segments, please visit michiganradio.org.

Conversations that matter to Michigan. Each weekday, host April Baer will bring you stories from people across the state—from policymakers in Lansing, to entrepreneurs in Detroit, to artists in Grand Rapids. To access full episodes and individual story segments, please visit michiganradio.org.

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Ann Arbor, MI

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World News

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Michigan PR

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Conversations that matter to Michigan. Each weekday, host April Baer will bring you stories from people across the state—from policymakers in Lansing, to entrepreneurs in Detroit, to artists in Grand Rapids. To access full episodes and individual story segments, please visit michiganradio.org.

Language:

English


Episodes

A Win for LGBTQ Adoptive Parents

3/2/2021
Bethany Christian Services, a Michigan-based adoption network, one of the largest in the nation, now says it’s open to placing children in homes with LGBTQ parents. GUEST: Dana Nessel is Michigan's Attorney General. She had an important role in the early stages of the legal challenges. NOTES: Stateside theme music is by 14KT. Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider supporting our work. Looking for more conversations from Stateside? Right this...

Duration:00:17:03

Helping Kids Cope With Pandemic Stress

3/1/2021
The pandemic hasn’t been easy on anyone’s mental health, and that includes kids. On today’s episode, we talk about the challenges kids and families are facing when it comes to pandemic stressors, and get some advice on how you can help the kids in your life cope with the uncertainty surrounding school and, well, everything else. GUEST: Erin Hunter, child psychologist and interim director of the University Center for the Child and Family at the University of Michigan Looking for more...

Duration:00:20:11

Who was John Geddert?

2/26/2021
Yesterday after being charged with 24 felony counts, John Geddert died by suicide. Today we’re looking into who John Geddert was, and what his death means in the name of justice for survivors of his abuse in elite gymnastics. GUESTS: Dan Murphy, staff writer at ESPN Looking for more conversations from Stateside? Right this way. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider supporting our work. Stateside’s theme music is by 14KT. Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions. See...

Duration:00:23:47

Experience Idlewild

2/25/2021
Historically known as "Black Eden", Idlewild has been many things over the past 100 years. A center of entertainment and resort space for black celebrities. A peaceful haven when Jim Crow made safety feel impossible for black people. These days, there's a renewed interest in this part of Yates' Township. Black families still live here, and there’s so much new energy. A new generation of entrepreneurs, vacationers and even residents are returning to Idlewild to see just what the world has...

Duration:00:20:19

Black Michiganders Lag Behind on COVID-19 Vaccinations

2/24/2021
New data from the state paints a grim picture of racial disparities in vaccination rates for Black Michiganders. The state cautions that there are some major gaps in that data, but it's a troubling snapshot. On today's episode, we’ll talk to a Michigan Radio reporter about what the state is trying to do to address both the incomplete data and the low rate of vaccination for Black communities. Also, we talk to two students at the University of Michigan about what campus life is like a year...

Duration:00:22:17

The History and Future of Black Spaces in Detroit

2/23/2021
In the first half of the 20th century, Detroit’s African American population was booming. The Black Bottom and Paradise Valley neighborhoods became centers of Black life and culture. But they were destroyed during the 1950s and 60s to make way for highways. On today’s episode, we’ll talk about the history of those lost neighborhoods and about what it looks like now to create spaces that welcome and include Black Detroiters. GUESTS: Lauren Hood is an urban planner and leading thinker in...

Duration:00:17:21

The School Reopening Debate

2/22/2021
A recent Ann Arbor school board meeting left everyone wondering if the district was deciding not to return to the classroom at all this school year -- a point the district has been quick to note it has not finalized its decision. Today, a look at the big picture for how schools are making decisions about reopening, and the challenges districts face as they return to the classroom. GUESTS: Ron French, reporter with Bridge Michigan. Koby Levin, reporter with Chalkbeat Detroit. Stateside theme...

Duration:00:24:45

Firekeeper's Daughter

2/19/2021
Firekeeper's Daughter, a new novel by Michigan’s Angeline Boulley, is not just one of the most-anticipated YA reads of the year. It’s also a complex story about a girl finding her way in two cultures. Today we're talking with Angeline Boulley about her debut novel and growing up around Sault Ste Marie, where the book is based. Guest: Angeline Boulley is the author of Firekeeper's Daughter. Looking for more conversations from Stateside? Right this way. If you like what you hear on the pod,...

Duration:00:23:38

Black Sailors on the Great Lakes

2/18/2021
Maybe you’ve heard some of the sea shanties making the rounds on social media - most prominently on TikTok. But did you know that Michigan has a few shanties of its own to sing? Today we’re taking a look at the history and legacy fo Black Sailors in the Great Lakes and the sea shanties that came with them. Guest: Jillian Reese is the curator of Exhibits at the Michigan History Center Looking for more conversations from Stateside? Right this way. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider...

Duration:00:20:39

Answers to Your COVID Vaccine Questions

2/17/2021
The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for COVID have offered hope to millions. But a lot of us have questions about getting vaccinated. We asked you to submit your question about the COVID Vaccine and today we're getting some answers. Guests: Dr. Mouhanad Hammami is the Wayne County Chief Health Strategist and a lecturer at University of Michigan’s Dearborn campus school of public health. Kristen Shamus is a reporter at the Detroit Free Press covering COVID-19. Stateside theme music is by 14KT....

Duration:00:22:13

Taste the Diaspora Detroit

2/16/2021
Taste the Diaspora Detroit is celebrating the enormous contributions people of African origins make to American cuisine. A dream team of regional chefs is creating boxed lunches, a different one for each week of Black History Month. Each meal tells a story. GUESTS: Raphael Wright is a co-founder. He’s also with Urban Plug, a social conglomerate that starts and owns businesses dedicated to improving Detroit’s urban neighborhoods. Chef Jermond Booze is a co-founder and a consultant for local...

Duration:00:18:49

More Black Families Turn to Homeschooling

2/15/2021
The pandemic has upended school for everybody, but some Black families are finding that might not be such a bad thing. On today’s episode, we’ll talk to two homeschooling Detroit moms who have been helping other families navigate the world of at-home learning. GUESTS: Salima Ellis, school leader at Universal Minds School of Evolution Bernita Bradley, founder of the Engaged Detroit Homeschooling Network and Midwest Regional Delegate for the National Parents Union For more information about...

Duration:00:18:21

Rebranding Invasive Carp

2/12/2021
Michigan wildlife managers and the state’s outdoor recreation industries are worried about invasive carp species. So much so, that Michigan and several adjacent states have spent millions to mitigate the threat. But is there something more we could be doing to reduce the population of carp maybe even before they get here? GUESTS: Keith Matheny is a reporter for the Detroit Free Press Lester Graham is an environment reporter with Michigan Radio Rachel Ishikawa is Michigan Radio’s podcast...

Duration:00:18:48

Detroit Gets Vaccinated

2/11/2021
You can’t say Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout has been entirely smooth. There simply aren’t a lot of doses. But the city of Detroit has been beating a lot of expectations for getting residents scheduled and moving them through the process. Today, a look at how it happened. GUEST: Jared Fleisher is a VP for government affairs for Quicken Loans. Stateside’s theme music is by 14KT. Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider supporting our work....

Duration:00:21:33

Impeachment and the Founding Fathers

2/10/2021
For the second time in less than two years, former President Donald Trump is facing a Senate impeachment trial, this time for his alleged role in inciting the Jan. 6 storming of the U.S. Capitol. On Tuesday, House impeachment managers and Trump’s defense attorneys argued over the constitutionality of impeaching someone no longer in office. On today’s episode, we talk to someone who was thinking about that question long before Trump was running for any kind of political office. GUEST: Brian...

Duration:00:16:53

Short Film Captures Detroit’s Creative Scene

2/9/2021
Showing Up Showing Out is a short film that tells the story about the past, present and future of Motown. It's a showpiece for the music, fashions and creators of Detroit. The film was recently nominated for four awards at the Fashion Film Festival Milano. GUESTS: Imani Mixon is a writer, host and creative consultant. Margot Bowman is a filmmaker and creative director. Stateside’s theme music is by 14KT. Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider...

Duration:00:21:04

Ice, Climate Change, and Michigan Lakes

2/8/2021
On today’s episode, we’re talking ice cover on Michigan’s lakes. We’ll get an expert’s advice on how to stay safe during your winter beach strolls, and we’ll hear about how ice fisherman are dealing with the trend toward less and less ice cover in a warming climate. GUESTS: Myron Gilbert, member of the U.S. World Ice Fishing Team Lester Graham, Michigan Radio reporter and host of The Environment Report Dave Benjamin, executive director for the Great Lakes Surf Rescue Project Stateside’s...

Duration:00:14:20

The Midwestern Rum-runners

2/5/2021
One hundred years ago, in the aftermath of World War I, the United States was well into its experiment with national temperance. Michigan wasn’t a stranger to Prohibition — the state banned alcohol in 1918, about two years before Prohibition went into effect nationwide. Despite restrictions, thirsty Michiganders still found ways to get their hands on booze. And before long, alcohol smugglers in the Toledo-Detroit-Windsor region developed a thriving trade, due in part to an increasingly...

Duration:00:18:14

Women Hardest Hit by Pandemic Job Losses

2/4/2021
The complete upending of “normal” life brought on by the pandemic has left a lot of us acutely aware of social and economic injustices. When it comes to job loss, it is women, specifically women of color, who have been hit the hardest. GUEST: Betsey Stevenson is a labor economist and professor at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Stateside theme music is by 14KT. Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions and Podington Bear. If you like what you hear on the...

Duration:00:23:41

COVID and Conspiracy in the Upper Peninsula

2/3/2021
With a vaccine in distribution, it’s starting to feel like there is light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. But in a small town of Calumet, in the western U.P., the fight against any change in daily life due to COVID-19 continues to rage as maskless patrons crowd a local cafe that has ignored state orders at every turn. We talk to a reporter who visited the town to understand how the combination of the pandemic and hyper-partisan rhetoric has combined to form a wave of anti-government...

Duration:00:20:15