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Common sense about North Korea

11/17/2017
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Don Haffner is a witty and smart guy in his late 60s who grew up in Downriver Detroit’s working class town of Allen Park. Growing up, he didn’t know what he wanted to do with his life, except not to become one more cog on the assembly line. So he went to tiny Albion College, until one day in 1972 when he was about to graduate and got a letter asking him if he might want to consider serving in South Korea in the Peace Corps. He did, and it changed his life. South Korea is prosperous now, and...

Duration: 00:02:54


Who is guarding the guardians?

11/16/2017
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I talked yesterday about two bills before the legislature that would make it more difficult for hospitals to honor “do not resuscitate” orders, especially if an individual was unconscious and their stated desire to allow someone to die was opposed by a family member. This made me wonder about who legally has the right to make decisions in such cases, especially when there is some question about someone’s soundness of mind. Since Michigan closed most of its state hospitals in the 1990s,...

Duration: 00:03:05


Legislature wants to take away our right to die

11/15/2017
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For years, I covered the assisted suicide crusade of Dr. Jack Kevorkian , who became internationally famous in the 1990s. Today, we tend to remember his outlandish antics –his bizarre suicide machine; the battered Volkswagen van, and the strange Mutt and Jeff combination of the wacky aged physician and a young, brash, and outrageous Geoffrey Fieger. But we tend to forget that Kevorkian was fulfilling a need. Medical science can now prolong people’s existence far beyond the point when they...

Duration: 00:02:57


Lessenberry on Line 5, gun control, and the latest on Detroit's land swap deal

11/15/2017
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This week, Enbridge Energy reported the protective coating has worn off of it's Line 5 pipeline in more spots than previously revealed. Line 5 is the oil and gas pipeline that runs under the straits of Mackinac. The new report says there were 8 spots of bare metal and seven of them will be repaired before winter sets in. A state commission has called Enbridge to testify next month. Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Doug Tribou and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about possible...

Duration: 00:04:26


The importance of loving what you do

11/14/2017
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I never really knew Irving Tobocman, the world-renowned architect who lived in Birmingham and designed buildings all over the state and the world. I knew his work, which evoked the best of the Bauhaus movement and Frank Lloyd Wright, and I have often been amazed that Detroit has been home to what seemed a disproportionate number of great architects –Tobocman, Minoru Yamasaki, and back in the day when the auto industry was exploding, Albert Kahn.

Duration: 00:02:53


Threatening the Great Lakes

11/13/2017
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The principle a doctor is supposed to follow in dealing with patients is, “first, do no harm.” The most valuable natural resource this state and region has is undoubtedly the Great Lakes. They contain twenty percent of the world’s surface fresh water. They mean billions of dollars every year in recreational boating and fishing and other activities. Damage them beyond repair, and we are finished. You would think if “first, do no harm” ought to apply anywhere, it would be here. But that’s not...

Duration: 00:03:02


Trump's tax plan an "unmitigated disaster" for everyone except the super-rich

11/9/2017
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This week’s elections are over, and Republicans did badly. GOP leaders are now saying openly that they need to pass a tax bill or face losing the House of Representatives next year. Well, a year can be a long time in politics. Thirty-five years ago, in Ronald Reagan’s first mid-term election, Democrats made huge gains, and the experts predicted Reagan might be a one-term president. Instead, two years later, he won 49 of the 50 states. So you never can tell. But I am more interested in what...

Duration: 00:02:59


Politicians of the past were willing to stand up for bipartisanship

11/8/2017
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A year ago today, Michigan and the nation stunned the world by electing a President whose platform essentially repudiated a bipartisan legacy of steadily increasing international ties on issues from military affairs to the environment to trade. My guess is that few now know much about a Michigan Republican whose career was the exact reverse of Donald Trump’s, but who was a giant of a statesman when our current president was born. Arthur H. Vandenberg started his political career as a...

Duration: 00:03:01


Lessenberry reviews 2017 Michigan election results

11/8/2017
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Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Doug Tribou, and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss some of yesterday's election results. Incumbent Mike Duggan defeated state senator Coleman Young II in Detroit's mayoral race Flint mayor Karen Weaver was reelected in a recall election Democrats won in special elections in the 1st and 109th state house districts Voters renewed a millage for " The Rapid ," the city bus system in Grand Rapids East Lansing voters rejected a citywide income tax

Duration: 00:04:42


Election Day, and an anniversary

11/7/2017
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Today is Election Day, though less than one-fifth of eligible Michigan residents are likely to vote. Most of all, I am morbidly curious to see whether Detroiters will elect Virgil Smith Jr. to their city council. He’s the former state senator who recently did time after he physically attacked his ex-wife and shot up her car in a residential neighborhood. There are also a few mostly one-sided mayoral races and a whole bunch of local millage elections. There’s a special election to fill the...

Duration: 00:02:57


So, what do we do about guns?

11/6/2017
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Several listeners wrote to me after yesterday’s shooting in Texas to ask if I was going to talk about it today. I had no intention of doing so. Long ago, and certainly after the massacre of the elementary students in Sandy Hook, it became clear to me that our society doesn’t care enough to do anything about this. True, the money and the power of the National Rifle Association over our elected representatives has been enough to thwart the mildest and most sensible gun safety measures.And we...

Duration: 00:02:51


Auto insurance reform failed this time, but the debate is still far from over

11/3/2017
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Mike Duggan is the most powerful mayor of Detroit in many years, and probably the most popular one statewide in our lifetimes. Republicans, on the other hand, have overwhelming control of the state Legislature.

Duration: 00:02:56


Questions of corruption at the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority

11/1/2017
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette hasn’t hesitated to launch investigations into a number of agencies whose behavior he’s found questionable. So he might want to seriously consider looking at potential corruption at the Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, where there are indications some board members may be putting their own private interests ahead of the needs of those they are supposed to help.

Duration: 00:02:59


Lessenberry: Election Day preview

11/1/2017
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Election Day in Michigan is Tuesday, November 7. Michigan Radio's "Morning Edition" host Doug Tribou and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry preview some of the issues for voters around the state:

Duration: 00:04:41


If Michigan Democrats thought next year would be easy, they may need to think a little harder

10/31/2017
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A year ago, I was talking to Matt Grossman, the pollster and political scientist at Michigan State University. Like most of us, he didn’t expect Donald Trump would win. But he told me that if he did, 2018 would be a horrible year for Michigan Republicans. Traditionally, the party holding the White House does badly in midterm elections – look at what happened to Democrats in 2010 or Republicans in 2006. On top of that, Michigan Republicans have their own special problems, Flint being only...

Duration: 00:03:12


A plea for gun sanity

10/30/2017
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I’m not big on ideology. I’ve known communists and Ayn Randers, and both live in closed systems that are substitutes for really having to think. The communists are pretty much limited to a few websites these days, and I don’t get the sense that middle-class teenage boys still read The Fountainhead as often as they did. But this nation is still in grave peril from one ideology that costs us thousands of lives every year. I am talking about Second Amendment absolutists, which is a fancy name...

Duration: 00:02:55


Is the lamp of liberty still burning in America?

10/27/2017
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Last night, the main ballroom was filled to capacity at the Atheneum Suite Hotel in Detroit’s Greektown, a place designed partly to attract higher-stakes gamblers. But no one among the hundreds present was there to do anything except gamble that this nation could still live up to its promise.

Duration: 00:03:02


Debate and disgrace in Detroit

10/26/2017
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To his credit, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan agreed this summer to a single televised debate with State Senator Coleman Young II, who ran far behind in the August primary. Duggan, in fact, got more than two-thirds of the vote in a seven-candidate field. Many cities don’t even hold a runoff when one candidate gets a majority in a primary. Other Detroit mayors in similar positions have refused to debate their opponents. But Duggan did.

Duration: 00:02:53


Michigan continues to collapse, with no solution planned

10/25/2017
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More than a quarter of a million people in Michigan’s richest county have to boil their drinking water this week. If you haven’t heard, that’s because a four-foot wide water transmission line apparently broke in Farmington Hills Monday night.

Duration: 00:02:56


Lessenberry on educating black students, Joe Louis' legacy, and saving a popular non-native fish

10/25/2017
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A new study says African-American kids in Michigan fare worse than children of color anywhere else in the country when it comes to education and other benchmarks. Some advocates say that means it’s time to start acknowledging we need policies that give extra help to minority children. Michigan Radio's "Morning Edition" host Doug Tribou and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss what that approach might look like.

Duration: 00:04:43

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