Stateside from Michigan Public Conversations that matter to Michigan. Stateside covers what you need (and want) to know about Michigan. You'll hear stories from people across the state—from policymakers in Lansing, to entrepreneurs in Detroit, to artists in Grand Rapids. Tune in every day for in-depth conversations that matter to Michigan. Stateside is hosted by April Baer
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Conversations that matter to Michigan. Stateside covers what you need (and want) to know about Michigan. You'll hear stories from people across the state—from policymakers in Lansing, to entrepreneurs in Detroit, to artists in Grand Rapids. Tune in every day for in-depth conversations that matter to Michigan. Stateside is hosted by April Baer

Most Recent Episodes

AI Can Survey Our Opinions on Climate Change

What can AI tell us about public opinions on climate change? Researchers at the University of Michigan are experimenting with new technology to measure public attitudes by using social media posts on X (formerly Twitter.) And their findings may surprise you. GUEST: Joshua Newell, professor in the School for Environment and Sustainability at the University of Michigan ___ Looking for more conversations from Stateside? Right this way. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider supporting our work. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Winter Birding with Spring in Mind

In February, the animal we turn to as a nation to tell us about the heralding of spring is the groundhog. But birders know that the real messenger of the changing seasons lives in the sky. Birds that leave our region for the winter will soon return. There's plenty to prepare for now. And more than a few birds to check out while we wait. GUEST: April Campbell, a long-time birder, retired MD and the founder of BIPOC Birders of Michigan See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

What "Vote Uncommitted" Means To These Michiganders, Pt. 2

Yesterday on the podcast we talked to two organizers from the "Vote Uncommitted" campaign among Arab American and other voters in Michigan. Today we'll get analysis on that movement from Detroit Free Press editorial page editor Nancy Kaffer. GUEST: Nancy Kaffer, editorial page editor, Detroit Free Press ___ Looking for more conversations from Stateside? Right this way. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider supporting our work. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

What "Vote Uncommitted" Means To These Michiganders, Pt. 1

Listen to Michigan is leveraging political power by casting "uncommitted" votes rather than voting for President Joe Biden in the 2024 Michigan primary. GUESTS: Layla Elabed, campaign manager for Listen to Michigan Abbas Alawieh, political strategist and spokesman for Listen to Michigan ___ Looking for more conversations from Stateside? Right this way. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider supporting our work. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

A New Proposal to Make Water More Affordable

Michigan Senator Stephanie Chang and a group of collaborators came up with a plan to fund delinquent water bills and offer more affordable costs to low income households. Today, we're looking at what this water-affordability plan would do, and we'll dig into the years of water advocacy in places like Detroit that preceded it. GUESTS: Stephanie Chang, Michigan Senator representing the 3rd district Gary Brown, director of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Jim Nash, Oakland County's Water Resources commissioner ___ Looking for more conversations from Stateside? Right this way. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider supporting our work. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Wolves, Moose, and Ice Melt on Isle Royale

Isle Royale – Lake Superior's island National Park – is a naturalist's playground. It's home to an estimated 30 odd wolves and nearly 1000 moose – all protected from hunting. For decades now, a team of researchers have been surveying the wolf and moose populations, but this winter with record breaking warm weather, the census did not go as planned. GUEST: Rolf Peterson, research professor in Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University ___ Looking for more conversations from Stateside? Right this way. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider supporting our work. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

MI's Ongoing GOP Chair Struggle

Kristina Karamo was ousted by state committee members last month, but said that she's not leaving her position as Michigan Republican Party chair. Then, last week the Republican National Committee announced that they are now recognizing former Congressman Pete Hoekstra as MI GOP chair. So what is going on in Michigan's Republican Party? And how will this all effect the upcoming Republican Convention? GUESTS: Craig Mauger, reporter for the Detroit News Stephen Henderson, host of WDET's Created Equal ___ Looking for more conversations from Stateside? Right this way. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider supporting our work. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Auto No-Fault, Gun Reform & Other Legislative News

We have some updates for you from Lansing. Gun reform laws that passed last session came into effect this week, Michigan State Representative Brenda Carter's been feeling the heat from auto no-fault reform activists, and Representative Josh Schriver was recently disciplined for a racist social media post. GUESTS: Tracy Samilton, reporter for Michigan Public Rick Pluta, senior Capitol correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network ___ Looking for more conversations from Stateside? Right this way. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider supporting our work. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Nora Chapa Mendoza: A Life of Painting, Advocacy

This year, the Kresge Foundation re-introduced us to a prolific metro Detroit artist who connected imaginative abstract motion and ideas with stories and images of Latino and Indigenous people. Nora Chapa Mendoza is a self-taught painter who established her career in Detroit. She is the 2024 Kresge Eminent Artist, for her life of achievements on the canvas and in advocacy. GUEST: Nora Chapa Mendoza - painter, educator and activist ___ Looking for more conversations from Stateside? Right this way. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider supporting our work. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Bringing Liberian Cuisine to Detroit

Detroit chef Ameneh Marhaba has carved out a place for her own Afro-fusion style with a pop-up kitchen and catering business called Little Liberia. Now Marhaba is working on a big lift: she's preparing to open a brick-and-mortar storefront for Little Liberia in Midtown, Detroit. GUEST: Ameneh Marhaba, owner of Little Liberia ___ Looking for more conversations from Stateside? Right this way. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider supporting our work. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.