Stateside from Michigan Radio 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
Stateside from Michigan Radio

Stateside from Michigan Radio

From Michigan Radio

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

A Collapsing Home Care Industry

Michigan's system of care for people hurt in car accidents is breaking down after the state implemented a package of major reforms to auto insurance laws this summer. That's left auto accident survivors, and the home health care workers that support them, without the funding they've relied on for years. On today's episode, we talk to a reporter about how insurance companies are routinely delaying or denying payment for post-accident care—and putting the entire care industry in jeopardy because of it. GUEST: Tracy Samilton, reporter at Michigan Radio 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 omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Threats Over Masking in Kent County

Kent County's health director was nearly run off the road by an angry county resident, after issuing a countywide mandate for masks in schools. A new bombshell report in Michigan Advance details a health official in distress. Today, the health director's appeal to the county's Board of Commissioners for help. GUESTS: Anna Gustafson, assistant editor of Michigan Advance Melissa LaGrand, Kent County County Commissioner representing parts of Grand Rapids Phil Skaggs, minority Vice Chair of the Commission representing some of East Grand Rapids Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions. 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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Unvaccinated Patients, Burnt Out Hospital Staff

Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff have seen scores of COVID-19 patients pass away in the past year and a half. They've endured brutally long hours at the hospital. But now, they're up against a different kind of challenge: unvaccinated patients who are in denial about their condition or refuse to accept doctors' advice. On today's episode, you'll hear from a doctor whose widely-shared Facebook post detailed his frustrations with trying to fight the misinformation he hears from patients. GUEST: Dr. Matthew Trunsky, pulmonologist with Beaumont Hospital in Troy 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 omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

New Womxnhouse Art Installation

Back in 1972, a couple of contemporary artists created an installation that explored what it means to be a woman. It was called Womanhouse. And the artists transformed a deserted Hollywood mansion into an expression of womanhood, femininity, and its challenges. Now, nearly 50 years later, a group of Detroit artists are taking on the same concept and reinterpreting it for this present moment. On today's episode, we're talking about contemporary feminism and the making of Womxnhouse Detroit. Reserve tickets here to see Womxnhouse Detroit GUESTS: Jessica DeMuro Graves, multimedia and interdisciplinary artist Laura Earle, Womxhouse Detroit co-curator 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 omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Breaking Down School Outbreaks

School is back in session—from college campuses to kindergarten classrooms. And, thanks to the highly contagious delta variant, COVID-19 outbreaks in schools are popping up across the state. On today's episode, we talk to Michigan Radio data reporter Nisa Khan about the latest state data on COVID outbreaks in public schools, and how to interpret the numbers. GUEST: Nisa Khan, data reporter at Michigan Radio 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 omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Back to School, Masks or Not

It's back to school season, and in this era of COVID-19 with the debate over mask mandates, what this looks like depends a lot on where you live. Today, we hear stories of two Michigan families: One family has an unvaccinated seven year old in a school district that is not requiring masks, and the other has a teenager who is vaccinated in a district with a mask mandate. GUESTS: Erin Allen is a producer for Stateside. Rachel Ishikawa is Michigan Radio's podcast producer. 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 omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

A Chaotic Campaign Kickoff

Surrounded by protesters on Belle Isle, former Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced his run for Michigan governor as a Republican. This may not be the announcement he had planned or hoped for, but it could work out in his favor. GUEST: Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio program director 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 omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

How 9/11 Changed National Security

After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, people who hadn't thought much about domestic security were suddenly painfully aware of what could happen. And people whose business was public safety suddenly had a new set of concerns on their hands. On today's episode, we'll get into how that day changed the institutions charged with keeping us safe, and the implications those changes have had on a new era of domestic threats. GUEST: Barb McQuade, University of Michigan law professor and former U.S. Attorney for Michigan's Eastern District 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 omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

9/11 Impact on Arab Americans

Tomorrow marks two decades since September 11th. Twenty years later, we're still trying to wrap our heads around its impact. Today, we're looking at a specific piece of this story, one that's especially relevant in Michigan. Michigan is home to the largest population of Arab Americans in the U.S. and since 9/11 Arab or Muslims - or people perceived as Arab or Muslim - have experienced intensified policing and discrimitation. GUESTS: Zahra Huber, podcaster and photographer Ali Harb, journalist 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 omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

11,000 Rape Kits Finally Processed

In 2009, Wayne Count Prosecutor Kym Worthy found out there were more than 11,000 unprocessed rape kits sitting neglected in a Detroit warehouse. Horrified, she made it a mission of her office to make sure all of the backlog of kits were tested, and as many rapists were convicted as possible. That work is finally nearly complete. GUEST: Bryce Huffman, reporter, Bridge Detroit 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 omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.