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

Tunde Olaniran on Finding Joy and Making Art in Tough Times

It can be really hard to find your happy in a moment when so much of the world is in turmoil. If you need a little extra joy right now, Tunde Olaniran's music is a good place to start. We talked to the Flint-based musician, artist, and activist about their latest single "WDWHI," their love of the X-Men, and creating joy and art in tough times. GUEST: Tunde Olaniran, Flint-based musician, artist, choreographer, and activist. If you want to try out the Instagram filter for Tunde's new single, click here. Like the podcast? Support our work. Looking for the full show? Right this way. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

A Party Divided: Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on What's Next for Democrats

The election might be over, but there's a lot of work ahead for the Democratic Party when it comes to figuring out where its attention needs to be right now. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib just got re-elected to her second term representing Michigan's 13th Congressional District. She's now trying to meet the needs of her district during a pandemic, and a subsequent economic slide that erased many of the gains of the last decade. We talked to hear about those challenges and what she sees for the future of the Democratic Party. GUEST: Rashida Tlaib, U.S. Representative for Michigan's 13th District See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

A Party Divided: Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on What's Next for Democrats

Michigan's votes are certified. What's next for the state's GOP?

Late Monday afternoon, the Board of State Canvassers voted to certify Michigan's election results and confirm that President-elect Joe Biden won the state. That's after a serious pressure campaign from President Donald Trump to get Republican lawmakers and officials to hand him the state's electoral votes anyway, a move that would have been unthinkable in previous cycles. But Trump has made the unthinkable reality in today's Republican Party. And that's driven many conservatives away. We talked to Matt Resch and Nick De Leeuw of Resch Strategies public relations in Lansing. They're fiscal and religious conservatives who have worked for many Republican administrations and campaigns in Michigan. They're not becoming Democrats, but they don't recognize much about the GOP anymore. Like the podcast? Support our work. Looking for the full version of today's Stateside? Click here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Trump Eyes Michigan GOP as Soft Target to Reverse Election Loss

Republican state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey was met by protesters early Friday morning as he got on a plane bound for Washington D.C. to meet with President Trump. Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield, a Republican, was also invited. So, why would a sitting president issue an invitation on less than one day's notice to two state legislative leaders he barely knows? Many Democrats are worried it's part of a plan to use the state Legislature to undermine Joe Biden's win in Michigan. We talked to Zach Gorchow, executive editor and publisher of Gongwer Michigan, about what we know (and don't know) about the last minute meeting. We also checked in with Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson about how the Trump campaign's strategy squares with Michigan election laws. Like the podcast? Support our work. Looking for the full version of today's Stateside? Click here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

With Indoor Dining Banned Again, Michigan Restaurants Struggle to Survive

As COVID-19 cases balloon in Michigan, the state has shut down indoor dining again. How many Michigan restaurants will be left standing after the pandemic is over? An industry group is suing the state over the ban on serving customers inside. But for some restaurants, it's already too late. GUESTS: Andrew Epstein and Marcela Rubio Orozco were co-owners of Dolores, a Mexican restaurant and bar in Ypsilanti. They closed down earlier this year. Justin Winslow is president and CEO of the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association, which has filed suit against the state over the indoor dining ban. Like the podcast? Support our work. Looking for the full version of today's Stateside? Click here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

With Indoor Dining Banned Again, Michigan Restaurants Struggle to Survive

The Zoom Where it Happened: Inside the Contentious Effort to Certify Wayne County Votes

On Tuesday night, what is usually a very boring, uneventful session for the Wayne County Board of Canvassers exploded with the conflicting pressures of the 2020 election. The two Republican members of the board said they were unwilling certify election results from city and township clerks. They ultimately reversed their decision, but not before drawing outrage during a three-hour long public comment period on Zoom. On today's episode, we look at what happened and what it can tell us about the pressures on Michigan's contentious post-election process. GUESTS: Jonathan Kinloch is a Democratic member of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. He's also president of the Kinloch Group, Inc. and political director for SEIU Healthcare of Michigan. Chris Thomas is a former long-time state elections director who worked with Detroit this election cycle to help shore up their systems. Like the podcast? Support our work. Looking for the full version of today's Stateside? Click here. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Zoom Where it Happened: Inside the Contentious Effort to Certify Wayne County Votes

All Eyes on Vaccine Development in Michigan and Beyond

Every aspect of the state's health and human service infrastructure has taken a beating during the COVID-19 pandemic. And that means hopes are extremely high for two vaccines getting closer to FDA approval. On today's episode, we'll look at Michigan's role in the development and production of those vaccines. Plus, a conversation about what state health officials are doing to try to get skyrocketing COVID numbers under control. GUESTS: Karen Bouffard is a health reporter for the Detroit News. You can find her latest reporting on potential COVID-19 vaccines here. Robert Gordon is director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. He's also co-leader of a team working with president-elect Joe Biden's administration on transition plans for the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Looking for the full Stateside show? Right this way. We'd love to know what you think of the new sound of our podcast. Send your feedback and suggestions to stateside@michiganradio.org. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Governor's Orders: A New Stage of COVID Restrictions

Michigan's grappling with new rules from Governor Gretchen Whitmer for social gatherings and businesses, and the legislature is still not on board. Plus, the restrictions will mean more hard times, even for some of the state's most successful restaurants. Looking for the full episode of Stateside? Right this way. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Spiraling Up: Michigan in the Grip of COVID

Wash your hands, wear a mask, stay socially distant. We've heard this time and time again, but the number of new COVID-19 cases is climbing a dizzying spiral. Today we're taking a look at the spread of COVID in Michigan and what measures we can take to slow it down. GUESTS: Kate Wells is a reporter for Michigan Radio. Kerry Ott is the public information officer for the Upper Penninsula's LMAS District Health Department, which serves Luce, Mackinac, Alger, and Schoolcraft Counties. Looking for the full episode of Stateside? Right this way. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Trump Supporters Hang Their Hopes on Flurry of Lawsuits

Donald Trump's presidential campaign has filed more than a dozen lawsuits in Michigan that aim to stave off the state's certification of election results. The campaign's attorneys have mostly focused on what happened inside of the TCF Center in Detroit, where the city's ballots were tabulated. Today, we talk about the allegations laid out in the latest filings and the strength of the legal arguments behind them. GUESTS: Rick Pluta is Capitol bureau chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network. Sam Bagenstos is a law professor at the University of Michigan who specializes in constitutional law and civil rights litigation. Looking for the full episode of Stateside? Right this way. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

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