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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.

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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.

If you like what you hear on the pod, consider supporting our work.

    Detroit's Official Historian, Jamon Jordan

    Detroit's Official Historian, Jamon Jordan

    Jamon Jordan is an educator and a historian, and has been telling Detroit's story for a long time. Now the city has officially named him the city's historian. 

    GUEST: 

    Jamon Jordan, educator and Detroit City Historian

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    • 17 min
    Lead in Benton Harbor's Water

    Lead in Benton Harbor's Water

    Seven years after Flint's Water Crisis rocked Michigan, why are we seeing elevated lead levels in communities such as Benton Harbor? It's complicated, and Michigan Radio editor Lindsey Smith has been on the story for years.

    GUEST:

    Lindsey Smith is an editor at Michigan Radio, and has been following the Flint water story for many years. She produced an award winning documentary for Michigan Radio on Flint called "Not Safe To Drink"

     

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    • 11 min
    Unpacking "Packing and Cracking"

    Unpacking "Packing and Cracking"

    Soon, Michigan will have new congressional and legislative districts. How those lines are drawn will have political consequences that last a decade. But before that happens, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Council is seeking public comment on the set of draft maps they recently released.

    Today on the pod, we talk to one of the members of the commission about how that's going, and we hear from a state lawmaker who says he has some major concerns about the maps as they are drawn right now.

    GUESTS:

    Sue Hammersmith, executive director of the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

    Adam Hollier, Democratic state Senator representing parts of Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Highland Park, Hamtramck and Harper Woods.

    Information about the remaining public hearings:

    Friday, Oct. 22, 1-3:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.
    DeVos Place, Steelcase Ballroom
    303 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

    Monday, Oct. 25, 1-3:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.
    Treetops Resort
    3962 Wilkinson Road, Gaylord

    Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1-3:30 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.
    Dort Center
    3501 Lapeer Road, Flint

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    • 11 min
    Fall Gardening, Really?

    Fall Gardening, Really?

    An unusually warm fall means more time to grow your favorite summer crops—while adding in some veggies that love cooler temperatures, too. On this episode, Luke Marion, the creator of the wildly popular MIGardener YouTube channel, explains how to make the most of your fall garden. 

    GUESTS:

    Luke Marion, Michigan Youtube gardner

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    • 15 min
    Michigan's child care crisis

    Michigan's child care crisis

    Michigan’s legislature is moving a package of bills designed to streamline operations for the state’s beleaguered child care industry. Not only have day-to-day operations changed radically because of COVID, but the industry’s financial model has been thrown into chaos because of the statewide labor shortage. This episode, two perspectives on Michigan's child care crisis. 

    GUESTS:

    Dustin Walsh is a reporter for Crain's Detroit Business.

    Nina Hodge is the owner of Above and Beyond Learning Child Care Center in Detroit.

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    • 22 min
    The Story of Father Coughlin

    The Story of Father Coughlin

    Father Charles Coughlin's radio ministry was founded during the Great Depression, and based at this church in Metro Detroit, the Shrine of the Little Flower. He commanded tens of millions of listeners through hateful rhetoric. His conspiracy theories spun about Jewish bankers and global cabals informed a growing wave of intolerance and far right wing radicalism. Today, we dig into the history of this broadcast pioneer who spread a doctrine of intolerance and division across the United States. 


    GUEST:

    Andrew Lapin, producer and host of the new podcast series Radioactive for Tablet Magazine. 

    NOTES:

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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

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The best of Michigan Public Radio

If you are a Michigander, or someone who is curious about current events, arts & culture, environment, and all other things Michigan related, this is the place to start. I listen to this show every day it airs, and I’m always impressed with how comprehensive, fair, and enlightening it is. I urge anyone curious about Michigan to listen to this podcast.

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