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A weekly podcast from the folks at East Lansing Info breaking down all the news and happenings in East Lansing, Michigan. || Donate and support ELi today: eastlansinginfo.news/donate/

    Architect Dan Bollman Joins ELi to Talk Form-Based Design for East Lansing

    Architect Dan Bollman Joins ELi to Talk Form-Based Design for East Lansing

    On this week's edition of the East Lansing Insider, Alice Dreger talks with East Lansing Planning Chair Dan Bollman about the "Shaping the Avenue" plan, which could replace the existing zoning code with a new form-based code for the densest segment of East Lansing — downtown and beyond.
    (Music credit to Jason Shaw and Audionautix.)

    • 1 hr 3 min
    ELPS Approves Return to In-Person Learning, A Tax Abatement for TechSmith, and a Police Oversight Update

    ELPS Approves Return to In-Person Learning, A Tax Abatement for TechSmith, and a Police Oversight Update

    ELi reporter Heather Brothers joins Andrew Graham and Emily Joan Elliott to discuss the progress and work of the Study Committee on an Independent Police Oversight Commission. 
    Also, the trio catches up on School Board, City Council, and more. Also, a word from NPR's Peter Sagal reminding you to keep ELi running.
    (Credit to Jason Shaw and Audionautix for the music.)

    • 30 min
    Special Edition: Who Really Benefitted from the Center City Bonds' Refinancing?

    Special Edition: Who Really Benefitted from the Center City Bonds' Refinancing?

    In this special edition of the East Lansing Insider, ELi's Executive Director and Publisher Alice Dreger brings a report on the reality of the refinancing of the Center City District bonds. According to a deeply-reported analysis by ELi, the claim that the City will save money on the refinancing is likely not true.
    After Dreger presents her report and accompanying analysis, she and Emily Joan Elliott dive in to discuss the situation and what comes next.
    (Credit to Jason Shaw and Audionautix for the music.)

    • 34 min
    How Are East Lansing Police and Fire Departments Dealing With Covid-19?

    How Are East Lansing Police and Fire Departments Dealing With Covid-19?

    Andrew Graham is joined by Emily Joan Elliott and Adan Tomas Quan, an ELi cub reporter, for the roundtable. The trio discuss Adan's story about how East Lansing's emergency services are working through Covid-19, Emily's recent reporting on the public schools and Andrew reminds listeners the deer cull is on the way.
    Also in this episode, Andrew interviews East Lansing Deputy Police Chief Steve Gonzalez about disaster preparedness and how you can be prepared. And Emily is joined by ELi General Manager Jodi Spicer to give an update on ELi's 2021 sustainability campaign.
    Oh, and Peter Sagal — of NPR's 'Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!' — reminds you to donate to keep ELi running, and you can get a copy of his new book about running.

    • 40 min
    Alice, Andrew and Emily Decompress After a Whirlwind Few Days

    Alice, Andrew and Emily Decompress After a Whirlwind Few Days

    In a more casual episode (No. 7), Andrew Graham, Alice Dreger and Emily Joan Elliott take some time to decompress and discuss a whirlwind few days around East Lansing. 
    Items of note in the pod: A discussion of the moves to refinance the Center City District Bonds, Michigan State University changing housing requirements in 2022 and ELi's sustainability campaign for 2021.
    (Music credit to Jason Shaw and Audionautix.)

    • 43 min
    East Lansing Declares Racism A Public Health Crisis. What Comes Next?

    East Lansing Declares Racism A Public Health Crisis. What Comes Next?

    In the sixth episode of East Lansing Insider, Andrew Graham, Emily Joan Elliott, and Alice Dreger come together on the day before Thanksgiving to talk turkey about the meetings that happened on Monday and Tuesday in East Lansing.
    The trio gets into the school board recertifying the Continuity of Learning Plan, discusses a use of force presentation given by ELPD to the Police Oversight Study Committee and make clear that a recent City audit isn't entirely indicative of a healthy financial picture. 
    Also in this episode, Emily discusses her story on the City's supposed green fleet of vehicles, Andrew discusses his story on the Study Committee and Alice gives an update on the Center City District Bonds. (Spoiler: We don't know much, yet!)
    And Emily does an interview with a new ELi donor about why they chose to support the work it does in the community. 
    (Music credit to Jason Shaw and Audionautix.)

    • 41 min

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