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Dennis Denno and Bill Ballenger host The Friday Morning Podcast. They discuss current events in Michigan, with a focus on politics and history.

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    • 4.5, 13 Ratings

Dennis Denno and Bill Ballenger host The Friday Morning Podcast. They discuss current events in Michigan, with a focus on politics and history.

    BLM—Do Unions Agree? Do We Need Police Unions?

    BLM—Do Unions Agree? Do We Need Police Unions?

    7/1/20 Discussion with Mark Gaffney, a member of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors and former MI AFL-CIO Prez. Are labor unions helping Black Lives Matter? Are police unions necessary? What’s that latest at WSU? Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.

    • 26 min
    What Will Gov’s Ed. Task Force Announce? Are Suburban Schools Able to Deal with COVID?

    What Will Gov’s Ed. Task Force Announce? Are Suburban Schools Able to Deal with COVID?

    6/25/20 How will the governor’s school task force announcement affect education this fall? How are suburban schools dealing with COVID-19? One school changed their Indian mascot to a bird mascot—how did that work out for them? Interview with Deanna Barash, Assistant Superintendent of West Bloomfield Public Schools. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.

    • 20 min
    What are schools doing to open this fall and what do they need from us?

    What are schools doing to open this fall and what do they need from us?

    6/19/20 How will cuts to schools affect kids, teachers, and support staff? How are schools planning for the Fall? What are parents concerned about? Interview with Jeff Beal, Superintendent of Jackson County Public Schools. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.

    • 29 min
    Will Schools Be Safe and Open This Fall?

    Will Schools Be Safe and Open This Fall?

    6/12/20 How are schools preparing for a fall opening and how do schools talk about Black Lives Matter? A discussion with Ingham County Intermediate School District Superintendent Jason Mellema. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.

    • 24 min
    A Conversation About Race, Education, and Politics in America

    A Conversation About Race, Education, and Politics in America

    June 4, 2020 Dennis Denno interviews LaMar Lemmons, who is a former MI state Representative, former Chair of the Detroit Public School Board, and current Chief of Staff for State Senator Betty Jean Alexander. They have an open and honest conversation about race, education, and politics in America. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.

    • 30 min
    Where Public Education is Headed in a COVID-19 World

    Where Public Education is Headed in a COVID-19 World

    May 28, 2020 What is the future of public education in Michigan? Should parents be comfortable to sending their kids to school in the fall? Will school sports be eliminated? Chris Wigent, the Executive Director of the Michigan Association of Superintendents & Administrators (MASA), answers these questions and more. Partners with www.DeadlineDetroit.com.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

Bizwhopper ,

My favorite news podcast

I love to get my news from these guys because they are serious about delivering it but know also when to be funny. They do a good mix of local (Michigan) and national news. It is also rare to see a democrat and republican get along so well when discussing political issues. Would highly recommend.

Stella E. Spero ,

FAVORITE PODCAST! KEEPS ME UP TO DATE!!

These podcasts are great! They are pretty short and they let me know what's going on in Michigan politically! I like it how they tie-in Michigans history to the current events!

Mike Latvis ,

Can't Miss

Timely and informative podcast that doesn't take itself too seriously. Great job covering Michigan history and politics.

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