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Issues & Ale is an event series from Michigan Radio designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing Michigan in an informal atmosphere. The events are hosted by Michigan Radio reporters and feature experts on the topic. All events are free, and the public is invited to join in the discussion.

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Issues & Ale is an event series from Michigan Radio designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing Michigan in an informal atmosphere. The events are hosted by Michigan Radio reporters and feature experts on the topic. All events are free, and the public is invited to join in the discussion.

    Issues & Ale: The State of the State

    Issues & Ale: The State of the State

    Listen to audio from this event below. Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her second “State of the State” address on Wednesday, January 29 th . She called for $3.5 billion in new bonds to fix Michigan's crumbling roads, and new initiatives in health care, early childhood education and more.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Issues & Ale recap: Michigan's growing PFAS crisis

    Issues & Ale recap: Michigan's growing PFAS crisis

    Issues & Ale traveled to the west side of the state on Monday, July 23 for an informative discussion covering the concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) that many communities there share. On a beautiful summer day on the patio at Perrin Brewing Company, host Lester Graham and a panel of experts shared the science and history behind PFAS contamination in Michigan, as well as some advice for nervous residents. The panel for the evening included: Garret Ellison - Ellison is

    • 1 hr 27 min
    Issues & Ale recap: Child care

    Issues & Ale recap: Child care

    Michigan’s wavering spring weather was in our favor this week as Issues & Ale took the discussion outside for the first time this year. Our panelists and listeners joined us on the patio of J.B.’s Smokehouse in Canton for a discussion on the state of child care in Michigan. Michigan Radio’s Doug Tribou hosted the discussion, bringing his own experience as a father of two young girls who has encountered these issues firsthand. Doug was joined by fellow parents and experts in children’s

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Issues & Ale recap: Grammar Night

    Issues & Ale recap: Grammar Night

    Hosts of Michigan Radio’s That’s What They Say , Rebecca Kruth and Anne Curzan, took over the latest Issues and Ale event in Grand Rapids to discuss an ever important issue to many public radio listeners: language and grammar! The pair led our audience in an educational, enlightening, and often hilarious conversation about everything from the newest slang, to the impact of texting on language, to the ever-controversial, Oxford comma. Quite a few current and former English teachers, folks who

    • 1 hr 21 min
    Issues & Ale recap: International Perspective on American Politics

    Issues & Ale recap: International Perspective on American Politics

    The Issues & Ale series was glad to provide a special presentation on March 7 th featuring a visit from our colleagues from the BBC Newhour staff from London. Michigan Radio and BBC fans flocked to The Rust Belt Market in Ferndale to join in a thought-provoking conversation about international and U.S. politics with our panel. Our own Lester Graham hosted the discussion while our visiting guest speakers included... Tim Franks - BBC Newshour host/presenter Jo Floto - BBC Newshour, editor The

    • 1 hr 25 min
    Issues & Ale recap: Discussing the future of the Whitmer administration

    Issues & Ale recap: Discussing the future of the Whitmer administration

    Gearing up for the State of the State Address on Feb. 12, our Issues & Ale crew gathered Monday, Feb. 4, at Brewery Becker in Brighton to talk about the new administration in Lansing. Over 100 politically engaged listeners packed into the venue for the entertaining night of local and national politics.

    • 1 hr 15 min

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