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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.

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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.

    Tunde Olaniran on Finding Joy and Making Art in Tough Times

    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.

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    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.

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    • 20 min
    A Party Divided: Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib on What’s Next for Democrats

    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.

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    Rashida Tlaib, U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 13th District

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

    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.

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    Trump Eyes Michigan GOP as Soft Target to Reverse Election Loss

    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.

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    With Indoor Dining Banned Again, Michigan Restaurants Struggle to Survive

    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.

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

    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.

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Customer Reviews

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Kaaabh ,

Nov 7, 2018

Thank you for this Michigan coverage of the election information, results and analysis . I don’t know where else I could get this information

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Love the new format and love the coverage of Michigan news and events. Very important podcast, especially in 2020!

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One Sided Interviews

Since changing hosts to April Baer the show has taken a much harder lean to the left. Interviews should have both sides of an issue discussed. No arguing or bickering, just open discussion. The Jul 29th interview with Rep Kildee had errors that were never fact checked. He stated "that less than half the unemployment recipients received more than what they were earning." Even congress has stated that 60% - 70% of the recipients received more than they were earning. He stated "if the $600 benefit was good enough then, it should be good enough now." He knows that the first bill was passed in haste over the objections of some that the benefit was too high. They were promised at the time that the amount would be revisited if the benefits needed to be extended. Which everyone knew they would have to be extended and I fully agree with that. However, now that they have had time they can intelligently determine a number that makes more sense.
I really like the concept of the show, but there needs to be the entire picture presented to the listener when a topic is partisan in nature. It does not have to be a debate. Just both sides of an issue presented articulately so that we can be properly educated. Thank you.

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