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State Sen. Jeremy Moss discusses his view of the changing politics in Oakland County, and what Democrats want to accomplish while holding a majority in the state legislature. Then, two redistricting commissioners explore what went right and wrong about Michigan's new political maps.
A new DTE rate increase will go into effect, but it's not what was anticipated for consumers. DTE had wanted an additional $388 million — an increase of 8.8% for households — in annual revenue to maintain the energy grid. But they didn't get it. They were allowed a rate increase of less than 1 percent from a decision made by the Michigan Public Service Commission at a Friday meeting. That increase is the smallest approved for DTE in an electric rate case in at least a decade. The commission also directed DTE to offer more details about its low-income assistance program. Freelance reporter Tom Perkins joins the show to discuss what occurred, including why the service commission limited the rate increase suggested by DTE. Then, Katherine Blunt, a Wall Street Journal reporter and author of California Burning: The Fall of Pacific Gas and Electric and What it Means for America's Power Grid," stops by to provide further insight into how state oversight of utility companies work, including how California's system could be informative for the energy climate in Michigan.
Apologies are hard. It's not fun to admit wrongdoing and commit to a different set of actions. American representatives and presidents, particularly, rarely apologize while holding office. But that's not for lack of mistakes that American leaders have made recently or deeper in the country's collective past. Other countries expect their leaders to apologize for mistakes the country has made currently or in the past. Why are Americans often against offering apologies and repenting for their actions? And, what does a better apology and repentance look like? Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg is an award-winning author and writer. Her latest book is “On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World.” She joins the show to discuss how personally and collectively, Americans must do the work of repentance and repair or they will repeat the same mistakes.
Detroit Future City CEO Anika Goss and the Kresge Foundation's Detroit program managing director Wendy Jackson join the show to discuss the recently released "Detroit Reinvestment Index" survey tracking local and national perceptions of Detroit and its economic growth since 2013. Then, ACLU staff attorney Mark Fancher stops by to discuss the Michigan State Police's recent agreement to an expert investigation into data indicating African Americans being stopped at a disproportionately high rate in the state.
The last time Democrats had control of the legislature and governor's office — about 40 years ago — they kind of messed things up. Dealing with enormous unemployment numbers and a state budget carrying a deficit, they immediately raised taxes. But this didn't work out so well for them, as they lost their majority in the legislature after Governor Jim Blanchard was two years in office. The result was simple: Republican John Engler became the new Senate Majority leader and would later become a three-term governor. What are the lessons that Democrats today have learned from that period? And, will they fall into similar traps now as they did then? Detroit Free Press writer Paul Egan joins the show to discuss why he doesn't think it will happen this time. Then, incoming state senators Veronica Klinefelt and Kevin Hertel join the show to discuss how the Democrats were able to win in Macomb County, their priorities, and what they plan to do in office next term.
First, State rep. Joe Tate joins the show to talk about his historic moment being the first African American speaker of the state House, and what Democrats plan to do with their new majority. Then, Koby Levin of Chalkbeat Detroit discusses why absentee rates are such a problem for Detroit public schools and Michigan schools around the state.
Vox's Emily Stewart joins the show to discuss what non-Federal Reserve members can do to lower inflation (namely, lawmakers). Then, Jamie Butters of the Automotive News explores how high prices are impacting auto makers and auto dealers.
Men have fewer friends than ever, and it's hurting their health. But why? What is behind the steep decline in friends and how is it harming men in society? Niobe Way, Professor of Developmental Psychology and the founder of the Project for the Advancement of Our Common Humanity at New York University, joins the show to discuss her research into male friendships and the crisis of connection, including the history of the problem, what she has learned from her discussions with boys about the subject, and solutions for creating the meaningful relationships males need in society today.
The midterms are often a referendum on the party controlling the White House. But the anticipated wave didn't come. So, what happened nationally? How big of an effect did the Dobbs decision have on voting patterns? Why did Democrats do well? Why did Republicans do poorly? Patrick Marley, Washington Post national reporter focusing on voting issues in the Upper Midwest, joins the show to discuss the what happened in the midterm elections nationally. Then, Clara Hendrickson of the Detroit Free Press and Craig Mauger of the Detroit News stop by to continue our look at the results in Michigan, including what happened with the ballot proposals, and what Governor Whitmer could look to do next term now that Democrats will control the House and Senate.
Democrats in Michigan accomplished a major feat yesterday, winning all three statewide elected offices, and appear poised to take the state House and Senate for the first time in nearly 40 years. Bridge Michigan's Lauren Gibbons, MLive's Jordyn Hermani, Gongwer's Alethia Kasben, and Republican political consultant Dennis Darnoi join the show to break down how this occurred and what the results mean for the state moving forward.
What are you curious about? When we're in this mindset of curiosity, we're not just seeking facts or a singular truth, we're seeking connections; we're looking to weave information together into a web, often drawing us closer to what we're looking for and to other people who are doing the same. At the root of curiosity lies an active process of building these connections — creating relationships in the outer world that mirror those we're stringing together in our own mind. That's at least the argument of a new book called “Curious Minds.” In it, twin siblings and Professors Perry Zurn and Dani Bassett navigate the process of exploration that many of us excitedly partake in every day. They join Stephen to discuss curiosity and what they learned during the process of exploring the topic.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson stops by to discuss what her office is doing to ensure election integrity ahead of the November 9th election, as well as her bid for a second term as Michigan's top election official. Then, political scientist Matt Grossmann joins the show to take a look at the preferences of Republicans and Democrats ahead of the midterms.
Qian Julie Wang's new memoir "Beautiful Country" navigates issues of identity, family, place, and immigration. The author joins Detroit Today to discuss her new book and her experiences in America as an undocumented immigrant from China.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel stops by to discuss voter suppression efforts in Michigan, what her office is doing to protect voters, her re-election bid as the Democratic nominee against her opponent Matt DePerno, and her thoughts about the GOP efforts to use the phrase "Drag Queen in every classroom" against the Democrats this cycle. Then, MLive senior politics reporter Simon Schuster joins the show to discuss the money spent in Michigan elections this year, including how much is being spent and his recent story about FBI concerns of efforts by China attempting to hack our election.
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer joins the show to discuss why she's running for re-election as the Democratic nominee against Republican Tudor Dixon, discussing inflation, job creation, her response to the COVID pandemic, and how she thinks she can reach across the aisle to get things done if re-elected. Then, Congressman Dan Kildee stops by to discuss his bid as the Democratic nominee in the 5th Congressional District against Republican Paul Junge, including his thoughts on inflation, the differences between him and his opponent, and what he plans to do if re-elected for another term in office.
If you watch television or listen to commercial radio at all these days, you've heard the way-over-the-top political ads that flow non-stop. Ads have always been part of political campaigns, but it does seem that there are more negative ads, some making really outlandish claims, than ever before. Michael Franz, professor of Government and Legal Studies and Bowdoin College, and Rick Pluta, senior state Capitol correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network, join the show to discuss political ads in this campaign cycle, if they are effective, and how they have change in Michigan and nationwide.
Americans have more access to public polling data than ever before. We now have knowledge about how our fellow citizens consider all kinds of things — higher prices, the reality of climate change, their support for the sitting president. But the 2016 presidential election especially turned a lot of people off from polling, and caused many organizations that conduct polling to review their processes, and to try to make them more accurate. So how should we be interpreting polls, and what does polling mean for our politics? G. Elliot Morris, data journalist & U.S. correspondent for The Economist, is the author of “Strength in numbers: How Polls Work and Why We Need Them.” He stops by to discuss the importance of polling and provide perspective, including what a world without polling might look like.
Polarization in today's discourse is a problem. Some find it impossible to even relate to friends and family members who hold different political opinions than them. This is especially concerning as we consider the effects increased polarization could have on our democracy. Mónica Guzmán, author of “I Never Thought of It That Way: How to have fearlessly curious conversations in dangerously divided times,” and Senior Fellow at Braver Angels, a nonprofit working to depolarize America, joins the show to discuss why having conversations with those we disagree with important, while sharing strategies on how to do so effectively.
In Michigan, people are expressing frustration that the jobs offered today “don't offer the same pay, benefits and community cohesion that they remember from Michigan's industrial heyday," according to POLITICO reporter and Michigan native Gavin Bade. He says people “express a nostalgia” for a time when they didn't have to worry about paying for healthcare, could relax on their time off and had freedom from financial anxiety -- despite an improving economy and more government investment. So why are people upset? Gavin stops by, along with Detroit News journalist Chad Livengood, to discuss all this and more, including Gavin's recent piece "Glory Days: In Michigan, Nostalgia for a Romanticized Past Outstrips the Reality of an Economic Rebirth."
Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist and Detroit News reporter Craig Mauger join the show to breakdown what occurred at the final gubernatorial debate between Gretchen Whitmer and Tudor Dixon and the state of the governor's race ahead of the November 8 election.
Democratic Carl Marlinga stops by to discuss why he's running for Congress against Republican John James in possibly the most hotly contested Congressional race in Michigan's newly drawn 10th District. Then, Elena Durnbough, journalist at the state politics outlet Gongwer Michigan, joins the show to break down the important state races she's covering Downriver and why the results may have a big impact in the Michigan legislature.
In America today, one level of polarization that we often don't discuss is education. College attendance and completion is a significant predictor of political identification. Will Bunch is an opinion columnist with the Philadelphia Inquirer who has been writing a lot about this in his new book, “After the Ivory Tower Falls.” He joins the show to discuss the places where our political differences are most obvious: in and around college campuses.
Why hasn't the United States elected a woman president? We came close in 2020, and elected the first female vice president in 2022, but when will this nation hand the reins of power completely over to a woman? Ali Vitali covered both the 2016 and 2022 presidential elections for NBC news, and her recent book "Electable: Why America hasn't put a woman in the white house… yet," dives into the campaigns to determine why the United States hasn't yet reached this milestone. She joins the show to discuss what she has learned and what it might take to get over this hurdle.
Southfield chief of police Elvin V. Barren and Reverend Chris Yaw of St. David's Episcopal Church join the show to discuss the gun buy-back events occurring throughout Oakland County on October 22, 2022, and how events like this can help create safer communities. Then Democrat State Representative Shri Thanedar stops by to discuss his bid for Michigan's 13th Congressional seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Oakland County clerk Lisa Brown and Ottawa County clerk Justin Roebuck join the show to discuss election safety, including their concerns as county clerks, and the solutions they have to ensure election integrity. Then, The Detroit News's conservative editorial page editor, Nolan Finley, and Oakland University's director of the Center for Civic Engagement, David Dulio, stop by to discuss the Great Lakes Civility Projection event occurring Tuesday, October 25th at Oakland University, and the importance of civil discourse with people we disagree with.
Arab American News Publisher Osama Siblani and Dearborn Public Schools Superintendent Glenn Maleyko join the show to discus the beginning, context, and evolution of the parents who are concerned about the type of books available for students in Dearborn's public schools.
Journalist, activist and fiction writer Desiree Cooper joins the show to discuss her new children's book, “Nothing Special,” exploring the link between grandparents and grandchildren, north and south, and the Great Migration, and a reverse migration of many African Americans moving south.
Republican political consultant Dennis Darnoi and Oakland County Democratic party chair Nancy Quarles join the show to discuss the state, local and federal elections affecting Oakland County this fall. Then, the University of Detroit-Mercy's new president, Donald Taylor, stops by to discuss higher education in the city and his outlook for the school.
California Congressman Ro Khanna joins the show to discuss his ideas for brining high-paying tech jobs to the Rust Belt. Then, WDET's Sascha Raiyn and Chalkbeat Detroit's Ethan Bakuli join the show to discuss their virtual Detroit Public School Board candidate forum, scheduled for Thursday, October 13 at 5:30 pm, where 18 candidates will face off for the 4 available seats in the race this November.
Congresswoman Elisa Slotkin joins the show to discuss her re-election bid as the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 7th District against Republican candidate Tom Barrett. Then, Martell Bivings, Republican candidate for the 13th District discusses his race against Democratic candidate and Michigan State Representative Shri Thanedar.
Novelist, writer and brand consultant Mohsin Hamid joins the show to discuss his latest book, "The Last White Man," dealing with themes of loss, changing demographics, community, and how we can use novels to inspire ourselves to a better future.
Physician and Director of Clinical Research at Columbia University, Dr. Andrew Bomback, joins the show to discuss his latest book, “Long Days, Short Years: A Cultural History of Modern Parenting," and the difficulties parents face in the modern age.
This November, Michiganders will vote on 3 ballot initiatives. Zach Gorchow, Publisher & Executive Editor of the Gongwer News Service in Lansing, joins the show to break down the 3 initiatives, and how they could affect the state. Then, last week, Michigan approved a $846 million dollar budget in an aggressive bid to attract new business. Lauren Gibbons, a reporter covering Michigan politics for Bridge Michigan, stops by to discuss why lawmakers arrived at this figure and how people are reacting to the increase in spending.
State senator Tom Barrett joins the show to discuss why he is running for Congress in the 7th District against Democratic incumbent Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin. Then, Hayley Harding and Sarah Rahal of the Detroit News stop by to discuss their article "Caregivers in Michigan are at a Breaking Point," including the struggles facing caregivers, why its happening, and the pressures it places on families.
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court starts its new term with its 6-3 conservative super-majority. Anne Marimow, legal affairs reporter for the Washington Post, joins the show to discuss, the Court's prior term, why public opinion of the court is polling at historic lows, and what to look for in the new term. Then, Tom Wolf, deputy director with the Brennan Center's Democracy Program, stops by to preview the new term, including important cases implicating voting rights, and how they might impact our democracy.
It's a pivotal time for women and the law in our country. Dahlia Lithwick, who covers the courts and the law for Slate, joins the show to discuss her new book "Lady Justice: Women, the law and the battle to save America," and the ever-changing effect women have in shaping our law and politics.
Aaron Retish, history professor at Wayne State University with a specialization in Soviet and Russian history, joins the show to discuss the latest about the war in Ukraine, including the attempted annexation of territory, and why the war matters for us in America. Then, Joshua Edmonds, Detroit's director of digital inclusion, joins the show to discuss what the city is doing to increase access to technology and internet in Detroit.
hotSpotter is a system designed to detect gunfire by triangulating the sound of gunshots with a series of sensors deployed across an area. This week, Detroit City Council approved $1.5 million to renew ShotSpotter, while delaying a vote on whether to spend $7 million in ARPA funds to expand it. Mitchell Douchette, an assistant scientist at Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence joins the show to discuss his study's findings regarding whether the system is effective at reducing gun violence. Then, Nancy Parker, managing attorney at the Detroit Justice Center, presents her arguments against implementing ShotSpotter in the city. Next, Detroit Deputy Police Chief Franklin Hayes joins the show to discuss why the Detroit Police Department supports expanded use of the system. Finally, WDET's Eli Newman provides an update on where city council is with the vote and what to expect moving forward.
Scott Anderson, visiting fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, joins the show to discuss the status of the many investigations and lawsuits, criminal and civil, federal and state, facing Donald Trump.
Nationwide, police are leaving their departments in droves while law enforcement agencies are struggling to fill the vacancies. Retired police chief Ivonne Roman and innovations in government researcher Jane Wiseman join the show to discuss why agencies are facing shortages and potential solutions to the issue including increased recruitment and retention of women in law enforcement. Then, Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton and executive director for the Police Executive Research Forum Chuck Wexler stop by to discuss how local law enforcement agencies can increase staffing while supporting the communities they serve.
Award winning author Joyce Carol Oates joins the show to discuss her new book "Babysitter," including how it was influenced by her time living in southeast Michigan. Then, environmental law expert Nick Schroeck and journalist Gary Wilson join the show to discuss Wilson's latest article covering how the cleanup of the Detroit River appears to be a low priority, despite the Great Lakes receiving a $1 billion windfall from the Biden adminstration.
“Making Black America,” hosted by history professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., is a new series on PBS. As part of the series, Detroit Public Television and WDET have teamed up to host a free town hall on September 27 covering the history and future of Black fraternities and sororities and their connection to Detroit. Event moderator Mark S. Lee joins the show to discuss the importance of African-American led institutions, the series, and the upcoming event. Then, Bishop Edgar Vann, senior pastor of Second Ebenezer Church stops by to discuss the nonprofit Detroit Equity Inc., which seeks to address equity in corporations that operate out of Detroit.
Caitlin Dickerson, Staff writer at The Atlantic, Ruby Robinson, managing attorney at the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center, and Linus Chan, director of the Detainee Rights Clinic and law professor at the University of Minnesota Law School, join the show to discuss why some Republican border-state governors are shipping migrants to other states, including the legality and ramifications of the practice.
Josh Pugh, senior director of public affairs for Truscott Rossman, and Jason Cabel Roe, principal for Roe Strategic, join the show to discuss Proposal 1, including how it seeks to increase term limits and financial disclosures for state lawmakers, and why they believe it will benefit the state.
Jessie Singer, journalist and author of “There are no accidents: The deadly rise of injury and disaster — who profits and who pays the price," joins the show to discuss how we misunderstand the nature of accidents, and what we can do to create safer societies in America.
Detroit has returned to be a majority homeowner city for the first time in a decade. Julie Schneider, director for the Housing & Revitalization Department at the City of Detroit, joins the show to discuss the new census data and what it means for the city's effort to increase homeownership. Then, Jeff Cranson, Director of Communications for the Michigan Department of Transportation, stops by the show to discuss the newly announced $104.6 million grant toward the redevelopment of I-375.
Detroit Auto Show/NAIAS co-chair Thad Szott joins the show to discuss the return of the event after its 3-year hiatus, including how the show is changing now that it has moved to September with both indoor and outdoor activities. Then, Jamie Butters of the Automotive News stops by to add insight into the auto show's changes, as well as explore other changes to the auto industry in the city.
Michigan's highest court will receive a major shakeup at the end of the year as Chief Justice Bridget McCormack announced her plans to retire this week. Rick Pluta, senior state Capitol correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network, and Lauren Gibbons of Bridge Michigan, join the show to reflect on Chief Justice McCormack's legacy with the Court, the political ramifications of her decision, and what we can expect moving forward. Then, Detroit Free Press higher education reporter David Jesse joins the show to discuss why Michigan State University president Samuel Stanley, Jr appears to be under pressure to resign from some members of the Board of Trustees, including how we got to this point, as well as how Eastern Michigan University resolved its labor dispute.