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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. If you like what you hear on the pod, consider supporting our work.
 
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Robin Williams has been reborn!! Well sort of... actor Jamie Costa brought us to tears with his test footage of his portrayal of the late great Robin Williams! We talk about one of our favorite new Fall shows that you gotta watch! Spooky vibes continue because Scream is back with many from the original cast! Michael Myers is back too & we have a fe…
 
A recent study in Michigan found that schools without mask mandates have seen 62% more COVID-19 cases than in schools with enforced masking. Despite the date, the issue of masking in schools has become a political lightning rod. But there's a side of this story that hasn’t been at the forefront of the masking conversation...and it really needs to b…
 
With great bookshelves come great responsibilities. For writer and critic Douglas Wolk, that means consuming some twenty-seven-thousand comic books – the entirety of Marvel Comics’ output spanning more than half a century. And he wrote a book about it: All of the Marvels published October 12. GUEST: Douglas Wolk, writer, critic, and journalist Look…
 
This week, John Raphael Oliveira guest co-hosts to talk about how working with Kathy Griffin prepared him for Rory. Plus, Rory has another confrontation at Chipotle and makes the case for “choose your own adventure” dining. Also, jaded dating, monogamy, and open relationships. Subscribe and follow us at @superexcitedpod Follow Rory: @itsRORYjames F…
 
For about a week, former Wolverine football player Jon Vaughn has been camped out in a small blue tent in front of University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel's house in Ann Arbor. He's there to protest how the university has treated survivors of sexual abuse by former U of M sports doctor Robert Anderson, including himself, during mediations o…
 
At Detroit’s Fillmore theater this past summer, comedian Dave Chappelle performed four shows that became his current Netflix special "The Closer." Since then, Chappelle has been criticized for homophobia, transphobia and antisemitism. But his defenders say he is misunderstood and is pushing the bounds of comedy. GUESTS: Eric Deggans, television and…
 
Welcome to The R&B N' Chill Podcast. Welcome to our Gospel Month Series! On this episode (40), Ty talks about how the 90s/2000s era of gospel music with the Gard infusion of R&B became a classic era in the music industry and the next artist we talk about is about literally 'The Heavy D of Gospel': Fred Hammond Intro Song: Fed Hammond | We're Blesse…
 
Members of county boards of canvassers don’t often find themselves in the political spotlight, but that changed after the 2020 election. Now, some local chapters of the Michigan Republican Party are looking at county boards as potential battlegrounds for the next election, too. GUEST: Craig Mauger, Detroit News reporter You can find Mauger's articl…
 
Kim Kardashian on SNL was she good or nah? Shaq & Snoop on a track? Say What?!? Does The Rock have bars? John Cena is stepping it up with his acting game! Plus very special guest Ariel & The Culture joins us as we talk about his musical journey, his influences & new music. And is J Balvin salty about the Latin Grammy's or does he have a point to pr…
 
Flint born-poet Jonah Mixon Webster’s collection Stereo(TYPE) got a second life this summer. It originally came out in 2019, published by ASADA Press, and this summer saw a reprint published by a much larger imprint, Knopf. If you’ve never read him before, you’re in for a totally immersive experience. GUEST: Jonah Mixon-Webster, poet and author Loo…
 
This week, Adele takes Rory and Laurie’s advice and realizes the time is right to finally release new music. Laurie teases her upcoming birthday in New York and Rory has great ideas while he’s swing dancing. Plus, SNL returns, Mary J. Blige heads to the Super Bowl, and Rory tries to reunite with a prince. Subscribe and follow us at @superexcitedpod…
 
Dr. David Pilgrim is a museum curator at Ferris State University's Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. It's home to 14,000 mostly racist artifacts. Today we’re talking with Pilgrim about how this Michigan museum uses objects of intolerance to teach tolerance, and about the future of the museum with it’s $18.5 million expansion. GUESTS: David Pil…
 
Federal prosecutors and attorneys for an armed anti-government militia continue to lay groundwork for a trial set to take place next year. The group of mostly-Michigan men, the so-called Wolverine Watchmen, are accused of plotting last year to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The defense has indicated it will show jurors that the plot never would …
 
Welcome to The R&B N' Chill Podcast. Welcome to our Gospel Month Series! On this episode (39), Ty talks about how the 90s/2000s era of gospel music with the Gard infusion of R&B became a classic era in the music industry and the first artist that he wants to shine a light is: Mary Mary Intro Song: Mary Mary | Shackles Outro: Mary Mary | Walking Bec…
 
President Joe Biden will be in Howell, Michigan tomorrow. And he’s coming to rally support for his infrastructure plan. The infrastructure bill passed in the Senate back in August. But the House vote has been pushed back again and again for months. On this episode, we’re digging into this infrastructure bill, how it could help Michigan if passed, a…
 
Kicking off October with those spooky vibes! "I Know What You Did Last Summer" get's a series reboot! Has Aaliyah Marie been sippin on Hateraid, because she's not having it! Animator Max Hernandez, creator of Max & Patrick Show, joins us to talk about his show & his upcoming Halloween Special which may feature some voice over work from a familiar v…
 
Autumn is the season for pumpkin spiced everything. As for Stateside? We'll take all the apples instead. So we were distraught to hear that a few freezing nights in April hurt the crop at many orchards in the state. GUESTS: Jan Upston, owner of Wasem Fruit Farm in Milan Leandra King, owner of Detroit Farm and Cider in Detroit Looking for more conve…
 
The state budget, signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, has a provision that could threaten the funding of local health departments that issue mask mandates. The governor says it's unenforceable, but some counties aren't willing to risk it. On this episode, we'll sort through what this all means for public health policy on the ground with a politica…
 
This week, Rory is left to handle dramatic developments on his own while Laurie is visited by a stripper who she accuses of not working hard enough. Rory breaks down the drama at The View and Laurie visits Omaha and does not enjoy the rodeo. Plus, Laurie meets people she actually likes and Rory reveals more additions to his fall playlist. Subscribe…
 
In Northern Michigan, two GOP events, one on Mackinac Island, and one in Antrim County cast light on a party divided. Many national figures joined with mainstream elected officials at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. Not too far away, Garrett Soldano, a candidate for Governor held his own rally. What is the Republican Party in Michiga…
 
Detriot artist Rashaun Rucker has spent the past few years thinking about birds—more specifically pigeons. He’s considered their gift of flight, their lower status with respect to human city dweller, and the odd kinship he feels with them as a Black man. On this episode, we talk to Rucker about his new exhibit exploring those connections, which dra…
 
Chris Perez, the iconic Tejana singer Selena's widower finally gets some redemption...But we do find something odd in all of this! What is it? Well listen to find out! Reboots are back with a vengeance! From the Exorcist to the Lost Boys oh there's a lot to talk about! But when it comes to Kid n Play's cult classic House Party, we're not sure it ca…
 
Have you noticed a barrage of projectiles crashing down on your roof this fall? Much to the delight of squirrels, chipmunks and other creatures, 2021 has been a big year for acorns, walnuts and other fruit of Michigan trees. Today, a horticulturist talks about our unexpected bumper crops. GUEST: Bert Cregg, professor of horticulture at Michigan Sta…
 
How do you capture the sense of a place? The sights, the sounds, its people? Author Jerry Dennis's new book, Up North In Michigan: A Portrait of Place Across Four Seasons, sets out to capture the essence of Northern Michigan. Today, we’re talking to Jerry Dennis about his love of the North Michigan landscape and what it means when the place you’ve …
 
This week, Rory and Laurie argue about mixing meats and whether chicken and egg can be combined. Plus, they’re both thrilled about the possibility that Harry Styles may be bisexual even if it means a bitter battle over him. Also, Lil Nas X is living Laurie’s gay dream. Subscribe and follow us at @superexcitedpod Follow Rory: @itsRORYjames Follow La…
 
Michigan’s system of care for people hurt in car accidents is breaking down after the state implemented a package of major reforms to auto insurance laws this summer. That’s left auto accident survivors, and the home health care workers that support them, without the funding they’ve relied on for years. On today’s episode, we talk to a reporter abo…
 
Kent County’s health director was nearly run off the road by an angry county resident, after issuing a countywide mandate for masks in schools. A new bombshell report in Michigan Advance details a health official in distress. Today, the health director's appeal to the county’s Board of Commissioners for help. GUESTS: Anna Gustafson, assistant edito…
 
Welcome to The R&B N' Chill Podcast. On this episode (38), Ty breakdown some new music from #ReggieBecton, #ChloeBailey & #SaintJaimz while talking about the #SongOfTheWeek and why Ty Doll Sign is one the most synced artist in the music industry. Intro Song: Keith Sweat | Make it Last Song Of The Week: Ari Lennox | Pressure Outro: Aaliyah | We Need…
 
Doctors, nurses, and hospital staff have seen scores of COVID-19 patients pass away in the past year and a half. They've endured brutally long hours at the hospital. But now, they're up against a different kind of challenge: unvaccinated patients who are in denial about their condition or refuse to accept doctors' advice. On today's episode, you'll…
 
The new trailer to Westside Story has dropped & one of us is a bit more excited than the other. So what did we think about the VMA's? From Doja Cat to Busta Rhymes, oh we got something to say! To kick off Hispanic Heritage month we are joined by Tik Tok influencers Sway & Liz! Quickly rising in popularity from their YouTube series to their highly v…
 
Back in 1972, a couple of contemporary artists created an installation that explored what it means to be a woman. It was called Womanhouse. And the artists transformed a deserted Hollywood mansion into an expression of womanhood, femininity, and its challenges. Now, nearly 50 years later, a group of Detroit artists are taking on the same concept an…
 
School is back in session—from college campuses to kindergarten classrooms. And, thanks to the highly contagious delta variant, COVID-19 outbreaks in schools are popping up across the state. On today’s episode, we talk to Michigan Radio data reporter Nisa Khan about the latest state data on COVID outbreaks in public schools, and how to interpret th…
 
This week, Laurie attends the VMAs and stares at the giant moonman the whole time and Rory has an honest interaction at a bar. Rory offers up a major fall music playlist rundown while Laurie pitches herself for a new role in the Biden administration. Plus, Britney’s engaged, Joy took a weed gummy, and we happily remember the place where we drunkenl…
 
It’s back to school season, and in this era of COVID-19 with the debate over mask mandates, what this looks like depends a lot on where you live. Today, we hear stories of two Michigan families: One family has an unvaccinated seven year old in a school district that is not requiring masks, and the other has a teenager who is vaccinated in a distric…
 
Surrounded by protesters on Belle Isle, former Detroit Police Chief James Craig announced his run for Michigan governor as a Republican. This may not be the announcement he had planned or hoped for, but it could work out in his favor. GUEST: Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio program director Looking for more conversations from Stateside? Right this way. If…
 
Welcome to The R&B N' Chill Podcast. Artist Spotlight Edition. On this episode (37), Ty talks with Cleveland Native, R&B Sensation & OG in the world of R&B music, Mr. Saint Jaimz on his 30+ career as an independent artist, working with some of our favorite R&B icons and legends, his current rise(again) in the music industry and some newer artist th…
 
After the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, people who hadn’t thought much about domestic security were suddenly painfully aware of what could happen. And people whose business was public safety suddenly had a new set of concerns on their hands. On today’s episode, we’ll get into how that day changed the institutions charged with keeping us …
 
The latest Marvel movie Shang-Chi is one of their biggest yet & there is a good reason for that! The new Matrix trailer dropped besides getting goosebumps after watching it...we're wondering if Keanu Reeves is indeed a vampire! lol 2 of our favorite shows are coming back, My Block & Gentified & we couldn't be more excited! Amy Winehouse is getting …
 
Tomorrow marks two decades since September 11th. Twenty years later, we’re still trying to wrap our heads around its impact. Today, we’re looking at a specific piece of this story, one that's especially relevant in Michigan. Michigan is home to the largest population of Arab Americans in the U.S. and since 9/11 Arab or Muslims - or people perceived…
 
In 2009, Wayne Count Prosecutor Kym Worthy found out there were more than 11,000 unprocessed rape kits sitting neglected in a Detroit warehouse. Horrified, she made it a mission of her office to make sure all of the backlog of kits were tested, and as many rapists were convicted as possible. That work is finally nearly complete. GUEST: Bryce Huffma…
 
This week, Laurie reveals she isn’t dead from the storm and Rory argues that it should be socially acceptable to run as transportation. There’s a big ole argument about Drake’s new album and a fabulous trans woman gives Rory the complement of the week. Plus, exercising patience while listening to people’s terrible opinions and enjoying marinara sau…
 
Everywhere you look, there are eateries—from fast food to fine dining—with help wanted signs in the windows. Some Michigan businesses hope that the end of federal pandemic unemployment benefits this week will push people back to work. But experts say it's not that simple. GUESTS: Betsey Stevenson, professor of public policy and economics at the Uni…
 
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer called on the state Legislature to repeal a 1931 abortion ban on the books in Michigan. Since the Texas state legislature passed a law that breaks new ground in its pursuit of abortion restrictions many states, including ours, have been re-examining legal precedent that has been part of American life for decades. To…
 
Welcome to The R&B N' Chill Podcast. Artist Spotlight Edition. On this episode (36), Ty talks with PG County Native and R&B Sensation Reggie Becton on his relatively quick rise and ascension into the music industry. They discuss his musical influences, songwriting, Reggie's move to LA, his upcoming DEBUT album and why staying independent is so impo…
 
In celebration of Labor Day we came in to work on our Labor of Love...our Podcast! lol "Clickbait" a show full of post twists & intrigue, a show that will keep you guessing till the end...but WARNING..you'll definitely binge this! "How I Met Your Father" goes into production staring Hillary Duff, one of us is excited about this. Drake vs Kanye both…
 
Journalist Danny Fenster of southeast Michigan was detained in Myanmar by authorities at the airport on his way to see his family back in the US. It's been more than 100 days. Despite having limited contact with Danny, his family in Michigan is working to keep his story alive. On today's episode, efforts to get Michigan journalist Danny Fenster out…
 
Twenty years ago, Aaliyah released her much-beloved, self-titled red album. And just weeks later, she died tragically in a plane crash, leaving behind a profound legacy of music, style and rhythm that still resonates across the globe. We’ll talk with writer Imani Mixon about one of the places where this legacy began: Detroit. GUEST: Imani Mixon, De…
 
This week, Rory gets giggly on rides and Laurie turns into his business manager to oversee his stock portfolio. Rory and Laurie take a page from the Waka Flocka Flame playbook and imagine podcasting with no hands. Plus, Rory falls in love with the hottest heterosexual couple at the pool and Laurie questions her sexuality. Subscribe and follow us at…
 
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