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Stateside: Albion’s COVID pods; how to be an accomplice to Indigenous people; wildfire effects in MI

a picture of a brick building on Albion College's campus
Albion College
In an effort to continue in-person classes, Albion College is trying to group students into pods to limit social contacts and make tracing infections easier.

On Stateside, how can schools keep COVID-19 cases under control on campus, while also holding in-person classes? Albion College is hoping that their pandemic pod model might be the answer. Also, why the spectacular skies caused by Western wildfires are a reminder of the collective stakes of climate change. And finally, we hear from members of an artist collective that questions white people's fascination with—and sometimes fetishization of—Indigenous culture.

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Could pandemic pods stem campus COVID outbreaks? Albion College is testing it out. 

Stateside’s conversation with Dr. Mathew Johnson

  • Mathew Johnson is president of Albion College. 

New Red Order artist collective invites non-Natives to reconsider how they relate to Indigenous cultures

Stateside’s conversation with Zack Khalil and Jackson Polys


  • Zack Khalil is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lives in Brooklyn, NY. He’s a member of the artist collective the New Red Order.
  • Jackson Polys is a Tlingit Native visual artist and filmmaker. He's also a member of the artist collective the New Red Order.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Spectacular skies caused by Western wildfires are a reminder of collective stakes of climate change

Stateside’s conversation with Nick Schroeck

  • Nick Schroeck is an associate dean at University of Detroit Mercy and an expert in environmental law. 
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