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Stateside: Biden in MI; Detroit arts advocate Ismael Ahmed; LGBTQ comedians

Joe Biden in front of blue curtain
The White House

Today on Stateside, Joe Biden visits Traverse City to promote a message of reopening and renewal. Also, arts leader Ismael Ahmed talks about his appointment to a national arts advisory board and the need for more federal funding for the arts. Plus, two Michigan stand-up comics talk to us about the ways being queer prepares you for a comedy career. 

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POTUS stops in MI on his “America’s Back Together Tour”

Stateside's conversation with Zoe Clark


  • Zoe Clark is Michigan Radio's program director.

One of Metro Detroit’s strongest arts boosters takes his advocacy to the national stage

Stateside's conversation with Ismael Ahmed


  • Ismael Ahmed is a member of the National Council of the Arts, founder of the Concert of Colors annual music festival in Detroit, and host of This Island Earth on WDET.

Cheers! Michigan potato vodka in a Hawaiian-named drink

Stateside's conversation with Lester Graham and Tammy Coxen


  • Lester Graham is a reporter at Michigan Radio and co-author of Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers.
  • Tammy Coxen is a mixologist and co-author of Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers.

Out again! LGBTQ comics joke about returning to the stand-up stage, pride, and pandemic Zoom comedy

Stateside's conversation with Joe Aasim and Diana Graham


  • Joe Aasim is a Detroit comic and host of comedy showNeapolitan Ice Cream.
  • Diana Graham is a comic from Michigan.

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