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Stateside: GM cuts 14,000 jobs; MSU’s offense dilemma; Detroit police help teach kids to drive

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With "Drive to Thrive," the Detroit Police Department hopes to help high school students obtain their driver's licenses.

Today on Stateside, General Motors announced that it will end production at several facilities across the nation, including two here in Michigan. Plus, the editor of a new collection of Joni Mitchell interviews talks about the singer-songwriter’s rise to fame and her musical debut in Detroit’s folk scene. 

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Why GM is cutting 14,000 jobs despite healthy earnings

Stateside’s conversation with Daniel Howes

  • Daniel Howes is a business columnist with The Detroit News. He joined Stateside to talk about the projected impact of General Motors’ recent decision to end production at facilities in Detroit and Warren, as well as plants in Ohio and Ontario.

Bacon: UM’s weekend heartbreak and MSU’s offense dilemma

Stateside's conversation with John U. Bacon

  • Michigan Radio’s sports commentator John U. Bacon shares his take on Michigan’s “embarrassing” loss to Ohio State this weekend, which sends the Buckeyes to play against Northwestern for the Big Ten title this weekend. 

New collection of Joni Mitchell interviews highlights iconic musician’s career and Detroit roots

Stateside’s conversation with Susan Whitall

  • Susan Whitall is the former music writer for The Detroit News and former editor at the music magazine Creem. Whitall edited the new book Joni on Joni: Interviews and Encounters with Joni Mitchell. The book is a collection of 27 interviews with Mitchell conducted between 1966 and 2014. The anthology covers Mitchell’s rise to fame, her relationship with folk singer Chuck Mitchell, and the sexism she faced in the music industry as a female artist.

Believed: The Parents

Click above to find Episode 6 of Believed

  • On this week’s episode of Believed, hosts Kate Wells and Lindsey Smith talk to some of the parents whose children were abused by disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar. They examine how Nassar “groomed” adults and children alike in order to conceal his decades-long practice of sexually abusing his patients under the guise of medical treatment. 
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In effort to boost recruitment, Detroit police help kids get their driver's license

Stateside’s conversation with Sgt. Starr Gonzales

  • The Detroit Police Department wants to recruit new officers from the city’s public schools, but there’s a problem: new recruits need a driver’s license to work for the department, and a lot of students don’t have them. Detroit Police Sergeant Starr Gonzales tells us about Drive to Thrive, a new initiative to help solve this problem. 

Detroit Police Chief James Craig reflects on lost officers and progress made in 2018

Stateside's conversation with Chief James Craig

  • Every year, the Detroit Public Safety Foundation honors Detroit's first responders — police, fire, and paramedics — at the Above & Beyond awards. Detroit Police Chief James Craig joined us to talk about the fallen Detroit police officers who will be honored at this year's awards, and to reflect on what the past year has meant for his department. 

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