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Stateside: MI manufacturers and the trade war; latest on UAW strike; preventing young adult suicide

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"It really is U.S. companies paying these tariffs, and it really is going to be passed onto the U.S. consumer," said Mary Buchzeiger, CEO of Lucerne International, an auto supplier based in Auburn Hills.


Today on Stateside, how signs of progress on a U.S. trade deal with China could impact Michigan manufacturers. Plus, one family is hoping to fill the gaps in mental health care services for young adults after losing their son to suicide.

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

What a partial truce in the trade war with China means for Michigan manufacturers

Stateside’s conversation with Mary Buchzeiger

  • There seems to be progress on trade negotiations between the United States and China. On Friday, President Donald Trump announced the two sides had agreed on “a substantial phase one” of a trade deal. Exactly what that means isn't clear yet, but the U.S. did stop a planned tariff rate increase from going into effect Tuesday. 
  • Mary Buchzeiger is the CEO of Lucerne International, an auto supplier based in Auburn Hills. We talked to her about what this latest news means for her business, and how the broader trade war is impacting auto suppliers around the state. 

New Same Same Different episode explores intersection of body image and race

An excerpt from Same Same Different

  • How do you survive being "the other" with your humanity intact? That's the question behind Michigan Radio's newest podcast Same Same Different. In the podcast's second episode, host Bryce Huffman talks to two activists who work at the intersection of body image and race. Virgie Tovar is a body image activist and the author of the forthcoming book, The Self-Love Revolution: Radical Body Positivity for Girls of Color. Kiese Laymon is a writer from Mississippi, who is best known for his book Heavy: An American Memoir.
  • Hear the full episode and subscribe to Same Same Different on Apple Podcasts, NPR One, or wherever you listen.

Workers in limbo, financial pain on both sides as the UAW GM strike enters fifth week  

Stateside’s conversation with Tracy Samilton

  • This is day 29 of the UAW strike against General Motors. There was some movement in negotiations over the weekend. The union boosted strike pay to $275 dollars a week—a $25 bump for nearly 50,000 striking workers. The union also sent a counter-proposal to GM. Its chief bargainer says if the automaker agrees to the terms of that counter-proposal, the two sides would have a tentative agreement. Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton gave us an update on where things stand. 

Bacon: The offensive woes of MSU football, plus Michigan's fumbling problem

Stateside’s conversation with John U Bacon

  • Last Saturday, the Michigan State vs. Wisconsin game was a total blowout. Michigan Radio's sports commentator John U. Bacon joined Stateside to give us an autopsy of that game, and to talk about the challenges that both MSU and UM are up against as football season kicks into high gear. 

Markel: How Bela Lugosi turned Dracula into the character we know today

Stateside’s conversation with Howard Markel

  • The Dracula charcter you see kids dressed up at every October is largely based on the performance of actor and Hungarian immigrant Bela Lugosi, who played the undead count in the 1931 film adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel. Just in time for Halloween, University of Michigan medical historian Dr. Howard Markel discussed how Lugosi got the role, and how Stoker drew on medical fears of the late 19th century when writing his 1897 book. 

After losing son to suicide, parents work to close gaps in mental health services for young adults

Stateside’s conversation with Julie Halpert and Victor Hong

  • When it comes to supporting and treating people struggling with mental illness, the safety net in Michigan has a lot of holes. It can be very hard to get an immediate appointment with a psychiatrist or psychologist. Julie Halpert is working to fill some of the gaps in mental health care for young adults with Garrett's Space, a nonprofit focused on mental health and suicide prevention. Halpert's 23-year-old son Garrett Halpert died by suicide in 2017. Halpert and UM emergency room psychiatrist Dr. Victor Hong talked about the need for additional mental health resources for young people, and what a better system might look like. 

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