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In recent months, the State of Michigan has found several places where drinking water and fish are contaminated by a class of chemicals called PFAS, or poly and perfluoroalkyl substances.PFAS is a family of chemicals that can be found in all sorts of products. But what are the lingering effects of PFAS on our health and the environment?

Stateside: Detroit’s "student churn" problem; the life of Betty Ford; who should pay for PFAS?

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Gerald R. Ford Museum
"Many historians have said that Betty Ford's legacy is one of few first ladies who outshines her husband's," says Ford biographer Lisa McCubbin.


Today on Stateside, what does Governor Rick Snyder's agreement with Enbridge Energy actually mean for the future of the Line 5 pipeline? Plus, a conversation with the author of a new book on First Lady Betty Ford's legacy.

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

How a revolving door of students hurts Detroit kids, teachers, and schools

Stateside's conversation with Chalkbeat Detroit editor Erin Einhorn

New biography of Betty Ford explores life of Michigan’s beloved First Lady


Stateside's conversation with ?author Lisa McCubbin

  • Lisa McCubbin is the New York Times best-selling author of Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer. She joins us to discuss Ford's early life in Grand Rapids, contributions to public health, and the former First Lady's lifelong recovery from drug addiction.  
  • Support for arts and culture coverage is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Tunnel plan for Line 5 does “little to nothing” to protect Great Lakes, says state advisory board member

Stateside's conversation with ?Mike Shriberg

  • Mike Shriberg reacts to Governor Rick Snyder's agreement with Enbridge Energy today that could eventually lead to the company replacing the Line 5 pipeline. Shriber directs the National Wildlife Federation's Great Lakes Regional Center and is a member of the state's Line 5 advisory board. 

Who will foot the bill for PFAS contamination?



Stateside's conversation with ?Oday Salim

  • Oday Salim joins us to discuss the financial implications of PFAS contamination in Michigan. Salim is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Law School, where he directs the Environmental Law & Sustainability Clinic.

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