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Stateside: School funding study; environmental apocalypse in art; #MeToo and black women

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Education funding in Michigan was down 30 percent from 2002 to 2015, according to a recent MSU study.


Today on Stateside, Michigan's funding for schools has declined more than any other state, according to a new study. We get reaction from the state senator who chairs the committee overseeing K-12 funding. Plus, an exhibit by a new artist-in-residence at the University of Michigan paints an apocalyptic environmental future over nostalgic images of America's past. 


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

Senate school budget chair: While more funding is needed, money alone won’t improve schools


Stateside’s conversation with State Senator Wayne Schmidt

  • A new Michigan State University study finds Michigan has the largest school funding decline in the nation: down 30 percent from 2002 to 2015. Republican State Senator Wayne Schmidt is the chair of the K-12 and Michigan Department of Education Appropriations and Transportation subcommittees. Stateside talked to Schmidt to get his take on the state of school of funding in Michigan, and what he thinks schools need to improve besides money. 


 Visiting UM artist paints bleak environmental future over nostalgic images of America’s past 


Stateside’s conversation with David Opdyke

  • David Opdyke’s new work "This Land" is made of hundreds of vintage postcards which he has painted over with a picture of environmental chaos awaiting generations in the not-too-distant future. Opdyke is the 2019 Efroymson Emerging Artist in Residence at the University of Michigan. We hear what inspired his work, and the role he thinks arts should play in politics. 
  • Opdyke's work will be displayed starting Friday, January 25 at the University of Michigan's Institute for Humanities Gallery. 


Worried about radon in your home? Here’s what you need to know 


Stateside’s conversation with Angela Parsons

  • Radon is a naturally-occurring, radioactive gas that's associated with about 21,000 cases of lung cancer in the United States each year. Environmental health education coordinator for Washtenaw County, Angela Parsons, joins Stateside to talk about how radon gets into the home, how to test for it, and how to fix your house if you find high levels of the gas.  


Howes: Trump’s shifting priorities are bad for business, U.S. economy 


Stateside’s conversation with Daniel Howes

  • It’s day 35 of the partial government shutdown. Some 800,000 government workers will miss another paycheck tomorrow, and that’s not counting many more contractors who are not only missing paychecks, they’re not getting back pay.
  • Daniel Howes, Detroit News business columnist, discusses the impact this uncertainty is having on business and the U.S. economy overall.

Detroit advocate reflects on Black women’s role in #MeToo and impact of R. Kelly series


Stateside’s conversation with Kalimah Johnson

  • The six-part Lifetime documentary series Surviving R. Kelly explores decades of  allegations against R&B singer R Kelly. It features more than 50 interviews with women who allege they were sexually, physically, and emotionally abused by Kelly.
  • Stateside talks to Kalimah Johnson, founder and executive director of the SASHA Centerin Detroit. Johnson is a sexual assault survivor who has made her life work raising awareness of sexual abuse and harassment in the African-American community. She tells Stateside that the controversy surrounding R. Kelly ultimately represents a much larger problem. 

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