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Stateside: School COVID-19 outbreaks; USPS machines dismantled; history of the Ford Bronco

Amid nationwide reports of mail delivery slowdowns, WOOD-TV reporter Heather Walker filmed pieces of discarded mail sorting machinery at a U.S. Postal Service facility in Grand Rapids. The footage has since gone viral.

Today on Stateside, state health officials report that there are currently 14 COVID-19 outbreaks in Southeast Michigan associated with schools, but they won’t say which ones. A reporter talks us through how the health department shares—and retains—information on outbreaks. Also, the story behind the viral video of U.S. Postal Service mail sorter machines being scrapped in Grand Rapids. Plus, a new podcast documents the history of the Ford Bronco.

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

WOOD-TV reporter documents mail sorters being scrapped at Grand Rapids USPS

Stateside’s conversation with Heather Walker

  • Heather Walker is an anchor and investigative reporter for WOOD-TV.

There are already COVID-19 outbreaks in Michigan schools, but the state won’t say which ones

Stateside’s conversation with Robin Erb

  • Robin Erb reports on health and public policy for Bridge Michigan.

How the Ford Bronco slowly rolled down the highway into American iconography

Stateside’s conversation with Sonari Glinton

  • Sonari Glinton is a former NPR automotive reporter and the host of Ford’s new podcast, Bring Back Bronco: The Untold Story.

Scholar and author Herb Boyd on the systemic barriers in attaining wealth for Black Detroiters

Stateside’s conversation with Herb Boyd

  • Herb Boyd is an educator, author, and journalist.
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