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Stateside: Petition to curb governor's powers; new MI Opera Theatre director; UM grad student strike

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A new petition by the group Unlock Michigan is looking to curb Governor Whitmer's executive powers and end the current COVID-19 state of emergency order.

Today on Stateside, a petition aiming to curb the governor's executive powers is nearing the number of signatures it needs. And, graduate students at the University of Michigan are continuing their strike against the school over concerns about COVID-19 regulations and precautions. Plus, a conversation with the director of Michigan Opera Theatre about how he plans to add to Detroit’s illustrious musical legacy.

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Petition to curb Whitmer’s executive powers nears signature goal

Stateside’s conversation with Zach Gorchow

  • Zach Gorchow is the publisher of Gongwer News Service.

Motown, techno, and...opera? Director of Michigan Opera Theatre on adding to Detroit’s musical legacy

Stateside’s conversation with Yuval Sharon

  • Yuval Sharon is the new artistic director for the Michigan Opera Theater.

Graduate students at UM continue strike as they call for expanded testing, more PPE

Stateside’s conversation with Amir Fleishmann and Erin Markiwitz

  • Amir Fleishmann is the secretary of the University of Michigan’s Graduate Employees Organization.
  • Erin Markiewitz is the Vice President of the University of Michigan’s Graduate Employees Organization.
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