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Stateside: Slotkin on election security; MI’s first governor; cultural divide over climate change

a portrait of Governor Stevens T Mason
Courtesy of the Michigan History Center
When the governor of the Michigan territory, Stevens T. Mason left office in 1840, he was very unpopular. But "by 1905, he was seen as sort of a hero of Michigan's history," said Rachel Clark.


Today on Stateside, one University of Michigan professor says we are in the midst of a "Re-Englightenment" when it comes to cultural attitudes about climate change. Plus, we talk to Democratic Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin about her work on a package of bills aimed at protecting U.S. elections from foriegn interference.

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

Rep. Slotkin: House bills would make sure foreigners can’t “muck around” in U.S. elections 

Stateside’s conversation with Elissa Slotkin

  • Bills in both houses of Congress would require political campaigns to notify the FBI if a foreign national offers help to the campaign. This comes after the Senate Intelligence Committee called for Congressional action on the issue. Representative Elissa Slotkin is a Democrat from Michigan’s 8th Congressional District and a sponsor of what’s being called the SHIELD Act. That stands for “Stopping Harmful Interference in Elections for a Lasting Democracy." Slotkin joined Stateside to talk about what else is in the SHIELD Act, and how it would strengthen election security. 

Michigan’s first governor left the state alive and unpopular, and returned deceased and celebrated

Stateside’s conversation with Rachel Clark

  • For most people, the place where they are buried is considered their final resting place. But that’s not always the case. Michigan’s first governor has been buried a few times. Stevens T. Mason was acting governor of the Michigan Territory from 1835-1840, and was the chief force behind the push for Michigan’s statehood. We talked to the Michigan History Center’s Rachel Clark.  
  • This segment was produced in partnership with the Michigan History Center.

Will doctor visits of the future be by phone or video call? UM telehealth expert says it's likely.

Stateside’s conversation with Chad Ellimootill

  • The medical community has been looking at online communication to treat patients who live far away or who are in underserved areas. But, it’s tricky. There are concerns about acceptance. There are concerns about insurance coverage. There are concerns about privacy and security risks.
  • Dr. Chad Ellimootill is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, and the director of Telehealth for the Urology Department. He joined Stateside to discuss the potential benefits of expanding telehealth, and the challenges of integrating it into the current healthcare system. 

Without widespread cultural change, the climate crisis won’t be solved, says UM expert 

Stateside’s conversation with Andrew Hoffman

  • Science shows climate change is real and humans are contributing to the problem. So, how did something science-based cause such a cultural and political divide? University of Michigan professor Andrew Hoffman has an answer to that question. In September, he wrote an article called “Climate Change and Our Emerging Cultural Shift.” We talked to him about the role religious leaders can play in changing cultural attitudes around climate change, and his argument that those attitudes undergoing a radical shift thanks to what he's calling the "Re-Enlightenment." 

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