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Stateside: PFAS found in rain; kids and COVID risk; saving the home of a Detroit civil rights icon

The Sarah Elizabeth Ray House
The Sarah E. Ray Project

Today on Stateside, we talk to a researcher who found that the forever chemicals known as PFAS are showing up in rainfall around the Great Lakes. Then, what families should know about kids and COVID-19 as summer vacation begins. And, an effort to save the historical home of Sarah Elizabeth Ray, the Detroit civil rights activist whose U.S. Supreme Court case led to the integration of the Boblo Island ferry. 

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

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Forever chemicals known as PFAS have been detected in rainfall around the Great Lakes

Stateside’s conversation with Marta Venier

  • Marta Venier is an assistant professor in chemistry at Indiana University

Abandoned home of lesser-known civil rights hero named one of US' "Most Endangered Historic Sites"

Stateside’s conversation with Des Cooper and Angela Wilson

  • Des Cooper is a writer and Detroit native.
  • Angela Wilson is a community advocate with the Eastside Community Network. 
  • You can find out more about the effort to save Sarah Elizabeth Ray's house and take a virtual tour of the space here.

What families should know about kids and COVID-19 as summer vacation begins

Stateside's conversation with Rebecca Schein

Rebecca Schein is a pediatric infectious disease specialist and assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development at Michigan State University.

Essay: Saying goodbye for the summer to our kindergarten classmate, the iPad

Laura Weber Davis reflects on a very strange school year


  • Laura Weber Davis is executive producer of Stateside.

Cheers! An all Michigan ingredient twist on a San Francisco original

Tammy Coxen and Lester Graham mix up a cocktail

  •  Tammy Coxen is a mixologist and owner of Tammy’s Tastings. She’s also co-author of  Cheers to Michigan: A Celebration of Cocktail Culture and Craft Distillers.
  • Lester Graham is a reporter at Michigan Radio and Coxen’s co-author.
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