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Stateside: Some workers wary of reopening; covering COVID-19 and protests as a black journalist

Bartender Gabrielle Bussell discussed how physical distancing might be hard in a bar or restaurant. “We often have to deal with drunk and disorderly customers and people who want to get up in your face,” she said.";s:

Today on Stateside, more Michigan businesses reopen, including some bars and restaurants. A bartender weighs in on some service industry workers’ concerns. Also, two Black American journalists discuss covering protests against police brutality, during a pandemic, in a field dominated by white reporters and editors. Plus, an artist collective based up north relaunches.

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

Stateside’s conversation with Gabrielle Bussell

As restaurants and bars reopen, some workers wonder if it’s too soon to be safe 

  • Gabrielle Bussell is a bartender at Arbor Brewing Company in downtown Ann Arbor.

Stateside’s conversation with Seth Bernard

Earthwork Music Collective relaunches with new mission, new music

  • Seth Bernard is the founder of the Earthwork Music artist collective.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Stateside’s conversation with Kat Stafford and Ken Coleman

The importance, and dearth, of black journalists is amplified right now

  • Kat Stafford is a national race and ethnicity writer for the Associated Press.
  • Ken Coleman is an author and writer for Michigan Advance.

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