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Stateside: Courts and COVID-19; what the Amish can teach us about tech; Michigan and 2020 politics

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The Michigan Supreme Court has sent out guidance to state courts about how to adjust operations during the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Today on Stateside, the COVID-19 conundrum facing Michigan's courts. What's the best way to protect defendants, jury, and staff without the wheels of justice grinding to a halt? Plus, one writer considers what we can learn from Amish communities' cautious, considered use of technology.

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Chief Justice urges Michigan courts to delay some trials, move to video conferencing when possible

Stateside’s conversation with Bridget McCormack

  • Bridget McCormack is the chief justice of the Michigan Supreme Court.

Puff, puff, don’t pass. COVID-19 postpones this year’s Hash Bash.

Stateside's conversation with Nick Zettell

  • Nick Zettell is an organizer for the 49th annual Hash Bash in Ann Arbor.

What we can learn from Amish communities’ cautious, considered use of technology

Stateside’s conversation with Jeff Smith


  • Jeff Smith is the author of Becoming Amish: A Family’s Search for Faith, Community, and Purpose.  He recently wrote an essay about what what the Amish can teach us about technology in the Washington Post.

POLITICO correspondent on how Michigan fits into the 2020 political landscape

Stateside’s conversation with Tim Alberta

  • Tim Alberta is chief political correspondent for POLITICO and the author of the book American Carnage.
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