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Stateside: State Board of Education race; CBD industry; WWII vets reflect on country’s past, present

World War II veterans, Art Holst and Guy Stern.
Isabella Isaacs
Michigan Radio
World War II veterans, Art Holst and Guy Stern, share their experiences in the war and beyond.


Today, we'll talk about the race that will fill two seats on Michigan's State Board of Education. Plus, as Veterans Day approaches, Stateside is taking the opportunity to sit down with a couple of America's longest-living veterans and talk about their experiences in WWII and beyond. 

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

Why you should be paying attention to the State Board of Education race

Stateside’s conversation with Koby Levin

  • Koby Levin of Chalkbeat Detroit joins us to discuss the race for two open seats on the Michigan State Board of Education. He explains the big issues facing the board, where Democratic and Republican candidates stand on key issues, and how the end of straight ticket voting could affect the race. 

Voter voices: student debt crisis and Detroit schools  


Listen to her what's on voters' minds

  • Leading up to the election, we've been sending reporters and producers across the state to ask people two questions: What are the most important issues for you as a Michigan voter? What concerns you most about our political climate right now? Today we hear from one voter in Traverse City and another from Detroit.

GM’s buyout offers combined with good profits signal automaker is ready for future

Stateside’s conversation with Daniel Howes

  • Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes gives his insight on the news that General Motors is offering buyouts to 18,000 salaried employees in North America. 

 What’s the future for hemp and CBD oil production in Michigan? 


Stateside’s conversation with Brady Madden

  • If Proposal 1passes, Michigan could see a booming marijuana industry. But what does the future look like for hemp, another cannabis product, and its chief medicinal component CBD? Brady Madden, director of e-commerce for MHR Brands including Made By Hemp weighs in. 

Michigan WWII veterans share stories from country’s past, offer advice for its future 

Stateside's conversation with WWII veterans Guy Stern and Art Holst

  • Guy Stern left Nazi Germany as a teen, and then served in the U.S. Army as part of a special military intelligence unit made up of mostly Jewish Germans, Austrians and Czechs. He was a distinguished professor of German literature and cultural history and provost at Wayne State University. At 96, he is still active at the Holocaust Memorial Centerin Farmington Hills.
  • Art Holst served in the U.S. Army as part of the General George Patton's Third Army, which liberated the Buchenwald Concentration Camp on April 11, 1945. He rose to the rank of captain. After the war, he went on to become a referee in the NFL where he officiated in Super Bowls VI and XII.
  • Art Holst and Guy Stern will be part of the fourth annual Stories of Serviceto benefit Fischer House Michigan at Hill Auditorium on Nov. 5, from 7:00 to 9:00pm.

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