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Stateside: World robotics championship in Detroit; Pence visits MI; archiving the Flint water crisis

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"What it looks like is a cross between a rock concert and any athletic sport, varsity athletic sport, that you could possibly see," said Gail Alpert, president of the Michigan chapter of the FIRST Robotics Competition.


Today on Stateside, Vice President Mike Pence comes to Detroit to whip up support for the new North American trade deal, even as automakers nervously eye President Trump's threatened tariffs. Plus, student robotics team from around the world descend on Detroit this week for the 2019 FIRST Robotics Championship.

Despite Pence’s assurances on new NAFTA deal, analyst says benefits to auto industry still unclear

Stateside's conversation with Kristin Dziczek

  • Vice President Mike Pence is in Michigan today to campaign for President Trump and to tout the benefits of the proposed new North American Free Trade Agreement. But just how much will the new deal, which still has to be approved by Congress, benefit Michigan's auto industry?
  • Kristin Dziczek, Vice President of Industry, Labor, & Economics at the Center for Automotive Research, joins Stateside to give us her assessment.

Three small bottles and some training may save lives

Stateside's conversation with Max Johnston

  • Naloxone is a chemical compound that can stop an opioid overdose. For a long time, it was only used by first responders and law enforcement. As overdoses increase nationwide, though, advocates are trying to get it in the hands of as many people as possible.
  • Interlochen Public Radio's Max Johnston visited a training event for community members on using Naloxone and brought us this report. 

Robotics world championship draws 42,000 students to Detroit this weekend  

Stateside's conversation with Gail Alpert and Patty Poppe

  • The FIRST Robotics World Championship has come back to Detroit for a second year, bringing some 42,000 people from all over the world. School robotics teams will be vying for a top prize with robots they have designed and built for this year's challenge, which is all about deep space. 
  • We talk to Gail Alpert, president of FIRST in Michigan about the competition. We also hear from Patty Poppe, President and CEO of Consumers Energy, about why her company got involved with the worldwide robotics competition. 

Kalkaska trout festival’s motto is “It’s Fish O’Clock Somewhere!” 

Stateside's conversation with Deb Ball-Odeh

  • The village of Kalkaska is throwing a party this weekend. It starts at noon Thursday with a flea market, and ends at dusk Sunday with fireworks. Those events will bookend the National Trout Festival, whose motto is "It's Fish O'Clock Somewhere!"
  • Deb Ball-Odeh helps organize the festival and joins Stateside to talk about the history of the festival and what it means to her. 

How a state archivist decides what Flint water crisis artifacts to preserve for posterity

Stateside's conversation with Mark Harvey

  • How do you record and preserve details from a catastrophic event like the Flint water crisis? On the eve of the five year anniversary of the crisis, we talk to state archivist Mark Harvey about how the Michigan History Center is archiving objects and stories from the past five years in Flint. 

Alma College joins growing number of schools ditching ACT/SAT requirement in admissions 

Stateside's conversation with Amanda Slenski

  • More and more colleges are going "test-optional," meaning submitting ACT or SAT scores is up to the applicant. Alma College has just joined that list. Starting with the 2020 incoming class, the private liberal-arts college will not require applicants to submit their ACT and SAT scores. 
  • Vice President of Admissions Amanda Slenski joins Stateside to discuss why Alma is ditching the requirement for standardized test scores, and what they hope it will mean for the kind of students they attract. 

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