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Stateside: Enrollment shrinks at public universities; Halifax explosion; subscription health care

A view across the devastated neighborhood of Richmond in Halifax, Nova Scotia after the Halifax Explosion in 1917. The steamship Imo, one of the ships in the collision that triggered the explosion, can be seen aground on the far side of the harbor.
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A white spruce gifted from the people of Nova Scotia arrived in Boston today. That tradition commemorates the Halifax Explosion, a maritime disaster that occurred over a century ago. Above, the view from a Halifax neighborhood after the explosion.

Today on Stateside, how anemic state funding and fewer students in the classroom are posing challenges for Michigan’s public universities. Plus, why some physicians choose to practice direct primary care.

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

Declining enrollment at six public universities signals shift in Michigan’s higher ed landscape

Stateside’s conversation with Ron French

  • The state budget signed by Governor Whitmer gives Michigan's public universities $1.47 billion dollars for the new fiscal year. Adjusted for inflation, that means public university funding from the state is actually dropping. Bridge Magazine's Ron French joined us to talk about how stagnant funding, alongside shrinking enrollment, is impacting public universities in Michigan.
  • This segment originally aired on October 9, 2019.

New memoir from writer Dean Kuipers a tale of family reconciliation set in rural Michigan

Keith Taylor’s review of “The Deer Camp”

  • Author Keith Taylor reviewed The Deer Camp: A Memoir of a Father, a Family, and the Land that Healed Them by Dean Kuipers, which details the author’s childhood spent with his father and brothers in rural west Michigan.
  • This segment originally aired on June 14, 2019.

How the largest man-made blast before the atomic bomb led to Michigan’s first hockey team

Stateside’s conversation with John U. Bacon

  • A beautiful white spruce tree arrived at Boston Common today, a gift from the people of Nova Scotia. If you want to know why Nova Scotia spends $180,000 every year to send its finest Christmas tree to Boston, the answer goes back 102 years. That’s when two ships collided in Halifax Harbor. The resulting “Halifax Explosion” is one of the largest maritime disasters in history. Some 2,000 people were killed, and thousands more were injured. The Christmas tree is Nova Scotia’s “thank you” for Boston’s compassionate response to the disaster.
  • John U. Bacon is Michigan Radio’s sports commentator and the author of the book The Great Halifax Explosion: A World War I Story of Treachery, Tragedy and Extraordinary Heroism. He told us what prompted him to write about this tragic, widely-unknown story.
  • This segment originally aired November 6, 2017.

Subscribe to your doctor? A new model for medical care is catching doctors’ attention

Stateside’s conversation with Matt Falkiewicz and Marianne Udow-Phillips

  • Some physicians are rejecting the traditional, insurance-based model of healthcare in favor of alternatives like direct primary care, which offers patients “almost unlimited access” to their primary care doctors in exchange for a monthly fee and no co-pays.
  • Dr. Matt Falkiewicz is a physician with Nova Direct Primary Care in Grand Rapids. He explained why he chose to open a direct primary care practice, and how he thinks both patients and physicians can benefit from that model.
  • Marianne Udow-Phillips is director of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan. She broke down what services direct primary care doesn’t cover, why it may not be the best choice with those who don’t have extra disposable income, and why she thinks that the model appeals to some physicians.
  • This segment originally aired on October 8, 2019.

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