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Stateside for Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

What if you could build a school from the ground-up? What would it look like? How would it feel? Just what would it be?

On today's show, we talk to a man who's re-imagining what early childhood could look like in Michigan.

And then, the state has signed a deal to lease Belle Isle from Detroit. The island soon becoming Michigan's 102nd state park, but there is plenty of unhappiness in Detroit about the decision. We'll find out why later in the hour.

But first, it's Day Three of the government shutdown. There was an Obama-Biden-Boehner-Pelosi-Reid-McConnell meeting at the White House late Tuesday that yielded nothing that we know of in terms of solving the impasse.

Meantime, Americans continue to express their anger at all sides involved in this stalemate.

We wanted to get some historical perspective and context to all of this. Has America weathered standoffs like this in the past? What can history teach us about the divisions we see now between the President, the House and Senate, Democrats and Republicans -- especially the far-right Republicans.

Is finding common ground possible in Washington in 2013?

For that, he turned to our favorite political-historian -- Gleaves Whitney directs the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University.

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