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Stateside for Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Today on Stateside:

  • Road funding is once again being discussed in Lansing, but Chris Kolb says we need to think beyond just fixing roads and bridges. Find out where he thinks the state should invest more of its money.
  • A good meal can become a great meal if the restaurant has the right ambiance. For example, good music can improve the overall experience. But what about the other way around? Interlochen Public Radio’s David Cassleman talks about a conductor and chef who are teaming up in Traverse City to find out.
  • Ypsilanti singer-songerwriter and Civil War history buff Matt Jones has a new album out called “The Deep Enders.” See what he has to say about his Civil War influences and song writing for “The Deep Enders.”
  • As Stateside goes tableside, let’s talk about how we talk about food. Margot Finn, a lecturer at the University of Michigan who specializes in food and popular culture, discusses "food words" and their role in modern culture. 
  • Bissell Inc. has been a Michigan presence for 138 years strong. Mark Bissell, CEO of Bissell Inc. discusses the history of the company and a royal customer of the company in its early years.
  • Governor Snyder leaves for China today on his fourth trade mission to Asia. Tom Watkins talks to us about what Governor Snyder wants to focus on during this trip and the importance of a stronger trading relationship between China and Michigan.

  • As the U.S. Supreme Court has recently agreed to hear another challenge to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act, Dr. Howard Markel, physician and medical historian from the University of Michigan, discusses an idea spelled out by President Harry Truman 69 years ago today. This groundbreaking idea was a “universal” national health care program.

  • If you’re trudging outside to clear off the driveway or your car and think, “Wait! Isn’t this just mid-November?!” you’re not alone. Mark Torregrossa, MLive and farmerweather.com meteorologist is here to give us a weather update. Listen and find out if winter has settled in for the duration. 
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