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Stateside for Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Today on Stateside:

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on the challenge to same-sex marriage bans in Michigan and three other states. Michigan Radio'sIt's Just Politicsco-host Rick Pluta reports.

U of M's music department makes a flute-like musical instrument using the stalk of a dead giant agave plant. Professor Michael Gould explains. 

Our Poetically Speaking series continues as we talk about why people don’t like poetry and what poets might do to win those folks over. 

We get a lesson in local journalism from Lucy Tobier. She’s the editor of The Murray Ave. Times, a monthly newspaper. When Tobier started producing the paper, she was eight years old. Now, she’s ten. 

Volkswagen’s Ferdinand Piëch is out as chairman. Some auto analysts say the move marks the end of an era. Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes fills us in. 

Stateside’s Cynthia Canty speaks with writer Scott Burnstein about recent developments in the ongoing up-and-down story of Richard Wershe, aka White Boy Rick. 


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