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Stateside for Monday, April 18, 2016

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  • Cruise ships have plied the Great Lakes since the 1800s. Starting this summer, the Pearl Mist will stop in Muskegon as she travels between Chicago and Toronto.

Listen to our interview with Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce President Cindy Larsen

  • It’s playoff time for a pair of Michigan sports teams, as the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Pistons have kicked off their respective post-seasons. We check-in with Michigan Radio’s sports commentator John U. Bacon.
  • University of Michigan professor Jeff DeGraff is spearheading a project to help more Michiganders become the state’s next batch of entrepreneurs.
  • Trade has become a big issue in the presidential campaign. This week, we'll examine some impacts of free trade in Michigan, starting today with a look at just how it has affected our state's economy over the years.  

Listen to our interview with Michigan State University economist Charles Ballard

  • Fine penmanship is hard to come by these days. But with smart phones and laptops everywhere, just how important is it to know how to write in cursive? We'll talk with a researcher who still thinks there's value in learning proper handwriting.
  • In recent years, more and more states have passed laws that tighten up requirements for people to register and to vote. Those voting laws are a lightning rod for debate. We’ll speak with a researcher who wanted to know just what effect these new laws have on voters.

Listen to our interview with U-M researcher Nicholas Valentino

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