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Stateside: 19th century roots of juvenile justice system; making school relevant for today's kids

4 tables of boys at Christmas party at Coldwater State Home & Training School (ca. 1925)
University of Michigan’s Bentley Historical Library
4 tables of boys at Christmas party at Coldwater State Home & Training School (ca. 1925)

Today on Stateside, a conversation with the reporter who broke the story of two Detroit funeral homes that were shut down for their mishandling of human remains. Plus, our education commentator shares her thoughts on how Michigan schools could update their classrooms to better serve modern students. 

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

Mishandling of infant and fetus remains shuts down two Detroit funeral homes 

Stateside’s conversation with Elisha Anderson

  • Elisha Anderson of the Detroit Free Press joined us to talk about her reporting on a rapidly-developing, grim story that has made international headlines: the mishandling of human remains at two Detroit funeral homes, some of which date back to up to 20 years ago. 

The 19th century roots of Michigan’s juvenile justice system 

Stateside’s conversation with Rachel Clark

  • Rachel Clark is with the Michigan History Center. She tells us about a time when Michigan children convicted with criminal charges were sent to adult prisons and the "training schools" that eventually replaced that practice. 

Independent gubernatorial candidate Schleiger wants lower insurance rates, no new taxes 

Stateside’s conversation with Todd Schleiger

  • Todd Schleiger is running as an independent in Michigan’s gubernatorial race this November. He joined Stateside to discuss auto insurance rates, taxes, and why he decided to run for office. 

Voter voices: help for low-income communities, access to affordable health care 

Listen to hear what's on voters' minds

  • We've been sending reporters and producers across the state to ask people two questions: What are the most important issues for you as a Michigan voter? What concerns you most about political climate right now? Today, we hear from Kevin Hardman of Jackson and Nathan Leanin of Kalamazoo. 

Scientists watch and worry as Great Lakes water temperatures rise

Stateside's conversation with Aaron Fisk

  • Aaron Fisk is a professor with the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Windsor. He explains why scientists are concerned about rising water temperatures in the Great Lakes and what these changes could mean for wildlife in the region. 

Ragatz: How to make the classroom relevant for today’s students 

Stateside's conversation with Matinga Ragatz

  • Matinga Ragatz is Stateside’s education commentator. She joined us to talk about how American classrooms have changed since the first public high school opened its doors in 1821 and what Michigan schools are missing when it comes to equipping students with real-world skills. 

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