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Stateside: Southfield rabbi responds to Pittsburgh shooting; MSU changing sexual assault policies

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Rebecca Campbell is a psychology professor at Michigan State University. She's one of the leading figures determining how the university can better support survivors and prevent sexual violence on campus in the aftermath of the Larry Nassar abuse scandal.

Today on Stateside, we talk with a Southfield rabbi about the recent attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 congregants dead. Plus, a conversation with a leading expert on sexual assault prevention who is working to help Michigan State University better respond to sexual violence on campus following the Larry Nassar abuse scandal.

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

Southfield rabbi saddened, but not surprised, by attack on Pittsburgh synagogue 

Stateside’s conversation with Rabbi Starr


  • Rabbi Aaron Starr is a spiritual leader at Congregation Shaarey Zedek in Southfield. He responds to Saturday's mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh in the context of what he sees as a continuing rise in anti-Semitism across the United States.

Bacon: Former Tigers help Red Sox win World Series; Lions had no such help against Seahawks 


Stateside’s conversation with John U. Bacon

  • Michigan Radio sports commentator John U. Bacon weighs in on the Boston Red Sox's World Series victory, the Seattle Seahawk's defeat of the Lions this weekend, and who he predicts will make it to the Big 10 championship game.

How two sisters went from vegetarian PETA supporters to livestock farmers


Stateside’s conversation with Allie and Elise Thorp

  • Sisters Allie and Elise Thorp are the co-founders of Trillium Wood Farm in Williamston. They joined Stateside to talk about what prompted them to make a lifestyle switch from strict vegetarianism to raising livestock for meat and the challenges they face as young women new to the Michigan agriculture scene. 

Spooky Stories: A Grand Haven murder mystery


Listen to Amberrose Hammon's ghost story above

  • From now until Halloween, we'll be bringing you creepy, spooky, and haunting stories from the underworld. Amberrose Hammond is an author and researcher of Michigan's paranormal stories and haunted places. She shares a story called the "Ghost of Kate Koopman" about a well-known murder mystery centered around an infamous house in Grand Haven.

Stabenow: Political rhetoric fueling hate that inspired three recent hate crimes


Stateside's conversation with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D)

  • Senator Debbie Stabenow (D) is the senior senator from Michigan running for reelection against Republican John James this November. She shares her thoughts on gun control, the importance of bipartisanship, and how she believes voters can stand up to bigotry in the United States.

What is changing at MSU in wake of the Larry Nassar abuse scandal?


Stateside's conversation with Rebecca Campbell

  • Rebecca Campbell is a Michigan State University psychology professor and leading expert on sexual assault. She's among those leading the university's reponse to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, which helped expose the ways that officials failed to protect survivors and others.
  • Campbell also chairs the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup, which found that Michigan State University lacked an organized, communicative, and well-staffed system to provide sexual assault support and prevention services. She explains what the university has done in light of that finding, including the establishment of a campus office for "Prevention, Outreach, and Education" of sexual violence.  

Believed: How He Got Away With It

Click above to find Episode Two of Believed

  • This week on Believed, hosts Kate Wells and Lindsey Smith explore how disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar got away with sexually abusing hundreds of women and girls by examining one survivor’s story of what happened to her when she sought medical treatment from Nassar as a teenager.
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