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Stateside: 2018’s top stories; librarian-curated gift ideas; Sander Levin on 36 years in Congress

Carl Levin, Andy Levin, Sander Levin
Lester Graham
Rep. Sander Levin (R) with his brother, former U.S. Senator Carl Levin (L), and his son Andy Levin, who will take Sander Levin's spot in Congress in January.

Today on Stateside, business columnist Daniel Howes reflects on the legacy of outgoing Republican Governor Rick Snyder. Plus, two librarians share their suggestions for Michigan books that would make great last-minute gifts for the reader in your life. 

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

Howes: Gov. Snyder’s “pretty good” financial legacy marred by Flint water crisis

Stateside’s conversation with Daniel Howes

  • Daniel Howes is a business columnist for The Detroit News. He joined Stateside to talk about his recent article that covers the “mixed legacy” of Governor Rick Snyder as his term comes to an end.

Traverse City caught between growth and tree protection

Click above to hear Max Johnston’s reporting

  • As Traverse City continues to grow in size, many of its trees are being cut down for development. City officials have yet to agree on the best way to protect trees while also allowing for expansion. Meanwhile, a bill during lame duck that has already passed the Senate would block local governments from prohibiting tree removal in certain areas. Interlochen Public Radio’s Max Johnston brings us this story.

Still need a gift for your favorite book lover? Two Michigan librarians have some suggestions.

Stateside’s conversation with Tim Gleisner and Jessica Trotter

  • As we near the end of this year’s holiday gift-buying season, you might be scrambling to still find that perfect present. If you're buying for a book lover, Tim Gleisner, manager of special collections at the Library of Michigan, and Jessica Trotter with the Capital Area District Library, have some suggestions for books with Michigan ties. 

Retiring Congressman Sander Levin reflects on 36 years as a public servant

Stateside's conversation with Rep. Sander Levin

  • After serving in the United States House of Representatives for 36 years, Representative Sander Levin (D - 9th District) is leaving office. He spoke with Stateside’s Lester Graham and reflected on his time representing Michigan’s 9th Congressional District.

Biggest stories in 2018: Detroit schools, foreclosures in Wayne County, MSU’s Nassar failure

Stateside’s conversation with Nancy Kaffer and Joel Kurth

  • As 2018 comes to a close, Stateside is taking a look at some of the year’s biggest stories. We’re joined by Nancy Kaffer, columnist and member of the editorial board at the Detroit Free Press, and Joel Kurth, managing editor at Bridge Magazine

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