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Stateside: Rep. Slotkin on partial shutdown; airborne PFAS risks; rising Detroit hip-hop star

Elissa Slotkin
Cheyna Roth
"If this is the longest shutdown in history, let this be the shutdown that ends all shutdowns." U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin says she'd support outlawing future government shutdowns.

Today on Stateside, U.S. Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) tells us what she thinks it will take to end the longest partial federal government shutdown in United States history, now in its fifth week.  Plus, we hear about some up-and-coming artists in the Detroit's music scene, and say goodbye to a legendary guitarist from the city. 

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

As PFAS water risk becomes more public, research on airborne PFAS is scarce

Stateside’s conversation with Jamie DeWitt

  • The group of chemicals known as PFAS, or per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances, have been found in groundwater and drinking water supplies across Michigan. But are the chemicals also making it into the air we breathe? Jamie DeWitt is a toxicologist at East Carolina University. She joined Stateside to talk about what we know about PFAS emissions in our air, why there's been so little research into the risks of airborne PFAS, and what most concerns her as a researcher. 

How a jewelry-making class helped a Kalamazoo woman find hope after tragic losses

The third story in our Creating Connection series

  • Creating Connection Michigan is a series explores the power of art to connect us to ourselves and to each other. In this third installment, Dawn Bennett-Dailey shares her story about how a jewelry-making class at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts helped her cope with the loss of both her husband and her brother. The series is produced by Longhaul Productions.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs. 

Mixtape: Detroit’s next big hip-hop star; death of Big Chief guitarist; genre-mixing tech

Stateside's conversation with Paul Young

  • Want to know more about the many notable artists in Detroit's music scene today? Paul Young, editor and publisher of Detroit Music Magazine, has just the list for you. He breaks down the sounds of rapper Sada Baby and electronic artist Black Noi$e, and pays tribute to the late Big Chief guitarist Phil Dürr. 

New immigrants turning to a community-based banking alternative to build savings, trust

Stateside’s conversation with Valerie Vande Panne

  • ROSCA, or "rotating savings and credit associations," are not well-known or understood in the United States. But the alternative to traditional banking is helping many immigrants get their bearings here. Valerie Vande Panne, an investigative fellow for In These Times, joined us to talk about "the most popular financial system you've probably never heard of," and explain the system's risks and benefits.

Despite lower reported lead levels, Whitmer promises Flint bottled water until all pipes replaced

Stateside’s conversation with Michigan Radio’s Steve Carmody

  • Last April, then-Governor Rick Snyder stopped a government initiative that provided free bottled water to the residents of Flint. As a candidate, Gretchen Whitmer vowed to bring bottled water back to Flint. Now that she's governor, she's following through on that promise. 
  • Michigan Radio's Steve Carmody joined Stateside to talk about where the funding for the bottled water will come from, and how Flint residents are reacting. 

Rep. Slotkin: Don’t hold government workers hostage in border security negotiations

Stateside’s conversation with Elissa Slotkin

  • Today marks the 32nd day of the longest partial federal government shutdown in U.S. history. If lawmakers can't reach a deal by midnight tonight, hundreds of thousands of government employees may miss another paycheck.
  • Democratic Representative Elissa Slotkin represents Michigan's 8th Congressional District. She tells Stateside what she's hearing from her constituents about President Donald Trump's proposed border wall, and what she thinks it will take to end the ongoing stalemate in Washington.

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