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Stateside: State of the State; life as a “fat, black, Muslim” woman; impeachment and executive power

Gretchen Whitmer
Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her second State of the State address Wednesday evening. She's expected to touch on road funding, sexual harassment, and child care, among other issues.

Today on Stateside, Governor Gretchen Whitmer will lay out her agenda for the year ahead at Wednesday night’s State of the State address. What can we expect to hear? Plus, a former U.S. Attorney for Michigan says there's an important struggle going on over the limits of executive power in the impeachment trial.

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Roads, sexual harassment, preschool: what to expect from Whitmer’s State of the State address

Stateside’s conversation with Laura Weber-Davis and Rick Pluta

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her second State of the Stateaddress Wednesday evening. She had a challenging first year, between a budget standoff with the Legislature, a host of environmental concerns to deal with, and more. How will that shape the plan she lays out for 2020?
  • We discussed with Stateside senior producer Laura Weber-Davis and Michigan Radio's Capitol bureau chief Rick Pluta. They will host Michigan Radio’s live coverage of the State of the State, starting Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. You can watch a live stream of the speech here.

Detroit native writes about life as a model, Instagram star, and “fat, black, Muslim” in new memoir

Stateside's interview with author Leah Vernon

  • As a young, black Muslim woman growing up in Detroit, model and style blogger Leah Vernon rarely saw her own experiences reflected in media. But several years ago, she set out to change that as she built a career as an Instagram influencer. We spoke with Vernon about her memoir Unashamed: Musings of a Fat, Black Muslim and her push to make the fashion and beauty industries more inclusive.
  • This segment originally aired on January 8, 2020.

UM professor says impeachment trial marks a crossroads for constitutional law

Stateside’s conversation with Barbara McQuade

  • The impeachment proceedings playing out in the U.S. Senate are part of an ongoing conversation about the American Experiment, and whether the three-legged structure of our government can survive. The impact the impeachment trial will ultimately have on that structure is the focus of an essay in The Conversationwritten by Barbara McQuade. She is a University of Michigan law professor and the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. We spoke with McQuade about the potential ramifications the impeachment trial could have on the limits of executive power, and the court's role in political conflicts.

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