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Stateside: West MI’s shifting politics; gun rights vs. gun control; comics writer Saladin Ahmed

Justin Amash and Fred Upton
U.S. House of Representatives
Both Independent Congressman Justin Amash (L) and Republican Congressman Fred Upton (R) face tough re-election campaigns in their West Michigan districts.

Today on Stateside, we look at two traditionally Republican congressional districts in West Michigan that are going through political change. Plus, we talk to poet and prose writer Saladin Ahmed, who has made a stellar transition into comic books and written for several iconic Marvel characters. 

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

Rep. Upton says he’ll run again for seat he barely held onto in 2018

Stateside's conversation with John Sellek

  • John Sellek is CEO of Harbor Strategic Public Affairs. 

Push to uphold gun rights in some counties shows “gun sense” proposals misunderstood, says activist

Stateside's conversation with Linda Brundage

  •   Linda Brundage is executive director of the Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence

Emails show UM investigator pushed prosecutor for months to investigate sexual abuse by doctor

Stateside’s conversation with George Hunter

  • George Hunter is the crime beat reporter for the Detroit News.

Writer and Dearborn native Saladin Ahmed on creating Marvel’s first Arab American superhero

Stateside's conversation with Saladin Ahmed

  • Saladin Ahmed is a Detroit-area writer and poet who has written comics for several superheroes in the Marvel universe. 

Poem from Detroit writer celebrates the rich diversity of the African diaspora

A poem from Esperanza Citron

  • Esperanza Cintron is a poet and a native Detroiter of Puerto Rican descent.

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