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Stateside: Primary preview; Great Lakes art book; MI’s first transgender Teacher of the Year

a photo of "Beach Finds II" which is a light blue box filled with vials laid out in front
Courtesy of Geo Rutherford
Some artist's books look like actual books, others might be a mason jar, a suitcase, or in artist Geo Rutherford's case, a box of vials filled with Great Lakes beach debris.

Today on Stateside, we'll talk about the biggest races and issues on the August 4 primary ballot. Plus, a conversation with the Michigan Teacher of the Year about the return to school and what it means for his students to have a transgender adult to look up to in their lives.

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

What to watch for on primary night in Michigan

Stateside’s conversation with Zach Gorchow and Emily Lawler

  • Zach Gorchow is publisher and executive editor of Gongwer News Service
  • Emily Lawler reports on state politics for MLive.

Democratic Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib faces key test

Quinn Klinefelter reports on the race for Michigan's 13th Congressional District

  • Quinn Klinefelter is a reporter for WDET.

Vials of collected beach material fill the “pages” of this Great Lakes artist book

Stateside's conversation with Geo Rutherford


  • Geo Rutherford is in the Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She’s also the artist behind "Beach Finds II,” an artist's book exploring pollution in the lakes.
  • Support for arts and culture coverage comes in part from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Michigan Teacher of the Year talks anti-racism and LGBTQ inclusion in the classroom

Stateside's conversation with Owen Bondono

  • Owen Bondono is a 9th grade language arts teacher at Oak Park Freshman Institute and the 2020-21 Michigan Teacher of the Year.

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