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Stateside: AG investigates petition drive group; fall mushroom hunting; AfroUrbanism in Detroit

With all of the things happening these past couple weeks, the state budget was passed to little fanfare and with little public debate. And that's perhaps the way Governor Whitmer and Republican leaders in the Legislature intended it.

Today on Stateside, we talk to one urban planning professional about what Detroit could look like if the built environment reflected the Black lives that have formed the fabric of the city. Plus, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is opening a criminal investigation into the group Unlock Michigan, which organized a petition drive seeking to limit Governor Gretchen Whitmer's executive powers. 

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

AG Dana Nessel launching investigation into petition campaign aimed at limiting governor’s emergency powers

Stateside's conversation with John Pirich

  • John Pirich is a retired elections attorney, who called for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to investigate the Unlock Michigan campaign. 

Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders have “kumbaya moment” in quick budget approval

Stateside’s conversation with Rick Pluta

  • Rick Pluta is Michigan Radio's Capitol bureau chief. 

Morels may be the darlings of spring foragers, but fall is the real mushroom jackpot 

Stateside’s conversation with Zach Schroeder


  • Zach Schroeder is the program director and executive chef at Les Cheneaux Culinary School.

One urban planner’s vision for a Detroit built for, and by, its Black residents

Stateside’s conversation with Lauren Hood

  • Lauren Hood is an urban planning strategist and consultant based in Detroit who focuses on equitable development.
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