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Stateside: West MI congressional races; East Lansing’s 24-year-old mayor; DNA collection at border

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Glenn Fawcett
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
The U.S. plan to collect DNA from some detainees at the U.S.-Canada border erodes trust between countries, says Canadian MP Brian Masse.

Today on Stateside, we check in with a reporter who’s been following the race for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District. Also, a Canadian member of parliament discusses a U.S. plan to collect DNA samples from some detainees at the Canadian border. Plus, how the 24-year-old mayor of East Lansing has navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

A congressional battle for the middle in West Michigan’s 6th District

Stateside’s conversation with Lindsay Moore

  • Lindsay Moore is a reporter for MLive based in Kalamazoo. She's been covering the race for Michigan's 6th Congressional District.

A young mayor, a college town in crisis, and the year that threw them together

Stateside’s conversation with Aaron Stephens

  • Aaron Stephens is the mayor of East Lansing. 

Canadian MP says a US plan for DNA collection at the border is a bridge too far

Stateside’s conversation with Brian Masse MP

  • Brian Masse MP represents Windsor West in the Canadian House of Commons.
  • Stateside reached out to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for comment on this story. You can read the statement they sent in response here.

Regardless of outcome, experts say the risk of extremist violence likely to extend beyond election

Ben Thorp’s feature for WCMU Public Radio

  • Ben Thorp is a reporter for WCMU Public Radio.
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