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Stateside: Monday, September 11, 2023

Today on Stateside, Mel Tucker’s suspension as head coach at MSU football and the ongoing Title IX investigation into his conduct toward activist and rape survivor Brenda Tracy. Also, the policy and procedural changes that should have been in place at MSU to prevent the concealment of sexual abuse allegations. Plus, a Wayne State psychiatrist breaks down the research behind fear, and how we can put it to work. 

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  • Graham Couch, columnist, Lansing State Journal
  • Arash Javanbakht, director, Wayne State University's Stress Trauma, and Anxiety Research Clinic (STARC)
  • Angie Povilaitis, former assistant attorney general for the State of Michigan
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