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Stateside: Big Ten football returns; where "86" came from; pre-Civil War Michigan history

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Emma Winowiecki
Michigan Radio
After months of uncertainty, Big Ten football returns this weekend. But that doesn't mean it's a return to normal, says Detroit News sports columnist John Niyo.

Today on Stateside, Big Ten football returns this weekend. A sports columnist talks us through what collegiate football games will be like in a pandemic year. Also, a look at what life was like for African American people in Michigan prior to the Civil War. Plus, a Black family wonders whether they’re still welcome in their home in Cadillac.

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

Big Ten football returns this weekend, even as college campuses lock down

  • John Niyo is a sports columnist for the Detroit News.

Republicans criticized Whitmer for use of “86.” What does it actually mean?

Stateside’s conversation with Anne Curzan

  • Anne Curzan is Dean of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan.

What life was like for African Americans in Michigan before the Civil War

Stateside’s conversation with Anna-Lisa Cox and Deanda Johnson

  • Anna-Lisa Cox is a historian based in Michigan and a non-resident fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. She’s the author of The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America’s Forgotten Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality.
  • Déanda Johnson is the Midwest Regional Coordinator for the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, part of the National Park Service.

'Should we leave?' A Black family wonders if they are still welcome in northern Michigan

Max Johnston’s feature for Interlochen Public Radio

  • Max Johnston is a reporter at Interlochen Public Radio.
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