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Stateside: Shoreline erosion on Lake Michigan; history of spiral cut ham; second-career teachers

washed away dunes and a deck perched on the edge
Courtesy of Jim Davlin
Next week's severe weather could bring damaging waves to Lake Michigan's shoreline, which have already been dealing with dramatic erosion.

Today on Stateside, Great Lakes water levels are at record or near-record highs, leading to dramatic shoreline erosion and threatening lakeshore properties. Plus, the Detroit origins of the spiral cut ham, a holiday dinner staple. 

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

Dramatic shoreline erosion hits dunes, lakeshore property owners hard this year

Stateside’s conversations with Brian Meade and John Harberts

  • High water levels plus high winds next week will cause big trouble for Great Lakes shorelines and folks who own homes there. There's already been dramatic shoreline erosion around the Great Lakes this fall. Lakes Superior, Ontario, and Erie have already set high water records. Lakes Michigan and Huron could do that early next year.
  • Brian Meade is with the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids. He told us what kind of damage he expects to see from next week's weather. John Harberts owns a home overlooking Lake Michigan in West Olive. He joined Stateside to talk about the erosion he and other lakeshore property owners have seen in the past several years, and the preventative measures they've taken to protect their homes.

Getting a spiral cut ham for your Easter dinner? You can thank this Detroit salesman.

Stateside’s conversation with Kim Severson

  • Spiral cut hams with a sweet honey glaze are a staple of many holiday dining spreads. That now-common method of slicing up a ham has its roots right here in Michigan. New York Times food correspondent Kim Severson joined Stateside to talk about tracing the origins of the spiral cut ham.
  • This segment originally aired on April 17, 2019

Ragatz: Second-career teachers bring perspective and passion to classroom

Stateside’s conversation with Matinga Ragatz

  • School districts across Michigan are on the hunt for K-12 teachers in all subjects. A growing worry over filling teacher jobs stems from candidates who are being lured by higher-paying jobs outside of the classroom. But could that be a two-way street? Stateside's education commentator Matinga Ragatz joined us to talk about what teachers who have had careers outside of the classroom can bring to the table.
  • This segment originally aired on May 15, 2019

What does "business friendly" mean for women and minority business owners?

Stateside’s conversation with Terry Barclay and Jamiel Robinson

  •  Politicians have been known to use buzzwords—phrases like "media elite," "fake news," and "welfare state." And, of course, "business-friendly." But what does that term actually mean? And is it different based on the type of business, or who owns it? Terry Barclay is the president of Inforum, a nonprofit focused on the advancement of women in business, and Jamiel Robinson is the creator and founder of Grand Rapids Area Black Businesses. They weighed in on what “business-friendly” means to them, and broke down some of the obstacles faced by women and minority-owned businesses.
  • This segment orignially aired on February 25, 2019

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