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Stateside: Whitmer calls for action on COVID-19 disparities; reevaluating the legacy of Lewis Cass

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In recent weeks Michigan's undergone a sea change in its thinking about one of the state's key historical figures. We thought it was a good time to remember the legacy of Lewis Cass and why it's problematic.

Today on Stateside, we talk to an elder care researcher about the mental and physical health challenges seniors face during the pandemic. Also, Flint poet laureate Semaj Brown reads an essay she wrote on why she believes her alma mater, Cass Technical High School should be renamed.

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

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As coronavirus cases tick back up, Gov. Whitmer warns of potential backslide

Stateside’s conversation with Rick Pluta

  • Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for Michigan Public Radio.

The legacy of Lewis Cass: New era and new eyes lead to new interpretation

Stateside’s conversation with Rachel Clark

  • Rachel Clark is the education specialist at Michigan History Center.

Poet and Cass Tech alumnus Semaj Brown calls on school to live up to its ideals

Semaj Brown's essay for Stateside

  • Semaj Brown is the city of Flint’s first poet laureate.

For older adults, social distancing brings its own mental and physical health risks

Stateside’s conversation with Geoffrey Hoffman

  • Geoffrey Hoffman is a health services researcher at the University of Michigan School of Nursing.
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