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Stateside: Guns at the Capitol; pandemic parenting and mental health; reframing the “lost year”

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The Wolverine Watchmen indictments send Michigan back to its debate about guns in Lansing’s halls of power.";

Today on Stateside, as more information emerges about an alleged plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer, there's a renewed debate about banning guns in Lansing’s halls of power. Also, we take a deep dive into how Michigan families are doing as they balance uncertain school plans, childcare needs, work, and mental health. 

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Michigan Capitol Commissioner: If legislature won’t ban guns in the statehouse, commission has authority, responsibility to do so

  • Joan Bauer is a former state lawmaker, and now sits on the Capitol Commission, a non-partisan group that oversees the Capitol building itself.

No good options: Juggling parenting and work during a pandemic

Stateside’s conversation with Sarai Koster-Stetson, Melanie Floyd, Lori Reynhout, and Julia Koumbassa

  • Sarai Koster-Stetson is a parent in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.
  • Melanie Floyd is a parent in the Farmington School District.
  • Lori Reynhout’s kids go to Warren Consolidated Schools.
  • Julia Koumbassa’s kids are in the LIncoln Consolidated District.

How do you survive pandemic parenting? Lowered expectations and self-compassion.

Stateside's conversation with Erin Hunter and Jennifer Guerra


  • Erin Hunter is a clinical psychologist and the interim director of the University Center for the Child and Family (UCCF) at the University of Michigan.
  • Jen Guerra is Michigan Radio editor and executive producer for podcasts.

Not all families have the same options during this uncertain school year

Stateside’s conversation with Jen Guerra

  • Jen Guerra is Michigan Radio editor and executive producer for podcasts.

Reframing success for families in a year of impossible choices

Stateside’s conversation with Sarai Koster-Stetson

  • Sarai Koster-Stetson is a parent in the Ann Arbor Public Schools.

“Thumbs sideways.” What kids think of the pandemic school year.

Stateside’s conversation with Michigan school children

  • School children from across the state share their experiences with the school year.
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