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Stateside: Absentee ballot challenges; Broadway’s first black star; cherry farmers struggle

Voters approved no-reason absentee voting in 2018, but state law still requires clerks to hold off on counting absentee ballots until Election Day.
Voters approved no-reason absentee voting in 2018, but state law still requires clerks to hold off on counting absentee ballots until Election Day.

Stateside for Wednesday, February 4, 2020

Today on Stateside, we spoke to two Michigan clerks about how the state can avoid an Iowa caucuses style castastrophe in November. Plus, a new play at Plowshares Theatre in Detroit tells the story of Broadway's first black megastar Charles S. Gilpin.

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

“We’re behind on this,” clerks say of Michigan’s absentee voting systemStateside’s conversation with Tina Barton and Jan Roncelli

  • Tina Barton is clerk for the city of Rochester Hills
  • Jan Roncelli is clerk for Bloomfield Township. 

Detroit theater brings story of Broadway’s first black megastar to lifeStateside’s conversation with Gary Anderson, T. Pharoah Muhammad, and Lisa Loggins

  • Gary Anderson is artistic director of Plowshares Theatre in Detroit. 
  • T. Pharoah Muhammad portrays 1920s Broadway star Charles S. Gilpin in Plowshares Theatre's production of the play N, written by playwright Adrienne Earle Pender. 
  • Lisa Loggins portrays Charles' wife Florence Gilpin in N.

Michigan tart cherry farmers consider ways to survive after tariffs revokedInterlochen Public Radio’s Max Johnston reports on tart cherry farmers' challenges

  • Interlochen Public Radio's Max Johnston reports on the challenges facing Michigan's tart cherry farmers.

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Stateside: Absentee ballot challenges; Broadway’s first black star; cherry farmers struggle
Stateside: Absentee ballot challenges; Broadway’s first black star; cherry farmers struggle
Stateside: Absentee ballot challenges; Broadway’s first black star; cherry farmers struggle