Stateside: Alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot; rise of alt-right militias; legacy of Yusef Lateef

Oct 8, 2020
Originally published on October 8, 2020 7:08 pm

Today on Stateside, an alleged plot from an anti-government extremist group to kidnap Governor Whitmer and take hostages at the state Capitol has been foiled by federal investigators. We'll talk about what we know about this case so far and how it ties into a broader discussion about the rise of violent alt-right movements in America. Plus, we talk about the life and legacy of the late Detroit native and jazz legend Yusef Lateef ahead of his 100th birthday. 

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Michigan, militias, and terrorism: Ex-federal prosecutor on alleged Whitmer kidnapping plot

  • Barbara McQuade is a law professor at the University of Michigan and a former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. 

A century of music and genius: celebrating Yusef Lateef’s 100th birthday

  • Rodney Whitaker is a professor of jazz bass and director of jazz studies Michigan State University.
  • Michael Jewett is a longtime jazz and blues host at WEMU in Ypsilanti.

Scholar studying Proud Boy movement says terrorist plot against Whitmer should be taken “very seriously”

  • Alexandra Minna Stern is a professor of American culture, jistory, and women's studies at the University of Michigan. She's the author of the book Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right is Warping the American Imagination.

What we know so far about the alleged plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer

  • Zoe Clark is the program director at Michigan Radio.
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