Stateside: Detroit tax foreclosures; Dems and GOP plan for 2020 in Michigan; 365 days of sunrises

Jan 14, 2020

Today on Stateside, we take a deeper look at how property tax foreclosures in Detroit created a pileup of city-owned properties, and left residents to care for the most desolate blocks. Plus, a Michigan photographer captures a whole year of sunrises in the Upper Peninsula. 

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

Properties are piling up at Detroit's land bank. What happens to foreclosures when no one is buying?

  • We continue our conversation about an investigation into Detroit property tax foreclosures by the Detroit News, Reveal, and PRX. Foreclosures throughout the city of Detroit have left around a third of residential properties under city control. Katlyn Alo, a data reporter for Outlier Media in Detroit, talked about how the city's ownership of those properties has shaped neighborhoods and impacted residents.

Biological markers like inflammation could help assess suicide risk, lead to new treatments

  • Could a blood test hold markers for potential suicide risk? Dr. Eric Achtyes is an associate professor and director of the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine for Michigan State University. He's also an attending psychiatrist at Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. We talked to him about his research into potential biological markers of suicide risk, and how it could lead to better treatment.  
  • If you or a loved one are having thoughts of suicide, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24 hours a day: 1-800-273-8255.

Marquette photographer captures every single sunrise of 2019

  • For most of us, watching a sunrise is an occasional event, not an everyday ritual. But in 2019, Justin "Bugsy" Sailor, set a New Year's resolution to take a photo of every single sunrise. Sailor, who lives in Marquette and owns Upper Peninsula Supply Co., talked to us about what it took to accomplish his ambitious goal. 

Republicans and Democrats are crafting their messages in Michigan. Here’s what it says about politics in 2020.

  • Michigan is set to be a major state in the 2020 election. This has both Democrats and Republicans alike preparing for a fight. We talked to the state directors for both the Democratic and Republican National Committees about their ground game in the state for the 2020 election. Then, we debriefed with Libby Casey, politics and accountability reporter at the Washington Post. She helped us sort through each party's strategies and told us what to keep an eye on as the election 2020 heats up.  

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