Stateside: Lee Iacocca's legacy; fireworks laws; infant mortality in Michigan

Jul 3, 2019
Originally published on July 8, 2019 8:18 am

Today on Stateside, we remember Lee Iacocca, the legendary auto industry executive who died this week at age 94. Plus, a refresher on the state’s firework safety laws ahead of Independence Day.

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

Howes: Lee Iacocca's mark on the auto industry will not soon be forgotten

  • Lee Iacocca, best known for developing the Ford Mustang and saving Chrysler from bankruptcy, died on Tuesday at age 94. Detroit News columnist and regular Stateside commentator Daniel Howes recalls some of the legendary executive's greatest achievements and most memorable quips. 

Michigan’s fireworks law is shifting as communities tackle noise complaints

  • As we head into the long Fourth of July weekend, so begins a multi-night cacophony of fireworks in many Michigan communities. Backyard firework celebrations got a lot bigger with the Michigan Fireworks Safety Act of 2011, but legally-purchased fireworks also made for lots of noise complaints. Michigan lawmakers have since made several tweaks to that law. Michigan Radio’s Lansing Bureau Chief Rick Pluta explains what residents can and cannot do when lighting up the night.

How Michigan’s urban, rural communities are trying to reduce infant mortality disparities

  • For every 1,000 babies born in Michigan, nearly seven will not live to their first birthday. That rate is more than double for African American and Native American babies. As part of its new effort to move the needle on infant mortality, Michigan is tailoring solutions to different communities.
  • Today, we talk with two professionals who are addressing the challenge of infant mortality in very different parts of the state. Leseliey Welch is a senior public health lecturer at Wayne State University and a consultant who is currently leading the development team for Birth Detroit, a women’s wellness and birth center. Bethany Brown is a certified nurse midwife and assistant director of nursing at Central Michigan University. She's part of the state's regional infant mortality task force for parts of central Michigan.

New biography of Betty Ford explores life of Michigan’s beloved First Lady

  • Lisa McCubbin is the New York Times best-selling author of "Betty Ford: First Lady, Women's Advocate, Survivor, Trailblazer." She joined Stateside to discuss Ford's early life in Grand Rapids, her contributions to public health, and the former first lady's lifelong recovery from drug addiction. 
  • Support for arts and culture coverage is supported in part by an award from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

Tired of loud Fourth of July celebrations? So was the Society for the Suppression of Unnecessary Noise

  • Lodging complaints over the noise caused by Fourth of July fireworks is not a new phenomenon. In 1909, anti-noise campaigners tried a number of methods to restrict firework use. State Archivist Mark Harvey is with the Michigan History Center. He tells us more about these anti-noise campaigners and their nationwide campaign against this particularly explosive Fourth of July tradition.

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