Stateside: Michigan’s low vaccination rate; history of Faygo in Detroit; UAW special convention

Mar 14, 2019
Originally published on August 27, 2019 12:32 pm

Today on Stateside, Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes updates us on the results of the UAW's recent Special Bargaining Convention. Plus, a conversation with a public health expert on the dangers that falling vaccination rates pose to communities around Michigan. 

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

Despite show of solidarity at UAW convention, corruption scandal lingers

  • The UAW has wrapped up its Special Bargaining Convention with promises of a tough fight at the bargaining table later this year. Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes joined Stateside to talk about UAW President Gary Jones' vow to use "every last ounce" of the union's might to save plants that are set to be idled, and to preserve job security for its members. 

Low vaccination rates put Michigan kids at risk for measles, says state health offical 

  • Michigan is one of 17 states that allows parents to opt out of vaccinating their children for religious or philosophical reasons, an option that can lead to vaccination rates lower than what health officals advise is ideal.
  • Bob Swanson directs the Division of Immunization at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. He tells Stateside about  the importance of "herd immunity," and how he and other public health officials talk to skeptical parents about vaccination. 

Work in Progress: Two Catholic priests reflect on how the job has changed

  • Our Work in Progress series brings two people together to talk about what it’s like to be at opposite ends of the same career path. Father Jim Houbeck is a newly ordained Catholic priest. He sat down with Father Ed Prus, who has recently retired, to discuss how they made their decisions to become priests, and what life in the ministry is like.

Pop history: Book covers 100 years of Faygo soda company in Detroit

  • Joe Grimm is a Michigan State University journalism professor and author of The Faygo Book, a history of one of Detroit’s most iconic companies. He talks to Stateside about how Faygo founders Perry and Ben Feigenson developed their first flavors, and what the long-term outlook is for the company in the modern beverage industry.

Settlers nearly destroyed Michigan’s wild rice beds. Native tribes are restoring them.

  • Wild rice plays a big role in the culture of Anishinaabe tribes of the Great Lakes region, who call it manoomin. Vast rice beds used to sit at the mouths of Michigan’s rivers. When European settlers arrived, they nearly destroyed the resource. But there is work afoot to restore and protect wild rice. 
  • Roger LaBine is a member of the Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians and Barbara Barton is an endangered species biologist and author of Manoomin: The Story of Wild Rice in Michigan. They joined Stateside to discuss the history and preservation of wild rice.

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