Stateside: Power of the presidential pardon; PFAS documentary; Detroiters in Ghana

Feb 19, 2020

Today on Stateside, as President Trump pardons a slew of white-collar criminals, some Detroiters are asking for consideration for Kwame Kilpatrick. The former Detroit mayor is serving a lengthy sentence on corruption charges. What would a commutation do for Trump's standing in metro Detroit? Also, a new documentary tells the story of how a lakeside town in West Michigan became contaminated with PFAS.

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Former U.S. prosecutor Barbara McQuade talks about the power of the presidential pardon

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

Some Democratic organizers wonder what effect Trump clemency for Kilpatrick could have on 2020 election

  • Jonathan Kinloch is chair of 13th Congressional District Democratic Party and third vice chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. 

New film explores why  U.S. government failed to regulate PFAS in drinking water

  • Sara Ganim, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and producer on the documentary No Defense. 
  • Tony Spaniola is an attorney and a founding member of the group Need Our Water in Oscoda. 

Two Detroiters talk about connecting with their African roots and rethinking their place in the world

  • Imani Mixon is a Detroit-based journalist and writer.
  • Maurice Cheetham is the founder and managing director of the tourism company African Roots Travel.
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