Today on Stateside, we welcome new host April Baer. She jumps right into things by chatting with Senator Gary Peters, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, about the current situation developing in Iran and whether or not there is an "imminent threat" to American lives, as the Trump administration has claimed. Plus, it appears to be the Dark Ages of Detroit sports. What will it take to turn them around?
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How events in Iran, Iraq will impact Michigan
- On January 2, by order of President Donald Trump, the U.S. military took "decisive defensive action to protect U.S. personnel abroad," killing General Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran's elite Quds military force, in a drone strike in Baghdad, according to a statement from the Pentagon. The action has escalated tensions in Iran and Iraq. Sen. Gary Peters joined Stateside to discuss whether the killing was justified and what could happen next.
- We also talk with Shireen Smalley, Organizational Development Manager for the National Network for Arab American Communities, who is Persian-American. Smalley discusses the impact the events are having on Iranian communities in Michigan and more.
- Last week, Michigan put new requirements in place that affect the health of hundreds of thousands of people on Medicaid. The new rules call for those under 63 on Medicaid to work, or lose coverage. Kate Massey, the state Medicaid Director with Michigan's Department of Health and Human Services, joined Stateside to discuss the intent of the new rules, how the coverage works, and what it means for those currently on Medicaid.
Traverse City clinic director: Medicaid work requirements a “very big concern” for us
- We wanted to know more about how the new Medicaid work requirements are playing out at ground level. Arlene Brennan is the CEO of the Traverse Health Clinic in Traverse City. She joined Stateside to discuss what clinics like hers are doing to prepare Medicaid recipients for the upcoming changes.
Will the Dark Ages of Detroit sports ever end?
- It’s a new year. Everyone’s got a list of things they want to punch up in 2020. Maybe get organized or be more active. Or turn around that long, long, SO long losing streak (ahem, Detroit sports teams). The Red Wings no longer dominate the NHL, the Lions have trouble closing the deal, the Pistons have been bad just long enough that we hardly talk about their season anymore. And the Detroit Tigers? Well... let's just say owner Chris Ilitch says he has no idea how long it will take to rebuild for a team that wins. The Detroit News' Matt Schoch and John Niyo joined us to discuss the Dark Ages of Detroit sports and what it will take for these teams to turn themselves around.
How legal sports betting in Michigan is expected to work
- If you are ready to bet against the Lions, you are about to get your shot. Over the holidays, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the bill that will allow sports betting and online gambling — first at casinos in Detroit, with online options following later. The timeline is uncertain, as state regulators must still write licensing rules. Rick Pluta, Michigan Radio's Lansing Bureau Chief, joined Stateside to discuss what this all might mean for Michigan's gaming industries.