Stateside: USMCA and MI agriculture; perinatal mood disorders; changes at Detroit animal control

Dec 11, 2019

Today on Stateside, Detroit has hired a new director for its Animal Care and Control Department after the fatal mulling of a nine-year-old girl earlier this year. We heard how the department plans to turn things around. Plus, experts estimate that postpartum mood disorders like anxiety and depression impact as many as 1 in 5 mothers, but stigma stops many of them from getting help. We talked to two women trying to change that. 

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What does new North American trade agreement mean for Michigan's agriculture industry?

  • House Democrats and the White House have struck a deal on the new US-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, or the USMCA. Jim Byrum, president of Michigan Agri-Business Association, talked to us about what the deal to replace NAFTA could mean for Michigan's farmer.

Jury clears Rep. Inman of lying to authorities, but hung jury on two other charges

  • State Representative Larry Inman has avoided what could have been up to 20 years in prison. The weeklong trial of the Traverse City Republican ended with the jury finding him not guilty of lying to the FBI. They deadlocked on two other counts of soliciting a bribe and extortion. Interlochen Public Radio's Max Johnston covered the trial in Grand Rapids, and joined us to talk about the jury's decision and what might be next for Inman. 

Order a home through a catalog? A Bay City company was the first to offer Americans a mail-order house.

  • Christmas is two weeks from today. Before the the internet, shoppers scrambled to local retailers or pored over catalogs in the last days leading up to the holiday. Online shopping, with overnight or same-day shipping, has forever changed how we plan and purchase items from gifts to cooking ingredients. State Archivist Mark Harvey told us about a Michigan company founded in 1906 that was the first to offer shoppers a catalog of ready-to-assemble homes shipped to their soon-to-be doorstep. 

As many as 1 in 5 moms deal with perinatal mood disorders. But stigma stops many from seeking help.

  •  The birth of a new baby is an exciting time. Grandparents and family come over to fawn over the new baby and pass the little one around. But what happens when a mother doesn't feel that same joy? When she actually feels disconnected from the excitement around her? That can be a deeply isolating feeling, but it's far from uncommon. Experts say as many as 1 in 5 women experience mood disorders before and after giving birth.
  • We talked to two women who are working to break down the stigma around perinatal mood disorders. Dr. Maria Muzik is an associate professor of psychiatry and of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Michigan. She also runs the Zero to Thrive program which gives social and emotional support to families with young children. Carrie Kolehouse is executive director of MomsBloom, which matches new moms with volunteers in the first three months postpartum. She came into the work after her own experience with postpartum depression following the birth of her son. 

Detroit investing in animal care and control months

  • When nine-year-old Emma Hernandez was mauled to death by three pit bulls last month, it put Detroit's Animal Care and Control department under a harsh and unforgiving spotlight. They were particularly scrutinized for turning over three directors in just the past four years. Now the city has hired a new director, Mark Kumpf and an assistant animal control director, Lori Sowle. They discussed how they plan to turn the department around.

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