Stateside: What “stay-at-home” means; jump in joblessness strains safety net; “Commie High”

Mar 23, 2020

Today on Stateside, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has ordered most of the state to stay home in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. But what does that mean for those who don't have a home? We hear about the challenges facing the state's homeless shelters. Plus, a new documentary tracks the history of what is probably Michigan’s most famous alternative high school, sometimes cheekily referred to as "Commie High." 

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Governor issues “stay-at-home” order. Here’s what that means.

  • Zoe Clark is the program director at Michigan Radio and co-host of the podcast It’s Just Politics.

Huge jump in jobless claims will put significant strain on Michigan’s safety net, says poverty expert

  • Luke Shaefer is a professor of social work and public policy at the University of Michigan where he directs the Poverty Solutions initiative.

New documentary captures the singular vibe of Ann Arbor’s “Commie High”

  • Donald Harrison is producer and director of the documentary Welcome to Commie High, and founder of 7 Cylinders Studio.
  • The documentary will premiere at the Ann Arbor Film Festival, which will stream its movies online this year. 

Staying at home is the best way to stop coronavirus spread. What does that mean for the homeless?

  • Sarah Paspal-Jasinski is the director of development for the Shelter Association of Washtenaw County.

What does “flatten the curve” mean? We asked the UM medical historian who helped coin the term.

  • Dr. Howard Markel is a a professor of medical history at the University of Michigan.
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