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Detroit’s home repair crisis: The impact of disinvestment in Detroit’s neighborhoods

Stephen Henderson hosts a roundtable discussion exploring the impact home repair needs are having on residents and neighborhoods. He talks with city officials, the Eastside Community Network, and a BridgeDetroit reporter about the city's home repair program, Renew Detroit, and the negative impacts that homes in disrepair have on property values and generational wealth.

COVID recovery, chronic absenteeism, and a $700 million building campaign: DPSCD Supt. Dr. Nikolai Vitti discusses district’s future

Detroit Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Nikolai Vitti talks with Stephen Henderson about COVID-19’s impact on chronic absenteeism and student achievement, how the district will spend an unprecedented $700 million of American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds on building infrastructure, and what the future holds for the district’s students and staff. 

Absentee or In-person: Michigan voters react to key issues, races in the midterm election

Where do Michigan voters stand on key issues ahead of the Nov. 8, 2022 midterm election? One Detroit senior producer Bill Kubota teamed up with Detroit Free Press Lansing Bureau Chief Paul Egan to talk with voters from across Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties about who they'll cast their ballots for and where they land on the key issues like absentee voting, the economy and abortion.

‘Life in Bloom’ Host J Schwanke Teaches the Art of Making Flower Arrangements

What does it take to create beautiful flower arrangements year-round in Michigan? "Life in Bloom" host J Schwanke invites WRCJ radio host and producer Cecelia Sharpe into his Grand Rapids home for a lesson on flower arranging. Together, they create a two-sided flower arrangement, discuss some common obstacles to flower health, and talk about how viewers can build their own at home.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Partners with Kadima Mental Health Services to Offer Music Therapy 

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) has partnered with Kadima, a mental health services center, to teach group music classes where clients learn beginner and intermediate music skills, and their favorite songs. One Detroit Arts & Culture Producer Sarah Smith takes viewers behind the scenes of the center's music therapy classes with the DSO for a look at the benefits of music therapy. 

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12/01/2022: One Detroit – Good Jobs Now program, Black Women Entrepreneurs, Boblo Boats documentary

Future of Work host Will Glover talks with Detroit Action about the employment barriers returning citizens face and the organization’s Goods Jobs Now program. Plus, contributor Stephen Henderson explores the unique challenges of two Black women entrepreneurs in Detroit. And, contributor Daijah Moss learns more about a new documentary that details the history of Detroit’s Boblo Boats.

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The JOBS Project with Detroit Action | Future of Work Town Hall

Life after prison can be difficult for returning citizens, especially as they attempt to return to the workforce after incarceration. What employment barriers to returning citizens face, and what programs and support are available for them to find jobs? One Detroit's Future of Work Host Will Glover talks with Detroit Action Executive Director Branden Snyder about how The JOBS Project is lending a hand.

4/07/22: COVID313 – Special Education, Mental Health, COVID-19 Case Update

The COVID313 Town Hall takes a look at the social, emotional, behavioral and educational impacts of COVID-19 on special education students. Then, the Detroit Health Department gives an update on COVID-19 case rates, new variants and vaccines. Plus, the town hall talks about the pandemic's affect on workers' mental health.

Mariners Inn Uses Art Therapies to Help Men Struggling With Homelessness, Substance Abuse

At Mariners Inn, a treatment center and shelter for men dealing with homelessness and substance abuse issues, the organization's clients find more than help. They find therapy and healing. Detroit Performs visits Mariners Inn for a look at the range of art and creative therapies they offer that help their clients work through life's issues and fight for a second chance.

Artist Mario Moore’s ‘Midnight and Canaan’ exhibit explores forgotten stories of the Underground Railroad

Detroit artist Mario Moore has a new exhibit, “Midnight and Canaan,” which explores the forgotten stories and figures involved in Detroit’s Underground Railroad. The exhibit was inspired by the story of a young enslaved couple and stories of how Detroit’s Underground Railroad connects to Detroit's African American population today. One Detroit Arts & Culture host Satori Shakoor sits down with Moore to hear more about his latest exhibit at the David Klein Gallery.

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