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‘America’s Test Kitchen’ Food Stylist Elle Simone Scott brings “Food Gifts” cookbook tour to Detroit

Renowned chef and food stylist Elle Simone Scott, the executive editor of PBS’ “America’s Test Kitchen,” has released a new cookbook, “Food Gifts: 150+ Irresistible Recipes for Crafting Personalized Presents,” and she’s bringing it on tour to Detroit. One Detroit’s Jonathan Shead talks with Scott about the inspiration behind her new cookbook, access to healthy foods, and how food brings people and communities together.

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2024 Mackinac Policy Conference focuses on ‘Bridging the Future Together’ with collaboration across divides

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference is set to take place next week, May 28-31, bringing together business, policy and community leaders to discuss Michigan’s biggest issues. This year’s theme is “Bridging the Future Together.” One Detroit contributor Zoe Clark talks with Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy K. Baruah and this year’s conference chair Suzanne Shank.

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Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion names new co-executive director, announces name change

The Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion has announced longtime community organizer and author Yusef Bunchy Shakur as the nonprofit’s new co-executive director. The nonprofit also plans to change its name to the Michigan Roundtable for Just Communities to better reflect the nonprofit’s mission. Host Stephen Henderson talks with Shakur about his new appointment and the name change.

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President Joe Biden to deliver keynote at Detroit NAACP’s Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner

The Detroit Branch NAACP’s 69th annual Fight for Freedom Fund Dinner features President Joe Biden as the keynote speaker, marking only the second time a sitting U.S. President has given the keynote. Detroit NAACP President Rev. Dr. Wendell Anthony talks about the importance of having President Biden deliver the keynote and outlines some of the vital issues in the Black community.

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Detroit Public TV changes name to Detroit PBS, plans to return headquarters to the city

One Detroit Producer Will Glover talks with Detroit PBS President and CEO Rich Homberg and Detroit PBS CFO/COO Ollette Boyd about the excitement surrounding the TV station’s new name and new location in Detroit. They share their vision for the new headquarters and discuss plans to expand programming, foster partnerships with local organizations, and provide resources to underserved communities.

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2024 NFL Draft puts spotlight on Detroit, attracts regional tourism

Almost 300,000 people are expected to come to Detroit for the 2024 NFL Draft April 25-27. One Detroit contributor Stephen Henderson talks with Visit Detroit President and CEO Claude Molinari and Faye Nelson from the Detroit Sports Organizing Corp., who both have vital roles in attracting tourism to Detroit, about the preparations being made to get the city ready for the major sporting event.

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2024 Freep Film Festival spotlights local documentaries and filmmakers

Cinephiles and documentary enthusiasts are getting ready for the start of the 2024 Freep Film Festival April 10-14. One Detroit contributor Stephen Henderson, host of “American Black Journal,” talks with the festival’s Artistic Director and Co-Founder, Kathy Kieliszewski, and local filmmaker Razi Jafri, about what attendees can expect this year.

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Detroit symposium aims to tackle health disparities facing Black men

The Wayne State University School of Medicine, the Wayne Mobile Health Unit and community stakeholders host a symposium on Black men’s health. Scheduled for April 13 at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit, the “Brother, Let’s Talk: A Conversation on Black Men’s Health” symposium aims to shed light on the disparities and health challenges faced by Black men.

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Wayne State University’s AI for Mobility Project seeks to improve Detroit’s public transit system

The Wayne State University School of Computer Science is working on an AI tool that may transform the way Detroiters get around the city. The goal of the tool is to increase the availability and reliability of Detroit’s public transit system. Producer Will Glover talks with Dr. Dongxiao Zhu, the founding director of the AI research initiative, and his team about their AI for Mobility Project.

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Detroit’s Church of the Messiah supports Venezuelan migrants with clothing, food

More than 60 Venezuelan migrants have arrived in Detroit and are being assisted by the Church of the Messiah while staying at a shelter nearby. Many are fleeing economic hardships and political corruption. One Detroit Senior Producer Bill Kubota spent a Sunday afternoon at the Church of the Messiah talking to the migrants and people helping them.

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Schoolcraft vs. Dust: Residents raise concerns over air quality, living conditions on Detroit’s west side

A concrete crushing company started operating in Detroit’s Schoolcraft neighborhood a few years ago to the surprise of many people living nearby. Residents have raised concerns over air quality and living conditions from the concrete dust created from the site. One Detroit’s Bill Kubota and contributor Nicole Macdonald talk with residents about their concerns with heavy industry in the area.

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New Neighborhood Vitality Index measures, shares data about how Detroit’s neighborhoods are doing

There’s a new online tool available for Detroit residents, community development groups, local government and others to access timely data about how the city’s neighborhoods are doing. It’s called the Neighborhood Vitality Index (NVI) and its goal is to create a well-coordinated, effective, and equitable system for community development work in Detroit neighborhoods. Host Stephen Henderson talks with with Jane Morgan, president of JFM Consulting Group and one of the architects of the index.

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Contributors discuss divide in Michigan GOP leadership, uncommitted Democratic primary votes

With a split in leadership in the Michigan Republican party and 13% of people voting uncommitted in the Democratic primary, there’s turmoil among Michigan Democrats and Republicans ahead of the 2024 presidential election. One Detroit contributors Stephen Henderson and Nolan Finley discuss the divide in Michigan’s Republican party, the uncommitted vote in the Democratic primary and the impact on the 2024 presidential election.

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University of Detroit Mercy launches STAR Center training facility for nursing students

A new research and training facility at the University of Detroit Mercy, the STAR Center, has opened to elevate the training of local nursing students. The 5,000-square-foot facility also serves as a hub for research and innovations. One Detroit contributor Daijah Moss visited the STAR Center and learn about its potential to enhance students’ readiness for the medical field.

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New data released by EHproject shows Black women are at higher risk for heart disease

New data from the medical team at EHproject show African American women are at a greater risk for heart disease than their white counterparts. For American Heart Month, Henry Ford Health Cardiologist Dr. Brittany Fuller talks about the high rate of heart disease among Black women. Plus, she provides some helpful advice on what women can do to reduce their risk factors.

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Detroit residents asked to weigh in on new election district maps proposed by redistricting commission

Detroit residents are being asked to weigh in on proposed new election district maps. The Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission is holding public hearings Feb. 21 and 22 in Detroit for residents to provide input on the redrawing of boundaries for seven Michigan House districts. One Detroit contributors Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson discussed the redistricting process.

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FDA approves two groundbreaking new gene therapy treatments for sickle cell disease

Host Stephen Henderson examines the groundbreaking new gene therapies approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as a treatment option for sickle cell disease. Dr. Melissa Creary, assistant professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health, sits down with Henderson to talk about the pros, cons and possible barriers of the new gene-editing therapy.

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Michigan ranks second-last in U.S. population growth. Former Ambassador John Rakolta, Jr. explains why.

One Detroit contributor Nolan Finley sat down with Ambassador John Rakolta, Jr., co-chairman of the Growing Michigan Together Council, at this year’s Detroit Policy Conference to talk about where Michigan stands when it comes to growing its population. They discuss the four drivers of growing the state’s population and the improvements needed for Michigan to succeed.

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Two-day tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared the arts’ impact on civil rights

Wayne State University’s annual tribute to the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. returns this year with a two-day event showcasing the impact of Detroit’s arts, culture and music on the civil rights movement. Guest host Trudy Gallant-Stokes talks with Wayne State’s Director of Community Affairs Stacie Clayton and the event’s special guest Santita Jackson.

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United Way for Southeastern Michigan awards latest round of Racial Equity Fund grants

United Way for Southeastern Michigan (UWSEM) President & CEO Dr. Darienne Hudson shares details with guest host Trudy Gallant-Stokes about the latest round of Racial Equity Fund recipients. The grants total $1 million and were awarded to BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations to help them address racial inequities in the region. Plus, they talk about the expansion of the fund into Washtenaw County.

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One Detroit’s Top 10 Stories of 2023

As we bid farewell to 2023, it’s impossible not to reflect on the important stories that shaped our local landscape in Detroit. From commemorating the anniversary of a historic civil rights march to conversations around Asian American representation in the arts, the rhythmic heartbeat of Detroit’s hip-hop history, a story on one of the city’s oldest gay bars, and the harsh realities of flooding and climate change in Detroit’s neighborhoods, here are our top 10 stories from 2023.

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Remembering the legacy of African American minister Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams

Detroit and the nation are mourning the loss of one of this country’s most influential Black ministers. Rev. Dr. Charles G. Adams, pastor emeritus of Detroit’s Hartford Memorial Baptist Church, passed away at age 86. Rev. Charles Christian Adams, the son of Rev. Adams, talks about his father’s legacy after more than 50 years in the pulpit.

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Michigan Muslim, Arab Americans’ share their population growth strategies with the Growing Michigan Together Council

At a recent American Muslims Town Hall, more than 50 Arab and Muslim Americans shared their population growth strategies with members of the Growing Michigan Together Council. They talk about the kinds of neighborhoods tech workers need, transportation and public transit, mental health and other underfunded services, and preparing our workforce for jobs of the future.

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Michigan’s book ban battle: Navigating the controversy of literary censorship in metro Detroit

The contentious issue of books bans has taken center stage across the nation, and in Michigan it’s no different. Learn how libraries across metro Detroit have been impacted by book bans and where Michigan stands on the issue. Plus, a local parent shares her thoughts on literary censorship in schools, and more information on the Michigan Library Association’s Right to Read initiative.

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New CRC report shows Michigan’s infrastructure struggles under climate change pressure

With the impacts of climate change at the forefront, what it will take to address the stress on Michigan’s current water infrastructure in the face of future extreme weather? The Citizens Research Council of Michigan’s latest report explores the multiple challenges involved with rebuilding and maintaining the state’s infrastructure, as well as remediating and protecting the environment.

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