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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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The urban outdoors: Belle Isle Nature Center re-opens following $2.5 million renovation

The Belle Isle Nature Center has re-opened its doors following a $2.5 million renovation to the public facility. The updated space aims to reflect the vibrant intersection between Detroit’s urban core and the natural ecosystem that lives within it. One Detroit producer Daijah Moss took a visit to the newly renovated nature center to learn more about the new exhibits and which ones returned.

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BridgeDetroit’s Bryce Huffman discusses Detroit’s BLM settlement, flood recovery efforts and 3D-printed homes

A lot happened in October in Detroit. One Detroit producer Will Glover sits down with BridgeDetroit reporter Bryce Huffman to talk about the latest news, including a $1 million lawsuit settlement with Detroit Will Breathe, plans for $57.6 million in flood recovery funds and mitigation efforts, and the first 3D printed home being built for Detroit’s Islandview neighborhood.

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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. 

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Centrepolis Accelerator: Michigan’s only manufactured product incubator

What will it take to create a bright future for Michigan’s workforce and economy? One Detroit producer Will Glover sits down with Centrepolis Accelerator, Michigan’s only manufacturing product incubator, Executive Director and Founder Dan Radomski to learn more about the accelerator’s impact on Michigan’s business environment and economy.

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From newscasts to podcasts: Are consumers’ media diets changing?

As traditional media outlets like local newspapers and television stations make way for newer forms of news consumption through podcasts, online coverage and citizen reporters who document public meetings, are consumers’ media diets changing with the digital age? One Detroit senior producer Bill Kubota examines how journalists and news outlets are adapting to an evolving media diet.

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Detroit’s State of the Hood summit brings civic, community leaders together to talk about gun violence

Detroit’s State of the Hood summit returned this year to talk about solutions for stopping gun violence. Producer Marcus Green takes viewers to the 2022 summit to hear what religious, civic and community leaders have to say about gun violence in Detroit. Plus, summit participants explore the current resources and investments needed to stop gun violence involving inner city neighborhood youth.

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Black Midwest Symposium in Detroit Focuses on Unique Midwest Challenges, Solutions

The second biennial Black Midwest Symposium convenes in Detroit, exploring the unique challenges of African Americans in the Midwest and Rust Belt. Host Stephen Henderson talks with Marquis Taylor, one of the event’s planning committee members, to learn more about the goal of the Oct. 20-22, 2022 symposium, this year’s theme— Presence and Protest, and the notable speakers participating.

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Detroit Bass Day marks 9th annual celebration with The Temptations tribute, spoken word poetry

The 9th annual Detroit Bass Day celebrates the 50th recording anniversary of the song “Papa Was A Rollin’ Stone,” made famous by The Temptations, with fifty bass players coming together in front of the Motown Museum to play its iconic bass line. Producer Daijah Moss visits the celebration at the Motown Museum to learn more about the annual gathering and this year’s theme of exploring family life and fatherhood.

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Soldier Shortage: Youth obesity, academic outcomes, labor deficits affecting U.S. Army recruitment

Issues of increasing childhood obesity rates, a decline in educational outcomes, and shortages across the national labor market have caused sharp decreases in the number of new soldiers the U.S. Army has recruited and onboarded. U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville talks with senior producer Bill Kubota about the impact of low military recruitment numbers, as well as the military’s investments to attract more youth to serve. Plus, Kubota hears what community stakeholders took away from the conversation.

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Antisemitism Now and Then: Michigan’s Response to the Holocaust and Rising Antisemitism Today

What role did Michigan and its most popular figures play in America’s response to the Holocaust? Ken Burns’ new PBS documentary, “The U.S. and the Holocaust,” is generating conversation about America’s response to the Holocaust. WDET reporter Eli Newman moderates a conversation with experts from the metro Detroit Jewish and interfaith communities about Michigan’s perspective on the Holocaust and the anti-semitism that still exists today.

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Michigan’s Childcare Challenges Have Displaced Women From the Workforce. Will New Legislation Help Them Return?

All across Michigan, a shortage of childcare availability and rising childcare costs have persisted, and women in the workforce have been disproportionately affected. One Detroit’s Future of Work virtual town hall, “Women in the Workforce,” explores the decline of women in the workforce, the impact of childcare, and new legislation that may help them return to work.

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Detroit Public Theatre Moves into New Home Near Midtown, Cass Corridor

Following a three-year, $5 million capital campaign, the Detroit Public Theatre has moved into a new home in Detroit, which features a 200-seat black box theatre, a welcoming lobby, bar, drama bookshop and library, rehearsal studio, and more. One Detroit Arts & Culture host Satori Shakoor sits down with the theatre’s co-founders and co-artistic directors about the move and performances coming up.

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Biden Administration Announces Student Loan Debt Forgiveness For Millions. How Will Michigan Borrowers Be Affected?

Some of Michigan’s nearly 1.4 million student loan borrowers are rejoicing after the Biden administration announced a proposed plan to cancel up to $10,000 in federal student loan debt for millions across the nation. One Detroit’s Will Glover talks with BridgeDetroit reporter Isabel Lohman about Biden’s Student Loan Forgiveness Plan and how it’ll impact Michigan’s economy and individual borrowers.

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Detroit Chapter NABJ Celebrates 40th Anniversary With Yearlong Slate of Events

The Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) announces a yearlong slate of events to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Guest Host Trudy Gallant-Stokes talks with anniversary co-chair and Chalkbeat Editor-in-Chief Nicole Avery Nichols about the events planned, NABJ’s history, and a scholarship program for youth.

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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.

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Fundraising gala celebrates legacy of WGPR-TV 62, America’s first Black-owned TV station

WGPR Historical Society President Joe Spencer and ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith join Stephen Henderson to talk about an upcoming fundraising gala celebrating the legacy of WGPR-TV 62, America’s first Black-owned and operated television station. WGPR-TV 62 went on the air in 1975 and launched the careers of several African American media professionals before being sold in 1995.

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