This Week on One Detroit:

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

For the past eight years, the Detroit Public Theatre has entertained folks with performances at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center, in the Robert A. and Maggie Allesee Hall, but as the community theatre company embarks on its 2022-2023 season, it will kick off at a new location.

Following a three-year, $5 million capital campaign, the Detroit Public Theatre has moved into 3960 3rd Street in Detroit. Their new, permanent home features a 200-seat black box theatre, a welcoming lobby, bar, drama bookshop and library, rehearsal studio, and more. The first production at the theatre’s new venue will be “Mud Row,” a story by award-winning Detroit playwright Dominique Morisseau.

One Detroit’s Arts & Culture host Satori Shakoor sits down with the Detroit Public Theatre’s Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors Courtney Burkett, Sarah Clare Corporandy and Sarah Winkler to learn more about the new home for the theatre, the performances on tap for the 2022-2023 season, and the success from the capital campaign that allowed the theatre to reach new heights.

Always Online: Weighing the Effects of Social Media on Teens’ Mental Health 

From Twitter to Instagram and now TikTok, social media use by teens is widespread. What impact is it having on their mental health? Some studies show that youth who spend more than three hours a day on social media have a higher chance of experiencing mental health issues like anxiety, depression or suicidal ideation. Some experts argue, however, that social media use can positively impact people’s mental health too. 

One Detroit’s summer intern Zion Williams, a senior at L’Anse Creuse High School, went searching for some answers. She talks with three of her friends — Sophia Francis, Marissa Skoney and Breanne Kollmorgen — about their individual social media use and how it makes them feel. Williams also speaks with Judson Center COO Susan Salhaney about the pros and cons of using these online platforms.

Plus, Kevin Fischer, the executive director of NAMI Michigan, and Dr. Shama Faheem, the chief medical officer at Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network, explain how mental health begins to affect teens’ brains as they’re developing and what parents can do to monitor their children’s mental health and social media habits. Williams produced this story as part of the 2022 PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs Gwen Ifill Legacy Fellow program. The One Detroit team helped produce this report. 

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, leaving some working women with few options other than to stay home and forego a job for parenthood. Nearly 1.1 million women left the workforce from February 2020 to January 2022, and a disproportionate number of women — 23% compared to 13% of men —  considered leaving their careers for motherhood.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest childcare announcements have expanded the state’s efforts to re-strengthen the childcare industry, but how will those efforts roll out across the state? And what other changes does Michigan need to make childcare more affordable and accessible?

Guest host Trudy Gallant-Stokes talks with Michigan Women’s Commission Commissioner Charity Dean and InForum CEO Terry Barclay, about the decline of women in the workforce, the impact of childcare, and how Gov. Whitmer’s latest childcare legislation may help working women and their families.

The U.S. and the Holocaust: A Michigan Perspective

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. Detroit Public Television and the Zekelman Holocaust Center came together for a frank discussion on where Michigan fits into the story.

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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