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What to know and where to go in Metro Detroit in about 20 minutes a day. Hosted by award-winning journalists, we highlight the news, stories and people of Southeast Michigan. Local news with more signal and less noise.... Show More

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October 30, 2020 28 min

Today’s show is in three acts:

Dr. Paul Thomas from Plum Health Direct Primary Care on why we're back in COVID-19 outbreak status in Michigan and what's next. Dr. Thomas on Twitter: @PlumHealthDPC

Fletcher Sharpe on A.J. Hinch and the new G-league basketball team in town, the Motor City Cruise. They're going to play at Wayne State's new arena. Fletch on Twitter: @SaintFDW

And what to drink this fall? We have...

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On today’s show: Some pandemic restrictions are put back in place as the virus spreads, deaths rise and COVIDACTNOW lists Michigan as in COVID-19 outbreak status.

A judge has ruled in favor of guns in polling places. But that fight isn’t over yet and in a new poll, Michiganders are clear where they stand.

A popular restaurant chain has new owners.

And our feature today is on the economy. A Coronavirus financial backstop is not co...

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The city of Detroit has been watched closely by those interested and involved in the cannabis industry.

Due to the city’s size and voters overwhelming approval of recreational marijuana - almost 70 percent of residents were behind it in 2018 - The Motor City will almost assuredly become the hub of recreational weed in Michigan.

But the city has taken awhile to draw up local rules, getting a proposed ordinance together just this wee...

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Detroit’s the crucible of the car in America, but the city is trying to make the streets better for the people who live here.

That’s at the heart of a new program focused on those who walk, bike, take transit, or simply want their kids to have a safer neighborhood.

On top of the nice-to-haves, the reality is that 100,000 Detroit residents who are old enough to have drivers licenses do not; and a quarter of households have no access...

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Hudson’s was a name at the center of Detroit life for decades. And their flagship store on Woodward loomed over downtown until it was demolished in 1998.

I remember that day because I worked it for a local TV station. Street after street was covered in dust, and it was a quick, final end to the second largest and tallest department store in the country.

According to HistoricDetroit.org, it was a behemoth. We talked about the height...

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On today's show:

COVID cases are surging here in Metro Detroit. And there's no wall around the city, so there's concern there, too. 

Yes, the mail has been slower lately according to a new report. 

Business, hospital system and university leaders are calling for a cease-fire on lawsuits to try and repeal health orders to prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Basically - they say working together works to slow the spread, a...

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There’s a new MI COVID app for your phone. It’s to help with contact tracing, something that experts say will help contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Is this a good idea? How will this help? Is your privacy at stake?

Plus - more and more restaurants are doing tents and domes for dining as the weather comes. How should you treat them?

Dr. Paul Thomas and technologist Tom Lawrence join me.

Dr. Paul Thomas on Twitter: https://twit...

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If you’re a long time listener to this show, you may have caught on that one of the reasons we’re here is a love of places. Specifically our places.

The Detroit tri-county area includes, well, three counties, made up of more than 130 cities, townships and villages.

And yes, even part of a ghost town.

You could zoom in again and see countless neighborhoods and block clubs and associations - all the way down to the street you see out...

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Michigan is seeing more Coronavirus cases and the tri-county area is no exception

The US/Canada border closure is extended through November 21

A couple of Michigan businesses got national media attention:

- The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor was featured in an ad for Democratic candidate Joe Biden. Link: https://youtu.be/SW86jyTsYe4

- Farmington Hills based Five Hour Energy was spoofed by Saturday Night Live. Link: https://youtu.be/OP0H0j4...

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Eastern Market, to put it bluntly, has gone through a lot of changes recently.

Although many come to it on Saturdays and know it through the public markets, there’s much more to one of Detroit’s historic districts, like food wholesalers, butchers, packers and distributors.

In the last few years, there were shops and restaurants - that although their places were loved, the owners wanted to retire and few were interested in taking ov...

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What to know around Metro Detroit:

We give an update on the latest Coronavirus numbers as cases and hospitalizations continue to trend up;

Share where to get tested for free in Macomb County;

Run down a series of bill the state legislature passed around the pandemic;

Update you on news the U.S. Supreme Court is upholding a directive to stop census counting on October 15 which will impact Detroit and urban areas around the country;

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On today’s podcast – a chat with author Angie Schmitt. 

Her book – “Right of way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America” looks at how our built environment – and choices to buy ever-larger vehicles  – have led to more inequity and more pedestrian deaths to the point it’s a public health crisis.

Link, use promo code “Schmitt”: https://islandpress.org/books/right-way

We’ll dive in and talk about a chang...

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Michigan is now at risk of a Coronavirus outbreak. Dr. Paul Thomas helps us break down why and what’s next for this pivotal week; including why herd immunity - as suggested by some local leaders - would be a very deadly path to go down.

  • Plus; hundreds of thousands of michiganders could see their records expunged, including those for marijuana offenses
  • Fines have been issued around the recent land collapse into the Detroit river
  • A cre...
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    On today's Daily Detroit:

    A plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been stopped, with charges against six men; as well as seven others for a plot to attack the State capitol.

    Plus, conservative hoaxers were arraigned for voter intimidation of Detroiters.

    And a deep-dive conversation with Steve Friess of Newsweek and Hour Detroit. He’s back to talk to intelligently talk about the prospects of races for two local U.S. House...

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    On your Daily Detroit: Technology expert Tom Lawrence joins me to cut through the clutter on a move by AT&T to no longer offer DSL service. It has a pretty big impact here in Michigan as their alternate service - Fiber - isn’t available to most of their homes. And considering everyone’s working from home, schooling from home, it puts a number of communities at a big disadvantage.

    Ars Technica story: https://arstechnica.com/tec...

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    Today’s show is a deep-dive with Sonya Mays. She heads up the non-profit development firm, Develop Detroit.

    And I’m going to focus on one word here - non-profit. Which means they need to have a community mission.

    Because when it comes to Detroit’s nascent comeback, firms that think about more than the bottom line might be something to look at as a model.

    This is done in other cities, but is still in the early stages of getting tra...

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