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CBS 62’s “Eye on the Future” special airs 6:30 p.m. Sunday before “60 Minutes”.
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Outgoing Congressman John Dingell and U.S. Senator Carl Levin appear together in the "Eye on the Future" special "Michigan in Transition" airing 6:30 p.m. this Sunday on CBS  62. The two Michigan leaders talk about changes in the political landscape in the 30-minute special. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Outgoing Congressman John Dingell and U.S. Senator Carl Levin appear together in the “Eye on the Future” special “Michigan in Transition” airing 6:30 p.m. this Sunday on CBS 62. The two Michigan leaders talk about changes in the political landscape in the 30-minute special. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

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(CBS Detroit) - As the state that put the world on wheels looks to its future – change is in the air.

There are new CEOs at two of Detroit’s three automakers, new presidents at major universities, and many new faces expected on the political landscape following the November election.

And the city of Detroit is experiencing seismic shifts too.

With so many new leaders stepping in, what will these transitions mean to you and your community?

The “Eye on the Future” Emmy winning team of Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain and Chief Videographer/Editor Paul Pytlowany traveled the state to talk with leaders at the very forefront of these changes to bring you answers.

“Michigan in Transition” airs 6:30 p.m. on CBS 62 (just before “60 Minutes”) and is the latest of the “Eye on the Future” series of specials looking at vital issues impacting our communities.

During this riveting 30 minute program you’ll hear what leaders like Gov. Rick Snyder, Mark Schauer, Dan Gilbert, Mayor Mike Duggan, Terri Lynn Land, Cong. Gary Peters, former Gov William Milliken, Doug DeVos and WSU President M. Roy Wilson have to say about Detroit, the region, the state.

You’ll hear about the future of our bedrock industry – automotive – with new CEOs in Ford’s Mark Fields and GM’s Mary Barra and technology shifting at lightning speed throughout manufacturing.

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There will also be a discussion about dizzying changes on the political front with the August primary and November election.

There’s a governor’s race between incumbent Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger and former Rep. Mark Schauer and a hotly contested contest to replace U.S. Sen. Levin going on between former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and Cong. Gary Peters.

All four leaders take time out from the campaign trail to talk to the CBS crew about Michigan and its future.

You’ ll hear from two lions of Michigan politics who are throwing in the towel — Cong. John Dingell and U.S. Sen. Carl Levin — who appear together, and talk of their challenges and successes.

The “Eye” crew also visits with former Michigan Gov. William Milliken, who at 92, is going strong. He discussed helping Detroit a generation ago when he and the late Mayor Coleman Young worked together. Gov. Milliken also draws parallels to Snyder and Duggan.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig, who moved home to take on the top job, spends time with the crew on his one year anniversary and talks fighting crime.

In Ann Arbor, outgoing University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman spent time on her final day with the crew. She talked about what’s ahead for the university and education in the state.

Dan Gilbert, with Gov. Rick Snyder, Mike Duggan,  Steve Case and other officials at an event in Detroit celebrating entrepreneurs as a way to create a new future for the Motor City. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Dan Gilbert, with Gov. Rick Snyder, Mike Duggan, Steve Case and other officials at an event in Detroit celebrating entrepreneurs as a way to create a new future for the Motor City. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Former Michigan Secretary of State Terry  Lynn Land at the Detroit Regional Chamber's Policy forum featuring the two U.S. Senate candidates. Land is facing Democratic Cong. Gary Peters in the race to take over position held by the retiring Sen. Carl Levin. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Former Michigan Secretary of State Terry Lynn Land at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Policy forum featuring the two U.S. Senate candidates. Land is facing Democratic Cong. Gary Peters in the race to take over position held by the retiring Sen. Carl Levin. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Gov. Rick Snyder is seeking re-election this fall. The first term leader is talking up his track record and improving economic conditions in the state. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Gov. Rick Snyder is seeking re-election this fall. The first term leader is talking up his track record and improving economic conditions in the state. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Former Michigan Rep. Mark Schauer is the Democratic challenger taking on Gov. Snyder this fall. He is talking about helping the  middle class and doing more to fund education as he travels the state. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Former Michigan Rep. Mark Schauer is the Democratic challenger taking on Gov. Snyder this fall. He is talking about helping the middle class and doing more to fund education as he travels the state. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman on her last day as head of the Ann Arbor based school. Coleman was the 13th president of U-M. Mark Schlissel is the now president of U-M. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman on her last day as head of the Ann Arbor based school. Coleman was the 13th president of U-M. Mark Schlissel is the now president of U-M. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Detroit Police Chief James Craig walks the east side neighborhood in Detroit where "Michiga in Transition" senior producer/host Carol Cain grew up. They talked about making neighborhoods safer. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Detroit Police Chief James Craig walks the east side neighborhood in Detroit where “Michiga in Transition” senior producer/host Carol Cain grew up. They talked about making neighborhoods safer. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Cong. Gary Peters is hoping to win the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Carl Levin. Peters if facing former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land in the contest. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Cong. Gary Peters is hoping to win the seat of retiring U.S. Sen. Carl Levin. Peters if facing former Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land in the contest. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Amway President Doug DeVos (in the middle)  and Linden Nelson, founder, Michigan Motion Picture Studio in Pontiac, talk with Carol Cain about conditions in the state. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Amway President Doug DeVos (in the middle) and Linden Nelson, founder, Michigan Motion Picture Studio in Pontiac, talk with Carol Cain about conditions in the state. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Among leaders appearing in “Michigan in Transition”:

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder;
Former Rep. Mark Schauer;
Dan Gilbert, Quicken Loans;
Terri Lynn Land (GOP candidate for U.S. Senate);
Cong. Gary Peters (Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate);
Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken;
U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan;
Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr;
Detroit Police Chief James Craig;
Doug DeVos, President, Amway;
Steve Case, Co-Founder, founder, AOL;
Cong John Dingell;
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin;
L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive.
Mary Sue Coleman, President, University of Michigan;
M. Roy Wilson, President, Wayne State University;
Bobby Schostak, Chairman, Michigan Republican Party;
Lon Johnson, Chairman, Michigan Democratic Party;
Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle;
Ed Sarpolis, Executive Director/Founder, Target Insyght;
Bob Berg, Partner, Berg Muirhead and Associates;
Mike Shirdel, Owner, Mike’s Antiques;
David Cole, Founder, AutoHarvest;

Watch CBS 62’s “Eye on the Future: Michigan in Transition” 6:30 p.m. on CBS 62… just before “60 Minutes.”

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