Michigan Matters

Michigan Matters focuses on controversial issues concerning the metro Detroit area. The program is hosted by CBS 62 Senior Producer and Detroit Free Press Columnist Carol Cain who has shared her perspective on local and national radio and TV shows for over a decade. In addition to one-on-one interviews, a high-profile panel of metro Detroit political, business and community leaders will join her for roundtable discussions. Regular panelists will include L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive; and Denise Ilitch, President of Ilitch Enterprises.

Tune in for Michigan Matters Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

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Watch highlights from the upcoming Pancakes and Politics speakers forums on the third Sundays in March through June.

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MEDC CEO Steve Arwood with Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain and talked about state's economy on CBS62's "Michigan Matters." (credit: JuWan Graham/CBS 62)

Michigan Matters: MEDC’s Steve Arwood Reveals Optimistic Outlook For Economy

Steve Arwood, CEO of Michigan Economic Development Corporation, talked about improving economic conditions in Michigan and how 2017 is shaping up during taping of “Michigan Matters.”


Kidney donor Michael Russell and and Michigan Matters host Carol Cain.  Photo credit:  JuWan Graham, CBS 62/CW50

Michigan Matters Focus: A Look At Organ Donations

With over 3,600 people in Michigan in need or an organ transplant, experts and those with personal experience appear on “Michigan Matters” to talk about the issues, concerns and opportunities associated with this most personal issue.


Lomas Brown with CBS62 “Michigan Matters” Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain

Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Lomas Brown On Mrs. Ford, Matthew Stafford And Donald Trump

Former Detroit Lions All-Star offensive lineman Lomas Brown said during taping of “Michigan Matters” that team owner Martha Ford has been making bold moves that have helped steer the Detroit Lions to where they are at the moment.


Lena Epstein, Debbie Dingell, Ronna Romney McDaniel, and Carol Cain  (Photo credit:  JuWan Graham, CBS 62/CW50)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Trumping Our Future! 

Following the stunning victory of Donald Trump as our 45th president over Hillary Clinton, the “Michigan Matters” panels talked about how our state will fare under the new administration.


Gretchen Driskell and Tim Walberg (credit: JuWan Graham, CBS 62/CW50)

‘Michigan Matters’ Election 2016 Exclusive: Rep Gretchen Driskell Vs Cong. Tim Walberg

Millions have been spent on their ads and social media missives, now hear what Cong. Tim Walberg & State Rep. Gretchen Driskell have to say about each other when they appear on CBS 62’s “Michigan […]


Rep Candice Miller and Macomb County Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco (Photo credit:  JuWan Graham, CBS 62/CW50)

2016 Election Exclusive: Candice Miller & Tony Marrocco Sound Off On ‘Michigan Matters’

This week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at the hotly contested race for the office of Macomb County Public Works Commissioner.


Osama Siblani - Arab American News, Suzy Avery - Former Michigan GOP Chair, Keith Owens - Michigan Chronicle (credit: JuWan Graham/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Wayne County’s New Chapter, Bombastic Presidential Race

Wayne County may have emerged from the consent decree it was put under by the state 14 months ago, but tough work is still ahead including talk revolving around its controversial county jail.


Ned Staebler, John Mozena (credit: Mickie McLeod/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Will RTA Transit Tax Fix Regional Woes?

Will the RTA Trasit Tax voters in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Washtenaw Counties voting on in a few weeks help regional transportation in Metro Detroit?


Detroit Riverfront Conservancy’s Mark Wallace with CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” Senior Producer/Host talks about the new game plan for the riverfront. (credit: Mickie McLeod/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Riverfront, Belle Isle And Inspirational Leaders

Change is ahead for Detroit’s riverfront with more focus on recreation, a commercial district and upscale residential.


Ronna Romney McDaniel, Robert Huschka,  Brandon Dillon and Carol Cain dissect the presidential debate and impact on Michigan. (credit: Mickie McLeod/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Trump’s Michigan Imprint Grows; Will Hillary’s Wither?

With the first presidential debate in the history books — the race to win the White House is heating up as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump drill down on Michigan and other key swing states.


Fom left—David Cole, Andra Rush, Susan Smyth  and Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain talk about  manufacturing jobs on “Michigan Matters” airing 11:30 Sunday on CBS 62. (credit: JuWan Graham/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Manufacturing Gets Its Day! 

“Michigan Matters” could be retitled “Manufacturing Matters” this week as a high profile panel of leaders discuss huge opportunities for young people in the evolving industry.


(from left) Rocky Rackowski, Cliff Russell, Brandon Dillon and “Michigan Matters” Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain dive in on the presidential contest and others local races. (credit: Mickie McLeod/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Trump & Hillary Courting Black Voters; State In Play

With Donald Trump visiting Flint this week and Hillary Clinton getting back on the campaign trail following her bout with pneumonia, the CBS 62 “Michigan Matters” roundtable debated the presidential contest as it enters the home stretch.


Lena Epstein, Kelly Rossman-McKinney, Charlie Beckham,host Carol Cain on CBS 62's "Michigan Matters" talk about Trump in Detrout and this unique presidential rqace.
(credit: CBS 62/CW50 JuWan Graham)

Michigan Matters: Women In Business And Presidential Politics

With more women than ever starting up businesses, Michelle Richards, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Women Business Council, appeared with a high powered panel of leaders to talk about why during taping of CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters.”


State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker and Sean Larkins from the Detroit Fire Department with Michigan Matters host Carol Cain. (credit:  Remi Murrey, CBS 62/CW50)

Michigan Matters: Matters Of The Heart

This week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain will talk about “Matters of the Heart,” a look at new legislation to add CPR training to all kids in Michigan schools to saves lives with State […]


Dr. Melvyn Rubenfire, a cardiologist at the University of Michigan; Ron Lockett, executive director of the Northwest Activity Center; and Michigan Matters host Carol Cain. (credit:  Zuri Cheathem, CBS 62/CW50)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Helping Detroiters Get Healthier

Dr. Melvyn Rubenfire, a cardiologist at UM, and Ron Lockett, executive director of the Northwest Activity Center, are doubling down on their efforts to get Detroiters get healthier.


Michigan Matters host Carol Cain and Jackie Parker from General Motors discuss global philanthropy and corporation giving.   
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‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Reading On The Riverfront And Race For The White House

Thousands of young students from Metro Detroit have been dazzled by luminaries from business, sports and politics reading to them all summer long.


Stu Sandler, Jill Alper, and Keith Owens appear with Carol Cain on “Michigan Matters” and dissect Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton’s visits to Metro Detroit this week. (Photos: CBS62 Remi Murrey)

CBS 62’s ‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Presidential Politics & Farming

Sandler said that Trump has captured the nation’s attention as few other candidates in recent memory and has defied pundits since entering the race last year and leaving 17 other GOP challengers in the dust as he won the nomination.

CBS Detroit–08/12/2016

L. Brooks Patterson, Denise Ilitch, Keith Owens with host Carol Cain talk about the presidential contest , the regional transit tax millage that voters will be asked to decide on this week's "Michigan Matters" Watch Michigan Matters 11:30 Sunday on CBS 62. 
(credit: Zuri Cheathem/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Regional Transit Tax Millage And Presidential Race

L. Brooks Patterson threw down the gauntlet in his opposition of the regional transit tax millage after he said he obtained more of what he wanted in the measure which voters will now decide this November.


L. Brooks Patterson (left), Susy Avery, and Charlie Beckham talk about Hillary Clinton,  Donald Trump, Michigan and the road ahead on the "Michigan Matters" roundtable. Watch the show 11:30 Sunday on CBS62. (Photos:
 CBS62 Zuri Cheathem)

“Michigan Matters:” Brooks Patterson Will Explain Why He Gave Regional Transit Millage Plan The Thumbs Down

Oakland is refusing to support the plan, which would raise $700 million in taxes from 40 communities over 20 years and, Patterson says, provide only $79 million worth of services.

CBS Detroit–07/29/2016

EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 12:  Michigan State Spartans head basketball coach Tom Izzo watches on before the game between the Oregon Ducks and Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on September 12, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

‘Michigan Matters’ Spotlight: Tom Izzo Helping Holy Redeemer, Ford Aiding Women Fighting Cancer, And Battling For The White House

MSU Coach Tom Izzo is pitching in to help Holy Redeemer Grade School as he headlines its annual fundraiser on August 4 to help the iconic school in Southwest Detroit raise funds to send more area children to school.


L. Brooks Patterson, Charlie Beckham, Cliff Russell with CBS 62 "Michigan Matters" Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain talk about the presidential race, impact of recent police shootings and more. (credit: Zuri Cheathem/CBS 62)

Michigan Matters: Has Obama’s Leadership Helped Or Hindered Nation’s Race Relations?

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson mixed it up with Cliff Russell, longtime journalist and pundit, about President Barack Obama’s impact on the nation’s racial climate in a heated exchange on CBS62’s “Michigan Matters.”

CBS 62–07/15/2016

Brooks Patterson, Matt Grossmann, Jill Alper and  "Michigan Matters" Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain discuss the latest with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ahead of the  party conventions. You can watch it 11:30 this Sunday on CBS 62. (credit: Kristy  Stanford/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Of Politics, Parties and Art

With the email saga presumably behind Hillary Clinton — the road ahead to the White House appeared a bit less bumpy, according to participants of the “Michigan Matters” roundtable.


Best selling author, columnist and playwright Mitch Albom with "Michigan Matters" Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain discusses his latest project. (credit: Ken Bryant/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Mitch Albom On Detroit And Hockeytown, Roundtable Debates Trump-Hillary

Detroit Free Press columnist and best selling author Mitch Albom talks about his latest project “Hockey: The Musical” — a comedy now showing at City Theatre which taps into Detroit’s love affair with the sport.


Carol Cain moderating the Michigan Chronicle’s “Pancakes and Politics” forum with Tyson Gersh, Eric Thomas, Rev. Charles Williams, Tatiana Grant and Katherine Cockrel. (credit: Monica Morgan)

‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Michigan Chronicle’s ‘Pancakes and Politics’ Forum: Millenials Sound Off On Detroit, Its Challenges, Its Future

As the 11th season of the Michigan Chronicle’s lauded “Pancakes and Politics” speaker series wound down June 16, it was fitting that five young leaders took to the stage to talk about Detroit and its future.


Michigan GOP Chair Ronna Romney McDaniel and Congresswoman, Debbie Dingell. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Mackinac Focus: Presidential Politics, Regional Transit And Flint

Celebrating the Motor City’s revival and helping the city two years after bankruptcy were among hot topics at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 36th annual Mackinac Policy Conference where “Michigan Matters” cameras were on hand.


Dr. Herman Gray, Beth Chappell (credit: Kristy Stanford/CBS 62)

Michigan Matters: United Way, Detroit Economic Club

This week on Michigan Matters host Carol Cain sits down with Dr. Herman Gray, President and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan, and Beth Chappell, President and CEO of Detroit Economic Club and board member of United Way.


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Mayor Mike Duggan Weighs In On Detroit Police Department’s Running Man Challenge Viral Hit

Seems Detroit Police Chief James Craig and his talented staff hit — or rather ran — a homerun when they created their version of the “Running Man” video challenge which has taken the internet by storm.


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Michigan Matters: Major League Soccer In Detroit

What are prospects for a MLS team in Detroit and having a new stadium built for it at the controversial Wayne County Jail site?


Scott Carter and Sarah Earley (credit: Kristy Stanford/CBS 62)

Michigan Matters: Big Events In Metro Detroit

This week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain focuses on cool things taking place in Detroit


Bing Goei with CBS62 “Michigan Matters” Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks about the importance of immigration in our state. (credit: Derek Fawaz/CBS 62)

Michigan Matters: Luring More Immigrants To Help The Region’s Bottom Line

Immigration can be an elixir to help bolster Detroit’s shrinking population as well as the state’s, Bing Goei said during taping of CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters.”


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