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.

Get full episodes online.

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

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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.   
(credit: Remi Murrey, CBS 62/CW50)

‘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.


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