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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A ‘Michigan Matters’ Look At Detroit 1967 The Past, Present And Future Of Our Region

Former Detroit Police Chief Isaiah McKinnon was a young officer in 1967 and recalled with gripping detail how he was pulled over by white officers while driving in the Motor City who drew guns on him.


‘Michigan Matters’ Small Business Is Big Business!

With most job growth coming from small business across Metro Detroit, the topic of being welcoming for new and fledgling businesses was a hot topic on “Michigan Matters.”


Michigan Matters: Communications Scholarship Seeks Minority College Candidates, Ann Arbor Art Fair

With over a half million people working in advertising, marketing and public relations across the nation, just 10-percent were Hispanic, 7 percent African American and 5.7-percent Asian.


‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Hackel Jets Towards The Future!

This week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at how our region has produced weapons that have helped keep our world safe.


‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Flint Water Saga, Free Tuition At UM & Metro Youth Day!

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says things are slowly improving in her hometown which has been reeling from a lead-tainted water crisis since 2014.


‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: The Lightning Speed Of Mobility Driving Your Way

Learn how Michigan is a hotbed of testing in the future of mobility including ride-sharing and autonomous vehicles,


‘Michigan Matters’ On The Road: Mackinac Focus: Talent Gap, Politics & Motor City

Dealing with the growing talent gap, civility in politics and updating tidings of the Motor  City were themes at the recent Detroit Regional Chamber Mackinac Policy Conference where 1,700 leaders from business and politics migrated north.


‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Orgs Making An Impact Across Metro Detroit

“Michigan Matters” highlights four organizations making a difference.


‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: 90 Companies Aim To Train More Tech Talent In Detroit

Damien Rocchi, co-founder and CEO of Grand Circus, is aiming to put Detroit on the map as a major tech hub.


Hank Aaron Reveals The Toughest Pitcher He Ever Faced

Baseball legend Hank Aaron talks about life on and off the field and reveals the toughest pitcher he ever faced.


‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Hank Aaron On Baseball & Life After The Game

Baseball has changed since he broke into the major leagues in 1954, but Henry “Hank” Aaron – legendary slugger who made history when he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record of 714 in 1974 — is sure he could have adjusted his game and fit in today.


‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Trump’s 100 Days & New Museum Exhibits

With President Donald Trump hitting the 100-day in office milestone he touted so profoundly on the campaign trail, the “Michigan Matters” roundtable of Denise Ilitch, Cliff Russell and Lena Epstein joined host Carol Cain to dissect the marker and impact on his presidency.


‘Michigan Matters’ Spotlight: Talent Gap and Future Opportunities

Henry Ford College President Stan Jensen, who is retiring from the job in 2018, sat with CBS 62 “Michigan Matters” Senior Producer & Host Carol Cain and talked about the region’s talent needs and how it can help.


‘Michigan Matters’ Pays Homage To ‘The Joe’

Denise Ilitch talked about the imprint of “The Joe” on Detroit as she recalled when her family purchased the Detroit Red Wings and Joe Louis served as its new home.


‘Michigan Matters’ Spotlight: Technology Impacting Our Future

Technology is vital now but will only grow more critical as seismic changes continue to impact our core industries and how we live.


‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Building Bridges To China

Hong Lei, Consul General of China’s Chicago office which covers the Midwest including Michigan, talks about the importance of the Great Lakes state on “Michigan Matters” airing this Sunday.


‘Michigan Matters’ Spotlight: Small Business Key To Region’s Future

Small business is paramount to the future of Metro Detroit and the state and will have a bigger imprint going forward.


‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Lear CEO On Motor City; Immigration Ban Debate

Lear Corp. President & CEO Matt Simoncini talked about the auto supplier’s growing footprint in Detroit during a riveting conversation with “Michigan Matters” Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain.


‘Michigan Matters’ Spotlight: Howard Dean & Ana Navarro On Trump Plus Local Politics Too

Former Vermont Governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean said news coverage out of Washington since Donald Trump took over as president is more about gossip than facts.


CBS 62 Eye On The Future: ‘Giving Up The Wheel, A Look At Our Autonomous Future’

Detroit put the world on wheels over 100 years ago. With stiff competition from Silicon Valley, Pittsburgh, China and Japan, will the city and state also be the center of the new autonomous revolution?


‘Michigan Matters’ Spotlight: Denise Ilitch Talks Of Her Late Father

Denise Ilitch took time  to thank the city for the tremendous outpouring of love and support shown her and her family on the passing her father Mike Ilitch during an emotional and celebratory “Michigan Matters” show.


‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Leaders Share Mike Ilitch Memories; Talk Of The Region

The passing of Detroit native son Mike Ilitch was front and center during “Michigan Matters” taping as Carolyn Cassin, Beth Chappell and Sandy Baruah shared stories of his impact.


‘Michigan Matters’ Spotlight: MPLP Training For Rough ‘N Tumble World Of Politics

The round table also discussed how Trump was impacting the political landscape across the nation and Michigan.

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Chinese Leaders Reach Out To Michigan At Chinese New Year Festivities

Consul General Hong Lei wanted to bring leaders from Michigan and Guangdong, China together to celebrate the Chinese New Year and discuss ways to build more economic and cultural bridges between the two.


‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Of Cobo Center, Autos & Trump

Claude Molinari, general manager of SMG/Cobo Center, talked about the recent North American International Auto Show’s impact on Detroit’s economy.


‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: President Trump, Mayor Fouts, Mayor Duggan’s Future

Donald Trump promised things would change when he became president and that much the “Michigan Matters” panel of L. Brooks Patterson, Denise Ilitch and Charlie Beckham all agreed upon would be the case.


Michigan Matters Exclusive: ‘Big Four’ Sound Off On Fouts & Trump

It was another sold out Detroit Economic Club “Big Four” luncheon as Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson – took to the NAIAS stage at Cobo Center and discussed issues.


‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Seniors Working To Break The Stereotype

Dorothy Zehnder can be seen working inside Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn almost every day to make sure the food is perfect and things run smoothly.


Michigan Matters: Year End Recap

The roundtable guests discuss the top stories on 2016 and their impact on the state.


‘Michigan Matters’ Sneak Peek Into 2017: Of Trump, Pistons And Detroit

After a torrid presidential contest that saw Michigan front and center in the home stretch as Donald Trump prevailed, things are going to be even more interesting for the region in 2017.


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