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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‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: UM President Mark Schlissel Talks About Harbaugh, Diversity And Driverless Cars

Michigan may have lost to Utah in its first game of the 2015 season, but University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel still has kind words for Jim Harbaugh.


John McElroy, host of AutoLine/WWJ Newsradio 950; David Madeira, CEO of The LeMay - America’s Car Museum; Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Assn.,  and Michigan Matters host Carol Cain.  (credit: Matt Christopherson/CBS 62)

Michigan Matters: Autos & LeMay Museum

Carol Cain looks at the automotive industry with John McElroy, David Madeira, and Rod Alberts.


Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand with Carol Cain, Senior Producer/Host of “Michigan Matters” talks about the NFL season, Jim Harbaugh and the community. Watch  “Michigan Matters” 11:30 am Sunday on CBS 62. (credit: Ken Bryant/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Lewand’s Glad Harbaugh’s Gone From NFL

University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh explains why he is living his dream in Ann Arbor. He also talks about the Wolverines and offers insights on the Lions.


John Loftus, executive director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority, and Michigan Matters host Carol Cain discuss what's new at the Port. (credit: Kenneth Bryant Jr. / CBS 62)

Michigan Matters: Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority ‘Huge Economic Generator’

Host Carol Cain welcomes John Lofton, executive director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority, who talks about what’s new at the Port which is a huge economic generator for region.


L. Brooks Patterson, Denise Ilitch and John Hope Bryant join "Michigan Matters" Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain and talk about Detroit, changes at the Tigers and passing of Lions greats Mel Farr and Charlie Sanders. (credit: Ken Bryant)

‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Talk Of Detroit Lions, Tigers And More

Carol Cain talks with John Hope Bryant, the founder, chairman and CEO of the nonprofit Operation HOPE, an organization dedicated to helping people discover financial security.


(from left) L. Brooks Patterson, Warren Evans and Mark Hackel with Michigan Matters Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain talk about regional issues and Wayne County's fiscal condition. (credit: Ken Bryant/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: The Clock Ticks As Wayne County’s Fate Looms The CEOs Debate The Options

With a financial crisis playing out in Wayne — Michigan’s largest county– the three political leaders running the region weighed in with thoughts on what comes next during a fast paced edition of “Michigan Matters.” […]


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Hillary Clinton Breaks It Down And Gets Real In The Motor City — A ‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton talked about what mattered most to her as a grandmother and a statesman during her visit to Detroit at a small gathering of supporters.


Thom Connors, who runs Cobo Center, talks with "Michigan Matters" Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain about its growing convention business. (credit: Sydney Alexandra Bowden/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Detroit’s Landscape Undergoing Changes

Things are a changing in Detroit as Thom Connors, who runs Cobo Center, talked about during a far flung conversation on “Michigan Matters” about the convention center and its growing impact on the Motor City.


Karen Delhey, Don Kline and Mary Kerr with "Michigan Matters" Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain talk about the art fair being held in Ann Arbor next week. (credit: Sydney Alexandra Bowden / CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Of Ann Arbor Art Fair, French Connections And Sparky Anderson’s Legacy

Carol Cain talks to the Roundtable of Karen Delhey, artist representative for the Ann Arbor Art Fair, Don Kline, of TheRide, Mary Kerr of the Ann Arbor Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cedric Ballarin of Faureca North America CATCH organizer Jim Hughes and Jim Berline, founder of the Berline advertising agency.


Ron Kagan who talks about things at the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo -- shown with "Michigan Matters" host Carol Cain. (credit: Sydney Bowden/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Looks At Red Hot Happenings! Dinosauria, Woodward Dream Cruise, Detroit Jazz Festival

With the July 4th holiday upon us, the spotlight falls on things to do on “Michigan Matters” where community leaders appear to talk about things like a new wolf exhibit and the Dinosauria display with dozens of real life replica creatures at the Detroit Zoo.


Matt Moroun,  Leon Richardson, Carol Cain, Kelly Rossman-McKinney and Wright Lassiter III at the Michigan Chronicle's Pancakes and Politics stage following the fourth and final forum of the 2015 season. Highlights of the show air 11:30 am Sunday on CBS 62 as a special "Michigan Matters." (credit: Ken Bryant/CBS 62)

CBS 62’s ‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: The CEOs Sound Off About The Media, Talent Gap, Black Business

What did Matt Moroun have to say about the media’s coverage of his family’s vast business holdings including the Ambassador Bridge and downtown Detroit train station?


Joyce Jenereax, president and publisher of Detroit Free Press, Denise Ilitch, CEO of Ilitch Enterprises, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Carol Cain on the Michigan Matters roundtable. (credit: Sydney A. Bowden/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Water Deal Done — What’s Next?

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, the lone opponent among the region’s Big Four political leaders of the Great lakes Water Board Authority, talked about what comes next during a discussion on “Michigan Matters.”


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‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Heard ‘On The Porch’ — Ford, Snyder, Duggan, Schlissel, Stabenow Weigh In

From how to pay for Michigan’s woeful roads, to fixing DPS, to keeping the momentum of the Motor City’s downtown going, leaders discussed key issues impacting the region.


(From left) Carol Cain, Sandy Pierce, Beth Chappell and Andra Rush on "Michigan Matters" discuss Detroit and the community. (credit: Micki Steele)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: High Powered CEO Panels Shares Thoughts On Motor City, Careers

It was a fast paced discussion about Detroit, the Grand Prix, careers and the role of women in business as three female CEOs took time out to appear on “Michigan Matters” to talk about it.


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‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: RX For Education In Detroit?

Finding solutions to the daunting challenges facing Detroit Public Schools and other embattled districts was the hot topic at the Michigan Chronicle’s “Pancakes and Politics” sold-out forum held at the Detroit Athletic Club.


Brooks Patterson, Denise Ilitch and Paul Anger join "Michigan Matters" host Carol Cain to talk about Detroit, DPS, Gov Snyder and more. (credit: Brandon Patton/CBS Detroit)

‘Michigan Matters’ Outtake: Pick A Fight With The Media? Think Again

What do you do when you think the media has done you wrong?


(from left) L. Brooks Patterson, Denise Ilitch and Cliff Russell join "Michigan Matters" host Carol Cain to talk about Proposal and  Gov.  Snyder's future. (credit: Brandon J. Patton/CBS 62)

Commerce Secretary Snyder? Michigan Governor’s Future Hot Topic on ‘Michigan Matters’

The roundtable talked about what comes next in the bid to repair our crumbling roads with all eyes looking to state legislators for action.


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Oh No! Gov. Snyder Makes It Official — No Pandas For Detroit

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has given the thumbs down to trying to bring two giant pandas to the Motor City.


L. Brooks Patterson, Denise Ilitch, Kelly Rossman-McKinney and  Carol Cain on the "Michigan Matter's" set discuss Proposal 1,  Gov. Rick Snyder's future and auto insurance reform. Watch "Michigan Matters" 11:30 am Sunday on CBS 62. (credit: Brandon J. Patton/CBS 62)

Patterson Rips GOP Over Auto Insurance Reform Looks To Dems To Support

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson — a longtime card-carrying member of the Republican party — ripped the GOP for its handling the auto insurance reform measure making its way through Lansing with lightning speed.


Paul Prange, Tom Canedo, Gov Rick Snyder, Carol Cain, Rod Alberts and Hiram Jackson at the Michigan Chronicle's "Pancakes and Politics" forum. They are holding rocks the governor brought from potholes and broken roadways to the stage as he talked about his support of  Proposal 1. (credit: Ken Bryant)/CBS 62)

Gov. Snyder Rocks Pancakes And Politics With Talk Of Road Woes, Prop 1

Gov. Rick Snyder brought giant rocks with him — from potholes found on area roads — as he took to the Michigan Chronicle’s “Pancakes and Politics” stage and talked about why he was supporting Proposal 1.


Gov. Rick Snyder and Carol Cain on the set of Michigan Matters at the WWJ-TV studios in Southfield, Mich., on February 1, 2011. (credit: Greg Shattuck/WWJ-TV)

Got A Question For Gov. Rick Snyder? Here’s Your Chance To Weigh In

Gov. Rick Snyder will take to the Michigan Chronicle’s “Pancakes and Politics” stage this Thursday at the Detroit Athletic Club to talk about the latest impacting the city, the region, the state.


Mary Treder Lang with Carol Cain (credit: Brandon Patton/CBS 62)

Michigan Matters Focus: Philanthropy Drives Metro Detroit

Non-profits impact Detroit as few other cities across America which is why Harvard has been helping to train area CEOs to more effectively lead their organizations.


Pamela Prince-Eason and Michelle Richards with "Michigan Matters" Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain talk about women owned suppliers and corporate America. (credit: Brandon Patton/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Women Rocking Autos And More

Women are driving the auto industry as never before and they are also having a greater impact on society.


Paul Prange, Tom Canedo,  Hiram Jackson, Rev. Wendell Anthony, Carol Cain, David Blaszkiewicz, Nancy Kaffer and Rodrick Miller at the  Michigan Chronicle’s  “Pancake and Politics” forum. It airs as a special “Michigan Matters”  11:30 a.m. Sunday on CBS 62. (credit: Monica Morgan)

‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Talk Of Race, The Motor City And DPS Highlights Michigan Chronicle’s ‘Pancakes And Politics’

There was a lot more than flapjacks being served up at the Michigan Chronicle’s first “Pancakes and Politics” forum of the 2015 season as the Detroit-focused panel engaged in heated conversation over race.


Tom Kimble, the President for AARP Michigan, and Michigan Matters host Carol Cain (credit: Ken Bryant, Jr./CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: State Going Gray; Are We Ready?

Michigan is getting grayer by the year. By 2050, more than 25-percent of the state’s residents will be over the age of 65.


Ruth Fruehauf, Author of "Singing Wheels:  August Fruehauf and the Fruehauf Trailer Company," and Michigan Matters host Carol Cain. (credit: Ken Bryant, Jr. CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Of Semi-Trailers, Shoes And Elephants

August Fruehauf invented the semi-trailer 100 years ago which helped shape the 20th century.


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‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Of Autos, Women & Stature

It was a perfect storm of factors emerging over decades that helped Mary Barra, a hard charging young engineer, crack the glass ceiling and become CEO of General Motors.


L. Brooks Patterson, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and  Mark Hackel join host Carol Cain on “Michigan Matters.”  The show airs 11:30 a.m. Sunday on CBS 62. (Photo Credit;  CBS 62’s Kris Kelly)

‘Michigan Matters:’ Mark Hackel Ponders Legal Action Amid Water Talks

“I am seriously contemplating challenging the order,” said Hackel adding he, “is working with legal counsel on this issue to see what my options on behalf of the public are.”

CBS Detroit–02/20/2015

L. Brooks Patterson (left), Rodrick Miller and Bankole Thompson joins host Carol Cain on Michigan Matters. It airs 11:30 a.m. Sunday on CBS 62.

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Patterson Bristles At Judge’s Order To Muzzle

“Gagging a politician probably violates the 8th Amendment to the Constitution which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment,” said Patterson during taping of “Michigan Matters.”

CBS Detroit–02/13/2015

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson. Denise Ilitch, CEO of Ilitch Enterprises. Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association and Michigan Matters host Carol Cain pose for a photo. (credit: Maximillian Boudreaux)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Of Tigers, Obama And The Road Ahead

Why didn’t President Barack Obama attend the North American International Auto Show which just completed its annual run with over 803,000 visitors attending the iconic event at Cobo Center?


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