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’ 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.

06/04/2015

(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.

05/29/2015

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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.

05/22/2015

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?

05/15/2015

(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.

05/08/2015

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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.

04/24/2015

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.

04/24/2015

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.

04/17/2015

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.

04/13/2015

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.

04/08/2015

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.

04/01/2015

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.

03/27/2015

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.

03/20/2015

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.

03/13/2015

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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.

03/06/2015

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?

01/29/2015

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‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Big Four Sound Off Over Water Department & Roads

Held before a sold out audience of over 800 politicos and business leaders, the DEC event – held along with co-sponsors Detroit Auto Dealers Association and CBS 62 – saw the maiden appearance of Wayne County Executive Warren Evans.

01/23/2015

NAIAS chairman Scott Lariche and Rod Alberts on their way to officially open the NAIAS. Paul Pytlowany was there to capture it all. (credit: Ken Bryant/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Ford, Barra, Snyder, Gilbert, Fields Headline Fast-paced Auto Show

A virtual who’s who among Metro Detroit’s power brokers join host Carol Cain and the rest of the “Michigan Matters” crew as they crisscross Cobo Center this week at the North American International Auto Show.

01/16/2015

Tom Canedo, VP/GM of CBS62/CW50, Gov. Rick Snyder and Carol Cain on the "Michigan Matters" set. Snyder discusses his future on the show which airs 11:30 am Sunday on CBS 62. (credit: James C. Turner/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: President Snyder Or Professor Snyder?

Gov. Rick Snyder talks about his second term and the road ahead for the region and state during a far flung conversation with “Michigan Matters” host Carol Cain.

01/08/2015

Carol Cain explores the top stories of 2014 with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Business Executive Denise Ilitch, and Michigan Chronicle Senior Editor Bankole Thompson. (credit: CBS 62)

Michigan Matters: Top Stories Of 2014

This week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain explores the top stories of 2014 with Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Business Executive Denise Ilitch, and Michigan Chronicle Senior Editor Bankole Thompson.

12/29/2014

Pete Waldmeir of the Goodfellows appears on Michigan Matters with Carol Cain. (credit: James C. Turner/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Holiday Focus: Giving Back To Those In Need

With the holidays upon us, the leaders of four organizations took time to visit the “Michigan Matters” set and talk about their vital work in the community with Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain.

12/19/2014

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‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Two Detroit Women Rocking the Globe

You can hear the conversations by watching “Michigan Matters” 11:30 a.m. Sunday only on CBS 62.

CBS Detroit–12/10/2014

(from left) L. Brooks Patterson, Mark Hackel and Robert Ficano join "Michigan Matters' host Carol Cain for their final appearance together as the region's three county executives. Ficano is leaving as Warren Evans takes over in January after winning November's election. (credit: James C. Turner/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Ficano, Patterson, Hackel Sound Off, Trade Jabs One Final Time As Region’s Leaders

What does Robert Ficano intend to do after he leaves his job as Wayne County Executive in a few weeks?

12/05/2014

Rich Studley, Sandy Baruah and Charlie Beckham with "Michigan Matters" host Carol Cain talk about roads and what's head for Detroit. (credit: James C. Turner/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Chamber Leaders Sound Off On Lame Duck Lansing Legislature, Motor City, Gov. Snyder

Rich Studley, CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, is convinced Michigan’s roads will finally get the attention and resources needed to repair them after some tough winters that have wreaked havoc for motorists.

11/25/2014

Retired Red Wings Hall of Fame Defenseman Chris Chelios on the set of "Michigan Matters". (credit: James C. Turner/CBS 62)

Chelios Talks Pucks, Book And Politics – A ‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive

Retired Red Wings Hall of Famer defenseman Chris Chelios no longer laces up his skates to play for the Detroit.

11/21/2014

Rod Alberts, John McElroy, David Cole with "Michigan Matters" host Carol  Cain as they discuss the state of the auto industry. (credit: James C. Turner/CBS 62)

Michigan Matters: An Auto Accident Free Future?

The auto industry is making such tremendous inroads into driverless cars and safety that an accident free future is not out of the question within 10 years.

11/14/2014

L. Brooks Patterson (left), Denise Ilitch, Mark Hackel and Carol Cain discuss the issues of the day on "Michigan Matters." (Photo: CBS 62)

Patterson Calls Detroit ‘Gilbertville;’ The War Of Words Over Detroit Business Simmers

Patterson called billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert, “the Mayor of Gilbertville” and compared his business practices to cannibalism during taping of “Michigan Matters.”

11/07/2014

Cong. Gary Peters and GOP U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land appear on an episode of "Michigan Matters" to talk about the final days of their campaigns. (credit: James C. Turner/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Peters Vs. Land – The Senate Candidates Sound Off

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land and Democratic challenger Cong. Gary Peters took to the “Michigan Matters” set and talked about issues impacting Michigan and what it will take to win on Nov. 4.

10/31/2014

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