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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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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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‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Schostak Vs. Johnson — The Chairmen Battle As Election 2014 Hits Overdrive

Bobby Schostak and Lon Johnson went toe to toe on “Michigan Matters”. Who will be left standing on Nov. 4 when election 2014 comes to a close.

10/24/2014

Rick Snyder -- Mark Schauer (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Snyder Vs. Schauer: The Candidates Sound Off On Each Other, The Issues

With mere days left in election 2014, Gov. Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer took time out to appear on “Michigan Matters’ and fielded some tough questions from host Carol Cain.

10/17/2014

Robert Ficano joins  "Michigan Matter" Host Carol Cain for a  riveting conversation about what went wrong in his  administration on this week's show. It airs 11:30 am Sunday on CBS 62. (credit: James C. Turner/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Ficano On His County’s Scandal; Ilitch On Dave Brandon And U-M Football Controversy

Robert Ficano opens up about what went wrong the last few years of his time as Wayne County Executive in an one-on-one with “Michigan Matters” host Carol Cain.

10/10/2014

(L to R) Carol Cain, Major General Gwen Bingham, Sean Carlson, Sonya Sepahban and Scott Badenoch, Sr. appear on “Michigan Matters” 11:30 a.m. Sunday  on CBS 62. (credit: James C. Turner/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Growing The Defense Industry

What will it take to grow Michigan’s defense industry?

10/01/2014

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Michigan Matters: Colleges Gear Up For Changing Workplace

With a new school year underway, the presidents of Wayne State. Henry Ford College and UD-Mercy each talked about the changing needs of students and businesses at their respective institutions during taping of “Michigan Matters.”

09/26/2014

Maru Flores, president of the MCWT, and Charlotte Decker, join Michigan Matters host Carol Cain to talk about the upcoming MCWT event. (credit: James. C. Turner/CBS 62)

Michigan Matters: Past And Future Of Detroit Innovation

This week on Michigan Matters everyone knows how important the auto industry is to Michigan, but did you know that Ford along with Chrysler and GM helped keep the world safe for Democracy through their efforts during World War II?

09/19/2014

Sarah Earley, Chairwoman of the Belle Isle Conservancy, with host Carol Cain on the "Michigan Matters' set, discusses the island park and its future. (credit: James C. Turner/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Belle Isle’s Luster Grows Amid State Stewardship

Despite its controversial genesis of Michigan taking over Belle Isle as a state park amid Detroit’s bankruptcy last year, the end result has been positive.

09/12/2014

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford talks in an exclusive one-on-one interview with Michigan Matters host Carol Cain about the new season, and what being in Detroit has meant to him. (credit: Ken Bryant/CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Matthew Stafford Opens Up On Football, Life Off Field

With the start of the NFL regular season, it’s anything but business as usual for Matthew Stafford as he takes his place in the midst of the huddle tonight as starting quarterback for the Detroit Lions for a sixth year.

09/08/2014

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford talks in an exclusive one-on-one interview with Michigan Matters host Carol Cain about the new season, and what being in Detroit has meant to him. (credit: Ken Bryant/CBS 62)

Michigan Matters: Matthew Stafford Talks Football, The Motor City And His Golf Game

With the Detroit Lions about to kick off their regular season Quarterback Matthew Stafford took time to discuss the team’s prospects and more with “Michigan Matters” Host Carol Cain in an exclusive conversation.

09/05/2014

Actor Billy Baldwin records an interview on "Michigan Matters". (credit: CBS 62)

‘Michigan Matters’ Health Focus: Actor Billy Baldwin Comes To Motor City To Join Army Fighting War On Cancer

By Carol Cain CBS Detroit Actor Billy Baldwin recently visited the Motor City to help a firm working on a new device intended to make diagnosing breast cancer easier and talked about how the disease […]

08/29/2014

(Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, business executive Denise Iitch and author Bill Haney join host Carol Cain on "Michigan Matters" 11:30 a.m. Sunday on CBS 62.) Photo credit: CBS 62's James Turner.

Watch Michigan Matters: Of Ernie Harwell, Dr. Death And Fallout Of The Epic Flood

Haney, who runs MB Book in Ortonville, is one of the most prolific publishers in the state as he has had a hand in over 400 books as writer, editor, ghost writer, consultant and publisher.

CBS Detroit–08/22/2014

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