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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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

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

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

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

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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

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

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

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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘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

‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Growing The Defense Industry

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

10/01/2014

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

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