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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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Watch highlights from the upcoming Pancakes and Politics speakers forums on the third Sundays in March through June.

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Nigel Francis, Debbie Holton, John Billings and Carol Cain on the Michigan Matters set. (credit: CBS 62)

Watch Michigan Matters: Future Of Manufacturing

What’s the future of manufacturing in Michigan? This week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain get the answers.

05/30/2014

Jim Murray, president of AT&T Michigan, with Carol Cain on Michigan Matters talking about a coalition to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation. (credit:  CBS 62)

WATCH: As Movers, Shakers Migrate To Mackinac Talk Gears Up On Entrepreneurship, Gay Rights And Growing The Economy

1,500 folks from across the state are traveling to Mackinac Island for the Detroit Regional Chamber’s annual policy conference which takes place this Tuesday through Friday. It has been held there since 1981 and is where issues and topics are vetted and debated.

05/23/2014

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CBS 62's Carol Cain (at podium) moderates the Michigan Chronicle's Pancakes and Politics forum at the DAC with Rick Devore, William Pickard, Dr. David Cotton and Nancy Schlichting. 

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WATCH Michigan Matters Exclusive: Gays, Minorities Vital To Detroit’s Future CEOs Tell “Pancakes And Politics” Crowd

It was talk of Detroit’s revival and inclusion of gays and minorities that were among topics discussed with four high profile CEOs at the Michigan Chronicle’s “Pancakes and Politics” forum.

CBS 62–05/16/2014

Anne Doyle, Denise Ilitch, Kelly Rossman-McKinney and host Carol Cain pose on the set of "Michigan Matters" on Thursday, May 8, 2014. (credit: Tony Chiudioni/CBS 62)

WATCH: ‘Michigan Matters’ Powerhouse ‘Mom Squad’ Ilitch, Rossman-Kinney, Doyle Don’t Hold Back

Trailblazing businesswomen Denise Ilitch, Kelly Rossman-McKinney and Anne Doyle discussed the nuances of being working moms and the influence their mothers played in their lives during taping of a special “Michigan Matters” Mother’s Day show.

05/09/2014

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WATCH: NAACP Detroit President Talks Clippers’ Sterling Fallout, Freedom Fund Dinner Roundtable Celebrates Small Business

The time to talk about race relations in our region and country has never been more needed according to Rev. Wendell Anthony as the Detroit branch of the NAACP prepares for its 59th annual weekend of festivities which concludes Sunday with the Freedom Fund Annual Dinner at Cobo Center.

05/02/2014

Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, co-founder of Michigan-based Exxodus Pictures, poses with host Carol Cain and the "Firebreather" muscle car he designed for his new movie "Jinn". (credit: Tony Chiudioni/CBS 62)

WATCH: Movie Making Gets Spotlight In Michigan

Michigan’s movie making business may be in its infancy, but there are tons of opportunities for jobs and growth, the commissioner of Michigan’s Film Office said during taping of “Michigan Matters”

04/25/2014

Shirley Stancato, CEO of New Detroit with Carol Cain on the set of Michigan Matters. (credit: CBS 62)

Issues Of Race In Metro Detroit Under A Microscope

“Our goal at New Detroit is achieving a time when race is no longer an issue in this region and no longer an obstacle to progress for our city, region and state.”

04/18/2014

Gov. Rick Snyder at the Michigan Chronicle's "Pancakes and Politics" forum  with Carol Cain, senior producer/host of CBS 62's "Michigan Matters" who moderated the event held at the Detroit Athletic Club. Snyder talked about Detroit, education, health and his own political future during the far ranging conversation.  You can catch it on a special "Michigan Matters" airing 11:30 am this Sunday on CBS 62. (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

Gov. Rick Snyder Fields Tough Questions At ‘Pancakes’ Forum

Gov. Snyder talks Detroit, Emergency Manager, education and more at the Michigan Chronicle’s political forum.

04/09/2014

Former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing sits with Michigan Matters host Carol Cain
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WATCH ‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Bing Blasts Snyder, Dillon’s Handling Of Detroit

Former Detroit Mayor Dave Bing blasted former treasurer Andy Dillon for “lying repeatedly” to him during conversations between the state and city.

04/04/2014

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder appears with Carol Cain and talks about the need to remake the state. (credit: CBS 62)

Gov. Snyder Takes To The Michigan Chronicle’s ‘Pancakes & Politics’ Stage

Gov. Rick Snyder came to office talking about reinventing Michigan and change has become his mantra.

04/01/2014

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WATCH: Pistons ‘Bad Boys’ Vs. Red Wings ‘Fight Night At The Joe’

“We were tough by committee,” McCarty said of his championship Red Wings team. “But they (the Pistons) had some bad ass dudes that loved playing. We both represented the city well.”

03/28/2014

BCBSM Vice President of Communications Andy Hetzel on the set of "Michigan Matters" talks ACA with Carol Cain. (credit: CBS 62)

Obamacare’s Impact On Metro Detroit: A ‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive

An all-star lineup of executives from Michigan’s leading insurance companies appears on “Michigan Matters” this Sunday to talk about the federal Affordable Care Act and what it means to Metro Detroiters.

03/21/2014

Michigan Chronicle's Pancakes & Politics Urban Revitalization: Strengthening Our Core

Michigan Matters Preview: Pancakes & Politics – Detroit Economic Development

This week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain will recap the first Michigan Chronicle “Pancakes and Politics” Breakfast Forum featuring five well-known leaders discussing the opportunities and challenges facing Detroit.

03/12/2014

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Michigan Chronicle’s ‘Pancakes and Politics’ Is Back!

As the city that put the world on wheels regroups to find a new future — one lined with jobs and new opportunities — what’s ahead?

03/10/2014

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WATCH Michigan Matters: Michigan Political Leadership Program

This week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain goes on location at the Michigan Political Leadership Program’s annual dinner.

CBS 62–03/07/2014

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Former U.N. Ambassador Rips Dennis Rodman For Failed Diplomacy In North Korea

Former Detroit Pistons star Dennis Rodman may have been the man on the basketball court, but in the court of diplomacy – he gets an “F” from former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson.

03/07/2014

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 30:  Head coach Brady Hoke of the Michigan Wolverines walks on the field after losing to the Ohio State Buckeyes 42-41 at Michigan Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Denise Ilitch Warns $10M To Endow Brady Hoke’s Position Is A ‘Slippery Slope’

Denise Ilitch waved a cautionary flag about the commercialization of UM athletics.

CBS Detroit–03/02/2014

Detoit City Councilman Scott Benson, Anne Mervenne and Steve Tobocman -- co-directors of the Michigan Political Leadership Program -- join host Carol Cain on "Michigan Matters" to talk about the city of the Detroit, the divisive nature of politics and MPLP. (credit: Tony Chiudioni/CBS 62)

WATCH: MPLP Makes Huge Waves In Michigan’s Political Landscape

Scott Benson had been a small business owner, served in the military and worked for a community organization in Detroit.

02/21/2014

Rich Studley, Denise Ilitch, Cliff Russell join host Carol Cain on Michigan Matters (Photo Credit: Tony Chiudioni/WWJ-TV)

WATCH Michigan Matters: Raising The State’s Minimum Wage

Increasing the wage would help workers and the economy, said Atkinson.The Raise Michigan coalition is working to raise it to $9.50 an hour.

CBS 62–02/14/2014

Juanita Moore, president and CEO of the Charles H. Wright Musem of African American History with host Carol Cain on the Michigan Matters set. (credit: CBS 62)

WATCH Michigan Matters: Black History Month

Juanita Moore would love a few minutes with Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr .

02/07/2014

Joe Spencer, Amyre Makupson and Ken Bryant Jr., join host Carol Cain to talk about  WGPR-TV 62 and an exhibit to commemorate the first African American owned TV station which began in Detroit in 1975. (credit: CBS 62)

WGPR-TV62’s Imprint Lives On

WGPR-TV62 was the first black-owned TV station in the nation, started by the late attorney and minister William Banks in 1975, on East Jefferson in Detroit.

02/07/2014

Amway executives  Steve Van Andel (left) and Doug Devos at Amway headquarters. The west Michigan company announced record sales Tuesday for a seventh consecutive year.
Photo credit: CBS 62 Paul Pytlowany

Forging Into International Markets, Amway Hits Record Sales

China, with 1.3 billion people and the most populous nation on the planet, is also Amway’s largest market.

CBS 62–02/04/2014

Mark Schauer talks about his run for the Governors office with Michigan Matters Host Carol Cain
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WATCH Michigan Matters: It’s Snyder vs. Schauer in 2014

It’s game on for Rick Snyder and Mark Schauer in the 2014 gubernatorial contest.

CBS 62–01/31/2014

Mark Hackel, Macomb County Executive (L), Sergio Marchionne, CEO, Chrysler/Fiat (R) (credit: Paul Pytlowany/CBS 62)

WATCH ‘Michigan Matters’ Auto Special: Heard From Leaders In The ‘D’

Read comments heard from movers and shakers at Cobo Center during taping of a special “Michigan Matters” program which airs this Sunday 11:30 a.m. on CBS 62.

01/24/2014

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WATCH Michigan Matters: The Big Four’s Water Fight!

This week on Michigan Matters, Host Carol Cain travels to the beautifully-renovated Cobo Ballroom during the 2014 North American International Auto Show to emcee the Detroit Economic Club/Detroit Auto Dealers Association luncheon.

CBS 62–01/17/2014

Wayne County Executive race William Wild, Robert Ficano and Kevin McNamara. (credit: handout/CBS Detroit)

Two Candidates Join Race For Wayne County Executive

Though Robert Ficano hasn’t yet announced his intentions on whether he’ll run again for the Wayne County Executive job he has held since 2002, two well known Democrats aren’t waiting as they throw their hats into the ring to try and take the position from him.

01/14/2014

Cliff Russell, Denise Ilitch, Bankole Thompson, and Carol Cain
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Michigan Matters: Cyber Bullying

On this week’s Michigan Matters, Brian Eisenberg, co-owner of FamilySignal, talks with Host Carol Cain about a new website and app that the local firm has created to alert parents to possible dangers of cyber bullying of their teens.

CBS 62–01/10/2014

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Michigan Matters: Michigan Chambers Of Commerce And 2014

This week on Michigan Matters, Host Carol Cain talks to Rich Studley, the President and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce; Sandy Baruah, the President and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber; and Ken […]

CBS 62–01/03/2014

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Michigan Matters: 2013 Year End Review

This week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain recaps 2013 with the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Kelly Rossman McKinney, president of Truscott Rossman; and political commentator Cliff Russell.

12/23/2013

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Michigan Matters: Shinola CEO Talks Up Motor City

Shinola CEO Steve Bock talks about the upstart Detroit based company’s products — which include upscale watches and bikes assembled in the heart of the Motor City — and how being in the city has impacted his firm.

CBS 62–12/20/2013

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