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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.

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Michigan Matters: New Innovated Designs At Henry Ford Health SystemsNancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Health System and Dr. Scott Dulchavsky, CEO of Innovation Institute of Henry Ford Health System join Carol to examine the new innovative hospital gowns and beds at Henry Ford Health Systems. Also, County Executives, L. Brooks Patterson, Warren Evans and Mark Hackel join Carol to discuss some of the hot button issues in Michigan.
Michigan Matters: U.S. Restores Diplomatic Ties With CubaSunday, November 22, 2015 on Michigan Matters County Executives L. Brooks Patterson, Warren Evans and Mark Hackel join Carol on the roundtable. Ken Rogers of Automation Alley, Dana McAllister of the Cuban Chamber of Commerce and Noel Nevshehir and Automation Alley discuss U.S. diplomatic ties restored with Cuba.
Michigan Matters: D-Insurance DebateHost Carol Cain looks at D-insurance. Is it the solution to Detroit’s skyrocketing auto insurance prices? Guests with opposing points of view join Carol. Eric Poe, COO of CURE Auto Insurance supports D-insurance and David Christensen, principal of Christensen Law in Metro Detroit opposes it. Then, the roundtable of L. Brooks Patterson, Keith Owens and Charlie Beckham come on deck to talk about the city and the region.
Michigan Matters: Helping Veterans In NeedSunday, November 8, 2015 on Michigan Matters, with Veterans Day coming up next Thursday, host Carol Cain talks to a few people at the forefront of helping veterans in need. Carol’s guest are Lt. Colonel Lindell Holmes of the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund and Retired Brigadier General Carol Anne Fausone. Then, it’s a conversation about our state’s largest industry, automotive with the roundtable of John McElroy, Autoline; Keith Owens, MichAuto and Alisa Priddle of the Detroit Free Press.
Michigan Matters: Making Metro Detroit a Healthier Place to LiveCarol Cain takes a look at what JP Morgan Chase and Flagstar Bank are doing to help make Metro Detroit a healthier place. Guests include John Carter, Michigan Market Leader for JP Morgan Chase; Melissa Greer, Executive Director of the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America Michigan Chapter and Alessandro (Sandro) DiNello ,President, CEO and Director of Flagstar Bank and Flagstar Bancorp. Then, Pete Waldmier of Goodfellows of Detroit joins Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson on the Roundtable.
Michigan Matters: Young Detroiters Exposed To New Learning ProgramThree foundations team up with community groups in Southwest Detroit and Brightmoor neighborhoods to expose young Detroiters to words and vocabulary through a new learning program.
Michigan Matters: Water Woes In Flint And Presidential Politics"How is Flint like Mexico?"Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson queried the "Michigan Matters" panel.
Michigan Matters: Women Minding Their Own BusinessSunday, October 11, 2015 on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at women taking the lead in starting and growing businesses in Detroit and the kind of help available to help them along. Her guests are: Michelle Richards, Executive Director, Great Lakes Women’s Business Council, Serafina Schorer, President and CEO of RIM Custom Racks, Carolyn Cassin, President & CEO of Michigan Women’s Foundation, Tatiana Grant, Founder of Flash Delivery and Becky Cox, Co-Founder of Thumbprint Artifacts.
Michigan Matters: The Talent Gap In Skilled TradesCarol Cain looks at the talent gap in skilled trades and the organizations that are trying to change that. Guests include Patrick Devlin and Donna Pardonnet of MUST Careers and Vony Williams, IBEW Local 58 Apprentice. Then, the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson; Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch; and Michelle Hodges, President of the Belle Isle Conservancy, convenes to talk about issues from around the region and the state.
Michigan Matters: GOP Leadership Conference HighlightsGuests include GOP Presidential candidates Gov. Jeb Bush, Gov. John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, Sen. Ted Cruz and Rand Paul. Cain also talked with Ronna Romney McDaniel, chair of the Michigan GOP; Sharon Day, Republican National Committee's Michigan Lt. Gov Brian Calley; Cong. Candice Miller; and pundits Bill Ballenger, Ron Weiser, Saul Anuzis.
Michigan Matters: Breaking Down The Debate And Helping Ailing Young People In DetroitFormer Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer and Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson had very different takes of the nationally televised GOP presidential debate this week and what it means for Michigan.
Michigan Matters: AviationIt was talk about exposing more young people in Metro Detroit to aviation as potential careers that Kevin Walsh, of the Yankee Air Museum, and Brian Smith, discussed during taping of “Michigan Matters.”
Michigan Matters: UM President Mark SchlisselSchlissel, former provost at Brown University, just celebrated his one year anniversary in the job. During the far flung conversation he talked about the turbulent year in athletics that saw the exodus of former head football coach Brady Hoke and Athletic Director David Brandon.
Michigan Matters: Autos & LeMay MuseumCarol Cain looks at the automotive industry with John McElroy, host of AutoLine and a regular contributor to WWJ Newsradio 950; David Madeira, CEO of LeMay America’s Car Museum; and Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Assn. Then Alberts joins Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch on a Roundtable focusing on the auto industry, stock market, politics, and more.
‘Michigan Matters’ Exclusive: Lewand’s Glad Harbaugh’s Gone From NFLCarol Cain has exclusive one-on-one interviews with U-M Head Football Coach Jim Harbaugh and Detroit Lions President Tom Lewand. Then, Cain invites in a sports-oriented Roundtable featuring Terry Foster, co-host of Valenti & Foster on 97.1, the Ticket; Football Coach Ron English formerly with the University of Michigan/Eastern Michigan; and Cliff Russell, former Media Relations Director for the Detroit Tigers and heard on WCHB to discuss football and the upcoming seasons with UM, Lions, MSU., and more.
Michigan Matters: Detroit/Wayne County Port AuthorityCarol 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. Then, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson; Chris Holman, from; and Charlie Beckham, the chairman emeritus of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce and Group Executive in charge of Neighborhoods for the city of Detroit discuss business in tri-county area on the Roundtable.
Michigan Matters: John Hope BryantCarol 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. Then Bryant joins the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch.
Michigan Matters: Holy Redeemer & County ExecutivesHost Carol Cain learns about 100 year old Detroit Holy Redeemer Grade School. Her guests include Steve Graus, Mary Beth Kiley and Dan Ewald. Then she invites the tri-county executives to come in to discuss issues facing the metro-Detroit area. Her guests are Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, and Wayne County Executive Warren Evans.
Michigan Matters: Roundtable Discussion of The Presidential Race2016 presidential contest heats up as Hillary Clinton comes to Metro Detroit for a fundraiser. Donald Trump, Jeb Bush, Scott Walker and others join the crowded field. Host Carol Cain discusses that and the latest about Detroit two years after its historic bankruptcy with the roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch, and former State Senator and founder of Thomas Consulting, Samuel “Buzz” Thomas.
Michigan Matters: Cobo And ConservancyOn Sunday, July 19, Michigan Matters host Carol Cain looks at the changing landscape of downtown Detroit. She gets the details on what is happening now and what is planned for the future from Thom Connors, General Manager of Cobo Center, and Mark Wallace, CEO of Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.
‘Michigan Matters’ Focus: Of Ann Arbor Art Fair, French Connections And Sparky Anderson’s LegacyCarol 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.
Michigan Matters: Detroit's Big EventsThis Sunday, July 5th, Michigan Matters host Carol Cain is talking about big events in the area with Ron Kagan who runs the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center; Tony Michaels, CEO of the Parade Company which handles the Fireworks, the Thanksgiving Parade, and the Dream Cruise; and Rod Alberts, Executive Director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Assn. which puts on the annual North American International Auto show.
CBS 62's 'Michigan Matters' Exclusive: The CEOs Sound Off About The Media, Talent Gap, Black BusinessMatt Moroun, Wright Lassiers III, Leon Richardson and Kelly Rossman McKinney took to the Michigan Chronicle's "Pancakes and Politics" stage in the fourth and final forum of the 2015 season to discuss those issues and much more.
Michigan Matters: Protecting Our Most Valuable Resource … WaterThree community acitivists — Peggy Case, Jim Lively and Liz Kirkwood — appeared on “Michigan Matters” and told host Carol Cain their thoughts on how the state is doing in in protecting our rivers, streams and lakes. Plus roundtable dads memories and CBS employee photos of dads on Father's Day.

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