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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.

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Michigan Matters: Me Too Movement & Women's IssuesThis week on Michigan Matters, an all-female Roundtable talks about the Me Too Movement and other women’s issues with host Carol Cain. Her guests include Terry Barclay, President & CEO of Inforum; Anne Doyle, Author, former Ford Executive, and sportscaster; and Sharon Banks, CEO of Bankable Marketing Strategies. Cliff Russell, a frequent Michigan Matters guest who passed away earlier this week, will also be acknowledged.
Michigan MattersThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Susy Avery and Steve Tobocman, co-directors of the Michigan Political Leadership Program, about the MPLP program that trains future politicians. Then they join Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson on the Roundtable to discuss the political climate in the nation.
Michigan Matters Spotlight: Candidate Gretchen Whitmer on the Governor’s RaceThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at the race governor for the state.  Democratic candidate Gretchen Whitmer stops by for an exclusive conversation.  Then the Roundtable of Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch; Randy Richardville, Former Michigan Senate Majority Leader; and Charlie Beckham, group executive in charge of Detroit Neighborhoods, talks about MSU, the Governor’s race, and more.
Street Beat: Help For The HomelessThe conductor of an opera receives a threatening letter in the mail demanding the show be shut down. If not, their first performance, could be their last. Meanwhile, Preston and Veronica struggle with getting Valentine Day gifts.
Michigan Matters: Peter Bhatia, Detroit Free PressThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with the new editor of the Detroit Free Press, Peter Bahtia, about taking over largest and oldest newspaper in state amid changing times and readers and challenges. Then the Roundtable of Bahtia. Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, and Charlie Beckham, group exec in charge of neighborhood for the city of Detroit, discuss what is in store for Detroit after the Amazon bid, the race for governor, Snyder's last state of the state speech is tonight, and other things.
Michigan Matters: Big Four At The Auto ShowThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Metro Detroit’s “Big Four:” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Wayne County Executive Warren C. Evans, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan during the Detroit Economic Club’s annual luncheon at the North American International Auto Show held on January 23, 2018. They will discuss regional successes, issues and their plans to drive the S.E. Michigan region forward.
Michigan Matters: NAIAS PreviewThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain and the crew head down to the 2018 North American International Auto Show media preview days to see what is new in the automotive industry. Guests included automotive executives, political leaders, and rock and roll legend Bob Seger.
Michigan Matters: Local Community FoundationsThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks to local foundation leaders helping the community in a variety of ways. Her guests include Melanca Clark, President/CEO of Hudson Webber Foundation; Andrea Cole President/CEO of Ethel and James Flinn Foundation; Pamela Moore President/CEO of Detroit Public Schools Foundations; and Ric DeVore PNC regional President for Detroit and Southeast Michigan and regional PNC Foundation leader.
Michigan Matters: Lt. Gov Calley And 2018 Look AheadThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain takes a look at what 2018 might have in store for Michigan and the Metro Detroit area. She’s joined by Lt. Governor Brian Calley for a preview of the 2018 Governor’s race. Then, the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch, and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel share their thoughts about what may be in store for the region in 2018.
Michigan Matters: 2017 Year In ReviewThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain and the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch, and Charlie Beckham, the Group Executive in charge of Neighborhoods for the city of Detroit take a look at the high and low points of 2017.
Holiday Thank YouHoliday greetings from the staff and guests of CBS 62’s Michigan Matters.
Michigan Matters: Detroit Economic ClubThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks about the past and the future of the Detroit Economic Club with former CEO, Beth Chappell and new CEO, Steve Grigorian. Then Chappel, the Co-founder and Executive Chair of RediMinds, Inc., joins the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel to talk about issues facing the metro Detroit area.
Michigan Matters: Mobility In The Motor CityThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at Mobility in the Motor City with Rod Alberts, executive director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Assn; Ted Serbinski, Managing Director, Techstars Mobility; and Glenn Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto. They will discuss the upcoming North American International Auto Show, what is being done to help our region excel in this new technology space, and we need to improve as a region in positioning us for the automotive future.
Michigan Matters: An Inside Look At McLaren Health CareThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Phil Incarnati, President/CEO of McLaren Health Care, about the impact McLaren has made in the region. Then, Incarnati joins the Roundtable along with Claude Molinari, General Manager of Cobo Center, and former Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano to discuss issues around the region and the nation.
Michigan Matters: Hank Meijer & Dr. Murray HoweThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Hendrik (Hank) Meijer, the Executive Chairman of Meijer, about his company and his new book, a biography of the late Sen. Arthur Vandenberg called "“Arthur Vandenberg: The Man in the Middle of the American Century.” Then Dr. Murray Howe, the youngest son of hockey great Gordie Howe, who is the head of Sports Medicine Imaging for Toledo Radiological Associates and Promedica Health System's Sports Care Program, talks about his new book: "Nine Lessons I learned From my Father."
Michigan Matters: AuthorsThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks to local authors about their latest books. Her guests include Patrick Foster, the author of “George Romney: An American Life,” which covers his time as Michigan governor, CEO of AMC, and one-time presidential candidate; Michael Patrick Shiels, the author of “I Call Him “Mr. President: Stories of Golf, Fishing, and Life with My Friend George H.W. Bush;” and Jamie Ruthenberg, the author of “Miles and the Best Birthday Cake” and illustrator of “The Tale of the Beautiful Cat.”
Michigan Matters: Oakland University President Dr. Ora PescovitzThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain sits down with the new President of Oakland University, Dr. Ora Pescovitz, for a conversation about higher education, the medical school, and her vision for the future of Oakland University. Then the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, and Matt Grossmann, Director of the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research join Cain for a discussion about the Detroit mayor’s race, the bid for Amazon, soccer vs. the Wayne County jail site, and more.
Michigan Matters: Matt Cullen - Detroit DevelopmentThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at Detroit economic development and neighborhood revitalization with Matt Cullen, a principal with Dan Gilbert’s Rock Ventures. Then the Roundtable of Marvin Beatty, a partner with Gateway Marketplace LLC; Arthur Jemison, newly named CEO of Detroit Economic Growth Corp: and Maurice Jones, President & CEO of LISC; continue the conversation about revitalizing the city.
Duggan Vs. Young: A 'Michigan Matters' Exclusive -- The Candidates’ Home StretchThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks one-on-one with the Detroit mayoral candidates, Mayor Mike Duggan and State Senator Coleman Young II. They discuss the upcoming election, public schools, the bid for Amazon’s new HQ2, crime in the city, and more.
Michigan Matters: Honoring Auto IconsThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain is celebrating our auto heritage with some of the icons of the industry. Her guests Jack Roush, motor sports icon and the founder/chairman of Roush Enterprises, a global supplier of automotive product development services; Ed Welburn, iconic auto designer who led GM Design globally until his recent retirement; Ruth Fruehauf from the Fruehauf Trailer Historical Society. She’s the granddaughter of the late August Fruehauf, founder of Fruehauf Trailer Co. and inventor of the semitrailer; and William Chapin, grandson of Hudson Motor Car Company founder and son of former CEO of AMC. Chapin is the President of the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn where the first three guests were just inducted into the 2017 Auto Hall of Fame class.
Michigan Matters: Roundtable Discussion Of Current EventsThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain and the Roundtable of all roundtable Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch, and radio personality Cliff Russell will talk about the Vegas shooting, President Trump, NFL kneeling, the mayor’s race, auto insurance reform in Lansing and more.
Michigan Matters: EMU President Dr. James SmithThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at higher education during her exclusive one-on-one with Dr. James M. Smith, president of Eastern Michigan University. Then the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Dr. Smith, and Robert Ficano, a professor at Wayne County Community College District discuss education and current events.
Michigan Matters: Women-Owned Business & Manufacturing DayThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at women-owned businesses, trends in the region, and the upcoming Manufacturing Day with Michelle Richards, Executive Director of the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council; Andra Rush, the Founder, Chair and CEO of the Rush Group of Companies; and Lauren Aitch, Co-Owner and Head Designer of Our Own Apparel. Then the Roundtable of Carolyn Cassin, president & CEO of the Michigan Women's Foundation; Denise Ilitch, CEO of llitch Enterprises; and Anne Mervenne, President of Mervenne & Company cover regional issues on jobs, the talent shortage and more.
Michigan Matters: Reading On The RiverfrontThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Dr. Nikolai Vitti, the Superintendent of the Detroit Public School Community District who talks about coming home and working to fix the long troubled school system. . Then, Pamela Moore, the president/CEO of the Detroit Public Schools Foundation, explains what the Foundation is doing to help DPS children through literacy and STEAM efforts. Finally, Mark Wallace, the President and CEO of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy talks about the annual Reading on the Riverfront event and how developments on the riverfront are shaping up.

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