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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: Grand Circus & TechnologyThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Damien Rocchi, the CEO and co-founder of Grand Circus, a Detroit-based company that started to help tech entrepreneurs grow in Detroit and is now training Detroiters for tech jobs. Then the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch, and Michael Patrick Shiels, the syndicated radio host of "The Big Show," talk about national and local events.
Michigan Matters: Baseball Legend Hank AaronThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain interviews baseball legend Hank Aaron about his career, his family, and his advice to future generations. Then, Cain brings in the next generation of college grads to the Roundtable to talk about the world from a millennial perspective. Her guests include Lucas Fuchs, a Mechanical Engineering student from Oakland University's School of Engineering and Computer Science; Anthony Kostecki, a Psychology major heading off to Texas A&M for doctorate in clinic psychology; and Emily Haydel, a graduate of the University of Michigan in sports management and Hank Aaron’s granddaughter.
Michigan Matters: Muskegon Museum Of Art, Chaldean Cultural CenterThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Judith Hayner, Executive Director of the Muskegon Museum of Art, about their new exhibition that features the entire collection of North American Indian photos by Edward S. Curtis. Then, Mary Romaya, executive director of the Chaldean Cultural Center History Museum, discusses the newly opened museum. Then the campaign co-chair of Trump Michigan Lena Epstein, Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch, and 910 am radio host Cliff Russell will talk about the Pope, Coach Harbaugh, and President Trump’s first 100 days.
Michigan Matters: Talent GapThis week on Michigan Matters, with sweeping changes in technology, the workplace is evolving too. Where are the jobs of today and where will they be tomorrow? Host Carol Cain talks to three experts to find out: Dr. Stan Jensen, President, Henry Ford College; Lisa Baragar Katz, Executive Director, Workforce Intelligence Network; and Moddie Turay, Executive Vice President of Real Estate and Finance for the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC).
Michigan Matters: Education, Joe Louis ArenaThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Ric Devore, the PNC Regional President for Detroit and southeast Michigan about aiding teachers and students in the classroom through their Grow Up Great initiative. Then the Roundtable of Ric DeVore, Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch, and Chris Holman, CEO, Michigan Business Network discuss education and regional news. Also, hear what Denise Ilitch has to say about “The Joe” and legacy it leaves.
Michigan Matters: Automation AlleyThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at the manufacturing revolution and how it will metro Detroit with Tom Kelly, Executive Director of Automation Alley. Then the Roundtable of Kelly, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, and Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch look at the impact of technology on jobs, education, and the future of the metro Detroit.
Michigan Matters: Economic Bridges With ChinaThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Hong Lei, the Consul General from the Chicago Chinese consulate; Lisa Gray, chair of the North American Chinese Coalition; Justin Robinson, Vice President of Business Attraction at the Detroit Regional Chamber; and Peter Theut, chair of China Bridge in Ann Arbor about building two-way economic bridges to China.
Michigan Matters: The Boom In Small BusinessThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain explores the boom in small business in Michigan with Pat Chatman, director of Workforce and Professional Development at Henry Ford College. Then the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson; Larry Herriman, Interim Executive Director, Macomb-OU Incubator; and Charlie Beckham - Group Executive in Charge of Neighborhoods for city of Detroit; talk business, politics, and more.
Michigan Matters: Lear And Zaman InternationalThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Matt Simoncini, the President and CEO of Lear to find out what the huge auto supplier is doing to help the community, their imprint locally and globally as a business. Then roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch, and Najah Bazzy, the Founder/CEO of Zaman International, sit down for a discussion on Michigan and more.
Michigan Matters: MPLP - Dean And NavarroOn this week’s Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain interviews former Vermont governor Howard Dean and Republican strategist Ana Navarro about Washington, Lansing, politics and more. Then, Brandon Dillon, the chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, and Lena Epstein, campaign co-chair of Trump Michigan, sit down for conversation about President Trump, and Michigan politics.
Michigan Matters: Figure Skate DetroitThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain has a heart-felt conversation with Denise Ilitch about her father and his impact on Detroit. Then Cain talks to Olympic Gold medalist Meryl Davis about winning gold, the impact it’s had on her life and what she is doing now. Then Ilitch and Davis join Geneva Williams, Detroit Leader for Figure Skating in Detroit (FSD) on the Roundtable to discuss learns about the difference figure skating can make in the lives of low income girls
Michigan Matters: Business Organizations Roundtable/Mike Ilitch TributeThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with the Roundtable of Sandy Baruah, president & CEO of Detroit Regional Chamber; Beth Chappell, president & CEO of the Detroit Economic Club; and Carolyn Cassin, president and CEO of the Michigan Women’s Foundation; about the city, region, state, and the White House. In the last segment, Cain and her guests pay tribute to Mike Ilitch.
Michigan Matters: Michigan Political Leadership ProgramThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain discusses politics and the Michigan Political Leadership Program with Matt Grossmann, Director of the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research; and Steve Tobocman, co-director of the Michigan Political Leadership Program. Then Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson joins Grossmann and Tobocman on the Roundtable to discuss the changing landscape of politics, President Trump’s travel ban, Mayor Duggan, and more.
Michigan Matters: Cobo Center and Automotive UpdateThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at what’s ahead for the newly updated Cobo Center after the NAIAS ends with the Center’s Executive Director Claude Molinari. Then John McElroy, host of Autoline and auto commentator for WWJ Newsradio 950; Mark Phelan, Auto Critic for the Detroit Free Press; and Glenn Steven, executive director of MICHauto and Vice President, Automotive & Mobility Initiatives discuss what’s next for the auto industry.
Michigan Matters: Inauguration Feedback And Looking Ahead To The PresidencyThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with two women who were in Washington D.C. recently: Lena Epstein, Trump Co-Chair-Michigan, who attended the inauguration; and author Anne Doyle who attended the Million Women March. Then the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch, and Charlie Beckham, the Group Executive of Neighborhoods, City of Detroit; discuss President Trump, Detroit, Warren Mayor Jim Fouts, and more.
Michigan Matters: The 'Big Four'Highlights from the January 17, 2017 Detroit Economic Club “Big Four at the Auto Show” event from Cobo Center are featured on Michigan Matters. Michigan Matters host Carol Cain emceed the event which featured Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Oakland Country Executive L. Brooks Patterson discussing plans to drive southeastern Michigan forward.
Michigan Matters: Celebrating SeniorsThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain is celebrating seniors and taking a look at how they are doing in state. First, 95 year-old Dorothy Zehnder, co-founder of the Bavarian Inn Restaurant in Frankenmuth, talks about being in the kitchen of her family owned business every day, writing cookbooks and making a difference, Then, 84 year old Edward Pobur, the top selling Cadillac salesman at Cadillac of Novi, talks about how he does it and his secrets to living healthier. Finally, Chris Holman, the chair of Michigan AARP discusses the state of seniors in the state of Michigan.
Michigan Matters: Year End RecapThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain convenes the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch, and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel to discuss the top stories on 2016 and their impact on the state.
Michigan Matters: Governor Rick SnyderThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain has a one-on-one conversation with Gov. Rick Snyder about the presidential race, the Flint water crisis, and Michigan as the autonomous vehicle capital.
Michigan Matters: Companies Giving Back To The CommunityThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at corporations of all sizes that are helping the community. Her guests include Faye Nelson, DTE Foundation; Bank of American Michigan President Matt Elliott; and Michigan Credit Union COO Ken Ross.
Michigan Matters: Autonomous CarsThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain takes a look at autonomous cars with Rod Alberts, the Executive Director of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association; Kirk Steudel, the Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation; and Laurel Champion, the COO for the American Center for Mobility. Then the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, and Rod Alberts discuss the presidential recount, county jail vs. soccer stadium, and more.
Michigan Matters: Diversifying The State's EconomyThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks to Steve Arwood, the CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation about diversifying Michigan’s economy. Then the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch, and Charlie Beckham, the Group Executive of Neighborhoods, City of Detroit; discuss the latest on the presidential outcome, the Michigan re-count and more.
Michigan Matters: Organ DonationThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at the importance of organ donation with kidney donor Michael Russell and Dan Carney, president/CEO of the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. Then, Laurie Terreault, widow of a paramedic who donated his organs, and Betsy Miner-Swartz, communications specialist for Gift of Life Michigan, also talk about organ donation.
Michigan Matters: Former Detroit Lion Lomas BrownThis week on Michigan Matters, Former Detroit Lions Lomas Brown talks about his diversity firm, his foundation in Detroit, and his new book on 20 years of Lions behind the scenes with host Carol Cain. Then, Brown joins Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch on the Roundtable to discuss the news of the day.

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