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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: How To Write A Good BookCarol Cain talks with three authors about what is takes to write a good book. Joining Carol are Jason Vines, author of “Jimmy Hoffa called my Mom a B….tch,” Burl Adkins, author of "Common Sense Part II: Restoring Our Manufacturing Sector & Reviving the American Dream" and Whitney Pytlowany, principal of Red Apple PreSchool in New Hudson and author of her first book “Say Please, Amanda Louise.” She is also the wife of CBS 62 Emmy award winning videographer, Paul Pytlowany.
Michigan Matters: Michigan Small Business GrowthThe world is getting smaller as in small business. There are more small businesses in Michigan than ever before. Carol welcomes Ed Deeb, founder of the Michigan Business & Professional Association, Carol Kirkland, president of the National Association of Women Business Owners-Greater Detroit Chapter and Chris Holman, CEO of Michigan Business Network for a fascinating look at small businesses in Michigan.
Michigan Matters: Flint Water CrisisCarol Cain looks at the lead-tainted water crisis in Flint. The roundtable joins Carol to talk about it. Also, with February being Heart Month and more people dying of the disease, a panel of experts talk about what we can do to make sure we’re living healthier.
Michigan Matters - The Big Four 2016Carol Cain moderates the Big Four event at the Detroit Economic Clubs luncheon at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.
Michigan Matters: Detroit’s North American International Auto Show 2016Sunday, January 17, 2016 on Michigan Matters, special coverage of the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit with host, Carol Cain.
Michigan Matters: Jobs InitiativesCarol Cain sits down with Mike Finney who just left Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration to focus full time on a program called Community Ventures Resources. Mike then joins Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson and Denise Ilitch, CEO of Ilitch Enterprises on the roundtable.
Michigan Matters: A Sneak Peek At The Year AheadCarol Cain sits down with L. Brooks Patterson, Cliff Russell and John Truscott for a look ahead at what they believe will be the major concerns of the new year.
The Biggest Stories Of 2015: ‘Michigan Matters’ Dives Into Hot IssuesCarol Cain sits downs with L. Brooks Patterson, Denise Ilitch and Charlie Beckham to closes out 2015 examining some of the biggest concerns of the year and how metro Detroit handled them.
Michigan Matters: The Challenges And Opportunities For Democrats In MichiganSunday, December 20, 2015 on Michigan Matters, Carol Cain sits downs with three Democratic leaders to get their thoughts on the historic 2016 Presidential race, as well as other local and statewide issues. Joining Carol are Buzz Thomas, former state legislator and now head of Thomas Group Consulting, Jill Alper, partner at Dewey Square and Brandon Dillon, former state legislator from Grand Rapids who is now chairman of the Michigan Democratic party
Michigan Matters: What’s Next For Michigan?Michigan Governor Rick Snyder sit down with Carol Cain in an exclusive interview to discuss reinventing Michigan, what’s next for Detroit and the state of the State.
Michigan Matters: Terrorist Attacks In Paris And ISISAhmar Iqbal, Chairman of the Michigan Muslim Community Council Civic Engagement Committee and Najah Bazzy of Zaman International and board member of the Michigan Muslim Community Council discuss the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and ISIS, then L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive; Denise Ilitch of Ilitch Enterprises and Osama Siblani, publisher of the Arab American News join Carol on the Roundtable.
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.

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