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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: 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.
Michigan Matters: Warde Manuel & All Sports RoundtableThis week on Michigan Matters, as the fall sports season kicks off host Carol Cain talks one on one with Warde Manuel, the University of Michigan Athletic Director. Then the Roundtable of sports commentator Terry Foster; Michael Rosenberg, senior writer for Sports Illustrated; and Bill Shea, Senior Reporter, Sports Business at Crains Detroit Business discuss local, college, and pro sports.
Michigan Matters August 27, 2017 Web ExtraMichigan Matters Web Extra with University of Michigan Athletic Director.
Michigan Matters: Eclipse And RoundtableThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain will get all the details about the upcoming total eclipse of the sun from what happens during an eclipse, what you can expect to see in Metro Detroit, and how to view it safely. Her guest is University of Michigan theoretical astrophysicist Emily Rauscher. Then the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Michigan Political Leadership Program Co-Director Susy Avery, and Mark Lee, President, The Lee Group, discuss the challenges facing Detroit and the nation.
Michigan Matters Web 8-20-17The Roundtable discusses the difficulty of being in office during politically charged times.
Michigan Matters: Helping Detroit Seniors; Holy RedeemerThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain learns about programs helping Detroit seniors from Jennifer Onwenu, the S.T.E.P. Care Manager for the Northeast Guidance Center, and Cynthia Jackson, the Vice President of Clinical Programs Northeast Guidance Center. Then, Mary Beth Kiley, the principal of Holy Redeemer Grade School, and Dan Clinton, a volunteer at the school, talk about what is being done to keep this program strong and vital. Finally, the Roundtable of Randy Richardville, former Michigan Senate Majority Leader (2010-2014); Denise Ilitch, the CEO of Ilitch Enterprises; and Charlie Beckham, executive with city of Detroit; talk about the recent primary and other issues facing the city.
Michigan Matters: Linda McMahon, Small Business AdministrationThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain interviews Linda McMahon, the new administrator of the Small Business Administration and one of the co-founders of WWE. Then the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson; Trevor Pawl, Senior VP of MEDC; and Ted Serbinski, the Managing Director of Techstars Mobility will discuss business, politics, and more.
Michigan Matters: Woodward Dream CruiseThis week on Michigan Matters, the Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson; CEO of Ilitch Enterprises, Denise Ilitch; and Rod Alberts, CEO of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association; talk about special events and other news impacting the metro Detroit area. Then, President/CEO of the Parade Company Tony Michaels and Lew Echlin, U.S. Marketing Communications Manager for Ford, stop by to talk about the Woodward Dream Cruise with host Carol Cain.
Michigan Matters: Detroit 67 ProjectThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain and the Roundtable discuss the Detroit Historical Museum’s Detroit 67 Projects and the events that led up to the rebellion. Cain’s guests include Joe Hudson, a member of the family who owned Hudson’s during the time of the riot and a civic leader at that time; Ike McKinnon who was a Detroit police office at that time; and Marlowe Stoudamire, program director at Detroit Historical Museum who is overseeing 1967 program. Then, Patrina Chatman, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions for the Wright Museum; and Valerie Mercer, curator of African American Art for the Detroit Institute of Arts; join Cain to share insight on their joint exhibit, The Art of Rebellion.
Michigan Matters: Small Business And Mature EmployeesThis week on Michigan Matters, with a growing talent gap at small and big companies, host Carol Cain looks at a new statewide effort to recruit employees over 50 with Chris Holman, President of Michigan AARP and the Founder & CEO,; and Rob Fowler, President & CEO, Small Business Association of Michigan.. Plus, more people in Metro Detroit are starting small businesses. Why are they doing this and what does it take to succeed? Mark S. Lee, President of the LEE Group; and Ken Harris, President & CEO of the Michigan Black Chamber of Commerce, share their thoughts.
Michigan Matters: Lagrant Foundation & Ann Arbor Art FairThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at the arts and culture scene in Detroit. First, the Roundtable of Kim Hunter, the Founder of The LAGRANT Foundation; Tony Cervone, Senior Vice President of Global Communications, GM; and Wayne State University student Johnny Lemar Ricks talk about the importance of art and the newly established LAGRANT Foundation. Then, Karen Delhey, a spokeswoman for the Ann Arbor Art Fair, discusses what is new at the summer art fair tradition. Next, Albert Scaglione, the Park West Gallery founder & CEO, explains his latest project.
Karen Delhey Reveals What's New For Ann Arbor Art FairKaren Delhey, spokeswoman for Ann Arbor Art Fair talks about what’s new at this year’s art fair.
Michigan Matters: TARDEC & Regional Defense IndustryThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at how our region has produced weapons that have helped keep our world safe. Macomb County is hoping to expand that reputation as it battles other states to be the place where the new 35 Lightning Fighter jet will be built. Scott Heim, Program Director of U.S. Army TARDEC, and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel joins Carol to discuss their plans. Then Mark Hackel joins Denise Ilitch and Rocky Raczkowski on the Roundtable to celebrate our independence, our defense industry and to dissect interesting times in our region.
Michigan Matters: Qline, MoGo And Transportation IssuesThis week on Street Beat, host Lisa Germani examines the changing transportation scene in the Metro Detroit area. First, Sommer Woods, the VP of External Relations of QLINE Detroit, talks about the one of the newest additions to Detroit’s transit options. Then, the bike rental service MoGo Detroit is a fun, flexible and convenient way to get around the city. It’s Executive Director, Lisa Nuszkowski, explains how the program works. Next, Carmine Palombo, Deputy Executive Director of SEMCOG (Southeast Michigan Council of Governments), talks about the transportation issues facing the area from aging infrastructure and sink holes to bike paths, boats, and more.
Flint Mayor Karen Weaver Gives An Update On The Flint Water CrisisFlint Mayor Karen Weaver gives an update on the Flint water crisis and investigation over led contamination.
Michigan Matters: Maven & Auto MobilityThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at options for auto mobility including car sharing, self-driving vehicles, and how our highway and freeway system is getting ready for the challenge. Her guests include Bob Tiderington, Senior Manager of Member Management for GM’s Maven program; Kirk Steudle, the Executive Director of MDOT; John McElroy, Autoline; and Trevor Pawl, Director of Planet M.
Michigan Matters: 2017 Mackinac Policy ConferenceThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain brings back exclusive interviews from the Detroit Regional Chamber’s 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference on topics including education, the talent gap, the environment, politics, and the pressing issues that are facing the state. Guests include Governor Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, John C. Carter from JP Morgan Chase, Dr. Tonya Matthews of the Detroit Science Center, Steve Arwood, CEO of MEDC; Lt. Governor Brian Calley; Keith Owens, Senior Editor for the Michigan Chronicle; Tammy Carnrike, COO of Detroit Regional Chamber; Michigan GOP Chair Ron Weiser; Michigan Democratic Party Chair Brandon Dillon; U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow; Businesswoman Lena Epstein; Jim Lively, program director at the Michigan Land Use Institute; and more.

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