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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: INFORUMOn April 24, 2016 Scott DeRue, Associate Dean Executive Education and Professor from Ross School of Business, and Terry Barclay, CEO of Inforum talks with Michigan Matters host Carol Cain about unique new national training program geared to helping senior executive women rise to the corporate suite.
Michigan Matters: Luring More Immigrants To Help The Region’s Bottom LineImmigration can be an elixir to help bolster Detroit’s shrinking population as well as the state’s, Bing Goei said during taping of CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters.”
Michigan Matters: Energy, Minorities In Business & PoliticsHost Carol Cain welcomes Carla Walker-Miller, the President and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services, for a conversation about energy. Then Michelle Sourie Robinson, the President & CEO of the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council talks minorities in business. The Roundtable of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson: Jill Alper of Dewey Square Group; and Keith Owens, Senior Editor of the Michigan Chronicle sit down for a discussion on politics, the passing of Prince and more.
Michigan Matters: INFORUM and RoundtableOn April 24, 2016 Scott DeRue, Associate Dean Executive Education and Professor from Ross School of Business, and Terry Barclay, CEO of Inforum talks with Michigan Matters host Carol Cain about unique new national training program geared to helping senior executive women rise to the corporate suite. Then L. Brooks Patterson; Jason Vines, and Charlie Beckham look at things impacting the region including Flint water crisis, the presidential race, and helping Detroit neighborhoods.
Michigan Matters: Pancakes & Politics - Gov. Rick SnyderThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain presents highlights from the Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes and Politics Breakfast Forum featuring Governor Rick Snyder which was held on April 11, 2016. Snyder answered questions on the health issues in Flint, financial issues in the Detroit Public Schools, welcoming refugees to the state, and more.
Michigan Matters: The Talent GapThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain explores the talent gap in Michigan with Pamela Moore, former president and CEO of Detroit Employment Solutions Corp; Lisa Katz, executive Director of Workforce Intelligence Network or WIN; Chris Holman, CEO of Michigan Business Network; and Jennifer Nelson, Executive Vice President/COO of Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Michigan Matters: Gleaners and Eastern MarketMichigan Matters host Carol Cain talk with Ric DeVore from PNC Bank and Katy Locker, Chair of the Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeast Michigan, about hunger in the metro Detroit area and the upcoming events to raise money for the cause. Then Dan Carmody, president of Eastern Market, stops by to discuss what's new at the market and upcoming May Flower Day.
Michigan Matters: Robert FicanoOn March 27, 2016 former Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano talks with Michigan Matters host Carol Cain about his plans for a political comeback. Then, Ficano, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, and Denise Ilitch join Carol on the Roundtable.
Michigan Matters: Pancakes And Politics – A Crisis in Detroit’s Education SystemThis week Michigan Matters presents highlights from the Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes and Politics Speaker’s Forum. Host Carol Cain emcees a conversation on the “Crisis in Detroit’s Education System” featuring Tonya Allen, President/CEO of the Skillman Foundation; Michigan Senator Bert Johnson, District #2; John Ralkota, Jr., Chairman/CEO of Wallbridge; and Ivy Bailey, Interim President of the Detroit Federation of Teachers.
Michigan Matters: 21st Annual Michigan Political Leadership Program Fundraising DinnerCarol Cain moderates the 21st Annual Michigan Political Leadership Program fundraising dinner at the Laurel Manor Banquet and Conference Center in Livonia, Mi., featuring speakers Jim Messina and Karl Rove.
Michigan Matters: Women of Power Panel DiscussionOn Michigan Matters this week a panel of high powered women discuss how women are faring in our region. They will also talk about the presidential race, Detroit Public Schools, Michigan’s upcoming primary and a lot more. Kelly Rossman McKinney (Truscott Rossman), Terry Barclay (CEO, Inforum) and Suzy Avery (Executive Director, Michigan's Woman Commission) join Carol Cain on the roundtable.
Michigan Matters: Michigan Chronicle 80th AnniversaryCarol Cain talks with Hiram Jackson, CEO-Real Times Media and Publisher of the Michigan Chronicle about the Chronicle's 80th anniversary and other major concerns in Detroit. Then, the roundtable of L. Brooks Patterson, Anne Mervenne (co-chair MPLP) and Matt Grossman, Director of MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research talk about the Flint water crisis, Governor Snyder and the upcoming 2016 Presidential Race.
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.

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