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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: 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.
Michigan Matters: Post Election RoundtableThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain will recap the election with two separate Roundtables. First, Lena Epstein, co-chair of the Trump Michigan Campaign, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, and Ronna Romney McDaniel, chair of the Michigan Republican Party, share their thoughts. Then Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, University of Michigan Regent Denise Ilitch, and Keith Owens, Senior Editor of the Michigan Chronicle discuss local elections and more.
Michigan Matters: Driskell And WalbergThis week on Michigan Matters, it's one of the fiercest battles in Michigan as Rep. Gretchen Driskell takes on incumbent Rep Tim Walberg for the 7th Congressional district seat. Both candidates will sit down with host Carol Cain. Then the Roundtable of Ronna Romney McDaniel, chair, Michigan Republican Party; Brandon Dillon, chair, Michigan Democratic Party; and Keith Owens, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle share their thoughts on the presidential race and other topics.
Michigan Matters: Macomb County Public Works Commissioner CandidatesThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at the hotly contested race for the office of Macomb County Public Works Commissioner. First she talks with the incumbent, Anthony Marrocco followed by an interview with his opponent, Cong. Candice Miller. Then the Roundtable of Lena Epstein, General Manager, Vesco Oil Corporation: Pete Waldmeir, Former Detroit News columnist/Detroit Goodfellows; and Ryan Mack, Market President of Michigan, Operation HOPE; discuss the latest stories from the campaign trail.
Michigan Matters: Warren Evans, Presidential Debate RecapOn this week's Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Warren Evans, Wayne County Executive, about coming out of the consent decree with the state. Then, the Roundtable of Keith Owens from the Michigan Chronicle, Osama Siblani from the Arab American News, and Susy Avery, former GOP Michigan Chair analyze the last Presidential race debate and discuss medical marijuana.
Michigan Matters: RTA & Presidential RaceThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain takes an in depth look at both sides of the Regional Transit Authority transit tax on November’s ballot with Ned Staebler, Vice President For Economic Development of Wayne State and President & CEO of TechTown, who is for the tax; and John Mozena, Vice President for Marketing and Communications, Mackinac Center for Public Policy, who is against the tax. Then the Roundtable of Rocky Raczkowski, GOP strategist and CEO Imperium Logistics LLC; Charlie Beckham, Group Executive of Neighborhoods, City of Detroit; and Ryan Mack, Market President of Michigan for Operation HOPE talk about the Presidential race, the RTA ballot issue, and other issues before discussing the new Hope Center that opens in Detroit to help people in need.
Michigan Matters: Metro Detroit's Natural ResourcesThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain looks at Metro Detroit’s natural resources and the rebirth of the Detroit Riverfront. First, Mark Wallace from the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy stops by to talk about the latest developments. Then Michele Hodges of the Belle Isle Conservancy talks about the latest happenings at the Metro park. Finally, Bill Haney, the author of " One Cup at a Time: Why a Gaggle of Geezers Gathers Every Monday Morning to Solve the World’s Problems," which celebrates 11 people and their efforts to help Metro Detroit.
Michigan Matters: Presidential Debate RecapThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain and the Roundtable discusses the presidential candidate debate...who won and what does it mean for Michigan? Her guests include Robert Huschka, executive editor of the Detroit Free Press; Ronna Romney McDaniel, chair of the Michigan Republican Party; and Brandon Dillon, chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. This show airs on Saturday, October 1 at 11am because of the football game on Sunday.
Michigan Matters: Manufacturing in MichiganThis week on Michigan Matters, manufacturing is key to our region, but there’s a growing talent gap in STEM. Host Carol Cain and the Michigan Matters Roundtable of Andra Rush, Founder/Chair/CEO of Rush Group; Susan Smyth, Director, Manufacturing R&D Lab, General Motors; David Cole, Chair, Building America’s Tomorrow; and Beth Chappell, President/CEO of the Detroit Economic Club explain why organizations and leaders are teaming up to expose and bring more young people into the manufacturing fold.
Michigan Matters: Political RoundtableThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain dissects this historical presidential contest with the Roundtable of Rocky Raczkowski, president of Imperium Logistics LLC; political pundit Cliff Russell, radio host on 910 AM; and Brandon Dillon, chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.
Michigan Matters: Women Business CouncilThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain finds out about women in business and the 16th annual Great Lakes Women Business Council from Michelle Richards, the Executive Director for the Great Lakes Women Business Council, Kelly Rossman-McKinney, CEO of Truscott Rossman, and Felecia Harris, president & CEO of El Shaddai Consulting. Then, Lena Epstein, General Manager and co-owner of Vesvo Oil Corp., Kelly Rossman-McKinney, and Charlie Beckham, the Group Executive in Charge of Neighborhoods for the City of Detroit stop by to talk business, politics and more on the Roundtable
Michigan Matters: Matters Of The HeartThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain will talk about at "Matters of the Heart," a look at new legislation to add CPR training to all kids in Michigan schools to saves lives with State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker and the Superintendent of EMS for the Detroit Fire Department, Sean Larkins. Then Bishop Edgar Vann; Dr. Sindhu Koshy, Cardiologist with St. John Providence; and Sarah Poole, Government Relations Director from the American Heart Association, talk about heart health and what needs to be done to improve it, especially among people of color.
Michigan Matters: John Hope Bryant & Operation Healthy CommunityThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain interviews John Hope Bryant, an entrepreneur, businessman and founder of Operation HOPE who is helping Detroiters understand financial literacy. Then, Dr. Melvyn Rubenfire, a cardiologist at the University of Michigan; and Ron Lockett, the Executive Director of the Northwest Activity Center, discuss their collaboration on Project Healthy Community.
Michigan Matters: GM's Global Philanthropy And Corporate GivingThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with General Motors’ Jackie Parker about global philanthropy and corporate giving. Then the Roundtable talks about the presidential race and regional issues. Stu Sandler, partner with Grand River Strategies; Jill Alper, partner of Dewey Square Group; and Keith Owens, Senior Editor, Michigan Chronicle are featured on the panel.
Michigan Matters: Michigan AgricultureThis week on Michigan Matters, Carol Cain interviews Peter Anastor, Director of Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development about the importance of agriculture to Michigan. It is still a major industry with much room for growth, even globally. Then, she’s joined on the roundtable by Mark Hackel, Macomb County Executive; Jill Alper, Partner, Dewey Square Group and Stu Sandler, Partner of Grand River Strategies.
Michigan Matters: Open Streets InitiativeThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Eric Larson, CEO of the Downtown Detroit Partnership, and Faye Nelson, Vice President if DTE Energy & President of DTE Energy Foundation, about the open streets initiative coming to Detroit. Then Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson; Ilitch Enterprises CEO Denise Ilitch; and Keith Owens, Senior Editor of the Michigan Chronicle talk about regional transit plans, the Presidential race, Flint, and more.

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