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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: PNC and Alice CooperRocker Alice Cooper talks about his Motor City roots, his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame career, a new album about Detroit, and finding the best garage band in America through a contest.
Michigan Matters: CEOs On The PandemicOn this week’s Michigan Matters – it’s a conversation with 2 CEOs helping our state in important ways: One discusses their involvement as more electric vehicles take to Michigan’s roads. The other talks about their role in the Johnson & Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine.
Michigan Matters: Overcoming ChallengesSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Coach Roscoe who shares his incredible story how he went on to live a full life and become a coach after being born with open spina bifida. Then Raun Kaufman’s parents were told their toddler son had severe autism and would likely need be institutionalized. How did he end up becoming an Ivy League grad, best selling author and motivational speaker for those on the spectrum?
Michigan Matters: Politics and CivilityOn this week’s Michigan Matters --- it’s a conversation about civility in politics with Susy Avery, Peter Bhatia & Randy Richardville. Plus, Entrepreneur William Pickard talks about a new scholarship program to help young people learn about agriculture.
Michigan Matters: Online GamblingSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Richard Kalm, Executive Director of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, about legalized online sports betting and gambling which is new to our state; Matt Schoch, a journalist who covers the industry for PlayMichigan, and Elisa Richardson, spokeswoman for BetMGM.
Michigan Matters: Canada and Great Lakes BusinessSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks Enbridge Executive Ryan Duffy about its aging Pipeline 5 under the Mackinac Straits and plans to replace it, and Jim Lively, of Oil & Water, who wants it shut down. We also discuss the important relationship between Michigan and Canada with former Michigan Governor and U.S. Ambassador to Canada James P. Blanchard and Canadian Consul General Joseph Comartin.
Michigan Matters: Boxing and NFL OfficiatingSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Claressa Shields about being arguably the best female boxer in the world as she wins world titles and is changing the industry for women. Then Sarah Thomas, the first woman to official in the NFL, discusses her career and making it to the top as she just officiated recent Super Bowl.
Michigan Matters: Celebration of Women's History MonthAs we celebrate Women’s History Month, we look at Betty Ford, First Lady from Michigan, and her imprint on America with her daughter, Susan Ford Bales, and Don Holloway of the Gerald F. Ford Presidential Museum. Then Dorothy Zehnder, 99-year-old matriarch of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn talks about her life and her daughter, Judith Zehnder Keller, 75, of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge, also appears.
Michigan Matters: COVID-19 VaccineSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Alex Gorsky ,Chairman & CEO of Johnson & Johnson, about their new Covid-19 vaccine, health inequity and his Michigan connections. Then Bob Riney, COO of Henry Ford Health System, discusses its role in the J & J and Moderna vaccines, and what lies ahead in healthcare changes.
Michigan Matters: Black History Month and MLKSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Rabbi Robert Hirsch, a national civil right leader who marched and worked with ML King, and also his daughter, Oakland Univ President Ora Hirsch Pescovitz. She talks about her $250,000 gift to OU for inclusion. Then Neil A. Barclay, President & CEO of Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, talks about the cultural institution and BHM, while Jamon Jordan, Historian at Black Scroll Network History & Tours, discusses ML King, Rosa Parks, Rev. Franklin and Detroit’s place in the Civil Rights movement.
Michigan Matters: Mayors of MichiganWestland Mayor William R. Wild, Pontiac Mayor Deirdre Waterman, Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett and Warren Mayor James R. Fouts appear to discuss aow each is adjusting during these challenging times.
Michigan Matters: The Valuable 500 and WGPRSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Joanna McGrath, CEO of The Valuable 500 about the global initative helping those with disabilities. Jerry Norcia, CEO of DTE, explains why they signed on. Joe Spencer of WGPR TV Historical Society, discusses the trailblazing black-owned TV station on E. Jefferson being designated as a national historic site. And Elana Rugh, President/CEO of Detroit Historical Society, talks about “Detroit 67: Perspectives” exhibit becoming a permanent fixture.
Michigan Matters: NFL Players and Their FoundationsSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with three former NFL players helping Metro Detroit through their efforts and foundations --Reggie McKenzie, Lomas Brown and Herman Moore.
Michigan Matters: Film, Theaters, and MarijuanaIt’s a look at bringing back film incentives, update on recreational marijuana sales and wither movie theatres during this pandemic as three guests at the forefront of these topics appear on “Michigan Matters” to provide an update.
Michigan Matters: Business in MichiganSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Kenneth Harris, Richard Studley, Maureen Donohue Krauss and Chris Holman about the months ahead for Metro Detroit with a new president, pandemic and issues revolving around social equity all swirling.
Michigan Matters: Detroit Auto and DC PoliticsSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with DADA Rod Alberts, Oakland GOP Chair Rocky Raczkowski, Congresswoman Haley Stevens and Free Press Editor Peter Bhatia about turbulence in Washington with the inauguration of a new president and impeachment of our outgoing president and cancellation of the epic Detroit Auto Show.
Michigan Matters: Year Ahead 2021Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Oakland University President Dr Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, PNC’s Ric DeVore, AAA’s Joe Richardson and Travel Michigan’s Dave Lorenz as they talk about the challenges and opportunities for our region in 2021.
Michigan Matters: Year End 2020Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Denise Ilitch, CEO of Ilitch Enterprises, Rocky Raczkowski, Chair of the Oakland County Republican Party, Peter Bhatia , Vice President of the Detroit Free Press, and Darci McConnell, of McConnell Communications Inc.about a year marked by pandemic, an election and more. IT includes holiday reel of MM guests and CBS staff.
Michigan Matters: One-on-One with Governor Whitmer 2Gov. Gretchen Whitmer talked about 2020 and the dizzying issues that arose including the pandemic, economic fallout from it, and an election that never seemed to end on CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters.”
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Michigan Matters: Big Four 2020Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Oakland County Executive David Coulter and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan in their first appearance since a January forum on regional transit. Talking about a critical 2020 amid the pandemic, an election and what’s ahead.
Michigan Matters: Roads and PoliticsA look at renewed efforts to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads as MDOT Director with Paul Ajegba checks in. Then pundits Susy Avery and Bill Ballenger update impact of Election 2020.
Michigan Matters: Mat Ishbia and Tony LuccaIt’s a conversation with CEO Mat Ishbia and Singer/Producer Tony Lucca as their profiles grow exponentially this holiday season as they also help the community in different ways. 

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