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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: Electric Future Part 2As we look to our electric future, we talk to four leaders at the forefront about this revolution --Joe Grace, Vice President, Head of Physical and Functional Design & Integration, Stellantis; Vuk Milojkovic, CEO, BASF Toda America LLC, Glenn Steves Jr. of MICHAuto, and Rod Alberts, Executive Director of Detroit Auto Dealers Association.
Michigan Matters: Powering MobilityLooking at mobility and electric vehicles as President Biden visiting as we talk with Michael Healander, Co-Founder & CEO, Airspace Link, Christopher Girdwood, Executive Director, Detroit Region Aerotropolis Development Corporation, Alex Gruzen, CEO, WiTricity ,and John McElroy, Host, Autoline.
Michigan Matters: Politics & Art GallerySenior Producer/Host Carol Cain checks in with Steve Tobocman, former Democratic state legislator and co-director of MPLP, about the changing political landscape. And she talks to Susy Avery, longtime powerhouse in GOP circles, who is winding down her time at MPLP as is Tobocman. Then Oakland University President Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz has acquired an impressive art collection with pieces on loan to Katonah Gallery in New York & OU’s Art Gallery.
Michigan Matters: Electric Future Part 1Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Star Trek legendary actor William Shatner about electric future, bikes, his time in space. Auto industry icon Bob Lutz discusses how the auto sector is going electric. Entrepreneur Mujeeb Ijaz discuses his new battery for electric vehicles that could be a game changer. And businesswoman Natalie King talks about her new company and plant she is opening which will employ Detroiters to make her electric vehicle charging stations.
Michigan Matters: EducationSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Dr. Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, president of Oakland University ,to hear how they are adjusting to the pandemic and more. Then Angelique Power talks about taking on the role of president/CEO of Skillman Foundation and helping young people in Detroit.
Michigan Matters: Entertainment, Regional Issues, and Herman MooreSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Nancy Tellem, Exec Chair and Chief Media Officer of Eko, a media company, who moved to Michigan with husband --Pistons Exec Arn Tellem – and just opened BasBlue to empower women in Detroit. Then Cain talks with Wayne County Commissioner Chair Alisha Bell about issues before the region. And former Detroit Lions star Herman Moore, CEO of Team 84, LLC , talks about closing the health gap between people of color in a new initiative along with Johnson & Johnson.
Michigan Matters: Military Colonel and CancerCarol Cain, Senior Producer/Host talks with Col. Felicia L. Burks, commander of 82nd Medical Group, U.S. Air Force, about her riveting career and her battle with breast cancer. Then Najah Bazzy, who runs Zaman International and helping women facing tough times find clothes, food, is expanding with a new product line. And local author Ariana Kabodian has written a book about her family’s ordeal: “Forget me not: Armenian Genocide Recollections.”
Michigan Matters: Infrastructure and ArtCarol Cain, Senior Producer/Host talks with Mark Brewer and Saul Anuzis about Biden’s Infrastructure plan and a new bi-partisan effort the two former party chairs are teaming up on to make Michigan the 16th state to join National Popular Vote initiative. Then the DIA Director ---Salvador Salort-Pons ---talks about the museum, helping to connect with kids and latest at it deals with pandemic.
Michigan Matter: Hispanic Heritage MonthSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain checks in with Jane Garcia, of La Sed, Dina Fattom Wagner of Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and Michael Odom, of Southwest Detroit Business Association, as each talks about role/impact of Hispanics across region. Then Peter Bhatia, of Detroit Free Press, talks about community leaders gaining notice and navigating the pandemic.
Michigan Matters: Helping KidsTwo leaders—Susan Westhoff, COO of the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum, and Christian Greer, President and CEO of the Michigan Science Center in Detroit, appear on CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” this Sunday to talk how they are helping expose more young people to science and technology, and jobs of the future.
Michigan Matters: Mackinac & Motor BellaMotor Bella is making its debut at the M1 Concourse this coming week as Detroit Auto Dealers Association's Executive Director Rod Alberts and the facility’s CEO --Timothy McGrane -- talked about on “Michigan Matters” airing 8 a.m. this Sunday on CBS 62.
Michigan Matters: Politics around the RegionSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain checks in with Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter, Westland Mayor William Wild and Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett as each discusses happenings in their neck of the wood, and thoughts about the region.
Michigan Matters: Evolving JobsSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Peter Quigley, of Kelly, which is adjusting as the blue chip firm helps companies with employees and talent issues , as Kelly’s own imprint evolves. John Smith talks about getting around in new ways. And Shawn H. Wilson talks about rapper Big Sean and others joining BGCSM to help young people.
Michigan Matters: Organ Donors and Keeping HealthyOrgan donation is a pressing issue with so many Michiganders waiting for organ transplants as Dorrie Dils, CEO of Gift Of Life Michigan, and Dr. Terra DeFoe, a donor of her late son’s organs, discuss. Then Linda Smith-Wheelock, President /CEO of National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, and Dr. Silas P. Norman, Transplant Nephrologist, talk about keeping your kidneys & other organs healthier.
Michigan Matters: Topical News and HuntingtonSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain checks in with Peter Bhatia, Editor & Vice President of the Detroit Free Press, to discuss the mayor and governor’s races, Biden and Afghan crisis, the pandemic. Then Randy Richardville, former Senate Majority Leader, discuss Afghan crisis, the governor’s race. Sandy Pierce, chair of Michigan/Huntington Bank, talks about its merger with TCF and Huntington growing imprint.
Michigan Matters: Art and BusinessSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Albert Scaglione, former NASA scientist who came to Detroit to open Park West Gallery. His company is growing as he opened locations in Hawaii and Las Vegas. He started a foundation to help young women who are homeless. Tim Yanke, an artist who works for Park West, talks about 3-D art and other trends. Then Edward Deeb, longtime community champion who worked with Coleman Young to stem violence after ’67 civil uprising, started Metro Detroit Youth Day . He talks about Michigan Youth Appreciation Foundation and his life of helping businesses grow across the state in his new book.
Michigan Matters: Toyota and Regional IssuesToyota is gaining headlines with new vehicles and the company is also helping Detroiters partnering with the Salvation Army as Toyota’s Curt McAllister and Maj. Timothy Meyer of Salvation Army East Michigan Division discuss. Then Cong. Debbie Dingell and Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel appear to discuss pressing issues in the region.
Michigan Matters: Entrepreneurs and BusinessA conversation with two entrepreneurs going national as we check in with FixMyCar Founder Prashant Salla, and Samia Gore, founder and CEO of Body Complete Rx. And Chris Holman, Founder and CEO of Michigan Business Network, talks about their latest survey of businesses, how they are doing & what’s ahead.
Michigan Matters: Detroit AutomotiveSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Rod Alberts, who runs DADA, Doug North, chair of DADA Events, Jason Russ, head of experiential marketing at Stellantis, and Kim Cape, Ford Director of Brand and Integrated Marketing, as each discusses confronting challenges of the pandemic, microchip shortages, changes in consumer buying habits and more.
Michigan Matters: Sports & TheatreSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Robert Jamerson, CEO of of Detroit PAL, as he talks about helping young people through sports and education. Then Dave Robinson, owner of TGA Premier Sports Detroit, about helping young people through golf. And entrepreneur David Carroll, who launched The Nicely Theatre Group as pandemic started, finally is to hold first in-person theatre production.
Michigan Matters: Return of Michigan BusinessSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Chris Shepler, Hussein Berry of Delta, Karen Totaro of TCF Center,and Steven Kalczynski of Townsend Hotel, to hear how they have weathered and adjusted during pandemic, and a look at the road ahead for these four bellweather entities of our region’s economy.
Michigan Matters: Tourism and Convention IndustryWith the July 4th holiday here and pandemic winding down, it’s a look at our vital tourism and convention industry with Claude Molinari, Pres./CEO of the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau, Dave Lorenz, Vice President of Travel Michigan, and Karen Delhey of Ann Arbor Art Fair.
Michigan Matters: PGASenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Casey Hurbis, chief marketing officer Rocket Mortgage, about its upcoming PGA event at Detroit Golf Club, its sponsorship of the first all-female women’s Indy Car Team, and the lure of sports. Then Flint‘s Willie Mack III follows in the footsteps of his hero, Tiger Woods, as the PGA player appears in the Rocket Mortgage PGA Classic and talks about his riveting path.
Michigan Matters: Distracted Driving and Driving LawsOn this week’s Michigan Matters. Distracted drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash which is why leaders are working to change laws in Lansing. Learn more 730 Sunday.On this week’s Michigan Matters. Distracted drivers are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash which is why leaders are working to change laws in Lansing. Learn more 730 Sunday.

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