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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: 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.
Michigan Matters: JobsSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Jerry Norcia, of DTE Energy about a new tree trimming program to train and employ more Detroiters.
Michigan Matters: Motor Racing and Kirk GibsonSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Bud Denker, President of Penske Corp and Chair of the Detroit Grand Prix, about the upcoming race as it returns to Belle Isle. Plus, Rinus Veekay, IndyCar 2020 Rookie of the Year, talks about participating in the upcoming event. Then Cain talks with Kirk Gibson, former Detroit Tigers legend and current color commentator for the team, who talks about his battle with Parkinson’s Disease.
Michigan Matters: Memorial Day WeekendSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Cong. Peter Meijer, who served in Iraq, about helping veterans, and his brief and turbulent time in Washington.
Michigan Matters: Pandemic and RaceSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain talks with Elizabeth Hertel, who runs the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, to hear latest on the pandemic & mental health efforts in our state. Then Sen. Stephanie Chang, the first Asian American elected in our state, and Lisa Gray, Co-Chair, North American Chinese Coalition, discuss race and racism as it impacts Asian Americans.
Michigan Matters: Small Business and EntrepreneursAs we celebrate Small Business Month, two leaders – Brian Calley, President/CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, and Josh Linkner, tech entrepreneur and best selling author, appear on CBS 62’s “Michigan Matters” (7:30 am Sunday ) to talk about inspiring and assisting businesses during this historic time.
Michigan Matters: Mental HealthOn this week’s Michigan Matters --- With May being Mental Health Month, it’s an important conversation about the state of our health and mental well being..
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.

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