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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: Former Lions QB Eric Hipple on Brain InjuriesFormer Detroit Lions Quarterback Eric Hipple appears on Michigan Matters airing Sunday along with Jennifer Dale of the Center for Neurological Studies (CNS) to talk about the importance of dealing with brain injuries and long term health
Michigan Matters: Focus on Mobility in DetroitMichael Noblett, new president and CEO of the American Center For Mobility, appeared on Michigan Matters to talk with Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain about the facility’s imprint on the region and its efforts to lead in the mobility space.
Michigan Matters: A Conservative Point of View Takes HoldCarol Cain is joined by the roundtable of Oakland Count Executive L. Brooks Patterson, Susy Avery, Co-Director of MPLP, and Charlie Beckham, former director of Detroit Recreation Department and City of Detroit Consultant and fixing the roads and more.
Michigan Matters: MPLP 2019This week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain and the CBS 62 crew travel to MSU’s MPLP annual dinner in Novi to talk exclusively with two national strategists.
Michigan Matters: Celebrating Small BusinessThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Tom Kelly, Executive Director & CEO of Automation Alley, about the 4.0 Industrial Revolution and how technology is impacting how we live and work. Then Cain talks with Donna Hover-Ojeda, Chapter Chair -SCORE Detroit, Charlie Beckham, Chairman Emeritus, National Business League, and Constance Logan, District Director for Michigan, SBA, as discuss small business, starting a business and growing a business in Metro Detroit.
Michigan Matters: Partnering to Help Students Succeed at SchoolMichigan Matters host Carol Cain talks with Oakland County Board of Commissioners Chairman David Woodward and Oakland Schools Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson and Sara Gold, Director, Basic Needs and Child Nutrition, United Way for Southeastern Michigan about how Oakland Schools can be healthier.
Michigan Matters: Lexus Velodrome Charts Bold Path From Motor CityAs the Lexus Velodrome enters its second year, Dale Hughes, Executive Director of the Detroit Fitness Foundation, the non-profit which operates the giant white dome located off Mack Avenue and I-75, has big plans.
Michigan Matters: Putting a Spotlight on Eye-Opening Tax SeasonMillions of Michiganders and Americans filling out their 2018 taxes will likely be surprised to learn their refunds will be less than expected or that they owe thanks to changes in federal laws adopted by Congress in 2017. Susan Tompor, Personal Finance Columnist at Detroit Free Press, talked with Carol Cain, Michigan Matters Senior Producer & Host, about those changes.
Michigan Matters: Congressman John Dingell's Imprint and Helping the CommunityCongressman John Dingell’s legacy went far beyond Detroit or Michigan as the MICHIGAN MATTERS roundtable of Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, Detroit Regional Chamber President & Sandy Baruah, and Amy Nederlander, Founder of L!FE Leaders, Inc., talked about as they joined Host Carol Cain and shared stories.
Michigan Matters: PVS Chemicals and Focusing on ManufacturingThis week on Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain talks with Jim Nicholson ,co-chair of PVS Chemicals, his dad, James B. Nicholson, also co-chair, and David A. Nicholson, President and CEO of the company. They talk about being a family-owned business, manufacturing and growing in Detroit.
Michigan Matters: Detroit Free Press Breakfast Club with Gretchen WhitmerIn her first forum before an audience since taking office, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took to the stage of the Detroit Free Press Breakfast Club and talked about her campaign pledge to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads.
Michigan Matters: North American International Auto Show 2019Carol Cain heads down to the NAIAS in Detroit to check out what's news.
Michigan Matters: Exclusive Interview w/ Rod AllenSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain travels to Phoenix for an exclusive conversation with Rod Allen, former Detroit Tigers player, and broadcaster, to talk about his time in Detroit and impact in the community, his sudden departure, and his future.
Michigan Matters 2019 Preview: Busy Times in Politics, Business, The Motor CityWith the new year here, the MICHIGAN MATTERS roundtable of Denise Ilitch, L. Brooks Patterson and Peter Bhatia joins Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain as they weigh in on some of the big stories already looming large in 2019.
Michigan Matters: Busy Times in Politics, Business, The Motor CitySenior Producer/Host Carol Cain sits with the roundtable of Denise Ilitch, CEO of Ilitch Enterprises, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Peter Bhatia, Editor and Vice President, Detroit Free Press and, as they look ahead to 2019 and issues that will impact Metro Detroit – from new leadership in Lansing, to upcoming UAW auto talks, to NAIAS 2019 and more.
Michigan Matters: A Look Back at 2018Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain sits with the roundtable of Denise Ilitch, CEO of Ilitch Enterprises, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson and Susy Avery, Co-Director of MSU’s Michigan Political Leadership Program, as they look back at 2018 and issues and developments that impacted the region. Among topics-- GM retrenching, the blue & pink wave that saw Gretchen Whitmer elected as governor, the fallout of the MSU Larry Nassar scandal, and downtown Detroit’s resurgence. Which stories resonated? The roundtable weighs in.
Michigan Matters: Women in Corporate AmericaSenior Producer/Host Carol Cain sits with Mark Davidoff, Michigan Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP, then Carolyn Cassin, President & CEO, Michigan Women Forward, and Terry Barclay, President & CEO, Inforum, who are all overseeing programs to help women across Metro Detroit.
Michigan Matters: Coding the Future and GM’s DownsizingAs Grand Circus Detroit celebrates its sixth year of helping people learn computer coding, the need for such skills is greater than ever as people look to retool their careers following more layoffs in the Motor City.
Michigan Matters: Thanksgiving OrganizationsCarol Cain talks with three organizations helping people in need this holiday season. First she talks with Chris Perry, Chief Development and Marketing Officer, United Way For Southeastern Michigan, which helps many thousands across Metro Detroit each year with food, clothing, shelter and more. Then Cain talks with Rev. Faith Fowler, Executive Director, Cass Community Social Services, which is a catalyst for helping Detroiters in need by proving shelter, food, education and more. Finally, Cain talks with Ryan Lepper, CEO, Central City Integrated Health, which is helping the most vulnerable citizens including veterans in central Detroit by providing mental health services, affordable living, transportation and food.
Michigan Matters: Organizations Helping This Holiday SeasonCentral City Integrated Health’s CEO Ryan Lepper talked about creating new housing opportunities for the city’s most vulnerable residents with Carol Cain, Senior Producer/Host of CBS 62’s MICHIGAN MATTERS.
Michigan Matters: Going One-on-One with Detroit Lions President Rod WoodWith the NFL season halfway over, Detroit Lions President Rod Wood sat down with MICHIGAN MATTERS Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain in an exclusive conversation to discuss this season, the weeks ahead and the big game on Thanksgiving Day against the Chicago Bears (which airs on CBS 62).
Michigan Matters: A Celebration of Veterans Day, Wrap Up Election 2018Ninety-seven-year-old Retired Army Staff Sgt. William C. Brown, a World War II veteran, joined Senior Producer/Host Carol Cain on MICHIGAN MATTERS and talked about his time serving our nation.
Michigan Matters: Election 2018 Winds Down, Judge Mathis Holds CourtThe eyes of the nation are on Michigan as voters here head to the polls Tuesday to elect a new governor, attorney general, secretary of state and numerous other jobs as well as decide on proposals including legalizing recreational marijuana.

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