Conversations that matter to Michigan. Each weekday, host April Baer will bring you stories from people across the state—from policymakers in Lansing, to entrepreneurs in Detroit, to artists in Grand Rapids. To access full episodes and individual story segments, please visit

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Congressman Peter Meijer on Afghanistan

This week President Joe Biden announced that US troops will exit Afghanistan by September 11th of this year. More than 66,000 Michiganders have served in the military since September 11th, 2001. Some of them, of course, signed up for the mission of going after Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. There are 68 of them from Michigan who died there. For everyone who worked and sacrificed, or lost family in Afghanistan, it is a deeply mixed bag of feelings...



Poet Tommye Blount’s Fantasia

Detroit-born poet Tommye Blount’s writing belongs somewhere in the realm of short films: vivid and fearless as it portrays human vulnerability, whether the threat is a fist or something much more intimate. In today's episode, we talk with Blount about growing up black and queer and how his head-on collisions with white America’s myth-making informed his newest collection. Fantasia for the Man in Blue exploded into publication and was a finalist for the National Book Award 2020 for poetry...



The Best Laid COVID Plans

Governor Gretchen Whitmer and top state health officials are strongly recommending Michiganders take COVID-19 safety precautions like avoiding indoor dining and youth sports. But they’re not making you do these things, even though Michigan’s infection rates are higher than they’ve ever been...



Michigan Hits Pause on Johnson & Johnson Vaccines

The CDC and FDA have recommended a “pause” in the single-dose Johnson and Johnson vaccine, after the company made a disclosure. Of the nearly 7 million people who’ve received the vaccine, six women experienced blood clots. The story has complicated the picture for a state that’s trying to vaccinate its way out of the latest COVID surge...


 2021-04-13  22m

Why Vaccines (Alone) Won’t Save Us

Michigan is in a third surge of COVID-19 cases, with infection rates and hospitalizations still on the rise. Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s administration is focusing its attention on vaccination efforts, rather than enacting new lockdown measures. But public health experts are warning that vaccines alone aren’t enough to get the state’s outbreak under control.   GUEST: Dr...


 2021-04-12  17m

One Pandemic, Two Approaches

Today, Governor Whitmer announced that she is holding off on new restrictions, even as COVID-19 cases surge in the state. But Michigan isn't the only place with a rise in cases. We're also taking a look at how Windsor in Canada has been managing this moment. Suffice to say, it's a different approach...


 2021-04-10  17m

Hemingway's Michigan Roots

Did you know some of Ernest Hemingway’s characters were named after people he knew in his Michigan boyhood? Today, we’re going to get up close with the Michiganders that inspired Hemingway and talk about his complicated legacy today...


 2021-04-08  21m

Poet Thomas Lynch on a Year of Loss

If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, reach out and talk to someone with the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or chat with someone online at their website.   The poet Thomas Lynch had a long career as a funeral director before retiring a few years ago. That gave him an interesting vantage point for observing the pain and loss of the past year, including his own. Last July, Lynch’s only daughter, Heather, died by suicide...


 2021-04-07  22m

Republicans Push Election Changes

The false narrative of widespread voter fraud during the last presidential election has not gone away. Some Republicans and Trump supporters have clung to the idea that the election was stolen. They’ve continued to call for restrictions and regulations. They say they want to make elections more secure. Others call it voter suppression. Today, we’ll explore the sweeping bill package from Michigan legislative Republicans that would change election law in Michigan...


 2021-04-06  25m

Front Line of the Third Surge

Michigan’s surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the past couple of weeks has shocked many people back to reality about where we are in the pandemic. But what does the view look like from the inside of those hospitals? On today’s episode, a conversation with an emergency room doctor about what’s different about this third wave of infections. GUEST: Dr. Patricia Nouhan, emergency room physician and emergency medicine residency director at Ascension St...


 2021-04-05  11m