Jake Neher/WDET There are at least two things that are universal about living in Southeastern Michigan -- we all drive on crumbling roads and bridges, and we all have our own opinions about what needs to be done to fix those terrible roads. In the coming weeks, the Center for Michigan is giving people an opportunity to..
acwmuseum/Instagram It seems like every few months we get a harsh reminder of the legacy of slavery and Jim Crow in the United States. Recently, that was evident after a string of blackface controversies caused political turmoil in multiple states. All of these things have roots that go back to slavery in America. One institution that must..
Jake Neher/WDET Dead last. That's where Michigan ranks for growth in education spending over the past two decades, according to a Michigan State University study. The study says tax cuts that didn’t spur enough growth are to blame. Most observers of our schools in Michigan have understood that we've have been sliding down the ranks of education..
Jake Neher/WDET One in every three children in Detroit ends the year in a different school than they started in. You don’t have to think long to imagine the interruption and chaos that ensues for students and teachers. WDET's partners in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC), Bridge Magazine and ChalkBeat, looked deeply into the effects..
Jake Neher/WDET A number of Michigan cities struggle with evictions and the social costs of housing insecurity. Three cities -- Warren, Detroit, and Lansing – are among the top hundred large cities in America with the highest rates of court-ordered evictions. That’s according to EvictionLab.org, which tracks eviction data. The city of Warren is number nine..
Detroit Public TV is launching a new public affairs show on Thursday. The goal of the new weekly program One Detroit is to "tell authentic stories of our diverse communities during this pivotal period in the city’s history." The show will air on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays at 5:30 a.m. and Sundays at 9..
Laura Weber Davis/WDET You’ll hear us at WDET talk a lot during our fall fundraiser about the value of not-for-profit journalism in our community. We also work with a number of other nonprofit news organizations as part of the Detroit Journalism Cooperative (DJC). The DJC is working on a big project right now, asking how Detroit..
Jake Neher/WDET Police departments can once again receive certain surplus equipment from the military. The Trump administration this week reversed a ban on the practice put in place under President Obama. WDET’s Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth talk about what that means for police departments here in Michigan, and why the ban came..
AnnMarie Scaramuzzino/WDET Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan recently told a group of business leaders and lawmakers that the first few years of his administration were focused squarely on improving basic and essential services. Now he says he's shifting toward carrying out a vision for the city's future. To understand where the city is going--he says--everyone with..
WDET Who tells your story? The media tell the story of marginalized communities in America, for better or worse. On this episode of Created Equal, hosts Stephen Henderson and Laura Weber-Davis explore the origins of the word "carjacking," and how a single word written in print can have a lasting effect on communities of color. ..