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Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson
WDET 101.9 FM
Dynamic and diverse voices. News, politics, community leaders and issues that define our region. Detroit Today brings you fresh and perceptive views and brings you into the conversation each day.
7 hours ago
Race, Youth, Criminal Justice In Oakland County
In this hour Stephen Henderson addresses one girl's story at the intersection of criminal justice, youth and race in Oakland County. Henderson and guests discuss the story of a 15-year-old Black girl sentenced to juvenile detention for not doing her homework during the COVID-19 pandemic.
21 hours ago
Schools and New Meijer Location in Detroit
In just about five weeks, Michigan parents are expecting to send their kids back to school, even as a pandemic seems not quite under control. In this hour Stephen Henderson talks about what’s realistic, and what’s not, and how the next five weeks will really determine how much reopening will actually happen around Michigan schools. Plus, a look at the new Meijer grocery that’s breaking ground on East Jefferson, and what it means for development as well as food options for Detroiters.
4 days ago
New Detroit History Book and ESPN Podcast "Heavy Medals"
In this hour Stephen Henderson speaks with RJ KIng, the author of a new book called "Detroit: Engine of America," and host and reporter Alyssa Roenigk and ESPN senior writer Bonnie Ford talk about a new ESPN podcast called “Heavy Medals”
5 days ago
Rev. Jim Wallis and Rep. Rashida Tlaib
In this hour Stephen Henderson speaks with author and pastor Jim Wallis about his book "America's Original Sin" and his thoughts on Ellison's "Invisible Man." Plus, Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib talks about her re-election campaign.
6 days ago
Rep. Haley Stevens, Economists Weigh In On Unemployment Benefits
In this hour Stephen Henderson speaks with Rep. Haley Stevens and economists Betsey Stevenson and Charles Ballard about the economy and what's at stake with the pandemic unemployment enhancement ending this week.
Jul 28, 2020
Portland Protests and History of Facism
In this hour Stephen Henderson speaks with independent Portland journalist Tuck Woodstock about the protests in that city and how federal troops are increasing in force numbers, Detroit News crime reporter George Hunter weighs in on how things could look in Detroit if federal troops come here and Yale Professor Jason Stanley talks about the roots of fascism in Europe and what fascism looks like in America 2020.
Jul 27, 2020
Diving Into 200 Finalists for Michigan's Redistricting and Detroit Police Residency
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Craig Mauger, who covers state government and politics for the Detroit News, about the state's new redistricting commission and Chad Livengood and Annalise Frank from Crain's Detroit Business talk about the history of Detroit's residency rules for police officers.
Jul 23, 2020
Dr. Carol Anderson and Michigan Carpenters Training Center
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with author of Dr. Carol Anderson of "White Rage" and Tom Lutz, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights, which announced the groundbreaking of a $32 million dollar training center in the city of Detroit.
Jul 22, 2020
Oakland County Executive Candidate Andy Meisner, Detroit City Council President and Congressional Candidate Brenda Jones and Surge of Progressive Prosecutor Candidates
In this hour Stephen Henderson speaks with Oakland County Treasurer Andy Meisner, who is a candidate for Oakland County Executive, challenging incumbent Dave Coulter in the August 4th Democratic primary. Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones, joins the show to talk about why she's challenging Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib for her seat in the August 4th Democratic primary, and then Jessica Ayoub with the ACLU of Michigan weighs in on the surge of progressive prosecutor candidates running in Oakland County and throughout SE Michigan.
Jul 21, 2020
Detroit Schools Superintendent Nikolai Vitti and Professor Justin Gest on Role of Fact in Pandemic Information
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Dr. Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of Detroit schools, about the soft re-opening of schools this summer, and what is being learned to use when schools plan to open their doors to everyone this fall. Plus, a conversation about truth, and how elusive it has been during the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Justin Gest joins Henderson for that discussion.
Jul 20, 2020
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy and A Look At MI Eviction Moratorium
In this hour Stephen Henderson speaks with Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy about her run for re-election. Plus, William C. McConico, Chief Judge of the 36th District Court in Detroit and Michele Oberholtzer, director of the United Community Housing Coalition’s tax foreclosure prevention project, both weigh in on the status of the eviction moratorium as it pertains to Detroit tenants.
Jul 17, 2020
The Politics of A Pandemic, A New True Crime Book and How To See Neowise
In this hour Stephen Henderson speaks with Philip Bump of the Washington Post about the CDC, the Trump administration and the politics of COVID-19 data. Cheyna Roth joins Henderson to discuss her new true crime book and Michael Narlock of Cranbrook talks about how to view the Neowise Comet from your yard.
Jul 16, 2020
Author JM Holmes and Wayne County Prosecutor Candidate Victoria Burton-Harris
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with author JM Holmes about his book and WDET's Book Club pick for 2020: Invisible Man with Ralph Ellison. Plus, a conversation with Wayne County Prosecutor Candidate Victoria Burton Harris.
Jul 15, 2020
Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter and Eviction Moratorium Ending in Michigan
In this hour Stephen Henderson speaks with Oakland County Executive Dave Coulter ahead of election day next month and a conversation about what's at stake with Michigan's eviction moratorium ending with Ted Phillips with United Community Housing Coalition and a tenant who was recently faced with a possible eviction named Lakeshia.
Jul 14, 2020
The Stock Market In The Context of A Recession and A Pandemic; Candidate for Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Derek Thompson of The Atlantic about the stock market reporting its best quarter in two decades, plus candidate for Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald joins the show.
Jul 13, 2020
Changes To US Culture To Honor Indigenous Tribes; Quicken Loans Goes Public
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Meghanlata Gupta, founder of Indigenizing the News, a digital news source dedicated to educating non-Native allies about Native nations, cultures, issues, and knowledge systems, about the Washington NFL team changing their name and other instances of America waking up to indigenous rights and a conversation about Quicken Loans going public with Chad Livengood and Kirk Pinho of Crain's Detroit Business.
Jul 10, 2020
SCOTUS Decision on Trump Taxes and A Lawsuit Against US Education Secretary
In this hour, David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist specializing in economics and tax issues, joins Stephen Henderson to talk about the recent US Supreme Court decision about President Trump's tax returns. Plus, Chalkbeat reporter Koby Levin on a multistate lawsuit against US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos about whether or not private schools are eligible for COVID-19 federal relief school funding.
Jul 9, 2020
'Invisible Man' Scholar On Ralph Ellison In Context of 2020 BLM Movement
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Alan Wald, H. Chandler Davis Collegiate Professor Emeritus in the Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan, studies 20th-century U.S. cultural left. Wald and Henderson discuss the themes of Ellison's Invisible Man and how they relate to this moment of racial reckoning in 2020.
Jul 8, 2020
Changing the B in "Black" and WSU President M Roy Wilson
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Rebecca Blumenstein and Professor Lori Tharps of Temple University about the change by many news organizations to make the B in Black a capital when referring to members of the African diaspora. Plus, WSU President M Roy Wilson on graduation rates and reopening in the Fall.
Jul 7, 2020
Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence; Contending with Dearborn's Orville Hubbard
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence about police reform legislation and then Brian Stone, English Editor of the Yemeni American News and David Good, longtime journalist, author of “Orvie: The Dictator of Dearborn” and member of the Dearborn Historical Commission discuss the legacy of Dearborn's Orville Hubbard.
Jul 6, 2020
Colson Whitehead on "The Nickel Boys;" Contact Tracing in Michigan
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Colson Whitehead about his book "The Nickel Boys," and how it relates to this moment of calls for racial justice. Plus, Crain's Detroit Business reporter Annalise Frank on the latest around contact tracing efforts in Michigan.
Jul 1, 2020
Auto Insurance Reform and Analyzing 2020 Presidential Race
In this hour Stephen Henderson speaks with Chad Livengood of Crain's Detroit Business about the new auto insurance reform being rolled out and The Atlantic's Adam Serwer discusses how and why Trump's 2016 rhetoric isn't making the same impact now as it did during his first presidential run.
Jun 23, 2020
Economic Policy Expert Heather McGhee on Why Racism Hurts All Of Us
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Heather McGhee, an American political commentator, political strategist and currently a distinguished senior fellow and former president of Demos, a non-profit progressive U.S. think tank.
Jun 22, 2020
Heather Ann Thompson and MI Supreme Court Chief Justice
In this hour Stephen Henderson discusses criminal justice reform with author and professor Heather Ann Thompson. Plus, Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Bridget McCormack weighs in on courts reopening in the state.
May 27, 2020
David Frum On Trump's America and A Look At Legacy of White Backlash
In this hour Stephen Henderson speaks with David Frum of The Atlantic about his new book and Professor Lawrence Glickman speaks with Henderson about the legacy of white backlash throughout America's history.
May 4, 2020
Mourning Those We've Lost
A special hour of Detroit Today where Stephen Henderson invites callers to participate in an hour of commemorating the lives lost in and around Detroit by telling the stories of those who have died. Local therapist Rebecca DeRaud joins Stephen for the hour.
Mar 23, 2020
Proposed Airline Bailout; Plan to Send Americans Stimulus Checks
Stephen Henderson speaks with Reuters aviation, autos, and transportation reporter David Shepardson about the proposed airline bailout. Derek Thompson of The Atlantic joins Stephen Henderson to talk about the idea of sending most Americans stimulus checks.
Mar 9, 2020
DIA Director on Millage Renewal; Previewing Michigan's Primary Election
DIA Director Salvador Salort-Pons joins Stephen Henderson to talk about the museum's request to renew its ten-year millage. And a panel of Metro Detroiters talks about how different groups of voters around Southeast Michigan are viewing the presidential election a day before Michigan's primary.
Feb 17, 2020
State House Speaker Lee Chatfield; Dan Gilbert's Stroke Recovery
Stephen Henderson speaks with Speaker Chatfield about roads, the budget, transit, and more. And Crain's Detroit Business Senior Editor Chad Livengood got the first interview with Gilbert after his stroke -- we hear parts of that conversation and Livengood talks about what we learned.
Feb 14, 2020
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell; Property Tax Assessments Lawsuit
Rep. Dingell discusses the dismal mood in Washington D.C. post-impeachment, the controversy surrounding President Trump and the DOJ, her effort to stop allowing Iowa and New Hampshire to hold the first-in-the-nation nominating contests, and more. And Stephen Henderson speaks with the attorneys who are suing the city over property tax assessments in the years following the Great Recession.
Feb 10, 2020
Oscars Wins and Snubs and Update on Michigan Auto No Fault Overhaul
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Detroit News Film Critic Adam Graham about the Detroit moments of the Academy Awards and the night's big winners and snubs. Plus, Crain's Detroit Business Senior Editor Chad Livengood on when Michigan's auto insurance overhaul is rolling out.
Dec 19, 2019
Post House Impeachment Vote Recap
In this hour Stephen talks about the impeachment vote in the House last night, and what's next in the impeachment proceedings. He is joined by Senator Debbie Stabenow and conservative political consultant Matt Resch.
Dec 16, 2019
Ron Fournier and "The Perfect Human" Nicklas Lidstrom
In this hour, Ron Fournier, president of the Truscott Rossman PR firm and former publisher of Crain’s Detroit Business; and legendary NHL defenceman Nicklas Lindstrom.
Dec 11, 2019
Five Years Since Detroit Emerged From Bankruptcy
In this hour, a conversation with former Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, Detroit Chief Financial Officer Dave Massaron, Wayne State University Law Professor and Director of the Damon J Keith Center for Civil Rights Peter Hammer and former Detroit Retired City Employees Association Shirley Lightsey.
Dec 10, 2019
Barb McQuade on Articles of Impeachment
In this hour, a special announcement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on articles of impeachment, and then University of Michigan Law Professor and Former US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan Barb McQuade joins Stephen to unpack the implications of the announcement by Congress.
Dec 6, 2019
State of the Region, Attorney Ben Crump and Director of a College Documentary
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Detroit Regional Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah about the state of the region and regional transit, plus WDET's Jake Neher speaks with attorney Ben Crump about his work to address environmental racism and documentary filmmaker Jaye Fenderson talks about her newest work called "Unlikely."
Dec 5, 2019
Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, Impeachment Update and Why Sen Kamala Harris Dropped Out
In this hour, Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel joins Stephen to recap his County address last night, Michigan State University Constitutional Law Professor Brian Kalt weighs in on the impeachment hearings and Gen Senior Writer Andrea Gonzalez-Ramirez talks about the implications of Senator Kamala Harris dropping out of the presidential 2020 race.
Dec 4, 2019
Richard Primus on Impeachment and Author David Kirp on College Dropouts
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with University of Michigan Law Professor Richard Primus ahead of the House Judiciary Impeachment Hearings. Plus, UC Berkeley Professor and Author David Kirp joins Stephen to talk about his new book "The College Dropout Scandal."
Dec 3, 2019
News Organizations Going Nonprofit; News Cycle is Making Us Sick
Stephen Henderson speaks with Fraser Nelson, VP of Business Innovation at the Salt Lake Tribune, which recently decided to become nonprofit. And experts talk about the ways the news cycle affects our mental and physical health.
Dec 2, 2019
Answering Questions About Michigan's New Marijuana Market
Stephen Henderson speaks with Crain's Detroit Business reporter Dustin Walsh and cannabis attorney and activist Matt Abel about the launch of retail marijuana sales in Michigan and what happens next.
Nov 27, 2019
Gratitude for Differences
In this hour, Stephen Henderson is joined by Satori Shakoor, host of WDET's Twisted Storytellers podcast, Dave Garcia, Executive Director of Affirmations and Osama Siblani, publisher of Arab American News.
Nov 26, 2019
Center Line and Community Spaces
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Center Line Downtown Development Authority member Jan Ornsten and Mayor Bob Binson about the role of community spaces in Center Line. After that, CityLab Executive Director David Dudley joins Stephen for a conversation about the role of community gathering spaces in cities throughout the nation.
Nov 25, 2019
The State of Organized Labor and State Sen. Mallory McMorrow
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with longtime labor and political activist Frank Joyce about the recent UAW corruption scandal. Plus, State Senator Mallory McMorrow on recent name-calling in Lansing and tax incentives.
Nov 22, 2019
UAW, Impeachment and A Gallery Opening
In this hour, WDET's Jake Neher fills in for Stephen Henderson. Neher speaks with Reuters Reporter David Shepardson about the UAW and public testimony in Washington DC. Plus, photographer Kenny Karpov stops by WDET to talk about his upcoming exhibition.
Nov 18, 2019
Impeachment Through A Historical Lens and New Mayors in Eastpointe and Livonia
In this hour, Jake Neher speaks with Jeffrey Engel, author and director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University about impeachment. Plus, conversations with Eastpointe Mayor Monique Owens and Livonia Mayor Maureen Miller Brosnan.
Nov 14, 2019
Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Debbie Dingell and John Truscott and Ron Fournier
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Debbie Dingell about their thoughts on the first day of public testimony in the impeachment inquiry. Plus, John Truscott and Ron Fournier weigh in on the topic as well.
Nov 13, 2019
Congressman Dan Kildee and University of Michigan Education Dean Elizabeth Moje
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Congressman Dan Kildee about the public testimony planned for this week. Plus, University of Michigan Education Dean Elizabeth Moje stops by the WDET studio.
Nov 12, 2019
Healthcare: Open Enrollment and Proposals To Overhaul ACA
In this hour, Stephen Henderson speaks with Washington Chief Correspondent with Kaiser Health News Julie Rovner and creator of ACAsignups.net Charles Gaba about open enrollment and what it would mean to overhaul Obamacare.