Michigan Radio: Jack Lessenberry: Jack's Take
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Daily interviews and essays about politics and current events with newspaper columnist Jack Lessenberry.
||Thanksgiving Spirit||Tomorrow most of us will get together with family or friends or both and celebrate Thanksgiving. Yes, I know the holiday's origins are suspect, and there's lots of cynical stuff out there to the effect that if the Native Americans had known how all this w||11/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||UAW: Now for the hard part||This should be a holiday of thanksgiving indeed for the United Auto Workers union. They successfully negotiated contracts this fall that give their members big raises and bonuses. The Tier II workers who have been working at a lesser pay schedule now have||11/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Should Congressman John Conyers make a graceful exit?||Congressman John Conyers is kicking off his reelection campaign today with two major rallies in his district planned in Detroit and the blue-collar suburb of Redford. Jack Lessenberry talks about how Congressman John Conyers is kicking off his reele||11/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||L. Brooks Patterson is embarrassing himself||Nearly half a century ago, a young lawyer started grabbing headlines in Oakland County, then across the state. His name was L. Brooks Patterson, and he was the attorney for NAG, an anti-busing group in Pontiac. They were, essentially, parents who did no||11/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Our current polarized political climate started in the Clinton years||I went to Michigan State University last night to see former President Bill Clinton, who was the keynote speaker at a new annual event, the Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum. Clinton's hair is silver these days. He's thinner than you may remember. He is||11/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||More should be done to improve "end-of-life" options||There was a reporton Michigan Radio'sStateside program two days ago that revealed that while nine out of 10 of us want to have an end-of-life conversation with their doctors, only about one-sixth of us have actually done so. That didn't surprise me. We||11/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Gov. Snyder's decision on Syrian refugees plays into what ISIS wants||Governor Rick Snyder bowed to pressure yesterday and made a decision that was politically easy. He reversed his earlier courageous stand and announced that Syrian refugees are no longer welcome in Michigan. Here's what he said: "Our first priority is prot||11/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Michigan and the Bushes||The last time Michigan voted for a Bush for President, the Berlin Wall was still up, nobody in these parts had ever heard of a twenty-something Barack Obama, few imagined the Soviet Union would ever disappear, and the World Wide Web had yet to be invente||11/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||The future of the UAW||Today, auto workers at Ford will begin voting on a new three-year contract negotiated by the United Auto Workers union, a process that will take almost a week. The settlement is exceptionally rich by contrast with the last couple of agreements, negotiated||11/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||Don't believe the reasons Republicans give you for ending straight-ticket voting in Michigan||Election night last year was not a good one for Michigan Democrats. They lost ground in both houses of the Legislature, which the Republicans already controlled. They lost the governor's race, despite a weak re-election campaign on the part of Rick Snyder||11/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
A little left of Center
-- but tries hard not to be.
Food for thought in 3 minutes
Jack employs a matter of fact, common sense approach to his essays. He explores multiple aspects of mostly local (Michigan) issues and does not pander to any particular brand of politics. His comments are always well researched never fail to get me thinking.
Great example talk-radio and podcasting. Many Thanks to Jack and Michigan Radio for quality media in this age of overload.
Worth your time
Every Michigan resident should give Jack a listen. Even if you don't always line up with his personal politics, his reporting is fair and he looks at anyone with suspicion or ire if they deserve it.