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Given the massive amounts of flooding we have seen this summer, Craig thought it wise to talk to some professional restoration experts on how best to react if and when your home falls victim to floods, fire, tree limbs, etc.   His guests are Brian Thomas and Justin Miller of Paul Davis Restoration of East Michigan.  They discuss mistakes people make in their desire to restore their home, how to avoid overpaying for the work, and which projects are most important to tackle first.  They also discuss the team they sent to assist in the cleanup after Hurricane Ida hit Louisiana this summer.   
Craig's and his guests Pat Batcheller of WDET, and Jeff Wattrick (formerly of WDET) have watched a lot of Detroit Lions football together over the years.   They have watched a lot of very strange endings to Lions games.  Sunday's game was no exception...the three of them break down the heartbreaker loss to the Baltimore Ravens at Ford Field, which ended on a record setting 66 yard field goal that should probably not even have been attempted in the first place.   It doesn't get more Lions than this.  
Join host Craig Fahle and his panel as they break down the big stories of the week!  Expected topics include the widening corruption probe at Detroit City Council; Haitians crowd the Southern border; a possible budget shutdown; the "movers and shakers" of Detroit gather on Mackinac; Covid won't leave us alone;  and much more.  Don't forget, the panelists will have their nominees for "schmuck of the week"!  Craig's guests this week include Allan Lengel of Deadline Detroit, and a few lawyers:  Todd Perkins, Joel Sklar, and first time panelist Allison Kriger!  
Craig's guest is Mark Burton, partner and co-leader of the  Economic Development Incentives Group at Honigman, a post he took in March.  Prior to joining Honigman, Mark Burton was the CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corp., which works to attract businesses and investment to the state, and tries to create a good environment for businesses to thrive.  The two discuss which tools are emerging as the most effective in luring companies to Michigan, and what we have learned about past incentive programs that didn't always live up to expectations.   Things like community benefits agreements, employment guarantees, and environmental impact assessments are much more common today than even a decade ago.   They also discuss the importance of regional cooperation and avoiding a so called "race to the bottom" of tax incentives.  
On today's show, Craig checks back in with Nancy Kaffer of the Detroit Free Press, to get her perspective on this year's Mackinac Policy Conference this year. Then, Craig speaks with David Naftzger, who serves as executive director for the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers.  He coordinates the efforts of eight U.S. Governors and two Canadian Premiers to grow the region’s $6 trillion economy and protect its  environment.David manages an innovative economic portfolio that includes impact investment, maritimetransportation, export promotion and tourism marketing. He also spearheads an award-winning environmental program to protect about 20% of the world’s surface fresh water.
Today, Craig has a two guest show...first, a conversation with Nancy Kaffer of the Detroit Free Press, who is attending this year's Mackinac Conference Policy hosted by the Detroit Regional Chamber.    The annual conference brings together Michigan's leaders in politics, business, non-profits, and the media for what the Chamber claims is a rare opportunity to share ideas, network, make deals, and come up with solutions to Michigan's problems.   The two discussed the main theme of this year's conference, "Reimagining a Healthy Michigan".  The two also preview planned speeches from Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  As expected, much of the discussion is about how the state will continue to deal with and recover from the pandemic, and how it might lead to changes in the way we approach everything from public health, jobs, community investment, and equitable development.    Then, Craig is joined by Pat Batcheller, Morning Anchor at WDET, Detroit Public Radio for their weekly chat about the weekend in Football, especially our struggling Detroit Lions.  
On this edition of "The Week That Was" Guest host Nancy Derringer and Allan Lengel talk to the panel to discuss the big stories of the week.   On this week's agenda:  James Craig's official entrance into the race to be Michigan's next Governor; Mayor Duggan says he won't debate his challenger Anthony Adams before the November election; California votes no on recalling Governor Gavin Newsom, and much more. As always, the panelists have their nominees for "Schmuck Of The Week."    Guests this week include Focus:Hope CEO Portia Roberson, Wayne State Senior Lecturer Saeed Khan, and longtime political consultant and 910 AM radio host Adolph Mongo.   
Craig's guest is Seth Resler, host of the D Brief Podcast.  Seth and his team have created a new live show, Detroit's Big Shot Talent Competition, which launches Wednesday September 15th at Planet Ant in Hamtramck.   The competition will be similar in structure to the popular "America's Got Talent" television show.   It promises to be a fun competition, and a way to give many artists of all types an opportunity to get back on stage to do what they do best, PERFORM.   
Craig's guest today is friend, colleague, and fellow long suffering Lions fan Pat Batcheller.  Pat is better knows as the morning anchor on 101.9 WDET, Detroit Public Radio.   The two have been wringing their hands over our beloved Lions for many years, and many sad Mondays.   
Craig and  Allan Lengel of DeadlineDetroit.com sit down to discuss the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.   Deadline Detroit Editor Allan Lengel was a reporter at The Washington Post, working on the disappearance of an intern from California named Chandra Levy. On Sept. 11, 2001, his assignment changed. Around 9:30 a.m., he was walking to the subway in northwest D.C., heading to work, when he bumped into a friend who told him that two planes had just crashed into the World Trade Center in New York. By the time he got off the subway, a jet had also crashed into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., just outside D.C.To mark the attack's 20th anniversary, Lengel talks with Deadline Detroit's Craig Fahle about what happened next, including his conversation with his mother who survived Auschwitz and flying days later to Detroit to cover a terrorism hearing. 
Join host Craig Fahle and his panelists as they discuss the big stories of the week so far...and it has indeed been a busy week.  The group will focus on the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Hurricane Ida and its path of destruction, the fight against COVID continues to be a struggle, and of course, the Supreme Court and Texas' new abortion law.  Panelists this week include regulars Nancy Derringer and Allan Lengel of DeadlineDetroit.com, plus special guests, Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer, and MichiganAdvance.com editor Susan Demas.   
Today, Craig revisits a conversation from earlier this year with John Lindstrom, former publisher of Gongwer News Service in Lansing.  They discuss Michigan's constitution, and a provision that allows for voter referendums that are basically veto proof.  Under Michigan law, petition drives that gather enough signatures under the law can go straight to the Legislature, which if they approve, can not be vetoed by the Governor.  The referendum method of creating law has been used many times in recent decades, and now is being used by Michigan Republicans to get Voter ID requirements passed despite a likely veto by Governor Whitmer.   Michigan's law is unique...only 340 thousand signatures are needed to get the issue in front of the Legislature.   This means a very small minority of voters can get laws passed without the Governor's signature, or a vote of the population.   Is it time to change this?  What needs to be done to make that happen?   
Join host Craig Fahle and his panelists as they try and untangle the news of the week. On the agenda, terrorism and chaos attempt to disrupt the U.S. evacuation from Afghanistan; COVID still rages, with our schools becoming the latest battlegrounds over masks and mandates; the FBI continues digging into the Detroit City Council; Trump's lawyers get a judicial beat down; A Governor Whitmer kidnapping defendant gets sentenced; and more. As always, the group will all have their nominees for "Schmuck of the Week."Panelists this week include Allan Lengel and Nancy Derringer of DeadlineDetroit.com, plus longtime journalist, PR person and civil rights activist Greg Bowens, and business consultant and former Grosse Pointe School Board member Brendan Walsh, and Saeed Khan, Senior Lecturer in Near East and Asian Studies at Wayne State University.  
Craig's guest is Dan Lijana, spokesperson for the QLine M1 Rail project.   The QLine is getting ready to reopen to passengers in late September, after shutting down due to COVID last year.   The company says it has taken the last 18 months to make improvements to the system,  to make it more useful and reliable for commuters in Detroit.  
Join host Craig Fahle and his panelists as they discuss the big news stories happening this week.  On this week's show, they will discuss the situation in Afghanistan as the U.S. evacuation struggles; the COVID fight continues, as many states struggle with the Delta variant, and new battle lines are being drawn over mask and vaccine mandates; former Tiger pitcher Jack Morris gets suspended for inserting his foot firmly in his mouth; DTE tries to sooth its angry customers with a credit of a hundred bucks; and much more.   As always, look for the group's nominees for "schmuck of the week"!  Panelists this week include regular contributors Nancy Derringer and Allan Lengel of DeadlineDetroit.com,  and longtime TV news director and talent agent Mort Meisner.   
Craig is joined by Saeed Khan, Senior Lecturer in Near East and Asian Studies at Wayne State University.  The two discuss what's happening as the U.S. tries to evacuate it's personnel and many of those that aided the U.S. during it's 20 year war in Afghanistan.  The hectic scene is reminiscent for many of the fall of Saigon in 1975 as the U.S. exited Vietnam.  Many are questioning why this is happening, when the U.S. had a lot of time to plan its exit.  Also, what signals is the Taliban sending about how it intends to proceed in governing the country.  Will women's rights truly be respected?  Will amnesty be granted to those that cooperated with the U.S.? Lastly, will the Taliban honor its pledge to allow the U.S. to safely finish its evacuation?   
Craig's guest is Paul Eisenstein, Publisher of TheDetroitBureau.com.   The two discuss recent lengthy power outages for tens of thousands of Metro Detroit residents, and whether or not the uncertainty about the reliability of the local electric grid may impact people's faith in emerging electric vehicle technology.  Will the government's push for electric vehicles force utilities to upgrade the existing infrastructure?  Also, the two discuss how the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has begun an investigation into EV pioneer Tesla's "Automatic Pilot" systems, which have now been linked to a series of accidents.   
Join Craig and his band of merry political pranksters as they discuss the important (sometimes less important, but silly or strange) stories of the week!  On the agenda: President Biden gets a win in the Senate; COVID threatens to spike again; Former Acting AG Jeffrey Rosen spills the beans on Trump's post election tantrum; The American withdrawal from Afghanistan; Governor Cuomo resigns, the Census shows Detroit shrinkage; and more.  As always, the gang will have their individual nominees for "Schmuck of the Week"!  Panelists this week include regulars Nancy Derringer and Allan Lengel of Deadline Detroit, plus two special guests, lawyers Steve Fishman and Todd Perkins.  
Craig's guest is Jeffrey Miles, Senior Director for Early Childhood Excellence with the United Way for Southeastern Michigan.  They just announced that their Connect4Care Kids program has expanded beyond just the city of Detroit, and now is available for residents in all of Wayne County.  The program is  a free, centralized resource designed to make it easier and less overwhelming for families with young children to find and understand options for early childhood education and care.   By creating a "one stop shop", parents get vital information on the location, quality, and costs of child care facilities near them.  In addition, they can learn what benefits may be available to them to make quality child care more affordable.  
Craig's guest today is longtime Detroit Free Press reporter John Gallagher.  He has just written a book called "The Englisman and Detroit: A British Entrepreneur Helps Restore a City's Confidence".   The book tells the story of Randall Charlton, a so called "serial entrepreneur" who started Asterand in Detroit, an unlikely biotech success story at a time when the city was reeling with economic problems.  After taking Asterand public,  Charlton went on to lead TechTown at Wayne State University, to help other budding businesses find their way in the city.  The book also chronicles how Charlton's influence and methods have helped to bring back an entrepreneurial spirit in a community that had long been dominated by the ups and downs of the auto industry.  
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