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Line 5 Worries and Checkbook Reality

The State of the State Podcast discusses issues, questions, answers, policy and research on the hottest topics on the local, state and national stage.

State of the State podcasters Interim IPPSR Director Arnold Weinfeld and Charles Ballard, Director of IPPSR's State of the State Survey, will talk together and share the air with frequent guests monthly.

IPPSR thanks Director Matt Grossmann, now on sabbatical, for kicking off the State of the State Podcast and infusing it with extraordinary energy. The production will be featured on radio stations on the air and over the internet, on SoundCloud at, over ITunes, on Facebook, Twitter and on the IPPSR website at

This month's production features researchers Doug Bessette, assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Community Sustainability, and Grant Gunn, Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences. They share results of a State of the State Survey detailing what Michigan residents know about the Line 5 underwater oil pipeline and their concerns about oil spills, particularly during icy conditions in the freshwater lakes. The state's economy is also featured in this month's podcast discussion.

On the MSU campus, IPPSR specializes in policy education, leadership training and survey research in MSU's College of Social Science. We are the home of the Michigan Political Leadership Program, the Office for Survey Research, State of the State Survey, Legislative Leadership Program, Rosenthal Legislative Internship Program, more than 60 affiliate faculty members, student policy fellows and major research databases on topics of interest to academic researchers, legislators, policy makers, elected leaders and journalists around the world.

IPPSR thanks MSU's Communications and Brand Strategy office, MSU Director of Public Relations Jennifer Davis, Producer Russ White of MSU Advancement Marketing and Communications and all those who support the efforts necessary to make this production possible.