Uncertainty in Washington about the future of the Affordable Care Act is leaving many Michigan consumers in the dark on how much they will paying for health coverage next year.

President Trump is threatening to withhold payments to insurance companies that help make coverage affordable for people who buy their own health insurance. More than 300 thousand people in Michigan buy their coverage on exchanges set up under Obamacare.

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The City of Grand Rapids is reopening two if its parks this week. Call it a nearly $1 million refreshing.

Grand Rapids Campau Park is now new and improved with the addition of a splashpad and new playground. That along with renovations to the restroom facility, walking path, drinking fountain, benches bike rack, trash cans and landscaping add up to $650,000 in improvements.

Carla A. Hills

Jul 11, 2017

A celebration to commemorate President Gerald R Ford's 104th birthday is happening this week Ambassador Carla A. Hills will speak on Thursday. Hills served as Ford's Secretary of Housing and Urban Public Affairs and joins us this morning.


Lt. Gov. Brian Calley is starting a new effort to make Michigan's Legislature part-time.

The Detroit News reports  Calley's Clean Michigan Committee announced Monday it submitted a new petition with revised language to the Secretary of State.

Rev. Gary Dorrien

Jul 3, 2017
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Rev. Gary Dorrien is our guest. He joins us to talk about his Religion Dispatches article, “Irony Repeats Itself: Reconsidering Reinhold Niebuhr in the Trump Era.”

Behaving Badly (Part II with Eden Collinsworth)

Jun 26, 2017

Eden Collinsworth returns to Common Threads to continue the conversation about her book, Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex and Business.

Eden Collinsworth

Jun 19, 2017

Eden Collinsworth joins us to talk about her latest book, Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex and Business.

3 Michigan congressmen at baseball field during shooting

Jun 14, 2017

Three Republican members of Michigan's congressional delegation were among lawmakers who were practicing baseball when a gunman opened fire at the field in suburban Washington. U.S. Rep. Mike Bishop gave an eyewitness account Wednesday to Detroit radio station WWJ. He says many more people would have been shot if security staff hadn't returned fire. Bishop says he was at home plate when the gunman approached with a rifle. 

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot. Bishop says Scalise was a "sitting duck" on second base. Bishop says fellow

The race is on for Michigan’s 3rd District in 2018, as a local Grand Rapids native announced his candidacy for Congress. Democrat Jeff Thomas of Grand Rapids is the owner of a web design and development business and also runs a local non-profit that looks to improve the effectiveness of the charitable food distribution system.

Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation

President Jimmy Carter is this year’s recipient of the Gerald R. Ford medal for distinguished public service. In Washington D.C. from the Capitol Hill Club, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation presented former U.S. President Jimmy Carter with the Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

Monday evening during the annual reception and dinner, guests witness Carter accepting the medal from his Atlanta, Georgia office via video.