Public WDET-FM's 101.9 new local public affairs program, "Detroit Today," is set to debut on Monday, April 2 at 10am. The two-hour program will air weekdays, and hosting the program for its first week will be WDET's Matt Watroba.
Detroit Today features for the first week will include:
Monday- Opening Day in Detroit; Features include a conversation with Dan Dickerson, a story from former Detroiter and baseball fan, NPR's Don Gonyea, a look at what it is the Tigers' groundskeeper does and Matt Watroba has a conversation with his dad from Tigers' spring training in Florida. Also, Chuck Horn presents a music review of a new baseball CD box set.
Tuesday- Auto Industry; Has Detroit put all their eggs in the automotive basket, and if so what can we do about it? We'll hear from automotive analysts, as well as the governor's office on their plans for the near future. A social worker from MI Works, a social service that helps former auto workers transition into new jobs.
Wednesday- Education; What's the current state of education in this state, and in Detroit? Rev. Jimmy Womack, as well as others involved with the recent proposed school closings discuss the many issues.
Thursday- Health Care; Why are big hospitals being built in the suburbs, while access to heath care within the city isn't as accessible. We'll talk with Detroit Renaissance president Doug Rothwell about economic growth in the city, and a conversation with Dr. Calvin Trent about bridging the cultural divide.
Friday- Faith; On this Good Friday, Reverend Robert Jones and his wife Beatrice will discuss Easter while Rabbi Wolpe will discuss the Jewish Holiday Passover. The reverend and his wife will also perform some spirituals in-studio. A local woman discusses culinary alternatives to Passover fare, and we'll hear the story of one woman trying to preserve her heritage by keeping her families tradition of designing Easter eggs.