Current State #176 | October 10, 2013

Oct 10, 2013

Today on Current State: Gov. Rick Snyder on Detroit's bankruptcy; political polling; and a new book about the link between Detroit and the U.S. Nazi movement in the past.

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For three hours yesterday, attorneys representing influential Michigan labor unions and others had a chance to question Gov. Rick Snyder under oath about events leading up to his July decision to authorize bankruptcy for the city of Detroit.

Researcher explains intricacies of political polling

Oct 10, 2013
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Much of the news coverage of American politics these days centers on the horse race results of polls. Who’s ahead? Who’s behind? Is this candidate or that issue trending up or down in popularity? But what does that sort of coverage really tell us? How can we be assured of the accuracy of a particular poll? And what has modern technology done to how this information is gathered and compiled?

Book explores Detroit connection to U.S. Nazi past

Oct 10, 2013

Author Arnie Bernstein has published a new book about the rise of an American Nazi movement in the 1930s, which had strong ties to the city of Detroit. It’s called “Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund.”