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What to know and where to go in Metro Detroit. Timely conversations and local stories about a variety of topics including autos, bars and restaurants, business, Detroit City FC, development, local government, policy, technology, things to do, transit and more. All in about 20 minutes a day.

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Recent Episodes of Daily Detroit


Letters to Cleo's Michael Eisenstein Talks Old Times, New Music (and a local show at The Magic Bag)

Letters to Cleo's Michael Eisenstein Talks Old Times, New Music (and a local show at The Magic Bag)

Coming to town next weekend on Sunday, June 30, to the Magic Bag in Ferndale is a band that anyone who grew up in the nineties will definitely know.

And if you don't, well, you should get acquainted with the alt-rock legendary sound of Letters to Cleo. The band has some new material to go with favorites like "I Want You to Want Me," "Here and Now," and "Cruel to Be Kind."

To talk about the band, music, and the show, my guest is guitarist Michael Eisenstein. If it sounds like I'm a little excited, I'll...

Episode 1450 21 June 2024 12m and 54s


Dooped Donuts, Self-serve taps, Is it now the Detroit 2 as Stellantis is cutting jobs?, Michigan transit funding in limbo

Dooped Donuts, Self-serve taps, Is it now the Detroit 2 as Stellantis is cutting jobs?, Michigan transit funding in limbo

Welcome to your Daily Detroit for Thursday, June 20, 2024! Jer and Devon dive into a packed episode covering everything from new local spots to major news impacting the region.

First, Devon shares his excitement about Elephant and Company, a new venture by Eastern Market Brewing Company in Midtown.

The spot offers coffee, vegan donuts by Duped Donuts, and soon, self-serve taps for beer.

Devon also introduces us to Jarvis, Michigan’s only robot barista. Next, they discuss The Lone Goat, a British pub in the Metropolitan Building, offering an authentic atmosphere with traditional British al...

Episode 1449 20 June 2024 22m and 38s


Bye, Monty Williams. Who's next for the Pistons? (BONUS)

Bye, Monty Williams. Who's next for the Pistons? (BONUS)

Welcome to an emergency bonus edition of Daily Detroit! We get into the surprising (to some) decision by the Detroit Pistons to part ways with head coach Monty Williams. Despite a hefty $65 million contract, new management decided it was time for a change.

Fletcher shares his reaction to the move, admitting that he didn't see it coming, though he was never on Team Monty - and gets into the reasons behind Williams' leaving.

The conversation touches on the challenges Williams faced, including re-interviewing for his own job and failing to convince the management of his...

Episode 1448 20 June 2024 17m and 5s


Juneteenth and Crossing City Borders in Metro Detroit

Juneteenth and Crossing City Borders in Metro Detroit

It's Juneteenth, and normally we take Federal holidays off. But today, we're getting into a conversation about the holiday, the scope of our coverage in Metro Detroit, the changes in our area, as well as the importance of listening to people who’ve been around when you're new to working in a community.

We tackle some common feedback that Daily Detroit should focus solely on the city Detroit proper. We talk about why we cover the region, and argue that Metro Detroit's interconnectedness means covering the suburbs is essential.

Crossing city borders is a way of...

Episode 1447 19 June 2024 33m and 41s


Detroit’s Grassroots Solutions to Gun Violence (ft. Dujuan Zoe Kennedy, Force Detroit)

Detroit’s Grassroots Solutions to Gun Violence (ft. Dujuan Zoe Kennedy, Force Detroit)

In this deep-dive episode, we explore the transformative work of Force Detroit, a nonprofit organization led by Dujuan "Zoe" Kennedy.

His story goes from end to end - from prison to being invited to the White House twice.

He gives us an intimate look into the world of community-based violence intervention.

Kennedy explains the science-backed methods behind their work, and how these approaches help regulate thought processes and emotions. He discusses the importance of addressing trauma and the need for proactive, intentional efforts to deal with it.

The conversation then moves...

Episode 1446 18 June 2024 28m and 13s


Hello, Monday.

Hello, Monday.

We've got a lot of stories to talk about today.

First, a quick note: it's going to be a hot one this week. There are a number of cooling centers across the region and in the city of Detroit, including libraries, as temperatures are expected to soar into the nineties. Please be careful out there, especially with pets. If you walk them, walk them on grass instead of cement and keep them hydrated.

We have some sad news from the weekend. A mass shooting occurred at a splash pad in Rochester Hills, Michigan, leaving nine...

Episode 1445 17 June 2024 17m and 48s


Summer in the City: New Openings, Sushi, a Coffee Shop and a Bourbon Garden

Summer in the City: New Openings, Sushi, a Coffee Shop and a Bourbon Garden

Today, we're diving into the vibrant summer scene in Detroit.

Devon and Jer kick things off by discussing the new restaurant and bar scene, including the exciting opening of Easy Peasy, a new concept located in the old Cornerstone space downtown. They’re now offering a lunch sushi program from Detroit Sushi, making it a must-visit spot.

We also highlight the Monarch Club's fantastic cocktails and the importance of using reservation apps to snag last-minute tables at popular spots.

Jer shares his recent experience at Coriander, a restaurant on the far east side of...

Episode 1444 14 June 2024 20m and 49s


Holistic Approaches to Poverty (ft. Ryan Hertz of Lighthouse Michigan)

Holistic Approaches to Poverty (ft. Ryan Hertz of Lighthouse Michigan)

Today on your Daily Detroit, we're chatting with Ryan Hertz, the head of Lighthouse Michigan.  Ryan tells us about the amazing work Lighthouse is doing for affordable housing and emergency services in Oakland County and beyond.

We begin with how Lighthouse Michigan started. It's a combination of two old human service organizations. They aim to provide emergency shelter, food services, and affordable housing. Ryan talks about the big problems that cause homelessness and the new ways Lighthouse is using to solve them.

Ryan also talks about the issues of affordability in cities like Pontiac, comparing i...

Episode 1443 13 June 2024 21m and 20s


Restaurants may need to show their cards // Royal Oak approves apartments // A new hat in the Detroit mayoral race?

Restaurants may need to show their cards // Royal Oak approves apartments // A new hat in the Detroit mayoral race?

Welcome to your Daily Detroit, your essential guide to what’s happening in Southeast Michigan. It’s Wednesday, June 12, 2024, and we’re broadcasting from our studio at TechTown.

First off, a huge congratulations to Hajime Sato of Sozai in Clawson for winning the James Beard Award for Best Chef! It's fantastic to see a spot in the suburbs, like Clawson, getting recognition alongside Detroit. We also talk about the vibrant restaurant scene in Oak Park and the regional growth that lifts everyone.

Next, we discuss Councilman Scott Benson’s renewed push for health inspection placards at Detro...

Episode 1442 12 June 2024 20m and 25s


When a speedbump is a ramp, "Sub-Zero" Terrion Arnold, Visit Detroit x Burnley

When a speedbump is a ramp, "Sub-Zero" Terrion Arnold, Visit Detroit x Burnley

Hey all - welcome to Tuesday! Today, we're diving into a variety of topics.

Starting with a local traffic and design issue that has been causing quite a stir. A listener highlighted a large speed bump on Lafayette near downtown Detroit that has been surprising many drivers. We discuss the implications of this speed bump, its design, and suggestions for making it more noticeable to ensure it serves its purpose without being a surprise ramp for drivers.

Next, we shift gears to sports. Terrion Arnold has picked up the number zero on his jersey and...

Episode 1441 11 June 2024 19m and 27s

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