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Coronavirus: Elections, Politics, Recession

IPPSR's State of the State podcasters tackle issues, questions, answers, policy and research on the hottest topics on the local, state and national stage. The coronavirus and its effects on the state and nation figure prominently In this edition.

IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann, Michigan State University economist Charles Ballard and IPPSR Associate Director Arnold Weinfeld review Michigan's March presidential primary and look ahead to November's presidential election. With the nation, the state is reeling from the effects of pandemic -- the coronavirus with no immediate treatment, cure or preventative treatment save for social distancing that has sent families and workers home, education online and the country into recession.

Notably, this State of the State Podcast is the first to be recorded and produced entirely remotely as MSU has moved to online instruction. 

We want to always say that this production is featured on WKAR Radio along with radio stations on the air and over the internet, on SoundCloud at, over ITunes, on Facebook, Twitter and on the IPPSR website at 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 University Communications, 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.