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Paving the Way -- AVs and Roadways

The State of the State Podcast discusses issues, questions, answers, policy and research on the hottest topics on the local, state and national stage.

State of the State podcasters Interim IPPSR Director Arnold Weinfeld and Charles Ballard, Director of IPPSR's State of the State Survey, will talk together and share the air with frequent guests monthly.

IPPSR thanks Director Matt Grossmann, now on sabbatical, for kicking off the State of the State Podcast and infusing it with extraordinary energy.

The production will be featured on 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.

In this edition of the State of the State Podcast, Weinfeld and Ballard talk with guest Shelia Cotten, IPPSR Faculty Affiliate and MSU Foundation Professor in the Department of Media and Information. Cotten makes a specialty of research into advancing the lives of older adults as they navigate the challenges of technology's fast pace. They review research into autonomous vehicles, and predict the challenges -- and benefits -- of driverless vehicles moving people and goods.

IPPSR thanks MSU's University Communications office, MSU Director of Public Relations Jennifer Davis, Producer Russ White of MSU Advancement Marketing and Communications, Jon Whiting professor of practice in the Department of Media and Information, and all those who support the efforts necessary to make this production possible.