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Recession, Election, Education in the Time of Coronavirus

This edition represents the second while Michigan State University's campus learns remotely and works from home. This one takes place over the incredible technology of

Elections, recession and education are in the forefront of this conversation. IPPSR Director Matt Grossmann, Economics Professor Charles Ballard and Associate IPPSR Director Arnold Weinfeld lead off this discussion. Their discussion: the country's unexpected coronavirus-caused recession, Michigan's March primary election and a new IPPSR research facility taking a deep look at what the nation's schools are doing as COVID-19 causes classrooms to close or on to the internet. 

In the final segment, guests Dr. Keith Hampton and Dr. Johannes Bauer, affiliated with MSU's Quello Center, discuss their latest report. With the help of an Michigan Applied Public Policy Research grant from IPPSR, theirr report investigated the broadband gap and K-12 student performance, a subject made even more timely by the onset of the novel coronavirus pandemic and resulting closure of schools for the remainder of the school year.

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.