Erika Erickson celebrates our 250th episode as we stay classy Detroit with a graphic conversation about dead bodies, crazy women with knives, placenta recipes and scandals that kept ML out of the National Honor Society.


Erika Erickson joins ML, Marc and Shawn as we mark a milestone: 250 episodes of ML’s Soul of Detroit. And what better way to mark such an august occasion than a discussion of decomposing bodies. But what do you expect when you’ve got three reporters on a show with a producer who loves true crime and legal matters?

Erika, who is now a communications specialist, can still be seen on a TV near you. She tells about her upcoming star turn on a true crime show that recounts a story she covered while working at Fox 2 Detroit. The chilling case involves an honor roll student who stabbed a classmate in a Warren high school. Of course, this provokes a story from ML about how a scandal kept him out of the National Honor Society.

Erika and Shawn swap stories about what it’s like to be in a courtroom when someone is convicted. Erika is still shaken by the eyes of the high school murderer. Find out why.

Marc accuses ML of fetish-shaming after the discussion turns to weirdos who obsess over things like the feet of women on TV. Erika says she and her friends get some very odd requests … none of which they fulfill!

ML impresses Erika by knowing what TRL stands for after Erika shares how she was on MTV back in high school. She didn’t get to meet Carson Daly and still has some hard feelings over how her mom made her go back to school instead of hanging out in NYC for another day.

Long before she became a TV reporter, Erika was a figure skater. She recalls her days of messing with her coach by flying around the rink when she should have been working on her double axels.

What do the MSU Board of Trustees have in common with the French version of the movie poster for “Dumb & Dumber?” ML explains in his latest “On Guard” column for the Detroit Free Press. Read it here.

If you missed Erika’s last appearance on the show, check it out here

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