CS130227 http://wkar.org en Current State #33 | February 27, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-33-february-27-2013 <p><br>Today on <em>Current State: </em>Spartan women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant; author Winona LaDuke on Native American struggles with the U.S. military; the unsolved murder that changed Michigan politics; opera star Renee Fleming; and <em>Neighbors in Action </em>features Lansing's Box 23.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:54:03 +0000 Current State 31863 at http://wkar.org Current State #33 | February 27, 2013 MSU women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant on life, leadership http://wkar.org/post/msu-womens-basketball-coach-suzy-merchant-life-leadership <p><a href="http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/w-baskbl/mtt/merchant_suzy00.html">Suzy Merchant</a> is not only the successful head coach of Michigan State's women's basketball team, she's also a wife and mother of two boys. Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:21:04 +0000 Current State 31859 at http://wkar.org MSU women's basketball coach Suzy Merchant on life, leadership New book chronicles history of Native American struggle with U.S. military http://wkar.org/post/new-book-chronicles-history-native-american-struggle-us-military <p>Forty years ago, 200 members of the American Indian Movement took over the town of Wounded Knee, South Dakota.&nbsp; The group was protesting the federal government’s failure to honor various treaties with native tribes.&nbsp; The location was symbolic.&nbsp; In 1890, as many as 300 Lakota Indians were killed at Wounded Knee by the U-S Army.&nbsp; The standoff lasted 73 days and claimed three lives.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 19:13:35 +0000 Current State 31845 at http://wkar.org New book chronicles history of Native American struggle with U.S. military The unsolved murder that changed Michigan politics forever http://wkar.org/post/unsolved-murder-changed-michigan-politics-forever <p></p><p>Before the assassination of State Senator Warren Hooper in 1945, corruption in Michigan politics was the norm, not the exception. While it remains unsolved,&nbsp; the Hooper hit, which was widely believed to be the work of Detroit’s infamous Purple Gang, ushered in a crackdown on corruption and altered the political climate in Lansing for good.</p><p><a href="http://williamcwhitbeck.com/">Bill Whitbeck</a>, a Michigan Court of Appeals judge and the author of the 2010 novel “To Account for Murder,” which is based on Hooper’s death, recounts the story.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:56:53 +0000 Current State 31851 at http://wkar.org The unsolved murder that changed Michigan politics forever Opera star Renee Fleming in town for first time http://wkar.org/post/opera-star-renee-fleming-town-first-time <p></p><p>Concerts, Grammys, performing all over the world, opera star<a href="http://www.reneefleming.com/about/"> Renee Fleming</a> has done just about everything, except for a concert in East Lansing.</p><p>Tonight, the soprano can check that off her list as well.</p><p>WKAR’s Scott Pohl speaks with Fleming about her latest album, singing for Queen Elizabeth II, and the program she has planned for tonight's performance at MSU’s <a href="http://whartoncenter.com/">Wharton Center</a>.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:38:34 +0000 Current State 31838 at http://wkar.org Opera star Renee Fleming in town for first time Neighbors in Action: Box 23 http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-box-23 <p></p><p><a href="http://www.lansingmi.gov/box_23.jsp">Lansing’s Box 23</a> has supported the city's fire department for 75 years.&nbsp; The all-volunteer group provides refreshments and support to firefighters as they battle the worst fires.&nbsp; The name comes from the firebox used to call in the massive fire at Lansing’s <a href="http://www.cadl.org/answers/local-history/fires-hotel-kerns.html">Kerns Hotel</a> in December 1934.</p><p>Longtime Box 23 member Dave Rule and Lansing firefighter Steve Babcock share Box 23’s long history and explain what it’s all about.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 18:32:11 +0000 Current State 31837 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Box 23