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Current Sports #503 | July 6, 2015

4 hours ago

Women's World Cup, Reggie Jackson's fat new contract, the Tigers' diminishing playoff hopes, and Weekend Winners.


Current State #569 | July 6, 2015

8 hours ago

Today on Current State: Cong. Mike Bishop; using chestnuts to brew beer; Anne Erickson of the Lansing State Journal previews the Common Ground Music Festival; and the treatment of juveniles on Michigan prisons.

There's a new beer brewing trend in Michigan: using chestnuts as an ingredient.


The Abolitionists: American Experience

9 hours ago
American Experience: The Abolitionists
WGBH / PBS

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 8pm and 9pm on WKAR-TV | Witness the struggles of Douglass, Garrison, Grimké, Stowe and John Brown to end slavery.

Current Sports #502 | July 2, 2015

Jul 2, 2015

NBA Free Agency wrap up, MSU Wrestling, Throwback Thursday, the Women's World Cup, and the Detroit Tigers.


Current State #568 | July 2, 2015

Jul 2, 2015

Today on Current State: Michigan prosecutors weigh in on prison reform; celebrating the Fourth of July without fireworks; making Michigan communities more walkable; book reviewer Scott D. Southard considers "Eight Mile High" by Jim Ray Daniels; and Live Music Thursday with Taylor Taylor.

Fireworks over Lansing
Flickr - Betsy Weber

For some veterans, the sound of fireworks brings back disturbing memories. Now, there's an effort to subdue the noisemaking aspects of Fourth of July celebrations.


Book reviewer Scott D. Southard considers the new book from Michigan author Jim Ray Daniels.


Joshua Davis on BackStage Pass

Jul 2, 2015
Joshua Davis performing with band
W.R. Richards / WKAR-MSU

Friday, July 3 - 11pm WKAR-TV | Watch NBC'S The Voice finalist perform alongside mid-Michigan musicians 

Current Sports #501 | July 1, 2015

Jul 1, 2015

Anthony Davis's HUGE contract, Jim Harbaugh, the Women's World Cup, an in-studio interview and Barbershop Wednesday.


Current State #567 | July 1, 2015

Jul 1, 2015

Today on Current State: Ingham County controller Tim Dolehanty; an archeological dig on the MSU campus; tornado damage in Portland; Neighbors in Action: the Capital Area Humane Society; and Susan Ager on her National Geographic story about Detroit.

Dog with collar labeled Adopt Me
wantmorepuppies / flickr

In our Neighbors in Action segment this week, we learn about the Capital Area Humane Society.


Susan Ager photo
courtesy Susan Ager

Former Detroit Free Press writer Susan Ager has written a story about Detroit for National Geographic magazine.


WKAR is not only an asset to the mid-Michigan broadcast community, we are also a strong advocate for our local non-profit community partners. This year I had the privilege of co-chairing the annual Tee It Up for KIDS golf outing for Child & Family Charities.

Current Sports #500 | June 30, 2015

Jun 30, 2015

It's a special 500th episode with more than a couple blasts from the past.


Current State #566 | June 30, 2015

Jun 30, 2015

Today on Current State: Month in Review with state capitol reporters Rick Pluta and Emily Lawler; a visit to American Fifth Spirits in Lansing; retiring East Lansing Police Chief Juli Liebler; and a new recording of Brahms and Reger sonatas by clarinetist Guy Yehuda and pianist Ralph Votapek.

courtesy Blue Griffin Recording

A new CD by clarinetist Guy Yehuda and pianist Ralph Votapek includes sonatas by Brahms and Reger.


Current Sports #499 | June 29, 2015

Jun 29, 2015

Mark Snyder, Tom Shanahan, Tyus Battle's decommitment, the Tigers, James McCann, and Weekend Winners.


Current State #565 | June 29, 2015

Jun 29, 2015

Today on Current State: Meet Lee Chaney and Dawn Chapel of Mason, the first same sex couple married in Ingham County last Friday; Paint Nite in Lansing; Great Lakes Month in Review with journalist Gary Wilson; and the NBA draft and MSU basketball with WKAR's Al Martin.

WKAR File Photo

Lee Chaney and Dawn Chapel of Mason became the first couple in Ingham county to be married following Friday’s same sex marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Satellite image of Great Lakes
Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Our Great Lakes Month in Review for June looks at reducing phosphorous runoff into Lake Erie and a Wisconsin town that wants to draw drinking water from Lake Michigan.


Branden Dawson photo
Matthew Mitchell / MSU Athletic Communications

The NBA draft was held last week. Former Spartans Branden Dawson and Travis Trice now hope to make pro teams.


Same sex marriage photo
Mark Bashore / WKAR

Current State talks with Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, who began performing same sex marriage ceremonies shortly after today's U.S. Supreme Court decision was announced.


Current Sports #498 | June 26, 2015

Jun 26, 2015

NBA Draft, Stanley Johnson, Ranting, The Confederate Flag, Branden Dawson, Current Sports Rewind, and Reflection Friday.


Current State #564 | June 26, 2015

Jun 26, 2015

Today on Current State: Marianne Udow-Phillips of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act; the rescue of a woman from a submerged car after this week's Portland tornado; the Michigan National Guard prepares for a nuclear explosion; and Live Music Friday with Joshua Davis.

Mary Pline car photo
WLNS/Ionia County Sheriff's Office

Mary Pline was rescued from a submerged car in the aftermath of this week's tornado in Portland.


Blackhawk helicopter photo
Capt. Brian Anderson / Michigan National Guard

The Michigan National Guard has been training for conditions that might accompany a nuclear explosion this week.


Current Sports #497 | June 25, 2015

Jun 25, 2015

Al and Isaac's Mock Drafts, Travis Trice, Branden Dawson, Tom Saxton, and Throwback Thursday.

  

Current Sports #496 | June 24, 2015

Jun 25, 2015

Justin Verlander, Tom Brady's Appeal, the Detroit Tigers, the NBA Draft, and a Special Guest.


Current State #563 | June 25, 2015

Jun 25, 2015

Today on Current State: We meet Norm Knappman of Howell, a World War II veteran who has suffered from the effects of being exposed to mustard gas; celebrating the 100th birthday of Detroit civil rights figure Grace Lee Boggs; a new report indicates that Michigan will need to attract more primary care physicians in the future; and MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe remembers the late composer Gunther Schuller. 

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