Current Sports | 8/24/16 | #770

16 hours ago
Claressa Shields photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Claressa Shields, Women's Boxing, Erik "Doc" Love, High School Football Opening Day, Detroit Tigers, and Cassius Peat.

by Kathleen Alexander

With the help of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and other public and private funders, the Calhoun County Trailway Alliance plans to utilize the unique nexus of cross-country and statewide trails within the county limits to improve public health and grow local business.

Current State #820 | August 24, 2016

18 hours ago

Today on Current State: Two-time Olympic gold medal-winner boxer Claressa Shields returns to her hometown of Flint; Peppermint Creek Theatre Company's all-female production of "Lord of the Flies"; Neighbors in Action: La Leche League of East Lansing; a Pop-Up story from Josh Lown; and Soup Grant Lansing turns three.

Claressa Shields photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

In 2012, Flint native Claressa Shields became the first U.S. female Olympic boxing gold medalist. Now, after winning her second goal medal in Rio, Shields is back home. Current State’s Kevin Lavery was there.

Lord of the Flies cast photo
Anna Szabo / Peppermint Creek Theatre Company

Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is staging a unique production of “Lord of the Flies,” the story of abandoned boys who turn on each other when stranded by a plane crash. The cast is all female. We talk about what that means to the William Golding classic.

La Leche League photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week, we talk to La Leche League of East Lansing, an organization that provides support, encouragement, information and education to women who want to breastfeed.

Josh Lown photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We have a story today from Josh Lown, who appeared at our most recent Pop-Up Stories event in East Lansing. The theme was "The Call of the Wild."

Lansing Soup Grant awardees Lansing Track Club photo
Jennifer Whorf

Soup Grant Lansing supports community service organizations and small neighborhood businesses, and celebrates three years this month. Current State's Peter Whorf serves that story up.

Current Sports | 8/23/16 | #769

Aug 23, 2016
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Michigan State Quarterback Battle, Tyler O'Connor, Notre Dame Game, 2016 Rio Olympics, Josh Gordon, and Chris Solari.

Michigan Out of Doors | Fall Color Cruises

Aug 23, 2016
Cruise ship off of shoreline
Courtesy / Pictured Rocks Cruises

Thu. Aug. 25 at 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Join host Bob Garner to learn how you can take a spectacular fall color tour exploring the Great Lakes. Watch and call or GIVE NOW ONLINE.

Joe Bonamassa LIVE at the Greek Theatre

Aug 23, 2016
Joe Bonamassa performing
Christie Goodwin

Fri. Aug. 26 at 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Celebrated blues rock master Joe Bonamassa delivers a musical tribute to the three Kings of the blues: Albert, B.B. and Freddie. Watch and call or GIVE NOW for CD/DVD offers and a chance to win the WKAR TV GiveAway Bonamassa autographed guitar.

Mannheim Steamroller
Courtesy of Sara Hoffman / PBS

Sun. Aug. 28 at 10:30pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Celebrate 30 years of holiday magic and 40 years of “Fresh Aire” compositions with this special. Watch and call or GIVE NOW for special ticket offers

Current State #819 | August 23, 2016

Aug 23, 2016

Today on Current State: Lansing Board of Education president Peter Spadafore and Rep. Andy Schor discuss the fate of low-performing schools; Detroit photographer Marissa Gawel's National Geographic project documenting roadside attractions; recycling home construction materials; Sen. Debbie Stabenow talks about presidential politics; and comedian Ralphie May.

school buses photo
John Picken / flickr creative commons

The fate of a number of low-performing Lansing schools is uncertain as the district awaits clarification about test scores from Michigan’s School Reform Office. We hear the thoughts of Lansing School Board President Peter Spadafore and state Rep. Andy Schor.

Paint ball photo
Marissa Gawel

Marissa Gawel is a young Detroit-based photographer whose latest effort is a National Geographic magazine project to document roadside attractions. She talks with Current State’s Scott Pohl about her work.