“The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.” While some would take this quote from Shakespeare as merely insightful into human nature, author Christopher Moore takes it as gospel. Moore’s character named Pocket turns out is the very same fool from the great Bard’s “King Lear.” And this fool is the wisest person in any throne room.
Pocket first appeared in Christopher Moore’s wonderful satire “Fool,” reinventing the classic Shakespeare tragedy from the perspective of this intrepid character. In that novel, Pocket is the mastermind for the undoing of King Lear and his two wicked daughters.
Now Pocket has returned in a new book, “The Serpent of Venice.” In this comedy adventure Pocket is stuck in Venice, and it begins with him trapped in a cellar preparing to experience a slow and horrible death. From there the story grows to include mermaids, a best friend named Othello, a merchant named Shylock and a villain named Iago, who really doesn’t have a chance against a brain like Pocket’s.
Today on Current State: July's Month in Review; the state of mental health services under medicaid expansion; a murder mystery set on MSU's campus; and Scott D. Southard reviews "The Serpent of Venice."
As enrollment in the state’s Healthy Michigan program continues, many of the state’s Community Mental Health officials have been sounding the alarm that they do not have sufficient funds to treat everyone who comes to them for help. In fact, there have already been scattered reports of people being cut off from state mental health services due to the shift in funding caused by the Medicaid expansion.
The week of fame continues on Current Sports, as Al invites former MSU football player Jerry West on the show to discuss his induction into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame taking place tonight. He played at Durand high school and played during the 1966 championship year. Later, AL and Alex talk about the recent comments made by Mark Dantonio and discuss recent commitment Tyler Higby. To close, it's throwback Thursday.
Al chats with Jody (Every) Parker, daughter of chairman Bob Every, about her recent induction into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame. Later, it's a big day for Detroit Tigers discussion, as Joakim Soria gave up four runs in his first appearance. Al and Alex debate about the concern, and also touch on comments made by head coach Mark Dantonio about assistant coach Pat Narduzzi. Finally, it's barbershop Wednesday, and they talk about the decline of playground basketball.
David Bieri is assistant professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His main research and teaching interests are at the intersection of urban planning and real estate economics, public finance and economic geography.
Last week, General Motors announced plans to expand its Delta Township plant and requested a 50% tax break over 12 years from the Lansing City Council. Similarly, the new logistics center at General Motor’s Grand River plant that just started construction that comes with a $4-million tax break.
The passions of farming, cooking, brewing and much more are all a part of RoadBelly Magazine. The Grand Rapids based publication is about to enter its second year as it expands its scope beyond western Michigan.
It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the VFW National Home for Children. The campus, located in Eaton Rapids, offers a nationwide help-line and has 42 single-family homes for families of active duty military or veterans from around the country.
We recently reported on a snakebite incident in Lower Michigan. A young, barefoot visitor to an Ann Arbor botanical garden was bitten by an Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake, the only rattlesnake native to our state. The young girl was hospitalized and recovered. The incident has triggered an advisory from a group of Michigan naturalists of the risk of an encounter with this species of snake in our state.
Al chats with Jessica Beech Bograkos about her recent induction into the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame. Later, the hot topic is Big Ten Media Day, and Al and Alex break down all of the interviews. They later discuss the recent move of the Detroit Lions to push back the contract negotiations of Ndamokung Suh until the end of next season. To close, they give the five biggest busts in sports history.
Today on Current State: a charter school official addresses accountability and transparency; Great Lakes Month in Review: Detroit water shut-offs and Asian carp litigation; 8th District candidate Tom McMillin; and a magazine highlights the best of Lake Superior.
Several Michigan charter school authorizers from around the state journeyed to Lansing yesterday. They met with state schools Superintendent Michael Flanagan about more vigorous oversight of the state’s charter schools.
We are just one week away from the primary election here in Michigan, which means it’s the home stretch for the candidates vying for their party’s nominations to succeed Congressman Mike Rogers in the 8th Congressional District.
Lake Superior Magazine’s September issue will includes its annual Best of the Lake list. The article highlights reader favorites in dozens of categories, from best spectacular views to best boat ride to best fish sandwich.
Al opens up Monday with a recap of Lansing United's historic run in the NPSL playoffs. Then, Al invites Lansing Lugnuts play-by-play broadcaster Jesse Goldberg-Strassler on the air to discuss the current status of the team. Finally, Al and Alex debate whether the Detroit Tigers slump over the weekend should cause concern, and go over weekend winners.
Mike Bishop is a leading contender for the chance to represent Lansing and East Lansing in the U.S. Congress beginning next year. A recent EPIC/MRA poll shows the former State Senate leader enjoys a 12 percentage point lead over his closest competitor in the GOP-leaning 8th district.
Current State’s Scott Pohl has been meeting historian Jack Dempsey at historic sites around Detroit this summer, and he’s back with another installment today. This time around, they stopped by Fort Wayne in Detroit.
Last Friday, General Motors announced plans for a $37-million expansion of its Delta Township auto production plant. GM will ask the city of Lansing for a tax incentive package to help finance the project. The company will make its initial request to the Lansing City Council this evening.
From the Detroit bankruptcy to a high-profile lawsuit against phone giant Verizon, pensions are in the news lately. With all the talk about pensions being frozen, or reduced, or bought out, we wanted to get kind of a “Pensions 101” perspective.
MSU Grad Bill Schneider operates Wildtype Native Plant Nursury in Mason, Michigan. Current State’s Peter Whorf has been taking us there this summer to hear about Schneider’s work and expertise in the field.
Al invites Scott Yoshonis from Lansing State Journal on the show to give listeners the latest in the firing of Fulton's head football coach. Scott breaks down all of the gritty details and the missing links that surround it. He also touches on Lansing United. Later, Alex and Al debate whether Soria was the right deal for the Detroit Tigers, and if the Detroit Lions should put the franchise tag on Ndamokung Suh. Finally, favorite stories from the week are discussed.