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Current Sports #499 | June 29, 2015

12 hours ago

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


Current State #565 | June 29, 2015

15 hours ago

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.

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. 

Kevin Noe
MSU College of Music

Music legend Gunther Schuller died this week. MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe studied under Schuller and offers this remembrance.


Current State #562 | June 24, 2015

Jun 24, 2015

Today on Current State: Ingham County Commissioner Robin Naeyaert and Greater Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce CEO Tim Daman discuss the future of the Ingham Health Plan; Neighbors in Action: Paws With a Cause; MSU research into using scrap tire rubber in our roads; and the Purple Rose Theatre of Chelsea brings a preview of their upcoming season to Lansing's Riverwalk Theatre.

Paws With a Cause trains service dogs to assist people with disabilities. Current State speaks with Janey Ladd, who received her dog Colonel from Paws, and Deb Davis, community engagement manager with Paws With a Cause.


M. Emin Kutay photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

MSU researcher Dr. Emin Kutay is looking for ways to use rubber from scrap tires in asphalt. Will his work lead to better roads in Michigan?


Purple Rose Theatre plan 2AZ
Sean Carter / Purple Rose Theatre

On Sunday, the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea will bring their 25th season preview tour to Lansing's Riverwalk Theatre. Current State talks with artistic director Guy Sanville about the season to come.


Current Sports #495 | June 23, 2015

Jun 23, 2015

Athletes battling cancer, Pete Rose's gambling as a player, ESPN's dubious college football Future Power Rankings, Top Five Tuesday and so much more!


Current State #561 | June 23, 2015

Jun 23, 2015

Today on Current State: activists are calling for an anti-corruption ordinance in city of Lansing; Doc Fletcher combines love of kayaking and baseball in new book; a Michigan company turns algae into animal feed to help farmers reduce their use of antibiotics; and the author of a new book about Orson Welles' "The War of the Worlds" broadcast says the classic hoax has lessons for the social media age.

 

Author Doc Fletcher has merged his love for kayaking and baseball in his new book "Paddling and Pastimes: 6 Midwest Cities, the Rivers that Made Them, The Baseball Teams that Entertained Them." Current State talks with Fletcher about the intersection of paddling our rivers and our national pastime.


Brad Schwartz was 23 years when he co-wrote a PBS American Experience documentary on the 75th anniversary of Orson Welles’ radio sci-fi thriller, “The War of the Worlds.” He was the same age as Welles when the production aired in 1938. Now, Schwartz has published a book on the classic hoax. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with the Okemos native about his work.


Current Sports #494 | June 22, 2015

Jun 22, 2015

Spieth and the US Open, MSU b-ball recruit Josh Langford, Olympic gymnast Jordyn Wieber, weekend winners, and Lansing United's Matt Brown.


Picture of David Hollister and Virg Bernero
Mark Bashore / WKAR

Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero says it’s time to explore the possibility of selling the city-owned Board of Water and Light. Bernero has called on the city’s Financial Health Team to begin studying such a move. Current State talks to ex-Mayor David Hollister, who chairs the team, about the issue.


Current State #560 | June 22, 2015

Jun 22, 2015

Today on Current State: Michigan State University professor Paul Thompson on the ethics of what we eat; a start-up run by Michigan State University students brings a new treatment for infant jaundice to market; and an East Lansing based company that's shipping Game of Thrones merchandise to fans all over the world. 

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Oxford University Press

Current State's Scott Pohl talks to Paul Thompson about his new book From Field to Fork, which deals with the ethics surrounding the American food system.


Baby doll wrapped in TheraB blanket
TheraB Medical

A partnership between a Michigan State University start-up company and a Michigan-based medical sector investment firm is bringing a new treatment for infant jaundice closer to market.

Shield and three swords
Valyrian Steel

We hear about a company that’s bringing a little bit of Westeros to East Lansing. Current State’s April Van Buren talks to the owner of Valyrian Steel, the officially licensed merchandiser for the HBO series Game of Thrones. 

MSU Today | June 21, 2015

Jun 21, 2015

A conversation with MSU President Simon, Michigan's water strategy, Michigan Renewable Energy Fair


Current Sports #493 | June 19, 2015

Jun 19, 2015

U.S. Open leaderboard, Draymond Green's future, Jesse Goldberg-Strassler talks Lugnuts and Michigan Baseball Hall of Fame, Reflection Friday


Current Sports #492 | June 18, 2015

Jun 18, 2015

Thoughts on Charleston, top ten rankings for MSU and UM recruiting, George Blaha preview, Throwback Thursday.

Current State talks with Barb Levine, lead author of a report from The Citizens Alliance on Prisons and Public Spending that offers a roadmap to reducing the prison population and saving the state hundreds of millions of dollars every year.


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