All this week, we’ve been taking you to the Detroit Auto Show to see what’s new, what’s groundbreaking, and what’s just plain fun. On the main floor of the auto show, you can see a massive 3D printer, and it’s printing a car. And if you venture to Hall E in the Cobo Center, you can see the finished product.
Current State's Scott Pohl talks with Lee Herge, Chief Operating Officer of the Chandler, Arizona based Local Motors.
It’s another Live Music Friday here on Current State, and all this hour we’ve been enjoying hearing from Rev. Robert Jones. Along with Josh White Jr., he'll perform at tonight's Ten Pound Fiddle concert. It’s called “Black Fathers of Folk Music: Josh White and Leadbelly”. The show includes the songs of these two pioneering artists, with Josh and Robert in character…Josh as his father.
Callers open the show with thoughts on the Patriots' "De-Flate Gate" scandal and if their famous coach knew the balls were inflated. Later, Al and Alex break down the Penn State game last night and delve into 'Throwback Thursday.' To close the show, Brandon Jennings and the NCAA investigation into academics are explored.
Today on Current State: Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth announces he won't run for another term in 2016; human trafficking; the transformation of Cobo Center in Detroit; guided imagery; and Scott D. Southard reviews Elizabeth Dutton's "Driftwood".
Gene Wrigglesworth has worn a policeman’s badge for almost 50 years. For more than half that time, he’s served as the Ingham County Sheriff. But in 2016, an era in the county’s history will come to an end. This week, he announced that he will not seek re-election.
WKAR's next Community Cinema event is tonight, featuring a preview of “A Path Appears". This three-episode series is journalist Nickolas Kristof’s latest collaboration with his wife, Sheryl WuDun, and is a follow-up on the book and movie “Half the Sky.” The subject of both is human trafficking, but “A Path Appears” focuses on the subject here in the United States.
If you’ve been going to the Detroit Auto Show over the years, you know that Cobo Center has undergone an enormous transformation. A $279-million dollar multi-year renovation is nearing its end. Inside, the changes have included new uses for the former Cobo Hall, the former home of the Detroit Pistons and numerous rock concerts. Fixing Cobo up was crucial to keeping the Auto Show in Detroit, but lots of other convention business is heading to the Motor City as a result.
Last week, Current State host Mark Bashore had a chance to witness and participate in a very interesting group exercise. It was his first encounter with guided imagery, a technique that tries to direct and focus the imagination using rich, descriptive sound cues.
Literature has always loved a good road trip. From Homer’s "Odyssey" to Tolkien’s adventures in Middle Earth to Kerouac’s "On The Road", the storyline has never left us. These road narratives often follow the same themes. The trip is usually a metaphor for growth and self-discovery. And when the hero returns home, he is a stronger person, more resolute, and ready to take on problems that would have vexed him before the trip.
Al begins today's s how previewing Michigan State's game tonight against Penn State basketball. Later, the hot topic is "deflate-gate," and Al and Alex debate if the Patriots should suffer for having deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. To close the show, they briefly discuss the NCAA investigation into university academics.
Today on Current State: State Senators Rick Jones and Jim Ananich consider Gov. Snyder's State of the State address; Neighbors in Action: Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care; electric cars at the Detroit Auto Show; and "brownwashing": companies that downplay their environmental record.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder updated his near term goals in the annual State of the State speech last night. The centerpiece was the creation of what the Governor called a “River of Opportunity” that would improve state services, especially those coming Michigan’s Departments of Community Health and Human Services. Snyder plans to combine the two into one. He says their work represents a “failed model” that is too focused on programs than on people.
It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about a group of Lansing area women raising money to help Lansing area non-profits thrive, Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care.
The Detroit Auto show is in full swing in downtown Detroit. Two very different automakers are grabbing a lot of the electric vehicle attention at the Cobo Center this week. Current State's Peter Whorf has the latest on the electric cars on display at the North American International Auto Show through Sunday.
Companies sometimes try to look more environmentally friendly than they are, but a new study indicates they might also downplay their “green” achievements, depending on who’s listening to their message.
University of Michigan athletics received a much-needed boost this week with the hiring of Jim Harbaugh's son, Jay. The basketball team is still struggling however, so does the Caris LeVert injury mean it's closed curtains on the Wolverine season? Then, Current Sports invites longtime sports radio host Jack Ebling to the show to discuss his network switch and all things sports. Finally, the show ends with the top five awkward sports moments, a segment that listeners will want to stick around for.
Recently, Michigan has been through a Gubernatorial campaign, an election, a lame duck legislative session and an inauguration. And Governor Snyder delivers his annual State of the State address this evening. Amid all this political activity, what do Michiganians think of their top elected officials?
A national organization designed to inspire and educate entrepreneurs is coming to Lansing. It’s called Startup Grind. The Lansing Startup Grind will hold its first meeting on Thursday night. Startup Grind was formed in 2010 and has grown to 150 cities in 65 countries.
Lots of things end up in Great Lakes that shouldn’t be there. Plastic bottles and microbeads, fertilizer runoff from farm fields, and invasive species are only a few. Now, add to that list prescription drugs. Researchers are increasingly worried about how chemicals from prescription medication could be impacting aquatic wildlife.
What’s made in Poland and is named after the Spanish word for waterfall? It’s the newest convertible from Buick, the Cascada, unveiled this week at the Detroit Auto Show. The North American International Auto Show is in full swing at Detroit’s Cobo Center this week. Current State will bring you all the latest these next few days in our NAIAS series.
On Martin Luther King day, Al reflects on his own life and recaps the weekend in Michigan State men's and women's hoops. Later, Alex and Al recap the NFL playoffs and discuss Max Scherzer's decision to join the Washington Nationals. To close the show, it's 'Weekend Winners.'
Today on Current State: Freedom Rider Henry Thomas; a Voices of Experience conversation with Mordechai "Max" Kreinin; Michigan's newest U.S. Senator, Gary Peters; and an essay from Sandra Seaton on civil rights in America.
We remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. Cities across America are holding various events, including in Lansing. In 2015, the day seems to resonate with even greater impact than usual, following a tumultuous year of unrest. We've seen events like the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner in New York and Tamar Rice in Cleveland. You could feel the echoes of the 1960’s, when protests and violence were much more widespread.
We all know Michiganians we feel are extraordinary for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices. Maybe for their success, or their service, and for the insights that result from those experiences. Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s ongoing series, Voices of Experience. This week, long-time Michigan State University economics professor Mordechai “Max” Kreinin officially retires, ending a 57-year career on the MSU faculty.
Two weeks ago, Democrat Gary Peters had the honor of replacing Michigan Senator Carl Levin in the U.S. Senate. Peters had already served five years in the U.S. House representing parts of southeast Michigan. Mr. Levin had just wrapped up a 35-year career.
At the start of today's Current State, we heard from Henry Thomas, one of the original 13 “Freedom Riders” who rode through the Deep South in 1961 to defy Jim Crow laws. Now, on this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we end with an essay from one of our mid-Michigan citizens who remembers the sting of segregation. Sandra Seaton is a local playwright who spent part of her childhood in Tennessee.
Aerial Powers had 16 points and 11 boards for the Michigan State women's basketball team in a close loss to No. 22 Iowa Sunday.The Spartans kept the high-powered Hawkeye offense (79.8 points a game) in check but couldn't come up with a final key play down the stretch. Suzy Merchant's team falls to 9-9, 1-6 in the Big Ten.
State of the automotive industry, 2015 Michigan agriculture forecast, Michigan Eco-Traveler
MSU J-school alumnus and Detroit Free Press automotive critic Mark Phelan on the state of the automotive industry; a 2015 forecast for Michigan's agriculture industry from Michigan Agri-Business Association President Jim Byrum, too, and the eco traveler Sally Barber with her guide to sustainable adventures in Michigan.
With three players earning double-doubles, the Michigan State women's basketball team captured its first Big Ten win with a 63-56 win over Illinois Thursday at the Breslin Center. In the midst of such a rocky start to the conference season, the Spartan's are still staying positive. WKAR's Al Martin reports from the Breslin Center on how this team is planning a "U-Turn" as the season rolls on.