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Flickr - Kyle McDonald

Civil Rights icon Grace Lee Boggs will celebrate her 100th birthday on Saturday. Celebrations will be held in Detroit to honor her work.


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?


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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.


Kirk Heinze talks with Mark Lichtenstein of the National Recycling Coalition about local, national and global recycling efforts.

We writers tend to take short stories for granted. They are practice. They are something students do in a class. They are throwaway ideas for a collection or a blogsite. Most recently, publishers have been asking authors to create short stories as a means for introducing a novel to an audience, sort of an awkward attempt at a prequel. Check out this free short story, now come back and buy the book!

Emily Stillman photo
http://www.foreveremily.org/

Federal health authorities appear to be getting close to approving a vaccine against potentially fatal Meningitis B. In 2013, the disorder made national news after outbreaks at two U.S. universities with around ten confirmed cases. None were fatal.

Baldori at the piano
Scott Pohl / WKAR

There will be lots of great live music in the Lansing area this weekend. In Old Town Lansing, Festival of the Sun and Festival of the Moon are Friday and Saturday, with artists like The Outer Vibe and Sierra Denae. If jazz is more your style, the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in East Lansing includes Rodney Whitaker, Thornetta Davis and many others on Friday and Saturday. To whet your appetite, Summer Solstice is kicking things off tonight with the boogie-woogie piano duo Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza at 7 p.m. in the MSU Music Building’s Cook Recital Hall.

Current Sports #491 | June 17, 2015

Jun 17, 2015

  WKAR's Current Sports opens up with a discussion about all things Finals, and where the Warriors will go in the future. Draymond Green tacked up a triple-double in the closing game and Al and Isaac talk about what he means to the Warriors and his future. Then, the newest details of the MSU softball scandal are revealed and Al talks hockey with Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press. The show closes with 'Barbershop Wednesday', and leaves Al and Isaac exploring the uncovered side of domestic violence.


It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make greater Lansing a better place. Mid-Michigan is a culturally diverse region. Lansing has long been known as a place where refugees from various parts of the world have come to build a new life. One agency at the forefront of serving refugees is St. Vincent Catholic Charities.

Current Sports #490 | June 16, 2015

Jun 16, 2015

The Stanley Cup playoffs have concluded, and former Spartan Duncan Keith scored in the Chicago Blackhawks' Game 6 triumph over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Keith took home the Conn Smythe trophy as well, for his performance through the playoffs. Al and Isaac analyze the game and talk about whether the Blackhawks qualify as a dynasty after winning three cups in six years. Then, the conversation shifts to another championship, with Warriors beat reporter Diamond Leung joining the show to give you the inside information regarding Game 6 of the Finals. After the chat, the show closes with a discussion about Hope Solo and the St. Louis Cardinals cheating scandal, which broke minutes before the show.


markschauer.com

In last November’s elections for the Michigan House of Representatives,  49-percent of voters chose a Republican to represent them. Nonetheless, a headcount reveals that House Republicans comfortably outnumber Democrats, 63-47. The reason is the way legislative districts are drawn.

    

After years of single-minded dedication that began very early in her life, Jordyn Wieber’s stellar gymnastics career reached pinnacles in 2011 and 2012. Those were the years she won a world championship in "all around" competition and a gold medal in the London Olympics. Earlier this year, the Dewitt native announced her retirement from elite competition.

www.cleanwateraction.org/mi

In the second half of his presidency, Barack Obama has been flexing his muscles on environmental regulations. The president has proposed regulations that would significantly cut carbon emissions, one of the main contributors to climate change. But the administration isn’t just worried about air pollution and climate change, they’ve also been thinking about water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently finalized a rule that would limit pollution into streams and wetlands that are upstream of major waterways.

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