Our Live Music Friday guest today is Ben Fuhrman. In recent years, Ben has been a member of the local group Wisaal. Tonight, he’ll perform a solo mandolin recital at the MSU Community Music School on South Hagadorn Road in East Lansing, starting at 8 p.m.
The Minnesota Orchestra is leaving today for Cuba where they will perform two historic concerts on May 15 and 16. WKAR 90.5 Classical with Classical Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media are thrilled to bring these performances to you live from the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba! These are the first performances and broadcasts of an American orchestra from Cuba since President Obama moved to normalize relations in December 2014.
Current Sports kicks off the show decoding the new Chris Webber-Jalen Rose square-off that has developed in light of Weber's comments about the 'Fab Five' 30 for 30 documentary that Rose helped to produce. Then, Tori Franklin, triple jump competitor for Michigan State's track and field team, joins the show to enlighten the listeners about the "Big Ten's", the track competition that will be landing in East Lansing on Friday. Next, Al and Isaac review the NBA and NHL playoffs, giving predictions for both brackets, and Isaac elaborates on his cool connection with the new Madden cover boy, Odell Beckham Jr. And, like every Thursday, Current Sports hosts 'Throwback Thursday' to teach you sports trivia of days past.
EAST LANSING - Waddling around the wrestling room at IM Sports West is MSU wrestling head coach Tom Minkel’s “child”. However, Indigo is no ordinary child – she is Minkel’s 17-year-old female hyacinth macaw.
“She’s smart, she’s fun, but she’s like having a permanent three-year-old child forever. They don’t grow up, they don’t mature,” Minkel said.
I traveled to Cuba over spring break this past March and I didn’t know what would be waiting for me when the plane landed in Havana. The most I knew about Cuba was what I learned from my friend, and traveling companion, Erin. She studied abroad in Havana for five months in summer 2014, and fell in love with the country, its people and its culture.
She was so excited to share it with me and for me to experience it for myself.
Today's show is full of different voices on the air, as Current Sports has not one, but two guests. Troy Matlock, the new head coach of Lansing Eastern football, joins the show to discuss how he plans to improve a team that only won three games in the past four years. Then, Al and Isaac talk about their favorite "30 for 30" documentaries, in response to Chris Webber's comments about the 'Fab Five.' Finally, Chris Gandy of the "Those Detroit Guys" podcast calls in to talk about his mission, his show, and Detroit sports.
Eighteen months away from the 2016 presidential election, two Democrats and six Republicans have formally thrown their hat into the ring. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas was the first Republican to announce his candidacy. Cruz is the son of Cuban immigrants who before his congressional career was the longest-serving Solicitor General in Texas history.
A historic Michigan landmark in Ionia County is set for restoration soon. For close to 150 years, Whites Bridge near the small town of Smyrna in Ionia County served both a practical and picturesque function. Practical as a way for travelers in the area to cross the Flat River, and more recently as a scenic area popular with shutterbugs and young people getting their engagement photos taken. Two years ago, someone burned it down. But bridge lovers have raised enough money now for a complete rebuild.
Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we hear about an organization you’re probably familiar with: the YMCA. What you might not know is the organization offers a lot more than swimming lessons, including programs for adult refugees and physical education programs in Lansing public schools.
“Usonian” is an architectural term attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright, describing some of his affordable family home designs beginning in the 1930s. Usonian homes were typically small, single story dwellings without a garage or much storage. But they were as thoughtfully designed as Wright’s commissions for far wealthier clients. A group of young professionals in Kalamazoo County was among the first to embrace Wright’s innovative idea.
The 'Deflategate' punishments have been finally handed down, but did the NFL get this one right? Current Sports discusses the news as callers also chime in with their takes. Then, Al brings Nick Germano of the Insane Inflatable 5K to discuss the new competition that will be stopping in Lansing. Several pieces of breaking news come in during the show, and Al and Isaac provide their first reactions. Then, all attention turns to college violations, both Michigan's recruiting violations and questions about Tim Beckman's coaching, to end the show.
After a marathon session, the Lansing City Council last night approved Mayor Virg Bernero’s proposed 2015-16 budget, but it was not a complete victory for the mayor. The council also rejected his plan to create a new layer of oversight to regulate the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Bernero proposed establishing the position of inspector general to review the BWL’s procedures to ensure greater accountability, but after hours of debate and several failed attempts to pass amendments, the city council instead decided to fund an audit of the BWL by an independent agency.
For the past year, students in MSU's School of Journalism have documented the life experiences of seniors in our state as part of the multimedia initiative "The Living History Project: Stories Told by Michigan's Oldest Old." Oldest old refers to individuals who are 85 years old or older. It's also the fastest growing age group in the US. In our second installment of this four-part documentary series, we hear from 90-year-old Holocaust survivor and Detroit area resident Katherine Sattler.
In the coming year, nine of Michigan’s coal-fired power plants are scheduled to retire. That has environmentalists and renewable energy advocates cheering. And the state’s two major utilities, Consumer’s Energy and DTE, say they are ready to invest in a more sustainable energy future. But first, the companies say, Michigan has to return to a fully regulated electricity market.
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra closes out its season this Friday at Wharton Center. This concert features music from Stravinsky’s "Firebird" and pieces by Ravel and Rossini. It also features a new piece for piano and orchestra that area audiences haven’t heard yet.
Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is teaming up with a national organization that gathers stories from veterans and their families for an upcoming project. “The Telling Project” wants to hear from Michigan people with military ties for what Peppermint Creek will call “Telling: Lansing”. It will be staged in November.
Although only the last 10 minutes of the show were recorded, Monday's Current Sports still has plenty to check up on. Al and Isaac review the Meredith Boxberger interview, with their competitive eating escapades paling in comparison to the 17th ranked competitive eater in the world. Then, Weekend Winners runs the rest of the show.
90.5 Classical is very pleased to announce live broadcasts of Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra for the 2015/16 season. The A2SO's Main Stage events will kick off in September with an all-Beethoven program featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson with Beethoven's Piano Concerto #3 and the "Choral Fantasy" along with the UMS Choral Union. As in past seasons, live WKAR/A2SO broadcasts will feature Saturday night performances from the Michigan Theatre and Hill Auditorium, with an encore broadcast the following Saturday at noon on 90.5 Classical
Economist Ruth Beier became a member of the East Lansing City Council in January. She says she grew tired of attending council meetings, complaining and getting nowhere, so she decided to run for office. Beier says it’s time for East Lansing to do things differently. Mainly, she says, it needs to shift more attention and resources away from the city’s commercial downtown to its neighborhoods.
Picture this: you’re walking along the shores of Lake Michigan on a warm spring day. The lake breeze is blowing and the waves are lapping at your feet when all of the sudden you see something strange out on the water. Like, say, the Chicago skyline.
The filmmaker behind a new documentary on vaccines and exposure to mercury will be in East Lansing this week to talk about his project. Eric Gladen's movie is called “Trace Amounts: Autism, Mercury, and the Hidden Truth.” He points to the use of a preservative containing mercury called thimerisol in vaccines as being the reason for the growth in cases of autism and other conditions.
From the New York Times to "CBS Sunday Morning" to PBS’s "Nova," David Pogue is one of media’s best known presenters and reviewers of tech topics. Among his many notable accomplishments, Pogue is also recently known as technology columnist for Yahoo Tech. Pogue’s acclaimed public TV series "Making Stuff" aired last year on WKAR-TV. His show combines his unique blend of humor and analysis of the latest consumer and scientific innovations.
It's graduation day for many Michigan State seniors, and Current Sports with Al Martin sends some advice their way regarding financial stability. Denzell Wright, a financial advisor for Northwestern Mutual and a Michigan State graduate, is in the booth to talk about how athletes lose such large sums of cash. His advice extends beyond athletics, however, and is applicable for anyone.
Also, Al and Isaac hypothesize about the reasons beyond Caleb Swanigan's recommitment from MSU. Could that have a ripple effect to other recruits?
The panel discusses the defeat of the sales tax hike and other topics. The guest is political consultant Howard Edelson. Zoe Clark, Jonathon Oosting and Susan Demas join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick.
Current Sports with Al Martin starts off with a bang today as the show begins with discussions on "Deflategate." What exactly should happen to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady? Al, CS engineer Isaac Constans, and callers debate the issue.
"Current State" reporter Scott Pohl heads to Ann Arbor to visit the only golf course in Michigan that provides "golfboarding" as a way of getting around the green! Hear Pohl's experience, as well as from those that have tried it. Could this spark golf interest for the young generation?
Lastly, we close out the show with "Throwback Thursday."