Current State #836 | September 21, 2016

Sep 21, 2016

Today on Current State: Rep. Gretchen Driskell talks about her campaign against Cong. Tim Walberg in Michigan's 7th district; an exhibition of artwork from album covers at the Lansing Mall; and Neighbors in Action: Youth for Understanding. Our guest host in Kyle Melinn of the MIRS news service.

Gretchen Driskell photo
Courtesy photo / Gretchen Driskell

Current State Guest host Kyle Melinn talks with Gretchen Driskell about her bid for congress. The Democrat hopes to win the seat now held by Republican Tim Walberg.

Keys to Creativity album art exhibit photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Album covers used to get almost as much attention as the music inside. The Keys to Creativity gallery in the Lansing Mall marks the “Golden Age of Album Art” from 1967 to ‘83 with an exhibit through October 6th. Current State’s Scott Pohl has a look.

Youth for Understanding photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Youth For Understanding is an international educational exchange program for students and adults founded in Michigan. For Neighbors in Action, we speak with the local field manager, as well as a host parent and an exchange student who is here from Germany.

Current Sports | 9/20/16 | #784

Sep 20, 2016
View of the Flint river
Maria Palmo / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State Football, Mark Dantonio Press Conference, Detroit Lions Takeaways, Matthew Stafford and Morris Peterson.

Current State #835 | September 20, 2016

Sep 20, 2016

Today on Current State: MSU senior Elise Conklin discusses winning a Student Academy Award for a documentary about the Flint water crisis; Lansing Board of Education president Peter Spadafore; MSU vice president for university advancement Bob Groves; and MSU corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski talks about modern-day tailgating. Our guest host is Scott Westerman of the MSU Alumni Association.

'From Flint: Voices Of A Poisoned City' photo
Courtesy photo / Elise Conklin

MSU senior Elise Conklin has won a Student Academy Award. We talk with her about her documentary "From Flint: Voices Of A Poisoned City."

Peter Spadafore photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

We talk with Lansing Board of Education president Peter Spadafore about his priorities.

MSU sets fiscal year fundraising record

Sep 20, 2016
WKAR File Photo

Current State talks with MSU's vice president for university advancement, Bob Groves, about raising money for a Big Ten Conference school.

Tailgating: not just hot dogs and hamburgers any more

Sep 20, 2016
Tailgating grill photo
Andrew Sprung / flickr creative commons

We talk with MSU corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski about football season tailgating.

portrait: Ken Burns

Renowned documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, the second recipient of the Spartan Statesmanship Award for Distinguished Public Service, will be the featured speaker at the Gov. Jim Blanchard Public Service Forum on Sept. 23 at Michigan State University.

The Perfect 10 was a situation Michigan State had prepared for and executed perfectly at the end of a perfect opportunity to beat Jim Harbaugh in year one and to flex its muscle in the series that matters most,” says Jack Ebling, co-author of “The Perfect :10” with fellow Spartan alumnus and journalist Joe Rexrode.

MSU Homecoming 2016: Spartans for Life

Sep 20, 2016

Homecoming is the time of year when Michigan State University’s campus feels particularly exciting.

Alumni and friends return, and they join in with students to celebrate what it means to be a Spartan. No matter how far a Spartan is from East Lansing, there will always be a link to this university that, in big and small ways, changed their lives for the better.

The Contenders 16 for '16

Sep 20, 2016
The Contenders 16 for '16
Courtesy of OZY Media / PBS

Tue. Sept. 27 at 8pm | Dukakis/Romney −The Technocrats: Learn why two successful Massachusetts governors were so unsuccessful in their presidential bids.

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War

Sep 20, 2016
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Courtesy / Sharp Family Archives

A new film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky. WATCH NOW