We’re celebrating Independence Day as a nation tomorrow, and that means fireworks. Michigan relaxed its fireworks sales law in 2012, so there are now more roadside stands and large retailers hawking their wares.
While we’ll be celebrating Independence Day here in America tomorrow, halfway around the world the date also marks a national holiday in Rwanda, though it’s a much more somber occasion.
July 4 is Rwanda's Liberation Day and it marks the end of the country’s official mourning period for the more than one million people who were murdered during the genocide there in 1994. And this year, of course, is the 20th anniversary of those horrific 100 days.
Andy Warhol is perhaps the most recognizable name in 20th century American art. One factor in his popularity is the many album covers he designed. As a graphic design artist, Warhol’s album works date back to the late 1940s.
Harry Wyckom was a turn of the 20th century Grand Rapids insurance salesman...and model. Wyckom posed as the character “Mr. Rover”, a traveling dandy who was pictured in scenes all around Grand Rapids and Western Michigan in front of notable buildings and scenic areas.
It was a stacked show on Current Sports today. To start, Dan Killbridge from 247sports.com joins Al to discuss the future of recent NBA draftees Gary Harris and Adreian Payne. He also touches on the latest MSU football recruiting news. Later, Brooks Laimbeer from MSU Impact Sports joins Al to summarize the USA loss to Belgium, and analyzes the state of soccer in the United States. To close the show, Matt and Alex hit on the most recent news in sports.
On Friday, our nation celebrates its 238th birthday. But today, America is also observing the passage of one of the most significant laws ever crafted in its history. On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law that forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin was born in an era of violence and intolerance in America.
In a recent op-ed, Republican State Representative Joe Haveman of Holland describes coming to Lansing five years ago to advance principles of limited government and restrained spending. He goes on to describe how his commitment to those principles unexpectedly led him to advocate reforms to Michigan’s $2 billion a year correctional system.
Last Thursday, an oil spill was discovered in the Grand River near Old Town in Lansing. As crews continue to clean it up, city officials are planning their next moves. Yesterday, Lansing mayor Virg Bernero held a news conference to give an update on the spill.
It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Mayor’s Young Lansing Coalition and Partnerships, or MY Lansing CAP. The coalition, which was officially announced last week, features a broad array of community partners and stakeholders that are coming together to improve the quality of life for Lansing’s young people of color.
Al brings on special guest David Schuman, founder of one of the largest scouting and recruiting football camps in the country. The duo talks all aspects of recruiting and Schuman gives his take on the recruiting process. Later, Matt and Alex join to talk about the recent Detroit Tigers game-winning homer, and close the show with their top five best ways to win a game.
Dr. Charles Hyde is a former Wayne State University professor and author of the 2014 book Images from the Arsenal Democracy. The book follows the wartime transformation of the Detroit auto industry into the war machine of the late 1930's and early 40's.
On this Monday, Al kicks off the show discussing the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros three-game series, and speaks his mind on the recent Jason Kidd trade. Later, Lansing United head coach Eric Rudland joins Al to discuss the current standing of the team as well as the community support. Finally, the crew debates about penalty kicks in soccer and touch on weekend winners.
June has come and just about gone. The Governor signed budgets this month, though not for a comprehensive road funding package as many had hoped. Primary candidates traded jabs, and the Detroit Free Press shined an intense light on the state’s charter schools and it has generated a lot of discussion.
As the importance of China’s influence grows, so does the need for people who understand Chinese culture and the Chinese language. To foster that sort of understanding, universities across the United States, including Michigan State University, have established Confucius Institutes.
Today on Current State: Democratic legislator says more oversight needed for MI charter schools; a summer film preview; National HIV Testing Day; and marking the 100 year anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the start of World War I.
Earlier this year Current State’s Emanuele Berry previewed the first half of the summer film season with John Serba, M-live entertainment reporter and film critic. Emanuele found out what the rest of the summer films have to offer.
Today is National HIV Testing Day. Across Michigan this weekend there will be events and opportunities for free HIV tests, including Ingham County, which has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the state.