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The Cryonics Institute in Clinton Township, Michigan is one of only three full-service cryonics facilities in the world. We talk with senior board member Patrick Heller about what they do.


Current State #881 | November 28, 2016

Nov 28, 2016

Today on Current State: Midland House Republican Gary Glenn explains his opposition to Senate-passed energy legislation; Patrick Heller of the Michigan-based Cryonics Institute; Michigan's youngest-ever state Representative, Democrat Jewell Jones of Inkster; and Current Sports host Al Martin discusses the Michigan loss at Ohio State and MSU's season-ending loss at Penn State.


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Energy policy is among the important business before the House of Representatives this week. It’ll begin looking at a bipartisan pair of bills passed by the Senate that lay out the future of Michigan’s electric choice market, replacing coal-fired plants and renewables. We talk to a Republican opponent of the measures.


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Meet Michigan’s youngest incoming state Representative. Jewell Jones of Inkster won election on November 8th in Michigan’s 11th House district. At 21, he’s thought to be the youngest ever elected to the state House.


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The Michigan Wolverines and Ohio State Buckeyes provided a rivalry game for the ages on Saturday . We talk with Current Sports host Al Martin about how the college football playoff was shaken up a bit with the outcome, the final game of the MSU football season and the NFC North-leading Detroit Lions.


MSU Today | November 27, 2016

Nov 27, 2016
Mackenzie Mohr

Holiday food safety tips and eating trends; selecting, caring for, and properly disposing of your real Michigan Christmas tree; the MSU Shadows project turning downed trees into furniture and works of art; why endowed chairs and professorships are so important to MSU’s future. 


Hamilton's America on Great Performances

Nov 25, 2016
Hamilton's America
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Fri. Dec. 2 at 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | A look at the creation of "Hamilton" Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical. 

Current State #880 | November 23, 2016

Nov 23, 2016

Today on Current State: Dr. Temple Grandin: serving Lansing's homeless: Refugee Development Center and WKAR radio staff Thanksgiving favorites.

Temple Grandin
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

“It is never too late to expand the mind of a person on the autism spectrum.”

These are the words of Dr. Temple Grandin, who’s sometimes referred to as the best known person with autism in the world. 

That’s due to her renown in not one, but two, fields.  

Grandin has done groundbreaking work in animal welfare. She’s best known for designing humane cattle-handling facilities that are used for half the cattle in the U.S.

She is also a prolific writer and advocate for people like herself on the autism spectrum.   

homeless
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

With Thanksgiving marking the start of the traditional holiday season, we’re entering the peak time for charitable giving. 


refugees
Katie Cook / WKAR

Michigan has long been a home to refugees from around the world.

In this week’s “Neighbors in Action,” we talk to an organization that helps refugees that land in the Lansing area adjust to life in America.

Executive director Erika Brown Binion explains the work of the Refugee Development Center.

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Brooke Allen / WKAR

Thanksgiving is a time to watch football, hang out with family, and of course enjoy that one favorite dish you look forward to all year long.


After the episode taping concludes, guest and panel continue to chat.

Watch it at video.wkar.org

Off the Record 11/25/16 | Ep. 4622

Nov 22, 2016

Topic: Governor Snyder hopes to build relationship with Trump. Guest: Jim Blanchard, Former Michigan Governor.

Watch it at video.wkar.org

New! Anne of Green Gables

Nov 22, 2016
Courtesy of Breakthrough Entertainment / © 2015 Gables Productions Inc. / PBS

Thu. Nov. 28 at 8pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | A new adaptation of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic novel tells the story of Anne Shirley. 

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