How to Halloween photo
Courtesy photo / How To Halloween

Do you love Halloween but hate the sticker shock of elaborate costumes and decor?  Why not try a do-it-yourself approach? We talk with Steve Sneed, co-founder of How To Halloween, a family friendly event this weekend at the Lansing Center.

Erica Schmittdiel photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and for Neighbors in Action we hear from MSU Safe Place about the work they do to help victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Jack White and Dominic Davis photo
David James Swanson

Dominic Davis spent years in the Lansing-area performing with roots band Steppin’ In It. Now in Nashville, Davis talks about his appearance this Saturday with Jack White on the relaunch of Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion.

College Job Market to Continue Torrid Pace

Oct 12, 2016

The hiring of college graduates at all degree levels should be very strong in 2016-17, according to Michigan State University’s Recruiting Trends, the largest annual survey of employers in the nation.  Phil Gardner is the survey’s author and directs MSU’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute.

Current Sports | 10/11/16 | #799

Oct 11, 2016
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Matthew Mitchell

Michigan State Football, Mark Dantonio, 1965-66 Championship Team, Quarterback Situation, Bob Apisa and Race Relations.

Current State #850 | October 11, 2016

Oct 11, 2016

Today on Current State: Michigan Department of Natural Resources director Keith Creagh discusses criticism of the DNR on containing the New Zealand mud snail in three state rivers; a talk with Susan Bandes about her book "Mid-Michigan Modern from Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie"; a talk with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker about campaigning in Michigan on behalf of Hillary Clinton; and new Happendance School leader Heather Vaughn-Southard.

Keith Creagh photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Natural Resources

A species of invasive snail has now been identified in three Michigan rivers. Some anglers who fish Michigan’s legendary Au Sable River have accused state officials of an inadequate response to the New Zealand mud snail. Michigan DNR director Keith Creagh responds to the criticism and explains what the agency’s doing.

MSU Art History professor Susan Bandes has written a book on notable Lansing-area architecture called “Mid-Michigan Modern From Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie.” Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Bandes about this period in Michigan design.

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Courtesy photo / Sen. Cory Booker

New Jersey Democrat Cory Booker turned a lot of heads during his tenure as the mayor of Newark. His popularity helped propel him into the U.S. Senate in 2013. We talk with Sen. Booker about stumping for Hillary Clinton in Michigan.

Heather Vaughn-Southard photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Happendance School in Lansing has a newly named director. We meet Heather Vaughan-Southard to find out what challenges she anticipates tackling with the mid-Michigan dance troupe in the years ahead.

Urban planning at Michigan State University is the oldest program in the country,” Mark Wilson tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes.  “We have over 65 years of experience teaching about urban planning.

“It’s a popular major because we find that so many students today are interested in what is going to happen to the cities of the future.  Increasingly there is a theme of sustainability that runs through their interest.”


The Michigan State football team lost to Brigham Young University on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Stadium, marking three straight loses for the Spartans. It's the first time the green and white met BYU on the gridiron, and the first time they have lost three straight games since 2009. 

Current Sports | 10/10/16 | #798

Oct 10, 2016
Mark Dantonio photo spring football game
Matthew Mitchell / MSU Athletic Communications

Michigan State Football, Quarterback Quandary for MSU, BYU Football, Michigan Football, Blowouts in Sports and Current Sports Content.

Current State #849 | October 10, 2016

Oct 10, 2016

Today on Current State: Susan Demas and Kathy Hoekstra of the Two Chicks Speakers Bureau talk about last night's presidential debate and other election 2016 topics; Saturday's Dark Art Show and Party in Lansing; observing Indigenous People's Day rather than Columbus Day in East Lansing; and a look back at the MSU football loss to Brigham Young University and the Detroit Lions win over Philadelphia with Current Sports host Al  Martin.

White House photo
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Current State talks with the women who make up the Two Chicks Speakers Bureau, Kathy Hoestra and Susan Demas, about the upcoming election.