The Large Hadron Collider is one of the world’s major research facilities. 27 miles in circumference and spanning the French-Swiss border, the LHC has been shut down for two years of planned maintenance. Before the shutdown, the collider had run for three years, and the discoveries there have included the long-sought Higgs boson. This month, the facility re-opened, and researchers from Michigan State University have a prominent role in the work being done there.
There’s always a lot of excitement when MSU’s Wharton Center announces its schedule for the coming season, and today, the slate of shows for 2015-16 is being released. The Broadway schedule always leads the way at Wharton, and the shows coming to East Lansing include some that are new to town, one major program that will be here before heading to Broadway, and the return of “The Book of Mormon.”
In an exciting edition of Current Sports, there is no lack of sports discussion as both the NHL and NBA playoffs have begun, filled with lots of action. After a promising first game, the Red Wings were demolished in Game 2 by the Lightning and Current Sports discusses the latest on the goalie situation in Detroit. Also, Al invites Okemos basketball star Connor George on to the show as they talk about his recent commitment to Michigan State.
The Lansing Community College “One Book One LCC” initiative this year has focused on a community read of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks”, and it concludes Tuesday night with a chance to hear from two of her grandchildren. Lacks died in 1951, and cells from her tumor, taken for research without her consent, have led to ethical debates. Jeri Lacks Whye and David Lacks Jr. will be at LCC on Tuesday.
From 2003 to 2013, Michigan prosecuted over 20,000 juvenile offenders as adults. Advocates for juvenile justice reform say youth housed in adult prisons are at a much greater risk for sexual abuse and suicide than the adult prison population. And while there is now a sight and sound barrier between juvenile offenders and the adult prison population, that wasn’t always the case. The state is now facing allegations from seven former juvenile offenders that they were sexually abused by both other prisoners and prison staff while housed in those facilities.
One of the rising stars of the MSU football team is junior linebacker Riley Bullough. His football pedigree is well known: his grandfather Hank Bullough played at MSU in the 50s; his father, Shane, was a Spartan in the 80s; his brother Max was here through the 2013 season, and another brother, Byron, is a redshirt freshman at MSU. Beyond that, his other grandfather, Jim Morse, played at Notre Dame, and three uncles also played college football.
It was a special day on Current Sports, as longtime engineer and personality Alex Scharg steps off the air with his final day. Callers give tribute throughout the hour and Alex looks back on some of his best memories at WKAR. Also, the Detroit Red Wings and Delton Williams are discussed along with other topics around the sports world.
Yesterday, Republicans in the U.S. Congress marked their 100th day of being the majority legislative party in Washington. Mike Bishop represents that majority in his capacity as the recently sworn in congressman from Michigan’s 8th District, which covers Lansing and East Lansing along with Ingham and Livingston counties and part of Oakland county.
If you’re a public radio fan, chances are you know and love Ira Glass, host of the popular weekly show and podcast "This American Life". The show started at WBEZ in Chicago in 1995, and in the 20 years since has become one of the world’s most popular public radio programs. It’s even made its way into pop culture, showing up on tv shows like "Saturday Night Live", "30 Rock", and "Orange is the New Black".
Brad Cole is our Live Music Friday guest today on Current State. We’ve heard from him and his friends Erin Sax and Chris Edrington during the show today. The trio performed yesterday at the Broad Art Museum and at a Pump House concert in East Lansing last night.
The NBA playoffs are all set up, and Al and Alex analyze all of the first round matchups. They take a look back on the Pistons' season as well and examine who should win the NBA MVP. Also, listen for an exclusive sneak peek of this week's Current Sports TV interview with Richard Kincaide. And finally, 'Throwback Thursday' hosts a discussion about Jackie Robinson and other sports greats who broke down barriers.
The Lansing Police Department will soon add a controversial new tool to its equipment list: 100 body cameras. Some law enforcement agencies in mid-Michigan are already experimenting with the devices. The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office has 25 body cameras on hand. In Ingham County, officers are testing a few cameras at the county jail, and the department is preparing to receiving more. The East Lansing and Michigan State University police departments are also planning to use body cameras. The device has evolved from a technological novelty to the centerpiece of a new front in the struggle for racial harmony and civil rights.
The 28th Rally of Writers is Saturday in Lansing. The annual one-day conference will bring together leading Michigan writers like “Bootstrapper” author Mardi Jo Link, author and WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael and others with audiences who love reading and aspire to write themselves. The keynote speaker will be Jack Lessenberry, whose essays on Michigan politics are seen in publications across the state and heard on our Michigan Public Radio Network sister station in Ann Arbor, Michigan Radio.
This Sunday at 3 p.m. at Lansing’s First Presbyterian Church Molly Grove Chapel, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series presents a single work. It’s Johann Sebastian Bach’s seminal keyboard composition, “Goldberg Variations”, a one-hour study in melody and invention unsurpassed since its 18th century creation.
The murder trial of Aaron Hernandez officially has a verdict. Al and Alex break down the counts of murder and what the overall verdict means for the NFL. Later, Al and Alex preview the new addition of Jake Hartbarger to Michigan State's football team and also preview the NBA playoffs.
For years now, Michigan has struggled with how to implement its medical marijuana law. Voters approved legalized pot in 2008, but applying the law has been fraught with complications. Patients, caregivers, physicians, law enforcement, local and state governments and the courts all have had different concerns. The challenge boils down to how to regulate the drug and how to get it safely and responsibly to the people who are entitled to it. In recent years, Republican State Rep. Mike Callton has been in the middle of the state legislature’s effort to move forward.
April showers bring May flowers, but they also bring poetry! This is National Poetry month and poetry-related events are taking place in cities across the country. That includes MSU’s Spring Poetry Festival right here in East Lansing. One of this year’s guests is Terry Blackhawk, an award-winning Detroit poet who is also the Executive Director of InsideOut Literary Arts Project.
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 learn about Sparrow’s Nest, a program which teaches life skills to homeless women and helps them become homeowners.
Sports have not started to slow down just yet, because with the conclusion of the Masters comes the contentious playoff races in the NBA and NHL. Al breaks down both situations, and talks about the Red Wings' situation in front of the net. Also, the Tigers' shining start to the season has fueled high expectations for this year, but is it too early to draw any conclusions? Finally, Current Sports closes with an intriguing interview of Richard Kincaide who delves further into the Detroit sports situation.
The U.S. Senate and House of Representative both continue efforts to write the country’s first comprehensive education legislation since "No Child Left Behind" expired back in 2007. Both Republican-led chambers are at work on measures that address various issues: educational accountability, local versus federal authority and school choice among others. The Senate measure is scheduled to go before the Education committee today. U.S. Secretary Arne Duncan is an influential critic of some features of these measures.
Dinosaurs are the focus of the PBS Kids show “Dinosaur Train”. The host is Scott Sampson of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Known as “Dr. Scott” on the show, Scott Sampson is coming to East Lansing for a couple of public events during the MSU Science Festival.
For the past four years, American have been captivated by events remembering the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Two years ago, the nation saw one of the largest gatherings in memory of the Battle of Gettysburg. Now we’ve come to the dramatic climax of the war: 150 years since the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Paul Konyndyk, a recruiting and sports reporter for Spartanmag.com, joins Al to discuss Calen Swanigan's recruitment to the MSU basketball 2015 class and other news around Spartan football and basketball. Later, Al recaps Jordan Spieth's incredible run in the 2015 Masters golf tournament and gives 'Weekend Winners.'
Since 2009, Michigan officials have been ramping up an effort to address the health consequences of climate change. For example, health experts anticipate greater respiratory challenges like asthma as warmer temperatures intensify smog and fuel more wildfires that emit soot. The Michigan Climate & Health Adaptation Program, MI-CHAP, is participating in a joint effort with the national Centers for Disease Control to create what it calls "climate-ready states and cities."
Pandas, with their distinctive markings and decidedly cuddly appearance, are an international symbol for conservation. But because wild pandas are incredibly elusive, little research has been done on their behaviors in the wild. For a long time, the Chinese government outlawed using radio collars to track pandas. Now, a team of MSU researchers are among the first to be allowed to use GPS to track wild pandas in China, and they found out some surprising things about these elusive creatures.
Fifty years ago today, people in six midwest states including Michigan were still in shock from a massive tornado outbreak April 11th and 12th. The 1965 Palm Sunday outbreak was the third deadliest on record in the U. S., and it helped to usher in the modern system of watches and warnings to inform people about severe weather.