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Brass Tacks Ensemble photo
Isaac Ellis / Brass Tacks Ensemble

How do you keep a 120 year old play fresh? That’s the aim of the Brass Tacks Ensemble of Ann Arbor this weekend at the Kerrytown Concert House. We speak with the troupe’s artistic director about their upcoming production of Oscar Wilde’s classic “The Importance of Being Earnest.”


Current Sports | 8/3/16 | #755

Aug 3, 2016
Photo: Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Mark Dantonio, Michigan State Football, Detroit Tigers Winning Streak, Tigers Pitching, Richard Kincaide, and Lebron James.


Current State #810 | August 3, 2016

Aug 3, 2016

Today on Current State: Mickey Hirten of Lansing City Pulse and Susan Demas of Inside Michigan Politics discuss Tuesday's primary election results; Lansing's Edible Park; Neighbors in Action: SNAP Education; and "Blood on the Mitten" author Tom Carr.


Primary results: Siemon, O’Berry and incumbents prevail

Aug 3, 2016
Billie Jo 'Berry and Carol Siemon photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Ballot proposals and November’s general election candidates are settled after yesterday’s primary election. We look back at some of the results and hear the thoughts of two Lansing-based journalists:  Susan J. Demas of Inside Michigan Politics and Mickey Hirten of the Lansing City Pulse.


Hunter Park garden photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Young people are in charge of the "Edible Park" garden in Lansing's Hunter Park. Current State’s Katie Cook gets a tour.


SNAP education photo
Courtesy photo / SNAP Education

You might know of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides benefits to low income individuals and families. But did you know about SNAP-Ed? It involves a series of different food education and cooking classes for adults and youth. For Neighbors in Action we speak with the people running these programs in mid-Michigan.


Some of Michigan’s most notorious murders took place nearby. Current State’s Brooke Allen speaks to local author Tom Carr about his most recent book, "Blood on the Mitten."


WKAR Advanced Screening of "T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold"

Aug 2, 2016
WKAR

Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens, and WKAR offered an advance screening of T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold, a film by filmmakers Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari and Sue Jaye Johnson. The film is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa Shields. The boxing star from Flint, Michigan, was just 17 years old when she won Olympic gold at the London games in 2012.

Current Sports | 8/2/16 | #754

Aug 2, 2016
Independent Lens / WKAR-MSU

MLB Trade Deadline, Detroit Tigers, T-Rex Documentary, Bryant Nolden, Jason Crutchfield, Claressa Shields, and Tickled Tuesday.


Current State #809 | August 2, 2016

Aug 2, 2016

Today on Current State: Scott Atkinson, editor of the new book "Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology"; DANCE Lansing's upcoming program at MSU's Pasant Theatre; and how the alligator gar could help the fight against the Asian carp.


A new book might be a pick-me-up for the people of Flint. It’s called “Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology.” We talk with editor Scott Atkinson.


Happendance photo
Kevin Fowler

The DANCE Lansing project is currently underway. We speak with the artistic director and a guest choreographer who has combined her experiences as a Michigan migrant worker to craft a dance coming to MSU’s Pasant Theater.


Alligator gar photo
Florida Fish and Wildlife / flickr creative commons

In parts of the Mississippi valley, scientists are working to reintroduce a fish  they say could prevent the spread of Asian carp. We learn about the role of the fearsome looking alligator gar.


“There are Spartans everywhere in engaged positions making a difference in communities and companies and getting great experience that’s not simply something to put on their resumes, but to accelerate their life’s journey,” Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon tells Russ White on MSU Today in talking about MSU students.


Current Sports | 8/1/16 | #753

Aug 1, 2016
Michigan Municipal League / Flickr Creative Commons

Mike Sadler Memorial, PGA Championship, Jimmy Walker, Draymond Green Photo, Antonio Brown, MLB Trade Deadline, and Weekend Winners.


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