We’ve all heard stories of Ph.D.'s who work as janitors or sales clerks. Increasingly, we’ve also heard of professionals who owe tens of thousands of dollars on their college loans and of recent college graduates unable to find work at all.
A Lansing theater veteran is starting up a new theater company. Jeff Croff was the founder of the former Icarus Falling Theatre Company. Tonight, he launches Ixion Theatre with the first of three staged readings of “The Four Disgracers."
Al and the gang will discuss last nights Michigan State men's basketball win over Penn State. The crew will also discuss what the NFL should do about players and marijuana testing. Should marijuana testing be increased or stopped completely?
President Barack Obama paid a visit to Michigan State University Friday to sign the new federal farm bill. We have more from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.
About 500 people packed a campus hall to witness the occasion.
The event capped years of negotiations and some tough compromises with Congress on the complex legislation. President Obama said he’s always glad to return to Michigan to cheer the auto industry recovery. Now, he says, it’s time to do the same for agriculture and rural America.
The 44th President will be in East Lansing today. Barack Obama will be at Michigan State University this afternoon to sign the federal Farm Bill. It's a long-awaited and sweeping law that will fundamentally change U.S. farm policy.
The idea for TED (Technology, Education, and Design) began in 1984 with a conference devoted to “ideas worth spreading”, and since then, hundreds of the talks have inspired observers around the world. Some of those talks can be heard on the “TED Radio Hour” on WKAR-AM 870, Sundays at 2 p.m.
With the Winter Olympics kicking off, many are looking forward to watching speed skating, skiing, and even the oddball darling: curling. But there’s one winter sport that won't be played in Sochi. In fact, it's difficult to find a game to watch anywhere in the U.S.
In the 2014 Oscar nominated film “Her,” a writer falls for his highly advanced operating system. The film is rosy compared to typical Hollywood movies about Artificial Intelligence like "Terminator" or"I-Robot". These films depict violent clashes between technology and humanity.
Today's live music guest is Root Doctor, a Lansing-based band that plays a mix of classic soul, R&B, traditional blues, and some inspired original material. Hear Freddie Cunningham on vocals, Mike Skory on the keyboard, James Williams playing bass, and Bill Malone on guitar.
It was national signing day yesterday for college football. Michigan State landed some great recruits. You'll hear from Mark Dantonio himself about the recruits. Al, Alex and Matt also discuss Michigan basketball and more on the Olympics!
Today on Current State: Gov. Rick Snyder's 2015 budget; BWL Community Review Team holds first public hearing; the impact and legacy of the Olympics; China smog and the U.S. auto industry; Book Review: "The Goldfinch"; and a Corigliano Rehearsal.
Governor Rick Snyder unveiled his budget for the 2015 fiscal year yesterday. Overall, the plan increases state gross spending by 2% over this year's budget, with increases in education and educator pensions, the rainy day fund, roads, and many more.
The Community Review Team, charged with analyzing the actions of the Lansing Board of Water and Light in the wake of the historic Dec 21 ice storm, held its first public meeting last night in East Lansing. The nine-member team led by retired Army Brigadier General Mike McDaniel, who’s now a Cooley Law school professor, is gathering information about the storm and the BWL’s response to recommend corrective actions and best practices. Current State’s Kevin Lavery was at the meeting.
The opening ceremony of the Sochi Winter Olympics will be held tomorrow, but some events begin today. Global competition to host the Olympic Games can be fierce, so what motivates officials to seek the Olympics? What have past host cities gotten out of all of the work and expense?
You’ve probably seen the pictures of the Chinese smog problem, including shots from Shanghai or Beijing that show buildings disappearing in what appears to be a thick, brown, fog. There are a number of things that cause smog, but one of them is the increasing numbers of cars and that has implications for U. S. automakers like General Motors, which counts China as its biggest market.
Yes, books are printed out of dead forests and each story comes with its own customized ending or demise, but that is never really the end. Mythologist Joseph Campbell used to argue that all stories are variations on one story, what he called the hero’s journey. I always thought of that as a beautiful theory, creating a nice feeling of unity to all tales, everywhere, no matter the culture of origin.
I like to picture literature as a great tree with hundreds of branches. If one of the branches on that literary tree was Charles Dickens, the next one branching off from it would be Donna Tartt.
Michigan Budget Director John Nixon, Governor Rick Snyder and Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley delivered the administration’s 2014-15 spending proposal to state House and Senate budget committees. The plan calls for more money for schools, universities and local governments – and a new property tax break for homeowners.