Today marks the evening of Lansing United's home opener, as the new minor-league soccer team for mid-Michigan. Owner Jeremy Sampson discusses the jitters behind opening day, as well as the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes leading up to the historic day. Later on, Matt and Alex join Al to discuss the NBA Draft Combine and the new Michael Sam documentary on the Oprah Winfrey Network.
The East Lansing Art Festival returns this weekend for its 51st run. The two-day event in the city’s downtown core features more than 180 artists and musicians. For many long-time attendees, the East Lansing Art Festival signals the unofficial start of summer.
For many months, Michigan legislators have battled over education. Often, it’s been over the "Common Core" curriculum standards that Michigan and more than 40 other states will adopt soon. The ongoing dispute has taken a number of turns in the past week.
Interest in soccer will soar this year when the World Cup is played in Brazil. With that in mind, if you were going to start a new minor league soccer franchise, a World Cup year would seem to be a good time to do it.
Historic preservation stakeholders from across the state are convening in Jackson, Michigan this week for the annual Michigan Historic Preservation Network conference. The network works to recognize and conserve Michigan’s architectural culture.
Al sits down with Ron DeLeon, local boxing promoter and CATA bus driver, to discuss his journey throughout the years and his upcoming fights. The duo also dive into some personal questions regarding favorite boxers of all time and favorite Rocky movies. The team also talks about the recent conversation of potentially adding beer to college stadiums, as well as the investigation of High School concession stands by Ingham County.
Today on Current State: a state budget update; children's spirituality and nature; Mike Whorf's "Kaleidoscope", part two; a review of "In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods" by Matt Bell; and the Board of Water and Light's falcons.
At the state capitol yesterday, Michigan’s latest set of revenue estimates were unveiled. It’s an important twice-a-year gathering with often serious implications for state government spending, budgets and taxes.
With more daylight and the end of school, lots of kids will have the opportunity to play outdoors more in the coming weeks and months if they choose to. Outdoors time has decreased drastically for children. A new MSU study indicates that there are benefits to outdoor free play besides the physical exercise.
Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and mid-western radio listeners as the long-time Detroit radio host of "Kaleidoscope". The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other honors.
Sometimes the literary world can suffer from a case of The Emperor’s New Clothes. We all know this story made famous by Hans Christian Andersen, of the ridiculous Emperor tricked into wearing nothing and the underlings around him too afraid to point out that he is only in his underwear. In the mind of the Emperor he is adorned in the greatest attire, but in reality there isn’t much left for the imagination.
There are many expecting parents around Mid-Michigan, but few will produce offspring as rare as Eckert and Viper’s. The peregrine falcons are waiting for three little ones to hatch, after nesting at the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Eckert electric generating plant.
Al chats with USA Today NFL columnist Jarrret Bell about the NFL draft, the Detroit Lions and his thoughts about Magic Johnson and Donald Sterling. Al and the team also discuss the Detroit Pistons hiring of Stan Van Gundy.
Ibuprofen is one of the most widely used over the counter pain medications in the United States. Most consumers know it under such brands as Advil and Motrin. The labeling on these products purport to treat a variety of pains, from headaches to arthritis to the common cold. A growing body of research in the last few years suggests those labels should contain stronger warnings.
It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature one woman’s effort to turn her passion for addressing the horrors of human trafficking into action.
It seems that no matter where you go, grabbing a meal at a food truck is a growing phenomenon. At this point in the Lansing area, if you want to patronize a food truck, there probably is one running somewhere. You just need to figure out where they are from day to day. New to the food truck trend, though, could be the idea of a food truck court. One of them has sprung up in Lansing.
WKAR comes to the East Lansing Art Festival this weekend, with a live Current State broadcast on Saturday, May 17th from 11am to 1pm. Join host Mark Bashore and watch the show as it unfolds with musical guests Wisaal, and more music and conversation with festival artists of all kinds. Come see us this weekend right in front of East Lansing City Hall on Abbott Road...