Melissa Benmark

Morning Edition Host

Melissa Ingells Benmark is the host for Morning Edition and also produces features and interviews for the program, with an emphasis on the arts.

Melissa came to WKAR from WCMU in Mount Pleasant.

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Michigan State University

A new study out of MSU adds credence to the idea that some kinds of violence are actually predictable in the way they spread through a community. Associate Professor of criminal justice April Zeoli talks about her research tracking gang violence as an infectious disease. 

To most of us, violence can seem random. But what if we could actually predict the way violence spreads? A new study from Michigan State University's School of Criminal Justice suggests we can. 

Willow the moose photo
Courtesy photo / Potter Park Zoo

Potter Park Zoo is upgrading their moose exhibit. Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with executive director Sherrie Graham.


Menards sign photo
Mike Kalasnik / Flickr Creative Commons

Some small towns in Michigan are having budget problems related to large retailers appealing their property taxes. Current State talks with Bridge Magazine reporter Chastity Pratt Dawsey, who recently wrote about the situation.


WKAR

Our book reviewer Lev Raphael has been reading about a book about the history of a culture divided. It's called "Midnight's Furies: The Deadly Legacy of India's Partition" by Nisid Hajari.

 

Michigan’s not likely to see anything quite like the California Gold rush in the 1800s, but it turns out, there is some gold to be found in Michigan streams. Current State talks with hobbyist Nick Straffon about panning for Michigan gold.


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