The name of the book -- 'The Yellow Birds' -- is derived from a traditional U.S. Army marching cadence or call-and-response marching song sung by military personnel when preparing for combat.
Credit Courtesy of 'One Book, One Community' program
The One Book, One Community program encourages MSU students and East Lansing residents to read the same book and then discuss it together. This year’s title goes to ‘The Yellow Birds,’ a novel by Kevin Powers. The book reflects Powers' experience as a veteran serving in the Iraq War. It's the story of two men serving together in Iraq, and how one man’s death affects the other. Current State’s Scott Pohl asked Powers about his own tour of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Army machine gunner in 2004 and 2005. Powers will be talking about the book at a public forum on Sunday, Aug. 24th, and he’ll address MSU students on Monday, Aug. 25th. More related events are scheduled into September.
Today on Current State: a look at how the Affordable Care Act would impact small business owners; Michigan fans remember Elvis Presley; legendary broadcaster George Blaha and his career experience; the winning script of this year's 'One Book, One Community' program - 'The Yellow Bird;" Lansing's first rowing regatta and remembering WJR personality J.P. McCarthy.
Elvis Presley will be in Ionia this weekend, at least in spirit. The Michigan Elvis Presley Fan Club has arranged “a concert for the King” with several Elvis interpreters at the Ionia Theater on Sunday. Today is the 36th anniversary of Elvis' death. Yet many years on, he continues to attract devoted fans. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with Jennifer Thede, one of the fan club's co-founders.
Two years ago, dragon boat racing first appeared on the Grand River in Lansing. Now, the Capital City Sprints rowing regatta makes its debut. There are more than 140 entries from 14 rowing clubs from Michigan and Ohio in he competition. The race takes place tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grand River Park along Main Street in Lansing.
Eighteen years ago this morning brought the sad news of the death of beloved Detroit radio personality J.P. McCarthy. McCarthy ruled the morning radio airwaves at WJR for 30 years. Current State contributor Russ White worked with McCarthy for the last five years of J.P.'s life and has this remembrance of the great voice of the Great Lakes.