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Current State #568 | July 2, 2015

Jul 2, 2015

Today on Current State: Michigan prosecutors weigh in on prison reform; celebrating the Fourth of July without fireworks; making Michigan communities more walkable; book reviewer Scott D. Southard considers "Eight Mile High" by Jim Ray Daniels; and Live Music Thursday with Taylor Taylor.

Michigan prosecutors have issued a report with their positions on reforming the state's prison system.


Fireworks over Lansing
Flickr - Betsy Weber

For some veterans, the sound of fireworks brings back disturbing memories. Now, there's an effort to subdue the noisemaking aspects of Fourth of July celebrations.


Book reviewer Scott D. Southard considers the new book from Michigan author Jim Ray Daniels.


A new report indicates that Michigan trails other states in making communities more walkable.


Taylor Taylor photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Taylor Taylor, a recent graduate of Okemos High School who has a series of performances scheduled in the Lansing area this summer.

Current State #567 | July 1, 2015

Jul 1, 2015

Today on Current State: Ingham County controller Tim Dolehanty; an archeological dig on the MSU campus; tornado damage in Portland; Neighbors in Action: the Capital Area Humane Society; and Susan Ager on her National Geographic story about Detroit.

Ingham County Courthouse photo
WKAR File Photo

Ingham County Controller Tim Dolehanty is considering the Ingham Health Plan and other issues facing the county's finances.


MSU archeological dig photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

MSU students are finding interesting artifacts in an archeological dig along the Red Cedar River.


Portland church sign
Peter Whorf / WKAR

Last week's tornado damaged several churches. Current State talks with one pastor about the aftermath of the devastating storm.


Dog with collar labeled Adopt Me
wantmorepuppies / flickr

In our Neighbors in Action segment this week, we learn about the Capital Area Humane Society.


Susan Ager photo
courtesy Susan Ager

Former Detroit Free Press writer Susan Ager has written a story about Detroit for National Geographic magazine.


Current State #566 | June 30, 2015

Jun 30, 2015

Today on Current State: Month in Review with state capitol reporters Rick Pluta and Emily Lawler; a visit to American Fifth Spirits in Lansing; retiring East Lansing Police Chief Juli Liebler; and a new recording of Brahms and Reger sonatas by clarinetist Guy Yehuda and pianist Ralph Votapek.

State capitol
Jake Neher / MPRN

Every month we look back at the state's top news stories. For June, the topics include important U.S. Supreme Court rulings and the ongoing issue of how to pay for road repairs.


Rick Wyble photo at still
April Van Buren / WKAR

A new company is helping to build a craft spirits movement in Michigan. April Van Buren visits Lansing’s first craft distillery, American Fifth Spirits.


Juli Liebler photo
Courtesy city of East Lansing

Juli Liebler is retiring as East Lansing’s chief of police. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with her about her career.


courtesy Blue Griffin Recording

A new CD by clarinetist Guy Yehuda and pianist Ralph Votapek includes sonatas by Brahms and Reger.


Current State #565 | June 29, 2015

Jun 29, 2015

Today on Current State: Meet Lee Chaney and Dawn Chapel of Mason, the first same sex couple married in Ingham County last Friday; Paint Nite in Lansing; Great Lakes Month in Review with journalist Gary Wilson; and the NBA draft and MSU basketball with WKAR's Al Martin.

WKAR File Photo

Lee Chaney and Dawn Chapel of Mason became the first couple in Ingham county to be married following Friday’s same sex marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.


Scott Pohl with painting
J.F. Weese / Paint Nite

Paint Nite is merging art instruction with the social scene of local bars. Current State’s Scott Pohl went to Paint Nite last week to see what’s going on.


Satellite image of Great Lakes
Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Our Great Lakes Month in Review for June looks at reducing phosphorous runoff into Lake Erie and a Wisconsin town that wants to draw drinking water from Lake Michigan.


Branden Dawson photo
Matthew Mitchell / MSU Athletic Communications

The NBA draft was held last week. Former Spartans Branden Dawson and Travis Trice now hope to make pro teams.


Same sex marriage photo
Mark Bashore / WKAR

Current State talks with Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum, who began performing same sex marriage ceremonies shortly after today's U.S. Supreme Court decision was announced.


Current State #564 | June 26, 2015

Jun 26, 2015

Today on Current State: Marianne Udow-Phillips of the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan discusses the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act; the rescue of a woman from a submerged car after this week's Portland tornado; the Michigan National Guard prepares for a nuclear explosion; and Live Music Friday with Joshua Davis.

Current State talks with analyst Marianne Udow-Phillips about the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act.


Mary Pline car photo
WLNS/Ionia County Sheriff's Office

Mary Pline was rescued from a submerged car in the aftermath of this week's tornado in Portland.


Blackhawk helicopter photo
Capt. Brian Anderson / Michigan National Guard

The Michigan National Guard has been training for conditions that might accompany a nuclear explosion this week.


Joshua Davis Current State photo
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR

Joshua Davis will perform in concert tonight at MSU's Wharton Center. He stopped by WKAR's Studio S as Current State's guest on a Live Music Friday.


Current State #563 | June 25, 2015

Jun 25, 2015

Today on Current State: We meet Norm Knappman of Howell, a World War II veteran who has suffered from the effects of being exposed to mustard gas; celebrating the 100th birthday of Detroit civil rights figure Grace Lee Boggs; a new report indicates that Michigan will need to attract more primary care physicians in the future; and MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe remembers the late composer Gunther Schuller. 

Norm Knappman photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Current State talks with Norm Knappman of Howell about the long-term effects he has suffered after his exposure to mustard gas during World War II.


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