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Current State #802 | July 22, 2016

Jul 22, 2016

Today on Current State: Ingham County Prosecutor candidate Monica Stephens; this weekend's Old Town Garden Tour; Adam Barnett-Hart of the Escher String Quartet; and Live Music Friday with Michelle Held.


Monica Stephens photo
Courtesy photo / Monica Stephens

Monica Stephens is a Republican candidate for Ingham County Prosecutor. The assistant Michigan Attorney General says she’d focus on crimes involving violence, sex and drugs. We talk with the former assistant Jackson county prosecutor.


Michael Beebe garden photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on the inaugural Old Town Garden Tour this Sunday.


Escher String Quartet photo
Sophie Zhai / Courtesy Escher Quartet

Current State's Jamie Paisley speaks with the 1st violinist of the Escher String Quartet ahead of their upcoming Fontana Chamber Arts summer performance in Kalamazoo.


Michelle Held photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Michelle Held, a singer-songwriter out of Detroit. She’ll be part of a show next week at the Old Town General Store in  Lansing with local favorite Jen Sygit and others.


Current State #801 | July 21, 2016

Jul 21, 2016

Today on Current State: Efforts to rejuvenate Southwest Lansing; protecting a rare Michigan butterfly; Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News from the GOP convention in Cleveland; the history of Michigan prison industries; and a Pop-Up Story from Roxanne Andrews on "Putting Down Roots."


Melissa Quon Huber and Elaine Womboldt photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Southwest Lansing was recently awarded a grant to put toward projects that would better the neighborhoods in the area. We speak with the people behind Rejuvenating South Lansing.


Poweshiek Skipperling photo
Dave Cuthrell / MSU Extension

A rare butterfly that once thrived on the Great Plains is fighting for its survival in Michigan. Current State’s Kevin Lavery braves the backcountry in search of the Poweshiek Skipperling.


Trump family
ABC/ Ida Mae Astute

The GOP convention in Cleveland wraps up today. Current State will talk with Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News. He’s been covering Michigan’s delegation to the convention.


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Michigan Secretary of State

"Jackson Prison Industries" is the title of a new article by Jackson writer and historian Brad Flory. We talk with Flory about the history of free prison labor in our state.


Roxanne Andrews photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Roxanne Andrews told her story of putting down roots at WKAR's most recent Pop-Up Stories event.


Current State #800 | July 20, 2016

Jul 20, 2016

Today on Current State: We talk with a Michigan delegates to the Republican National Convention, Sen. Joe Hune; a look at the Ann Arbor Art Fair; Neighbors in Action: Women's Center of Greater Lansing; and a look at the career of Claude Shannon, a University of Michigan professor who helped usher in the digital age.


Donald Trump photo
ABC/ Ida Mae Astute / flickr creative commons

The Republican party has nominated Donald Trump for president and Mike Pence for vice president. Current State talks with a Michigan delegate at the GOP convention in Cleveland, state Sen. Joe Hune.


Ann Arbor Art Fair photo
Courtesy photo / Ann Arbor Art Fair

Thousands of artists converge in Ann Arbor for the Ann Arbor Art Fair every year. Current State’s Brooke Allen fills us in on everything happening within the 29 city blocks of the event.


Lansing garden photo
Heather Spotts

The Women’s Center of Greater Lansing will be hosting their Garden Tour this weekend. For Neighbors in Action, we find out more with their executive director Cindie Alwood and the coordinator of the tour, Heather Spotts.


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