Today’s Live Music Friday guest on Current State is Sally Potter, a well known folk musician and promoter in mid-Michigan. Sally has the big job of scheduling all of the acts that come to town for Ten Pound Fiddle concerts most Friday evenings.
Today on Current State: Counting Lansing's homeless population; Eric and Nancy Schertzing look back at his campaign for Congress; the Hmong people of Michigan; and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra celebrates the birthday of Mozart.
Dozens of volunteers have wrapped up an evening out in the cold on the streets of Lansing. Last night, the Volunteers of America in Lansing conducted its annual Point in Time Count, which tracks the homeless in our community.
On Monday, East Lansing’s Eric and Nancy Schertzing spoke with Current State to look back on an unforgettable year. 2014 was the year Eric Schertzing decided to pursue a dream: to represent Lansing and East Lansing in the U.S. Congress. The effort failed. The Democrat lost November’s general election to Republican Mike Bishop, who, today, represents Michigan’s 8th District. Despite the loss, both described the experience of running as an unforgettable honor. Schertzing is again focused on his responsibilities as Ingham County Treasurer and Executive Director of the Ingham County Land Bank. Today, Current State host Mark Bashore talks with Eric and Nancy Schertzing for the second part of their conversation.
In the decades following the Vietnam War, hundreds of thousands of Hmong refugees have settled in the United States. The Hmong, an ethnic minority, were recruited during the war to fight in the CIA’s secret campaign against communist forces in Laos. But while the war officially ended in 1975, the terror was just beginning for many Hmong families. Facing brutal persecution at the hands of the Laotian government, the Hmong fled their villages for refugee camps in Thailand. Over half of the Hmong refugees who came to the U.S. eventually re-settled in Midwestern states, including Michigan.
The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra celebrates Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s birthday week this Saturday at the Michigan Theatre. 90.5FM broadcasts the concert live at 8 pm. The all-Mozart program showcases the great composer’s talent in everything from opera to symphonic form.
Tomorrow evening at Lansing Community College, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero makes his tenth State of the City address. In the speech, which has the theme "Lansing 3.0", the Mayor will review developments of the past year and share his agenda for 2015.
MSU’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities continues its Wednesday Night Live series tonight. Candacy Taylor is an award-winning author, photographer and documentarian for the Library of Congress. She owns Taylor Made Culture, a company that produces multimedia projects that examine culture and identity in America.
It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about the Tuesday Toolmen, a group of volunteer handymen who offer repairs and safety modifications for low-income seniors in the Lansing area.
There’s a new sport catching on in the Lansing area. Its appeal lies in its reliance on physical activity that isn’t too strenuous. Already popular with retirees in the south, pickleball is moving north with indoor play in colder climes.
Today on Current State: Teacher preparation in Michigan; the cast of "Master Harold...and The Boys" comes to MSU's Wharton Center; the January Great Lakes Month in Review; the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra plays Wagner; and Michigan utility workers head to the northeast for blizzard duty.
What makes the difference between a successful and a struggling student? Research suggests one of the most important factors is the quality of that student’s teachers. And a big part of having effective teachers in the classroom is making sure they’re prepared before they get there. In 2013, as part of an effort to do just that, Michigan toughened teacher certification tests, but a recent Bridge Magazine article found that a majority of aspiring teachers failed the new exam.
The Wharton Center at Michigan State University is preparing to host its next theatrical production this weekend. “Master Harold and the Boys” by Athol Fugard is a story of friendship, racism, and hope. The play will be performed Friday and Saturday at Wharton Center.
At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we look at how a lawsuit in Iowa could have implications for the Great Lakes, the latest in Flint’s water woes, and the problems that microfibers are causing for Great Lakes fish.
David Lockington, Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra music director, is passionate about the music of Richard Wagner. Wagner’s work is the focus of this weekend’s Grand Rapids Symphony performance, "Inspired By Wagner".
Hundreds of Michigan utility workers are preparing to help restore power to victims of the blizzard out east. Current State host Mark Bashore speaks with Flushing resident Duane Johnson, en route to the region from Consumers Energy in Flint. Johnson was in Bloomberg, Pennsylvania during the phone conversation.
Today on Current State: two views on school choice in Michigan; actor John Rubenstein on his original role as "Pippin" and his new role as King Charlemagne; Eric and Nancy Schertzing on their family decision behind his congressional bid and the Spartans men's basketball squad struggles to regain their mojo.
Educators across the country are hosting discussions in conjunction with National School Choice Week.
There are a number of events in the Lansing area, including the screening of a documentary on school choice at the Capitol on Tuesday morning. That event is sponsored by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which bills itself as a nonpartisan research and educational institute based in Midland.
This week, the Broadway Series at MSU’s Wharton Center presents the touring company of “Pippin” for eight shows, starting Tuesday night. “Pippin” first hit Broadway in 1972, with John Rubinstein in the title role. A revival of the show in New York won four Tony Awards in 2013, including Best Revival of a Musical. The cast coming to East Lansing includes John Rubinstein…not as Pippin again all these years later, but as King Charlemagne, Pippin’s father.
Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with John Rubenstein about returning to the show that made him famous.
For 14 years, Ingham County residents have known Eric Schertzing as the county Treasurer, and more recently, Director of the Ingham County Land Bank. Last year, they assessed him in a different light: as a Democratic candidate for U.S. Congress.
The issues and the stakes expanded, as the 52-year old Stockbridge native pursued the soon to be vacant seat in Congress held since 2001 by Republican Mike Rogers.
Schertzing lost to his Republican opponent, Mike Bishop.
Today on Current State: UAW Local 6000 legislative liaison Ray Holman on the proposed merger of the state Departments of Human Services and Community Health; stem cell research at UM; the Detroit Auto Show exhibit of a 3D printed car and a look at the new Cadillacs; and Live Music Friday with Rev. Robert Jones.
On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Snyder’s call for improvements in the delivery of state services included the merging of two, large and important state agencies. Snyder says the Departments of Human Services and Community Health need to become more “people-centric” and less “program centric.” He says that resulting efficiencies will improve services to state residents and, with other reforms, create a "River of Opportunity".
Last October, hockey legend Gordie Howe suffered a severe stroke. His family feared for the worst and assumed they only had a couple of months left with him. But after a trip to Mexico for an injection of stem cells into his spine, Howe has made a remarkable recovery. His son Murray told M-Live that the 86-year-old is now playing driveway hockey with his great grandkids again.
All this week, we’ve been taking you to the Detroit Auto Show to see what’s new, what’s groundbreaking, and what’s just plain fun. On the main floor of the auto show, you can see a massive 3D printer, and it’s printing a car. And if you venture to Hall E in the Cobo Center, you can see the finished product.
Current State's Scott Pohl talks with Lee Herge, Chief Operating Officer of the Chandler, Arizona based Local Motors.
It’s another Live Music Friday here on Current State, and all this hour we’ve been enjoying hearing from Rev. Robert Jones. Along with Josh White Jr., he'll perform at tonight's Ten Pound Fiddle concert. It’s called “Black Fathers of Folk Music: Josh White and Leadbelly”. The show includes the songs of these two pioneering artists, with Josh and Robert in character…Josh as his father.