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Current State #843 | September 30, 2016

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Today on Current State: Our Great Lakes Month in Review for September with journalist and commentator Gary Wilson; state archaeologist Dean Anderson tells us about Michigan Archaeology Day; and Live Music Friday with Zach Pohl.

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Flint may be in line for millions of dollars of federal help with lead water infrastructure. We review that development and others in September’s Great Lakes Month in Review.

Michigan Archaeology Day
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Michigan Archaeology Day takes place tomorrow in Lansing. We learn more from state archaeologist Dean Anderson.

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For Live Music Friday this week, our guest is Zach Pohl. He’s a singer-guitarist-songwriter who blends folk music with a touch of soul, based in Austin, Texas.

Current State #842 | September 29, 2016

Sep 29, 2016

Today on Current State: WKAR's interim director of broadcasting and general manager Susi Elkins; NPR political reporter Don Gonyea; "Ash vs. Evil Dead" cast members Ted Raimi, Dana DeLorenzo, and Ray Santiago discuss the show's Michigan heritage; and a Pop-Up Story from Nancy DeJoy. Our guest host today is Scott Westerman of the MSU Alumni Association.

Looking ahead with WKAR general manager Susi Elkins

Sep 29, 2016

Current State talks with WKAR interim director of broadcasting and general manager Susi Elkins about public radio and television at MSU.

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We talk with Don Gonyea of NPR about his early days in radio at MSU, and his work covering politics around the country and at the White House.

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Cast members from the Starz horror comedy “Ash vs. Evil Dead” are hosting a Season 2 advanced screening and panel discussion tonight on MSU’s campus. Actors Ray Santiago, Ted Raimi and Dana DeLorenzo and talk about why Michigan plays such an important role in the new season.

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We have another Pop- Up story from our August event at Red Cedar Spirits, where the theme was “The Heat is On.” Our Storyteller is Nancy DeJoy.

Current State #841 | September 28, 2016

Sep 28, 2016

Today on Current State: Jane White of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force and Michelle Rick of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission preview an Ann Arbor conference; the Capitol Steps bring their political parody to Flint and Lansing; Saturday's re-opening of the East Lansing Public Library; and how MSU turns downed campus trees into furniture and artworks. Our guest host today is Kyle Melinn of the MIRS News Service.

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A conference this week in Ann Arbor aims to fight human trafficking in our state. We talk with the director of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force, Jane White, and Judge Michelle Rick, a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission.

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They’ve been a staple on PBS for years, and this weekend the politically-skewering satire group The Capitol Steps will be at The Whiting Theater in Flint. Hear from the man who co-authored this year’s comedy revue.

Kristen Shelley East Lansing Public Library photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

A big renovation project at the East Lansing Public Library is wrapping up. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with library director Kristin Shelley about all the changes.

MSU turns felled campus trees into furniture, art

Sep 28, 2016
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“MSU Shadows” isn’t just the alma mater of the mighty Green and White. It’s also a Michigan State University program that turns downed trees into beautiful and functional works of art. We learn more from Current State contributor Kirk Heinze.

Current State #840 | September 27, 2016

Sep 27, 2016

Today on Current State: Emily Lawler of MLive joins Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network for analysis of last night's first presidential debate; two women portray Teddy Roosevelt and Elvis Presley in a play coming to Ann Arbor; tracking Michigan's wild bee population; and a look ahead at the upcoming MSU Symphony concert with conductor Kevin Noe. Our guest host today is WKAR's Brooke Allen.