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Current State #656 | November 25, 2015

Nov 25, 2015

Today on Current State: New Flint Mayor Karen Weaver; the new cat Café in Ferndale; Neighbors in Action: Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan; a Public Poetry Announcement with a work by Irene McKinney; and MSU corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski with a Thanksgiving dressing recipe.

Karen Weaver photo
Courtesy photo / City of Flint

Dr. Karen Weaver was sworn in as the new mayor of Flint just over two weeks ago. The first female mayor in the city’s history has a lot on her plate, from lead-contaminated drinking water to the struggle to free her city from state oversight. We talk with Mayor Weaver about her plan to tackle these and other challenges.

catfé photo
Courtesy photo / Catfé

If you’ve ever thought your local coffee shop would be better with some furry friends, you’re in luck! The Ferndale Cat Shelter has opened the state’s first “cat café.” We talk to the shelter’s volunteer coordinator Deanne Iovan about the Catfé's first weeks in business.

Junior Achievement photo
Courtesy photo / Junior Achievement

One of the best ways to prepare kids for adulthood is to educate them on finances and economics. We hear how Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan is working to do just that in our weekly Neighbors in Action segment.

During tough times in your life, it’s helpful to keep a little bit of silliness around to cheer you up. This week’s Public Poetry Announcement is a good option for that.

MSU Center for Poetry Director Anita Skeen reads “Frivolous” by Irene McKinney.

Our Public Poetry Announcements are produced in partnership with the MSU Center for Poetry.