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Current State #859 | October 24, 2016

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Today on Current State: A look at the race for Sheriff in Eaton County, where incumbent Tom Reich and challenger Fred McPhail are dealing with personal issues on the campaign trail; MSU alum Jessica Lipowski discusses her book "Flavors of Life"; MSU officials weigh in on the latest campus sexual assault statistics; and Current Sports host Al Martin looks back at the MSU football loss at Maryland and the Detroit Lions victory over Washington.

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Our Election 2016 coverage continues with a look at the race for Sheriff in Eaton County. Both incumbent Democrat Tom Reich and Republican challenger Fred McPhail are facing serious personal problems. We talk with them about those problems and the issues facing crimefighting in the county.

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Katalin Szőke

We speak with MSU School of Journalism graduate and author Jessica Lipowski about her book “Flavors of Life” and her time living and working abroad in Amsterdam.

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In the first ever report of its kind, Michigan State University recently detailed data about campus sexual violence, harassment, stalking, and resulting investigations. We talk with two University officials involved in the effort to reduce sexual violence.

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MSU fell to Maryland Saturday 28-17 in College Park. At least fans in Mid-Michigan have the Lions, who are streaking at three straight. Current Sports host Al Martin joins us to bring us up to speed.

Current State #858 | October 21, 2016

Oct 21, 2016

Today on Current State: Cheyna Roth of the Michigan Public Radio Network fills us in on legislation to pay for infrastructure work in Flint and the race for Michigan Supreme Court; high school teacher Darren Silvester explains his classroom explorations of an abandoned cemetery; and Live Music Friday with Taylor Taylor.

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Michigan Supreme Court

The Michigan Senate has passed a bill that would create a funding board to help pay for infrastructure improvements in Flint. We talk with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s Cheyna Roth about that and the race for two seats on the Michigan Supreme Court.

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Darrin Silvester

We talk with a high school teacher whose classes have been exploring an abandoned cemetery for more than a decade.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

We welcome Taylor Taylor back for Live Music Friday. Now studying at Lansing Community College, Taylor has become a fixture on the local music scene. We catch up with her and hear songs from “Right Here,” her latest EP.

Current State #857 | October 20, 2016

Oct 20, 2016

Today on Current State: University of Detroit professor Mike Bernacchi explores the marketing of presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton; a preview of the musical "Temple" coming to MSU this week; and Motown Museum CEO Robin Terry tells us about their $50-million expansion plans. Make your pledge during our fall fundraising campaign at (517) 353-5000 or at!

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Branding can make all the difference, especially when it comes to the candidates running for President. We speak to a University of Detroit marketing professor about the unique ways Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have decided to market themselves during this historic run for President.

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She’s been the subject of an Emmy-award winning HBO film, and now the life of Dr. Temple Grandin is taking to the stage at the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater. We learn more about the production about this autistic cattle scientist and author, including a sensory-friendly version for those audience members on the autistic spectrum.

This week, the Motown Museum in Detroit announced a $50-million dollar expansion project. We talk with the museum’s Chairwoman and CEO, Robin Terry, about their exciting plans.

Current State #856 | October 19, 2016

Oct 19, 2016

Today on Current State: Rep. Tom Barrett discusses his re-election bid; Neighbors in Action: Fostering Academics Mentoring Program (FAME) at MSU; and a Pop-Up Story from Dan Nuñez. Make your pledge during our fall fundraising campaign at (517) 353-5000 or at!

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We talk with GOP Rep. Tom Barrett about his bid for re-election against the Democrat he narrowly defeated in 2014, Theresa Abed.