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Buick Enclave photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The North American International Auto Show opens at Cobo Center in Detroit on Saturday. Hundreds of Thousands of people will be checking out all the cars, trucks and SUV's on display by the world's leading automakers.

Current State for January 13-14, 2018

Jan 13, 2018

On this edition of Current State: A round-up of this week in Michigan politics; A trip to Potter Park Zoo; A new exhibit opening at the Broad Art Museum highlights the works of Andy Warhol; Discussing self-identity and discrimination with Latinx Michigan State University students, and more.

Theresa Rosado and Diana Rivera photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The art world looks down on paintings on velvet. The images conjured by the phrase “velvet art” might be things like children with big eyes, or Elvis Presley. A Lansing art gallery is challenging the notion that this is low-brow art. Casa de Rosado is hosting an exhibition called “Black Velvet, a Rasquache Aesthetic” through February 3rd.


Warhol's Marilyn image
Courtesy Image

The most iconic name in modern art history might well be that of Andy Warhol. Even casual observers of the art world know about his works depicting soup cans or celebrities like Marilyn Monroe. Starting Saturday, the Broad Art Museum on the MSU campus will be the site of an exhibition of works by Warhol. “Andy Warhol: A Day in the Life” can be seen through May 6th.


We look ahead to what the Michigan legislature will tackle in 2018; the remarkable singing career of Anita Baker as she prepares for a farewell tour; Jackson's new mayor Derek Dobies; MSU's top ranking in college basketball; an East Lansing place where you can volunteer and more. 


DigniCap photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

After asking about their course of treatment and how likely it is that it will succeed, many cancer patients have another question: will I lose my hair? Sparrow Hospital has begun using a new process that aims to prevent the hair loss that often accompanies chemotherapy.


Schor family on stage
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Lansing elected a new mayor in 2017, and Andy Schor will take the oath of office today.


Photos of Virg Bernero, Debbie Mikula, Tony Baltimore, Tim Daman and David Hollister.
WKAR Photos

On Monday, Lansing will get its first new mayor in a dozen years when Andy Schor takes the oath of office. Virg Bernero’s 12 years in office will come to an end at 11:30 a.m. on New Years Day. Politicians have their supporters and they have their detractors, and Virg Bernero might have as wide a range of descriptions as anyone in Lansing history. While some admire his drive, others criticize his sometimes brusque demeanor. In anticipation of his departure from office, WKAR sought out a cross-section of the Lansing community to look back at Virg Bernero’s time as mayor.


Virg Bernero photo from CBS News
CBS News

Next Monday will be Virg Bernero’s last day as Mayor of Lansing. Today and tomorrow, WKAR will consider his legacy as he moves into private life. We begin today with a look at the way many will remember Virg Bernero: as America’s Angriest Mayor.


Dr. Lisa DeStefano photo
Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

With the explosion of opioid addiction in America, doctors and patients are looking for ways to avoid using the painkillers. For some, manipulative therapy could be a way out.


man with bees
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Scientists say one in every three foods we eat is in some way linked with bees.  Aside from making honey, this tiny insect is responsible for pollinating a wide range of fruits and vegetables.  New research led by Michigan State University has  led to the first complete record of every known bee species in the state. 

 

picture of natural gas plant
Courtesy / Lansing Board of Water and Light

The Lansing Board of Water and Light is announcing its biggest-ever project.  The utility will build a new natural gas plant in Delta Township. 

 


Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Lansing mayor Virg Bernero talked with Morning Edition host Brooke Allen about what's left for him to do before leaving on January 1, 2018. 


Current State for Dec. 16-17, 2017

Dec 17, 2017

On the December 16-17, 2017 edition of Current State we talk with Rachel Denhollander, the first woman to publicly accuse MSU gymnastics physician Larry Nassar of sexual abuse; hear from a reporting team about why #MeToo may not apply to cases of black women sexually assaulted in Michigan; update you on medical marijuana licensing in Michigan; visit Puerto Rico months after Hurricane Maria; learn about a new way of treating invasive species; and meet a YouTube sensation with ties to MSU. 


MSU protesters
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

The MSU Board of Trustees unanimously supported their embattled university president today amid calls for her resignation or removal over the administration’s handling of the Larry Nassar sex crimes.


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