Current State

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Mid-Michigan's news destination for the informed, the caring and the curious. News and issues, arts and attitudes, and the personalities that make the heart of Michigan beat.

Current State #822 | August 26, 2016

Aug 26, 2016

Today on Current State: Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm discusses her role on Hillary Clinton's transition team if she wins the presidency; a preview of MSU's move-in day and campus life for new students; and Live Music Friday with Brendan Doherty.


Jennifer Granholm photo
Disney | ABC Television Group / flickr creative commons

We talk with former Gov. Jennifer Granholm about the 2016 presidential election. She’s serving on Hillary Clinton’s transition team.


1855 Place photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Michigan State University is expecting thousands of students for the fall semester. The official move-in begins this weekend. We talk with Dr. Ray Gasser of MSU's Residence Education and Housing Services department and resident assistant Anneka Hart.


Brendan Doherty photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Brendan Doherty, an Irish singer-guitarist songwriter now living in East Lansing. His new album is called “Feels Like Home.”

Current State #821 | August 25, 2016

Aug 25, 2016

Today on Current State: Lansing area citizen-journalists Alice Dreger and Steve Harry; a new Broad Art Museum exhibition features female artists from China; the YMCA's Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen; and tracking invasive species in the Great Lakes.


East Lansing city hall photo
WKAR Photo

The internet has triggered profound changes in print journalism. Sometimes, local grassroots journalists step in to help communities stay informed. We talk to two “citizen journalists” from the Lansing area about why they do what they do and the influence they think they have.


Geng Xue, Mr. Sea, 2014 photo
Courtesy photo / Geng Xue and Klein Sun Gallery, New York

After the United States, China has the second largest art market in the world. A new exhibit at MSU’s Broad Art Museum explores how Chinese women have navigated the contemporary art explosion in their homeland. We speak with Dr. Wang Chunchen, curator of the new Broad exhibit, “Fire Within.”


Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen photo
Courtesy photo / YMCA Lansing

The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing just launched the Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen. We talk to president and CEO Jeff Scheibel and kitchen manager Ashley Beversdorf to find out how it works.


Sea lamprey photo
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest / flickr creative commons

States and Canadian provinces that border the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway invest millions of dollars to track and control invasive species. A new tool developed by the Great Lakes Commission promises to make that task a little easier. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports.


Current State #820 | August 24, 2016

Aug 24, 2016

Today on Current State: Two-time Olympic gold medal-winner boxer Claressa Shields returns to her hometown of Flint; Peppermint Creek Theatre Company's all-female production of "Lord of the Flies"; Neighbors in Action: La Leche League of East Lansing; a Pop-Up story from Josh Lown; and Soup Grant Lansing turns three.


Claressa Shields photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

In 2012, Flint native Claressa Shields became the first U.S. female Olympic boxing gold medalist. Now, after winning her second goal medal in Rio, Shields is back home. Current State’s Kevin Lavery was there.


Lord of the Flies cast photo
Anna Szabo / Peppermint Creek Theatre Company

Lansing’s Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is staging a unique production of “Lord of the Flies,” the story of abandoned boys who turn on each other when stranded by a plane crash. The cast is all female. We talk about what that means to the William Golding classic.


La Leche League photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week, we talk to La Leche League of East Lansing, an organization that provides support, encouragement, information and education to women who want to breastfeed.

Josh Lown photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We have a story today from Josh Lown, who appeared at our most recent Pop-Up Stories event in East Lansing. The theme was "The Call of the Wild."


Lansing Soup Grant awardees Lansing Track Club photo
Jennifer Whorf

Soup Grant Lansing supports community service organizations and small neighborhood businesses, and celebrates three years this month. Current State's Peter Whorf serves that story up.


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