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Current State #885 | December 2, 2016

Dec 2, 2016

Today on Current State: East Lansing Financial Health Review Team members Trish Foster and Robert Kleine discuss proposals including an income tax; this weekend's Winterland Classic Cluster Dog Show in East Lansing; and Live Music Friday with Monte Pride.


East Lansing Financial Health Review Team photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The city of East Lansing faces a projected $100-million pension and retiree health care deficit. A financial health review team is getting ready to make recommendations to the city council about dealing with it and gaining a stronger financial footing. We talk with two members of the team.


Ingham Kennel Club dog show photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Hundreds of dogs will compete for glory and a few snacks this weekend at the Winterland Classic Cluster Dog Show at the MSU Pavillion. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has a preview of this long-running mid-Michigan tradition.


Monte Pride and Benjy Joung photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Monte Pride is our Live Music Friday artist this week. “Hawthorne Morning Sound” is his first full-length album.


Current State #884 | December 1, 2016

Dec 1, 2016

Today on Current State: Pro and con views of the Trump nomination of Michigan's Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education; Lansing's "Art in the Wild" project; the 2017 agenda of the Michigan Farm Bureau; and the MSU Museum displays a portion of the AIDS quilt.


Betsy DeVos photo
Courtesy photo / Betsy DeVos

President-elect Donald Trump nominated Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos to serve as Secretary of Education. We talk with Rebecca Jacobsen of MSU’s Education Policy Center and Gary Naeyaert of the Great Lakes Education Project about what public education might look like if DeVos is confirmed.


The area around the Frandor shopping center is the site of one of mid-Michigan’s most ambitious redevelopment projects. Part of the Red Cedar Renaissance plan would place public art in a re-vamped section of a stormwater drain. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with two organizers of the “Art In the Wild” project.


Barn photo
WKAR File Photo

The Michigan Farm Bureau is busy planning its  priorities for 2017. We talk with the bureau’s policy development chair, Andy Hagenow.


AIDS quilt photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Museum

The entire 48,000-plus panels of the AIDS quilt were last displayed nearly 20 years ago in Washington D.C. On this World AIDS day, the MSU Museum has been loaned a portion of them to display for the next 10 days. We speak with a curator of the Museum about how quilts capture the emotions of an underrepresented population.


Current State #883 | November 30, 2016

Nov 30, 2016

Today on Current State: Our Month in Review for November with Zach Gorchow of Gongwer News and Emily Lawler of MLive; Edward McClelland discusses his book "How to Speak Midwestern"; Neighbors in Action: Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan; and the ecoacoustics of nature in Meridian Township.


WKAR File Photo

Current State’s Michigan Month in Review looks at November’s biggest  governmental news stories with state Capitol reporters Zach Gorchow of Gongwer and Emily Lawler of MLive.


We talk with Edward McClelland about his book examining the way we talk, “How to Speak Midwestern."

Dr. Felipe Lopez Sustaita photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week we learn about the Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan from its relatively new executive director, Felipe Lopez Sustaita.


Dr. Stuart Gage photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

A retired Michigan State University professor takes us into the woods to listen to what nature has to say. He’s organizing an international conference at MSU this week on ecoacoustics. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has a report.


Current State #882 | November 29, 2016

Nov 29, 2016

Today on Current State: A Wayne State University program for 7th grade girls points students to STEM fields; mid-Michigan audiobook readers Emily Sutton-Smith and Angela Dawe; our Great Lakes Month in Review for November; and the Sphinx Organization of Detroit sends young musicians to the White House.


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