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Current State #751| April 26, 2016

Apr 26, 2016

  Today on Current State: A discussion on Michigan's parental incarceration rate with Alicia Guevara Warren of the Michigan League for Public Policy; Okemos man Ken Dunlap tells us about visiting every single Michigan town; Great Lakes Month in Review with Gary Wilson; and a preview of Bria Skonberg's performance at the Wharton tomorrow night. 

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How do children cope with having a parent behind bars? A new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds 10 percent of Michigan children have an incarcerated parent. We talk about the impact on families -and potential solutions- with Alicia Guevara Warren of the Michigan League for Public Policy.

Ken Dunlap with one of his Michigan maps.
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In 2011, Ken Dunlap of Okemos had an idea. He would set out to visit every city, town, village and hamlet in the state of Michigan.

Three years and two cars later, he had completed his mission… well, almost.

But he’s got nearly 1,500 photos- one from each Michigan town- to show for his travels.

He tells us about his trips, and where the idea for the whole thing came from.

Grant Trigger (center) representing Michigan at last week's meeting of regional representatives in Chicago.
Gary Wilson

Commentator Gary Wilson joins us to talk about April’s biggest environmental stories. We’ll be talking about the recent meeting of representatives from the Great Lakes states and Canadian provinces over the Waukesha diversion proposal, and we’ll talk about Governor Snyder’s efforts to change the culture at the MDEQ.  

Bria Skonberg
Courtesy of Bria Skonberg

We’ll speak with jazz trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg who is coming to the Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater on Wednesday night. We’ll speak about her Dixieland & Hot Jazz upbringing as well as find out how you pick a killer concert opener.

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