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About 400 MSU students identify themselves as having experienced foster care or some form of "out of home" living situation, including homelessness. For Neighbors in Action, we learn about MSU's Fostering Academics Mentoring Program (FAME).

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We hear from storyteller Dan Nuñez, who took part in Current State's most recent Pop-Up Stories event in Lansing.

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This week, the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame will induct a new class of honorees. We’ll talk with the Hall’s Caitlyn Dial about the class of 2016.

Current State #855 | October 18, 2016

Oct 18, 2016

Today on Current State: We discuss opioid abuse with Dr. Narasimha Gundamraj of Sparrow Health Systems in Lansing and George Long of Bloomfield Internal Medicine Associates in Bloomfield Hills; Caitlyn Dial of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame tells us about the Hall's 2016 inductees; and James Clift of the Environmental Council explains their call for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to update environmental cleanup criteria. Make your pledge during our fall fundraising campaign at (517) 353-5000 or at!

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Michigan is in the midst of a growing opioid abuse crisis. We talk with two medical professionals who see the opioid crisis firsthand.

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As Michigan officials consider how to update environmental cleanup criteria, some environmental advocates say the DEQ needs to better incorporate new science into its operation. Noted environmental policy expert James Clift of the Michigan Environmental Council explains.

Current State #854 | October 17, 2016

Oct 17, 2016

Today on Current State: Craig Mauger of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network at Emily Lawler of MLive discuss an investigation into political 527 accounts; a conversation with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about his Hidden Brain reports; and Current Sports host Al Martin breaks down the fourth straight loss for MSU football. Make your pledge during our fall fundraising campaign at (517) 353-5000 or at!

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A joint investigation finds over a third of Michigan’s state legislators have had connections to so-called 527 accounts. The accounts enable politicians to accept cash that’s often difficult to trace. Mlive’s Emily Lawler and the Michigan Campaign Finance Network’s Craig Mauger join us to explain how it works.

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Current State’s Katie Cook has a conversation with NPR Science Correspondent Shankar Vedantam about his NPR podcast Hidden Brain.

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Current Sports host Al Martin joins us to explain what is going wrong for the MSU football team and the Detroit Lions two-game winning streak.

Current State #853 | October 14, 2016

Oct 14, 2016

Today on Current State: Theresa Abed discusses her bid to reclaim the 71st state House seat she lost to Tom Barrett two years ago; and Live Music Friday with The Springtails. Make your pledge during our fall fundraising campaign at (517) 353-5000 or at!

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Two years ago, Democratic State Rep. Theresa Abed lost her seat in Michigan’s 71st House district by less than 150 votes.  Now, Abed is trying to reclaim her spot at the Capitol.  

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

“Rain or Shine” is the name of the new album from The Springtails. The husband-and-wife duo of Andy and Julianna Wilson are our Live Music Friday guests this week.

Current State #852 | October 13, 2016

Oct 13, 2016

Today on Current State: Attorney Mark Brewer and Keri Webber of Flint explain their case against Gov. Rick Snyder over taxpayer funding of water crisis legal fees; Suicide Prevention Month; Dr. Robert L. Green on his civil rights career; and a preview of the Opera Grand Rapids production of "Maria de Buenos Aires."

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A Flint family is pursuing a grand jury investigation into Gov. Rick Snyder, alleging misconduct. They claim thata he's breaking the law by spending taxpayer money to defend himself against legal challenges relating to the Flint Water crisis. We talk with complainant Keri Webber of Flint and her attorney, Mark Brewer.