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Dr. Dorinda Carter Andrews and Dr. Terah Venzant Chambers photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

School administrators in DeWitt are moving forward with measures to nurture ethnic toleration and respect following harassment incidents last month after the Presidential election. We hear the perspectives of two MSU faculty members who study race and ethnicity in education.


Current State #886 | December 5, 2016

Dec 5, 2016

Today on Current State: Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum discusses the Presidential election recount; two MSU College of Education faculty members discuss post-election racial tensions in schools; turning paint from The MSU Rock into works of art; the new location of Lansing's Homeless Angels; and Current Sports host Al Martin on yesterday's Detroit Lions victory in New Orleans.


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Courtesy photo

Have you thought about what to buy the jewelry-lover in your life this holiday season? Consider the lovely Spartan Agate, a man-made “gemstone” made from the thick layers of paint applied over many decades to The Rock on MSU’s campus. We talk to the jeweler who makes them to find out how she does it.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

A group working with Lansing’s homeless population is moving from a southside hotel to a new facility in Lansing Township. Current State's Scott Pohl talks with Mike Karl of the Homeless Angels about the move and what it means to people seeking shelter in the area.


Allyssah Fitterer photo
Al Martin / WKAR

The Detroit Lions beat the New Orleans Saints on the road yesterday, marking seven wins in the last eight contests. Current Sports host Al Martin talks about what is going right for the Honolulu Blue.


Barb Byrum photo
Courtesy photo

We talk with Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum about recounting Presidential election votes.


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.


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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.


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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.


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