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Current State #839 | September 26, 2016

Sep 26, 2016

Today on Current State: an update on development in Lansing Township with Steve Reed of the Lansing State Journal; the Michigan Retailers Association's "Buy Nearby" campaign; a Pop-Up Story from Megan McMahon; and Current Sports host Al Martin on a trio of weekend deaths in sports and the losses handed to Michigan State and the Lions. Our guest host is Mickey Hirten of the Lansing City Pulse newspaper.

Eastwood Towne Center photo
Chia-Ling / flickr creative commons

We talk with Lansing State Journal reporter Steve Reed about his probe of development at The Heights at Eastwood.

Celeste Saltzman and Jim Hallan photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Supporting Michigan businesses is a great way to show pride in our state, and it’s a great way to boost the local economy too. The “Buy Nearby” campaign is kicking off soon, and we talk about it with Jim Hallan, the CEO of the Michigan Retailers Association, and local business owner Celeste Saltzman.

Megan McMahon photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Megan McMahon has another Pop-Up Story from our August event, where the theme was “The Call of the Wild.”

It was a sad weekend for sports fans with news of the deaths of former MSU defensive back Mylan Hicks, Miami Marlins pitching sensation Jose Fernandez and golf icon Arnold Palmer. Current Sports host Al Martin remembers those sports figures and looks at the losses for the Spartans and Lions.

Current State #838 | September 23, 2016

Sep 23, 2016

Today on Current State: Lansing Lugnuts general manager Nick Grueser; a preview of this weekend's Concert Across America to End Gun Violence show in Lansing; and our Live Music Friday guests are the instrumental duo Class & Jazz. Our guest host is Mickey Hirten of the Lansing City Pulse newspaper.

The business side of Lansing Lugnuts baseball

Sep 23, 2016
Crosstown Showdown photo
Joel Dinda / flickr creative commons

With the end of the minor league baseball season, things are slowing down at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing. We talk with Lugnuts general manager Nick Grueser about the 2016 season and what's already being planned for next year.

Jackson Browne photo
Jim, the Photographer / flickr creative commons

This weekend, a Lansing church is joining some 350 other U.S. communities hosting concerts to promote awareness of gun violence. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with a local anti-gun activist and an MSU theater director about the “Concert Across America.”

Class & Jazz photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Is it classical? Is it jazz? It’s both! Our Live Music Friday guests this week are Oleg Bezuglov and Natalia Bezuglova. Together, they’re known as Class & Jazz.

Current State #837 | September 22, 2016

Sep 22, 2016

Today on Current State: We speak with Athena International Leadership Conference chair Sarah Jennings; a preview of the Ixion Theatre production of "The Amazing Jesus"; David Bard, the new Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Michigan; and a Pop-Up Story from Dave Dunckel.

Sarah Jennings photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The star-studded Athena Conference is designed to promote leadership and empowerment for women of all ages. We discuss the program with chairperson Sarah Jennings.

Dia de los Muertos photo
pixabay / Talal Albagdadi

We attend a rehearsal of the Ixion Theater’s new production, “The Amazing Jesus,” a Latin-American fable from a Lansing playwright.

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David Bard photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Area United Methodist Church

Churches of all denominations are grappling with issues ranging from a loss of membership to LGBTQ inclusion. The United Methodist Church in Michigan has a new leader who’s trying to forge a way ahead for his congregation. We talk with Bishop David Bard about those challenges.

Dave Dunckel photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

At our last Pop-Up Stories event, Dave Dunckel told a story from the jungles of Central America.

Current State #836 | September 21, 2016

Sep 21, 2016

Today on Current State: Rep. Gretchen Driskell talks about her campaign against Cong. Tim Walberg in Michigan's 7th district; an exhibition of artwork from album covers at the Lansing Mall; and Neighbors in Action: Youth for Understanding. Our guest host in Kyle Melinn of the MIRS news service.