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Current State #819 | August 23, 2016

Aug 23, 2016

Today on Current State: Lansing Board of Education president Peter Spadafore and Rep. Andy Schor discuss the fate of low-performing schools; Detroit photographer Marissa Gawel's National Geographic project documenting roadside attractions; recycling home construction materials; Sen. Debbie Stabenow talks about presidential politics; and comedian Ralphie May.


school buses photo
John Picken / flickr creative commons

The fate of a number of low-performing Lansing schools is uncertain as the district awaits clarification about test scores from Michigan’s School Reform Office. We hear the thoughts of Lansing School Board President Peter Spadafore and state Rep. Andy Schor.


Paint ball photo
Marissa Gawel

Marissa Gawel is a young Detroit-based photographer whose latest effort is a National Geographic magazine project to document roadside attractions. She talks with Current State’s Scott Pohl about her work.


demolition photo
Michael Gaida / Pixabay

How might the state recycle more home construction materials, especially given the number of blighted homes here? Two Spartans, a researcher and a faculty member, discuss the challenges and benefits of a stronger effort.


Senator Debbie Stabenow
April Van Buren / WKAR

Current State talks with Sen. Debbie Stabenow about presidential politics.


Ralphie May photo
Courtesy photo / Ralphie May

He took second place on the NBC reality show “Last Comic Standing” and this week, he’s making four various stops across Michigan. Share a laugh with stand-up comedian Ralphie May.


Current State #818 | August 22, 2016

Aug 22, 2016

Today on Current State: Three supporters of CATA's Bus Rapid Transit plan discuss the opposition to the plan in Meridian Township; finding the oldest commercial shipwreck in the Great Lakes; and Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency projects connecting veterans with employers in the state.


CATA Bus Rapid Transit image
Courtesy image / Capital Area Transportation Authority

Resistance to CATA’s Bus Rapid Transit project persists in Meridian Township. Residents and business owners say the transportation authority hasn’t answered their questions. We talk with three BRT supporters.


The Washington photo
Courtesy photo / Roger Pawlowski

Great Lakes explorers recently discovered the wreckage of a ship thought to have been the first commercial sailing ship on the Great Lakes. The Lady Washington went down in 1803 and rests on the bottom of Lake Ontario near Oswego, New York. We talk with Jim Kennard from the team who made the discovery, and Christopher Gillcrist of the National Museum of the Great Lakes.


Justin Mendoza photo
Courtesy photo / Quicken Loans

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is working with employers and other organizations, including some that often compete with each other, to help veterans find jobs. We talk with David Dunckel, an employment analyst with the MVAA, and Justin Mendoza of Quicken Loans about the Why Michigan? Talent Attraction Team.


Pop-Up Stories: The Heat is On

Aug 22, 2016
Pop-Up Stories
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Wed. Aug. 31 at 6pm at Red Cedar Spirits in East Lansing | If you can't stand the heat... stand on a stage and tell a story!

Current State #817 | August 19, 2016

Aug 19, 2016

Today on Current State: Scott Hagerstrom, Donald Trump's presidential campaign manager in Michigan; the Camaro turns 50; and Live Music Friday with Michael Dease.


Scott Hagerstrom photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Donald Trump is coming to Lansing to speak today. We speak with Trump's Michigan presidential campaign manager, Scott Hagerstrom.


Camaro photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

This weekend, General Motors is honoring the Camaro on its 50th anniversary. Current State’s Kevin Lavery gets under the hood to learn more about the venerable muscle car.


Michael Dease photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Michael Dease, a world-class trombone player who teaches in the MSU College of Music’s Jazz Studies program. His most recent album is “Father Figure.”

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