Current State

9AM and 6PM Weekdays on 90.5 FM | 12PM on AM870

Mid-Michigan's news destination for the informed, the caring and the curious. News and issues, arts and attitudes, and the personalities that make the heart of Michigan beat.

Facebook | Twitter

Genre: 
Composer ID: 
5187f3ece1c8212f45d325c5|5187f3e0e1c8212f45d325a7

Pages

Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

China's environmental concerns could be GM's problem too

Credit Flickr - kevin dooley


You’ve probably seen the pictures of the Chinese smog problem, including shots from Shanghai or Beijing that show buildings disappearing in what appears to be a thick, brown, fog. There are a number of things that cause smog, but one of them is the increasing numbers of cars and that has implications for U. S. automakers like General Motors, which counts China as its biggest market.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Book Review: Donna Tartt's 'The Goldfinch'

'The Goldfinch' is a novel about a 13-year-old New Yorker who survives an accident that kills his mother.

Literature is a living art form.

Yes, books are printed out of dead forests and each story comes with its own customized ending or demise, but that is never really the end. Mythologist Joseph Campbell used to argue that all stories are variations on one story, what he called the hero’s journey. I always thought of that as a beautiful theory, creating a nice feeling of unity to all tales, everywhere, no matter the culture of origin.

I like to picture literature as a great tree with hundreds of branches. If one of the branches on that literary tree was Charles Dickens, the next one branching off from it would be Donna Tartt.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:08 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Current State #248 | February 5, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan's proposal for a part time legislature; Georgia's part time legislature; MSU Symphony concert preview; Michigan's court interpreters; and Zero Day.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:07 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Proposal seeks return to part-time legislature

Norman Kammeraad
Credit Courtesy WKAR/Off the Record

    

Norman Kammeraad is a West Michigan business owner who chairs the Committee to Restore Michigan’s Part-Time Legislature. The group is calling for a two-month legislative session with salaries of $35,000.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:06 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

SIDEBAR: A look at Georgia's part-time legislature

The state seal of Georgia
Credit Flickr - wallyg

If governing nearly 10-million people with a legislature that meets for just two months sounds impossible, take a trip down Interstate 75 and spend some time in the Peach State.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:04 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

MSU Symphony features Copeland, Brahms.

MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe
Credit www.music.msu.edu

The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Friday night at Wharton Center. It features the fourth and last symphony of Brahms, and Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.”

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

State's high court seeks more language interpreters

Justice Bridget McCormack
Credit www.courts.mi.gov

The American legal system is littered with ancient Latin terms. Phrases like “habeus corpus,” “ex post facto” and “pro bono” are common in our courts. Many of us who are not lawyers and judges have some idea what they mean, but imagine trying to grasp what’s happening in a courtroom when English is not your first language. At best, the experience can be stressful and even frightening without an interpreter.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:02 pm
Wed February 5, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Zero Day

Credit Courtesy of Zero Day

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature Zero Day, a Lansing-based non-profit that provides employment training and supportive services to local veterans.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:39 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Current State #247 | February 4, 2014

Today on Current State: Pending charges on the Lado case; the plan for a new park around the capitol; MI GOP response to Snyder reelection bid; and the Mobile Black History museum comes to Lansing.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:35 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Kosgar Lado case: Innocent of murder, in trouble for false confession

The Lansing City Hall and Police Building
Credit Flickr - MI SHPO

Last week, the Lansing State Journal wrote about the case of a 21-year old mentally ill man named Kosgar Lado who falsely confessed under police interrogation to a murder that took place in Lansing last June.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:32 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Officials plan for new park around Capitol

Credit Bob Johnson

Along with two other U.S. capitals, Lansing will receive Green Design Assistance from the EPA. The project the city plans to develop under the Greening America’s Capitals program is a park on the state capitol complex.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:30 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Michigan GOP chief on Snyder's reelection bid

Gov. Rick Snyder
Credit Rick Snyder

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is launching his re-election campaign with a string of appearances that tout “Michigan’s Comeback.”  Yesterday, the Governor pressed the flesh in Detroit, Lansing and Grand Rapids.  Today, it’s on to Traverse City, Frankenmuth and Oakland County.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:23 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Mobile Black History museum stops in Lansing

Credit blackhistory101mobilemuseum.com


The Black History 101 Mobile Museum will be in Lansing today. The museum’s Peacemakers exhibit includes more than 150 artifacts and can be seen in the Sparrow Professional Building on the third floor atrium from 10 am to 5 pm. Current State’s Scott Pohl is here with more on the exhibit.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
1:59 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Current State #246 | February 3, 2014

Today on Current State: A propane shortage; MSU's oldest employee is retiring; the Prison Creative Arts Project and Potter Park Zoo's newest resident.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
1:57 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

State, homeowners, retailers respond to propane shortage

Credit Flickr - jackcarrozzo

Thousands of Michigan households and businesses that use propane gas continue to be squeezed by a shortage of the fuel.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
1:55 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Arts initiative fosters creativity behind bars

Daniel Mullins created this piece entitled "Breaking Through" as a part of the P-CAP program.
Credit Courtesy of P-CAP

Starting next week, artwork from all over the state will be featured in the University of Michigan’s "Atonement" exhibition. The artists participating in this exhibit are all connected by a shared aspect of their past - all the artists were at one time incarcerated.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
1:52 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Looking back on 50 years at MSU

Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

Ron Flinn, the vice president for Strategic Infrastructure Planning and Facilities at MSU, is retiring in December after more than 50 years on campus.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
1:50 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Orphaned Alaskan moose finds new home at Potter Park Zoo

Credit Courtesy of Potter Park Zoo

A baby moose has moved into Lansing’s Potter Park Zoo. Willow the moose was orphaned in Alaska when her mother died after being hit by a car. When that sort of thing happens, wildlife officials in Alaska arrange to send the orphaned animal to a zoo. Lansing has been hoping to get a baby moose for about a year, and when the call came in, the zoo was ready to act.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
12:14 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Current State # 245 | January 31, 2014

Today on Current State: Response to Lansing mayor's State of the City address; singer Ysaye Barnwell; the new Farm Bill; live music with Lansing musician Drew Howard.   

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
12:08 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Wood responds to State of the City, insists on open BWL review

Economic development was a major focus of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's 2014 State of the City speech at GM's Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

In his ninth annual State of the City address last night, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the capital city is unquestionably moving forward, but that the city needs to maintain momentum.    

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
11:58 am
Fri January 31, 2014

'Sweet Honey' founder to lead first night of singing festival

In addition to her music career, Ysaye Barnwell was a professor at the College of Dentistry at Howard University.
Credit Courtesy of Ysaye Barnwell

Friday is the first night of the The Ten Pound Fiddle’s Mid-Winter Singing Festival. Dr. Ysaye Barnwell will lead the first “group sing” at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. She is a founding member of Sweet Honey in the Rock, as well as a composer, educator, and public health expert. Current State’s Melissa Benmark speaks with Dr. Barnwell about her multi-faceted career and her song choices for the festival.  

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Growers, food stamp recipients prepare for new Farm Bill

The new farm bill will cut the food stamp program by $8 billion.
Credit Flickr/Clementine Gallot


It was two years overdue but the 2013 Farm Bill is making a steady course toward President Obama’s desk. The House passed the bill on Wednesday.  It now goes to the full Senate, which is expected to take action as early as today.  

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
11:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Lansing guitarist plays eclectic mix of instruments, genres

Drew Howard plays guitar, steel pedal guitar, dobro and other instruments.
Credit Courtesy of Drew Howard

Drew Howard is a veteran fixture of Lansing's and Michigan's music scene, as both a studio musician and performer.  He discusses his long musical career and  plays guitar and dobro throughout the show as part of our Friday Music Series on Current State. 

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:31 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Current State #244 | January 30, 2014

Today on Current State: January: month in review; sustainable instruments: marimba; basketball hoops around America; and the MSU 360 project.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:27 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Month in Review: State budget, minimum wage highlight news from January

Credit Flickr - mbugard

To review and update some of the the month’s top Michigan news stories, Current State welcomes Tim Skubick, host of Michigan Public TV’s “Off the Record,” seen on WKAR-TV. Also joining us is Bill Ballenger of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter, and Emily Lawler of MIRS News in Lansing.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:23 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

MSU musician builds greener instrument

Alex Smith builds his own marimba out of Michigan Sassafras.
Credit Gabriela Saldivia/The Michigandered Marimba


When we think about our carbon footprint, we often look at things like our car’s gas mileage, our home’s energy usage, and how far our food had to travel to get to the plate. Rarely mentioned in a discussion about carbon footprints, however, are musical instruments.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:19 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

The world through Spartans' eyes

Crew from the 360 Project.
Credit report.president.msu.edu/360/blog


On November 6, 2013, Michigan State University put out the call to people with MSU ties all over the world to shoot and submit video of whatever they were doing that day. The idea was to produce a video seeing the world through the eyes of Spartans for a day. Today, the finished product, called “MSU 360-24”, goes online, and there will also be airings on the Big Ten Network.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Current State #243 | January 29, 2014

Today on Current State: Cong. Rogers on the State of the Union address; “Strengthening Michigan’s Governing Institutions” project; assisting sexual assault victims; and self-help through the ages.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Congressman Rogers: State of the Union lacked substance

Cong. Mike Rogers
Credit www.mikerogers.house.gov

President Obama shared his priorities for the new year last night in his sixth State of the Union address.  Among those goals:  narrowing the country’s income gap, in part by raising the minimum wage for federal contract employees; immigration reform; and an expansion of employee retirement savings plans.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
12:53 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Bipartisan effort aims to strengthen Michigan legislative resources

Rep. Andy Schor is working with the Strengthening Michigan's Government Institutions group.
Credit http://068.housedems.com/

A long-time Michigan political insider is launching a bipartisan effort to bolster resources for state legislators. The “Strengthening Michigan’s Governing Institutions” project is the brainchild of Republican/Libertarian Richard McLellan, who thinks term limits have left legislators with too few resources to do their jobs well.

Read more

Pages