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Current State talks with Michigan Democratic Party chairman Brandon Dillon about the election of Donald Trump and what's ahead for his party in the state.


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We talk with MSU culinary services corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski about your Thanksgiving feast while you still have a couple of days to get ready for Thursday.


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City of East Lansing workers have been busy counting deer this month. We ask the city’s environmental services administrator what they learn from the head and antler count.


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Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Riverwalk Theatre will stage a new musical, “The Princess Who Saved Herself,” starting this weekend. Meet the author of this premiere production as well as the Chippewa Junior High Schooler who had to learn to play guitar so she could also play the princess.


Current State #878 | November 21, 2016

Nov 21, 2016

Today on Current State: Jeff Litten of the MSU College Republicans and assistant professor Joseph Guzman, who worked on the Trump campaign, discuss campus reaction to Donald Trump's election victory; "Capital Comeback" hopes to convince people coming to town for the holidays to apply for jobs here and stay in Lansing; the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine plans to open a clinic in Detroit; and Current Sports host Al Martin discusses the MSU football loss to Ohio State.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Many college students, including a number at Michigan State, have voiced alarm over the election of Donald Trump. It can be easy to overlook that Trump supporters are part of the campus community as well. We talk with two of them.


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Katie Cook / WKAR

The Capital Area IT Council and Capital Area Michigan Works are hosting a networking event for Michiganders returning for the Thanksgiving holiday. The event is called “Capital Comeback." We talk with an organizer and with a Michigander who moved away from the region and then moved back.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

A long-standing clinic on the east side of Detroit is reopening after being closed since its founder died in 2015. We learn more about MSU’s role in reviving the Popoff Clinic.

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The MSU football and men’s basketball teams were both involved in nail-biters over the weekend. One Spartan squad lost, while the other wiped its brow in victory. Current Sports host Al Martin helps us recap those barn-burners, as well as update us on the Detroit Lions win against Jacksonville.


Current State #877 | November 18, 2016

Nov 18, 2016

Today on Current State: Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero joins us from the Manufacturing Task Force meetings at the National League of Cities Summit in Pittsburgh; a preview of tonight's Silver Bells in the City events in Lansing; and for Live Music Friday, Lansing's first rock band, The Blue Echoes.


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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and his cohort in Pittsburgh are in the steel city convening a new Manufacturing Task Force designed to spur job growth in advanced manufacturing. We ask the Mayor what’s involved and if he thinks Donald Trump wants to make manufacturing great again.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The 32nd annual Silver Bells In The City kicks off today in downtown Lansing and we could see a lot of people there if the nice weather holds out. We talk about it with Downtown Lansing Inc. executive director Mindy Biladeau.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Who recently celebrated a 50th anniversary tour, but that’s nothing. For Live Music Friday, we have a group that’s been together for 60 years! The Blue Echoes, Lansing’s first rock band, perform live in WKAR’s Studio S.


Current State #876 | November 17, 2016

Nov 17, 2016

Today on Current State: Former Speaker of the Michigan House Craig DeRoche discusses the Netflix documentary film he appears in, "13th," about America's high incarceration rate; Lansing's singing cashier Lucas Holliday; Grand Ledge dentist Dr. Richard Martzke discusses the clinic he runs in Michigan's Upper Peninsula; and famed Shakespearean director Iqbal Khan visits East Lansing.


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We talk to former Michigan House Speaker Craig DeRoche about his appearance in Ava Duvernay’s Netflix documentary “13th.”


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