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Current State #854 | October 17, 2016

Oct 17, 2016

Today on Current State: Craig Mauger of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network at Emily Lawler of MLive discuss an investigation into political 527 accounts; a conversation with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about his Hidden Brain reports; and Current Sports host Al Martin breaks down the fourth straight loss for MSU football. Make your pledge during our fall fundraising campaign at (517) 353-5000 or at!

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A joint investigation finds over a third of Michigan’s state legislators have had connections to so-called 527 accounts. The accounts enable politicians to accept cash that’s often difficult to trace. Mlive’s Emily Lawler and the Michigan Campaign Finance Network’s Craig Mauger join us to explain how it works.

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Current State’s Katie Cook has a conversation with NPR Science Correspondent Shankar Vedantam about his NPR podcast Hidden Brain.

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Current Sports host Al Martin joins us to explain what is going wrong for the MSU football team and the Detroit Lions two-game winning streak.

Current State #853 | October 14, 2016

Oct 14, 2016

Today on Current State: Theresa Abed discusses her bid to reclaim the 71st state House seat she lost to Tom Barrett two years ago; and Live Music Friday with The Springtails. Make your pledge during our fall fundraising campaign at (517) 353-5000 or at!

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Two years ago, Democratic State Rep. Theresa Abed lost her seat in Michigan’s 71st House district by less than 150 votes.  Now, Abed is trying to reclaim her spot at the Capitol.  

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“Rain or Shine” is the name of the new album from The Springtails. The husband-and-wife duo of Andy and Julianna Wilson are our Live Music Friday guests this week.

Current State #852 | October 13, 2016

Oct 13, 2016

Today on Current State: Attorney Mark Brewer and Keri Webber of Flint explain their case against Gov. Rick Snyder over taxpayer funding of water crisis legal fees; Suicide Prevention Month; Dr. Robert L. Green on his civil rights career; and a preview of the Opera Grand Rapids production of "Maria de Buenos Aires."

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A Flint family is pursuing a grand jury investigation into Gov. Rick Snyder, alleging misconduct. They claim thata he's breaking the law by spending taxpayer money to defend himself against legal challenges relating to the Flint Water crisis. We talk with complainant Keri Webber of Flint and her attorney, Mark Brewer.

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What are the signs of someone thinking about committing suicide and how can we prevent it?  Current State’s Brooke Allen talks with a local woman about her struggle with depression and the area director from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

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Dr. Robert L. Green was a close associate of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights activists. We talk with distinguished alumnus and professor emeritus at MSU about civil rights then and today.

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We take a tango with Maestro Jorge Parodi and the Opera Grand Rapids production of "Maria de Buenos Aires."

Current State #851 | October 12, 2016

Oct 12, 2016

Today on Current State: Meet a mid-Michigan Trump supporter and a Clinton voter in Divided State; DIY Halloween at How To Halloween; Neighbors in Action: MSU Safe Place and CARE; and musician Dominic Davis talks about playing on A Prairie Home Companion with Jack White on Saturday.

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You’ve been hearing NPR’s Divided States series this election season on Morning Edition. Now, Current State takes brings you Mid-Michigan voter views of the presidential candidates in our own Divided State feature.

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Do you love Halloween but hate the sticker shock of elaborate costumes and decor?  Why not try a do-it-yourself approach? We talk with Steve Sneed, co-founder of How To Halloween, a family friendly event this weekend at the Lansing Center.