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Current State #781 | June 14, 2016

Jun 14, 2016

Today on Current State: Remembering long-time MSU hockey coach and athletics director Ron Mason; the usonian homes of Kalamazoo County; protecting Michigan's moose population; and the Lansing Art Gallery's new Pop Up Art installation.

Ron Mason photo
Courtesy MSU Athletic Communications

Michigan State University has lost one of its legends. Ron Mason coached Spartan hockey for 23 years and then became the university’s athletic director. We look back on the life and legacy of Ron Mason.

Flickr - Shinya Suzuki

It’s the peak of home buying and selling season, and we’ll look back on historic Michigan homes that were to take a leap foward. Current State takes us to Western Michigan’s Usonian community.

Moose photo
Ray Dumas / flickr creative commons

Michigan’s moose population is on the decline. That’s prompting the federal government to consider extending the animal additional protections under the Endangered Species Act. We talk with Drew Youngedyke of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs and Dan Kennedy of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Pop Up Art photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

We stroll down the Lansing street where newspaper kiosks have been turned into an art exhibition. Learn more about the Lansing Art Gallery's Pop Up Art: Special Edition installation.

Current State #780 | June 13, 2016

Jun 13, 2016

Today on Current State: Lead remediation efforts in Michigan; a wacky summer reading promotional video from the library in Livonia gets national attention; East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas and Eric Scorsone of the city's Financial Health Review team; and Current Sports host Al Martin discusses the recent deaths of sports icons Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe and today's news that legendary MSU hockey coach Ron Mason has died.

GR lead abatement program home photo
Courtesy photo / Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan

We hear from two critics of the state’s efforts to remediate dangerous lead levels in homes. They say Michigan should roughly quadruple spending on a remediation program in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Livonia library video
Courtesy photo / Livonia Public Library

A Michigan library got global attention when late night talk show host James Corden discovered the video they made to promote their summer reading program. We talk to Livonia Library Director Toni LaPorte to get the whole story.

WKAR file photo

Since February, the East Lansing Financial Health Review Team has been scouring the city’s ledgers to find ways to pay its obligations. We talk with team member Eric Scorsone and East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas about how the city is managing its finances.

Ron Mason photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Athletic Communications

We talk with Current Sports host Al Martin about the life and death of Gordie Howe and Muhammad Ali's funeral, and today's news that former MSU hockey coach and Athletic Director Ron Mason has also passed away.

Today on Current State: Peter McAvoy of the Compact Implementation Coalition discusses his opposition to Waukesha, Wisconsin's plan to divert water from Lake Michigan; Paint Nite in Lansing; and Live Music Friday with Wally Pleasant.

Great Lakes shoreline
Lloyd Degrane

Later this month, Governors of the Great Lakes states will decide on a proposed Lake Michigan water diversion. Environmentalists and other opponents say the community of Waukesha has options that are being dismissed. We talk with one of those opponents.

Scott Pohl with painting
J.F. Weese / Paint Nite

Paint Nite merges art instruction with the social scene of local bars. Current State’s Scott Pohl went to Paint Nite a while back to see what’s going on.

Wally Pleasant photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is Wally Pleasant. Tonight at the Lansing City Pulse River Rock concert, he’ll perform his classic album “Songs About Stuff” in its entirety.

Current State #778 | June 9, 2016

Jun 9, 2016

Today on Current State: Ingham County Prosecutor candidate Carol Siemon; 150 years of Vernor's in Michigan; MSU's new supercomputer; and the Strike Percussion Ensemble of Caledonia.