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Erik Goodman and Wolfgang Banzhaf photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State’s College of Engineering has received its largest individual gift ever, for over $10 million. We learn about the work in genetics the money will be used for and about its extraordinary donor.


Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder photo
Joan Marcus

The first national tour of "A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder" comes to the Wharton Center this week. Current State’s Katie Cook talks with Kevin Massey, who plays Monty Navarro in the Tony award-winning musical.


Dick Peffley photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

This week, the Lansing Board of Water and Light will replace the last of Lansing’s lead water service lines. We talk with the Board’s general manager, Dick Peffley, about the multi-year, multi-million dollar project.


Tom Izzo wins Dean Smith award photo
Matthew Mitchell / MSU Athletic Communications

The Detroit Lions picked up a win over the Chicago Bears at home yesterday. Current Sports host Al Martin discusses the hand injury suffered by quarterback Matthew Stafford and a weekend update on MSU men’s basketball.


Current State #890 | December 9, 2016

Dec 9, 2016

Today on Current State: State Rep. Sam Singh discusses proposals being considered by the lame duck legislature; the Festival of Trees at Lansing's Turner-Dodge House; and Live Music Friday with Twyla Birdsong.


Sam Singh photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Michigan legislature is having an active lame duck session including a Voter ID measure, a speed limit increase and reimbursement of people wrongly imprisoned. We hear the views of East Lansing State Rep. Sam Singh.


Festival of Trees photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The Festival of Trees at the historic Turner-Dodge House encourages businesses and individuals to craft Christmas trees that reveal something about their inventors. Current State’s Kevin Lavery tours the 1858 mansion.


Twyla Birdsong photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest this week is Lansing singer Twyla Birdsong. She’s well known in blues music circles.


Current State #889 | December 8, 2016

Dec 8, 2016

Today on Current State: We discuss holiday season grief with Lansing Area Hospice counselor Rev. Kris Abbey and a woman approaching the first anniversary of her husband's death; the Christmas tree business with Mel Koelling of Tannenbaum Farms; coats that convert into sleeping bags for homeless people in Detroit; and a preview of this weekend's Lansing Symphony Holiday Pops concert.


Hospice of Lansing’s Stoneleigh residence photo
Courtesy photo

Grief can be difficult to handle  on a regular calendar day, but how do you cope during the holidays? We talk to a bereavement counselor from Lansing Area Hospice and a local woman who is coping with the holidays as she approaches the first anniversary of her husband’s death.


Koelling with rows of live trees
Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Tannenbaum Farms in Mason has been a fixture in mid-Michigan for 40 years. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with co-owner Mel Koelling about this year’s tree harvest.


The Empowerment Plan photo
Courtesy photo

A Detroit non-profit is getting national attention with the innovative way they are caring for and employing the homeless. We find out about The Empowerment Plan.


Matt Eldred & Zyle Zeuch photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Meet two of the people helping the Lansing Symphony Orchestra this Sunday during their annual Holiday Pops Concert at the Wharton Center, the MSU Youth Chorale’s Kyle Zeuch and singer Matt Eldred.


Current State #888 | December 7, 2016

Dec 7, 2016

Today on Current State: Mike Nystrom of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association discusses the state's multi-billion dollar infrastructure needs; remembering Charlotte's Pearl Harbor Hero Francis Flaherty; Neighbors in Action: Islamic Center of East Lansing; and the story of how former Michigan football player Marc Ramirez improved his health with a change in diet.


I-496 photo
WKAR File Photo

A new report out this week says Michigan should spend at least $4-billion each year for the next 20 years to patch up its aging public infrastructure. We talk about the recommendations with Mike Nystrom of the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association.


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