A federal appeals court recently ruled that internet service providers can give preference to some content and even block it if they choose. The “net neutrality” case has received a great deal of attention since the ruling.
The 2014 North American International Auto Show is not the greenest, according to journalist and author Jim Motavallo, who focuses on environmental issues and transportation. He’s a contributor to the New York Times, NPR’s Car Talk, the Mother Nature Network and author of the book "High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry".
Today on Current State: the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and Chevy's sweep of the Car and Truck of the Year Awards; young people and cars; MSU's Project 60/50; Sites of Conscience; and a Broad Art Museum documentary airs on WKAR-TV.
This year marks the anniversary of two crucial moments in our country’s long history of inequality. Sixty years ago, the Supreme Court handed out its landmark decision in Brown versus the Topeka Board of Education, which effectively ended legal segregation of our nation’s public schools. And 50 years ago this year, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law.
"Today, human rights are under attack in many parts of the world. But there is a pathway to building a just, humane, and peaceful future: The power of the past." That's how the organization Sites of Conscience explains its mission on its website.
Just over a year has passed since Michigan State University opened the Broad Art Museum. Through its design phase, construction and opening, the angular structure has been embraced by some and detested by others, while bringing worldwide attention to MSU.
Today on Current State: Sen. Gretchen Whitmer and Off The Record host Tim Skubick review the State of the State address; linking science education and hip hop; and AP reporter and singer-songwriter Jeff Karoub.
How do you make science fun and approachable for youth? One theory is to use hip hop. The project Science Genius BATTLES (Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) attempts to do that.
Today on Current State: recent Flint emergency manager Michael Brown returns to Prima Civitas; a post-antibiotic era; roasting coffee beans in Lansing; and a review of “Our Picnics in the Sun” by Morag Joss.
The U. S. Centers for Disease Control has published an assessment of the threat Americans face from antibiotic-resistant germs, and it’s a bit sobering. The report is the first time hard numbers have been reported for deaths and costs related to fighting diseases that no longer respond to antibiotics.
Microbreweries have been popping up all over the state, but what about micro roasters? Current State’s Emanuele Berry recently took a trip to visit the founders of Craft & Mason Coffee, a new micro roaster in the Lansing area.
We live in a loud world. Our movies are loud. Our TV shows are loud, and the commercials are even louder. And sadly now, even our books are loud, filled with as many explosions and gunshots as any blockbuster film could ever hope to have. So in a bombastic world like ours, how does a quiet book like “Our Picnics in the Sun” by Morag Joss find publication?
Host Mark Bashore spoke with U.S. Senator Carl Levin about a variety of topics today on Current State. They began with a look at yesterday’s failure to hammer out an extension of benefits for over a million long-term unemployed Americans.
This week we learned that the new appropriations bill drafted in the U-S Senate includes $55-million to continue the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) project at Michigan State University. The project will feature a large particle collider that smashes subatomic matter together to create elements that scientists say are the building blocks of the universe as we know it.
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 the Capitol Area Literacy Coalition.
A new book of photography explores the pastime of basketball at its most basic level - the hoop. The book “hoop: the american dream” is filled with pictures of baskets from around the U.S.. The books creator, photographer Robin Layton, captures hoops nailed to trees, beneath highway underpasses, and the childhood baskets of various basketball stars. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with Layton about creating the book.
Connie Binsfeld, who served in the Michigan House and Senate, as well as two terms as lieutenant governor, died Sunday at the age of 89. The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta covered Binsfeld in the State Senate and then as Lieutenant Governor, and Susan Demas, an MLive columnist and publisher of the “Inside Michigan Politics” newsletter also joins us to remember her legacy.