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'Invasive Species' photo
Courtesy photo / Shiny Seed

Michigan artists Casey Dixon and Gene Foulk, under the name Shiny Seed, are finalists in the three-dimensional category of the public Grand Rapids Art Prize vote finals and will learn their fate this weekend. Their work is called “Invasive Species.”

Young Entrepreneurs Academy photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For Neighbors in Action this week, we find out about the Young Entrepreneurs Academy, a program of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce that teaches students how to start and run their own businesses.

Bill Chopik photo
Courtesy photo

An MSU professor says if your spouse is happy, you will be healthy. Current State’s Brooke Allen follows up on the research with MSU researcher Bill Chopik.

Current State #845 | October 4, 2016

Oct 4, 2016

Today on Current State: Democrat Suzanna Shkreli joins us to talk about her bid to win the 8th congressional district seat held by Republican Mike Bishop; historian T.J. Stiles discusses Monroe native Gen. George Armstrong Custer; the invasive New Zealand Mud Snail is found in the Au Sable River; and harpist Rachel Brandwein returns to perform in Ann Arbor.

Suzanna Shkreli photo
Courtesy photo / Suzanna Shkreli for Congress

We discuss the race for congress in Michigan’s 8th district with Suzanna Shkreli. She’s the Democrat who’s hoping to unseat incumbent Republican Mike Bishop.

New Zealand mud snails photo
Robyn Draheim / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

An invasive snail, the New Zealand Mud Snail, appears to be spreading quickly in Michigan’s Au Sable River. An organization representing Michigan anglers is unhappy with the state’s response. We talk with Tom Baird of the Au Sable Anglers.

Custer’s Last Stand is a staple of American history. The tragic tale of the massacre of the U.S. Army’s 7th Cavalry at the Battle of Little Big Horn is most closely associated with Gen. George Custer, but the soldier who grew up in Michigan was also known as a brilliant tactician who fought at Gettysburg. Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with author T.J. Stiles about Custer’s life and legacy.

Rachel Brandwein photo
Courtesy photo / Rachel Brandwein

We speak with a harpist who has synesthesia. When Dr. Rachel Brandwein hears music, she sees colors as well.

Cookie Johnson has written a book about life with her husband, basketball legend Magic Johnson. Current State's Scott Pohl talks with her about “Believing in Magic.”

Current State #844 | October 3, 2016

Oct 3, 2016

Today on Current State: We talk with Detroit News columnist Daniel Howes about how ride sharing and self-driving cars might affect Michigan's auto industry; MSU researcher Dr. David Wartinger explains how roller coasters might help kidney stone patients; Cookie Johnson tells us about her new book on life with her husband, basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson; and Current Sports host Al Martin covers weekend losses for the Spartans, Lions and Tigers.

Uber phone app photo / flickr creative commons

A prominent Detroit journalist explains the impact he thinks ride-sharing and self-driving cars could have on Michigan’s auto industry. We talk with Daniel Howes of the Detroit News.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad photo
Loren Javier / flickr creative commons

What do roller coasters have to do with kidney stones? If you haven’t seen the recent news articles talking about the preliminary findings of MSU professor emeritus David Wartinger, then you might not know, but Dr. Wartinger joins us to explain his discovery.

Mark Dantonio photo
Courtesy photo / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

We talk with Current Sports host Al Martin about how the Spartans and Lions plan on picking up the pieces after their weekend losses.

Current State #843 | September 30, 2016

Sep 30, 2016

Today on Current State: Our Great Lakes Month in Review for September with journalist and commentator Gary Wilson; state archaeologist Dean Anderson tells us about Michigan Archaeology Day; and Live Music Friday with Zach Pohl.

Flickr/NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Flint may be in line for millions of dollars of federal help with lead water infrastructure. We review that development and others in September’s Great Lakes Month in Review.