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Current State #794 | July 5, 2016

Jul 5, 2016

Today on Current State: Marijuana advocate Chris Riesbeck discusses the promotion of national cannabis standards; Michigan Shakespeare Festival producing artistic director Janice Blixt; researcher Rufus Isaacs talks about our bee population and pollination strategies; and a Pop-Up Story from Marissa Thaler.


Chris Riesbeck photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Medical marijuana has been legal in Michigan since 2009, and there’s currently an effort to legalize it for recreational use, but local governments across the state have struggled to create consistent laws to regulate cannabis. We talk with an advocate who envisions a national organization to set those standards.


Janice Blixt photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Shakespeare Festival

The Michigan Shakespeare Festival slate for this season includes “As You Like It” and “Richard II,” along with an adaptation of Michael Shaara’s “The Killer Angels.” Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with producing artistic director Janice Blixt about this year’s plans.


Logan Rowe
Courtesy photo / Project ICP

Around the country, many growers contend with too few bees for pollinating their crops. An MSU scholar has been working on ways to get both wild bees and human-managed honeybees to be more effective. We learn more with Entomology professor and researcher Rufus Isaacs.


Pop-Up Stories
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Current State brings you a Pop-Up Story from our most recent event at the Allen Marketplace in Lansing, this time from Marissa Thaler.


Current State #793 | June 29, 2016

Jun 30, 2016

Today on Current State: Our Month in Review for June with John Lindstrom of Gongwer News and Kyle Melinn of MIRS; Michigan author William Anderson gathers the letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder; Sen. Rebekah Warren on Elliot-Larsen reforms; and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson discusses protecting kids from adult online content.


WKAR File Photo

Current State’s Month in Review takes a look back at June’s top stories with Gongwer News’ John Lindstrom and MIRS News’ Kyle Melinn.  Topics include more Flint charges and rebuttals and the Detroit Public School’s financial package.


Laura Ingalls Wilder was a prolific letter-writer. Those letters have been compiled in a new book from Lapeer-based author William Anderson. Current State talks with Anderson about his passion for the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Rebekah Warren photo
Courtesy photo / Sen. Rebekah Warren

In Michigan, it’s still legal to discriminate against someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity. We talk with the sponsor of a bill addressing such discrimination, Sen. Rebekah Warren.


Ruth Johnson photo
Joe Ross / flickr creative commons

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson discusses the ProtectMiChild registry to keep kids away from adult online content.


Current State #792 | June 29, 2016

Jun 29, 2016

Today on Current State: Lansing City Pulse reporter Todd Heywood recounts the story of being assaulted in his home, possibly targeted because he is gay; author R.J. Fox discusses his book "Love and Vodka"; Neighbors in Action: Thunder on the Grand; and MSU climatologist Jeff Andresen considers the Michigan summer of 2016.


Heywood assailants photo
Lansing Police Department

Todd Heywood was assaulted and robbed in his home last year, possibly targeted because he’s gay. He writes about the attack in the Lansing City Pulse newspaper this week. Current State talks with Heywood about his story.


R.J. Fox has written of his trip to Ukraine to propose marriage to a woman he had only met once in "Love and Vodka." We talk with him about the experience.


Thunder on the Grand photo
Courtesy photo / Thunder on the Grand

Thunder on the Grand is a nonprofit that raises money for young cancer patients in Michigan by throwing a huge annual event. This year’s theme is “Mad About Cancer,” with Mad Max inspired activities. We find out all about it in today's Neighbors in Action segment.


dry grass photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Last week’s arrival of summer brought us the seasonal forecast on Current State. Dr. Kirk Heinze talks with MSU climatologist Jeff Andresen.


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