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Courtesy photo / U.S. Rowing

Former MSU rower Emily Regan will compete in the Rio Olympic Games. Current Sports host Al Martin talks with Regan about her sport and what it takes to make Team USA.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest is one of the most versatile musicians we’ve ever had on Current State. Rodney Page plays violin and piano, he DJ’s, and he raps. He’s also a music educator who has worked extensively with local school districts.

Current State #811 | August 4, 2016

Aug 4, 2016

Today on Current State: MSU Entomologist Howard Russell discusses Lyme disease in Michigan; historic baseball at Greenfield Village; Lansing city council member Adam Hussain; and the Brass Tacks Ensemble of Ann Arbor stages an unconventional production of "The Importance of Being Earnest."


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U.S. Department of Agriculture / flickr creative commons

The first case of Lyme disease this year has been detected in Washtenaw County. What does that mean for us here in Ingham County? We talk with MSU Entomologist Howard Russell.


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Peter Whorf / WKAR

Current State’s summer travel series continues today. WKAR’s Peter Whorf takes us to Dearborn for some living history.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Third ward Lansing city council member Adam Hussain addresses issues like the South Washington Park apartments and the latest marijuana ordinance.


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Isaac Ellis / Brass Tacks Ensemble

How do you keep a 120 year old play fresh? That’s the aim of the Brass Tacks Ensemble of Ann Arbor this weekend at the Kerrytown Concert House. We speak with the troupe’s artistic director about their upcoming production of Oscar Wilde’s classic “The Importance of Being Earnest.”


Current State #810 | August 3, 2016

Aug 3, 2016

Today on Current State: Mickey Hirten of Lansing City Pulse and Susan Demas of Inside Michigan Politics discuss Tuesday's primary election results; Lansing's Edible Park; Neighbors in Action: SNAP Education; and "Blood on the Mitten" author Tom Carr.


Primary results: Siemon, O’Berry and incumbents prevail

Aug 3, 2016
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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Ballot proposals and November’s general election candidates are settled after yesterday’s primary election. We look back at some of the results and hear the thoughts of two Lansing-based journalists:  Susan J. Demas of Inside Michigan Politics and Mickey Hirten of the Lansing City Pulse.


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Katie Cook / WKAR

Young people are in charge of the "Edible Park" garden in Lansing's Hunter Park. Current State’s Katie Cook gets a tour.


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Courtesy photo / SNAP Education

You might know of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which provides benefits to low income individuals and families. But did you know about SNAP-Ed? It involves a series of different food education and cooking classes for adults and youth. For Neighbors in Action we speak with the people running these programs in mid-Michigan.


Some of Michigan’s most notorious murders took place nearby. Current State’s Brooke Allen speaks to local author Tom Carr about his most recent book, "Blood on the Mitten."


Current State #809 | August 2, 2016

Aug 2, 2016

Today on Current State: Scott Atkinson, editor of the new book "Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology"; DANCE Lansing's upcoming program at MSU's Pasant Theatre; and how the alligator gar could help the fight against the Asian carp.


A new book might be a pick-me-up for the people of Flint. It’s called “Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology.” We talk with editor Scott Atkinson.


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Kevin Fowler

The DANCE Lansing project is currently underway. We speak with the artistic director and a guest choreographer who has combined her experiences as a Michigan migrant worker to craft a dance coming to MSU’s Pasant Theater.


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