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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.


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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.


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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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It's been 75 years since the Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. One of those fallen sailors grew up in mid-Michigan, and his final act of selflessness earned him our nation's highest military honor. Current State's Kevin Lavery recalls the life of Francis Flaherty, U.S. Navy.


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The Islamic Center of East Lansing was one of several places across the country to receive a hate letter last week. They responded with a respectful reply. For Neighbors in Action, we speak to Dr. Abdalmajid Katranji and Farah Khalil of the Islamic Center to find out what opportunities they have to learn and to volunteer.


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After nearly 10 years with Type 2 diabetes, one Michigan man turned his health around with a plant-based diet. We talk with Marc Ramirez about his appearance in an upcoming documentary about diet.


Current State #887 | December 6, 2016

Dec 6, 2016

Today on Current State: New CEO of Capital Region International Airport Wayne Sieloff; Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center violist Paul Neubauer discusses their upcoming East Lansing concert; an update on replacing lead water pipes in Flint with Gen. Michael McDaniel of that city's Fast Start Program; and author Dale Anderson talks about his book on the 1967 national champion MSU wrestling team.


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There’s a new CEO at Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport. We talk with Wayne Sieloff about his plans.


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Some of the world’s greatest musicians are bringing the best of Johann Sebastian Bach to the Wharton Center. We speak with a member of New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center about Thursday’s concert.


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University of Michigan researchers say the number of lead water lines that need  replacement in Flint may be several times higher than expected. We get the thoughts of the East Lansing resident charged with coordinating the pipe replacement effort, Gen. Michael McDaniel.


Michigan State won national championships in both football and hockey in 1966. The following year, an upstart bunch of wrestlers won MSU’s only title in that sport. We talk about that magical season with Dale Anderson, author of “A Spartan Journey: Michigan State’s 1967 Miracle on the Mat.”


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School administrators in DeWitt are moving forward with measures to nurture ethnic toleration and respect following harassment incidents last month after the Presidential election. We hear the perspectives of two MSU faculty members who study race and ethnicity in education.


Current State #886 | December 5, 2016

Dec 5, 2016

Today on Current State: Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum discusses the Presidential election recount; two MSU College of Education faculty members discuss post-election racial tensions in schools; turning paint from The MSU Rock into works of art; the new location of Lansing's Homeless Angels; and Current Sports host Al Martin on yesterday's Detroit Lions victory in New Orleans.


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Have you thought about what to buy the jewelry-lover in your life this holiday season? Consider the lovely Spartan Agate, a man-made “gemstone” made from the thick layers of paint applied over many decades to The Rock on MSU’s campus. We talk to the jeweler who makes them to find out how she does it.


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