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Lucas Holliday photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

We talk to the famous “singing cashier” of Lansing, Lucas Holliday, who was recorded singing at work in a YouTube video that went viral and brought him more attention than he could have imagined.


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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Imagine the pain of a pounding toothache. Now imagine driving up to 100 miles to get it fixed. That’s the situation that once faced some residents of a tiny town in the Upper Peninsula. Now, after a nearly two-year closure, the clinic is back in business, and so is the Lansing-area dentist who treks 300 miles one way to work there. We talk with Dr. Richard Martzke.


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We speak with the English-Pakistani theater director Iqbal Khan, who has led productions with the Royal Shakespeare Company, The Globe Theater, and recently at the Hollywood Bowl. He's in town this week talking about Shakespeare with students and faculty.


Current State #875 | November 16, 2016

Nov 16, 2016

Today on Current State: Mark Grebner discusses his return to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners; Art Garfunkel previews Saturday's concert in Jackson; Neighbors in Action: Allen Neighborhood Center; and MSU grad Jonathan Kirkland describes playing George Washington in the Chicago production of "Hamilton."
 


Mark Grebner photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

East Lansing’s Mark Grebner has served on the Ingham County Board of Commissioners for decades. After a brief hiatus, Grebner’s been elected to re-join the board. We ask the Democrat what he wants to accomplish on the board and what he expects from a Trump administration in Washington.


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He has one of popular music’s most recognizable voices. Art Garfunkel sang memorable hits like “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” We talk with the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer ahead of a weekend concert in Jackson.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Imagine a community organization with more than 500 volunteers! You could be imagining the roster of volunteers for Lansing’s Allen Neighborhood Center. The ANC’s Denise Paquette and Marta Webanowska join us for Neighbors in Action.


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Current State’s Katie Cook speaks with MSU College of Music alum Jonathan Kirkland about what it’s like to play George Washington in the Chicago production of "Hamilton."


Current State #874 | November 15, 2016

Nov 15, 2016

Today on Current State: MSU professor Eric Freedman discusses the election and his week at an environmental journalism conference in Kenya; artists decorate doors for a Habitat for Humanity project; Michigan's "impaired waterway" designation for Lake Erie; and a preview of the MSU College of Music production of the opera “The Elixir of Love.”


Eric Freedman photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

We talk with journalist and MSU professor Eric Freedman about the election and environmental issues. He’s recently back from a week in Nairobi, Kenya.


window within a door
Courtesy of Jack Bergstrom

Habitat for Humanity for the Capital Region has enlisted local artists to decorate doors for a fundraiser this week. We talk with event organizer Ben Rathbun and artist Jack Bergeron about the Door Jam.


Lake Erie algae photo
Courtesy photo / NWF Great Lakes Regional Center, Ann Arbor

Michigan officials have designated the state’s small piece of Lake Erie an “impaired waterway.” That means it’s possible the federal government could enact stricter regulation to address the problem of algae blooms. We talk with Mike Shriberg of the National Wildlife Federation.


Elixer of Love rehearsal photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

Current State previews the MSU College of Music’s production of the comedic opera “The Elixir of Love.”


Current State #873 | November 14, 2016

Nov 14, 2016

Today on Current State: Detroit News editorial page editor Nolan Finley discusses the conservative newspaper's election coverage; Gracie's Place in Williamston becomes Gracie's Contemporary Bistro; MSU Trustee-elect Dan Kelly; and Current Sports host Al Martin breaks down the MSU shutout win over Rutgers.


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The Detroit News is a conservative newspaper, and their editorial page editor, Nolan Finley, has had an interesting view of the election process this year. We talk with Finley about the ascendency of Donald Trump to the presidency.


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