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Current State #832 | September 15, 2016

Sep 15, 2016

Today on Current State: Developers Pat and Scott Gillespie talk about their respective firms and the Lansing area's development climate; comedian Greg Proops previews tonight's "Whose Live Anyway" improv show at the Wharton Center; Alice Dreger of Eastlansinginfo.org discusses the DEQ's review of the city's wastewater treatment plant permit; and Jeffrey Walker of the Flint Institute of Music explains the harpsichord.


Pat and Scott Gillespie
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For years, siblings who grew up on Lansing’s east side have played a leading role in development in the area. We talk with Pat and Scott Gillespie about the current development climate.


Greg Proops photo
Courtesy photo / Whose Live Anyway

It’s run on three TV networks in two different countries. Now, a quartet of improv comedians is bringing the spontaneous madness of “Whose Line Is It Anyway” to mid-Michigan. This evening, the traveling stage show, “Whose Live Anyway” visits the Wharton Center in East Lansing. We talk with comic Greg Proops about the show and the art of improv.


East Lansing Wastewater Treatment Facility photo
Courtesy photo / City of East Lansing

The Department of Environmental Quality is reviewing the East Lansing Wastewater Treatment Plant's permit four years after it expired. We discuss the delay with Alice Dreger of Eastlansinginfo.org.


Harpsichord photo
flickr creative commons

It’s an ancestor to the piano, and over the past few years it's been making a comeback. Meet the man from the Flint Institute of Music who teaches how to play the harpsichord.


Pop-Up Stories: Turning Over a New Leaf

Sep 14, 2016
Pop-Up Stories
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Thur. Sept. 29 at 6pm at Reach Studio Art Center in Lansing, MI | Have you ever had a fresh start? A clean slate?

Current State #831 | September 14, 2016

Sep 14, 2016

Today on Current State: the debate over state Board of Education guidelines for LGBTQ students, with Nathan Triplett of Equality Michigan and Douglas Levesque of the Owosso-based Bible Nation Society; a preview of the upcoming Beaumont Brass concert; Neighbors in Action: Hannah's House; and MSU researcher Nizar Lajnef talks about sensors that will monitor the stability of spans like the Mackinac Bridge.


Nathan Triplett photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Michigan Board of Education is set to vote on a controversial set of guidelines it says will provide a safe learning environment for LGBTQ students. Opponents say the document usurps parental rights. We hear both sides of the issue.


Beaumont Brass photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

This Sunday night at MSU’s Fairchild Theatre, a new Spartan sound comes to the stage. The Beaumont Brass and friends unveil “Spartan Fanfare.” Current State's Peter Whorf has a preview.


Hannah's House photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Hannah’s House of Lansing provides homeless expectant mothers with shelter and support so they can gain the emotional, physical, and spiritual strength they need to raise their child or pursue an adoption plan if they choose. For Neighbors in Action, we speak with staff members of Hannah’s House about the organization’s work.


Mackinac Bridge sensor photo
Kenji Anno

A Michigan State University researcher will soon attach sensors to the underside of the Mackinac Bridge. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Nizar Lajnef about what he hopes to learn from studying the everyday stresses on Big Mac.


Current State #830 | September 13, 2016

Sep 13, 2016

Today on Current State: Tri-County Regional Planning Commission executive director Susan Pigg talks about area transit needs; author Amy Haimerl discusses her Detroit home fix-up project book "Detroit Hustle" ahead of an appearance in Okemos this week; a conversation with  Jeff Cooper of the Renewable Fuels Association on a University of Michigan study indicating that burning biofuels is worse for the environment than fossil fuels; and pianist Yafim Bronfman previews two Michigan concerts.


Susan Pigg photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission will conduct a comprehensive study of mid-Michigan’s transit needs. We talk with the commission’s executive director, Susan Pigg.


Haimerl house exterior photo before
Amy Haimerl

Amy Haimerl and her husband wanted to move from Brooklyn to Detroit, so they bought an old house at a rock-bottom price. The fixer-upper has become the subject of her book “Detroit Hustle”. Current State's Scott Pohl went to see the house for himself and talk with the author.

cornfield photo
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A University of Michigan researcher says the environmental benefits of biofuels are exaggerated, so much so that he says burning fossil fuels is better. On our Tuesday environmental segment, a biofuels industry spokesman responds.


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