Last week, thousands of fast food restaurant employees across the country walked out of their kitchens and into the streets to demand a living wage. They were demanding their companies pay them $15 per hour...well above the national average. There were protests in several Michigan cities, including Detroit, Flint and Lansing.
From tales of slavery to adventures in outer space, this year’s crop of fall films runs the gamut. Current State’s Emanuele Berry chats with MLive.com entertainment reporter and film critic John Serba about the upcoming film season. They started with a film neither is excited to see: a dance flick entitled “Battle of the Year.”
Erin Knott, State Director for Enroll America, said that their mission is to educate people, provide them with resources and then get them to commit to seriously looking into Affordable Care Act plans when they are available on October 1st.
Though the Michigan Senate may have delayed the expansion of Medicaid until likely the spring, the fast approaching date of October 1st still looms large. That’s when the new health insurance marketplaces, one of the key components of the Affordable Care Act, will open for enrollment.
Actress Grace Kelly was not the first American princess. In the late 19th century, young American heiresses exchanged their wealth for titles, marrying into the European elite. One such heiress was Clara Ward, who was born in Detroit in 1873. She married a Belgian Prince, becoming Princesse de Caraman-Chimay, but Clara’s story is no traditional fairy tale.
Today on Current State: Medicaid expansion in Michigan; Niowave redesigns controversial building; the impact of Ariel Castro's death on his victims; Public Poetry Announcement; aging out of foster care; and the Wharton Center's upcoming season.
Governor Rick Snyder says he looks forward to signing a Medicaid expansion bill when he returns in a couple of weeks from a trade mission to Asia. In the meantime, the state will continue to negotiate with the federal government on the program.
The last year has been a trying one for Lansing’s Niowave Corporation and its residential neighbors in the area north of downtown. The Lansing Economic Area Partnership has spent months forging an agreement between the company and its neighbors over how to improve the appearance of a large metal building that went up last summer.
Ariel Castro, the man who was recently convicted for holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for nearly a decade, was found hanged in his cell earlier today. Prison officials are calling it a suicide.
Our Neighbors in Action series this week looks at social work professionals who help children who age out of the foster care system. St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing offers a long term residential care program for children aged five to 17.
Today on Current State: MSU professor on the conflict in Syria; Detroit’s Water Renaissance series; Right to Work after first Labor Day; Al Jazeera America launches Detroit bureau; and the HopCat bar in East Lansing.
More than 100,000 people have been killed and nearly a quarter of Syria’s population has been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al Assad began in March 2011.
While the Obama administration up until this point has largely avoided any direct involvement in the conflict, the administration claims an August 21 chemical weapons attack that left 1400 civilians dead was the work of Assad’s forces. Calling the use of chemical weapons “a red line," President Obama has asked for Congressional approval for a U.S. military strike.
On August 20th, the TV network known as Current became Al Jazeera America. The network, owned by the government of Qatar, bought Current for about half a billion dollars. One of the Al Jazeera America domestic news bureaus is in Detroit, which has been placed in the hands of former WDIV-TV reporter Bisi Onile-Ere.
Listen Now Here | Current State presents a special Current Sports broadcast with Al Martin, live from Adams Field on the campus of Michigan State University. It's a pre-game special from WKAR, as MSU hosts WMU for the season-opening night game at Spartan Stadium.
Today on Current State: August's biggest's stories in review; Chicago-based "Wavelength" trains Lansing teachers using humor; 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice; Michigan railroads; and a film commentary on End of the World films.
Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, once wrote, “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” The her in that sentence is, of course, author Jane Austen.
This wasn't the only time Twain complained about Miss Austen. Here is another gem: “It seems a great pity that they allowed her to die a natural death.”
Now, I don’t normally disagree with Mr. Clemens, but here, I have to take an exception.
Michigan railroads employ thousands of workers, maintain thousands of miles of track, move millions of tons freight, and generate billions of dollars. The system’s health is crucial to commerce in the state.
"The question is why such movies now?" Jeffrey Wray said in regard to the End of the World movie theme of the summer, "Can films be read like tea leaves or fossilized bones? Are they stealth clues to the period or hard indicators of collective angst of our time...or any time?"
As the summer comes to a close, so do this season’s apocalyptic films. Current State contributor, MSU professor and filmmaker Jeffrey Wray offers this commentary on the end of the world through cinema.
Today on Current State: Michigan Senate votes on Medicaid; Lansing delegation attends 50th anniversary of March on Washington; Dr. Lee June remembers Civil Rights Era; the legacy of Malcolm X in Lansing and our Neighbors in Action segment features Gateway Community Services.
Dennis Burnside co-founded the X Foundation, the group which successfully pushed for Main Street in Lansing to be re-named for Malcolm X. Lansing and New York City are the only two known cities in which streets named for Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. intersect.
The March on Washington in August 1963 was one of the largest mass protests ever held in the U.S. Its physical and spiritual leader, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., based his entire campaign on nonviolent resistance. But his strategy was not endorsed by everyone. Another giant of the civil rights era had other ideas about the African-American struggle.