For 13 years, our first guest this evening has played a role in the Great Lakes Folk Festival. Today, Lora Helou is the festival's acting director, and to those of us in the media, she’s been the “go-to” person regarding this event. She offers an overview of the weekend's festivities.
The music schedule at the Great Lakes Folk Festival features several Michigan acts this year. They include the swing dance music of Paulette Brockington of Highland Park and the Cuban/Caribbean music of Tumbao Bravo out of Ann Arbor. Artist Joel Mabus is a long-time local favorite. He stopped by the Current State tent to catch us up on his music.
Among the dozens of people plying their crafts here at the Great Lakes Folk Festival weekend are members of the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program. For 26 years, the Michigan State University Museum has supported master artists and their apprentices who keep our state’s artistic traditions alive. There are nine master and apprentice teams at this year’s festival. Current State’s Kevin Lavery met one pair in a small mid-Michigan town who are turning scrap into sculpture.
Bob Blackman's name is virtually synonymous with folk music in mid-Michigan. He's been associated with the Great Lakes Folk Festival for many, many years. He’s a fixture with Elderly Instruments in Lansing, a real center of folk music in this community. Many people in our audience remember him as a part of the WKAR family. Bob Blackman hosted “The Folk Tradition” on WKAR for nearly 30 years.
One of the vendors at the Great Lakes Folk Festival is the Nyaka AIDS Orphans project. The organization offers paper-bead necklaces and traditional baskets from Uganda. The artists who created them are grandmothers in Nyaka who use the income to support the families affected by the disease.
Jackson Kaguri is the founder of the Nyaka AIDS Orphans project. He was a CNN Hero last year, was featured in Time Magazine in 2010, and is the author of the book, “The Price of Stones,” about building a school for AIDS orphans in his village in Uganda.
This coming week, Current State takes you to this year's World Tournament of Historic Baseball at Greenfield Village. Teams from around the Great Lakes region and beyond squared off this weekend for 19th century baseball supremacy. Tune in for the sounds of the games, cheering crowds, brass bands, steam trains and more. Plus, an inside look at 19th century baseball from one of the members of the Saginaw Old Golds - 2012's championship squad The historic baseball season continues throughout Michigan into the fall...
On June 25, President Obama released a comprehensive plan to fight climate change.
The plan pointed out that last year was the warmest year on record for our country. While the efforts to fight against climate change continues, researchers seem to have found another reason to prevent climate change: violence.
As part of Current State's ongoing coverage of Michigan culture and history, we've been exploring a number of the fascinating year-round and seasonal events and exhibits across the Great Lakes. Join us next week in Muskegon, Michigan as we explore the USS Silversides Submarine Museum at its beautiful Lake Michigan location. You'll hear the remarkable docent (and fellow former Chicagoan) Garry McKeen with moving and personal stories of the all-volunteer submariners who served aboard the Silversides beginning just eight days after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Experts in suicide prevention tend to focus their outreach efforts on two segments of the population: young adults and the elderly. But shifting data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have some professionals reconsidering that approach.
Last month, statistics showed a 60% increase in suicide among women in their early 60’s and a 50% spike among men in their 50’s. The data covers the calendar year 2010.
Coolio got his start in the Los Angeles rap music scene in the late 80s and early 90s, and he hit it big when the producers of the movie “Dangerous Minds” chose his song “Gangsta’s Paradise” for the soundtrack.
It went to the top of the charts and win the Grammy Award for Best Solo Rap Performance in 1996. In all, he’s sold 30-million records worldwide. He’ll be in Lansing for a concert at The Loft Thursday night.
Our weekly Neighbors in Action interview features people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week, we feature the newly-launched non-profit called The Firecracker Foundation. It seeks to provide therapy and support for victims of child sexual abuse.
WKAR teamed up with Chicago-based photographer John Patrick McGuire to capture the buzz of the 2013 World Dwarf Games, through portraits and interviews with the athletes. |You can view individual athlete portraits here. To hear audio from some of the participants click into post.
Today on Current State: the growing seasonal worker population in Michigan; scientific disagreement with Michigan biodiversity bill; the sequestration and Michigan workforce training; and the Whole Foods ripple effect.
Michigan's signature cherry crop, among other agricultural state staples, depend heavily on thousands of migrant workers each year. Even after a killing frost destroyed much of the crop in 2012, a new report shows Michigan's migrant and seasonal farm population is growing.
In a recent opinion piece in the Lansing State Journal CEO of Capital Area Michigan Works Doug Stites wrote that the 20% funding cuts to his agency come at a critical time when efforts to retrain Michigan workers for in-demand jobs is extremely important. At the same time, a number of taxpayers are skeptical of the publicly funded agency's work.
This past spring the Michigan Senate passed Bill 78, which prohibits state agencies from setting aside land to maintain biodiversity. The bill has drawn strong criticism from various environmental groups.
Texas-based Whole Foods recently announced plans to open a new store on Grand River Avenue in Meridian Township in 2015. This location will put the new organic food store in very close proximity to several similar stores, including Foods for Living and the East Lansing Food Co-op.