Current State

9AM and 6PM Weekdays on 90.5 FM | 12PM on AM870

Mid-Michigan's news destination for the informed, the caring and the curious. News and issues, arts and attitudes, and the personalities that make the heart of Michigan beat.

Facebook | Twitter

Genre: 
Composer ID: 
5187f3ece1c8212f45d325c5|5187f3e0e1c8212f45d325a7

Pages

Radio Made in Michigan
2:56 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Father and son make World War II memorial trip

The World War II Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial is the final resting place of 8,301 American soldiers.
Credit Wikimedia commons

U.S. Army Private Grover Plaunt died in Germany, a month before the end of World War II.  That was April 12, 1945.  He was laid to rest in a military cemetery in The Netherlands. 

Last week, two of Private Plaunt’s descendants:  his son Joe of Muskegon, and Joe’s son Randy, became the first relatives ever to visit his grave in a military cemetery in Margraten, The Netherlands.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
3:23 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

GLFF acting director Lora Helou reflects on festival's impact

Great Lakes Folk Festival acting director Lora Helou has been involved with the annual event for 13 years.
Credit Courtesy Michigan State University

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. 

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
3:23 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Local folk artist Joel Mabus talks about his music

Mid-Michigan folk artist Joel Mabus
Credit Courtesy of joelmabus.com

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
3:22 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

A master of metal molds an apprentice of his art

Tim Higgins (left) and Sam Pettersen are metalsmiths who've worked together for the past year through the Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program
Kevin Lavery WKAR

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
3:22 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

A chat with local folk aficionado Bob Blackman

Bob Blackman (right) hosted "The Folk Tradition" on WKAR for nearly three decades.
Credit Peter Whorf / WKAR

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
3:22 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project raises funds for Ugandan village

Jackson Kaguri was honored in 2012 as a "CNN Hero." He's the founder of the Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project which helps children in Uganda.
Credit Jackson Kaguri

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
3:21 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Hmong folk singer Mai Zong Vue brings her traditional music to folk festival

Current State's Mark Bashore speaks with Hmong folk singer Mai Zong Vue about her performance at the 2013 Great Lakes Folk Festival.
Credit Peter Whorf / WKAR

Hmong folk singer Mai Zong Vue travels to the Great Lakes Folk Festival from Wisconsin.  She spoke with Current State's Mark Bashore about the music of her homeland.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
8:15 pm
Sat August 10, 2013

WKAR at World Tournament of Historic Baseball

Greenfield Village "La-Dee-Dahs" take in a game
Peter Whorf

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...

Radio Made in Michigan
4:19 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

A recap of Current State's top stories from the last two weeks

Here's a review the top stories on Current State from the past two weeks:  

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:12 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Current State #139 | August 8, 2013

Today on Current State: low voter turnout in Lansing; Medicaid reimbursement; climate change and violence; and musician Lee Murdock.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:11 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope seeks higher voter turnout

Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope
Credit Courtesy/City of Lansing

Tuesday was primary election day in Lansing.

Voters decided Mayoral and city council candidates for November’s general election.  In Haslett, voters approved a $10-million sinking fund for school building maintenance.

A predictable feature of many primaries is low voter turnout.  Tuesday in Lansing was no exception.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:08 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

How will the Affordable Care Act affect Michigan's medical providers?

Credit Flickr/surroundsound5000

The Affordable Care Act, often known as Obamacare, is well underway across the USA.

In Michigan, debate continues over expanding Medicaid coverage to thousands more people.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
2:04 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

The link between climate change and violence

Solomon M. Hsiang is Assistant Professor of Public Policy at UC-Berkeley
Credit Courtesy/Solomon M. Hsiang

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
1:59 pm
Thu August 8, 2013

Musician Lee Murdock heading to the Great Lakes Folk Festival

Lee Murdock will be at the Great Lakes Folk Festival in East Lansing this weekend.
Credit Courtesy/Lee Murdock

The Great Lakes Folk Festival starts Friday night in East Lansing.

This long-time mid-Michigan event features traditional arts, dance, culture and music from around the world. WKAR’s Current State will broadcast live from the festival Friday at 6 p.m.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
8:56 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Living History aboard the USS Silversides

Garry McKeen shows us the Silverside's forward torpedo room
Peter Whorf

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
3:38 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Current State # 138 | August 7, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing city council candidates O'Dell and Canfora; baby-boomer suicide rate; Coolio; the Firecracker Project; and the World Dwarf Games at MSU.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
3:38 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Lansing city council primary sends candidates to November ballot

Voters advanced Lansing city council candidates to November's general election this week.
Credit File photo/WKAR

Voters have now determined who will be in November’s general election for the Lansing City Council.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
3:36 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Baby boomer suicide rate on the upswing

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
3:33 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Rapper Coolio coming to Lansing

Coolio performs at The Loft in Lansing on Thursday.
Credit Courtesy/coolioworld.com

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
3:32 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Neighbors in Action: The Firecracker Foundation

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
3:29 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Voices of the World Dwarf Games at MSU

Ollie Brown of Great Britain is one of the athletes competing this week in the World Dwarf Games at MSU.
Credit John Patrick McGuire

All this week, 395 athletes from 17 nations have been competing in 14 events all over the MSU campus and the Lansing area as part of the 2013 World Dwarf Games.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
9:26 am
Wed August 7, 2013

World Dwarf Games

Credit John Patrick McGuire

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. 

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
12:49 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Current State #137 | August 6, 2013

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Michigan's migrant and seasonal worker population sees growth

Michigan's Fruit Belt hugs the west side of the state along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Much of the seasonal worker population is in that part of the state.
Credit Wikimedia commons

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
12:43 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Sequestration's potential impact on Michigan workers

About 500,000 manufacturing jobs were lost in Michigan during the recession.
Credit Wikimedia commons

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
12:38 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Scientists across Michigan oppose legislation to limit biodiversity

State scientists argue the bill would be a setback for land conservation and harmful to the state's ecosystems.
Credit Wikimedia commons

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

How Whole Foods might affect similar local businesses

The East Lansing Food Co-op began in the 1970's with about 30 members, and now boasts more than 3,500.
Credit Wikimedia commons

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
12:43 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Current State #136 | August 5, 2013

Today on Current State: a preview of Lansing's mayoral primary election; an update on the MSU FRIB project; the Michigan Wine Competition; and a book on how to become a great leader.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Lansing mayoral primary election check-in

Lansing City Hall
Credit WKAR file photo

Voters in Lansing will go to the polls tomorrow for a primary election that will narrow the field of candidates for mayor and the city council.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
12:29 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

U.S. Department of Energy approves next phase of MSU FRIB project

The U.S. Department of Energy last week approved the cost and schedule for the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams project.
Credit Courtesy of MSU FRIB project

Late last week, MSU’s Facility for Rare Isotope Beams received several critical approvals from U. S. Department of Energy.

Read more

Pages