As emission standards tighten around the world, auto manufacturers are ramping up research and development of hydrogen fuel cells. Last week, General Motors announced a new seven-year joint effort with Honda to develop such vehicles. It’s the latest in a series of similar alliances involving manufacturers.
The process of diagnosing, classifying and treating mental illness is incredibly complex and often controversial. The recent debate surrounding the new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders illustrates how difficult it can be to get a handle on what causes the symptoms of mental illnesses like bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
In the heart of Lansing, Eaglevision Ministries is giving back to the community by helping some of the hardest hit people in the area find stability and employment – from youths to veterans to those recently released from jail or prison.
Humans have had a mixed relationship with bats over the centuries. People tend to dislike or fear them, but bats may gain more fans in Michigan this summer because of their phenomenal capacity for eating mosquitos.
WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with Phil Brodak, the proprietor of Batsbirdsyard.com, based in southeast Michigan, about the business of attracting bats to backyards.
Most people don't think of happiness when they think of Sylvia Plath, but a new book aims to round off the perception of the tragic poet. Elizabeth Winder's "Pain, Parties, Work: Sylvia Plath in New York, Summer 1953," covers a joyful month-long period in Plath's life as she dated, worried about clothes and makeup and worked as an intern.
WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael speaks with Melissa Benmark about his impressions of the book.
Today on Current State: a discussion of early childhood education in the state; the Michigan Agriculture and Food Index; a Michigan-based group helping to eliminate electronic waste; and celebrating the life of the late president Gerald R. Ford.
Governor Rick Snyder recently excited bipartisan backers of stronger early childhood education with his approval of a new state budget. The budget seeks to increase early childhood funding for next year by $65 million.
Tanya Wright, assistant professor of education at Michigan State University and Kelly Mix, an MSU early childhood learning specialist, discuss what's needed to educate young children in the state.
The MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is releasing the first-ever Michigan Agriculture & Food Index, or MAFI. It's designed to gauge the business climate for agriculture and food business within the state.
As new consumer technology becomes more rapidly available, unwanted electronics are building up in America's landfills. Jim Grandholm, founder of Michigan-based Green Earth Electronics Recycling, discusses how these items become e-waste and how they can be safely disposed of or donated.
Last Sunday marked the centennial of the birth of President Gerald Ford. The only president from Michigan, Ford was also the only person in U.S. history never to be elected president or even vice-president. Current State's Melissa Benmark spoke with James Kratsas, Deputy Director of the Gerald R. Ford Museum in Grand Rapids about Ford’s life and legacy.
Current State broadcasts live from the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing all this week! Tonight, the "I am Lansing" campaign; the silent disco at Common Ground; The BLAT! Pack; Harris Nature Center summer programs; The Soil & the Sun; and Common Ground memories.
The city unveiled the mascot CUFF Lynx early this year. The character's mission is to be a role model for choosing good foods, being physically active, and having fun enjoying parks and the Lansing River Trail. The name 'CUFF' stands for Community United with Food and Fitness.
Credit Courtesy/City of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department
All this week, Current State has been broadcasting here at Adado-Riverfront Park, site of the Common Ground festival. This public green space alongside the Grand River is one of dozens of properties managed by the city of Lansing Parks and Recreation Department.
Who exactly makes Common Ground happen? We learned roughly half the answer to that question yesterday when we spoke with Kevin and Jenna Meyer of Meridian Entertainment. Their responsibilities include booking the likes of Slash, Ludacris and Bare Naked Ladies to perform at the event. Today, we get to know the other key player. The Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority, or LEPFA.
In April, one of Lansing’s largest employers announced plans to bring 1,000 new jobs to the region. Jackson National Life Insurance Company will spend more than $100-million to double the size of its headquarters in Alaeidon Township. Construction could begin later this year, pending a number of regulatory steps.
Current State broadcasts live from the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing all this week! Tonight, the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority; Architects of Air; GM Lansing Regional Plant Manager Tony Francavilla; Jackson National Life expansion; and Joe Hertler and the Rainbow Seekers.
Michigan State University is starting a new project to learn more about how certain environmental contaminants affect the human body. MSU will use a $14-million grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences to study dioxins, which form a large class of chemical compounds.
Current State broadcasts live from the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing all this week! Tonight, MSU's dioxin grant; Neighbors in Action features Meals on Wheels; cycling for the deaf/blind community; the Sparrow/Mayo Health Clinic parternship; and an interview with musician Taylor Taylor.