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
2:00 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Support growing for strengthening preschool education

Governor Snyder says the investment should reduce by half the number of preschoolers from low-income families waiting to get into Michigan’s “Great Start Readiness Program.”
Credit Wikimedia commons

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
1:58 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Michigan Agriculture & Food Index aims to gauge the industry’s health

The 34th annual Agriculture Expo is the three-day outdoor farm show starting today at Michigan State University.
Credit Wikimedia commons

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
1:56 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

How should we deal with increasing electronic waste?

Old desktop computers can be donated at Green Earth Electronics Recycling events where they are refurbished and provided to those who could not have previously afforded the technology.
Credit Wikimedia commons

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
1:53 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Remembering the life and work of President Gerald Ford

Pictured here with his wife Betty, President Gerald Ford was the longest living president in U.S. history, passing away at the age of 93.
Credit Wikimedia commons

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
8:17 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Current State #126 | July 12, 2013

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
8:16 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

'I am Lansing' campaign promotes exercise, nutrition

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
8:15 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Common Ground afterparty: disco with no speakers

Credit Courtesy of Common Ground Music Festival

There’s a big afterparty at the Common Ground Music Festival Friday and Saturday nights, and there’s a fun, unusual twist to the proceedings.

It’s a disco, but it’s unlike any you may have ever experienced before. The disco is silent.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
8:14 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Volunteers keep things running at Common Ground

Musicians, sponsors and fans are among crucial elements that go into making the Common Ground Music Festival a success. Not to be overlooked, though, are the contributions of festival volunteers.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
8:13 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

The BLAT! Pack brings local hip hop to Common Gound on Sunday

The BLAT! Pack was founded in the late Summer of 2008, and has seven artists and vocalists now. The band will perform on Sunday at the GM Pavillion Stage.
Credit Courtesy of Common Ground Music Festival

The BLAT! Pack was founded in the late Summer of 2008 and has seven artists and vocalists. The group will perform on Sunday at the GM Pavillion Stage.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
8:12 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Harris Nature Center offers summer outdoor activities

The Harris Nature Center is on Van Atta Road in Okemos.
Credit Courtesy/Harris Nature Center

The height of the summer season means camping for many Michiganders. And even if you can’t get away every weekend, Meridian Township’s Harris Nature Center can help.

.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
8:10 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

The Soil And The Sun brings 'New Mexican Space Music' to Common Ground Friday

The Soil And The Sun are on the Friday night schedule at Common Ground.
Credit Courtesy/Common Ground Music Festival

The band The Soil And The Sun identifies itself as “corn-fed, Michigan-made.”  They describe their music as "Experiential Spiritual Orchestral Rock."

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
8:08 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Fans share memories of past Common Ground music festivals

More than just the music, Common Ground is about the memories and the people who flock here every summer.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Colorful, inflatable structure graces Common Ground landscape

You can visit the Architects of Air luminarium at Common Ground.
Credit courtesy/Architects of Air

There’s a strange and colorful new shape along the riverfront in Lansing. It's a large luminarium.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority helps bring Common Ground to life

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

General Motors plant manager discusses local expansion plans

The Cadillac ATS model was developed in Warren, Mich. in the General Motors Technical Center, according to General Motors.
Credit Flickr/Creative Commons



General Motors is preparing to break ground on a new 400,000 square foot logistics center at its Grand River assembly plant.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers bring folk/funk mix to Common Ground

Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers appear at Common Ground Friday night.
Credit courtesy/Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers

Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers are known for their folk sound, which is fused with a hint of funk, Motown and pop.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Jackson National Life expansion plans include 1,000 new jobs

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
9:36 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Current State # 125 | July 11, 2013

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Sparrow Health System and Mayo Clinic create partnership

Under the Mayo/Sparrow partnership, patients now have access to Mayo Clinic resources when seeking additional input about care or a condition.
Credit Flickr/Creative Commons

A Sparrow Hospital official says a new alliance with the Mayo Clinic will benefit the community.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Neighbors in Action: Meals on Wheels

Individuals as well as groups like the Coast Guard (pictured above) have delivered Meals on Wheels to seniors in need.
Credit Flickr/US Coast Guard

For years, the well-recognized program Meals on Wheels, based in the Tri-County Office on Aging, has provided meals and other services for many of the area’s elderly and disabled.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Lansing teen Taylor Taylor to play Common Ground

Taylor Taylor is set to play tonight at the Leiny Lodge Stage at 6:30pm.
Credit Emanuele Berry/WKAR


At age eight, Lansing native Taylor Taylor asked for guitar lessons.  Since then she’s put her lessons to good use, pursuing a music career, performing all over Michigan and the U.S.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

MSU to study dioxin's impact on human health

 



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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Cycling to raise awareness of the deaf-blind community

Janna Rowan hopes her cycling journey will help people learn about the challenges facing the deaf and blind among us.


DeWitt resident Janna Rowan is planning to cycle 1,200 miles to raise awareness for the deaf-blind community. The journey will take her from Michigan to Texas.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
6:00 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Current State # 124 | July 10, 2013

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.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Young rock musicians get their shot on stage

Since staring their first camp at MSU in 2009, the Rock Camp has since spread to Grand Rapids, Holland and Detroit.
Credit theoutervibe.com


Traditionally, garages are the starting spot for budding rock stars, but for the last five years, the Michigan State University Community Music School has offered an alternative.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Battlefield medics look to bring their skills back home

The medical profession is projected to stay strong for the next decade, with the current median salary for nurses over $63,000.
Credit Wikimedia commons


The Lansing Community College’s Military Medic to Paramedic Program is designed help former military medic’s find employment.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

State Superintendent details his county-based streamlining proposal

Superintendent Flanagan believes a new approach to transportation, among other things, could potentially save a large sum for Michigan schools.
Credit Wikimedia commons


State Schools Superintendent Mike Flanagan is calling for some changes to the state’s schooling landscape to deal with growing funding deficits.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Staging Common Ground Music Festival presents challenges

Among the many music festivals here in the mid-Michigan area, Common Ground is the biggest. Every year in July, thousands flock to Lansing’s Riverfront Park to hear acts from a wide variety of genres: rock, blues, country, R&B, hip hop, and on and on.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
6:00 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Current State # 123 | July 9, 2013

Current State broadcasts live from the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing all this week! Tonight, Common Ground organizers Kevin and Jenna Meyer; consolidating Michigan school districts; training military medics for paramedic jobs; and Outer Vibe and the MSU Community Music School Rock Camp.

Read more
Radio Made in Michigan
10:00 am
Tue July 9, 2013

The challenge of Ramadan fasting inspires cookbook


This week is the official start of the Muslim holiday Ramadan. While part of the month-long celebration focuses on the reading of the Quran, it is also marked by fasting from sunup to sundown.

Read more

Pages