Today on Current State: Michigan’s Indian tribes react to the possibility of a Michigan wolf hunt; the invasive garlic mustard; discussing Detroit’s future; and Lansing’s interactive art Sculptures in the Park.
Detroit’s in an immediate crisis. Emergency Manager Orr will be deciding in a couple of weeks whether bankruptcy is an option. If it should move in that direction, what’s the way forward? There has been a lot of talk about the Detroit Institute of Arts' assets, as well as other museums. What kinds of discussions need to be had?
Garlic mustard is a Michigan non-native plant that turns up all over the state. It out-competes native plants with its prolific number of seeds, blocking nutrients for surrounding species. While edible for humans, the weed is not eaten by other mammals or insects.
Featuring ten artworks by Michigan artists, "Sculptures in the Park" is a fully interactive experience, complete with a downloadable App where artists like Doug DeLind speak about their individual pieces.
For 15 years, Lansing-based Sergei Kvitko has been playing the organ at Lansing’s First Presbyterian Church. He also fills the roles of critically acclaimed pianist, composer, audio engineer and producer.
He's wrapped up a tour that ended with a Carnegie Hall appearance on May 23.
At the Council of Great Lakes Governors 2013 Leadership Summit, Great Lakes Governors, along with environmentalists and Canadian officials, discuss the possibility of separating the Mississippi River basin to stop the threat from Asian Carp.
Last week, the rather startling news broke of a Flint woman who was killed while fighting in Syria. According to Syrian state television, 33-year-old Nicole Mansfield was killed by government forces on May 29 while fighting alongside anti-government rebels in the northwestern city of Idlib.
Today on Current State: State Board of Education president John Austin; a Public Poetry Announcement with Jessica Greenbaum; Governor Rick Snyder; a review of May’s biggest stories; and the Jackson-based 1461st returns home from Afghanistan.
The Michigan economy and education are at the heart of discussions at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference. Current State's host Mark Bashore caught up with one key participant -- the president of the State Board of Education, John Austin.
Current State reviews the biggest news stories and some that flew under the radar in May. Angela Wittrock, MLive’s former Lansing beat reporter, and Elaine Kulhanek, community conversation editor for the Lansing State Journal, join host Mark Bashore for a reporters' roundtable.
Dozens of anxious military families filled Lumen Christi Catholic High School in Jackson Thursday to welcome home their soldiers from Afghanistan. The 1461st Transportation Company is back home after a 10-month tour of duty. Current State’s Kevin Lavery and Becky McKendry witnessed the joyful reunion in Jackson and filed an audio postcard.
Today on Current State: Democrat Mark Schauer discusses his candidacy for governor; MSU President Lou Anna Simon highlights the URC and entrepreneurship; a new exhibit shows off Lansing's culinary side; Democratic Sen. Gretchen Whitmer talks education and budget issues; and a local theater production takes us back to the 1970s.
Barring the highly unforeseeable, Mark Schauer will be Michigan’s Democratic candidate for Governor next year. Schauer headed the BlueGreen Alliance, a group comprised of 14 of the country’s largest unions and environmental organizations that advances a green jobs agenda.
Today is the first of two day-long sessions at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference on Mackinac Island. Much of this year’s agenda focuses on the connection between public education and the health of Michigan’s economy.
Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon plays a noticeable role in this year’s gathering. She’s leading a key panel discussion today on the importance of corporate investment in education and efforts to close Michigan’s much publicized “skills gap.”
A key piece of the 2014 Michigan budget moved forward yesterday. The Republican-held majority of the state Senate passed a spending plan covering Michigan's public schools, community colleges and universities.
Tonight, a show at (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing will transport us back to the Detroit music scene on the mid 70's.
Those who attend "An Evening With Arthur White" will become part of the legend. The show, which combines theater and music, is the brainchild of Art Chiaravalli and Will Jurkiewicz, who recently spoke with Current State's Scott Pohl about the project and the mid-70's era men they portray.
Today on Current State: Sen. Debbie Stabenow discusses the Farm Bill; the 250th anniversary of the battle of Fort Michilimackinac; Neighbors in Action; and a MSU student and former American Idol stars in local production and gets taste of American Idol.
A new five-year Farm Bill is making its way to a vote in the U.S. Senate. This is the second time in a year that the legislation has cleared the Senate. Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, says the House has promised to take up the bill in mid-June.
Memorial Day signals the start of the summer tourist season in Michigan, and the Straits of Mackinac is a traditional favorite for thousands of people. One of the area’s top attractions is Fort Michilimackinac, built by French fur traders in the early 1700's, and later turned into a British military outpost.
Each Wednesday, Current State presents “Neighbors in Action,” which features people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week we feature Charter House, a daytime clubhouse for adults with mental illnesses in the Lansing area.
Clubhouse director Stephanie Tighe and Charter House member Nicole Wright join Current State to discuss the impact that a safe, social environment can have on an individual with a mental illness.
Adam Woolsey grew up in Jackson with musical theater on his mind. A performance at the “American Idol Experience” at Disney World in Orlando led to Woolsey auditioning for the TV show in 2011 – and gaining some national exposure.
Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with the MSU senior about his newest endeavor - starring in the upcoming production of “My Favorite Year” at Lansing's Riverwalk Theatre.
This weekend Gov. Snyder will welcome Governors from across the Great Lakes region to the 2013 leadership summit on Mackinac Island. Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson previews the summit and reflects on the Great Lakes Advisory Board's meeting in Chicago.
Wilson is the former co-editor of the Great Lakes Town Hall. He’s a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and currently writes for Great Lakes Echo.
Michigan has one of the larger Muslim populations in the country. Today, community leaders from across the state will be gathering in Lansing for the annual Michigan Muslim Capitol Day. The event, organized by the Michigan Muslim Community Council, seeks to strengthen relationships with state lawmakers.
Dr. Farhan Bhatti, a local physician and board member at the Islamic Center of East Lansing and MSU psychiatrist Dr. Farha Abbasi discuss the goals and concerns of the Michigan Muslim community.