Current State broadcasts live from the Common Ground Music Festival in Lansing all this week! Tonight, Leslie Donaldson of the Art Council of Greater Lansing; Lake Sturgeon; BOP (harvey); and Ramadan meals.
Today on Current State: Three-parent embryos; Neighbors in Action features Advent House Ministries; dental care for impoverished children; the battle of Gettysburg; and a film review on "The Lone Ranger."
Today on Current State: the “State of the State Survey” quarterly report findings; part two of our look at Michigan in the Civil War; a garden filled with native Michigan plants; MSU carillon concert season and a review of author Steve Hamilton’s latest book.
According to the latest Michigan State University 'State of the State Survey' findings, Michigan residents are wary of government at all levels. Survey director Dr. Charles Ballard and University of Michigan Public Policy Survey director Dr. Tom Ivacko say state residents have more trust in local government 'most of the time' than they do in the state and federal governments.
This week marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the U.S. Civil War. The MSU Museum is observing Michigan's involvement in the conflict between North and South. Roger Rosentreter, professor of history at Michigan State University, discusses the exhibit, "Michigan and the Civil War."
Cheryl English's yard in Detroit's East English Village stands out from the city's urban landscape like a green thumb. A gardening masterpiece, English uses many native plants, not only because of their beauty but because of their environmental benefits and crucial connection to Michigan's ecosystem.
As summer gets into full swing, the sound of Michigan State University’s iconic Beaumont Tower sound can be hear all over campus. This week, the MSU Summer Carillon Series begins and continues each Wednesday in July. Carilloneur Ray McLellan describes the unique instrument responsible for the tower’s signature sound.
Lansing-based writer Scott Southard chose as his first book review, Let It Burn, by Steve Hamilton.
I am a book nerd and what that means is I love to get in debates with fellow readers and writers.
These are not the merely “did you or did you not like a book” discussions. No, these can be deeper, getting into the heart and state of our beloved artform today. And one of the points I like to bring up from time to time is the influence of TV on books.
Baseball legend Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers was the first player elected to the Hall of Fame. He played in Detroit from 1905 to 1926, and then two more seasons in Philadelphia. His career batting average of .367 produced 4,191 hits and 12 batting titles.
Cobb had a well-documented reputation as a tenacious competitor, as well as for being a nasty man. He was hot tempered, and a man who hated, in the words of ESPN’s Larry Schwartz, “northerners, Catholics, blacks, and apparently anybody else who was different from him.”
On the last weekday of the month, Current State looks back on Michigan news stories that continue to resonate. For this month, we weigh in on Medicaid expansion, the road ahead for marriage equality in Michigan, Common Core and all the stories with legs.
This Sunday, a team of MSU undergraduate students from the College of Communication Arts & Sciences, along with engineering graduate students, will launch a weather balloon affixed with five HD cameras and a GPS device.
The launch, led by MSU instructor and filmmaker Troy Hale, will attempt to obtain video footage from the edge of space, as the balloon is expected to rise nearly 100,000 feet, where the curvature of the earth can be seen.
Throughout Michigan's history, the state's African American population is often portrayed as an urban population. But that depiction overlooks a part of Michigan’s history.
Many African Americans settled in rural areas, before and after the Civil War. In 1860, Cass County was home to more than 1,500 blacks, surprisingly that was just under the number of African Americans found in Wayne County at the time.
For his film, Colin Goddard, a survivor of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, took an undercover camera across the country to purchase everything from a TEC-9 to an AK47, often with nothing more than a wad of cash in hand.
On April 16th , 2007, Colin Goddard was in his French class in Norris Hall on the Virginia Tech University campus. That day, a lone gunman barricaded the hall’s doors and shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 more, including Colin, who was shot four times. It is still the largest mass shooting in U.S. history.
Gay rights activists cheered two decisions yesterday by the U.S. Supreme Court. One overturns the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the other essentially allows same-sex marriages in the state of California. Among other things, the DOMA ruling means many gay spouses will be able to receive Social Security benefits, jointly file tax returns and share healthcare plans without a tax penalty.