Scientists have conducted extensive research on the plastic-filled gyres of the ocean. This past summer, however, researchers decided to look inland for the first time and measure plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Some of the groups' water samples had concentrations of plastic greater than those found anywhere else. The study has resulted in several other projects. Chemistry professor Dr. Sherri Mason discusses the plastic pollution in the basin.
The Michigan Humanities Council will have a new executive director starting in May. Erik Nordberg is a long-time board member and will be coming to Lansing from Michigan Technological University where he most recently served as the University Archivist. He spoke about the humanities and his new position with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark.
Tomorrow is National “Kick Butts Day,” a day of activism to call attention to the hazards of tobacco use. In mid-Michigan, the managers of a local apartment complex are marking the day by celebrating their recent status as a smoke-free property. Current State talks with Ingham county health officer Dr. Renee Canady about current available smoke-free housing, what's being done to ensure these properties are available, and whether it makes economic sense.
Today on Current State: Governor Snyder’s 2013 economic conference; Michigan Municipal League leaders discuss the revenue debacle; sports with Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; the Higgs boson; and Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.
Governor Rick Snyder calls his “Governor’s Economic Summit," which begins today in Detroit, a “centerpiece event” for 2013. Over the next day and a half at Cobo Center, the Governor is bringing together private sector employers and workforce developers to determine Michigan’s future hiring needs. He plans a follow-up summit with educators in April to align the effort. Governor Snyder shares more details.
Since 2000, Michigan's state government has cut a total of $4.2 billion of revenue sharing with municipalities. With lawmakers at work on the next state budget, and with a modest surplus projected, advocates for Michigan’s cities and towns are pleading for an increase in revenue. This afternoon, many of those advocates will meet at the Lansing office of the Michigan Municipal League to make some noise.
Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. Today he discusses the upcoming NCAA tournament.
In 1964, physicists including Peter Higgs theorized that a sub-atomic particle existed that would help explain the creation of the universe, a particle that gives everything in the universe mass. It became known as the Higgs boson.
Last July, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced that they had found a particle they described as “Higgs-like." Last week, after completing their examination of the data, lead researcher Joe Incandela announced that, in his words, “it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson."
The research continues, but discovery of a Higgs boson would leap to the top of Nobel Prize contenders.
Today on Current State: GM's possible Lansing expansion; Lansing Financial Health Team members discuss details of report; Lansing's school superintendent on why she opposes Educational Assessment Authority; the screenwriter of the new Israeli film "Rock the Casbah"; MSU Wharton Center presents "Garden of Joy"; and Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival with a live music performance.
In Lansing, city leaders and many others have begun digging into pages of new recommendations for addressing long-term city revenue shortfalls. Former mayor Dave Hollister led the 14-person effort that began last November. The blue-ribbon Financial Health Team divided its work into two areas: long-term costs and debt and a regional approach to cutting and streamlining.
The new Israeli film "Rock the Casbah" takes place during the first intifada in the late 1980s. It's the first feature film produced in Israel to address the tumultuous period and is showing this weekend as part of the Israeli Film Festival put on by MSU's Jewish Studies Program. The film's screenwriter, Guy Meirson, served in the Israeli army at the time. He's a guest lecturer in screenwriting this semester and joins us to discuss his new film and Israel's complex relationship with the Palestinians.
In Lansing, city leaders and many others have begun digging into pages of new recommendations for addressing long-term revenue shortfalls. Former Mayor David Hollister led the 14-person effort beginning last November. The blue ribbon Financial Health Team divided its work into two areas: long term costs and debt and a regionals approach to cutting, stream lining and the like.
A new production opening tonight at MSU’s Wharton Center pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance. In the 1920’s, the arts in America, like just about every other industry, were dominated by whites. Most representations of African-American life were done in parody. One of most popular programs of the day was “Amos and Andy.” It debuted in 1928 with two white actors who would later appear on screen in blackface.
In a surprisingly short conclave, the Roman Catholic cardinals elected a new pope yesterday. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of the Buenos Aires diocese, became the first Jesuit and first Latin American to be named pope.
Monsignor Jerry Vincke of the Lansing diocese is stationed at the North American College in Rome. He shares what the process has been like and introduces Pope Francis the First.
Today on Current State: An update on Detroit's emergency manager situation; Lansing Financial Health Team unveils report; a local priest in Rome on the conclave and new pope; Congressman Gary Peters on his political future; The Festival of Listening for international poetry; Japan two years after Fukushima; and violinist Anne Sophie Mutter.
Thursday afternoon in Detroit, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to name Kevyn Orr, a Washington D.C.-based bankruptcy attorney, as Detroit's incoming financial manager. The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta explains the importance of this historic announcement.
Since Carl Levin’s announcement last Thursday that he won’t be seeking another term as Michigan’s senator, many names have been dropped as possible successors. Arguably none has been mentioned more often as Democratic Congressman Gary Peters, who represents Michigan’s 14th congressional district.
Congressman Peters discusses his political career and where it might be headed.
The sixth annual Festival of Listening is this Friday in East Lansing. The event, put on by MSU’s RCAH Center for Poetry, features live readings of poetry in other languages with no translation. And it’s a hit, having become by far the Center's most popular event.
Stephanie Glazier, acting director of the Center for Poetry, and David Clauson, an MSU student, talk about the festival and share a Swedish haiku.
Two years ago, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The quake triggered a tsunami which damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, causing the world’s worst radiation leak since the Chernobyl accident in 1986.
On Monday, MSU will commemorate the anniversary with an event at the International Center. One of the speakers, Dr. Ethan Segal, a professor of history at MSU and an expert on Japan, assesses the rebuilding efforts and discusses Japan’s complex relationship with nuclear power.
Violinist Anne Sophie Mutter is one of the true superstars of classical music. Since her first concerts on the world’s most prestigious stages, Mutter has inspired audiences around the globe with recitals, concerto performances and dozens of recordings.
Today on Current State: A debate on biodiversity and commerce in Michigan; the Lansing Jaycees features in Neighbors in Action; Lansing City Pulse reporters on the LPD's missing cold case list; a Jackson ice cream institution reopens; and an Ann Arbor high school orchestra wins national acclaim.
The latest edition of the Lansing City Pulse is out today and one of the main stories is quite an interesting one.
In the process of reporting what they thought would be a rather straightforward piece that intended to highlight some of the Lansing Police Department’s cold homicide cases, City Pulse reporters Rich Tupica and Steve Miller discovered that the LPD, unlike many other police departments across the country, does not have such a cold case list readily available. This surprised them, so they changed their story to find out why.