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Northern long-eared bat photo
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Wikimedia Commons

The northern long-eared bat was recently listed as threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We learn about the threats facing Michigan bats from Rob Mies of the Organization for Bat Conservation in Bloomfield Hills.


MSU Wind Symphony photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Music

This week's concert features a work by a Pulitzer-Prize winning composer commemorating the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia.


Current State #693 | February 1, 2016

Feb 1, 2016

Today on Current State: State of the State survey author Charles Ballard and Matt Grossmann of the MSU Institute for Public Policy and Social Research discuss the poll's results and the national political campaign; artists working in Lansing classrooms; Michigan businesses consider advanced energy options; and a Desert Island Download with Lansing musician Ed Fedewa.

Charles Ballard and Matt Grossmann photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

How do Michigan residents feel about the economy and President Obama these days? Hundreds of Michigan residents shared their views for the latest State of the State survey.  We look over the results with survey director Charles Ballard and Matt Grossmann of MSU's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.


Liz Wylegala photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

In 2013, the Lansing School District made national headlines when it axed its art and music teachers as part of a deficit reduction plan despite significant opposition from the community. Now, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing is hoping to fill the arts gap in Lansing Schools. Current State’s April Van Buren reports on the organization’s new artist-in-residence program.


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