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Tom Izzo photo
WKAR-MSU

Current Sports host Al Martin talks with MSU basketball coach Tom Izzo about where his team stands this season.


Phil Denny photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

For Live Music Friday this week, we’ve invited jazz saxophone star Phil Denny back to Current State for a touch of Christmas as the holiday approaches.


Current State | December 15, 2016

Dec 15, 2016

FULL EPISODE: Chang and Sauvé on 'Stand Strong, Respect Michigan'; Al Capone gun for auction; WKAR's Elkins on programming changes; CPR training in high schools; music of Classical Bells.


Welcoming week photo
Courtesy photo / Welcoming Michigan

We talk with Rep. Stephanie Chang and Christine Sauvé of Welcoming Michigan about "Stand Strong, Respect Michigan."


Handgun in case
Courtesy / SSL Firearms

A Michigan company is auctioning  a handgun once owned by gangster Al Capone. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.


WKAR director explains radio programming changes

Dec 15, 2016
Susi Elkins photo
WKAR File Photo

WKAR Director of Broadcasting Susi Elkins explains some changes being made to WKAR's radio programming schedule.


CPR photo
Courtesy photo / American Heart Association

English and math are graduation requirements. Soon, CPR may be added to that list for students attending Michigan public schools. We speak to a doctor about how many lives this potential requirement could save.


Classical Bells photo
Courtesy photo / Darlene Ebersole

We catch up with Classical Bells artistic director Darlene Ebersole about playing their bells.


Current State #893 | December 14, 2016

Dec 14, 2016

Today on Current State: Retiring Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth; Allan Ross of the Lansing City Pulse discusses Lansing's restaurant scene; Neighbors in Action: Mother Teresa House of Lansing; and reporter Carol Cain describes her recent ride in a driverless car.


Gene Wriggelsworth photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

At the end of the year, Ingham’s top cop is calling it a career. Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth has spent 50 years in law enforcement. We’ll talk with him about the changes he’s seen and the challenges he’s faced as he prepares to hand his department over to his son, Sheriff-elect Scott Wriggelsworth.


En Vie restaurant photo
Allan I. Ross / Lansing City Pulse

Several Lansing-area restaurants have closed in recent weeks. We talk with Allan Ross of the Lansing City Pulse about the new restaurants that are joining Lansing’s dining scene.


Mother Teresa House photo
Courtesy photo

For Neighbors in Action, we talk with Mother Teresa House founder Karen Bussey about helping people facing serious health issues.


Driverless car photo
Paul Pytlowany / CBS 62

What’s it like to take your first ride in a self-driving car? Detroit reporter Carol Cain recalls her recent white knuckle maiden voyage in a car driven by a computer.


Current State #892 | December 13, 2016

Dec 13, 2016

Today on Current State: A new program in Pinckney Community Schools aims to teach high schoolers about cyber security; bluegrass legend Joe Newberry performs in Lansing; Great Lakes Year in Review with reporter Gary Wilson; and WKAR's Jamie Paisley watches movies for 24 straight hours at Butt-Numb-A-Thon.


Brigadier General Michael Stone photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

A unique program in Michigan seeks to teach high school students the techniques of “ethical hacking” to protect online information. We talk with the director of cybersecurity for Pinckney Community Schools, as well as the chief of cybersecurity for the Michigan Army National Guard.


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