MSU Today with Russ White

Sundays at 4 p.m. on AM 870

MSU Today is a lively look at MSU-related people, places, events and attitudes put into focus by Russ White.  Conversations with Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis are featured, too.  And Dr. Kirk Heinze shares his sustainability-focused Greening of the Great Lakes conversations.  MSU Alumni Association leader Scott Westerman shares his observations on living the Spartan Life.

MSU Today | September 18, 2016

Sep 18, 2016

Kirk Heinze talks with the leaders of Detroit’s restaurant of the year and Ford Motor Company’s autonomous vehicles unit.  And Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk about keeping student-athletes healthy, both physically and mentally, with MSU’s lead athletic trainer Sally Nogle and Spartan Football team physician and MSU neurologist David Kaufman.  Scott Westerman encourages you to “Live in the Now.”

by Kirk Heinze

Regular Greening of the Great Lakes listeners know I am a staunch advocate of genetically modified organism (GMO) technology.  As with other salient sustainability issues like climate change, wildlife habitat preservation, alternative energy technology and so on, I try to stay abreast of the undergirding science that I believe should inform discussions of such topics.

MSU Today | September 11, 2016

Sep 11, 2016

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with the new director of MSU's Broad Museum Marc-Olivier Wahler and with Hall of Fame broadcaster Paul W. Smith.

“The healthcare of our athletes is very important – including their mental health,” says MSU Athletics’ lead trainer Sally Nogle.  “It’s probably the best healthcare they’re ever going to have in their life because we’re readily available.  They can’t stay on the field or on the court or in the pool without their health being there and allowing them to compete.”

by Kathleen Alexander

The native bee population in the Great Lakes region is on a decline, forcing farmers to explore new, bee-boosting tactics to produce the high yields of fruits and vegetables producers and consumers depend on.

MSU Today | September 4, 2016

Sep 4, 2016

CATA’s clean commuting options, and Kirk Heinze discussions on GMOs and our important honey bee population.  Don Gonyea’s award-winning Lost and Found Sound segment on MSU’s Vincent Voice Library.  Scott Westerman on reciprocators.

Marc-Olivier Wahler is the new director of Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum.  He talks with MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis about the challenges in presenting contemporary art, including the language used to describe it, and about the opportunity to “continue bridging the community and the university.”

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“I don’t do what I do for the awards, but I certainly appreciate them,” WJR’s Paul W. Smith tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.  “And after going into the National Radio Hall of Fame a couple years ago in Chicago, it is truly an honor to now be recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.”


“We focus on transportation options that are better for the environment than driving around in your car every day,” CATA’s clean commute options coordinator Chloe White says on Greening of the Great Lakes.  “We try to educate people on how their daily transportation habits really affect our community’s air quality and our public health.”

MSU Today | August 28, 2016

Aug 28, 2016

Tailgating tips and trends from MSU’s Chef Kurt, details on MSU’s tobacco-free campus, the MSU Shadows project that’s turning downed trees into furniture and works of art, Broadcasting Hall of Fame-bound MSU alumnus Steve Schram, and Scott Westerman’s Career Quick Reference.

by Kathleen Alexander

With the help of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and other public and private funders, the Calhoun County Trailway Alliance plans to utilize the unique nexus of cross-country and statewide trails within the county limits to improve public health and grow local business.

MSU Today | August 21, 2016

Aug 21, 2016

Russ White talks with the MSU alumnus playing Ernie Harwell at Wharton Center this week, Kirk Heinze talks with the leader of the Michigan Agency for Energy, and Jennifer Orlando fills us in on all the details on the 2016 MSU East Lansing One Book One Community Program.  And all about the Calhoun County Trails Alliance.

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by Tom Oswald

When a storm packing winds of more than 60 miles per hour blew through the Michigan State University campus earlier this summer, 21 mature trees, some estimated to be more than 100 years old, were lost in the blow.

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by Kristen Parker

From recycling to reusing hotel towels, consumers who participate in a company’s “green” program are more satisfied with its service, finds a new study co-led by a Michigan State University researcher.

by Kathleen Alexander

Mitch Albom, respected journalist and best-selling author, talks with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today about the changing nature of journalism. He shares his concerns for the future as social media and mobile devices bring public platforms to the fingertips of the masses creating a complicated online domain of more words and fewer facts.