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.

“I think the most unique part about Michigan State is the simultaneous commitment to the idea of research and educational excellence and the land-grant world-grant mission,” new MSU College of Social Science dean Rachel Croson tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today.  “That is something I have not seen at my previous institutions, either public or private.


WKAR Public Media has launched a new, free, localized 24/7 children’s service – WKAR’s latest initiative to support early learning in the community.  WKAR will broadcast PBS KIDS shows 24 hours a day on an additional television channel called WKAR PBS KIDS, making it easy for local children to watch their favorite series during primetime and after-school hours when viewing among families is high.


MSU Today | January 15, 2017

Jan 16, 2017
Detroit Free Press

Detroit Free Press auto critic Mark Phelan previews the 2017 North American International Auto Show; Michigan Environmental Council policy director James Clift looks at sustainability-related issues facing Michigan in the new year; Jennifer Orlando and Ignacio Andrade discuss MSU's Martin Luther King Day celebration plans.


WKAR Public Media has launched a new, free, localized 24/7 children’s service – WKAR’s latest initiative to support early learning in the community. | Watch the celebration event here.


“Governor Snyder is taking the long view and starting to put the building blocks in place for the conversation that we need to have around infrastructure, whether that be roads and bridges or water and sewer systems or our energy infrastructure,” says Dan Scripps.  “It’s really all one piece, and I commend the governor for taking a comprehensive view on all of this.”


“After all this discussion of do we repeal things or do we go backwards, we took steps forward, and we think that’s very positive,” Michigan Environmental Council policy director James Clift tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes when discussing Michigan’s new energy legislation. 


Detroit Free Press

“The biggest trend that we’re going to see is SUV’s,” Detroit Free Press automotive critic Mark Phelan tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes while previewing the 2017 North American International Auto Show.  “The growth in that type of vehicle’s sales has been incredible; it’s outstripped what any automaker expected.  And we’re just going to see more and more of it.


Ignacio Andrade, community outreach coordinator and student liaison at the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, is leading the planning for this year’s celebrations honoring Martin Luther King Jr.  He talks with Jennifer Orlando about MSU’s 2017 MLK Day celebration.


MSU Today | December 25, 2016

Dec 25, 2016
Russ White

Kirk Heinze hosts his annual sustainability roundtable conversation about all matters environmental with Dianne Byrum, Doug Buhler and Marc Schupan.  All about how endowed chairs and professors reflect the “quality of the institution” at MSU.  Scott Westerman’s Career Quick Reference.


MSU Today | December 18, 2016

Dec 20, 2016

Russ White catches up with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon; Kirk Heinze talks with MSU Extension Director Jeff Dwyer and MSU AgBioResearch Director Doug Buhler; Kirk talks about the Fair Food Network with its founder and CEO; MSU’s Chef Kurt talks about holiday food trends.


Hesterman at trade show
Michigan Nightlight

A national leader in sustainable agriculture and food systems founded the Fair Food Network about 15 years ago.  Among the network’s goals is to provide healthy, fresh food to underserved communities like Detroit.


Kirk Heinze welcomes Dianne Byrum, Doug Buhler and Marc Schupan to Greening of the Great Lakes for the program’s annual sustainability roundtable discussion to share their expertise and insights on some of the key economic, environmental and social issues facing Michigan, the Great Lakes region and the United States.


MSU AgBioResearch and MSU Extension “have been collaborating for over a century, and they continue to partner to help address some of the most complex food, energy and environmental issues of our time,” says Greening of the Great Lakes host Kirk Heinze as he welcomes AgBioResearch director Doug Buhler and MSU Extension director Jeff Dwyer to the program.


“If I had to boil it down to a couple phrases that people might understand, I would say number one is zero emissions, which points to electrification of the vehicle.  And two is the quantum increase in computing power and sophistication of electronics in the vehicles,” Detroit News columnist and associate business editor Daniel Howes tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes in describing the evolving definition of mobility as it relates to the automotive industry.


“I think there will be some impact, but I don’t think the impact will be as great as people think or people thought when they voted for him (President-elect Trump),” Plunkett Cooney environmental attorney Saulius Mikalonis tells Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great Lakes.  “I think renewables like wind and solar are already in place.  The investments have been made.  They’re now cheap, especially compared to new coal.  So they’re not going away anytime soon.”


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