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Camille Douglas

You’ve been hearing NPR’s Divided States series this election season on Morning Edition. Now, Current State brings you Mid-Michigan voter views of the presidential candidates on our own Divided State feature.





If you listen to NPR’s Morning Edition program, you’ve been hearing voices of voters across America in their Divided States series. The project brings views from across the country from those who’ve decided to vote for Democrat hopeful Hillary Clinton or Republican nominee Donald Trump. Participants discuss the issues in the election and how their candidates have responded.

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Katalin Szőke

We speak with MSU School of Journalism graduate and author Jessica Lipowski about her book “Flavors of Life” and her time living and working abroad in Amsterdam.

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Amy Haimerl

Amy Haimerl and her husband wanted to move from Brooklyn to Detroit, so they bought an old house at a rock-bottom price. The fixer-upper has become the subject of her book “Detroit Hustle”. Current State's Scott Pohl went to see the house for himself and talk with the author.

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Sara Caldwell

A nonprofit producing radio programs and podcasts for LGBTQ youth is coming to East Lansing. We talk with founder Marc Sophos about OutCasting, along with a student working on the project at MSU.

portrait: Tim Busfield
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Emmy-winning actor and East Lansing native Timothy Busfield is now an artist-in-residence at the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University.

CANCELED| Blood Drive | June 14

Jun 8, 2016
American Red Cross

The Red Cross Blood Drive scheduled for June 14 at WKAR has been canceled.

Blood Drive | MSU-WKAR | American Red Cross

May 27, 2016
American Red Cross

Tue. June 14 from 10:00am to 3:45pm in WKAR Studio F | Prevent a summer shortage and consider donating blood to the American Red Cross!

Tim Busfield
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Emmy award-winning actor Timothy Busfield will join the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU) as an artist in residence, effective June 15.

It’s normally not very polite to talk about bodily functions in public, but that didn’t stop Troy Hale from making an entire documentary about farts. We talk to the director of 'Fart: A Documentary.'

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Courtesy photo / Rocket Fiber

Fiber internet isn’t just the fastest form of internet, it’s one of the fastest ways to bring technological advancement to a city. Detroit internet company Rocket Fiber is bringing high-speed fiber internet to the Motor City. We speak with co-founder and CEO Marc Hudson.

Rich Weingartner in radio studio
Anthony Cepak / WKAR-MSU

Viewers of WKAR-TV learned recently there’s a chance the station could stop broadcasting in 2016. MSU will decide soon whether to offer the station’s broadband spectrum in a federal auction that could make millions of dollars for the University. We talk with stakeholders about the upcoming decision.

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WKAR will host public forums on Jan. 4 and Jan. 11 to provide the community with information about the upcoming FCC Broadcast Television Incentive Auction, and the possible impact for WKAR-TV and mid-Michigan viewers.

Lou Anna Simon in radio studio
w.r. richards / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University has the opportunity to auction off valuable broadband spectrum and make millions of dollars, but it could mean fewer options for viewers of WKAR-TV channels. Current State talks with President Lou Anna Simon about her considerations before deciding whether to participate.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR

Karl Gude is Graphics Editor in Residence in the MSU School of Journalism. You might know him from a humorous instructional YouTube video on how to draw a butt. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Karl Gude about  his latest project, a coloring book for grownups called “Nude.”