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Pop-Up Stories: East Lansing Public Library

Oct 15, 2015
man playing violin
Pete Johnston

Listen to stories on the theme "Loan & Borrow" from our Pop-Up Stories event at the East Lansing Public Library on October 11, 2015. 


children in green shirts
Big Brothers, Big Sisters--Michigan Capital Region

Those of us with siblings, especially older ones, can attest to the influence they had on us growing up, for better or worse. For today’s Neighbors in Action, Current State speaks with the Director of Development at Big Brothers, Big Sisters for the Michigan Capital Region Jesse Klinger, as well as Chris Gabler, a senior at East Lansing High who has been with his Big Brother for 10 years. 

Every Wednesday on Current State, we bring you Neighbors in Action, a look at an area organization working to make Greater Lansing a better place. 

Pop-Up Stories: ‘Borrowed Car, Borrowed Time’

Oct 12, 2015
Kathleen Veith photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Current State held its second Pop-Up Stories event yesterday at the East Lansing Public Library. A borrowed car was the theme of Kathleen Veith's story.


Hakim Crampton phto
Courtesy photo / Jackson Area Civil Rights Awareness Association

On Saturday in Jackson, former prison inmates will meet with concerned citizens and others to discuss reforms to America’s prison system. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Christine Peterson of the Jackson Area Civil Rights Awareness Association, and Hakim Crampton, who spent time in a Wisconsin prison before moving back to Jackson.


There is more to the struggle of homelessness than just finding a place to live. Haven House in East Lansing goes beyond sheltering homeless families and helps them prepare for permanent housing by promoting self-sufficiency, stability, and financial responsibility. For Neighbors in Action this week, we speak with Haven House Executive Director Angie Mayeaux and Carla, a former Haven House resident.


Neighbors in Action: Mid-Michigan Diaper Bank

Sep 30, 2015

Food, water, and shelter are basic needs, but for many in our community, so are diapers. For Neighbors in Action this week, we talk to local nonprofit Mid-Michigan Diaper Bank working to distribute diapers to the greater Lansing families who need them.


St. Michael's, Flint Mass Mob
Courtesy photo / Sean Hughes

Catholic churches have seen a decline in attendance, and a movement called Mass Mob wants to bring it back up. Mass Mob has made its way from New York to Detroit, and now to mid-Michigan. We speak with co-founder of the Detroit Mass Mob, Thom Mann, and Rudy Haapala, a parishioner of St. Michael Catholic Church in Flint.


Our Neighbors in Action segment today is with the Greater Lansing United Nations Association (GLUNA), a group that exists to bridge the gap between the Lansing community and the work the UN is doing for peace around the world. Current State guest host Sue Carter talks with GLUNA President Lynn Bartley about the organization and its upcoming peace march.

Pop-Up Story: ‘Dining Hall Segregation’

Sep 22, 2015
Karen Blackman photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

We have another Pop-Up Story today on the theme of “Hungry and Fed.” At our first Pop-Up Story event, Karen Blackman described how the civil rights movement changed her life.


St. Vincent logo

Governor Snyder designated this week a welcoming week for immigrants to celebrate the economic and cultural assets they bring to Michigan. For decades, St. Vincent Catholic Charities has been working to resettle refugees from all over the world to Lansing, and now they prepare to welcome a number of Syrians. That's this week's Neighbors in Action segment.


Dennis Rodeman photo
Courtesy image / City of Lansing

The Lansing Fire Department is saying goodbye to one of its own today. Firefighter and Marine Corps veteran Dennis Rodeman will be laid to rest today. Thousands of people are expected at MSU for his memorial service. We hear from two of Dennis Rodeman’s fellow firemen.


Pop-Up Stories: Allen Neighborhood Center

Sep 14, 2015
Matt Jason telling a story
Bill Richards / WKAR

Listen to the stories from Current State's first Pop-Up Stories event at Allen Neighborhood Center on September 9, 2015. 

Meridian Township Police patch
Courtesy image / Meridian Township Police Department

For 17 years, the Meridian Township Police Department has invited those it serves to get an up close look at day to day life behind the Thin Blue Line. The township’s Police Citizens Academy is an outreach tool that both officers and participants say pays dividends in trust. Current State’s Kevin Lavery previews this year’s session.


Neighbors in Action this week features a new project called Lansing Love Your Block. Current State speaks with Lansing Neighborhood Resource Coordinator Andi Crawford and Jeff Burdick, executive director of Ingham County Land Bank.


Neighbors in Action: Pink Arrow Pride

Sep 2, 2015
pink arrow pride banner in Lowell
Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Our Neighbors in Action this week features Pink Arrow Pride, an event in Lowell that raises money to support cancer patients. 


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