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Hear, Here: noisy night in Lowell

Jul 31, 2015
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April Van Buren / WKAR

  Coyotes howl at the moon outside Morning Edition host's Melissa Benmark's window in Lowell. 

Want to submit your own audio snapshot to Hear, Here? 

Open the voice memo app on your smartphone and record around one minute of audio with the phone's microphone pointed toward the noise. Maybe you want to share the roar of the crowd at a Lugnuts game or the sound of your paddles as you kayak down the Red Cedar River.

Lansing parklet photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Cities large and small are always looking for ways to make the most of their green spaces. That’s especially true in downtown business districts that are designed for cars and trucks. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on how Lansing is trying to re-envision city life in the shadow of the Capitol dome.


Current State is starting a new project, and you can help! Use your voice recording app to send us the sounds of Mid-Michigan.

Neighbors in Action: The Firecracker Foundation

Jul 29, 2015

On this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, Current State catches up with Tashmica Torok, founder of The Firecracker Foundation. The non-profit helps children who have been the victims of sexual abuse find treatment and support and is celebrating its second anniversary this week.


Justin Spiro and Jack Johnson photo
Courtesy Justin Spiro

MSU student Andrew Singler was murdered two years ago. On Saturday, he will be remembered at a pick-up hockey game featuring NHL star Jack Johnson. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Justin Spiro about the Andrew Singler Memorial Cup.


ADA celebration photo
Courtesy Capital Area Center for Independent Living

On July 26, 1990, then President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. We hear about the impact the law has had here in Mid-Michigan in the past 25 years.


Donna Rich Kaplowitz photo
Courtesy MSU Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

MSU professor Donna Rich Kaplowitz visited the South Carolina church where nine people were slain last month just hours before the shootings. She offers her thoughts on the current state of race relations in America.


Current State discusses the history of Asian Americans in Michigan with the editor of a new book on the topic.


Our Neighbors in Action segment this week looks at Camp Liberty in Jackson County. It’s a volunteer operation that gives veterans a chance to spend time outdoors enjoying activities like fishing, hunting, hiking and canoeing.


Portland church sign
Peter Whorf / WKAR

Last week's tornado damaged several churches. Current State talks with one pastor about the aftermath of the devastating storm.


Neighbors in Action: Capital Area Humane Society

Jul 1, 2015
Dog with collar labeled Adopt Me
wantmorepuppies / flickr

In our Neighbors in Action segment this week, we learn about the Capital Area Humane Society.


Susan Ager photo
courtesy Susan Ager

Former Detroit Free Press writer Susan Ager has written a story about Detroit for National Geographic magazine.


Portland driver recounts rescue from submerged car

Jun 26, 2015
Mary Pline car photo
WLNS/Ionia County Sheriff's Office

Mary Pline was rescued from a submerged car in the aftermath of this week's tornado in Portland.


Neighbors in Action: Paws With a Cause

Jun 24, 2015

Paws With a Cause trains service dogs to assist people with disabilities. Current State speaks with Janey Ladd, who received her dog Colonel from Paws, and Deb Davis, community engagement manager with Paws With a Cause.


It’s Wednesday, and that means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make greater Lansing a better place. Mid-Michigan is a culturally diverse region. Lansing has long been known as a place where refugees from various parts of the world have come to build a new life. One agency at the forefront of serving refugees is St. Vincent Catholic Charities.

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