Current State #41 | March 11, 2013

Mar 11, 2013

Today on Current State: Governor Rick Snyder weighs in on the latest hot-button issues; Michigan's role in the War of 1812; comedian W. Kamau Bell; a Lansing choir returns from the Vatican's papal conclave; sports with Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

From the controversial decision over a Detroit emergency manager, to the politics of road funding, to a call by Democrats to make college tuition available to all state high school graduates, Governor Rick Snyder had a lot going late last week.  Current State host Mark Bashore managed, however, to get the Governor for a few minutes by phone for a quick update on all these issues. 

Michigan commemorates the War of 1812

Mar 11, 2013

Then still just a frontier territory, Michigan was the site of many important battles during the War of 1812. 

The Michigan War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission meets today to discuss commemorations of historic events from the war.  

Susan Clark, director of the Michigan History Museum, recounts local turning points in the war and tells us what events are planned.

Beth Allen/Courtesy of W. Kamau Bell

The country’s top comedians are appearing in Grand Rapids through Sunday at Gilda’s Laugh Fest. The event supports the work of Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids, inspired by the late Gilda Radner to help people who are dealing with cancer.

Tonight, the festival features W. Kamau Bell, the host of “Totally Biased,” which appears Thursday nights on FX.  Bell discusses racism in America and what it’s like to have a television show.

Lansing choir sings for papal conclave at the Vatican

Mar 11, 2013
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Twenty-five members of the St. Mary’s Cathedral Choir of Lansing and several members of St. Mary’s and St. Stan’s in Jackson performed recently in Italy, including at a Vatican mass as the papal conclave was assembling.  

Monsignour Steven Raica, Chancellor of the Diocese of Lansing, and choir member Gratz discuss the once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. Today he discusses the upcoming Big Ten men's basketball tournament. 

Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock

Mar 11, 2013

MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. This week, she and Mark delve into Governor Snyder's plans for an economic summit next week in Detroit.