Current State #82 | May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013

Today on Current State: the health of Great Lakes beaches; Lansing-raised filmmaker Rola Nashef; eating disorders; and another look at Tigers legend Hank Greenberg.

High bacteria levels plague Great Lakes beaches

May 7, 2013

According to a 2012 report by the Natural Resources Defense Council, bacterial levels of Great Lakes’ beaches exceeded public health standards more than beaches in any other region. Contaminated water can cause illness and force beaches to close. Joan Rose is the Nowlin Endowed Chair of Water Research. She discusses beach health and water systems. She spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore.

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A Michigan filmmaker is taking her romantic comedy on the festival circuit, including a screening tonight at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

“Detroit Unleaded” focuses on the personalities who come and go at a gas station in the Motor City.

The movie’s writer, director and producer Rola Nashaf grew up on the west side of Lansing. She emigrated with her family from Lebanon at the age of five. The Waverly High School graduate moved to Detroit after college.

For years, eating disorders such as bulimia and the binge / purge subtype of anorexia were thought to be connected to cultural and psychological pressures, especially among girls and women.  But a new study by a Michigan State University psychologist indicates binge eating may have biological roots.  Dr. Kelly Klump concludes that female rats are more likely to binge eat than males.  Her work could influence the science of eating disorders in humans. She spoke with Current State host Mark Bashore.

Hank Greenberg: a Tiger Hall of Famer goes to war

May 7, 2013

Yesterday on Current State, WKAR’s Peter Whorf brought us part one of his interview with author John Rosengren about his new book, "Hank Greenberg: The Hero of Heroes"

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Hall of Famer’s rookie season.

Peter and John’s Monday discussion focused on Hank’s early career and the socially and politically turbulent times of the 1930’s.