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Current State #89 | May 16, 2013

May 16, 2013

Today on Current State: Health insurance co-op Consumers Mutual; the East Lansing Art Festival's 50th anniversary; a local author discusses his book on canoeing and kayaking; and "Ten Buildings That Changed America."

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The Affordable Care Act has yet to materialize in concrete changes that most Americans can actually notice, but that is about to change very soon. Here in Michigan, one of the first major signs of the new world order in American healthcare is the new East Lansing-based  Consumers Mutual.  

CEO of the new East Lansing-based business, Dennis Litos, explains his role in the upcoming changes, how the Consumer Operated and Oriented Plan works, and what this means for Michigan residents, both insured and uninsured.

The 50th anniversary of the East Lansing Art Festival

May 16, 2013
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The 50th annual East Lansing Art Festival kicks off this weekend from Saturday, May 18 through Sunday, May 19. Event organizer Corinn Van Wyck joined Current State to discuss all the festival has to offer, and what the 50th anniversary means to the city.

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Since his college years, Doc Fletcher has been canoeing and kayaking the countless waterways in Michigan. One of his favorite places to paddle is on the Pere Marquette River, while exchanging stories with his wife Maggie underneath the blue herons and bald eagles up above.

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“10 Buildings That Changed America” takes viewers on a journey across America to examine  ten influential American buildings that changed the way we live, work, and play.

Current State’s Peter Whorf talks with the show’s creators Geoffrey Baer and Dan Protess about their show and how they picked those ten buildings. The show airs Saturday at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. on WKAR World.