Current State #94 | May 24, 2013

May 24, 2013

Today on Current State: marijuana convictions in Okemos; slavery films; Michigan’s bad year for mosquitoes and MSU “Food for Thought” food truck.

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Marijuana possession is still a federal crime, but law enforcement and prosecution has been extremely confusing in many states -- including Michigan -- which have legalized the use of marijuana to varying degrees.

Examining slavery in American film

May 24, 2013
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Slavery is a part of American history, but a part people are uncomfortable speaking about.  So, contemporary conversations about slavery often play out on the big screen. 

And, apparently, we still have a lot to say about it. Seven new films about slavery are slated to come out in 2013.

If you’ve been outside in the last few weeks, it's not hard to notice the swarms of attacking mosquitoes. The creepy buzzing in the ears, the itchy welts and the inordinate blood loss -- they all seem particularly bad this spring. Ned Walker, MSU entomology professor and an expert on the dastardly mosquito, talked with Current State host Mark Bashore about how bad it is and why.

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In March, Spartan Hospitality Group at Michigan State University launched a new venture that it hoped would change the nature of fast food on the MSU campus and beyond. The venture is called the "Food for Thought" food truck. Since then, business has steadily grown.