Current State #131 | July 29, 2013

Jul 29, 2013

Today on Current State: food security in Detroit and mid-Michigan; a Public Poetry Announcement with Gwendolyn Brooks; Ingham County animal control; Michigan veterans' struggle to access services; Michigan’s craft distillery movement; and MSU football.

Examining food security in Detroit, Lansing

Jul 29, 2013
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Grocery stores have been making the news in Detroit recently. Last week, the Michigan-based retailer, Meijer, opened its first Detroit location. This follows the news last month of the grand opening of the city’s first Whole Foods Market. Based on these stories, one might think Detroiters were only recently introduced to the concept of the grocery store. That’s not true.

 MSU associate professor of sociology Craig Harris, an expert in the sociology of food, discusses food security in Detroit, as well as here in mid-Michigan. 

Public Poetry Announcement: Gwendolyn Brooks

Jul 29, 2013
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Gwendolyn Brooks’ “The Bean Eaters” is today's Public Poetry Announcement.

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From pet hoarding to dog fighting to stray cats and dogs, if it has four-legs and a problem, chances are that Ingham County’s animal control division will be called in to help.  Jamie McAloon-Lampman, the director of  Ingham County Animal Control, discusses the Lansing-area's animal control issues. 

Veterans struggle to access services in Michigan

Jul 29, 2013
WKAR/Kevin Lavery


Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States has deployed nearly two million military personnel to Iraq and Afghanistan.  As operations wind down, thousands of troops are returning home, and many with profound physical and psychological wounds.

Michigan's craft spirits industry is on the rise

Jul 29, 2013
Courtsey of Red Cedar Spirits

Michigan’s economy and culture has been positively impacted by the craft beer and wine industry. But if beer or wine isn’t your style, don’t fret. Michigan is also one of the friendliest states to small distillers, and as a result the state’s spirits industry is growing. Kris Berglund, an MSU distinguished professor of food science and chemical engineering and a statewide industry leader, discusses the spirits industry in Michigan. 

Spartan football team seeks offensive improvements

Jul 29, 2013

Another football season is around the corner. Spartans will kick off its 2013 campaign against the Broncos of Western Michigan University on August 30.

Today, Current State's guest host Emanuele Berry discusses the team's offensive approach with Current Sports production assistant Matt Ludtke.