Current State #148 | August 29, 2013

Aug 29, 2013

Today on Current State: August's biggest's stories in review; Chicago-based "Wavelength" trains Lansing teachers using humor; 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice; Michigan railroads; and a film commentary on End of the World films. 

Month in Review: August 2013

Aug 29, 2013

With the end of the month, we take some time to review the month’s most impactful Michigan news stories. Tim Skubick, the host of WKAR-TV’s ‘Off the Record”, Zach Gorchow, editor for Gongwer News Michigan and Kathleen Gray, who covers the state capitol for the Detroit Free Press, came into our studios to discuss the issues that made news in August.


For over 30 years, a unique troupe of American performers has taken to stages across America—and around the world—targeting a particular audience.

Samuel Clemens, a.k.a. Mark Twain, once wrote, “Every time I read Pride and Prejudice, I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” The her in that sentence is, of course, author Jane Austen.  

This wasn't the only time Twain complained about Miss Austen. Here is another gem: “It seems a great pity that they allowed her to die a natural death.”

Now, I don’t normally disagree with Mr. Clemens, but here, I have to take an exception.

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Michigan railroads employ thousands of workers, maintain thousands of miles of track, move millions of tons freight, and generate billions of dollars. The system’s health is crucial to commerce in the state.

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As the summer comes to a close, so do this season’s apocalyptic films. Current State contributor, MSU professor and filmmaker Jeffrey Wray offers this commentary on the end of the world through cinema.