Today on Current State: Michigan experiments with "social impact bonds;" a controlled deer harvest in Michigan Township; international artists compete in Grand Rapids' ArtPrize event; a very visible prank sparks a cancer research fundraiser and the blues duo Matchette and Frog join us in the studio.
Michigan has joined a small group of state and local governments in something of an experiment. The state is launching a program that will seek to attract private investors, whose money will address very public problems.
Organizers now say more than $33,000 has been raised for cancer research in a spur-of-the-moment campaign triggered by a very visible prank.
Few people in the East Lansing area and fewer still in social media don’t know about the enormous ‘GO BLUE,’ message, skywritten last Saturday over Spartan Stadium. And as many of those same people have learned, one MSU official responded quite creatively.
This weekend, the blues will flow like muddy water through the streets of Lansing's Old Town, as performers from around the U.S. will take the stage at Old Town's Bluesfest. One of the acts playing this weekend is Matchette and Frog.