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Current State #189 | October 28, 2013

Oct 28, 2013

Today on Current State: Governor Rick Snyder testifies at Detroit's bankruptcy eligibility trial; MSU's Fairchild Theater's new acoustic system; futurist Daniel Burrus and a mid-Michigan man's connection to the 1938 radio classic "The War of the Worlds."

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Detroit’s ‘bankruptcy eligibility’ trial enters its fourth day today, with Governor Rick Snyder scheduled to testify.

  

So far, federal judge Steven Rhodes has heard municipal finance experts as well as Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr claim that the city’s Chapter 9 filing in July was the only option left to address major cash flow problems and billions in long term debt.

 

Re-engineered Fairchild Theater debuts new acoustics

Oct 28, 2013
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Michigan State University's Fairchild Theater recently underwent a major renovation and re-opens next Monday night.  Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with MSU College of Music staff and students about the transformation.

Futurist Daniel Burrus: 'Skip your biggest problem'

Oct 28, 2013
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Thirty years ago, Daniel Burrus iced his reputation as a futurist and trend watcher when he accurately forecast a surprising array of largely unheard-of technology.

Daniel Burrus is also an app-creator and author of six books, including the best-seller Flash Foresight and Technotrends.  He's a keynote speaker at this Thursday's "CEO Summit" in Detroit.

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Seventy-five years ago, radios across America crackled to the sound of an ominous revelation.

Actor and director Orson Welles led the nation through a chilling tale of a Martian invasion of Earth.

The radio broadcast was, of course, just a story.  But “The War of the Worlds” on October 30, 1938 set off a wave of panic and became an American cultural touchstone.  Now, there’s a new connection to the old legend.