Current State #198 | November 8, 2013

Nov 8, 2013

Today on Current State: third grade reading standards; a Lansing Symphony Orchestra preview; MSU basketball; and the culture of hair.


The Michigan House Education Committee is looking over a controversial proposal that could hold back thousands of the state’s young learners. A measure introduced last week would require third-graders to repeat that year if they did not score “proficient” on the MEAP standardized test.

LSO concert features Mozart's 'Requiem'

Nov 8, 2013
Trumpie Photography

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. Conductor Timothy Muffitt says he’s quite pleased with the lineup.

Spartans open season with eye toward Final Four

Nov 8, 2013
Tom Izzo courtside
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Another highly anticipated Michigan State basketball season tips off tonight.  The Spartans are ranked #2 in the country in the two major pre-season polls.  MSU opens against McNeese State tonight at the Breslin Center.

Exploring U.S. culture and identity through hair

Nov 8, 2013

Each year Americans spend billions on hair: curling it, dying it, and adding extensions. To achieve our ideal look, we turn to the sacred space that is the salon. Candacy Taylor, Archie Green award recipient at the American Folklife center, has traveled to salons around the U.S. since 2006.