Current State #226 | January 6, 2014

Jan 6, 2014


 Today on Current State: Local officials update snow emergency; MSU's G. Robert Vincent Voice Library; and the legacy of Ford’s 'living wage'

Joe Linstroth

Residents throughout the state woke up to over a foot of heavy snow, following last nights large storm. Cold temperatures and high winds halted activities throughout mid-Michigan on Monday. 

The mayors of Lansing and East Lansing declared snow emergencies on Sunday, closing all non- essential government facilities. Current State spoke with several local officials for the latest on the snow emergency. 

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On January 5, 1914, Henry Ford introduced a conditional five-dollar a day wage for his assembly line workers. One hundred years later, different people put different spins on the story. Some say it was Henry Ford paying his workers enough to buy the cars they were producing. Some say it was only a move to stop the high levels of worker on the assembly lines.
MSU's John Beck takes a look at the competing narratives and some interesting parallels 100 years on.


MSU's G. Robert Vincent Voice Library houses over 40,000 hours of spoken word recordings. Voices in the collection range from everyday people to cultural and political figures. Over 100,000 voices are captured in the collection, which includes audio dating back to 1888.

Current State's Peter Whorf spoke with John Shaw, supervisor of the Vincent Voice Library.