Current State #234 | January 16, 2014

Jan 16, 2014

Today on Current State: recent Flint emergency manager Michael Brown returns to Prima Civitas; a post-antibiotic era; roasting coffee beans in Lansing; and a review of “Our Picnics in the Sun” by Morag Joss.

Former EM: Flint will take time

Jan 16, 2014

For two years, Flint native Michael Brown served as the city of Flint’s Emergency Manager. He has recently returned to Prima Civitas in East Lansing as president.


The U. S. Centers for Disease Control has published an assessment of the threat Americans face from antibiotic-resistant germs, and it’s a bit sobering. The report is the first time hard numbers have been reported for deaths and costs related to fighting diseases that no longer respond to antibiotics.

WKAR/Emanuele Berry

Microbreweries have been popping up all over the state, but what about micro roasters?  Current State’s Emanuele Berry recently took a trip to visit the founders of Craft & Mason Coffee, a new micro roaster in the Lansing area.

Flickr - AlexFilee

We live in a loud world. Our movies are loud. Our TV shows are loud, and the commercials are even louder. And sadly now, even our books are loud, filled with as many explosions and gunshots as any blockbuster film could ever hope to have. So in a bombastic world like ours, how does a quiet book like “Our Picnics in the Sun” by Morag Joss find publication?