Current State #244 | January 30, 2014

Jan 30, 2014

Today on Current State: January: month in review; sustainable instruments: marimba; basketball hoops around America; and the MSU 360 project.

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To review and update some of the the month’s top Michigan news stories, Current State welcomes Tim Skubick, host of Michigan Public TV’s “Off the Record,” seen on WKAR-TV. Also joining us is Bill Ballenger of the Inside Michigan Politics newsletter, and Emily Lawler of MIRS News in Lansing.

MSU musician builds greener instrument

Jan 30, 2014
Gabriela Saldivia/The Michigandered Marimba

When we think about our carbon footprint, we often look at things like our car’s gas mileage, our home’s energy usage, and how far our food had to travel to get to the plate. Rarely mentioned in a discussion about carbon footprints, however, are musical instruments.

The world through Spartans' eyes

Jan 30, 2014

On November 6, 2013, Michigan State University put out the call to people with MSU ties all over the world to shoot and submit video of whatever they were doing that day. The idea was to produce a video seeing the world through the eyes of Spartans for a day. Today, the finished product, called “MSU 360-24”, goes online, and there will also be airings on the Big Ten Network.

Shooter captures hoops across America

Jan 14, 2014
Robin Layton


  A new book of photography explores the pastime of basketball at its most basic level - the hoop. The book  “hoop: the american dream” is filled with pictures of baskets from around the U.S.. The books creator, photographer Robin Layton, captures hoops nailed to trees, beneath highway underpasses, and the childhood baskets of various basketball stars. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with Layton about creating the book.