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Radio Made in Michigan
12:14 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Current State # 245 | January 31, 2014

Today on Current State: Response to Lansing mayor's State of the City address; singer Ysaye Barnwell; the new Farm Bill; live music with Lansing musician Drew Howard.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:08 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Wood responds to State of the City, insists on open BWL review

Economic development was a major focus of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's 2014 State of the City speech at GM's Lansing Grand River Assembly plant.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

In his ninth annual State of the City address last night, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero said the capital city is unquestionably moving forward, but that the city needs to maintain momentum.    

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:58 am
Fri January 31, 2014

'Sweet Honey' founder to lead first night of singing festival

In addition to her music career, Ysaye Barnwell was a professor at the College of Dentistry at Howard University.
Credit Courtesy of Ysaye Barnwell

Friday is the first night of the The Ten Pound Fiddle’s Mid-Winter Singing Festival. Dr. Ysaye Barnwell will lead the first “group sing” at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing. She is a founding member of Sweet Honey in the Rock, as well as a composer, educator, and public health expert. Current State’s Melissa Benmark speaks with Dr. Barnwell about her multi-faceted career and her song choices for the festival.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Growers, food stamp recipients prepare for new Farm Bill

The new farm bill will cut the food stamp program by $8 billion.
Credit Flickr/Clementine Gallot


It was two years overdue but the 2013 Farm Bill is making a steady course toward President Obama’s desk. The House passed the bill on Wednesday.  It now goes to the full Senate, which is expected to take action as early as today.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Lansing guitarist plays eclectic mix of instruments, genres

Drew Howard plays guitar, steel pedal guitar, dobro and other instruments.
Credit Courtesy of Drew Howard

Drew Howard is a veteran fixture of Lansing's and Michigan's music scene, as both a studio musician and performer.  He discusses his long musical career and  plays guitar and dobro throughout the show as part of our Friday Music Series on Current State. 

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