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WKAR/Kevin Lavery

President Barack Obama was in East Lansing on Friday to sign the Farm Bill--a major piece of federal legislation that will affect just about every American citizen in some way.

Current State #250 | February 7, 2014

Feb 7, 2014

Today on Current State: President Obama signs the Farm Bill at Michigan State University; TEDx Lansing; the sport of ringette; artificial intelligence; and live music with Root Doctor.

Flickr - Ethan Bloch

The 44th President will be in East Lansing today. Barack Obama will be at Michigan State University this afternoon to sign the federal Farm Bill. It's a long-awaited and sweeping law that will fundamentally change U.S. farm policy.

TEDx Lansing to focus on education

Feb 7, 2014
Flickr - Daniel J. Hogan

The idea for TED (Technology, Education, and Design) began in 1984 with a conference devoted to “ideas worth spreading”, and since then, hundreds of the talks have inspired observers around the world. Some of those talks can be heard on the “TED Radio Hour” on WKAR-AM 870, Sundays at 2 p.m.

Ann Arbor is home to nation's only ringette team

Feb 7, 2014
Emanuele Berry

With the Winter Olympics kicking off, many are looking forward to watching speed skating, skiing, and even the oddball darling: curling. But there’s one winter sport that won't be played in Sochi. In fact, it's difficult to find a game to watch anywhere in the U.S.

Flickr - chiarashine

In the 2014 Oscar nominated film “Her,” a writer falls for his highly advanced operating system. The film is rosy compared to typical Hollywood movies about Artificial Intelligence like "Terminator" or "I-Robot". These films depict violent clashes between technology and humanity. 

Joe Linstroth

Today's live music guest is Root Doctor, a Lansing-based band that plays a mix of classic soul, R&B, traditional blues, and some inspired original material. Hear Freddie Cunningham on vocals, Mike Skory on the keyboard, James Williams playing bass, and Bill Malone on guitar.