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Current State #251 | February 10, 2014

Feb 10, 2014

Today on Current State: improving voters' experience; Israeli jazz musician Omer Avital; reassessing the value of a college education; and a new theater company in Lansing.

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In his 2012 reelection speech, President Barack Obama vowed to make voting easier for millions of Americans. This came after reports that many had to wait in line for hours at polling places to cast their votes.

Israeli musician fuses jazz, Middle Eastern traditions

Feb 10, 2014
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Jazz bassist and composer Omer Avital will be at Wharton Center’s Pasant Theater with his band on Feb. 12. Avital’s music includes literally a world of influences, from Israel to Spain to Africa to America.

Reassessing the value of a college education

Feb 10, 2014
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We’ve all heard stories of Ph.D.'s who work as janitors or sales clerks. Increasingly, we’ve also heard of professionals who owe tens of thousands of dollars on their college loans and of recent college graduates unable to find work at all.

New Lansing theater company explores ancient myths

Feb 10, 2014
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A Lansing theater veteran is starting up a new theater company. Jeff Croff was the founder of the former Icarus Falling Theatre Company. Tonight, he launches Ixion Theatre with the first of three staged readings of “The Four Disgracers."