Current State

Reginald Hardwick / WKAR Public Media

The man behind the McDonald's "you deserve a break today" and State Farm's "Like a good neighbor" campaigns visited the Michigan State University campus this week. Keith Reinhard, chairman emeritus of DDB, talked with WKAR's Reginald Hardwick about his midwestern roots, forming the most successful ad campaign of the 20th century and the company that's getting "branding" right in 2017. 


Emerald Morrow

  Former WLNS reporter Emerald Morrow talks with former colleague Al Martin about being in Las Vegas at the time of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Morrow was in Vegas attending wedding at the time. 

 

 


This week on Current State: new efforts to make sure every sexual assault evidence kit in Michigan is tested; advice if your child is frightened by the Las Vegas massacre; meet college students doing good deeds in the face of bad news; learn about the application process for Medical Marijuana businesses in Lansing; learn how people with disabilities are enjoying recreation along the Great Lakes; the MSU/Michigan rivalry helping students with disabilities; find out the surprising places where "Sparty" shows up; and we salute WKAR's Tony "El Chayo" Cervantes with an Hispanic Heritage Month salute.


This week on Current State, reaction to a state inquiry being opened after a controversial Facebook post by Michigan State Police Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue. We'll talk with two students with family in hurricane damaged Puerto Rico. We'll visit a piece of Vietnam and American history at the Gerald Ford Presidential Center. Also, learn the connection between the opioid epidemic and rising levels of STD's. Learn why a wine expert from DeWitt is earning national attention. Plus, a sneak listen to three new shows coming to WKAR this fall.


This weekend, Current State takes an in-depth look at what happened when organizations asked the state Civil Rights Commission to ban discrimination of GLBTQ people in Michigan. Plus, we hear from Capital region residents who have loved ones in earthquake damaged Mexico City and hurricane damaged Puerto Rico. We'll go on a tour of a community center helping Lansing for nearly 50 years. 


WKAR-MSU

This weekend, Current State looks closer at the Lansing and the state of Michigan's new regulations of medical marijuana and what it will mean for dispensaries, patients and law enforcement. Also, three local sports columnists or hosts weigh in on MSU graduate/ESPN host Jamele Hill's Twitter comments about President Trump. 


LSJ and WKAR

Michigan State University graduate, now SportsCenter host on ESPN, Jemele Hill, made national headlines earlier this week when she called President Donald Trump a white supremacist via Twitter. ESPN issued a statement noting that Hill's comments do not represent the company and that they had addressed it with Hill. This morning on Twitter President Trump said ESPN "is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth."


This week on Current State, we speak with a Lansing woman whose family was affected by Hurricane Irma. Also an MSU professor explains the intensity of this year's hurricanes. Learn how spiders and two Michigan companies are working to protect members of the military. Learn why Charlotte might be cheering for the Dallas Cowboys these days. Plus, the story of buying Spartans gear that turned emotional.


This week on Current State, a talk with one of the candidates running for mayor of Lansing. Also, meet the former educator in Grand Ledge public schools inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame! We'll take a stroll along a Michigan Labor Day holiday tradition. 


Current State for August 19-20, 2017

Aug 18, 2017

This week on Current State, a talk with one of the candidates running for mayor of Lansing. Learn about some of the possible issues that Michiganders will vote on. We'll talk with the new police chief of East Lansing. And see why there's more than food available at a local farmer's market.  


Karel Vega sits in for Peter Whorf to host Current State.

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Screen shot from ABC 12 WJRT Live Stream

This week on Current State: Flint's water source; Wharton Center 2017-18 schedule; Earth Day; the Greater Lansing Food Bank Garden Resource Center; Severe Weather Awareness Week; Lansing's Under the Bridge project; Lansing's poet laureate; and "Kalamazoo Gals" who made Gibson guitars during WWII.

Current State | February 11, 2017

Feb 10, 2017

This week on Current State: Mickey Hirten of Lansing City Pulse; a Poet Laureate for Lansing; BWL tree trimming; a Black History Month look at innovation; the Michigan Film and Digital Media office; reconstructive surgery on a disfigured dog; distracted driving; hydropower; and Anat Cohen.


Current State | February 4, 2017

Feb 3, 2017

Lansing as a sanctuary city, NIA St. Vincent Catholic Charities Refugee Services, Super Bowl ads, human organ trafficking, 75mph speed limit, Off the Record at 45, nursing mother rooms, NSF grant for STEM degrees.


Current State | January 28, 2017

Jan 27, 2017

 January in Review, growing local produce in winter, Broad Art Museum and Flint water, Lansing council VP Carol Wood, remembering Roger Chaffee,  MSU Wind Symphony


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