Today on Current State: The Lansing Regional Brownfields Coalition gets a $500,000 grant for cleanups; MSU Jazz Studies professor Rodney Whitaker remembers trumpet great Marcus Belgrave; AARP Michigan pushes legislation to help caregivers; and Michigan wildflowers.
Today on Current State: Month in Review for May looks at the state budget, the prevailing wage debate and presidential politics; a startup company bringing broadband to Kent County's Vergennes Township; a mock election in Lansing Saturday is for fun but also sends a message about the importance of voting; talk of raising taxes for road repairs at the Detroit Chamber's Mackinac Conference; and Live Music Friday with Greg Nagy.
Today on Current State: both sides of the prevailing wage debate in Michigan; Joshua Davis discusses life after "The Voice"; chronic wasting disease in Michigan deer; and writer Dave Frazier's book “Drafted: Vietnam at War and at Peace.”
Today on Current State: The drive to put a fracking ban on the ballot in Michigan; a visit to the former home of Ulysses S. Grant in Detroit; the Battle Creek branch of the Defense Department that oversees the disposal of excess military equipment; and Neighbors in Action: Caring for the Caregivers.
After a long Memorial Day weekend, Current Sports returns to the radio. Al and Isaac kick off the show trying to identify and solve the problems associated with the Tigers' three game skid. Then, Al and Isaac look back on the playoffs this year and have their opinions diverge over the punishment of Matthew Dellavedova and Al Horford. Then, hear Current State's Kevin Lavery talk about the movement for cricket in Okemos before the show closes with a belated 'Weekend Winners.'
Today on Current State: Is Michigan heading to the bottom ten states for achievement?; MSU students lead a study abroad program examining climate change in Fiji; 96- year-old Rudy Aittama wraps up our coverage of MSU’s Living History Project; the MSU Museum's steam tunnel exhibit; and our Great Lakes Month in Review looks at the Enbridge settlement and new regulations on railcars.
Today on Current State: Sen. Gary Peters talks about criminal justice, student debt and President Obama's Pacific Trade measure; Meridian Township starts a youth cricket league; a Public Poetry Announcement with a work written by Anacreon; the executive director of the new Michigan Agency for Energy, Valerie Brader; Scott D. Southard reviews "Above Us Only Sky" by Michele Young-Stone; and Chateau Grand Traverse partners wines with Michigan parks.
Today on Current State: Rep. Sam Singh on efforts to craft a new plan to repair Michigan roads; MSU football legend Gene Washington is the subject of his daughter's documentary in production; the shrinking alewife population in the Great Lakes; Two Men and a Truck founder Mary Ellen Sheets tells her story to Startup Grind Lansing; and 85-year-old Domingo Berlanga of Flint, this week's subject in MSU's MSU’s Living History Project.
Today on Current State: State Sen. Mike Shirkey discusses Senate passage of a measure repealing the state's prevailing wage law with Mike Stobak of Barton-Malow; the rebuilding of Fort Holmes on Mackinac Island; Sister Cyril Mooney on the Loreto School of Calcutta; and Live Music Friday with Ben Fuhrman.
Today on Current State: Saul Anuzis signs on to run the Michigan presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz; rebuilding Ionia County's iconic Whites Bridge; Neighbors in Action: YMCA of Lansing; and Kalamazoo's usonian homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Today on Current State: Lansing city council member Carol Wood on passage of Mayor Virg Bernero's budget proposal; MSU's Living History Project with 90-year-old Katherine Sattler; analyst Skip Pruss on the debate over regulating electricity in Michigan; a preview of the last concert of the LSO season; and the Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is planning a fall program featuring Michigan veterans.
Today on Current State: East Lansing city councilmember Ruth Beier says the city should shift attention towards neighborhoods; MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa discusses mirages on the Great Lakes; filmmaker Eric Gladen brings his documentary "Trace Amounts" to East Lansing; and tech guru and PBS host David Pogue talks about Apple watches and other gadgets.
Current Sports with Al Martin starts off with a bang today as the show begins with discussions on "Deflategate." What exactly should happen to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady? Al, CS engineer Isaac Constans, and callers debate the issue.
"Current State" reporter Scott Pohl heads to Ann Arbor to visit the only golf course in Michigan that provides "golfboarding" as a way of getting around the green! Hear Pohl's experience, as well as from those that have tried it. Could this spark golf interest for the young generation?
Lastly, we close out the show with "Throwback Thursday."
Today on Current State: A Traverse City company seeks oil drilling rights in Mason; Michigan's aerial photography program; the possible relationship between pollen and rain; and Live Music Friday with Jackalope.
Today on Current State: Michigan's teacher shortage; an update on Lansing's bald eagles; workplace deaths in Michigan; Scott D. Southard reviews "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel; and a preview of Mighty Uke Day 5.
Today on Current State: What's next after voter rejection of Proposal 1; the campaign challenging motorists not to drive solo; Neighbors in Action: Listening Ear; and a new book examines the link between values and science in the climate change debate.
Today on Current State: GM has built 500-million vehicles and is investing in plants around the country, including Lansing; the MSU Living History Project with 98-year-old Helen Glass of Lansing; tracking Michigan butterflies; International Toastmasters President Muhammad Murad; and Keys in the City brings pianos decorated by artists to Lansing and East Lansing.
Today on Current State: Proposal 1 opponent Paul Mitchell; solving the 1980 disappearance of a Michigan girl; a new assessment program placing at-risk kids in appropriate care settings; and Live Music Friday with Jen Sygit.
Today on Current State: Month in Review for April on no-fault auto insurance reform, Proposal 1 and same-sex marriage; Lansing United kicks off its second soccer season; East Lansing voters consider decriminalizing marijuana and a charter amendment regarding the sale of city properties; and a preview of the upcoming Piano Monster concert.
Today on Current State: State Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. discusses sex education reforms; Neighbors in Action: ePIFany Now; Public Poetry Announcement: T.S. Eliot; reforming no-fault auto insurance in Michigan; and "America's Got Downton" star Luke Kempner.
Today on Current State: The U.S. Supreme Court arguments over Michigan's same-sex marriage ban; birdwatching at the Harris Nature Center; Great Lakes Month in Review examines the drought in California; the student-made documentary "Gay from Gaylord" explores LGBTQ life in northern Michigan; and Steven Terry discusses his book "Michigan Agricultural College Campus Life 1900-1925: A Postcard Tour.”
Today on Current State: The "Safe Roads Yes!" campaign for Proposal 1; an American food culture exhibit at the Broad Art Museum; the role of the Michigan Air National Guard in the fight against ISIS; MSU studies the role of belly fat in high blood pressure; and WKAR's Al Martin discusses the MSU spring football game.
Today on Current State: Abstinance sex education instruction; the Detroit Zoo works to turn poop into electricity; Lansing city councilmember Vincent Delgado decides not to run in the 2015 election; Michigan's boat building history; and Live Music Friday with Rob Klajda of The Lash.
Today on Current State: Former Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr; Lansing remembers the flood of 1975; poet Carolyn Forché; a Lansing property owner criticizes the city and Niowave over their revised remodeling plan; Scott D. Southard reviews "Missing Reels" by Farran Smith Nehme; and a preview of Saturday's Ann Arbor Symphony concert.
Today on Current State: State Medicaid director Steve Fitton and State Sen. Jim Marleau on the challenges facing Medicaid; Neighbors in Action: CASA for Kids of Barry and Eaton County; former Gov. John Engler remembers the late Sen. Robert Griffin; and the MSU College of Music's "Latin IS America" series.
Today on Current State: Examining Michigan's road warranty program in the days leading up to the vote on a road repair funding proposal; the declining rusty blackbird population; MSU scientists resume work at the Large Hadron Collider; and the 2015-16 Wharton Center schedule.
Today on Current State: Two grandchildren of Henrietta Lacks discuss her story, as told in the book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot; the connection between childhood imagination and creativity in adults; Michigan faces a lawsuit over allegations of prison rapes; and MSU linebacker Riley Bullough on spring football and his forays into country music.
Today on Current State: Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski on body cameras; essayist Jack Lessenberry keynotes A Rally of Writers; and a preview of the upcoming Lansing Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series performance of Bach's "Goldberg Variations".