Current State

Current Sports #468 | May 7, 2015

May 8, 2015

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." 

Current State #535 | May 8, 2015

May 8, 2015

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.

Current State #534 | May 7, 2015

May 7, 2015

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.

Current State #533 | May 6, 2015

May 6, 2015

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.

Current State #532 | May 5, 2015

May 5, 2015

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.

Current State #530 | May 1, 2015

May 1, 2015

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.

Current State #529 | April 30, 2015

Apr 30, 2015

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.

Current State #528 | April 29, 2015

Apr 29, 2015

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.

Current State #527 | April 28, 2015

Apr 28, 2015

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.”

Current State #526 | April 27, 2015

Apr 27, 2015

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.

Current State #525 | April 24, 2015

Apr 24, 2015

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.

Current State #524 | April 23, 2015

Apr 23, 2015

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.

Current State #523 | April 22, 2015

Apr 22, 2015

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.

Current State #522 | April 21, 2015

Apr 21, 2015

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.

Current State #521 | April 20, 2015

Apr 20, 2015

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.

Current State #520 | April 17, 2015

Apr 17, 2015

Today on Current State: Cong. Mike Bishop; Ira Glass brings his dance show to East Lansing; and Live Music Friday with Brad Cole, Chris Edrington and Erin Sax.

Current State #519 | April 16, 2015

Apr 16, 2015

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".

Current State #518 | April 15, 2015

Apr 15, 2015

Today on Current State: Rep. Mike Callton on medical marijuana legislation; poet Terry Blackhawk; and Neighbors in Action: Sparrow's Nest.

Current State #517 | April 14, 2015

Apr 14, 2015

Today on Current State: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; "Dinosaur Train" host Scott Sampson previews his public appearances at MSU this weekend; and remembering the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination.

Current State #516 | April 13, 2015

Apr 13, 2015

Today on Current State: The possible health impacts of climate change in Michigan; MSU researchers study pandas; a Public Poetry Announcement with a poem by Billy Collins; and remembering the Palm Sunday tornadoes that struck Michigan 50 years ago.

Today on Current State: The Capital City Film Festival kicks off and Live Music Friday features Ryan Shadbolt & The Weathermen.

Today on Current State: Michigan Environmental Council policy director James Clift on MSU's coal elimination plan; former Michigan Congressman Joe Schwarz and "Symphonic Cinema" at the Lansing Center.

Today on Current State: Lansing city council member Carol Wood on the proposed 2016 city budget and an ICE operation at City Hall; a new curator for the Broad Art Museum; the piping plover makes a comeback and Bay City actress Katie Travis stars in "The Phantom of the Opera."

Current State #510 | April 3, 2015

Apr 3, 2015

Today on Current State: An analysis of Proposal 1 to fund road repairs in Michigan; a preview of Michigan State's Final Four matchup with Duke; Michigan Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Rich Studley on RFRA and talent development; and Live Music Friday with Brendan Doherty.

Current State #509 | April 2, 2015

Apr 2, 2015

Today on Current State: Legislation that would allow advanced practice registered nurses more authority to prescribe medications; an MSU student who is bicycling from East Lansing to Indianapolis for the Final Four; interim general manager Dick Peffley; the MSU College of Music's Cello Plus series; and Scott D. Southard reviews "The Rosie Effect" by Graeme Simsion.

Current State #508 | April 1, 2015

Apr 1, 2015

Today on Current State: Business leaders consider an economic "grand bargain" for Michigan; a huge new automotive mural will grace a building in Lansing's REO Town; Neighbors in Action: Housing Services Mid Michigan; and a Michigan man pays homage to the bowling shoes of actor Dave Madden.

Current State #507 | March 31, 2015

Mar 31, 2015

Today on Current State: The March Month in Review with Susan Demas of Inside Michigan Politics and Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network; a new MSU exhibition features works by Art Prize finalist Henry Brimmer; research into biodegradeable plastics; and the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis clubs.

Current State #506 | March 30, 2015

Mar 30, 2015

Today on Current State: The "college access gap" created by a need for more school guidance counselors; the MSU Quidditch Team; Great Lakes Month in Review examines Flint's water supply; efforts to restore a polar bear on display at the MSU Natural Resources Building; and Spartan men's basketball advances to the Final Four.

Today on Current State: Longtime Kellogg's lobbyist George Franklin on his book "Raisin Bran and Other Cereal Wars"; Bob Downes talks about his book "Biking Northern Michigan"; a study indicates that fast food might be addictive; Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press previews MSU's Sweet 16 basketball game tonight; and Live Music Friday with Abbey Hoffman.

Current State #504 | March 26, 2015

Mar 26, 2015

Today on Current State: Almost 2-million people in Michigan lack access to healthy foods; the MSU Department of Theatre stages "Bug"; MSU doctoral student Apryl Pooley's book recounting her personal story of sexual assualt, addiction and PTSD; and a story of working on a Great Lakes freighter.