Current State

Current State #833 | September 16, 2016

Sep 16, 2016

Today on Current State: Alliance for Safety and Justice President Lenore Anderson and the director of the Michigan Crime Victim Services Commission, James McCurtis discuss a new survey of crime victims; dragon boat racing returns to Lansing; and Live Music Friday with Mary Flower ahead of tonight's performance at the Michigan BluesFest in Old Town Lansing.

Current State #832 | September 15, 2016

Sep 15, 2016

Today on Current State: Developers Pat and Scott Gillespie talk about their respective firms and the Lansing area's development climate; comedian Greg Proops previews tonight's "Whose Live Anyway" improv show at the Wharton Center; Alice Dreger of discusses the DEQ's review of the city's wastewater treatment plant permit; and Jeffrey Walker of the Flint Institute of Music explains the harpsichord.

Pop-Up Stories: Turning Over a New Leaf

Sep 14, 2016
Pop-Up Stories
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Thur. Sept. 29 at 6pm at Reach Studio Art Center in Lansing, MI | Have you ever had a fresh start? A clean slate?

Current State #831 | September 14, 2016

Sep 14, 2016

Today on Current State: the debate over state Board of Education guidelines for LGBTQ students, with Nathan Triplett of Equality Michigan and Douglas Levesque of the Owosso-based Bible Nation Society; a preview of the upcoming Beaumont Brass concert; Neighbors in Action: Hannah's House; and MSU researcher Nizar Lajnef talks about sensors that will monitor the stability of spans like the Mackinac Bridge.

Current State #830 | September 13, 2016

Sep 13, 2016

Today on Current State: Tri-County Regional Planning Commission executive director Susan Pigg talks about area transit needs; author Amy Haimerl discusses her Detroit home fix-up project book "Detroit Hustle" ahead of an appearance in Okemos this week; a conversation with  Jeff Cooper of the Renewable Fuels Association on a University of Michigan study indicating that burning biofuels is worse for the environment than fossil fuels; and pianist Yafim Bronfman previews two Michigan concerts.

Current State #829 | September 12, 2016

Sep 12, 2016

Today on Current State: Jeff Hank of MI Legalize and Will Rochon of the Michigan Cannibis Development Association discuss new pot regulations passed by the state Senate; Sally Potter previews the upcoming season of Ten Pound Fiddle concerts; OutCasting, a radio show and podcast for LGBTQ youth, comes to MSU; and Current Sports host Al Martin on the Detroit Lions season opening win and Tom Izzo's induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Current State #828 | September 8, 2016

Sep 8, 2016

Today on Current State: We broadcast live from the state capitol building, with former House Speaker Craig DeRoche; Lt. Gov. Brian Calley; historian Valerie Marvin and the vice chairman of the Michigan Capitol Commission, John Truscott; former Lansing fire chief, Rep. Tom Cochran; and Clerk of the House Gary Randall.

Current State #827 | September 7, 2016

Sep 7, 2016

Today on Current State: We broadcast live from the state Capitol building, with Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network and Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press; Republican Senators Rick Jones and Phil Pavlov; Nayyirah Shariff of Flint Rising and Sam Inglot of Progress Michigan on their opposition to the nomination of  Heidi Grether to lead the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality; Timothy Muffitt of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra previews their season-opening concert; and Democratic Representatives Tim Greimel and Sam Singh.

Current State #826 | September 6, 2016

Sep 6, 2016

Today on Current State: MSU political scientist Matt Grossman discusses presidential politics in Michigan; Peter Morris of Haslett looks back at the 25th anniversary of his world Scrabble championship; new University of Michigan research indicating that fossil fuels are better for the environment that biofuels; and MSU soprano Melanie Helton previews a program of "Excruciatingly Bad Songs."

Current State #825 | August 31, 2016

Aug 31, 2016

Today on Current State: Emily Lawler of MLive and "Off the Record" host Tim Skubick join us for our August Month in Review; Michigan chef Jared Bobkin; Neighbors in Action: Information Technology Empowerment Center; and the Airmen of Note come to Michigan.

Current State #824 | August 30, 2016

Aug 30, 2016

Today on Current State: How Michigan emergency rooms can help in the fight against human trafficking; Detroit's shipbuilding history; our Great Lakes Month in Review for August, with reporter Gary Wilson; and a new photo exhibit at Lansing's MICA Gallery.

Current State #823 | August 29, 2016

Aug 29, 2016

Today on Current State: This week's parole hearing for serial killer Donald Miller; the Flint Institute of Art's Modern Art Film Series; the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce opposition to the Capital Area Transportation Authority's Bus Rapid Transit plan; and a Pop-Up Story from Mark Sundermann.

Current State #822 | August 26, 2016

Aug 26, 2016

Today on Current State: Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm discusses her role on Hillary Clinton's transition team if she wins the presidency; a preview of MSU's move-in day and campus life for new students; and Live Music Friday with Brendan Doherty.

Current State #821 | August 25, 2016

Aug 25, 2016

Today on Current State: Lansing area citizen-journalists Alice Dreger and Steve Harry; a new Broad Art Museum exhibition features female artists from China; the YMCA's Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen; and tracking invasive species in the Great Lakes.

Current State #820 | August 24, 2016

Aug 24, 2016

Today on Current State: Two-time Olympic gold medal-winner boxer Claressa Shields returns to her hometown of Flint; Peppermint Creek Theatre Company's all-female production of "Lord of the Flies"; Neighbors in Action: La Leche League of East Lansing; a Pop-Up story from Josh Lown; and Soup Grant Lansing turns three.