Current State

Current State #758 | May 5, 2016

May 5, 2016

Today on Current State: Lansing Board of Water and Light General Manager Dick Peffley discusses the utility's recent malware attack; MSU grad Maen Hammad reaches out to Syrian refugees through skateboarding; a preview of the Children's Ballet Theater production of "Cinderella"; and possible changes to the public schools calendar in Charlotte.

Current State #757 | May 4, 2016

May 4, 2016

Today on Current State: Cong. Dan Kildee on Pres. Obama's visit to Flint; the art of storytelling with Emmy Award-winner Timothy Busfield; Neighbors in Action: Michigan College Access Network; and the history of Michigan's scenic M-22.

Current State #756 | May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016

Today on Current State: Startup Grind Lansing founder and Bitcoin proponent David Smith on the Australian man who claims to have created Bitcoin; Phil Stagg on his book "Waterfalls of Michigan"; upgrading Flint's waterfront; and a preview of this week's Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert.

Current State #755 | May 2, 2016

May 2, 2016

Today on Current State: We talk with Lansing State Journal Engagement Editor Matt Hund; Lansing City Pulse contributor Mark Nixon talks about Lansing's restaurant scene; Ingham County Sheriff candidate Eric Trojanowicz; and Current Sports host Al Martin on the NFL draft and Tigers baseball.

Current State #754 | April 29, 2016

Apr 29, 2016

Today on Current State: Lansing, city councilwoman Carol Wood and the owner and CEO of one of the city’s newest medical marijuana dispensaries, Michael Mayes of Greenwave, discuss call for a cap on dispensaries; the rusty blackbird population in Michigan; and Live Music Friday with Doug Mains and Josh Michels of Doug Mains and the City Folk.

Current State #753 | April 28, 2016

Apr 28, 2016

Today on Current State: Our April Month in Review with Susan Demas of Inside Michigan Politics and Kyle Melinn of the Michigan Information and Research Service; a preview of the Opera Grand Rapids production of "Romeo and Juliet"; a tour of a new exhibit of Beatles artifacts at The Henry Ford; and Scott D. Southard reviews "The Turner House" by Angela Flournoy.

Current State #752 | April 27, 2016

Apr 27, 2016

Today on Current State: We talk with Melissa Mays of Flint about the city's water crisis and how her family has been affected; "Ink Trails II" authors Dave and Jack Dempsey; Neighbors in Action: Hounds of G.R.A.C.E.; and a preview of this weekend's MSU Symphony concert.

Current State #751| April 26, 2016

Apr 26, 2016

  Today on Current State: A discussion on Michigan's parental incarceration rate with Alicia Guevara Warren of the Michigan League for Public Policy; Okemos man Ken Dunlap tells us about visiting every single Michigan town; Great Lakes Month in Review with Gary Wilson; and a preview of Bria Skonberg's performance at the Wharton tomorrow night. 

Current State #750 | April 25, 2016

Apr 25, 2016

Today on Current State: Traci Taylor of the Anderson Economic Group on the possible impact of the EPA's Clean Power Plan on electric bills; Chinese quilts at the MSU Museum; a new video series attempts to make science more accessible; remembering Detroit radio legend J.P. McCarthy; and a weekend recap with Current Sports host Al Martin.

Current State #749 | April 21, 2016

Apr 21, 2016

Today on Current State: House Minority Leader Tim Greimal discusses criminal charges related to the Flint water crisis;  Jackson Symphony Orchestra Music Director Designate Dr. Matthew Aubin; East Lansing's placemaking event "Love EL"; and MSU's tiny house project.

Current State #748 | April 20, 2016

Apr 20, 2016

Today on Current State: Part two of our interview with author and critic Touré; Michigan's tourism forecast for 2016; Neighbors in Action: National Council on Alcoholism/Lansing Regional Area; a first-time visit to a Whole Foods store; and another story from our Pop-Up Stories event at the Broad Art Museum in March.

Current State #747 | April 19, 2016

Apr 19, 2016

Today on Current State: Lansing School District Superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul discusses the upcoming Pathways Promise vote; Detroit Zoological Society CEO Ron Kagan on their new penguin exhibit; MLive reporter Garret Ellison on replacing water lines in Michigan; and part two of our interview with Lansing native and Tony Award-winner Lisa Kron about "Fun Home."

Today on Current State: James Redford, the interim director of the Michigan Department of Veterans Affairs; morel mushroom hunting season in Michigan; author and critic Touré discusses music ahead of a visit to Grand Rapids; nordic walking; and Current Sports host Al Martin on the Pistons and the Red Wings in the playoffs.

Current State #745 | April 15, 2016

Apr 15, 2016

Today on Current State: Our "Faces of Flint" series concludes with Dr. Bobby Mukkamala, a doctor who also owns a restaurant in the city; Tony Award-winning Lansing native Lisa Kron; and Live Music Friday with Chris Zehnder.

Pop-Up Stories: 'Hidden Genius'

Apr 14, 2016
Jeffery Ford
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR

We have another Pop-Up story from our most recent storytelling event. The theme of the evening was “lucky break.” Today’s selection is from Jeffery Ford, who showed the world he was something far greater than most people thought.