Current State

Current State #840 | September 27, 2016

Sep 27, 2016

Today on Current State: Emily Lawler of MLive joins Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network for analysis of last night's first presidential debate; two women portray Teddy Roosevelt and Elvis Presley in a play coming to Ann Arbor; tracking Michigan's wild bee population; and a look ahead at the upcoming MSU Symphony concert with conductor Kevin Noe. Our guest host today is WKAR's Brooke Allen.


Current State #839 | September 26, 2016

Sep 26, 2016

Today on Current State: an update on development in Lansing Township with Steve Reed of the Lansing State Journal; the Michigan Retailers Association's "Buy Nearby" campaign; a Pop-Up Story from Megan McMahon; and Current Sports host Al Martin on a trio of weekend deaths in sports and the losses handed to Michigan State and the Lions. Our guest host is Mickey Hirten of the Lansing City Pulse newspaper.


Current State #838 | September 23, 2016

Sep 23, 2016

Today on Current State: Lansing Lugnuts general manager Nick Grueser; a preview of this weekend's Concert Across America to End Gun Violence show in Lansing; and our Live Music Friday guests are the instrumental duo Class & Jazz. Our guest host is Mickey Hirten of the Lansing City Pulse newspaper.


Current State #837 | September 22, 2016

Sep 22, 2016

Today on Current State: We speak with Athena International Leadership Conference chair Sarah Jennings; a preview of the Ixion Theatre production of "The Amazing Jesus"; David Bard, the new Bishop of the United Methodist Church in Michigan; and a Pop-Up Story from Dave Dunckel.


Current State #836 | September 21, 2016

Sep 21, 2016

Today on Current State: Rep. Gretchen Driskell talks about her campaign against Cong. Tim Walberg in Michigan's 7th district; an exhibition of artwork from album covers at the Lansing Mall; and Neighbors in Action: Youth for Understanding. Our guest host in Kyle Melinn of the MIRS news service.


Current State #835 | September 20, 2016

Sep 20, 2016

Today on Current State: MSU senior Elise Conklin discusses winning a Student Academy Award for a documentary about the Flint water crisis; Lansing Board of Education president Peter Spadafore; MSU vice president for university advancement Bob Groves; and MSU corporate chef Kurt Kwiatkowski talks about modern-day tailgating. Our guest host is Scott Westerman of the MSU Alumni Association.


Current State #834 | September 19, 2016

Sep 19, 2016

Today on Current State: Emily Sutton-Smith and Tony Caselli of the Williamston Theatre discuss their new season; a visit to the Dabl's MBAD African Bead Museum in Detroit; and a look at MSU's football victory at Notre Dame with Current Sports host Al Martin. Our guest host today is Mickey Hirten of the Lansing City Pulse newspaper.


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 Eastlansinginfo.org 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.


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