Current State

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. 

Current State #743 | April 13, 2016

Apr 13, 2016

Today on Current State: Consumers Energy Vice President Garrick Rochow discusses MSU's coversion from coal to natural gas at the Simon Power Plant; Neighbors in Action: Ele's Place; and today's "Faces of Flint" segment visits the city's Hispanic Technology and Community Center.

Current State #742 | April 12, 2016

Apr 12, 2016

Today on Current State: "Faces of Flint" visits a family trying to improve the public perception of the city in the aftermath of the water crisis; a look at the Wharton Center schedule for 2016-17; and a Pop-Up Story from WKAR's Al Martin.

Today on Current State: We begin our Faces of Flint series with rapper Mama Sol; physicist Brian Greene ahead of his MSU Science Festival keynote speech; oak wilt's effect on Michigan trees; and Current Sports host Al Martin on MSU spring football.

Today on Current State: a GVSU professor speaks on globalization; dark skies mean clear stargazing; hiring former inmates into the workforce and jazz guitarist Randy Napoleon.

Today on Current State: the Michigan Environmental Council's James Clift on Enbridge Line 5; the Durufle Requiem; MSU carves out national landscaping title; a review of "My Name is Lucy Barton," by Elizabeth Strout and the 150th anniversary of the Grand Army of the Republic.

Today on Current State: Michigan's economy impacts voter allegiance; an exhibit in Lansing highlights the education of Helen Keller; Gateway Youth Services and the A2SO performs Holst's "The Planets."

Today on Current State: the Detroit News' Nolan Finley on the fractured state of the GOP; helping trauma survivors through fashion; U-M study studies risks of oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac and the carillon at MSU's Beaumont Tower.

Today on Current State: an MSU study on soil-based lead in Flint; the Capital City Film Festival; brownfield redevelopment in mid-Michigan and MSU coach Tom Izzo makes the Hall of Fame.

Current State #735 | April 1, 2016

Apr 1, 2016

Today on Current State: State Sen. Goeff Hansen discusses legislation aimed at helping Detroit Public Schools; Lansing artist Julian Van Dyke; Ingham County Prosecutor candidate Billie Jo O'Berry; and Live Music Friday with Peter Harper of Harper and Midwest Kind, with Will Rideout.

Current State #734 | March 31, 2016

Mar 31, 2016

Today on Current State: We talk with Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press and Zach Gorchow of Gongwer News for our April Month in Review; the 10th annual FestiFools in Ann Arbor this weekend; the East Lansing Sobriety Court; and a look ahead at the upcoming "Cello Plus" concerts.

Current State #733 | March 30, 2016

Mar 30, 2016

Today on Current State: The debate over LGBTQ guidelines for Michigan schools; MSU basketball legend Kelvin Torbert's new children's book; Neighbors in Action: Girls on the Run; and a preview of Ron Newman's Friday night jazz concert.

Current State #732 | March 29, 2016

Mar 29, 2016

Today on Current State: Michigan State University's work in Cuba; gardening with native plants; Gary Wilson discusses the Flint task force report on Great Lakes Month in Review; and the Riverwalk Theatre production of "Wait Until Dark."