Current State

Current State #844 | October 3, 2016

Oct 3, 2016

Today on Current State: We talk with Detroit News columnist Daniel Howes about how ride sharing and self-driving cars might affect Michigan's auto industry; MSU researcher Dr. David Wartinger explains how roller coasters might help kidney stone patients; Cookie Johnson tells us about her new book on life with her husband, basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson; and Current Sports host Al Martin covers weekend losses for the Spartans, Lions and Tigers.


Current State #843 | September 30, 2016

Sep 30, 2016

Today on Current State: Our Great Lakes Month in Review for September with journalist and commentator Gary Wilson; state archaeologist Dean Anderson tells us about Michigan Archaeology Day; and Live Music Friday with Zach Pohl.


Current State #842 | September 29, 2016

Sep 29, 2016

Today on Current State: WKAR's interim director of broadcasting and general manager Susi Elkins; NPR political reporter Don Gonyea; "Ash vs. Evil Dead" cast members Ted Raimi, Dana DeLorenzo, and Ray Santiago discuss the show's Michigan heritage; and a Pop-Up Story from Nancy DeJoy. Our guest host today is Scott Westerman of the MSU Alumni Association.


Current State #841 | September 28, 2016

Sep 28, 2016

Today on Current State: Jane White of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force and Michelle Rick of the Michigan Human Trafficking Commission preview an Ann Arbor conference; the Capitol Steps bring their political parody to Flint and Lansing; Saturday's re-opening of the East Lansing Public Library; and how MSU turns downed campus trees into furniture and artworks. Our guest host today is Kyle Melinn of the MIRS News Service.


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.


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