Current State

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."

Current State #731 | March 28, 2016

Mar 28, 2016

Today on Current State: Snyder administration spokesman Ari Adler talks about the Flint water crisis and Gov. Snyder's falling approval ratings; remembering Michigan-based author and poet Jim Harrison; Willow Run's conversion to a test site for driverless cars; and Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode leaves the state for a position at a newspaper in Nashville.

Current State #730 | March 25, 2016

Mar 25, 2016

Today on Current State: Tony Minghine of the Michigan Municipal League discusses state funding of local governments; a Pop-Up Story with Dave Dunckel; part two of our interview with actor Timothy Busfield; and Live Music Friday with Benny Bennack III.

Current State #729 | March 24, 2016

Mar 24, 2016

Today on Current State: Tonya Allen of the Skillman Foundation and MSU assistant professor Sarah Reckhow discuss the future of Detroit Public Schools; the Polish Easter art of Pysanky eggs; Charles Fishman, author of "The Big Thirst: The Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water"; and MSU's first tiny house.

Current State #728 | March 23, 2016

Mar 23, 2016

Today on Current State: Eric Lacy of the Lansing State Journal discusses Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero's State of the City address; East Lansing native Timothy Busfield talks about his acting career; Neighbors in Action: House of Promise; and Williamston High School's Project HANDL, an electronic device that helps people with autism open their lockers.

Current State #727 | March 22, 2016

Mar 22, 2016

Today on Current State: Lansing city council member Jody Washington updates the controversy over former city attorney Janene McIntyre's severance package; Michigan's best small town bracket competition; MSU vets test Flint pets for lead exposure; a Pop-Up story from our recent "change of heart" program; and singers from MSU and China perform together this week.

Current State #725 | March 18, 2016

Mar 18, 2016

Today on Current State: Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network reports on the congressional hearings into the Flint water crisis; Lansing City Council President Judi Brown Clarke discusses the departure of city attorney Janene McIntyre; a preview of this weekend's Maple Syrup Festival at the Fenner Nature Center; and our Live Music Friday guest is Stefanie Haapala.

Current State #724 | March 17, 2016

Mar 17, 2016

Today on Current State: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha of the Pediatric Public Health Initiative and MSU political science professor Joshua Sapotichne discuss the Flint water crisis; "Motown the Musical" star Jesse Nager; U.S. Taxpayers Party of Michigan chairman Bill Mohr talks about third party presidential campaigns; Scott Southard reviews the new Sebastian Faulks novel "Where My Heart Used to Beat"; and a preview of this weekend's Jackson Symphony Orchestra concert.

Current State #723 | March 16, 2016

Mar 16, 2016

Today on Current State: Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards Director Robert Sheehan discusses state funding issues; a new documentary remembers Detroit radio legend J.P. McCarthy; Rep. Sam Singh on pipeline safety legislation; and Neighbors in Action: Ronald McDonald House Mid-Michigan.

Current State #722 | March 15, 2016

Mar 15, 2016

Today on Current State: Lansing City Pulse reporter Todd Heywood discusses the criminal charges being faced by Ingham County Prosecutor Stuart Dunnings III; a preview of the Ann Arbor Film Festival; Lake Huron's shrinking Chinook salmon population; and William Anderson, author of "The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder.”

Current State #721 | March 14, 2016

Mar 14, 2016

Today on Current State: Ingham County Board of Commissioners chairperson Kara Hope and commissioner Teri Banas talk about the distribution of money collected from a taxpayer-approved parks millage; Hebron glass in East Lansing; how an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court ruling might affect legislative districts in Lansing; a Pop-Up Story from Haslett teacher Ben Pineda; and Current Sports host Al Martin discusses the MSU men's basketball team and the upcoming NCAA tournament.

Current State #720 | March 10, 2016

Mar 10, 2016

Today on Current State: Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News discusses the legal fees associated with Flint's water crisis; a preview of this weekend's Happendance program; the latest stem cell research at Michigan State University; part two of our conversation with MSU Athletic Director Mark Hollis; and a look at Saturday's Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra concert. Our guest host today is Kevin Lavery.

Current State #719 | March 9, 2016

Mar 9, 2016

Today on Current State: Inside Michigan Politics publisher Susan Demas helps us understand the Bernie Sanders win over Hillary Clinton in yesterday's Democratic primary and Donald Trump's success with Michigan Republicans; a talk with country music star Clint Black ahead of Friday's show in Battle Creek; Neighbors in Action: Small Talk; L.A. musician Brian Roth opens a music studio in Grand Ledge; and a farewell to the Radio Reader, Dick Estell. Scott Pohl is our guest host.

Current State #718 | March 8, 2016

Mar 8, 2016

Today on Current State: Michigan presidential primary history with Bill Ballenger of The Ballenger Report; the Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters sonnet competition;  Liz Kirkwood of For Love of Water discusses a permit that would allow crude oil through a pair of 98 year old pipelines below the St. Clair River; and Maria Taylor of Michigan History magazine on Michigan's first state primary election. Our guest host today is MIRS newsletter editor Kyle Melinn.

Current State #717 | March 7, 2016

Mar 7, 2016

Today on Current State: We talk with Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network and Nancy Kaffer of the Detroit News about the presidential debates in Michigan and tomorrow's primary elections; a new documentary film examines the history and humor of farts; Rep. Tom Barrett discusses the new non-profit he's formed with Sen. David Knezek to improve services for Michigan veterans; and Current Sports host Al Martin talks about the just-ended Big Ten women's basketball tournament and the men's tournament this week. Our guest host is WKAR's Scott Pohl.