Current State

Current State #441 | December 16, 2014

Dec 16, 2014

Today on Current State: Remembering TV newsman Bill Bonds; a look ahead to next year's contract talks between the United Auto Workers union and the domestic carmakers; a new project connects watersheds with green infrastructure; and a Profiles conversation with Lansing Symphony Orchestra maestro Timothy Muffitt.

Current State #440 | December 15, 2014

Dec 15, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan's vaccination rates; charity fraud; the "Women of Vision" exhibition at the Cranbrook Institute of Science; and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's "Symphony in D" project.

Current State #439 | December 12, 2014

Dec 12, 2014

Today on Current State: State Representative Sam Singh and Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network on the lame duck legislative session; Oakland Press sportswriter Paula Pasche on her Detroit Lions history book; the environmental impact of the food we eat; and Live Music Friday with John Dale Smith.

Current State #438 | December 11, 2014

Dec 11, 2014

Today on Current State: The Michigan Department of Transportation's draft of a five-year transportation plan; the local music scene with Anne Erickson of the Lansing State Journal; a proposal to bar local communities from negotiating with developers over wages; and the South American psychotropic drug ayahuasca.

Current State #437 | December 10, 2014

Dec 10, 2014

Today on Current State: Police-community relations in Lansing; the New York Philharmonic's new residency partnership with the University Musical Society in Ann Arbor; and our Neighbors in Action segment this week is with the Capital Area Down Syndrome Association.

The selection of newspaper columnist George Will to speak to MSU graduates this weekend is drawing the ire of students angered by his position on campus sexual assaults.

Current State #436 | December 9, 2014

Dec 9, 2014

Today on Current State: A charter school advocate responds to a report critical of Michigan charter school authorizers; the U.S. Supreme Court considers a challenge to rules on mercury emissions; and the opera "William Tell" comes to Ann Arbor.

Current State #435 | December 8, 2014

Dec 8, 2014

Today on Current State: An update on federal oversight of Michigan's child welfare system; retailers in Michigan seek sales tax fairness; and a preview of tonight's Arts Chorale of Greater Lansing concert.

Current State #434 | December 5, 2014

Dec 5, 2014

Today on Current State: Ingham County experiments with police body cameras; snowboarding's Michigan history; the reliability of energy resources in rural Michigan; and Live Music Friday with Lansing-based saxophonist Phil Denny.

Current State #433 | December 4, 2014

Dec 4, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan Supreme Court Justice-elect Richard Bernstein; placing Lansing's homeless in permanent housing; a Michigan teacher working to preserve indigenous language; a preview of this weekend's "Home for the Holidays" concert; and a book reviewer of "We Are Not Ourselves" by Matthew Thomas.

Current State #432 | December 3, 2014

Dec 3, 2014

Today on Current State: State lawmakers consider road funding and LGBT rights during the lame duck session; cataloging plant life at the MSU Herbarium; MSU research into better stroke outcomes; and Neighbors in Action: Tori Saves Christmas.

Current State #431 | December 2, 2014

Dec 2, 2014

Today on Current State: A post-election poll is topped by jobs and roads; new Lansing Board of Water and Light emergency operations manager Trent Atkins looks to the winter ahead; an exhibition at the Michigan Historical Center examines post-Civil War commerce; the emerald ash borer attacks a new species of tree; and how climate change might affect Michigan shorelines.

Current State #430 | December 1, 2014

Dec 1, 2014

Today on Current State: A family from Guatemala hopes to stay in East Lansing amid immigration confusion; World AIDS Day; changing diets in urban Africa; and MSU football looks ahead to the bowl game season.

Current State #429 | November 26, 2014

Nov 26, 2014

Today on Current State: Our November Month in Review; Neighbors in Action: the MSU Student Food Bank; and a cranberry glaze recipe for your Thanksgiving turkey.

Current State #428 | November 24, 2014

Nov 24, 2014

Today on Current State: MSU's national championship women's cross country team; doctors and drug companies; Great Lakes Month in Review; the Williamston Theatre's 50th show; and WKAR says farewell to music host Mark Schwitzgoebel.

Current State #427 | November 21, 2014

Nov 21, 2014

Today on Current State: State Representative-elect Tom Barrett; tonight's concert with the MSU Symphony Orchestra and the MSU Jazz Orchestra I; church services in a bar; and Live Music Friday with Melissa Greener.

Current State #426 | November 20, 2014

Nov 20, 2014

Today on Current State: Closing Michigan's manufacturing skills gap; Cadillac unveils a new Lansing-built model in LA; Stevie Wonder performs "Songs in the Key of Life"; expanding services to at-risk children; and amateur rocketeers plan to launch a port-a-potty. 

Current State #425 | November 19, 2014

Nov 19, 2014

Today on Current State: Republican Arlan Meekhof, who will become Senate Majority Leader in January; the MSU Opera presents "Cosi Fan Tutte"; Neighbors in Action: New World Flood; and an MSU screening of the documentary "A River Changes Its Course".

Current State #424 | November 18, 2014

Nov 18, 2014

Today on Current State: The Affordable Care Act enrollment period begins; Lansing's Tech Bus; killer shrimp; and the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy.

Current State #423 | November 17, 2014

Nov 17, 2014

Today on Current State: A proposal to leave transgender people out of Michigan's  Elliot-Larsen anti-discrimination law; an update on our "Moviemaking in Michigan" project; a deer hunting season look at helping private land owners plan for habitat care; and sportswriter Joe Rexrode on MSU's football victory over Maryland.

Current State #422 | November 14, 2014

Nov 14, 2014

Today on Current State: Human trafficking in Michigan; the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra accompanies the film "Singin' in the Rain"; Canadian First Peoples and clean energy; and Live Music Friday with singer-songwriter Cris Williamson.

Current State #421 | November 13, 2014

Nov 13, 2014

Today on Current State: Criminalizing homelessness; the Turner-Dodge House reopens; Graham E. Fuller on his new book, "Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East"; and book reviewer Scott D. Southard considers Gregory Maguire's "Egg and Spoon".

Current State #420 | November 12, 2014

Nov 12, 2014

Today on Current State: The Knapp's Centre reopens; East Africans facing unwarranted Ebola profiling; Neighbors in Action: Youth Service Corps; how the media impact perceptions of climate change; and the demolition of a burned-out house in Flint.

Today on Current State: state Senator-elect Curtis Hertel Jr.; actor Julian Sands; EPA jurisdiction over the Clean Water Act; and a veterans history project story for Veterans Day.

Current State #418 | November 10, 2014

Nov 10, 2014

Today on Current State: changes at the Lansing State Journal; a profile of Karl Gude of the MSU School of Journalism; a study of organisms that live on dead bodies; and a recap of the MSU football loss to Ohio State.

Current State #417 | November 7, 2014

Nov 7, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan's ban on same-sax marriage is upheld; surfing the Great Lakes; STEM certification; and the November concert scene.

Current State #416 | November 6, 2014

Nov 6, 2014

Today on Current State: Congressman-elect Mike Bishop; the Episcopal Church's stance on gun control; how Facebook impacts people emotionally; Lansing Symphony Jazz Band director Ron Newman; and Lansing Community College actor Michael Boxleitner.

Current State #415 | November 5, 2014

Nov 5, 2014

Today on Current State: A recap of Tuesday's election results; violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg; Neighbors in Action with the bicycle repair operation Kids Repair Program; and Charlotte's new Andromeda Community Theatre.

Current State #414 | November 4, 2014

Nov 4, 2014

Today on Current State: The Lansing Board of Water and Light appoints an Emergency Operations Manager; Michigan's water infrastructure; passenger rail service from Detroit to Chicago; and the Republican party's history in Jackson.

Current State #413 | November 3, 2014

Nov 3, 2014

Today on Current State: Reaction to the recent viral video about street harassment of women; our new Desert Island Download segment; the mechanics of running an election; part two of our trip to the Michigan Historical Center's "Conceived in Liberty" exhibition; and a visit to a Michigan soybean farm at harvest time.