Current State

Current State #783 | June 16, 2016

Jun 16, 2016

Today on Current State: Ann Arbor Google employee Jimmy Ramirez discusses his hopes of covering the Democratic National Convention for Fuse TV; the Lansing Bike Party; Refugee Awareness Week in Lansing; and a preview of summer classical music festivals around the state.

Current State #782 | June 15, 2016

Jun 15, 2016

Today on Current State: a report finds thousands of eligible Michigan children are not accessing summer meal programs; the National Cherry Festival in Traverse City; the Lansing Area AIDS Network and a huge metal bird lands on the MSU campus.

Current State #781 | June 14, 2016

Jun 14, 2016

Today on Current State: Remembering long-time MSU hockey coach and athletics director Ron Mason; the usonian homes of Kalamazoo County; protecting Michigan's moose population; and the Lansing Art Gallery's new Pop Up Art installation.

Current State #780 | June 13, 2016

Jun 13, 2016

Today on Current State: Lead remediation efforts in Michigan; a wacky summer reading promotional video from the library in Livonia gets national attention; East Lansing City Manager George Lahanas and Eric Scorsone of the city's Financial Health Review team; and Current Sports host Al Martin discusses the recent deaths of sports icons Muhammad Ali and Gordie Howe and today's news that legendary MSU hockey coach Ron Mason has died.

Today on Current State: Peter McAvoy of the Compact Implementation Coalition discusses his opposition to Waukesha, Wisconsin's plan to divert water from Lake Michigan; Paint Nite in Lansing; and Live Music Friday with Wally Pleasant.

Current State #778 | June 9, 2016

Jun 9, 2016

Today on Current State: Ingham County Prosecutor candidate Carol Siemon; 150 years of Vernor's in Michigan; MSU's new supercomputer; and the Strike Percussion Ensemble of Caledonia.

Pop-Up Stories: Putting Down Roots

Jun 8, 2016
Pop-Up Stories
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Wed. Jun. 29 at 5:30pm at the Allen Market Place |  Have you ever picked up and moved to make a home in a new place? Or stayed put because you’ve felt a sense of belonging? 

Current State #777 | June 8, 2016

Jun 8, 2016

Today on Current State: MI Legalize chairman Jeff Hank discusses the Bureau of Elections ruling keeping a proposal to legalize marijuana in Michigan off the ballot; Michigan author Doc Fletcher's book connecting kayaking and midwest baseball; Neighbors in Action: Helping Hands Respite Care; and MSU music professor Richard Sherman's new CD.

Current State #776 | June 7, 2016

Jun 7, 2016

Today on Current State: State Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. discusses his legislation to prevent registered sex offenders from counseling assault victims or children; Michigan in the Civil War; defending the effort to divert Lake Michigan water for use in the city of Waukesha, Wisconsin; and Shakespeare in the Arb in Ann Arbor.

Current State #775 | June 6, 2016

Jun 6, 2016

Today on Current State: State Sen. Tom Leonard discusses the plan to rescue public schools in Detroit; a Turner-Dodge House program will show works of art made out of books; using sound to assess the health of the environment; and Michigan remembers Muhammad Ali.

Current State #774 | June 3, 2016

Jun 3, 2016

Today on Current State: Foes of CATA's Bus Rapid Transit plan express concerns about traffic; a college prep program for disadvantaged students in East Lansing graduates its first class; and Live Music Friday with The Appleseed Collective.

Current State #773 | June 2, 2016

Jun 2, 2016

Today on Current State: We talk with Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network from the Mackinac Policy Conference; futurist Brian David Johnson; Ingham County Register of Deeds Derrick Quinney; a Pop-Up Story on the theme of "The Birds and the Bees" by Dedria Humphries Barker; and a preview of this weekend's Midwest Banjo Camp in Olivet.

Current State #772 | June 1, 2016

Jun 1, 2016

Today on Current State: Deb Alexander of CATA discusses the proposed Bus Rapid Transit line from downtown Lansing to Meridian Township; Lawrence Goldstone, author of “Drive! Henry Ford, George Selden and the Race to invent the Auto Age"; Neighbors in Action: Cristo Rey; a visit to the Clare Welcome Center; and Lansing's Go Green Trikes delivery service.

Current State #771 | May 31, 2016

May 31, 2016

Today on Current State: Our Month in Review for May, with Bill Ballenger of The Ballenger Report and Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News; Ann Arbor writer Roger LeLeivre recalls his time as a cargo ship porter on the Great Lakes in 1973; the Great Lakes Month in Review with Gary Wilson; and "RENT" comes to Lansing's Riverwalk Theatre.

Current State #770 | May 26, 2016

May 26, 2016

Today on Current State: East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows; incoming Broad Art Museum director Marc-Olivier Wahler; retaining young talent in Lansing; and food products made with insects.