Detroit

Throughout the year, MSU’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities brings in speakers and artists from around the country for their Wednesday Night Live series. This week they welcomed filmmaker Erik Proulx, who screened his short film "Lemonade: Detroit." His latest film “365 Days: A year in Happy Valley”  re-examines  the Penn State scandal and looks at how the community coping.

Detroit's officially bankrupt, what's next?

Dec 4, 2013
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Yesterday, after months of speculation, the most pressing question hanging over the city of Detroit was answered.  Following nine days of hearings, Federal Judge Stephen Rhodes declared that the beleaguered city is indeed eligible for Chapter Nine bankruptcy protection.

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For three hours yesterday, attorneys representing influential Michigan labor unions and others had a chance to question Gov. Rick Snyder under oath about events leading up to his July decision to authorize bankruptcy for the city of Detroit.

Current State #169 | October 1, 2013

Oct 1, 2013

Today on Current State: health care exchanges open for business; climate change and water adaptation; Michigan food hubs; and the troubled life of Motown's first star, Mary Wells.

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In the early 1960’s, Mary Wells was the "Queen of Motown." But her life was not always so glamorous. She grew up in Detroit,  in the Black Bottom and Cass Corridor neighborhoods, yet she was determined to find a way into the music industry.

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Exporting is big business in Michigan, and no country is more crucial than our neighbor to the north: Canada.

Architect-futurist: Think locally, act locally

Sep 17, 2013
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For more than 30-years, Andrés Duany has sought to end suburban sprawl and urban disinvestment, both in American cities and around the world.

Current State #155 | September 10, 2013

Sep 10, 2013

Today on Current State: MSU Board of Trustee candidate Melanie Foster on professor scandal; our "Detroit Water Renaissance" series continues with a look at the walleye industry; a Great Lakes Week 2013 update; the impact of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie.

Current State #152 | September 5, 2013

Sep 5, 2013

Today on Current State: campaign helps Michigan residents understand Affordable Care Act; Detroit princess of 1800's; Michigan LGBT laws; and new exhibits at the Broad Art Museum.

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Actress Grace Kelly was not the first American princess. In the late 19th century, young American heiresses exchanged their wealth for titles, marrying into the European elite. One such heiress was Clara Ward, who was born in Detroit in 1873. She married a Belgian Prince, becoming Princesse de Caraman-Chimay, but Clara’s story is no traditional fairy tale.

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Water attracted early settlers to Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.

Today we continue to explore Detroit’s waterfront in our series "Detroit Water Renaissance."

Last week we looked at the unearthing of Detroit streams. For the second segment, reporter Lewis Wallace examines efforts to re-engineer the Detroit River’s concrete shoreline.

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Water attracted the early settlers of Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.

Join us over these next five weeks, as our regular Tuesday Knight segment will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with Detroit’s waterfront through our series "Detroit's Water Renaissance."

Our first story goes back to the days before industrialization, when the city of Detroit was a maze of fresh waterways.

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This summer a coalition of Detroit based organization released the Detroit Environmental Agenda. The two-year project addresses improving quality of life through improving the environment. Guy Williams, President of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice joins Current State to discuss the report his organization helped compile. 

Remembering WJR legend J.P. McCarthy

Aug 16, 2013
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Eighteen years ago this morning brought the sad news of the death of beloved Detroit radio personality J.P. McCarthy. McCarthy ruled the morning radio airwaves at WJR for 30 years. Current State contributor Russ White worked with McCarthy for the last five years of J.P.'s life and has this remembrance of the great voice of the Great Lakes.

Rock 'N' Roll in 'America's Loudest City'

Jul 30, 2013
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Motown is what most people connect with Detroit's music scene, but the Motor City has also been the birthplace of some of the most influential American rockers.

"Detroit Rock City," the latest book by local author Steve Miller, chronicles the city's rock scene through interviews with some of its most legendary rock musicians, such as Iggy Pop, Bob Seger and Jack White. Miller and Current State's Scott Pohl discuss the deep tracks of Detroit's rockin' legacy. 

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