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Claressa Shields Returns to Flint

Sep 7, 2016
WKAR

Flint's favorite daughter, Claressa Shields, returned from Rio de Janeiro to her hometown in late August after becoming the first American boxer (male or female) to win back-to-back gold medals at the Olympic Games. 

FIA Theater photo
Courtesy photo / Flint Institute of Arts

The Flint Institute of Arts is kicking off its 2016-2017 Friends of Modern Art Film series. We find out more about the series and get a preview of some of the selected films with associate curator of film Ed Bradley.


Current Sports | 8/24/16 | #770

Aug 24, 2016
Claressa Shields photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Claressa Shields, Women's Boxing, Erik "Doc" Love, High School Football Opening Day, Detroit Tigers, and Cassius Peat.


Claressa Shields photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

In 2012, Flint native Claressa Shields became the first U.S. female Olympic boxing gold medalist. Now, after winning her second goal medal in Rio, Shields is back home. Current State’s Kevin Lavery was there.


T-Rex Inspires Flint Residents

Aug 18, 2016
T-Rex
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Earlier this month, Flint residents experienced T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold in the place where it all began, Flint, Michigan.

Rodney Lontine photo
Courtesy photo / Flint Institute of Music

The Flint Institute of Music has a new CEO. We speak with Rodney Lontine about his plans for the venerated institution, as well as the Flint Symphony.


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Courtesy photo / City of Flint

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver addressed the city’s challenges and opportunities in her first State of the City address on Thursday. We get her thoughts on the city’s future.

WKAR Advanced Screening of "T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold"

Aug 2, 2016
WKAR

Indie Lens Pop-Up, presented by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), Independent Lens, and WKAR offered an advance screening of T-Rex: Her Fight for Gold, a film by filmmakers Drea Cooper, Zackary Canepari and Sue Jaye Johnson. The film is the coming-of-age story of boxing phenom Claressa Shields. The boxing star from Flint, Michigan, was just 17 years old when she won Olympic gold at the London games in 2012.

Current Sports | 8/2/16 | #754

Aug 2, 2016
Independent Lens / WKAR-MSU

MLB Trade Deadline, Detroit Tigers, T-Rex Documentary, Bryant Nolden, Jason Crutchfield, Claressa Shields, and Tickled Tuesday.


A new book might be a pick-me-up for the people of Flint. It’s called “Happy Anyway: A Flint Anthology.” We talk with editor Scott Atkinson.


Current Sports | 7/26/16 | #749

Jul 26, 2016

Big Ten Media Day, Athletes and Activism, Michael Jordan, Jeff Grayer, Seth Kinker, Michigan Football, and Denzel Valentine.


Erin Caudell photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The food truck phenomenon in America is often seen as a novelty, literally a vehicle to offer specialty cuisine or as a mobile culinary classroom, but a new truck getting ready to roll in Flint is at the heart of a much more basic mission. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on the impending debut of “Flint Fresh.”


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Professor Marc Edwards has become renowned as the leader of the Flint Water Team, the nearly 40 member group of civil engineering students and staff from Virginia Tech University.

WKAR File Photo

Current State’s Month in Review takes a look back at June’s top stories with Gongwer News’ John Lindstrom and MIRS News’ Kyle Melinn.  Topics include more Flint charges and rebuttals and the Detroit Public School’s financial package.


City of Flint water tower
Ben Gordon / flickr creative commons

Michigan has launched civil suits seeking millions of dollars from two engineering companies it says made the Flint water crisis worse. Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News joins Current State host Mark Bashore to talk with Michigan Special Assistant Attorney General Noah Hall about the charges.


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