History

Gary Randall photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

For close to 40 years, Gary Randall has worked in the state capitol, either a State Representative or the Clerk of the Michigan House. We talk with Randall about what he’s seen and what he’s learned from his many years an the capitol.


Detroit River channel photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Detroit has a rich shipbuilding heritage. For our final stop at Detroit historical sites for this summer, we talk with Jack Dempsey at Milliken State Park along the Detroit River.


UD Mercy clock tower photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The University of Detroit Mercy campus is Scott Pohl’s next stop of historic Detroit sites with Jack Dempsey of the Michigan Historical Society. They visit a memorial to those who died serving their country during World War I.


Historic baseball photo
Peter Whorf / WKAR

Current State’s summer travel series continues today. WKAR’s Peter Whorf takes us to Dearborn for some living history.


The knife, the ax, the compass and the matchbox. Yooper Webster Marble said that’s all you need to go deep into the woods. A new Lansing exhibit “Inventing the Outdoors” takes us on a classic Michigan experience.


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Current State's Peter Whorf speaks with Dr. Charles Hyde, former Wayne State University professor and author of the 2014 book, "Images from the Arsenal of Democracy."


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Michigan Secretary of State

"Jackson Prison Industries" is the title of a new article by Jackson writer and historian Brad Flory. We talk with Flory about the history of free prison labor in our state.


Claude Shannon photo
Tekniska museet / flickr creative commons

Claude Shannon was a mid-20th century professor at the University of Michigan and MIT, and was one of the fathers of today’s digital age. Current State's Peter Whorf brings us the story from a recent Michigan History Magazine profile.

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A section of Woodward Avenue in Detroit marks America's first mile of concrete road.

Civil War battle flag photo
Courtesy photo / Dave Downing

Michigan will mark the return of Civil War volunteers and battle flags to Michigan with events at the state capitol on Saturday. Current State's Scott Pohl looks at the history behind those battle flags with Dave Downing of Save the Flags.


Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum photo
Peter Whorf / WKAR

Current State’s Peter Whorf visits the newly renovated Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum and takes us along for a tour.


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Merze Tate was the first African-American graduate of Western Michigan Teachers College and the first African-American woman to attend the University of Oxford. We speak with  Sonya Bernard Hollins, one of today’s leading experts on the life of Merze Tate.


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It’s the peak of home buying and selling season, and we’ll look back on historic Michigan homes that were to take a leap foward. Current State takes us to Western Michigan’s Usonian community.

Civil War artifacts photo
Courtesy photo / MSU Museum

WKAR-TV presents an overview of Ken Burns' iconic "Civil War" series tomorrow night. Current State brings you stories of Michigan in the Civil War.


The credit given to Henry Ford for inventing the automobile and the assembly line is somewhat exaggerated, according to the author of a new book called “Drive! Henry Ford, George Selden and the Race to invent the Auto Age.” We talk with Lawrence Goldstone about his book.


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