History

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While most visitors to the Fort Wilkins State Park are probably unaware of it, the park is actually of national historical significance for several reasons.

Lansing Labor Holiday photo
Courtesy photo / Ralph W. Lewis Collection, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

The city of Lansing is commemorating an important event in labor history this weekend. On June 7th, 1937, businesses and factories in the city were shut down by what has come to be known as the Lansing Labor Holiday.

Holocaust Escape Tunnel | NOVA

Apr 17, 2017
NOVA: archeologists in tunnel
Courtesy of WGBH / PBS

Wed. Apr. 19 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | NOVA follows archeologists working to unearth Vilna’s lost temple, recover its treasures, locate hidden graves, and learn the truth of both its heroes ... and its traitors.

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WKAR TV producer John J. Valadez is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced many nationally broadcast documentary films. He speaks with WKAR's Brooke Allen about the film "The Chicano Wave" and its inspiration.


Francine Hughes, the Dansville woman who killed her abusive ex-husband 40 years ago in what came to be known as the “Burning Bed” case, has passed away.

Arjen Greydanus photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

UPDATE: The former Francine Hughes has died in Alabama at the age of 69. See related story.

Forty years ago Thursday, Francine Hughes of Dansville entered the Ingham County Jail and confessed to setting her house on fire with her sleeping ex-husband inside. James “Mickey” Hughes had long abused the mother of three. Asleep in bed when the fire started, he died of smoke inhalation.


Jonathan Capehart photo
Courtesy photo

Speakers at Black History Month lectures are usually historians or historical figures. On Thursday, MSU’s “Slavery to Freedom” lecture series turns instead to a modern-day journalist.


Economist Lisa Cook shares insights on the historical impact of oppression on innovation, particularly on African American inventors.

Handgun in case
Courtesy / SSL Firearms

A Michigan company is auctioning  a handgun once owned by gangster Al Capone. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.


Don Colizzi photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

It's been 75 years since the Japanese surprise attack at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. One of those fallen sailors grew up in mid-Michigan, and his final act of selflessness earned him our nation's highest military honor. Current State's Kevin Lavery recalls the life of Francis Flaherty, U.S. Navy.


Henry Ford baseball photo
Courtesy photo / Lelands.com

A baseball signed by Henry Ford was discovered in a New Jersey couple’s attic. Along with Ford’s signature were signatures of some other Ford engineers and racing great Ralph DePalma. We speak with Josh Evans, the founder of Lelands.com, which is auctioning the ball on Friday.


Twelve Twenty-Five book cover image
MSU Press

Current State talks with author Kevin P. Keefe about his book on the Pere Marquette 1225 locomotive in Owosso.


Teacher, students reclaim abandoned MI cemetery

Oct 21, 2016
Cemetery class photo
Darrin Silvester

We talk with a high school teacher whose classes have been exploring an abandoned cemetery for more than a decade.


This week, the Motown Museum in Detroit announced a $50-million dollar expansion project. We talk with the museum’s Chairwoman and CEO, Robin Terry, about their exciting plans.


Caitlyn Dial photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

This week, the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame will induct a new class of honorees. We’ll talk with the Hall’s Caitlyn Dial about the class of 2016.


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