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Little Rock Nine student on life at MSU and beyond

Mar 1, 2016
Ernest Green and Mark Bashore photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

We have part two of Current State's conversation with civil rights activist Ernest Green today.


Little Rock Nine student’s journey from Arkansas to EL

Feb 24, 2016
Ernest Green and Mark Bashore photo
April Van Buren / WKAR

In September of 1957, Ernest Green and eight other African American students stood outside the all white Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, their entrance blocked by a line of Arkansas National Guard Soldiers. The Little Rock Nine became symbols of the fight to integrate public schools in America. We talk to Ernest Green about what it was like to be a part of such a historic moment ahead of his lecture in East Lansing on Thursday.

Winter Comes to Michigan photo
Courtesy photo / Michigan Department of Transportation

A 1930’s era newsreel that nostalgically captures the work that went into keeping the state’s main roads free of snow more than seventy years ago has been rediscovered in a basement in the Upper Peninsula town of Newberry. We learn more about how popular it’s become from MDOT spokesman Dan Weingarten.


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Courtesy photo / Ben Hall

The Michigan Historical Center recently got a special donation: the manumission papers of Frank Demas, who likely bought his freedom from a slave owner in Kentucky before settling in Mason, were donated by his family. We hear from state archivist Mark Harvey and Ben Hall, a Lansing musician and descendant of Demas, about this rare piece of history.


In the second part of Scott Pohl’s conversation with Mahtob Mahmoody, author of “My Name is Mahtob”, she describes forgiving her father for holding her and her mother captive in Iran when she was a child. 

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Courtesy photo / Vince Dudzinski

February is Black History month, and the Capital Area District Libraries have some interesting and enlightening events planned to celebrate. We speak with Jolee Hamlin, associate director of public service, and professor Roy Finkenbine, a guest speaker at one of the events.


Mahtob Mahmoody photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

In “Not Without My Daughter,” Betty Mahmoody told the story of how her then-husband took her and her daughter from their Michigan home to Iran and held them captive, and how they escaped to return to the U.S. 

boy in museum
Courtesy of Sloan Museum

Current State's Scott Pohl talks with Todd Slisher, executive director at Flint's Sloan Museum, about their new exhibit exploring the history of the city's water system.

Gilmore Car Museum photo
Gilmore Car Museum / flickr creative commons

The newest car models are arriving at the Detroit Auto Show, but the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners always has the classics on display. Gilmore Marketing director Jay Hollis talks with Current State's Peter Whorf about vintage autos and Michigan’s early dealerships.


A three-part history of Michigan State University has been completed with the publication of a new book from the MSU Press. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Douglas A. Noverr, author of “Michigan State University: The Rise of a Research University and the New Millennium.”


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.


The Civil War battle at Antietam has been described as “America’s Bloodiest Day.” Authors Jack Dempsey and Brian James Egen have written the story of the role played by soldiers and civilians from our state in “Michigan at Antietam.”


Back in the days of hippie clashes with police over the war in Vietnam, the two sides met on the gridiron in games that were dubbed the Bull Bowl. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with two men who played in the Pigs vs. the Freaks football games.


A new book from Pulitzer Prize winner David Maraniss explores all that was right with Detroit in 1963. It’s called “Once a Great City.” He talks with Current State’s Scott Pohl.


Clem Sohn photo
San Diego Air and Space Museum Archive / flickr creative commons

We look again to Michigan’s past for more stories of pioneers in the field of aviation. This time we find Clem Sohn, also known as “Michigan’s Batman.” Current State talks with Sandra Clark, director of the Michigan Historical Museum, where Sohn’s outfit is currently on display.


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