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In a new documentary film, Bridge Magazine traverses Michigan to examine our political differences and what it might take to bring us together. “Michigan Divided” will have its premiere on Wednesday at a public conference on the MSU campus.


Current State for January 13-14, 2018

Jan 13, 2018

On this edition of Current State: A round-up of this week in Michigan politics; A trip to Potter Park Zoo; A new exhibit opening at the Broad Art Museum highlights the works of Andy Warhol; Discussing self-identity and discrimination with Latinx Michigan State University students, and more.

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Michael Lynn III and Matthew Abdullah joined Al Martin on "Current Sports" to talk about why they decided to transfer after the racial tension at Lansing Catholic. 


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Michigan State University graduate, now SportsCenter host on ESPN, Jemele Hill, made national headlines earlier this week when she called President Donald Trump a white supremacist via Twitter. ESPN issued a statement noting that Hill's comments do not represent the company and that they had addressed it with Hill. This morning on Twitter President Trump said ESPN "is paying a really big price for its politics (and bad programming). People are dumping it in RECORD numbers. Apologize for untruth."


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A local official in northern Michigan refuses to apologize for sharing Facebook posts calling for the killing of “every last Muslim” and for nuclear weapons to be used on the world’s 10-largest Muslim-majority cities.

Lena Epstein
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Republican businesswoman Lena Epstein announced Monday she will run for U.S. Senate in 2018, saying Michigan is ready for another outsider with business experience after its voters favored Donald Trump in the presidential election.

DeVos vote polarizes Michigan education advocates

Feb 6, 2017
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After narrowly making it out of a US Senate committee, the confirmation of U.S. Secretary of Education nominee Betsy DeVos is scheduled for a full Senate vote early this week.

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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and his cohort in Pittsburgh are in the steel city convening a new Manufacturing Task Force designed to spur job growth in advanced manufacturing. We ask the Mayor what’s involved and if he thinks Donald Trump wants to make manufacturing great again.


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The first presidential debate was last night. Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network and Emily Lawler of MLive discuss the first face-to-face meeting between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.


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A Presidential candidate visited Lansing in August. Current State looks back at the impact of the Trump visit on our Month in Review segment, and anticipate his Detroit appearance this weekend, with capitol reporters Tim Skubick and Emily Lawler.

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We talk with former Gov. Jennifer Granholm about the 2016 presidential election. She’s serving on Hillary Clinton’s transition team.


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The Republican party has nominated Donald Trump for president and Mike Pence for vice president. Current State talks with a Michigan delegate at the GOP convention in Cleveland, state Sen. Joe Hune.

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Jimmy Ramirez is a Google employee competing to become an embedded reporter at the Democratic National Convention. We discuss what stories he’ll be looking for if he wins.


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For our May Month in Review segment, we revisit what's happened and what’s ahead at the state capitol with Jonathan Oosting of the Detroit News and Bill Ballenger of The Ballenger Report.


In part two of our conversation with author and critic Touré, the discussion centers on the Black Lives Matter movement and presidential politics.


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