politics and government

Craig DeRoche photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

At 34, Republican Craig DeRoche was the youngest Michigan Speaker of the House. During that time as House Speaker, he fought an alcohol addiction which forced him out of politics. Current State speaks with Deroche about his book “Highly Functional: A Collision of Addiction, Justice and Grace.”

Brian Calley photo with Mark Bashore
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Current State talks with Lt. Gov. Brian Calley about opioids and mental health reforms.

Tom Cochran photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

As the nation marks 15 years since the September 11 tragedy, we talk with former Lansing fire chief and current state Representative Tom Cochran about how those events affected local first responders in mid-Michigan.

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.

Rick Pluta, Kathleen Gray and Mark Bashore photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Current State talks with state capitol reporters Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network and Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press about the legislature's return to Lansing.

Phil Pavlov and Rick Jones photo
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We talk with Senate Republicans  Rick Jones and Phil Pavlov about the priorities for this legislative term.

Nayyirah Shariff, Sam Inglot and Mark Bashore photo.
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We speak with representatives from the groups Flint Rising and Progress Michigan. both are calling for Department of Environmental Quality director nominee Heidi Grether to be rejected by the legislature.

Tim Greimel and Sam Singh
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

We talk with House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel and House Democratic Floor Leader Sam Singh about their priorities this legislative session.

Matt Grossman photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

The race for the White House ran through Detroit over the Labor Day weekend. GOP hopeful Donald Trump spoke at an African American church on Saturday, and former president Bill Clinton stumped for Hillary at the Labor Day Parade Monday. We talk with MSU political scientist Matt Grossman.

WKAR File Photo

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.

Jennifer Granholm photo
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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.

East Lansing city hall photo
WKAR Photo

The internet has triggered profound changes in print journalism. Sometimes, local grassroots journalists step in to help communities stay informed. We talk to two “citizen journalists” from the Lansing area about why they do what they do and the influence they think they have.

school buses photo
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The fate of a number of low-performing Lansing schools is uncertain as the district awaits clarification about test scores from Michigan’s School Reform Office. We hear the thoughts of Lansing School Board President Peter Spadafore and state Rep. Andy Schor.

Senator Debbie Stabenow
April Van Buren / WKAR

Current State talks with Sen. Debbie Stabenow about presidential politics.

Scott Hagerstrom photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Donald Trump is coming to Lansing to speak today. We speak with Trump's Michigan presidential campaign manager, Scott Hagerstrom.