Today on Current State: Sen. Gary Peters talks about criminal justice, student debt and President Obama's Pacific Trade measure; Meridian Township starts a youth cricket league; a Public Poetry Announcement with a work written by Anacreon; the executive director of the new Michigan Agency for Energy, Valerie Brader; Scott D. Southard reviews "Above Us Only Sky" by Michele Young-Stone; and Chateau Grand Traverse partners wines with Michigan parks.
Today on Current State: Rep. Sam Singh on efforts to craft a new plan to repair Michigan roads; MSU football legend Gene Washington is the subject of his daughter's documentary in production; the shrinking alewife population in the Great Lakes; Two Men and a Truck founder Mary Ellen Sheets tells her story to Startup Grind Lansing; and 85-year-old Domingo Berlanga of Flint, this week's subject in MSU's MSU’s Living History Project.
On May 18, 1927, disgruntled school board member Andrew Kehoe detonated 500 lbs. of explosives in the Bath Consolidated School in Bath Township. The blast killed 45 people and injured 58. It remains the deadliest act of school violence in U.S. history.
Decades before the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newtown, CT, the deadliest act of school violence in U.S. history took place in mid-Michigan.
On May 18, 1927, a disgruntled school board member, Andrew Kehoe, detonated 500 lbs. of explosives he'd hidden in one wing of the Bath Consolidated School in Bath Township. The blast killed 45 people and injured 58. Kehoe had also stored another 500 lbs. of dynamite in the school's other wing, which failed to explode. Kehoe later killed himself and four other people in a truck bomb explosion outside the school.
Kirk Heinze and his guests talk about the challenges and opportunities facing a recycling initiative in Michigan that's gaining momentum across the state with this Greening of the Great Lakesbroadcast from the Michigan Recycling Coalition's annual conference.
Today on Current State: State Sen. Mike Shirkey discusses Senate passage of a measure repealing the state's prevailing wage law with Mike Stobak of Barton-Malow; the rebuilding of Fort Holmes on Mackinac Island; Sister Cyril Mooney on the Loreto School of Calcutta; and Live Music Friday with Ben Fuhrman.
The Minnesota Orchestra is leaving today for Cuba where they will perform two historic concerts on May 15 and 16. WKAR 90.5 Classical with Classical Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media are thrilled to bring these performances to you live from the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba! These are the first performances and broadcasts of an American orchestra from Cuba since President Obama moved to normalize relations in December 2014.
Today on Current State: Saul Anuzis signs on to run the Michigan presidential campaign of Sen. Ted Cruz; rebuilding Ionia County's iconic Whites Bridge; Neighbors in Action: YMCA of Lansing; and Kalamazoo's usonian homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Today on Current State: Lansing city council member Carol Wood on passage of Mayor Virg Bernero's budget proposal; MSU's Living History Project with 90-year-old Katherine Sattler; analyst Skip Pruss on the debate over regulating electricity in Michigan; a preview of the last concert of the LSO season; and the Peppermint Creek Theatre Company is planning a fall program featuring Michigan veterans.
90.5 Classical is very pleased to announce live broadcasts of Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra for the 2015/16 season. The A2SO's Main Stage events will kick off in September with an all-Beethoven program featuring pianist Garrick Ohlsson with Beethoven's Piano Concerto #3 and the "Choral Fantasy" along with the UMS Choral Union. As in past seasons, live WKAR/A2SO broadcasts will feature Saturday night performances from the Michigan Theatre and Hill Auditorium, with an encore broadcast the following Saturday at noon on 90.5 Classical
Today on Current State: East Lansing city councilmember Ruth Beier says the city should shift attention towards neighborhoods; MLive meteorologist Mark Torregrossa discusses mirages on the Great Lakes; filmmaker Eric Gladen brings his documentary "Trace Amounts" to East Lansing; and tech guru and PBS host David Pogue talks about Apple watches and other gadgets.
Today on Current State: A Traverse City company seeks oil drilling rights in Mason; Michigan's aerial photography program; the possible relationship between pollen and rain; and Live Music Friday with Jackalope.
Today on Current State: Michigan's teacher shortage; an update on Lansing's bald eagles; workplace deaths in Michigan; Scott D. Southard reviews "Station Eleven" by Emily St. John Mandel; and a preview of Mighty Uke Day 5.
Today on Current State: What's next after voter rejection of Proposal 1; the campaign challenging motorists not to drive solo; Neighbors in Action: Listening Ear; and a new book examines the link between values and science in the climate change debate.
Today on Current State: GM has built 500-million vehicles and is investing in plants around the country, including Lansing; the MSU Living History Project with 98-year-old Helen Glass of Lansing; tracking Michigan butterflies; International Toastmasters President Muhammad Murad; and Keys in the City brings pianos decorated by artists to Lansing and East Lansing.
Today on Current State: the CATA Multi-Modal Gateway is set to open in July; golfboarding in Ann Arbor; training volunteers for Michigan's Foster Care Review Board program; MSU retiree Ken Dawson hikes the Continental Divide, and no more dues for the MSU Alumni Association.
You’ve heard of surfing. You’ve heard of skateboarding. You’ve heard of snowboarding. Maybe you’ve even tried one of them, or all of them. But you might never have heard of golfboarding.
Golfboarding is a new phenomenon in golf. Rather than walking or using a golf cart, golfers step onto a motorized skateboard-like device to get around the course. It looks like a cross between an oversized skateboard and a segway.
Last Friday, we aired an interview with Jose Carrera, the director of clinical services at St. Vincent Catholic Charities in Lansing. Mr. Carrera spoke of an ongoing program at St. Vincent that evaluates an at-risk child’s physical and emotional well-being. Some of those children are in foster care.
Today we look at a different facet of the foster care system.
A recently retired Michigan State University employee is not taking his retirement lying down.
Back in March, Mr. Ken Dawson told Current State about his plan to spend five months hiking America’s Continental Divide. The 3,100-mile solo adventure began April 15 in in extreme southern New Mexico, not far from the Mexican border.
Current State’s Mark Bashore connected with Ken Dawson by phone on Saturday as he was passing through Pie Town, New Mexico.
Today on Current State: Proposal 1 opponent Paul Mitchell; solving the 1980 disappearance of a Michigan girl; a new assessment program placing at-risk kids in appropriate care settings; and Live Music Friday with Jen Sygit.
Today on Current State: Month in Review for April on no-fault auto insurance reform, Proposal 1 and same-sex marriage; Lansing United kicks off its second soccer season; East Lansing voters consider decriminalizing marijuana and a charter amendment regarding the sale of city properties; and a preview of the upcoming Piano Monster concert.
Today on Current State: State Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. discusses sex education reforms; Neighbors in Action: ePIFany Now; Public Poetry Announcement: T.S. Eliot; reforming no-fault auto insurance in Michigan; and "America's Got Downton" star Luke Kempner.
Today on Current State: The U.S. Supreme Court arguments over Michigan's same-sex marriage ban; birdwatching at the Harris Nature Center; Great Lakes Month in Review examines the drought in California; the student-made documentary "Gay from Gaylord" explores LGBTQ life in northern Michigan; and Steven Terry discusses his book "Michigan Agricultural College Campus Life 1900-1925: A Postcard Tour.”
Today on Current State: The "Safe Roads Yes!" campaign for Proposal 1; an American food culture exhibit at the Broad Art Museum; the role of the Michigan Air National Guard in the fight against ISIS; MSU studies the role of belly fat in high blood pressure; and WKAR's Al Martin discusses the MSU spring football game.