Today on Current State: Lansing Police Chief Mike Yankowski on body cameras; essayist Jack Lessenberry keynotes A Rally of Writers; and a preview of the upcoming Lansing Symphony Orchestra Chamber Series performance of Bach's "Goldberg Variations".
Today on Current State: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; "Dinosaur Train" host Scott Sampson previews his public appearances at MSU this weekend; and remembering the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln assassination.
Today on Current State: The possible health impacts of climate change in Michigan; MSU researchers study pandas; a Public Poetry Announcement with a poem by Billy Collins; and remembering the Palm Sunday tornadoes that struck Michigan 50 years ago.
Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has announced the school will stop burning coal at the university sometime next year.
In a webcast on “MSU’s Energy Future,” President Simon called sustainability a “guiding institutional principal” and said it’s “great opportunity” for the school to continue to reduce its environmental impact.
Today on Current State: an update from the co-producers of "Second Shift: From Crisis to Collaboration", a documentary chronicling the 'Keep GM' campaign in Lansing during the 1990s; we learn about the Life as a Zebra Foundation, which funds research and education efforts for rare diseases; a new mural will soon commemorate the Lansing's Diamond REO plant; and former executive at Kellogg's tells us what life of a lobbyist is really like.
Today on Current State: Lansing city council member Carol Wood on the proposed 2016 city budget and an ICE operation at City Hall; a new curator for the Broad Art Museum; the piping plover makes a comeback and Bay City actress Katie Travis stars in "The Phantom of the Opera."
A new curator has begun work at MSU’s Broad Art Museum. Caitlin Doherty has deep roots in contemporary art, having worked around the world in places as varied as rural Ireland and Doha, Qatar. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Caitlin Doherty about her career, her plans, and the recent death of the Broad’s founding director, Michael Rush. She says the job of a curator is to be a bridge between the artist, their creations, their vision, and potential exhibitions.
"The Phantom of the Opera” is in the middle of a two-week run at MSU’s Wharton Center. A singer-actress from Bay City has the lead role of Christine. Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Katie Travis about what it's like to perform in the touring company of the most successful musical production of all time.
Today on Current State: a new Michigan State University survey on sexual assault; protecting baby animals in the wild; a former juvenile offender's prison story highlights flaws with the system and Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers.
A survey distributed to all Michigan State University students asks them to offer their opinion about sexual assault. MSU will use the information to assess the effectiveness of its current programs and services.
We talk with Paulette Granberry Russell, the university's Title IX Coordinator and director of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.
Baby animals are making their way into the world as the weather gets warmer. Here in mid-Michigan we might see fawns, newborn birds and rabbits and more. But what if you see one without an obvious parent nearby? Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with MSU professor of zoology Jim Harding.
Today on Current State: An analysis of Proposal 1 to fund road repairs in Michigan; a preview of Michigan State's Final Four matchup with Duke; Michigan Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive Officer Rich Studley on RFRA and talent development; and Live Music Friday with Brendan Doherty.
Today on Current State: Legislation that would allow advanced practice registered nurses more authority to prescribe medications; an MSU student who is bicycling from East Lansing to Indianapolis for the Final Four; interim general manager Dick Peffley; the MSU College of Music's Cello Plus series; and Scott D. Southard reviews "The Rosie Effect" by Graeme Simsion.
Today on Current State: Business leaders consider an economic "grand bargain" for Michigan; a huge new automotive mural will grace a building in Lansing's REO Town; Neighbors in Action: Housing Services Mid Michigan; and a Michigan man pays homage to the bowling shoes of actor Dave Madden.
Today on Current State: The March Month in Review with Susan Demas of Inside Michigan Politics and Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network; a new MSU exhibition features works by Art Prize finalist Henry Brimmer; research into biodegradeable plastics; and the 100th anniversary of Kiwanis clubs.
Today on Current State: The "college access gap" created by a need for more school guidance counselors; the MSU Quidditch Team; Great Lakes Month in Review examines Flint's water supply; efforts to restore a polar bear on display at the MSU Natural Resources Building; and Spartan men's basketball advances to the Final Four.
Today on Current State: Longtime Kellogg's lobbyist George Franklin on his book "Raisin Bran and Other Cereal Wars"; Bob Downes talks about his book "Biking Northern Michigan"; a study indicates that fast food might be addictive; Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press previews MSU's Sweet 16 basketball game tonight; and Live Music Friday with Abbey Hoffman.
Today on Current State: Almost 2-million people in Michigan lack access to healthy foods; the MSU Department of Theatre stages "Bug"; MSU doctoral student Apryl Pooley's book recounting her personal story of sexual assualt, addiction and PTSD; and a story of working on a Great Lakes freighter.