Radio Made in Michigan

Current State | 2/12/16 | Ep. 702

Feb 12, 2016

Today on Current State: the Lansing Board of Water and Light lends a hand on lead pipe replacement in Flint; learning to raise your own backyard chickens; a new MSU Police unit addresses racial bias; and a Live Music Friday performance with singer-songwriter Evangeline and guitarist Mike Eyia.  

Current State | 1/28/16 | Ep. 691

Jan 28, 2016

Today on Current State: the Michigan National Guard works to clean up lead contaminated sites; an entirely improvised musical takes the stage at the Wharton Center; an exhibit at Flint's Sloan Museum explores the history of water service in the city; and a community orchestra in Grand Rapids plays the world premiere of a piece from composer David Isele. 

Current State | 1/27/16 | Ep. 690

Jan 27, 2016

Today on Current State: reactions to Montgomery v. Louisiana from a prison reform expert and a victims' rights advocate; Volunteers of America Michigan gears up for their annual homeless count; organizations across the state team up to help Flint; and Detroit Free Press reporter John Carlisle tells us about the jam-making monks of the U.P.  

Melissa in Studio
Stacy Hoxsey / WKAR-MSU

Today was "Morning Edition" host Melissa Benmark's last day at WKAR, and her friends and colleagues send her off with this retrospective.

Current State #626 | October 14, 2015

Oct 14, 2015

Today on Current State: Today on Current State: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow on Iran nuclear deal, Syrian refugees, and small businesses; a Lansing artist takes up residency in the Porcupine Mountains; the art of the cartoon soundtrack; and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Michigan Capital Region. 


Current State #600 | September 3, 2015

Sep 3, 2015

Today on Current State: Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley weighs in on Michigan's growing opioid abuse epidemic; Lansing State Journal columnist Anne Erickson on the best September concerts; Detroit Free Press reporter Joe Rexrode on the Spartans' upcoming season; a Grand Ledge business incubator that combines skateboards and tech start-ups; and an Okemos business is busy repairing instruments before students return to school. 

Current State #599 | September 2, 2015

Sep 2, 2015

Today on Current State: Lansing State Journal columnist Judy Putnam on an Eaton County shooting and the Lansing City Market; Lansing author Bryce David Salazar on his debut novel She Sees Metaphors; how colleges and students can reduce mental health stigma on campus; and the city of Lowell turns pink to raise money for breast cancer research. 

Current State #598 | September 1, 2015

Sep 1, 2015

Today on Current State: retired Israeli Uzi Eilam in Michigan to urge support of the Iran nuclear deal; Lansing agencies band together to help low-income kids go back to school; the threat of invasive viruses in the Great Lakes; and a conversation with saxophonist and MSU Professor Joseph Lulloff. 

Current State #597 | August 31, 2015

Aug 31, 2015

Today on Current State: a recap of August's biggest political stories; MSU students return to campus; a new study suggest gang violence can be infectious; and the history of "palace steamers" on the Great Lakes. 

Current State #595 | August 27, 2015

Aug 27, 2015

Today on Current State: U.S. Congressman John Moolenar (R) shares his thoughts on the Iran nuclear deal, immigration, and more; Ann Arbor celebrates the art of Bonsai at the Matthei Botanical Gardens; Scott Southard reviews Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg; Grand Rapids Mayor Elect Rosalynn Bliss on her historic election as the city's first female mayor; and a tour of the historic Wilcox Plymouth Mill in Detroit. 

Jamie Paisley photo
WKAR File Photo

Meet Jamie Paisley. He will host music programming on WKAR, and also will contribute stories for Current State.

Current State #560 | June 22, 2015

Jun 22, 2015

Today on Current State: Michigan State University professor Paul Thompson on the ethics of what we eat; a start-up run by Michigan State University students brings a new treatment for infant jaundice to market; and an East Lansing based company that's shipping Game of Thrones merchandise to fans all over the world. 

Current State #552 | June 8, 2015

Jun 8, 2015

Today on Current State: Mickey Hirten of the Lansing City Pulse says the city should cut ties with BWL and the City Market; Summer Circle Theatre finds a new space for its new season; a doctor who contracted Lyme Disease offers insight on prevention and treatment of it; and MSU Today's Kirk Heinze talks to Vermont College of Law professor Melissa Scanlan about her proposal for a Great Lakes trail. 

Current State #549 | June 3, 2015

Jun 3, 2015


  Today on Current State: Michigan House Republican Majority Leader Kevin Cotter joins Mark Bashore and MPRN's Rick Pluta to talk about budget negotiations over education, roads; the Andromeda Community Theatre in Charlotte puts on a production of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in the city's historic courthouse; farmers in Michigan are upset with new federal water rules; and our "Neighbors in Action" segment features the Greater Lansing Food Bank's Lansing Roots program.

Current State #541 | May 20, 2015

May 20, 2015