The San Francisco Symphony Orchestra performs Mahler's 9th Symphony at Ann Arbor's Hill Auditorium Saturday night as part of the University Musical Society's 2013-14 season. WKAR's Peter Whorf caught up yesterday with SFSO bassoonist Steven Dibner...a Michigan native. Hear their conversation on Friday's All Things Considered.
Flint is a city that has lost half its population over the last 50 years. Its poverty rate far exceeds the state average. And across the nation, Flint bears the harsh moniker of the “murder capital of America.”
After months of planning and work, the Lansing Makers’ Network marks its official Grand Opening tomorrow. The group’s shared work space near downtown offers members a unique chance to use dozens of tools and resources.
Every third Friday of the month from September to May, singers, guitarists, fiddlers, poets and writers gather at East Lansing’s All Saints Episcopal Church for an evening of words, music and fellowship.
Today on Current State: the "Pure Michigan Waste" campaign; a review of Dave Eggers' "The Circle"; an American Indian Tribe and the wolf hunt in Michigan; a one-woman play on bullying; and live Turkish music.
Two years after it first suggested reforms to streamline and improve front line services to Michigan citizens, the Coalition of State Employee Unions says the state has failed to improve its human capital strategy.
Michigan government services are inefficient and expensive because important reforms are not taking place.That’s the conclusion of a new report from a coalition of state employee labor unions entitled “Pure Michigan Waste.”
The East Lansing city council picked up two new members last week. Susan Woods and Ruth Beier were elected to four-year terms, and Kathleen Boyle will stay on the council after winning the right to serve the balance of the term to which she was appointed last year.
It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. With this Friday being the opening of the firearm deer hunting season in Michigan, it’s only appropriate that we feature Help Other People Eat, or HOPE, which distributes excess venison donated by hunters to those in need.
For about five years, Michigan’s medical marijuana law has authorized doctor-approved patients either to grow pot or to buy it from state-certified "caregivers." Now, the state legislature is looking at a second approach.
Reports, predictions and warnings of climate change are hard to avoid these days. But just how are Americans processing all of this news, and what do we really think about climate change and our environment?
Travel adventures, culture shock and honest conversations are all topics brought up in a new documentary that follows four American students, one from MSU, and four Chinese students as they travel through China.
A controversial bill that would move a key Michigan court is expected to be signed into law soon by Governor Rick Snyder. The measure would transfer the operations of the state’s Court of Claims to the Michigan Court of Appeals. The court of claims hears legal actions that are filed against the state of Michigan.
Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Bill Collette is critical of legislation that would move the Michigan Court of Claims from Ingham County to the Michigan Court of Appeals. Current State spoke with Ingham County Controller Tim Dolehanty about the impact such a move might have on the county.
Astronomers have found another black hole within a densely packed cluster of stars. Last year, an MSU lead research team discovered two black holes in a similar globular star cluster, suggesting that black holes occupying groups of dense stars may be more common than previously thought.
With rising tuition costs, higher education has grown less affordable and accessible for many. But here in the Lansing area, there are a number of opportunities to help with the costs of obtaining an advanced degree.
On this Veterans’ Day, there’s some good news to report for people transitioning from the military back into civilian life. A recent national survey ranks Ann Arbor and Lansing among the top 10 best medium-sized cities in the nation for hiring veterans.
Join WKAR's Current State team at Schuler Books Chapbook Cafe at Meridian Mall tomorrow at 6pm for a discussion of Mid-Michigan news and issues. Mark Bashore and company will join you to talk about the stories you think we should be covering and Michigan matters of greatest concern. Stop by for a coffee, compliments of Schuler Books and
a lively exchange of Michigan news ideas. Hope to see you there!