Today on Current State: a U-M survey asks local officials about road funding; a tour of "The Runway" in downtown Lansing; our Great Lakes Month in Review and the novel "Station Eleven" is a Great Michigan Read winner.
Today on Current State: MSU Assistant Dean Vincent Delgado takes on a new role as Lansing city councilor; the life of pioneering African American scholar Merze Tate; the Michigan GOP's new chairwoman; a new University of Michigan report looks at options for regulating fracking; and Detroit Free Press reporter Joe Rexrode checks in about this weekend's Spartan victory in men's basketball.
Today on Current State: Attracting more particle acceleration companies to Lansing; building a site for the interment of burial ashes on the MSU campus; the 50th anniversary of the Malcolm X assassination; and Live Music Friday with saxophonist Vincent Bowens.
Saturday marks 50 years since African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X was assassinated at New York City’s Audubon Ballroom.
Malcolm X’s Michigan roots are well known to many in our state. His family moved from Nebraska to Lansing in 1928. Malcolm lived here for more than a decade.
His life and work is the subject of Mike Whorf’s Kaleidoscope - airing Saturday at 4:00pm on WKAR AM870. On the program, Mike remembers how he was called on as a last-minute fill-in to interview Malcolm - at a radio station in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Today on Current State: The new Kids Count report on child well-being in Michigan; a Spartan Stampede preview; a report on state revenue sharing; the MSU Department of Theatre stages "Macbeth"; and Scott D. Southard's book review of "The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man" by W. Bruce Cameron.
Today on Current State: A federal judge strikes down President Obama's executive orders on immigration and deportation; a preview of the Thursday MSU Concert Band and Concert Orchestra concert; State Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. on student debt legislation; and Neighbors in Action: Sixty Plus.
Today on Current State: Carmine Polombo of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments on Michigan's multi-million dollar investment in idle rail cars; MSU's new film studies degree program; climate engineering; and East Lansing author Susan Froetschel on her new novel “Allure of Deceit”.
The state of Michigan's environment and natural resources, new Travel Michigan leader
The state and future of Michigan’s environment and natural resources from DEQ director Dan Wyant and DNR director Keith Creagh. And the man charged with evolving the iconic Pure Michigan brand, new Travel Michigan leader David West.
Today on Current State: The possible link between "Fifty Shades of Grey" and domestic abuse; "I Love Lucy On Stage" at the Wharton Center; students from Stockbridge study marine biology underwater in Florida; Rodney Whitaker on tonight's Professors of Jazz concert; and a return to the "Conceived in Liberty" exhibit at the Michigan Historical Center.
Today on Current State: Two members of the state House Appropriations committee, Sam Singh and Earl Poleski, respond to Gov. Snyder's budget plan; sled dog races in Michigan; Harry Belafonte; and the Michigan music scene with Anne Erickson of the Lansing State Journal.
Today on Current State: Other states may be models for Michigan veterans services; Mr. Right vs. Mr. Right Now; State Rep. Gretchen Driskell's bid to unseat Cong. Tim Walberg; and Neighbors in Action: Bikers for Books.
Today on Current State: Training the next generation of farmers at the MSU Organic Farm; National Geographic Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg; Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council Executive Director Jeremy Orr; and the online classic rock radio station Okemos Brewing Company.
Today on Current State: Health officials push for higher measles vaccination rates; a new photo exhibit at the MSU Museum explores China; a Michigan native and Navy Seal veteran remembers "American Sniper" Chris Kyle; and MSU composers draw inspiration from local poets.
Today on Current State: Sen. Debbie Stabenow; the MSU Symphony performs the Mahler Third Symphony; Cong. John Lewis returns to East Lansing to talk about civil rights; and Live Music Friday with Betty Joplin.
Today on Current State: The increase in venture capital flowing into Michigan; an MSU researcher helps discover new bird species; obstacles to advanced energy in Michigan; when cholera struck Detroit; and book reviewer Scott D. Southard reviews Stephen King's latest novel.
Today on Current State: A new study compares health outcomes for women and children with abortion restrictions in Michigan; an MSU School of Journalism project assigns students to cover local religious institutions; the Michigan Senior Olympics; and Neighbors in Action with the Crosswalk Teen Center of Charlotte.
Today on Current State: Early childhood education in Michigan; singer-songwriter John Gorka; the lingering impact of the 1973 PBB disaster in Michigan; and the MSU Department of Theatre's "Theatre2Film" project.
Today on Current State: WILX-TV meteorologist Darrin Rockcole with a snowstorm update; East Lansing tops America's college football towns; Lansing's director of Public Service Chad Gamble on the city's snow removal efforts; listening to the Beatles through headphones; and Al Martin on MSU men's basketball and the Super Bowl.
Today on Current State: Counting Lansing's homeless population; Eric and Nancy Schertzing look back at his campaign for Congress; the Hmong people of Michigan; and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra celebrates the birthday of Mozart.
Congratulations to Current State's Mark Bashore and April Van Buren who take on new roles for WKAR's flagship local news and arts hour. In addition to continued hosting, Bashore will assume the position of Current State's Managing Editor. Mark expands on his content creation, project planning and editorial and policy roles in his new duties. Since mid-September of 2014, April Van Buren has become an integral member of the Current State team. She joins WKAR as a full-time producer effective immediately. April
Today on Current State: Teacher preparation in Michigan; the cast of "Master Harold...and The Boys" comes to MSU's Wharton Center; the January Great Lakes Month in Review; the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra plays Wagner; and Michigan utility workers head to the northeast for blizzard duty.
Today on Current State: two views on school choice in Michigan; actor John Rubenstein on his original role as "Pippin" and his new role as King Charlemagne; Eric and Nancy Schertzing on their family decision behind his congressional bid and the Spartans men's basketball squad struggles to regain their mojo.
Educators across the country are hosting discussions in conjunction with National School Choice Week.
There are a number of events in the Lansing area, including the screening of a documentary on school choice at the Capitol on Tuesday morning. That event is sponsored by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which bills itself as a nonpartisan research and educational institute based in Midland.
This week, the Broadway Series at MSU’s Wharton Center presents the touring company of “Pippin” for eight shows, starting Tuesday night. “Pippin” first hit Broadway in 1972, with John Rubinstein in the title role. A revival of the show in New York won four Tony Awards in 2013, including Best Revival of a Musical. The cast coming to East Lansing includes John Rubinstein…not as Pippin again all these years later, but as King Charlemagne, Pippin’s father.
Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with John Rubenstein about returning to the show that made him famous.