Today on Current State: State Senators Rick Jones and Jim Ananich consider Gov. Snyder's State of the State address; Neighbors in Action: Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care; electric cars at the Detroit Auto Show; and "brownwashing": companies that downplay their environmental record.
Today on Current State: The Michigan State of the State survey; Startup Grind Lansing; the possible impact of prescription drugs getting into the Great Lakes; and Buick's display at the Detroit Auto Show.
Today on Current State: Freedom Rider Henry Thomas; a Voices of Experience conversation with Mordechai "Max" Kreinin; Michigan's newest U.S. Senator, Gary Peters; and an essay from Sandra Seaton on civil rights in America.
State of the automotive industry, 2015 Michigan agriculture forecast, Michigan Eco-Traveler
MSU J-school alumnus and Detroit Free Press automotive critic Mark Phelan on the state of the automotive industry; a 2015 forecast for Michigan's agriculture industry from Michigan Agri-Business Association President Jim Byrum, too, and the eco traveler Sally Barber with her guide to sustainable adventures in Michigan.
Today on Current State: Michigan's declining school enrollment; new trucks at the Detroit Auto Show; Ingham County Board of Commissioners Chairman Brian McGrain; and the possible discovery of the Le Griffon shipwreck.
Today on Current State: The Lansing Board of Water and Light ousts General Manager Peter Lark; Lansing's Potter Park Zoo has two new gray wolves; Cong. Mike Bishop; Neighbors in Action: MSU's Fostering Academics, Mentoring Excellence program; and remembering Rev. Michael Murphy.
Today on Current State: Lansing Board of Water and Light general manager Peter Lark is at risk of losing his job; the Michigan Supreme Court hears oral arguments on whether the right-to-work law applies to state employees; the University of Michigan Energy Institute takes a look at the future of renewable energy in Michigan; the history of prominent Kalamazoo cartoonist, writer, and socialist politician Guy Lockwood; and violinist Johnny Gandelsman on his performance featuring J.S. Bach's entire catalog of violin solos.
Today on Current State: We talk with new Speaker of the Michigan House Kevin Cotter; a preview of tonight's college football championship game; the campaign opposing a ballot proposal to raise the state sales tax to fund road repairs; the oppostion to legislation that would restrict the state’s Department of Natural Resources from considering biodiversity when managing state land; and another Desert Island Download with Judi Brown Clarke of the Lansing City Council.
Today on Current State: MSU's updated sexual harassment policy; a preview of Saturday's Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert; an energy efficiency project unites Michigan Energy Options and MSU students; and some top Michigan concerts for 2015.
Today on Current State: Michigan's job prospects for 2015; a new history book on downtown Ann Arbor; Neighbors in Action with D.A.N.C.E, Inc. of Lansing; how long will winter last; and Lansing's John Smoltz is elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Today on Current State: The suspicion-based drug testing of people on public assistance in Michigan; regulating the storage and disposal of coal ash; the historical story of Merze Tate; and Lansing's new comedy club at Tripper's.
Today on Current State: The upcoming vote on funding road repairs in Michigan; breast milk banks; "Station Eleven" author Emily St. John Mandel; and "Current Sports" host Al Martin on the Detroit Lions playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Today on Current State: An exit interview with U.S. Senator Carl Levin; book reviewer Scott D. Southard considers "My True Love Gave To Me"; Michigan's Christmas tree industry; and Neighbors in Action: the Greater Lansing Food Bank.
Today on Current State: We mark the first anniversary of last year's ice storm and Lansing Board of Water and Light power outages; the link between domestic violence during pregnancy and infant trauma; the Great Lakes year in review; and the 200th anniversary of the end of the War of 1812.
Today on Current State: Juveniles serving life sentences in Michigan; an update on wolves, moose and more in the state; outgoing Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael Cavanaugh; and the Detroit Lions are heading to the NFL playoffs.
Today on Current State: A wrap-up of the state legislature's lame duck session; the power needs of MSU's FRIB project; East Lansing tennis great Todd Martin now leads the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum; and Live Music Friday with Three Men and a Tenor.
Today on Current State: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act; Lansing attorney Richard McLellan on normalizing relations with Cuba; the controversy over religious displays at the state capitol; and a preview of the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Today on Current State: Gov. Snyder discusses lame duck issues; a look at the competing plans to fund road repairs in Michigan; Neighbors in Action with the Southside Community Kitchen; and the invasive faucet snail.
Today on Current State: Remembering TV newsman Bill Bonds; a look ahead to next year's contract talks between the United Auto Workers union and the domestic carmakers; a new project connects watersheds with green infrastructure; and a Profiles conversation with Lansing Symphony Orchestra maestro Timothy Muffitt.
Today on Current State: Michigan's vaccination rates; charity fraud; the "Women of Vision" exhibition at the Cranbrook Institute of Science; and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's "Symphony in D" project.
EAST LANSING (AP) - About 200 people gathered outside Michigan State University's commencement ceremonies to protest a speech by columnist George Will over his commentary on sexual assault reporting at colleges.
The Lansing State Journal reports that Will didn't mention the protests during his speech to undergraduates Saturday on the East Lansing campus.
More than a dozen students stood as he spoke and turned their backs to him and several others in the audience did the same or held up newspapers.
Today on Current State: State Representative Sam Singh and Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network on the lame duck legislative session; Oakland Press sportswriter Paula Pasche on her Detroit Lions history book; the environmental impact of the food we eat; and Live Music Friday with John Dale Smith.
Today on Current State: The Michigan Department of Transportation's draft of a five-year transportation plan; the local music scene with Anne Erickson of the Lansing State Journal; a proposal to bar local communities from negotiating with developers over wages; and the South American psychotropic drug ayahuasca.