A lot of sci-fi movies and books feature robots that look like people. Think the Terminator or C-3PO.
But an MSU engineering professor went in a different direction when he started working on building a robotic fish about 10 years ago.
Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Dr. Xiaobo Tan, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University. He's been working on a robotic fish that can be used for monitoring water quality.
We're well into deer bow hunting season in Michigan. While most hunters must wait until November 15 to bag their trophy bucks with firearms, a special event is happening this week for some firearms hunters.
The "Independence Hunt" allows people with physical disabilities to enjoy firearms hunting. It's sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Current State's Kevin Lavery speaks with Bryan Wilkinson, a disabled hunter who spent the first day of the hunt at Sharonville State Game Area in Jackson County.
Today on Current State: checking the claims on education spending in Michigan; the Building Detroit program; a look at the duties of the MSU Board of Trustees; and book reviewer Scott D. Southard considers a biography of Harper Lee.
Sat. Oct. 18 - noon on 90.5 | The second concert in the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra's Main Stage series comes to 90.5 Classical this Saturday at noon. The A2SO's Made In The USA program features works by Bernstein, Barber, Daugherty and Gershwin with violin soloist Joan Kwuon and local ensembles Boychoir of Ann Arbor and Vocal Arts Ensemble. Arie Lipsky conducts and previews the next broadcast concert of the Main Stage series with WKAR's Peter Whorf.
This special broadcast is available exclusively over-the-air on 90.5 (no online streaming).
Today on Current State: Former Ingham County Commissioner Mark Grebner on the importance of local elections; an MSU-educated engineer works on a project to contain contaminated water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant; Neighbors in Action: the REACH Studio Art Center; and Soup Grant Lansing’s first anniversary.
Current State bids a reluctant but fond farewell today to the founding producer of our program. Joe Linstroth returns to his Ann Arbor alma mater as he leaves WKAR for a position at the University of Michigan's public radio station.
Today on Current State: a recap of last night's town hall debate between Gov. Rick Snyder and challenger Mark Schauer; a talk with Patricia Schultz, author of “The New 1,000 Places to See Before You Die”; juvenile justice reform in Michigan; and a candidate forum that will be led by young people.
Today on Current State: ArtPrize finalist Henry Brimmer; part two of our conversation with Michigan Supreme Court justices Robert Young and Bridget McCormack; and our Live Music Friday guest is Jon Brooks.
Today on Current State: Colonel Michael Bloomfield, an astronaut from Michigan; Michigan communities like Grand Haven are planning for how climate change might impact their futures; and Ethiopian filmmaker Haile Gerima.
Today on Current State: a look at the Great Lakes becoming a transportation corridor for crude oil; we meet some MSU students who’ve made a Bollywood-style movie; and our Neighbors in Action segment this week is with The Davies Project, which provides transportation to families with kids facing serious illnesses. Our guest host today is Scott Westerman of the MSU Alumni Association.
Today on Current State: Today on Current State: Our monthly review of Michigan's top news stories; a Great Lakes month in review look at a mayor's summit on water resources at the EPA's update to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; and a copyright case involving Sherlock Holmes. Our guest host today is Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network.
Today on Current State: Michigan opts out of paying higher home heating subsidies; we learn about the East Lansing Public Library’s new maker spaces; and a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson prior to her East Lansing visit this week.
Today on Current State: keeping low-income college students in school long enough to graduate; National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen Garcia; local transportation needs; the Emerson Quartet; and for Banned Books Week, a review of Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".
Today on Current State: state superintendent of schools Mike Flanagan; the 50th birthday of the downtown Lansing branch of the Capital Area District Library; chemical castration; and Neighbors in Action: Lansing's City Rescue Mission. Today's guest host is Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network.
Today on Current State: Michigan's "OK2SAY" program aims to prevent violence; tailgating culture; an update on wolf hunting in Michigan; and we launch our new Profiles series with MSU Supply Chain Management assistant professor Hakan Yildiz. Sue Carter is the guest host.
Lansing Symphony Orchestra Music Director Timothy Muffitt is known not only as a brilliant conductor, but also as one of Michigan's finest classical music communicators and educators. Maestro Muffitt will take you inside the music tomorrow as he previews the remainder of the 2014/15 LSO season with WKAR's Peter Whorf. Join Timothy starting at 2:30 Tuesday for an intimate look at the favorites and surprises in store for you this year at the Wharton Center.
Today on Current State: modernizing some Lansing schools; Latino experimental art at the MSU Library; Lansing Catholic High School's Pew Crew; and live music with Twyla Birdson, Elden Kelly and Louie Leager.