Today on Current State: Cristo Rey Community Center's new Executive Director; Public Poetry Announcement; MSU Symphony opens new season; Voices of Experience series with 'Eternal General' Frank Kelley; and Banned Books Week.
Yesterday, in front of the UN General Assembly, President Obama gave a wide-ranging speech in which he sought to clarify the United States’ role and intentions in the conflict-ridden Middle East. By far the most noteworthy revelation in his speech was his embrace of a diplomatic opening from Iran, America’s long time adversary.
“Beethoven and Misfortune Cookies” by playwright Joni Ravenna is a one-man show about Kabin Thomas, a University of Arkansas music professor who was fired in 2006 for using profanity in the classroom. The play is in Wharton Center’s Pasant Theatre Thursday for a single performance.
Today on Current State: Canada and Michigan seek to strengthen economic ties; the anniversary of the last execution in Michigan; our first Great Lakes Month in Review segment; our Detroit’s Water Renaissance series: The Rouge River part two; and a book about family secrets is the next "Great Michigan Read".
On this day 183 years ago, thousands of people gathered to watch the second and the last execution in Michigan. Stephen Simmons was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife. From this case eventually came the end of capital punishment in the State.
Water attracted early settlers to Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery.
So far we’ve looked at lucrative walleye fishing on the Detroit River, daylighting streams, rebuilding shorelines and the destruction of the Rouge River. Today we explore efforts to clean up the Rouge.
This week we start our segment Great Lakes Month in Review. We'll take time each month to recap environmental news from around the Great Lakes Basin with Chicago-based commentator and journalist Gary Wilson.
Family secrets are often the stuff of suspenseful movies and fictional page-turners. Detroit native Steve Luxenberg discovered his family had one of its own—the existence of an aunt who had been shut away in a mental institution.
Today on Current State: Republicans gather on Mackinac Island; fighting the stigma of STD's; preserving former slave dwellings; business health exchanges; and reviewing the MSU football loss at Notre Dame.
Many Michigan businesses have voiced concern and disapproval of the federal Affordable Care Act. Twice before on Current State, we’ve explored the issue with one of the state’s key advocates for small business.
Rob Fowler is CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, based in Lansing. He returns with his thoughts on the health insurance exchanges that will soon to be unveiled. Fowler isn't sure that businesses will benefit from them.
Penalties against the MSU defense were a big factor in the 17-13 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday. The coaching staff is also facing questions about the decision to replace starting quarterback Connor Cook late in the game.
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Today on Current State: Michigan experiments with "social impact bonds;" a controlled deer harvest in Michigan Township; international artists compete in Grand Rapids' ArtPrize event; a very visible prank sparks a cancer research fundraiser and the blues duo Matchette and Frog join us in the studio.
Michigan has joined a small group of state and local governments in something of an experiment. The state is launching a program that will seek to attract private investors, whose money will address very public problems.
Organizers now say more than $33,000 has been raised for cancer research in a spur-of-the-moment campaign triggered by a very visible prank.
Few people in the East Lansing area and fewer still in social media don’t know about the enormous ‘GO BLUE,’ message, skywritten last Saturday over Spartan Stadium. And as many of those same people have learned, one MSU official responded quite creatively.