Today on Current State: a Syrian-born visiting professor comments on affairs in his homeland; the Michigan Bar Association seeks to stop 'dark money' in judicial races; a preview of Ten Pound Fiddle's new season; the MSU Community Music School celebrates 20 years and WKAR bids a fond farewell to Jeanie Croope on the eve of her retirement.
More than 100,000 people have been killed and nearly a quarter of Syria’s population has been displaced since the uprising against President Bashar al Assad began in March 2011.
As Secretary of State John Kerry works with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, on negotiations to have President Assad hand over all of his regime’s chemical weapons, the war on the ground in Syria continues.
In election seasons, so-called “issue ads” have become a predictable feature of the media landscape. Issue ads don’t mention a candidate. Instead, they promote or attack an issue. Because the ads are not about candidates, the groups paying for them aren’t subject to the same disclosure requirements as candidate ads.
“Issue ads” have flooded judicial elections with many millions of dollars from unidentifiable sources. Critics say it’s impossible to know a judge is impartial in the courtroom if it’s not clear WHO helped elect them.
The MSU Community Music School is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this month. We're joined by the school's executive director and associate dean for outreach and engagement, Rhonda Buckley. Also joining the conversation is of the school's bassoonist, Andrea Worful.
And live music throughout the show was provided by CMS performers Andrea Worful (bassoon), Cassandra Hibbard (clarinet), Maggie Gambill (flute), and Tess Miller (flute), Marissa Olin (flute).
Today on Current State: a GOP advisor addresses Tea Party criticism; the Lansing Symphony Orchestra season opener; a pioneering teacher explains the World Peace game and MSU jazz musician Etienne Charles goes 'Creole Soul' searching.
The division between Republicans like Governor Rick Snyder and the GOP’s Tea Party wing, have grown more noticeable recently. Last month, Wes Nakagiri of the Tea Party group 'Retake Our Gov' told WKAR-TV’s Tim Skubick that he supports a challenge to Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley at next year’s GOP convention.
Republicans in Michigan and around the country are locked in an intense debate over the party’s direction and priorities.
Recently, internal tensions affecting the party encourage state Democrats over their election prospects in 2014. Last week, the party leaked a memo describing the Michigan GOP as “coming apart at the seams.”
Imagine if we could solve all the world’s problems in a few weeks—global warming, famine, diseases, ethnic tensions—all resolved. Sounds impossible, right? Well, apparently it’s not -- at least, not for John Hunter’s students.
Over 30 years ago, the Virginia-based teacher created the World Peace Game. To play, students take on the role of world leaders and are charged with solving 50 interlocking problems. Students win if they fix all 50 crises and every country's asset value increases.
This summer, MSU assistant professor Etienne Charles debuted his fourth album, called "Creole Soul." It’s received favorable reviews from The New York Times and NPR, and spent some time high up on the jazz charts. Charles, who is also one of the MSU Professors of Jazz, will be playing some of his music at the Broad Art Museum on Thursday night.
Today on Current State: new hotel developments are coming to Lansing Township; Michigan firefighters struggle with funding cuts and health care issues; Neighbors in Action highlights the Women's Center of Greater Lansing; youth adult author Holly Black on her new vampire novel, "The Coldest Girl in Coldtown" followed by Scott Southard's review of Ms. Black's book.
Lansing Township’s Eastwood development continues to grow. Township officials recently gave the green light to Lansing developer Mike Eyde to build a $10 million Fairfield Inn and Suites near U.S. 127 and Lake Lansing Road. It’s slated to open in 2015. The Fairfield will follow the scheduled opening of a nearby Hyatt Place hotel. It would make five hotels in the vicinity of Eastwood.
Mark Docherty is the president of the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union, which represents some 5,000 firefighters in 130 municipalities. The union is pushing for legislation that would provide a 'cancer presumption' that would cover firefighters diagnosed with certain types of cancer that are presumed to be the result of exposure to hazardous substances.
Today is September 11. It’s been 12 years since the horrible events in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania that saw nearly 3,000 people die at the hands of terrorists. As Americans, we still feel unsettling emotions at the mere mention of the term “Nine-Eleven.”
We remember with pride, however, the selfless bravery of our first responders who rushed into harm’s way to save lives. While we still hold police and firefighters in high regard, those professions have weathered their share of hardships in the years since.
Our Neighbors in Action segment features people and organizations working to make our community a better place. This week, we feature the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing. The non-profit offers a variety of services including counseling, employment assistance, even auto maintenance classes for women in the Lansing area.
The trend of teen novels transporting their readers to fantasy worlds filled with vampires, fairies and monsters is relevant once again this month with the release of a new book called The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, written by Holly Black, who will be visiting Lansing this week.
Black, who’s most famous for co-writing The Spiderwick Chronicles series, reveals her fear of zombies and answers questions from local fans from Okemos High School.
I have never understood the whole vampire thing (and that’s apart from my personal distaste of them). If an alien was to rocket past our planet and spy just a fraction of our entertainment, they would think we were taken over by the undead. They are everywhere—books, TV, movies—you can’t escape them and it seems a lot of us wouldn’t want to anyway.
Today on Current State: MSU Board of Trustee candidate Melanie Foster on professor scandal; our "Detroit Water Renaissance" series continues with a look at the walleye industry; a Great Lakes Week 2013 update; the impact of the Affordable Care Act on small businesses and the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Lake Erie.
Water attracted early settlers to Detroit and water fueled its growth. Now it’s an important asset to the city’s recovery. We continue to explore the challenges and opportunities for Detroit’s waterfront in our series "Detroit’s Water Renaissance."
So far we’ve looked at daylighting streams and rebuilding shorelines. Today, we explore the Detroit River’s fishing industry.
One of the topics under discussion at the Great Lakes Conference was that of Waukesha, Wisconsin, a city outside of the Great Lakes basin that says they need water diverted from the lakes because their wells are contaminated by radium.
Organizations from across the Great Lakes region are converging in Milwaukee for Great Lakes Week. Great Lakes journalist and commentator Gary Wilson is at this year’s conference. Wilson says two of the major issues are low lake levels and water divergence.
For the United States, the War of 1812 took a turn for the better on this date 200 years ago. American naval forces defeated the British in The Battle of Lake Erie. The victory secured the lake and ensured that Michigan and Ohio would remain the sovereign territory of the U.S.A.
Today on Current State: a discussion on civility versus academic freedom in the wake of the removal of MSU professor William Penn; the impact of the sequester on academic research funding; "Welcome to Flint" shows the beauty and tragedy of Flint in photos and Current Sports host Al Martin talks about the MSU Spartans' dull offense.
Highly controversial comments made recently by a Michigan State University professor continue to be a topic of discussion both locally and beyond.
Last week, creative writing professor William Penn sparked an intense backlash after a video surfaced of him suggesting Republicans had “raped the country” and included many closet racists. A student attending the lecture told MLive.com that Penn also denigrated Christians and athletes.
Last March, the federal government enacted an $85 billion spending cut known as the "sequester." It's taken some time to assess the effects of these cuts, but as the federal fiscal year comes to a close on September 30, new budgets are reflecting spending decreases.
The cuts are having an effect on scientific research. Reports have documented laboratory closings and layoffs, and one significant study showed one-fifth of U.S. scientists have contemplated moving overseas because of the decline in funding.
The Michigan State University Spartans clinched a 21 to 6 victory over the University of South Florida in East Lansing Saturday. The MSU offense scored only one drive in the game; the rest of the scoring was handled by the defensive squad. Mark Bashore talks with Current Sports host Al Martin about the game, which saw three different MSU quarterbacks turn in lackluster performances.
Today on Current State: China expert Tom Watkins on Gov. Rick Snyder's investment trip to Asia; Edgewood Village opens a new "network center;" author Gordon Young on his book "Teardown: Memoir of a Vanishing City;" a Dearborn Heights fast food restaurant bucks the minimum wage trend and a preview of the fall film season.