Publishers, libraries and book stores like to pigeonhole writers into neat little boxes. Write one fantasy novel and you wear that mantle for the rest of your career. Same goes for romance and science fiction and on and on. Some writers happily wear their personal albatross, others fight it.
The NEO Center, Lansing’s first business incubator, is marking a year and a half of helping aspiring entrepreneurs launch small businesses. The NEO Center, short for New Enterprise Opportunity, offers office space and a variety of other resources to help new business endeavors get a foothold and hopefully take off.
Former state representative Mark Meadows has been thinking about hiking the Appalachian Trail for decades. This summer, he did it … well, about half of its 2,200 miles.
Meadows started his south to north hike in Georgia in March, expecting warmer weather than the sub-freezing overnight lows he encountered during the first week. He stopped for the season after about 100 days, in Maryland, with his son by his side for part of the time. He hopes to complete the rest of the hike next year.
On the last weekday of each month, CurrentState looks back on the biggest news stories around Michigan with a panel of journalists. Dave Eggert of the Associated Press, Tim Skubick of WKAR-TV and Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press join us to discuss Detroit's bankruptcy, Medicaid expansion, road funding and other big July news stories.
Neighbors in Action features the Mason Orchestral Society, which offers a venue and musical outlet for a variety of ages, skill levels and interests. Board president Mike Steele, who also plays the french horn, and symphony conductor Tim Krohn explain the Society's role in the community.
The hydraulic fracturing also known as "fracking" is the process of releasing natural gas trapped deep within underground rock formations by pumping large amounts of high pressured water combined with chemicals and sand. Though many politicians and industry leaders say the process is safe and a means for energy independence, there are critics who claim that this type of drilling can threaten air, soil and water quality.
According to federal statistics, young Americans miss around 51 million hours of school each year due to oral-health issues. For about a year now, a philanthropic effort from Delta Dental of Michigan called "Brighter Futures" has tried to tackle both the healthcare and educational challenges that come with poor dental care.
Chris Farrell, oral health program director for the Michigan Department of Community Health, and Sarina Gleason, spokesperson for Delta Dental of Michigan, discuss how to improve dental care, especially among children.
With Michigan being such an agriculturally diverse state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a strong presence here, but not all having to do with cattle or crops. The USDA's Rural Development office's purpose is to support smaller communities that, in turn, support the nation’s farmlands.
James Turner, the USDA Rural Development agency's state director, discusses its efforts to improve rural Michiganders' access to culture and technology.
Motown is what most people connect with Detroit's music scene, but the Motor City has also been the birthplace of some of the most influential American rockers.
"Detroit Rock City," the latest book by local author Steve Miller, chronicles the city's rock scene through interviews with some of its most legendary rock musicians, such as Iggy Pop, Bob Seger and Jack White. Miller and Current State's Scott Pohl discuss the deep tracks of Detroit's rockin' legacy.
Today on Current State: food security in Detroit and mid-Michigan; a Public Poetry Announcement with Gwendolyn Brooks; Ingham County animal control; Michigan veterans' struggle to access services; Michigan’s craft distillery movement; and MSU football.
Grocery stores have been making the news in Detroit recently. Last week, the Michigan-based retailer, Meijer, opened its first Detroit location. This follows the news last month of the grand opening of the city’s first Whole Foods Market. Based on these stories, one might think Detroiters were only recently introduced to the concept of the grocery store. That’s not true.
From pet hoarding to dog fighting to stray cats and dogs, if it has four-legs and a problem, chances are that Ingham County’s animal control division will be called in to help. Jamie McAloon-Lampman, the director of Ingham County Animal Control, discusses the Lansing-area's animal control issues.
Since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States has deployed nearly two million military personnel to Iraq and Afghanistan. As operations wind down, thousands of troops are returning home, and many with profound physical and psychological wounds.
Michigan’s economy and culture has been positively impacted by the craft beer and wine industry. But if beer or wine isn’t your style, don’t fret. Michigan is also one of the friendliest states to small distillers, and as a result the state’s spirits industry is growing. Kris Berglund, an MSU distinguished professor of food science and chemical engineering and a statewide industry leader, discusses the spirits industry in Michigan.
Today on Current State: MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, Athletic Director Mark Hollis and Detroit Free Press’s Joe Rexrode discuss sports journalism; Michigan’s native plants; vintage radios; and master gardening.
The loss of folk music in the face of popular music is happening worldwide, yet there are still young musicians who find their way into the genre. The East Lansing based band The Bard Owls is composed mostly of college students and recent graduates. They play old time folk music, as well as original songs. We sat down with the group to discuss their upcoming album “No Tracks.”
Today on Current State: Detroit files for bankruptcy protection; Michigan Public Radio's Rick Pluta on Medicaid expansion and Common Core standards; MSU's study abroad program in Mali and the new book to honor Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych.
Gov. Rick Snyder said the city of Detroit needs a “radically restructure” and bankruptcy is the "only feasible option" to fix the city's finances. But many worry about the potential impact to municipalities’ bonding credit and state employees’ pension plan.
A much-feared -- but widely anticipated -- day arrived yesterday in Michigan’s largest city. Officials filed a 16-page bankruptcy petition on behalf of the city of Detroit in U.S. Court, making the city the largest municipal bankruptcy in the U.S. history.
Gov. Rick Snyder authorized the filing yesterday after efforts by state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr failed to satisfy numerous creditors. According to reports, the city owes as many as 100,000 creditors and accrued obligation is as much as $20 billion.
Some members of the Michigan legislature are having a busier summer than usual. While most legislators are on a summer break, party leaders and work groups continue debating major proposals not resolved by the June passage of the 2014 state budget. Those include Common Core education standards, Medicaid expansion and others.
The West African nation of Mali is well known for its spectacular art and musical traditions, as well as its famed historical city of Timbuktu. Until March 2012, it was also known as the most stable democracy in Africa. That image was shattered, however, when a military coup threw the country into chaos, leading to the displacement of nearly half a million people, a surge in Islamist rebel fighters in the north, and an influx of French troops and UN peacekeepers.