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Current State #497 | March 17, 2015

Mar 17, 2015

Today on Current State: How Ingham County could be impacted by the Obamacare case now before the U.S. Supreme Court; new Lansing State Journal columnist Judy Putnam; how artificial fertilizers might be affecting the nitrogen cycle; and the Grand Rapids Bach Festival.

MSU Today | March 15, 2015

Mar 15, 2015

Grand Rapids Mayor, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, fracking in Michigan, Pressing the Reset Button

Current State #496 | March 13, 2015

Mar 13, 2015

Today on Current State: Interim BWL chief Dick Peffley weighs in on the controversy surrounding "hidden costs" of a capital project; Lil Darlins Vaudeville revives a classic American art form; a mid-Michigan man receives the Purple Heart and opens his home to his Afghan colleagues; and live music from Donny Brown and company. 

Two of MSU music's first citizens join 90.5 Classical's occasional series, Music from Studio S,  Friday at 3pm.

Dean James Forger and Piano Chair Deborah Moriarty team up for a live preview of Monday's Fairchild Theatre all-Ravel concert. 

Don't miss this chance to hear Forger and Moriarty live on 90.5, Friday at 3pm with host Peter


Current State #495 | March 12, 2015

Mar 12, 2015

Today on Current State: Cuts to adult education funding in Michigan; a Department of Natural Resources survey on the well-being of frogs and toads; Michigan Film Office Director Jenell Leonard; and Monday's MSU music faculty concert with the music of Ravel.

Current State #494 | March 11, 2015

Mar 11, 2015

Today on Current State: Fighting attacks on state of Michigan computers; the Michigan music scene with Anne Erickson of the Lansing State Journal; Neighbors in Action: the Red Cross; previewing the Big Ten Conference men's basketball tournament and March Madness; and the effort to get small farmers to fight big agriculture.

Current State #493 | March 10, 2015

Mar 10, 2015

Today on Current State: Efforts to prevent Ferguson-like disturbances in Michigan; Michigan products head to South by Southwest; the Michigan Seafood Summit; and an MSU retiree prepares to hike the Continental Divide for charity.

MSU Today | March 8, 2015

Mar 8, 2015

Alternative Spartan Breaks, Greater Lansing Food Bank Gardent Project, Michigan FFA state convention, Michigan Environmental Policy Council policy director

Current State #492 | March 6, 2015

Mar 6, 2015

Today on Current State: A dispute over a proposed charter school in Brighton leads to an arrest; the Michigan roots of the office cubicle; riding bicycles on a frozen Lake Superior; and Live Music Friday with Hatchet Man and The Frog.

Current State #491 | March 5, 2015

Mar 5, 2015

Today on Current State: Michigan's future energy needs; incivility in social media; a Lansing program to make homes healthier and more energy efficient; a preview of Saturday's LSO concert; and Scott D. Southard reviews Emma Hooper's "Etta and Otto and Russell and James".

Current State #490 | March 4, 2015

Mar 4, 2015

Today on Current State: State Sen. Rick Jones (R-Grand Ledge); a preview of tonight's TEDxMSU; Neighbors in Action: Autism Spectrum Partners Providing Instruction, Recreation, and Enrichment (ASPPIRE); and jazz guitarist Peter Bernstein.

Current State #489 | March 3, 2015

Mar 3, 2015

Today on Current State: A ride on a U.S. Coast Guard icebreaker; Chinese advertising art comes to MSU; the possible threat posed by microplastics; and kids helping adults improve their English language skills in Okemos.

Current State #488 | March 2, 2015

Mar 2, 2015

Today on Current State: The recent FCC ruling on net neutrality; a preview of this week's Suren Bagratuni concert with Ralph Votapek; part two of our "Voices of Experience" conversation with former Cong. Joe Schwarz; and Detroit News sportswriter Lynn Henning on the Detroit Tigers in spring training.

MSU Today | March 1, 2015

Mar 1, 2015

Simon, Hollis and Burnham assess Obama and Snyder budgets

Russ White talks with Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon for a mid-semester update on all things MSU.  Then Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis joins President Simon for a conversation with MSU’s vice president for governmental affairs Mark Burnham on recently-proposed budgets by President Obama and Governor Snyder.

Current State #487 | February 27, 2015

Feb 27, 2015

Today on Current State: Our state government Month in Review; the Winter Beer Festival in Grand Rapids; a plan to buy much of the town of Hell, Michigan; and Live Music Friday with the Zodiac Trio.

Current State #486 | February 26, 2015

Feb 26, 2015

Today on Current State: Voices of Experience with former Cong. Joe Schwarz; a possible passenger rail service from Ann Arbor to Traverse City; farmers discuss road funding and other issues; and collegiate hookup culture.

Current State #485 | February 25, 2015

Feb 25, 2015

Today on Current State: Ingham County Drain Commissioner Pat Lindemann on the Red Cedar Golf Course development; Neighbors in Action: Arts Council of Greater Lansing; a Rwandan genocide survivor visits Fowler; and growing orchids.

Current State #484 | February 24, 2015

Feb 24, 2015

Today on Current State: a U-M survey asks local officials about road funding; a tour of "The Runway" in downtown Lansing; our Great Lakes Month in Review and the novel "Station Eleven" is a Great Michigan Read winner.


The Michigan Humanities Council recently announced its Great Michigan Read title for 2015 and 2016. It’s “Station Eleven”, a novel about a post-apocalyptic world set largely in Michigan.

In January, Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with author Emily St. John Mandel about her book, which was a 2014 National Book Award finalist.  It's now the newest Great Michigan Read title.

Current State #483 | February 23, 2015

Feb 23, 2015

Today on Current State: MSU Assistant Dean Vincent Delgado takes on a new role as Lansing city councilor; the life of pioneering African American scholar Merze Tate; the Michigan GOP's new chairwoman; a new University of Michigan report looks at options for regulating fracking; and Detroit Free Press reporter Joe Rexrode checks in about this weekend's Spartan victory in men's basketball. 

MSU Today | February 22, 2015

Feb 22, 2015
Hannah Watts

National Geographic editor in chief, advanced energy in Michigan, agricultural opportunities in Cuba

Current State #482 | February 20, 2015

Feb 20, 2015

Today on Current State: Attracting more particle acceleration companies to Lansing; building a site for the interment of burial ashes on the MSU campus; the 50th anniversary of the Malcolm X assassination; and Live Music Friday with saxophonist Vincent Bowens.

Saturday marks 50 years since African-American Muslim minister and human rights activist Malcolm X was assassinated at New York City’s Audubon Ballroom.

Malcolm X’s Michigan roots are well known to many in our state. His family moved from Nebraska to Lansing in 1928. Malcolm lived here for more than a decade.

His life and work is the subject of Mike Whorf’s Kaleidoscope - airing Saturday at 4:00pm on WKAR AM870. On the program, Mike remembers how he was called on as a last-minute fill-in to interview Malcolm - at a radio station in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Current State #481 | February 19, 2015

Feb 19, 2015

Today on Current State: The new Kids Count report on child well-being in Michigan; a Spartan Stampede preview; a report on state revenue sharing; the MSU Department of Theatre stages "Macbeth"; and Scott D. Southard's book review of "The Midnight Plan of the Repo Man" by W. Bruce Cameron.

Current State #480 | February 18, 2015

Feb 18, 2015

Today on Current State: A federal judge strikes down President Obama's executive orders on immigration and deportation; a preview of the Thursday MSU Concert Band and Concert Orchestra concert; State Sen. Curtis Hertel Jr. on student debt legislation; and Neighbors in Action: Sixty Plus.

Current State #479 | February 17, 2015

Feb 17, 2015

Today on Current State: Carmine Polombo of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments on Michigan's multi-million dollar investment in idle rail cars; MSU's new film studies degree program; climate engineering; and East Lansing author Susan Froetschel on her new novel “Allure of Deceit”.

Current State #478 | February 16, 2015

Feb 16, 2015

Today on Current State: U-M anticipates driverless cars; preserving the ancient sport of falconry; an MSU study on blood clots and Lansing's new "Audio Air Force."

MSU Today | February 15, 2015

Feb 15, 2015

The state of Michigan's environment and natural resources, new Travel Michigan leader

The state and future of Michigan’s environment and natural resources from DEQ director Dan Wyant and DNR director Keith Creagh.  And the man charged with evolving the iconic Pure Michigan brand, new Travel Michigan leader David West.

Current State #477 | February 13, 2015

Feb 13, 2015

Today on Current State: The possible link between "Fifty Shades of Grey" and domestic abuse; "I Love Lucy On Stage" at the Wharton Center; students from Stockbridge study marine biology underwater in Florida; Rodney Whitaker on tonight's Professors of Jazz concert; and a return to the "Conceived in Liberty" exhibit at the Michigan Historical Center.

Current State #476 | February 12, 2015

Feb 12, 2015

Today on Current State: Two members of the state House Appropriations committee, Sam Singh and Earl Poleski, respond to Gov. Snyder's budget plan; sled dog races in Michigan; Harry Belafonte; and the Michigan music scene with Anne Erickson of the Lansing State Journal.