A new production opening tonight at MSU’s Wharton Center pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance. In the 1920’s, the arts in America, like just about every other industry, were dominated by whites. Most representations of African-American life were done in parody. One of most popular programs of the day was “Amos and Andy.” It debuted in 1928 with two white actors who would later appear on screen in blackface.
In a surprisingly short conclave, the Roman Catholic cardinals elected a new pope yesterday. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of the Buenos Aires diocese, became the first Jesuit and first Latin American to be named pope.
Monsignor Jerry Vincke of the Lansing diocese is stationed at the North American College in Rome. He shares what the process has been like and introduces Pope Francis the First.
The Detroit Lions received some heartbreaking news this morning on their offensive line, and Larry and Matt break it all down. The duo breaks down the Detroit Lions mock draft picks, and talk about other divisional foes. The two then touch on the Big Ten tournament, and possible upsets. Finally, more talk on Spring Training and the World Baseball Classic.
Today on Current State: An update on Detroit's emergency manager situation; Lansing Financial Health Team unveils report; a local priest in Rome on the conclave and new pope; Congressman Gary Peters on his political future; The Festival of Listening for international poetry; Japan two years after Fukushima; and violinist Anne Sophie Mutter.
Thursday afternoon in Detroit, Governor Rick Snyder is expected to name Kevyn Orr, a Washington D.C.-based bankruptcy attorney, as Detroit's incoming financial manager. The Michigan Public Radio Network's Rick Pluta explains the importance of this historic announcement.
Since Carl Levin’s announcement last Thursday that he won’t be seeking another term as Michigan’s senator, many names have been dropped as possible successors. Arguably none has been mentioned more often as Democratic Congressman Gary Peters, who represents Michigan’s 14th congressional district.
Congressman Peters discusses his political career and where it might be headed.
The sixth annual Festival of Listening is this Friday in East Lansing. The event, put on by MSU’s RCAH Center for Poetry, features live readings of poetry in other languages with no translation. And it’s a hit, having become by far the Center's most popular event.
Stephanie Glazier, acting director of the Center for Poetry, and David Clauson, an MSU student, talk about the festival and share a Swedish haiku.
Two years ago, a massive earthquake struck off the coast of Japan. The quake triggered a tsunami which damaged the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, causing the world’s worst radiation leak since the Chernobyl accident in 1986.
Violinist Anne Sophie Mutter is one of the true superstars of classical music. Since her first concerts on the world’s most prestigious stages, Mutter has inspired audiences around the globe with recitals, concerto performances and dozens of recordings.
Larry Morasco continues to host this week. After the free agency kickoff last night, the Detroit Lions made some big moves and Larry is there to break it all down. He then discusses other free agency movement around the league. Larry takes caller opinions, and discusses MSU basketball and Spring Training baseball.
Larry kicks off the show with more NFL free agency conversation, while touching on the Detroit Lions landing Reggie Bush. He then takes calls to discuss some concerns with the Detroit Tiger 2013 roster, given the release of OF Brennan Boesch. Finally, he invites Lansing State Journal's Graham Couch to give his expertise on Michigan State basketball.
Today on Current State: A debate on biodiversity and commerce in Michigan; the Lansing Jaycees features in Neighbors in Action; Lansing City Pulse reporters on the LPD's missing cold case list; a Jackson ice cream institution reopens; and an Ann Arbor high school orchestra wins national acclaim.
The latest edition of the Lansing City Pulse is out today and one of the main stories is quite an interesting one.
In the process of reporting what they thought would be a rather straightforward piece that intended to highlight some of the Lansing Police Department’s cold homicide cases, City Pulse reporters Rich Tupica and Steve Miller discovered that the LPD, unlike many other police departments across the country, does not have such a cold case list readily available. This surprised them, so they changed their story to find out why.
The Ann Arbor Pioneer High School Chamber Orchestra was selected as one of 15 orchestras to play at the 2013 National Orchestra Festival Competition held at the American String Teacher’s Association conference in Providence, Rhode Island. Last week, the Pioneer Chamber Orchestra won first place in the string division and was named Grand Champion of the entire event.
Today on Current State: former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's conviction; more on the Niowave pole barn; "STEMinists," a new exhibit at the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame; timebanks; and Holt and Mason leaders take the stage for a good cause.
In the latest episode of the Niowave pole barn dispute, Monday night the Lansing city council held a public hearing regarding the company’s recent application for a tax break on its property on North Walnut Street.
Lansing city council member Brian Jeffries, chairman of the council’s Planning and Development committee, and Walnut Neighborhood activist Dale Schrader update the situation. Niowave did not respond to our interview request.
More than half of all college graduates are women, yet there's a shortage of women in many science and technology professions. The trend inspired the new exhibit “STEMinists -- Michigan women in science, technology, engineering and math," which opens this week at the Michigan Women's Historical Center and Hall of Fame in Lansing. The exhibit profiles women who have been successful in various STEM fields.
Timebanks have been cropping up in cities across the country. Very loosely, participants trade work hours in an effort to build a better community. Of course, there’s much more to it than that, and Edge Brussel, coordinator of the new Lansing Timebank, as well as Stephanie Rearick, co-director of the thriving Dane County Timebank in Madison, Wisc., tell us what’s involved.
Tonight at Holt High School, it’s round one of the first annual Holt and Mason Scholarship Challenge. This is an amateur talent competition featuring music, dance, comedy, visual art, and poetry. It’s open to all ages and all kinds of creativity. To set the mood of friendly competition, Delhi Township Supervisor CJ Davis and Mason Mayor Leon Clark will showcase their singing and guitar-playing talents tonight. Davis and Clark join us to discuss the event.
Larry Marasco kicks off the show with NFL Free Agency buzz, and breaks down the NFC Central division. He also discusses options for the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions, along with the impact of the Percy Harvin trade. Larry closes the show with MSU basketball, and some NCAA tournament predictions.
Today on Current State: Governor Rick Snyder weighs in on the latest hot-button issues; Michigan's role in the War of 1812; comedian W. Kamau Bell; a Lansing choir returns from the Vatican's papal conclave; sports with Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.