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Current State #475 | February 11, 2015

Feb 11, 2015

Today on Current State: Other states may be models for Michigan veterans services; Mr. Right vs. Mr. Right Now; State Rep. Gretchen Driskell's bid to unseat Cong. Tim Walberg; and Neighbors in Action: Bikers for Books.

Current State #474 | February 10, 2015

Feb 10, 2015

Today on Current State: Training the next generation of farmers at the MSU Organic Farm; National Geographic Editor in Chief Susan Goldberg; Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council Executive Director Jeremy Orr; and the online classic rock radio station Okemos Brewing Company.

Current State #473 | February 9, 2015

Feb 9, 2015

Today on Current State: Health officials push for higher measles vaccination rates; a new photo exhibit at the MSU Museum explores China; a Michigan native and Navy Seal veteran remembers "American Sniper" Chris Kyle; and MSU composers draw inspiration from local poets.

MSU Today | February 8, 2015

Feb 8, 2015

Spartan Football, New Com Arts/Sciences dean, renewable energy for national security

Current State #472 | February 6, 2015

Feb 6, 2015

Today on Current State: Sen. Debbie Stabenow; the MSU Symphony performs the Mahler Third Symphony; Cong. John Lewis returns to East Lansing to talk about civil rights; and Live Music Friday with Betty Joplin.

Current State #471 | February 5, 2015

Feb 5, 2015

Today on Current State: The increase in venture capital flowing into Michigan; an MSU researcher helps discover new bird species; obstacles to advanced energy in Michigan; when cholera struck Detroit; and book reviewer Scott D. Southard reviews Stephen King's latest novel.

Current State #470 | February 4, 2015

Feb 4, 2015

Today on Current State: A new study compares health outcomes for women and children with abortion restrictions in Michigan; an MSU School of Journalism project assigns students to cover local religious institutions; the Michigan Senior Olympics; and Neighbors in Action with the Crosswalk Teen Center of Charlotte.

Current State #469 | February 3, 2015

Feb 3, 2015

Today on Current State: Early childhood education in Michigan; singer-songwriter John Gorka; the lingering impact of the 1973 PBB disaster in Michigan; and the MSU Department of Theatre's "Theatre2Film" project.

Current State #468 | February 2, 2015

Feb 2, 2015

Today on Current State: WILX-TV meteorologist Darrin Rockcole with a snowstorm update; East Lansing tops America's college football towns; Lansing's director of Public Service Chad Gamble on the city's snow removal efforts; listening to the Beatles through headphones; and Al Martin on MSU men's basketball and the Super Bowl.

Current State #467 | January 30, 2015

Jan 30, 2015

Today on Current State: January Month in Review; a new falcon at the Board of Water and Light’s Eckert Power Station; and Live Music Friday with Sally Potter.

Current State #466 | January 29, 2015

Jan 29, 2015

Today on Current State: Counting Lansing's homeless population; Eric and Nancy Schertzing look back at his campaign for Congress; the Hmong people of Michigan; and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra celebrates the birthday of Mozart.

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Congratulations to Current State's Mark Bashore and April Van Buren who take on new roles for WKAR's flagship local news and arts hour.  In addition to continued hosting, Bashore will assume the position of Current State's Managing Editor.  Mark  expands on his content creation, project planning and editorial and policy roles in his new duties.  Since mid-September of 2014, April Van Buren has become an integral member of the Current State team.  She joins WKAR as a full-time producer effective immediately.  April

Current State #465 | January 28, 2015

Jan 28, 2015

Today on Current State: Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero prepares for this week's State of the City address; documentarian Candacy Taylor; Neighbors in Action: the Tuesday Toolmen; and pickleball.

Current State #464 | January 27, 2015

Jan 27, 2015

Today on Current State: Teacher preparation in Michigan; the cast of "Master Harold...and The Boys" comes to MSU's Wharton Center; the January Great Lakes Month in Review; the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra plays Wagner; and Michigan utility workers head to the northeast for blizzard duty.

Current State #463 | January 26, 2015

Jan 26, 2015

Today on Current State: two views on school choice in Michigan; actor John Rubenstein on his original role as "Pippin" and his new role as King Charlemagne; Eric and Nancy Schertzing on their family decision behind his congressional bid and the Spartans men's basketball squad struggles to regain their mojo.

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Educators across the country are hosting discussions in conjunction with National School Choice Week.

There are a number of events in the Lansing area, including the screening of a documentary on school choice at the Capitol on Tuesday morning. That event is sponsored by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, which bills itself as a nonpartisan research and educational institute based in Midland. 

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This week, the Broadway Series at MSU’s Wharton Center presents the touring company of “Pippin” for eight shows, starting Tuesday night. “Pippin” first hit Broadway in 1972, with John Rubinstein in the title role. A revival of the show in New York won four Tony Awards in 2013, including Best Revival of a Musical. The cast coming to East Lansing includes John Rubinstein…not as Pippin again all these years later, but as King Charlemagne, Pippin’s father.

Current State’s Scott Pohl talked with John Rubenstein about returning to the show that made him famous.

Spartans struggle to rebound from midseason slump

Jan 26, 2015
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It was a frustrating outing Saturday for Michigan State men's basketball.  The team's performance was lacking in a number of areas in its 79-77 loss to Nebraska.

"Jekyll and Hyde" is the way the Detroit Free Press's Joe Rexrode described both the game and the season.

Rexrode and WKAR's Al Martin comment on where the Spartans stand at this point in the conference season.

MSU Today | February 1, 2015

Jan 25, 2015

Agriculture and Sustainability

Kirk Heinze broadcasts Greening of the Great Lakes from the Michigan Agri-Business Association 2015 Winter Conference.

Current State #462 | January 23, 2015

Jan 23, 2015

Today on Current State: UAW Local 6000 legislative liaison Ray Holman on the proposed merger of the state Departments of Human Services and Community Health; stem cell research at UM; the Detroit Auto Show exhibit of a 3D printed car and a look at the new Cadillacs; and Live Music Friday with Rev. Robert Jones.

Current State #461 | January 22, 2015

Jan 22, 2015

Today on Current State: Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth announces he won't run for another term in 2016; human trafficking; the transformation of Cobo Center in Detroit; guided imagery; and Scott D. Southard reviews Elizabeth Dutton's "Driftwood".

Current State #460 | January 21, 2015

Jan 21, 2015

Today on Current State: State Senators Rick Jones and Jim Ananich consider Gov. Snyder's State of the State address; Neighbors in Action: Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care; electric cars at the Detroit Auto Show; and "brownwashing": companies that downplay their environmental record.

Current State #459 | January 20, 2015

Jan 20, 2015

Today on Current State: The Michigan State of the State survey; Startup Grind Lansing; the possible impact of prescription drugs getting into the Great Lakes; and Buick's display at the Detroit Auto Show.

Current State #458 | January 19, 2015

Jan 19, 2015

Today on Current State: Freedom Rider Henry Thomas; a Voices of Experience conversation with Mordechai "Max" Kreinin; Michigan's newest U.S. Senator, Gary Peters; and an essay from Sandra Seaton on civil rights in America.

MSU Today | January 18, 2015

Jan 18, 2015

State of the automotive industry, 2015 Michigan agriculture forecast, Michigan Eco-Traveler

MSU J-school alumnus and Detroit Free Press automotive critic Mark Phelan on the state of the automotive industry; a 2015 forecast for Michigan's agriculture industry from Michigan Agri-Business Association President Jim Byrum, too, and the eco traveler Sally Barber with her guide to sustainable adventures in Michigan.

Current State #457 | January 16, 2015

Jan 16, 2015

Today on Current State: State Rep. Andy Schor; did arrythmia influence Beethoven's work?; the Islamic Center of East Lansing's new Imam, Sohail Chaudhry; and Live Music Friday with Ray Kamalay.

Current State #456 | January 15, 2015

Jan 15, 2015

Today on Current State: Michigan's declining school enrollment; new trucks at the Detroit Auto Show; Ingham County Board of Commissioners Chairman Brian McGrain; and the possible discovery of the Le Griffon shipwreck.

Current State #455 | January 14, 2015

Jan 14, 2015

Today on Current State: The Lansing Board of Water and Light ousts General Manager Peter Lark; Lansing's Potter Park Zoo has two new gray wolves; Cong. Mike Bishop; Neighbors in Action: MSU's Fostering Academics, Mentoring Excellence program; and remembering Rev. Michael Murphy.

Current State #454 | January 13, 2015

Jan 13, 2015

Today on Current State: Lansing Board of Water and Light general manager Peter Lark is at risk of losing his job; the Michigan Supreme Court hears oral arguments on whether the right-to-work law applies to state employees; the University of Michigan Energy Institute takes a look at the future of renewable energy in Michigan; the history of prominent Kalamazoo cartoonist, writer, and socialist politician Guy Lockwood; and violinist Johnny Gandelsman on his performance featuring J.S. Bach's entire catalog of violin solos.  

Current State #453 | January 12, 2015

Jan 12, 2015

Today on Current State: We talk with new Speaker of the Michigan House Kevin Cotter; a preview of tonight's college football championship game; the campaign opposing a ballot proposal to raise the state sales tax to fund road repairs; the oppostion to legislation that would restrict the state’s Department of Natural Resources from considering biodiversity when managing state land; and another Desert Island Download with Judi Brown Clarke of the Lansing City Council.