Today on Current State: Right to Work and Lansing teachers, Michigan's depleting groundwater, new exhibits at the Broad Art Museum and its founding director on the first three months, and home court advantage with The Izzone.
In five weeks, Michigan’s so-called Right to Work law takes effect. Some local Michigan teacher unions are working to lock in new contracts before then. In some cases, it’s an effort to delay the impact of the controversial new law since it will not include contracts already in place by March 27, when it takes effect.
The Great Lakes’ record-low water levels are rightly receiving all of the attention now, but evidence is growing that Michigan’s fragile groundwater resources are quietly becoming a concern for the future.
Robert Glennon, professor of law and public policy at the University of Arizona and author of “Unquenchable: America’s Water Crisis and What to do About It,” knows Michigan well and shares his insights.
Now that it’s been open for a few months, it’s time for the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University to change things up. Some inaugural exhibits are departing, and three new exhibits go on display this Friday.
WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with the museum’s curator of contemporary art, Alison Gass, about what’s new at the Broad.
Terry Braverman kicks off the show with former coach Jud Heathcote, as he discusses the recruitment of Tom Crean and some past rivalries with Bobby Knight on the other side of the bench. Terry then calls upon Steve Polonowski, a former player for Heathcote, to talk about pastimes and what he is doing now. Terry closes the show with callers.
MSU ran over Michigan last week thanks, in part, to a rocking home crowd. Some said it was the loudest they’d heard the Breslin Center in a long time. When the #4 Spartans take on the #1 Hoosiers tonight, the place should be roaring again with help from the student frenzy that is The Izzone.
Current State’s Kevin Lavery checks out what gives the Spartan’s such a home court advantage.
There’s been significant movement at the state capitol regarding medical marijuana recently. The week before last, the Michigan Supreme Court ruled the state’s pot law does not allow dispensaries. But late last week, State Representative Mike Callton of Nashville announced he’ll introduce a bill that would allow businesses to dispense cannabis.
Stuart Dunnings Jr. is Ingham County prosecutor and among the many legal officials and police who’ve been frustrated by the vagaries of Michigan’s medical marijuana law. Robin Schneider is a Lansing resident and a legislative liaison for the National Patients’ Rights Association. They both help clear some of the haze around Michigan's medical marijuana regulations.
Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. This time, he previews tomorrow's huge men's basketball game between Michigan State and Indiana in East Lansing.
State officials and many in southeast Michigan have been keeping a very close eye on financial reports coming out of Detroit. Sunday's Detroit Free Press reported that an emergency financial report completed late Friday suggests an emergency manager is inevitable. The report found the city’s deficit continues to grow even after some degree of state oversight for more than 10 months.
Free Press reporter and columnist Nancy Kaffer joins us to explain one of the biggest, ongoing stories in Michigan.
A team of video storytellers from Michigan State University is wrapping up a two-month journey around the world. The crew is documenting the work of MSU researchers in countries such as China, Brazil and Malawi as they tackle challenges ranging from malnutrition and disease to human organ trafficking. The project is called “Spartans Will. 360.”
Current State’s Kevin Lavery catches up with team leader Jim Peck by phone in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
As the Michigan State baseball team kicks off their season today, Jeremy gets a hold of coach Jake Boss Jr. just hours before the first pitch. Boss updates us on the team, as well as the upcoming schedule and challenges. Jeremy also discusses the injury to Travis Trice, and more MSU basketball topics. Oakland University guard Travis Bader, originally from Okemos, talks about his potential NCAA record breaker, and his success thus far personally and as a team. Jeremy also gives away tickets when the Indiana Hoosiers come to the Breslin this Tuesday.
President Obama called for an increase in the federal minimum wage this week in his State of the Union Address. Michigan legislative Democrats followed up with their own calls for an increase. Republicans at all levels say an increase would be a job-killer.
Dave Dempsey is a widely respected environmentalist and writer; his attorney brother, Jack, is also a writer. Together, their love for Michigan and the written word are united in “Ink Trails: Michigan’s Famous and Forgotten Authors." The book has been chosen as a Michigan Notable Book for 2013. They join us to talk about Michigan’s rich literary history.
Jack and Dave Dempsey will appear at the Schuler Book Store in Okemos on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m. to discuss the book.
Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues. This time, he recaps this week's men's basketball game between Michigan and Michigan State and looks ahead to the rest of the Big Ten schedule.
This Sunday night at 9 p.m., WKAR TV presents the two-hour Season Three finale of the hit PBS TV series Downton Abbey. The “Sturm und Drang” of the third season brought us the wedding of Mary and Matthew, the death of Sybil, the near financial ruin of the estate itself and many more joys and heartbreaks. Millions of viewers nationwide will be tuned in to see what this year’s final installment brings and what it may promise for the coming Season Four.
Today on Current State: Michigan's energy future; Michigan radio legend Mike Whorf talks about life and love songs; MSU research on cyberbullying; a Public Poetry Announcement featuring Jack Gilbert; and Michigan farmers voice their concerns.
What should Michigan’s long-range priorities be regarding energy? Governor Rick Snyder and other state officials want to know.
This Thursday afternoon in Lansing is the public’s first chance to make its voice heard at a forum being held at the State Library. Next December, the Governor plans to issue a comprehensive set of recommendations based in part on the forums.
Today on Current State, three guests with different perspectives discuss the energy issue.
Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and Midwestern radio listeners as the long-time host of WJR's Kaleidoscope. The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other statewide and national honors.
Our Public Poetry Announcement for Valentine’s Day features Jack Gilbert’s “The Forgotten Dialect of the Heart.” Current State producer Joe Linstroth and Stephanie Glazier, acting director of MSU’s Center for Poetry in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, discuss Gilbert’s richly detailed poem and the limits of language when it approaches such broad, ineffable emotions like love.
Current State’s Public Poetry Announcementsare brought to you by the Center for Poetry at Michigan State University’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities.