Coming up this week on Current State, you'll hear the sounds of Chinese New Year in Mid-Michigan from Saturday's Meridian Mall festivities. Hundreds gathered for music, dance, painting, games and many other Chinese arts and traditions in celebration of the Year of the Snake. Later in the week, a visit to the Harris Nature Center's Owl Prowl with Park Naturalist Katie Adams. Just how many kinds of owls call Michigan home? What do they sound like? Katie tells all.
Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis talk with MSU's vice president for research and graduate studies Stephen Hsu, and with WJR Radio morning drive personality Paul W. Smith.
Today on Current State: State Budget Director John Nixon and State Representative Sam Singh discuss Governor Snyder's budget proposal, sports with Joe Rexrode of the Detroit Free Press, the largest LGBT college student conference comes to Lansing this weekend, Kirk Cousins on his NFL rookie year, and a breakdown of the Grammy nominees in classical music.
Governor Rick Snyder unveiled his fiscal year 2014 budget on Thursday. The $50 billion spending plan calls for increases in education funding, as well as in health, public safety and other areas. The administration also wants to hike gas taxes and vehicle registration fees to help pay for more than a billion dollars in road and infrastructure repairs.
What’s being billed as the nation’s largest gay college student conference will be held this weekend in Lansing. The Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Ally College Conference expects 2,000 people to attend at the Lansing Center. It was organized by students from Michigan State University, and is open to all college students. Erica Shekell, director of marketing and public relations for the conference, discusses the weekend's events.
Jack and Tom Crawford dissect the Big Ten college basketball scene, as the number one Indiana Hoosiers are upset by the Fighting Illini. They also talk recruiting and invite callers to hone in on questions. East Lansing high school basketball coach Steve Finamore talks foul or defend in late game situations. Jack gives away the rivalry game tickets, as the Wolverines come to the Breslin center.
Former Spartan quarterback Kirk Cousins was back in Michigan yesterday headlining the MSU Club of West Michigan's third annual Spartan Winter Tailgate in Grand Rapids. Current State contributor Russ White caught up with Cousins yesterday.
Russ White can be heard every Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. on MSU Today on AM870 WKAR or at SpartanPodcast.com.
The 55th Grammy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday night at 8pm on CBS. Millions of eyes and ears will be turned to some of the world’s most popular music that evening.
Classical music, as usual, will be somewhat of a sidebar. The classical Grammys are typically announced off-camera in a separate awards ceremony. But the fact remains that the breadth and depth of classical music leads to a large number of categories, nominations and awards.
Today on Current State: Michigan moves closer to expanding Medicaid, assessing MSU and U of M football recruiting classes, a Public Poetry Announcement featuring Robert Hayden, the murals on West Saginaw in Lansing, and a preview of the MSU Symphony's upcoming performance.
National Signing Day is a minor secular holiday for college football fans. It's the day when the nation's top-rated recruits announce where they'll be playing football next year. Local sports journalist Jack Ebling breaks down yesterday's announcements and who's joining the Spartans and the Wolverines.
The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Friday, Feb. 8, at the Wharton Center. They’ll play Beethoven’s First Symphony, music from Aaron Copland’s “Billy the Kid,” and “The Chairman Dances” by John Adams. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark speaks with MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe about the the program, starting with the Beethoven, which has a beginning that almost sounds like an ending.
Today on Current State: Newly elected 68th District Representative Andy Schor, Neighbors in Action features literacy non-profit Lansing RIF, a new report about arts in Michigan's economy, state leaders outline new initiatives for Michigan veterans, and remembering the old Stroh's Brewery.
Each Wednesday on our Neighbors in Action segment, we feature a person or an organization that is working to make our community a better place. This is a listener-generated segment, meaning that each week, the person or organization we highlight will be nominated by you.
When people think of Michigan's economy, their minds likely don't turn to art.
However, a new report may get Michigan's creative sector a second look. The non-profit organization ArtServe released its second annual “Creative State Michigan” study last week. The report suggests that creative and cultural enterprises have a positive effect on the state’s economy.