This Sunday, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra joins MSU’s University Chorale for a performance of one of the first great “mega works” of classical music, Monteverdi’s “Vespers of 1610.” The performance is in downtown Lansing at St. Mary’s Cathedral.
WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with David Rayl of the MSU College of Music about the concert. He’ll be conducting the orchestra and chorus Sunday.
An artistic exploration of Latin American and U.S. cultures will take place on MSU's campus as part of the first Latin IS America Festival. Coordinated through the MSU College of Music, events will take place from April 15 to 27 at various campus locations and include concerts, films, art exhibits, plays, and more.
For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment we feature the Open Door Ministry, a non-profit day drop-in center where homeless individuals can rest, eat and do laundry.
Dennis Ranville, co-director of Open Door Ministry, talks about the people his organization serves and poverty in downtown Lansing. And Ira Savage, a current volunteer and formerly homeless client at Open Door, joins the conversation.
Matt Ludtke kicks off the show with a recap of the NCAA Championship game last night. He discusses potential referee changes in the NCAA, and key highlights from the game. Ludtke continues with Spartan basketball discussion and takes callers opinions on what went wrong for the Wolverines last night. He closes the show with MSU football talk, and which players are going to step up and be the new role models for a team that lost great leaders after last fall.
Today on Current State: MSU plant biologist's expertise plays major role in criminal investigation; lead poisoning down in Detroit, but so is funding for lead cleanup; and iPad periodical developed by MSU journalism students.
After analyzing a dirt sample containing hints about the suspect's whereabouts when the crime occurred, researchers plan to recruit volunteers this summer to further the investigation in Ludington's forests.
A Michigan State University plant biology professor is playing a unique role in piecing together a tragic West Michigan crime. Dr. Frank Telewski is part of an effort to locate a Ludington infant who was abducted and likely killed by her father in 2011.
Telewski and other professionals have analyzed bits of plant material from the suspect’s shoes in an attempt to find the location of four-month-old’s remains. Using the findings, investigators plan to narrow the search this summer.
A story from Environmental Health News reports that lead poisoning in children in Detroit has decreased 70 percent since 2004. However, the number of children with exposure to excessive lead levels in Detroit still exceeds the national average, and funding for cleanup is dwindling.
Brian Bienkowski is a senior editor and staff writer at Environmental Health News. He discusses the decrease of lead poisoning and the motor city's environmental future.
MSU Journalism students have produced an online-only magazine called Glyph. As publications like Newsweek move to eliminate print editions, these students are learning what it takes to succeed in online journalism.
A senior-level class has published this new magazine for the iPad. Two editions of Glyph are available at no charge in Apple’s app store.
Today on Current State: musician Chuck Leavell on sustainable communities; the executive producer of “The Waiting Room” documentary, takes us inside an American public hospital; and Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.
The U.S population is expected to increase by 90 million in the next 30 years. According to the book "Growing a Better America: Smart, Strong, Sustainable," now is the time for the Untied State’s to plan for that growth. The books author, Chuck Leveall, is a conservationist, confounder of the Mother Nature Network, tree farm owner and rock-n- roll star. He’s toured with Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison and many others. Leavell discusses his thoughts on growth models, conservation and music.
The documentary “The Waiting Room” takes viewers inside a public hospital in Oakland, California. The powerful film captures the struggles of both health care workers and patients in a system that is broken and stretched to its limits. It also shows how public hospitals can become more than just places to receive medical care.
MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development. Today, she and Current State’s host Mark Bashore talk about published claims that the Michigan Department of Treasury is failing in its efforts to collect billions of dollars in delinquent tax revenue.
A new analysis of state data by Bridge Magazine shows Michigan property values fell a total of $36 billion between 2011 and 2012. Believe it or not, observers find that number encouraging in some ways.
Bridge reporter Ted Roelofs and City of Lansing Assessor Antonia Kraus break down the numbers.
Adjusting to the demands of college life can be difficult for any student. For many student-mothers, however, balancing the responsibilities of school, a job and being a parent can be overwhelming.
Sara Embaye graduated last year while raising her daughter. She shares her story, and is joined by Lori Strom, coordinator of MSU's Family Resource Center, which provides support to student-parents. This Saturday, the Center is hosting a carnival and resource fair for families at the Breslin Center.
It’s understatement to say that Islam is misunderstood in the West. While we see images of people in the Muslim world that often depict the religion as violent and backward -- images that fuel Islamophobia. But of course there’s more to Islam than stereotypes, as there are millions of Muslims we don’t see who are working to feed their families and to give themselves better lives.
Matt closes out the week with NCAA Final Four Analysis and some more allegations against NCAA coaches and programs. He also breaks down the legacy of Jason Hanson, as he retires after his 21-year career in the National Football League. Finally, Matt closes the show with Opening Day baseball talk for the Detroit Tigers.
Matt and Alex welcome back former Tiger pitcher Jose Valverde with opinions and analysis, and also welcome another Pitino into a higher reigns of NCAA coaching. The duo also discuss the possibility of a female in the NBA, and the recent allegations against the Auburn football program. They end the hour discussing Detroit Tiger baseball and the future of women's basketball.
Today on Current State: MSU's Fossil Free campaign; remembering Dr. Martin Luther King 45 years after his assassination; Izzo discusses the future of Adreian Payne and the MSU Opera Theater presents the Stephen Sondheim classic "A Little Night Music."
Environmentalists trying to get Michigan State University to curtail coal-generated power are announcing a new tactic today. The MSU Sierra Student Coalition is launching the MSU Fossil Free campaign. The effort is an attempt to get the university to divest millions of endowment dollars the coalition says are invested in the fossil fuel industry. Callie Bruley, an MSU student and a coordinator of MSU Beyond Coal, and Brad Van Guilder, who represents the Michigan Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal effort, discuss the MSU Fossil Free campaign.
On this date 45 years ago, civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King, Junior was murdered in Memphis, Tennessee. To the world, King was an icon of equality and justice. His family and friends, of course, saw something more. One of Dr. King’s closest friends was William G. Anderson. Anderson is an osteopathic surgeon with Michigan State University who practices in Detroit. In 1961, Anderson lived in Albany, Georgia, where he started what came to be known as the “Albany Movement,” one of the first successful organized protests of the era.
Ransom founded the Olds Motor Vehicle Company in Lansing in 1897. The company was bought by General Motors in 1908, which produced the Oldsmobile brand for 96 years. Ransom Olds continued to produce cars, however, under the name REO Motor Car Company.
The R.E. Olds transportation museum houses a diverse collection of Oldsmobiles dating from 1897 to 2004.
It also includes a wide array of auto and industrial history covering about a century, including a nearly complete collection of Michigan license plates, early traffic signs and a working 1950s-era traffic signal.
Bill Adcock is the Executive Director of the RE Olds Transportation Museum. He recently joined WKAR’s Peter Whorf for a tour of the museum.
Tom Izzo held his season wrap-up press conference this week, and the question on many Spartan fans minds as they look forward to next season is who on the MSU roster will stay and who will enter the NBA draft, particularly Adreian Payne.
MSU Opera Theater presents the Stephen Sondheim classic "A Little Night Music," Friday-Sunday April 5-7. MSU Opera Theater director and Associate Professor of voice Melanie Helston speaks with WKAR’s Peter Whorf.