Sometimes concurrently and sometimes separately, Barb and Dianne Byrum have represented the Lansing area either in the state legislature, at Ingham County or at Michigan State University for most of the past 25 years. The democratic mother-daughter duo continues to be influential: Barb as a first-term Ingham County Clerk and her mother as a Michigan State University trustee. Together, they join Current State and talk about issues, politics, the future and each other.
With riots, the Vietnam War, and the King and Kennedy assassinations, 1968 was a tumultuous year for the United States. In Michigan, the success of the World Series champion, the Detroit Tigers, helped people get through that difficult time.
Tim Wendel, author of "Summer of '68: The Season that Changed Baseball and America, Forever," chronicles the relationship between the events of that time and the baseball heroes of that year.
Tomorrow is Good Friday, the date two-thousand years ago on which Jesus of Nazareth was sentenced to death and crucified. For more than 30 years, volunteers in Lansing have memorialized the events of that day with a live reenactment of the Passion.
World-renown flutist James Galway comes to Michigan State's Wharton Center Thursday, March 28. The legendary musician will bring his unique blend of classical, Irish and jazz-influenced repertoire to mid-Michigan fans. WKAR’s Peter Whorf previews the concert and talks with Sir James about his musical and personal interests.
Alex joins Matt today to breakdown all of the NCAA tournament games tonight and Friday night. The duo breaks down every team, and discusses all of the shockers like Witchita State who could potentially make a Cinderella run. They also analyze the Miami Heat loss to Chicago, ending their impressive win steak, and cap off the show with the news of Tim McCarver.
Today on Current State: the debate continues over Michigan’s Right-to-Work law; a public poetry announcement; Michigan's affirmative action case goes to the SCOTUS; the 2014 new Cadillac CTS; REACH Studio ART Center; and a new book exploring the color of Christ.
Three and a half months after its stormy journey through the state legislature, Michigan’s Right-to-Work law is about to take effect. Two guests with opposing views of the controversial law join Current State to update the debate. Jim Holcomb is General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, which supports the law. Doug Pratt is a spokesperson for the Michigan Education Association, which opposes it.
For this Public Poetry Announcement, Current State producer Joe Linstroth and Stephanie Glazier, acting director of MSU’s Center for Poetry, discuss world-renown poet and Detroit native Philip Levine, whose work focuses on labor and working class issues. The poem featured in this segment is titled “Drum.”
The Supreme Court is set to rule on the affirmative action case - Fisher v. The University of Texas- this spring. However, before they hand down their ruling, the court will hear another affirmative action case out of Michigan- Schuette v. The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action. George Washington, the lead attorney for the Coalition, discusses the case.
For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment we feature REACH Studio Art Center, a non-profit neighborhood space in REO Town. For ten years, the REACH Studio Art Center offered art classes and art-related activities for children and teenagers.
Alice Brinkman, founder and director of REACH Studio Art Center, discusses her organization’s latest projects.
Rwandan based artist Emmanuel Nkuranga moved to Rwanda from Uganda in 1997 at the age of 10. Although he moved after the 1994 genocide, Rwanda was and is a country in transition. Emmanuel’s mission is to help Rwanda continue to heal and grow through art.
In the Book of Genesis it says “... God created human beings in his own image,” however according the book " The Color of Christ: The Son of God and the Saga of Race in America," we made his son in our image. Throughout the 20th century, varied configurations of Jesus tell the history of race and religion in the United States.
Today on Current State: Curtis Hertel on plans to run for Senate; former congressman advocates for mental health; Lansing City Council president's response to budget proposal; and measuring water quality over the years in the Great Lakes.
Current Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel recently announced his plans to run for state Senate for 2014. As of now, he is the only democrat seeking to replace Gretchen Whitmer, who will reach her term limit come 2014.
Current State speaks with Hertel on his future plans for the position.
In his State of the State address in January, Governor Rick Snyder told lawmakers that Michigan must do better when treating people with mental health issues. The governor vowed to not only increase state funding for mental health, but also to work towards community-based treatment solutions.
Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero formally presented his proposed 2014 budget to the city council on Monday, March 25. The much anticipated proposal comes just days after an independent review team issued an ambitious set of recommendations to shore up Lansing’s long-term financial standing. Current State’s Kevin Lavery attended last night’s council meeting and files this report.
Also to discuss the proposal is Lansing City Council president Carol Wood.
It’s been 100 years since the International Joint Commission conducted a Great Lakes-wide bacteriological study. Scientists are now looking to recreate the 1913 research; the 100 years study will assess how water quality in the Basin has changed over time.
Matt Ludtke continues the discussion on NCAA upsets, and also brings up the recent head coach firings from UCLA and Minnesota. He also discusses the possibility of Tom Izzo coaching the USA Olympic team. The Miami Heat are continuing their dominance, and MSU continues their tournament run. Matt and Alex cover it all on the air, and have open lines all show.
Today on Current State: Lansing teachers’ union on new contract; the discovery of century-old handwritten messages in the former Traverse City State Hospital; sports with Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; a look a documentary on wise older women; the Motown Museum; and Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.
Last Thursday, the Lansing School District and the city teachers’ union reached a new five-year contract agreement. The deal cuts 87 full-time equivalent positions in art, music and physical education classes. On Friday we spoke with school board president Guillermo Lopez. He assured us that those particular curricula would continue in Lansing schools, but that the method of providing that instruction is going to be restructured. After Mr. Lopez’s interview aired, Current State’s Kevin Lavery caught up with Patti Seidl, the president of the Lansing Schools Education Association, to hear the union’s perspective on the deal.
Recently, workers at the site of the former Traverse City State Hospital made a series of curious discoveries. After pulling down old plaster from the walls of a former women’s dormitory, they found dozens of handwritten messages beneath. A few were over a century old. Ian Jones, director of Marketing and Communications for Traverse City’s Munson Medical Center, talks about these mysterious findings.
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. Today he discusses Spartan's performance in the NCAA tournament.
Soon a little piece of Detroit’s history will join the marquees on Broadway. "Motown the Musical" will debut in New York in April. If you can’t make it to Broadway, you can find the story of Motown on display at the Motown Museum. WKAR’s Scott Pohl toured the museum with president and CEO of the Motown Museum, Allen Rawls.
Today on Current State: contracts for Lansing teachers; a look at the new Financial Empowerment Center; East Lansing high school's theater fundraiser; Michigan's 20-20 plan and reform options; sports check-in; Lansing's historic Albert Kahn building.