A few weeks ago, Democrats in the Michigan Senate, led by East Lansing’s Gretchen Whitmer, announced that the ‘Michigan 2020’ plan is their highest legislative priority in 2013. The measure would offer some amount of free college tuition for all high school graduates in the state. It would be funded by eliminating almost two-billion dollars in loopholes in the Michigan tax code.
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 the NCAA tournament.
Jim Robinson, Vice President of Michigan Farm Bureau Insurance, joins the panel to discuss his “bleed green” passion, and the relationship between his company and Michigan State University Athletics. Jim Pignataro, Director of Smith Academic Center, describes his relationship with student athletes and their academic experience with the College of Business. Finally, MSU head soccer coach Damon Rensing discusses the season and the day-to-day activities.
Architect Albert Kahn was famous for his Michigan buildings, among them Detroit’s Fisher Building and General Motors Headquarters, Ann Arbor’s Hill Auditorium and the many functional but distinctive factories and industrial facilities throughout Detroit and the U.S. Lansing is home to one Kahn building, the former Motor Wheel Factory.
Russ and Kirk give listeners continuous score updates from MSU's second round matchup versus Valparaiso. The two also hone in on Spring Training baseball from the Detroit Tigers, and recap the unfortunate season for the Detroit Pistons. The two have open lines, for listeners to give their emotions of March Madness.
Police and firefighters in the city of Lansing are under pressure to make concessions to improve the city’s short and long-term budget woes. Last week, a long-awaited report from the city’s blue ribbon “Financial Health Team” called for a million dollars to be cut from the police department’s budget.
Discussing the issue is the President of the Lansing Fraternal Order of Police---the police officers and supervisors’ union---Tom Krug and from the city of Lansing, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Public Service, Chad Gamble.
Nic Gareiss has performed traditional Irish dance and the dances of its Diaspora around the world. But for Nic, his performances are not just visual expressions, but audible ones. He understands the body in motion as a form of music.
Nic holds degrees in both anthropology and music from Central Michigan University and recently completed his Masters' in ethnochoreology at the University of Limerick in Ireland.
Nic discusses his research interests including percussive dances, cultural identity in relation to traditional dance and music, and sexual identity within traditional dance.
Agriculture is Michigan’s second largest industry. With the exception of California, no other state produces such a diverse variety of fruits and vegetables. Michigan also has a large livestock industry. Over the years, the state has seen an expansion of “CAFOs:” or Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations. In exchange for high food product output, CAFO’s also produce a lot of waste.
Today on Current State: Republican State Rep. Al Pscholka on the proposed state revenue cuts to universities; the future of the U.S. nuclear arsenal; Lansing's Habitat for Humanity; a new exhibition at MSU's Broad Museum; spring weather forecast; and a public poetry announcement.
In reaction to the provision, Wayne State University issued a press release which calls the legislation “punishment” for a proposed contract within the legal requirements of Michigan’s Right to Work law.
Yesterday the House Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee proposed a plan that would cut state revenue to universities that approve new long-term contracts with faculty unions. Several schools including the University of Michigan and Wayne State University have been pursuing the new contracts to delay the impact of Michigan’s new Right to Work law, which is set to take effect next week.
The United States is the premier nuclear power in the world. But the geopolitical landscape has radically transformed since the height of the Cold War. Meanwhile, our stockpile of ballistic missiles, nuclear submarines and large bombers is aging and in need of expensive upgrades and replacements.
The Lansing chapter of Habitat for Humanity plans to build four new houses this year and rehab two. For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, Denise Paquette, executive director of Lansing Habitat, and future Habitat resident, Monica List, discuss the organization’s work.
Michigan State University’s Broad Art Museum is opening a new exhibit on Friday. It’s called "Pattern: Follow the Rules." For Curator of Contemporary Art Alison Gass, it’s her first big exhibition since arriving at the Broad.
She told WKAR’s Scott Pohl that Pattern: Follow the Rules was inspired by the Zaha Hadid design of the Broad Museum building
Meteorologist Andy Provenzano spoke with WKAR's Peter Whorf about the first days of spring 2013 and a look at the weeks to come. Their conversation began by looking back to last year's unusual and problematic March.
Today on Current State: Democratic State Representative Sam Singh; Plastic pollution in the Great Lakes; The new Executive Director of the Michigan Humanities Council, Erik Nordberg; Smoke-Free Housing in Lansing; and parade of electric guitars in Detroit.
Legendary guitarist Donald Kinsey has been steeped in the blues since his birth. His father, Lester ”Big Daddy” Kinsey, brought him up on a solid diet of basement jam sessions and blues shows in clandestine joints in Gary, Ind.
At 17, Donald traveled the world as Albert King's lead guitarist. Later, he was captivated by a new sound, reggae. He played with Peter Tosh and was a member of The Wailers Band. Current State Weekend host Emanuele Berry discusses the past, the blues and the present with Donald Kinsey.
Democratic State Representative Sam Singh of East Lansing sits on the House appropriations committee and education appropriation subcommittees. We welcome the first-termer back to Current State to get his thoughts on what’s happening at the state capitol, including a last-minute bill that would make major cuts to universities that do not meet the new union contract rules.
Scientists have conducted extensive research on the plastic-filled gyres of the ocean. This past summer, however, researchers decided to look inland for the first time and measure plastic pollution in the Great Lakes. Some of the groups' water samples had concentrations of plastic greater than those found anywhere else. The study has resulted in several other projects. Chemistry professor Dr. Sherri Mason discusses the plastic pollution in the basin.
The Michigan Humanities Council will have a new executive director starting in May. Erik Nordberg is a long-time board member and will be coming to Lansing from Michigan Technological University where he most recently served as the University Archivist. He spoke about the humanities and his new position with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark.
Tomorrow is National “Kick Butts Day,” a day of activism to call attention to the hazards of tobacco use. In mid-Michigan, the managers of a local apartment complex are marking the day by celebrating their recent status as a smoke-free property. Current State talks with Ingham county health officer Dr. Renee Canady about current available smoke-free housing, what's being done to ensure these properties are available, and whether it makes economic sense.
MSU alumni Don Gonyea from NPR joins the airwaves, as Russ White and Kirk Heinze discuss their affinity for the Detroit Tigers and reliving pastimes. Director of Broadcast services for WKAR Gary Reid joins the panel to present Don an award. Finally, Scott Meier from Cumulus joins the group to discuss radio audiences and the changing future of radio.
Russ White and Kirk Heinze, hosts of Greening of the Great Lakes, takes listeners through SportsTalk this week. The duo discusses the latest of MSU basketball in the NCAA tournament, and also wrap around to Detroit Tiger baseball. The two take guest callers, inviting you to give your take on sports news around the country.
Today on Current State: Governor Snyder’s 2013 economic conference; Michigan Municipal League leaders discuss the revenue debacle; sports with Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode; the Higgs boson; and Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.