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.
Governor Rick Snyder calls his “Governor’s Economic Summit," which begins today in Detroit, a “centerpiece event” for 2013. Over the next day and a half at Cobo Center, the Governor is bringing together private sector employers and workforce developers to determine Michigan’s future hiring needs. He plans a follow-up summit with educators in April to align the effort. Governor Snyder shares more details.
Since 2000, Michigan's state government has cut a total of $4.2 billion of revenue sharing with municipalities. With lawmakers at work on the next state budget, and with a modest surplus projected, advocates for Michigan’s cities and towns are pleading for an increase in revenue. This afternoon, many of those advocates will meet at the Lansing office of the Michigan Municipal League to make some noise.
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 upcoming NCAA tournament.
In 1964, physicists including Peter Higgs theorized that a sub-atomic particle existed that would help explain the creation of the universe, a particle that gives everything in the universe mass. It became known as the Higgs boson.
Last July, scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, or CERN, announced that they had found a particle they described as “Higgs-like." Last week, after completing their examination of the data, lead researcher Joe Incandela announced that, in his words, “it is clear that we are dealing with a Higgs boson."
The research continues, but discovery of a Higgs boson would leap to the top of Nobel Prize contenders.
Today on Current State: GM's possible Lansing expansion; Lansing Financial Health Team members discuss details of report; Lansing's school superintendent on why she opposes Educational Assessment Authority; the screenwriter of the new Israeli film "Rock the Casbah"; MSU Wharton Center presents "Garden of Joy"; and Cello Plus Chamber Music Festival with a live music performance.
In Lansing, city leaders and many others have begun digging into pages of new recommendations for addressing long-term city revenue shortfalls. Former mayor Dave Hollister led the 14-person effort that began last November. The blue-ribbon Financial Health Team divided its work into two areas: long-term costs and debt and a regional approach to cutting and streamlining.
The new Israeli film "Rock the Casbah" takes place during the first intifada in the late 1980s. It's the first feature film produced in Israel to address the tumultuous period and is showing this weekend as part of the Israeli Film Festival put on by MSU's Jewish Studies Program. The film's screenwriter, Guy Meirson, served in the Israeli army at the time. He's a guest lecturer in screenwriting this semester and joins us to discuss his new film and Israel's complex relationship with the Palestinians.
In Lansing, city leaders and many others have begun digging into pages of new recommendations for addressing long-term revenue shortfalls. Former Mayor David Hollister led the 14-person effort beginning last November. The blue ribbon Financial Health Team divided its work into two areas: long term costs and debt and a regionals approach to cutting, stream lining and the like.
A new production opening tonight at MSU’s Wharton Center pays homage to the Harlem Renaissance. In the 1920’s, the arts in America, like just about every other industry, were dominated by whites. Most representations of African-American life were done in parody. One of most popular programs of the day was “Amos and Andy.” It debuted in 1928 with two white actors who would later appear on screen in blackface.
In a surprisingly short conclave, the Roman Catholic cardinals elected a new pope yesterday. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of the Buenos Aires diocese, became the first Jesuit and first Latin American to be named pope.
Monsignor Jerry Vincke of the Lansing diocese is stationed at the North American College in Rome. He shares what the process has been like and introduces Pope Francis the First.