As the Wolverines come to Breslin tonight, Jeremy invites former Michigan State point guard Drew Neitzel to hone in on his favorite parts about the rivalry, and touch on his basketball career overseas. Mark Snyder, Michigan beat writer from the Detroit Free Press, gives listeners a sneak preview of the matchup tonight as well. Jeremy has open lines for the remainder of the show.
Today on Current State: Lansing City Council member Brian Jeffries and Lansing Township Supervisor Kathy Rodgers discuss the sale of Waverly Golf Course; MSU jazz professor Rodney Whitaker reflects on his career and previews an upcoming performance; founders of the Birmingham Urban League recall Alabama in the 1960s; and the MSU band's role in big games.
Today on Current State: Local business leader and chairman of the MSU Board of Trustees Joel Ferguson opens up about business, politics; 21st century community building around the #lovelansing Twitter hashtag; sports with the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode, Lansing business news with MLive's Angela Wittrock.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On today's Current State: the Niowave pole barn dispute, the new play "U.P.", Ingham County's fight against mortgage fraud, and local graphic artist Karl Gude's work from Newsweek magazine on exhibit at the Michigan Historical Museum.
Jack Ebling invites Lansing State Journal's Graham Couch to discuss National Signing day with its history. After an important win over the University of Michigan, head coach Suzy Merchant recaps last night’s game and answers a couple recruiting questions. Jack closes the show with open lines and opens the floodgates for basketball tickets.