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Current State #409 | October 28, 2014

Oct 28, 2014

Today on Current State: Our ELECTION 2014 coverage continues with a conversation with 8th district Democratic congressional candidate Eric Schertzing; our Great Lakes Month in Review examines rising lake levels; two contemporary inductees into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame; and a robotics team at Stockbridge High School looks for lost World War II aircraft.

Current State #408 | October 27, 2014

Oct 27, 2014

Today on Current State: Our ELECTION 2014 coverage continues with a conversation with 8th district Republican congressional candidate Mike Bishop; how yoga might help combat veterans; documentary filmmaker Darryl Roberts; and a recap of the Michigan State-Michigan football game.

MSU Today | October 26, 2014

Oct 26, 2014

Empower Extraordinary; hot job market; Project 60/50; Senator Stabenow

Current State #407 | October 24, 2014

Oct 24, 2014

Today on Current State: Our Election 2014 coverage continues with Republican AG Bill Schuette; an MSU study linking energy and cancer research; MSU's top-ranked women's cross country team; and the Lansing Area Unionized Spectacle.

Current State #406 | October 23, 2014

Oct 23, 2014

Today on Current State: the local opiate drug abuse problem; the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees election; a possible link between vitamin D deficiency and suicide; and a visit to a new Civil War exhibit at the Michigan Historical Center.

Current State #405 | October 22, 2014

Oct 22, 2014

Today on Current State: 7th congressional district Democratic candidate Pam Byrnes; a new book explores Michigan county by county; the Small Talk Children's Assessment Center and a preview of the MSU Wind Symphony's upcoming performance.

Current State #404 | October 21, 2014

Oct 21, 2014

Today on Current State: The Lansing area prepares for Ebola; Upper Peninsula residents face the replacement of an aging power plant; gay and divorced Catholics; and the return of the Whig party.

Sachs with trumpet

Thu. Oct. 23 - 7:30pm on 90.5 FM WKAR | MSU Wind Symphony performs Aaron Jay Kernis's "a Voice, a Messenger" with guest soloist Michael Sachs, principal trumpet of the Cleveland Orchestra. Kevin Sedatole conducts.

Current State #403 | October 20, 2014

Oct 21, 2014

Today on Current State: Lansing City Pulse associate editor Mickey Hirten on local elections; the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode re-caps the MSU victory over Indiana; the value of video games in the classroom and new technology at MSU's Abrams Planetarium.

MSU Today | October 19, 2014

Oct 19, 2014

This Far By Faith and Florida's rising seas

Current State #402 | October 17, 2014

Oct 17, 2014

Today on Current State: Democratic attorney general candidate Mark Totten; MSU develops a "robofish," a cast member of "Once" explains his role and a special deer hunt for disabled sportsmen.

Courtesy Mark Totten for Attorney General

If the flyers, phone calls and door knockers haven't tipped you off yet, it's election season in Michigan.

But before you hit the polls, you need to know a little bit about what and who is on the ballot.

As part of Current State's "Election 2014" series, we speak with the Democratic candidate for Michigan attorney general, Mark Totten.

Totten is a former federal prosecutor and a professor of criminal law and ethics at Michigan State University.  

MSU spawns "robofish" to monitor Great Lakes

Oct 17, 2014
Courtesy G. L. Kohuth

A lot of sci-fi movies and books feature robots that look like people.  Think the Terminator or C-3PO.

But an MSU engineering professor went in a different direction when he started working on building a robotic fish about 10 years ago.

Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Dr. Xiaobo Tan, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University.  He's been working on a robotic fish that can be used for monitoring water quality.

Courtesy Joan Marcus

The Broadway production of "Once" is running at the Wharton Center at Michigan State University this weekend.  It's a contemporary love story involving a pair of young musicians in Ireland.

Current State's Mark Bashore talks with cast member Evan Harrington, who has a plum supporting role in the cast as "Billy."

Courtesy Tom Jones, Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors

We're well into deer bow hunting season in Michigan.  While most hunters must wait until November 15 to bag their trophy bucks with firearms, a special event is happening this week for some firearms hunters.

The "Independence Hunt" allows people with physical disabilities to enjoy firearms hunting.  It's sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Current State's Kevin Lavery speaks with Bryan Wilkinson, a disabled hunter who spent the first day of the hunt at Sharonville State Game Area in Jackson County.

Current State #401 | October 16, 2014

Oct 16, 2014

Today on Current State: checking the claims on education spending in Michigan; the Building Detroit program; a look at the duties of the MSU Board of Trustees; and book reviewer Scott D. Southard considers a biography of Harper Lee.

A2SO on 90.5 FM WKAR

Oct 15, 2014
Group performing
courtesy / Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra

Sat. Oct. 18 - noon on 90.5 | The second concert in the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra's Main Stage series comes to 90.5 Classical this Saturday at noon.  The A2SO's Made In The USA program features works by Bernstein, Barber, Daugherty and Gershwin with violin soloist Joan Kwuon and local ensembles Boychoir of Ann Arbor and Vocal Arts Ensemble.  Arie Lipsky conducts and previews the next broadcast concert of the Main Stage series with WKAR's Peter Whorf.

This special broadcast is available exclusively over-the-air on 90.5 (no online streaming).

Current State #400 | October 15, 2014

Oct 15, 2014

Today on Current State: Former Ingham County Commissioner Mark Grebner on the importance of local elections; an MSU-educated engineer works on a project to contain contaminated water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant; Neighbors in Action: the REACH Studio Art Center; and Soup Grant Lansing’s first anniversary.

Current State #399 | October 14, 2014

Oct 14, 2014

Today on Current State: A look at the U.S. Supreme Court session; an Asian carp update; a profile of transgender law student Cadence Custin; and Current State says farewell to producer Joe Linstroth.


Current State bids a reluctant but fond farewell today to the founding producer of our program. Joe Linstroth returns to his Ann Arbor alma mater as he leaves WKAR for a position at the University of Michigan's public radio station.

Current State #398 | October 13, 2014

Oct 13, 2014

Today on Current State: a recap of last night's town hall debate between Gov. Rick Snyder and challenger Mark Schauer; a talk with Patricia Schultz, author of “The New 1,000 Places to See Before You Die”; juvenile justice reform in Michigan; and a candidate forum that will be led by young people.

MSU Today | October 12, 2014

Oct 12, 2014

Lake Erie algal blooms; Grand Hotel

Current State #397 | October 10, 2014

Oct 10, 2014

Today on Current State: ArtPrize finalist Henry Brimmer; part two of our conversation with Michigan Supreme Court justices Robert Young and Bridget McCormack; and our Live Music Friday guest is Jon Brooks.

Current State #396 | October 9, 2014

Oct 9, 2014

Today on Current State: Bridge magazine's "The Smartest Kids" series; Hall-of-Fame auctioneer Bill Sheridan; and a preview of Saturday's Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert.

Current State #395 | October 8, 2014

Oct 8, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan League of Women Voters president Susan Smith; Neighbors in Action: the Michigan Parkinson Foundation; and legendary musician Allen Toussaint.

Current State #394 | October 7, 2014

Oct 7, 2014

Today on Current State: Lansing Maker Week; the use of drones in agriculture; and the importance of early intervention in mental illness.

Second Nature | Radio Reader

Oct 7, 2014
book cover: Second Nature
Random House, N.Y., 2011

Second Nature, by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Random House, N.Y., 2011
Airs beginning October 7, 2014

Current State #393 | October 6, 2014

Oct 6, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan Supreme Court justices Bob Young and Bridget McCormack; a look at industry-funded research; and images of the Magna Carta on display in Ann Arbor.

Woman holding violin close
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

Sat. Oct. 11 - 8pm 90.5 FM | Live from the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor, this concert reflects the many facets of what makes American music American.

MSU Today | October 5, 2014

Oct 5, 2014
Steve Boughton

2014 MSU Homecoming Grand Marshal; Scott Westerman with George Blaha