Current State #2 | January 15, 2013

Jan 15, 2013

On today's Current State: Lansing police chief Teresa Szymanski discusses guns, we also highlight economic development in Lansing, pianist Minsoo Sohn and Michigan's role in the Civil War.

Police Chief Szymanski on gun violence in Lansing

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Lansing Police Chief Teresa Szymanski discusses city officials’ demand that Washington pass sensible gun laws.  She also shares measures to control gun violence and comments on conceal and carry in Michigan.  

Lansing's economic development leaders see progress, press for more

Lansing Economic Area Partnership executives Bob Trezise and Jeff Smith discuss economic development projects, opportunities and challenges.

Pianist and MSU Professor Minsoo Sohn reflects on Carnegie Hall debut

MSU Assistant Professor of Piano Minsoo Sohn performs a recital at Cook Recital Hall on Jan. 16. Professor Sohn recently made his Carnegie Recital Hall debut. WKAR’s Peter Whorf speaks with the pianist about his blossoming career.

Michigan's crucial role in the Civil War -- Part 1

Uniforms and equipment are just some of the items on display at MSU Museum's 'Michigan in the Civil War' exhibit.
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"Thank God for Michigan." Those were the words of President Abraham Lincoln as he watched Michigan men arrive by train in the early days of the American Civil War.  Michigan soldiers were the first to make their way east from the Western states.

The state of Michigan sent 90,000 men to war, nearly a quarter of its male population. Approximately one in six died in service. The entire first graduating class of the Michigan Agricultural College was excused early so that they could join the Union Army.

Life and death in the Civil War is currently on display in the exhibition "Michigan in the Civil War" at the MSU Museum. The exhibit marks the ongoing Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States. Drawn from the museum's historic collection, the exhibit highlights our state's connections to America's bloodiest conflict. Uniforms, weapons, camp goods, medical equipment, even some surviving Civil War hardtack are all included.

WKAR's Peter Whorf joins MSU history professor Roger Rosentreter for a tour. Part One airs today. Part Two will air tomorrow.

Host Mark Bashore and producer Joe Linstroth discuss Current State

Producer Joe Linstroth just arrived to Lansing from Chicago 10 days ago. Joe introduces himself and together with Mark, they share their vision for Current State, which includes plenty of listener participation and community involvement.