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Wayne Kramer photo
Jim Newberry

The leader of one of Detroit’s most influential rock bands has written an autobiography. Wayne Kramer led the MC5, a group that helped take hard rock music to the mainstream. Fifty years later, to promote his book “The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, The MC5 and My Life of Impossibilities,” he’s hitting the road with a band he’s calling MC50.


Bird scooter photo
Joe Dandron / WKAR/MSU

The East Lansing city council hopes to hear this week from two companies entering the scooter ride-sharing business.


Dr. Peter Gulick photo
WKAR File Photo / WKAR-MSU

September is National Sickle Cell Anemia Awareness Month. Sickle cell refers to the shape of a patient’s red blood cells. As many as 100-thousand people have the blood disease in this country, most of them African-Americans.

WKAR health reporter Scott Pohl talks with Dr. Peter Gulick of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.


On this week's show: Michigan's Governors Race; Lawsuit alleging a 1992 sexual assault by Larry Nassar and cover-up; Political climate affecting international students at MSU; The Great American Read; "talking" sidewalks in Lansing; Archived interview with Dr. Lena Wen; the history of apples in America.


George Perles
George Perles, seen in a photo from 1985

Thursday is the day we give into the big political news of the week, and this week revealed yet another development in the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. A lawsuit was filed on Monday by former field MSU hockey player, Erika Davis. WKAR’s Emily Fox and Scott Pohl discuss the suit.


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Courtesy photo / Hurley Medical Center

Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, a pediatrician at the Hurley Medical Center in Flint, uncovered the extent of the problems caused by lead in the city’s water supply. It’s become one of the most serious environmental challenges in recent memory.

Now, she’s written a book about the crisis. On Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m., she’ll discuss the Flint water crisis with U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow at the East Lansing Public Library. It's open to the public.


George Perles
George Perles, seen in a photo from 1985

A lawsuit coming to light today alleges that Larry Nassar raped a Michigan State University field hockey player in 1992, and that when she reported the assault, then-MSU Athletics Director George Perles was involved in covering it up.


Clare Luz photo
Courtesy photo

September is Healthy Aging Month, and today, Scott reports that an increasingly important factor in healthy aging is the care our elders receive while still living at home.

We're talking ballots, beef, Burt Reynolds and reaction to Nike's new "Just Do It" campaign on this edition of Current State. 


Edward Minskoff
MSU Today

Michigan State University has announced the biggest single gift in the school’s history. 

Dr. Norman Beauchamp photo
Courtesy photo / MSU College of Human Medicine

Michigan State University is creating a new organization combining the MSU Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, Human Medicine and Nursing. It will be known as MSU Health Care.


Grace French speaks to MSU Trustees photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

There were no disruptions by ReclaimMSU members at today’s MSU Board of Trustees meeting, but there was displeasure voiced over the makeup of the school’s presidential search committee.


Doctor stands at CT simulator
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Aretha Franklin’s private funeral will be held on Friday in Detroit. Her death reportedly was caused by neuroendocrine tumors of the pancreas. Attacking endocrin cells, it differs from the pancreatic cancer attacking exocrine cells that people tend to think leads to a swift death. In fact, Franklin lived with the condition for a number of years.


Surgeon holding model of spine
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Sparrow Hospital in Lansing is employing new technology aimed at improving the outcomes of patients undergoing surgery for scoliosis. 3D modeling might lead to better results.


Motown
WKAR file photo / WKAR

The Motown Museum in Detroit is recognizing Aretha Franklin’s importance to her home town this weekend.


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