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We’ve all heard it: if you can’t figure out how to use your computer, ask a teenager for help. It seems that some older people find modern technology confusing and frustrating. A professor at Michigan State University has done extensive research into what the elderly get out of their tablets and smart phones, and how they might find greater fulfillment in our modern gadgets.


On this edition of Current State: New pipeline protection plans; Bird Scooters land on sidewalks & impound lots; MSU students rally for Indonesia; Little Rock Nine member Ernest Green; Studying political polarization 1973-now; Plastics in our Great Lakes; dental health and a Jackson teacher's "Random Act of Kindness."

  

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Adam Rippon, the Olympic bronze medalist figure skater from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea, is coming to Michigan on Friday. He’s the keynote speaker for the annual fall reception of the gay rights organization Equality Michigan. The Detroit event is sold out.


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FEMA

A nationwide test of the system alerting the country in the event of an emergency is scheduled for Wednesday.


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Katie Cook / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University has issued an annual report on campus safety, and it reflects the large number of reported sex crimes at MSU in the wake of the Larry Nassar abuse scandal.


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A state House committee this week is scheduled to consider legislation that would create a new level of dental care in Michigan. WKAR health reporter Scott Pohl reports on why backers hope to bring dental therapists to the state, and why the Michigan Dental Association is fighting the bill.


On this week's Current State: how the Larry Nassar & Flint Water Crisis are now part of the Michigan governor's campaigns; how the political marriage gap is closing; enthusiasm among young voters; resources for sexual assault victims triggered by Dr. Ford's testimony; grey wolves relocated in the UP; and a movie cameo by the Jackson Symphony music director.


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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.


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Joe Dandron / WKAR/MSU

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


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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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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.


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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.

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