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Emily Fox is the newest member of the WKAR News team, taking the helm of our local broadcasts of NPR's "Morning Edition" today. She's a Grand Ledge High School and Michigan State University graduate, returning to Michigan from her most recent post in Seattle, Washington. She speaks with WKAR's Scott Pohl about coming home.


WKAR Connects
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On this week's Current State: WKAR Connects, a series of stories looking at local organizations who offer support for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse; two MSU students who created a teal Facebook frame to show support for sexual assault survivors; a conversation with East Lansing Mayor Mark Meadows; a concert and album release from the MSU graduate group Mirabai; and conversation and song with comedic singer-songwriter Wally Pleasant.



Current Sports | February 1, 2018

Feb 1, 2018
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Michigan State University; Tom Izzo; Larry Nassar; Meridian Township Press Conference; Michigan State Basketball

Current State for January 13-14, 2018

Jan 13, 2018

On this edition of Current State: A round-up of this week in Michigan politics; A trip to Potter Park Zoo; A new exhibit opening at the Broad Art Museum highlights the works of Andy Warhol; Discussing self-identity and discrimination with Latinx Michigan State University students, and more.

On the November 18-19, 2017 edition of Current State includes a closer look at historical and futuristic moments in Michigan.:

On the November 11-12 edition of "Current State": you'll hear from Lansing mayor elect Andy Schor and Jackson mayor elect Derek Dobies.  Rick Pluta updates us new efforts to allow the carrying of weapons in more public places in Michigan. We talk about the meaning behind MSU Men's Basketball's new "We Talk. We Listen" t-shirts. We talk with a Michigan man who wrote about the experiences of a Vietnam veteran. And a blind film critic explains how he experiences movies in the theater. 


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This week's Current State focuses on the opioid crisis. MSU's pyschiatry chair explains the potency of drug overdoses and East Lansing police dept. shares how it stays prepared for overdoses. We update people on the statewide application process for medical marijuana. Current Sports' Al Martin reviews the MSU football team's great start and a special charity game played Sunday.


MSU Today : Solar carports; Twitter/Miles Bridges; The Bodyguard promotional graphic

It's homecoming weekend at Michigan State University. The first half of Current State is all about the green and white. Find out why there are new solar panels over several parking spaces; we catch up with YouTube sensation and alum Tyler Oakley; an outgoing senior and incoming freshman talk about campus life; and Al Martin updates us on the basketball season ahead. 


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The man behind the McDonald's "you deserve a break today" and State Farm's "Like a good neighbor" campaigns visited the Michigan State University campus this week. Keith Reinhard, chairman emeritus of DDB, talked with WKAR's Reginald Hardwick about his midwestern roots, forming the most successful ad campaign of the 20th century and the company that's getting "branding" right in 2017. 


Emerald Morrow

  Former WLNS reporter Emerald Morrow talks with former colleague Al Martin about being in Las Vegas at the time of the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Morrow was in Vegas attending wedding at the time. 

 

 


This week on Current State: new efforts to make sure every sexual assault evidence kit in Michigan is tested; advice if your child is frightened by the Las Vegas massacre; meet college students doing good deeds in the face of bad news; learn about the application process for Medical Marijuana businesses in Lansing; learn how people with disabilities are enjoying recreation along the Great Lakes; the MSU/Michigan rivalry helping students with disabilities; find out the surprising places where "Sparty" shows up; and we salute WKAR's Tony "El Chayo" Cervantes with an Hispanic Heritage Month salute.


This week on Current State, reaction to a state inquiry being opened after a controversial Facebook post by Michigan State Police Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue. We'll talk with two students with family in hurricane damaged Puerto Rico. We'll visit a piece of Vietnam and American history at the Gerald Ford Presidential Center. Also, learn the connection between the opioid epidemic and rising levels of STD's. Learn why a wine expert from DeWitt is earning national attention. Plus, a sneak listen to three new shows coming to WKAR this fall.


This weekend, Current State takes an in-depth look at what happened when organizations asked the state Civil Rights Commission to ban discrimination of GLBTQ people in Michigan. Plus, we hear from Capital region residents who have loved ones in earthquake damaged Mexico City and hurricane damaged Puerto Rico. We'll go on a tour of a community center helping Lansing for nearly 50 years. 


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This weekend, Current State looks closer at the Lansing and the state of Michigan's new regulations of medical marijuana and what it will mean for dispensaries, patients and law enforcement. Also, three local sports columnists or hosts weigh in on MSU graduate/ESPN host Jamele Hill's Twitter comments about President Trump. 


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