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


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The $730-million dollar Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, or FRIB, under construction at Michigan State University will be open to the public on Saturday.


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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.


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If you’ve ever visited an art museum, you’re familiar with the small information signs posted next to the works on display. There, you’ll find the name of the artist, the title of the piece, and other information. At Michigan State University, the Broad Art Museum hopes to use new technology to provide a lot more than the basics.


On this edition of Current State: the gubernatorial race now until November, an interview with Rashida Tlaib, a new charter school in East Lansing, a gallery combining art and science in Detroit, the new milk processor in St  Johns and secrets of the sugar industry.


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In recent weeks, per- and polyfluorinated compounds known as PFAS have increasingly been detected in Michigan water supplies. According to Bridge Magazine, about two dozen sites in the state have been found to be contaminated with PFAS. WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with Dr. Norb Kaminski, director of the Institute for Integrative Toxicology at Michigan State University, about exposure to PFAS.


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According to the Centers for Disease Control, 2.8-million people a year suffer a traumatic brain injury in the United States. That number could be low, as many injuries go undetected or unreported. WKAR’s Scott Pohl recently talked with Amy Zellmer, author of “Embracing the Journey: Moving Forward After Brain Injury.” She was in town to speak at a conference held by the Origami Brain Injury Rehabilitation Center in Mason.


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This story originally aired on WKAR in July 2017.

 

In the early 1960’s, Detroit had one of the highest standards of living in the country. 

But not everyone shared in the wealth. 

In 1967, Detroit’s undercurrent of unrest burst to the surface.  The riot that began on July 23 was the start of the worst civil disturbance in American history. 

 


This week on Current State: the fight over redistricting in Michigan goes to the Supreme Court; stopping the "summer slide" of students learning how to read; two stars of "The Lion King"; stopping opioid abuse with IT; blueberries and much more.


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The world is looking for ways to store the power generated by wind farms and solar panels. A Michigan State University researcher is working on one way to do that efficiently and, possibly, more safely.


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The crisis of lead getting into Flint’s water supply is the focus of a new book by freelance reporter Anna Clark. It’s called “The Poisoned City: Flint’s Water and the American Urban Tragedy.”


Current State for July 14-15, 2018

Jul 13, 2018

On this weekend's show: In-depth interviews with MSU interim president John Engler and Dr. Mona Hanna-Atisha, the pediatrician in the middle of the Flint Water Crisis. Plus, Michigan expands the conditions for medical marijuana use, a program feeding Lansing students during the summer, Purple Heart medals being returned to the families of local veterans and the Eaton County Fair! 


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The explosion of opioid overdoses and deaths in America and in Michigan has been well documented. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 2,300 drug overdose deaths in Michigan in 2016, an increase of almost 20-percent over the previous year.

At a recent conference in Lansing, experts discussed the role internet technology could play in fighting the spread of opioid use.


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The Michigan Shakespeare Festival is back for its annual six-week run. As always, the first three weeks are staged at Jackson College.


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In the face of calls for his resignation or removal, interim MSU President John Engler is pushing forward with efforts to move the university past the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl recently sat down with Engler for a lengthy interview about the path ahead.


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