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Current State #6 | January 21, 2013

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On today's Current State:  Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers discusses U.S. foreign policy in Africa and gun legislation, artist Eto Otitigbe's exhibit "Loss Prevention," Michigan military wives, sports with the Free-Press' Joe Rexrode and business with MLive's Angela Wittrock.

Episode Track List (in order):

"Soul Power 74"  by Maceo and the Macks

"Very Special"  by Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and Max Roach

"I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free" by Nina Simone

"Blues for Martin Luther King" by Otis Spann

Congressman Mike Rogers discusses terror in Africa, gun laws and the inauguration

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Michigan Congressman Mike Rogers is attending his fourth Presidential inauguration today. From Washington D.C., the 8th District Republican talks with Current State about the spectacle and past inaugural ceremonies he’s attended.  Rogers also discusses ongoing tensions in Africa and Friday’s agreement by House Republicans to temporarily raise the debt ceiling.

Brooklyn-based artist Eto Otitigbe's new exhibit, 'Loss Prevention,' opens on MSU campus

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Credit Courtesy of Eto Otitigbe
Artist Eto Otitigbe uses multi-media, including video, performances, and sophisticated software, to create his work.

Artist Eto Otitigbe’s exhibit “Loss Prevention” opens at the LookOut! Gallery on Jan. 21.  He’ll be in residency at the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities from Jan. 21-26.  The exhibit of Otitigbe’s work, which engages loss, race, ritual and identity through multiple media including sculpture, video and complex software, runs through Feb. 25.

Military wives represent Michigan in Inauguration Day parade

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A group addressing the needs of Michigan’s military families will march in the Inauguration Day  parade. Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson is president of the Military Spouses of Michigan. WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with Benson about how the group serves loved ones of the men and women deployed in the service of their country.

Monday sports check-in with the Free-Press' Joe Rexrode

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Detroit Free Press sportswriter Joe Rexrode joins us every Monday and Friday to discuss what's happening in the sports world -- from Michigan State to local prep athletics to the pro leagues.

GM bailout, Lansing's luxury condos and local beer with MLive's Angela Wittrock

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MLive's Lansing beat reporter Angela Wittrock joins us every Monday for a rundown of the latest news about the local economy, business and development.

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