Arts and Culture

Freddie Cunningham and Root Doctor photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

One of Michigan’s most popular and durable blues bands is doing one last round of shows this year. Root Doctor has been fronted by Freddie Cunningham for 32 years.

Susan Woods photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

After a COVID-imposed hiatus, the East Lansing Film Festival returns this week.

Mónica Ramírez-Montagut photo
Aaron Word

In July, Mónica Ramírez-Montagut arrived as the new executive director of the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Before that, she had run a contemporary art museum at Tulane University in New Orleans.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl spoke with Ramírez-Montagut about managing the museum during a pandemic. She says of the things that appealed to her about this job, the “cherry on top” was the striking building designed by the late world-famous architect Zaha Hadid.

Cheyna Roth photo
Jonathan Roth

Cheyna Roth used to cover the state capital for WKAR. Now a reporter for, she adds a new line to her resume today: author. Her book Cold Cases: Unidentified Serial Killers, Unsolved Kidnappings, and Mysterious Murders is out today. WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with Cheyna Roth about her early career as a lawyer and prosecutor before turning to journalism.

NOTE: This interview includes references to rape and murder that some might wish to avoid.

Greg Nagy photo
Courtesy photo

At many stations across the U.S., today is Public Radio Music Day. WKAR is joining in, and Scott Pohl has this report on how COVID-19 stay-at-home orders are affecting local musicians.

Mark Colson, Emily Sutton-Smith and Anna Ryzenga photo
Courtesy photo / Williamston Theatre

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, Theatre companies around the country have had to cancel shows. There’s an exception, though, at Williamston Theatre, the Lansing area’s only professional company. They’ve arranged to offer “These Mortal Hosts” to paying customers online.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with the theatre’s executive director, John Lepard, about how it works.

Arts Crawl | Mar. 12, 2020

Mar 12, 2020

Pi, Salia and Ginsberg, Poetry Out Loud, and "The Journey of Harriet Tubman". Join Mary Ellen Pitney and Jamie Paisley as they showcase events happening in Michigan. 

Arts Crawl | Feb. 27, 2020

Feb 27, 2020

Science and art, a Nordic festival, Cinderella, ballet and Community band. Join Mary Ellen Pitney and Jamie Paisley as they discuss arts and culter events happening around Michigan.

Arts Crawl | Feb. 13, 2020

Feb 13, 2020

A Traffic Jam, Valentines Day music series, The MSU Latinx Film Festival, Americana, and Into The Woods. Join Mary Ellen Pitney and Jamie Paisley to talk about events happening this week around Michigan

Arts Crawl | Feb. 6, 2020

Feb 6, 2020
Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School

Trapped in the Grey, Cécile McLorin Salvant and Aaron Diehl, the 2nd Annual Black Empowerment Festival, Bach to the Future, and Toni Morrison. Join Mary Ellen Pitney and Jamie Paisley to talk about events happening this week around Michigan.