“What does holding hands mean in America?” It may seem like a silly question, but for many international students across the country it’s a serious one. Trying to understand  another country's customs is difficult, but a new guide is hoping to provide some basics in cultural understanding for international students.

Songs of Willow Frost | Radio Reader

Nov 6, 2013

Airs November 6 - December 6, 2013
Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford
Ballentine Books, NY, 2013

Book explores Detroit connection to U.S. Nazi past

Oct 10, 2013

Author Arnie Bernstein has published a new book about the rise of an American Nazi movement in the 1930s, which had strong ties to the city of Detroit. It’s called “Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund.”

Current State #165 | September 24, 2013

Sep 24, 2013

Today on Current State: Canada and Michigan seek to strengthen economic ties; the anniversary of the last execution in Michigan; our first Great Lakes Month in Review segment; our Detroit’s Water Renaissance series: The Rouge River part two; and a book about family secrets is the next "Great Michigan Read".


The trend of teen novels transporting their readers to fantasy worlds filled with vampires, fairies and monsters is relevant once again this month with the release of a new book called The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, written by Holly Black, who will be visiting Lansing this week.

Black, who’s most famous for co-writing The Spiderwick Chronicles series, reveals her fear of zombies and answers questions from local fans from Okemos High School. 


I have never understood the whole vampire thing (and that’s apart from my personal distaste of them). If an alien was to rocket past our planet and spy just a fraction of our entertainment, they would think we were taken over by the undead.  They are everywhere—books, TV, movies—you can’t escape them and it seems a lot of us wouldn’t want to anyway.

Current State #146 | August 27, 2013

Aug 27, 2013

Today on Current State: new proposal to evaluate Michigan teachers effectiveness; book about living with Muscular Dystrophy; Detroit's Water Renaissance series; Detroit's current environmental initiatives; and MSU student on "Americas Got Talent."

Local author on living with Muscular Dystrophy

Aug 27, 2013

Labor Day is next Monday, and with it, the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Over the years, hundreds of millions of dollars have been raised for research, and to help people like Mo Gerhardt live life with Muscular Dystrophy to the fullest.

Gerhardt is the author of “Perspective From An Electric Chair.” The book chronicles his childhood, his diagnosis at the age of 8, and how he’s coped with the disease.

He talked about his life, and his book, with Current State’s Scott Pohl. 

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is not known for it’s great literary figures, but a new anthology is trying to change that. " The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works" is filled with poems and short stories shaped by the U.P.'s culture and landscape. Ron Riekki, the anthologies editor, says he cannot escape his U.P. roots.




Courtesy of 'One Book, One Community' program

The One Book, One Community program encourages MSU students and East Lansing residents to read the same book and then discuss it together. This year’s title goes to ‘The Yellow Birds,’ a novel by Kevin Powers. The book reflects Powers' experience as a veteran serving in the Iraq War.