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Dennis Rodeman photo
Courtesy image / City of Lansing

The Lansing Fire Department is saying goodbye to one of its own today. Firefighter and Marine Corps veteran Dennis Rodeman will be laid to rest today. Thousands of people are expected at MSU for his memorial service. We hear from two of Dennis Rodeman’s fellow firemen.


Pop-Up Stories: Allen Neighborhood Center

Sep 14, 2015
Matt Jason telling a story
Bill Richards / WKAR

Listen to the stories from Current State's first Pop-Up Stories event at Allen Neighborhood Center on September 9, 2015. 

Meridian Township Police patch
Courtesy image / Meridian Township Police Department

For 17 years, the Meridian Township Police Department has invited those it serves to get an up close look at day to day life behind the Thin Blue Line. The township’s Police Citizens Academy is an outreach tool that both officers and participants say pays dividends in trust. Current State’s Kevin Lavery previews this year’s session.


Neighbors in Action: Lansing Love Your Block

Sep 9, 2015

Neighbors in Action this week features a new project called Lansing Love Your Block. Current State speaks with Lansing Neighborhood Resource Coordinator Andi Crawford and Jeff Burdick, executive director of Ingham County Land Bank.


Neighbors in Action: Pink Arrow Pride

Sep 2, 2015
pink arrow pride banner in Lowell
Melissa Benmark / WKAR

Our Neighbors in Action this week features Pink Arrow Pride, an event in Lowell that raises money to support cancer patients. 


school children at the Lansing Center
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The city of Lansing and a number of public and private organizations are  helping to provide basic services for hundreds of children heading back to school. Current State’s Kevin Lavery stopped by the Lansing Center to talk to some of the people involved. 

Public school children all over Michigan are savoring their last week of summer vacation before classes resume next week.  Their parents, of course, are busy getting them ready for the big day.  

Portland Community Fund Association logo

On June 22nd, the town of Portland was devastated when a tornado passed through the town. Current State's Neighbors in Action segment this week looks at the Portland Community Association Fund, which has added a Portland Disaster Relief Fund to its work in the community.


Hear, Here: birthday boy's racecar ride

Aug 6, 2015
Hear, Here logo
April Van Buren / WKAR

  Current State listener Deb Smith gave her husband Joe Lowe a ride along in a NASCAR vehicle at the Michigan International Speedway for his 68th birthday. It sounds like a very exciting birthday, if we do say so ourselves. 

Deb was kind enough to send along an audio snapshot of his car departing the pit, so your ears could come along for the ride. 

 

Neighbors in Action: Resolution Services

Aug 5, 2015

A dispute between neighbors or a fight between high school students are pretty common. But sometimes those disputes become contentious and can land people in court or end with students suspended or expelled. For this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, we talk with Resolution Services, a non-profit that helps people resolve those conflicts before they get to that point.


Clyde Mayer photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Thousands of members of an elite Boy Scouting organization called the Order of the Arrow are on the MSU campus this week. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Order of the Arrow team leader Clyde Mayer about their emphasis on serving others.


Hear, Here: noisy night in Lowell

Jul 31, 2015
Hear, Here logo
April Van Buren / WKAR

  Coyotes howl at the moon outside Morning Edition host's Melissa Benmark's window in Lowell. 

Want to submit your own audio snapshot to Hear, Here? 

Open the voice memo app on your smartphone and record around one minute of audio with the phone's microphone pointed toward the noise. Maybe you want to share the roar of the crowd at a Lugnuts game or the sound of your paddles as you kayak down the Red Cedar River.

Lansing parklet photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

Cities large and small are always looking for ways to make the most of their green spaces. That’s especially true in downtown business districts that are designed for cars and trucks. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on how Lansing is trying to re-envision city life in the shadow of the Capitol dome.


Lend an ear to Current State’s new 'Hear, Here' project

Jul 29, 2015

Current State is starting a new project, and you can help! Use your voice recording app to send us the sounds of Mid-Michigan.

Neighbors in Action: The Firecracker Foundation

Jul 29, 2015

On this week’s Neighbors in Action segment, Current State catches up with Tashmica Torok, founder of The Firecracker Foundation. The non-profit helps children who have been the victims of sexual abuse find treatment and support and is celebrating its second anniversary this week.


Justin Spiro and Jack Johnson photo
Courtesy Justin Spiro

MSU student Andrew Singler was murdered two years ago. On Saturday, he will be remembered at a pick-up hockey game featuring NHL star Jack Johnson. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Justin Spiro about the Andrew Singler Memorial Cup.


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