Current State #132 | July 30, 2013

Jul 30, 2013

Today on Current State: Fracking in Michigan; improving dental care; rural development in Michigan; and the history of Detroit rock ‘n’ roll.

The regulatory issues unearthed by fracking

Jul 30, 2013

The hydraulic fracturing also known as "fracking" is the process of releasing natural gas trapped deep within underground rock formations by pumping large amounts of high pressured water combined with chemicals and sand. Though many politicians and industry leaders say the process is safe and a means for energy independence, there are critics who claim that this type of drilling can threaten air, soil and water quality.

State, Delta Dental address oral health in Michigan

Jul 30, 2013
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According to federal statistics, young Americans miss around 51 million hours of school each year due to oral-health issues.  For about a year now, a philanthropic effort from Delta Dental of Michigan called "Brighter Futures" has tried to tackle both the healthcare and educational challenges that come with poor dental care.

Chris Farrell, oral health program director for the Michigan Department of Community Health, and Sarina Gleason, spokesperson for Delta Dental of Michigan, discuss how to improve dental care, especially among children.

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With Michigan being such an agriculturally diverse state, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has a strong presence here, but not all having to do with cattle or crops.  The USDA's Rural Development office's purpose is to support smaller communities that, in turn, support the nation’s farmlands.

James Turner, the USDA Rural Development agency's state director, discusses its efforts to improve rural Michiganders' access to culture and technology. 

Rock 'N' Roll in 'America's Loudest City'

Jul 30, 2013

Motown is what most people connect with Detroit's music scene, but the Motor City has also been the birthplace of some of the most influential American rockers.

"Detroit Rock City," the latest book by local author Steve Miller, chronicles the city's rock scene through interviews with some of its most legendary rock musicians, such as Iggy Pop, Bob Seger and Jack White. Miller and Current State's Scott Pohl discuss the deep tracks of Detroit's rockin' legacy.