History

Eugene Wanger photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

Michigan is the only state that includes a prohibition on the death penalty in its constitution. Eugene Wanger was a young Republican delegate to the constitutional convention in the early 1960’s, and he drafted the capital punishment clause approved by state voters in 1963.


Lake Superior photo
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While most visitors to the Fort Wilkins State Park are probably unaware of it, the park is actually of national historical significance for several reasons.

Lansing Labor Holiday photo
Courtesy photo / Ralph W. Lewis Collection, Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan

The city of Lansing is commemorating an important event in labor history this weekend. On June 7th, 1937, businesses and factories in the city were shut down by what has come to be known as the Lansing Labor Holiday.

Holocaust Escape Tunnel | NOVA

Apr 17, 2017
NOVA: archeologists in tunnel
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Wed. Apr. 19 at 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | NOVA follows archeologists working to unearth Vilna’s lost temple, recover its treasures, locate hidden graves, and learn the truth of both its heroes ... and its traitors.

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WKAR TV producer John J. Valadez is a Peabody award-winning filmmaker who has written, directed and produced many nationally broadcast documentary films. He speaks with WKAR's Brooke Allen about the film "The Chicano Wave" and its inspiration.


Francine Hughes, the Dansville woman who killed her abusive ex-husband 40 years ago in what came to be known as the “Burning Bed” case, has passed away.

Arjen Greydanus photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

UPDATE: The former Francine Hughes has died in Alabama at the age of 69. See related story.

Forty years ago Thursday, Francine Hughes of Dansville entered the Ingham County Jail and confessed to setting her house on fire with her sleeping ex-husband inside. James “Mickey” Hughes had long abused the mother of three. Asleep in bed when the fire started, he died of smoke inhalation.


Jonathan Capehart photo
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Speakers at Black History Month lectures are usually historians or historical figures. On Thursday, MSU’s “Slavery to Freedom” lecture series turns instead to a modern-day journalist.


Economist Lisa Cook shares insights on the historical impact of oppression on innovation, particularly on African American inventors.

Handgun in case
Courtesy / SSL Firearms

A Michigan company is auctioning  a handgun once owned by gangster Al Capone. Current State’s Kevin Lavery has the story.


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