2017 MSU Homecoming Parade

Watch it LIVE on Friday, October 20 at 6PM!

Weather Forecasts & Info

Kevin_P / morgueFile

A bipartisan group of lawmakers has come up with plans to overhaul the state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency. As we hear from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta, they hope to stop a string of problems that led to thousands of people being wrongly accused of fraud.


WKAR file photo

The state House, Senate and the governor might be headed for a showdown. Each entity has a different idea for how to handle outstanding Driver Responsibility Fees. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth has more.


MSU Athletics

According to the Lansing State Journal, Michigan State junior running back LJ Scott was arrested Wednesday for driving on a suspended license. This is the seventh time that Scott, 21, has faced the same, or a similar charge.

YouTube

The director of the Michigan State Police will lose five days of pay for sharing a Facebook post that called NFL players who kneel during the national anthem "anti-American degenerates."


Current Sports | October 19, 2017

4 hours ago

Big Ten Basketball; Rick Pitino Fired; Louisville Men's Basketball; College Basketball Scandals; Detroit Pistons; Miles Bridges.

Jamie Paisley

After 10 years as music director, Leonard Slatkin is in his final one with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. WKAR will be bringing you select live broadcasts throughout the year, part of a partnership with WRCJ in Detroit. But for this Friday’s 1st live broadcast of the season, WKAR’s Jamie Paisley went to Orchestra Hall to speak with the Maestro.


Meeting Tackles Threat of Microplastics in the Great Lakes

22 hours ago
Great Lakes Today

It’s day two of the Great Lakes Restoration Conference in Buffalo New York. Hundreds  are learning about problems that affect the lakes, including microplastics. 


Twitter/McKayla Maroney

Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney says she was molested for years by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, abuse she said started in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career. 

Brooke Allen / WKAR Public Media

Dr. Christina DeJong, MSU associate professor in the school of criminal justice explained part of the reasons the #MeToo postings on social media went viral this week. She talked with WKAR's Brooke Allen during "Morning Edition" on October 18. 


Jim Ananich at podium
Michigan Senate Democrats

Some high school graduates in Michigan might get to go to college for free. A bill that’s on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk would create new “Promise Zones” in the state. Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth has more.


Pages

MSU Today

Russ White

“I used to think that we were having an argument about climate change and if we just wrote more books, eventually our leaders would be persuaded. But that’s not true; the argument ended a long time ago,” renowned environmentalist Bill McKibben told me on Greening of the Great Lakes. “Science is very clear about what’s going on.”


“Sparty is the mascot for the entire university,” says Clint Stevens, director of the Michigan State University Alumni Association’s Sparty Mascot Program. “A lot of mascots are born out of athletic departments. Sparty was born in the alumni association.

“We’re not an athletics-only mascot. We represent MSU across the state and nation.”


Russ White

“I was a poor boy from Alabama coming to a great institution – Michigan State University – and we fell in love. It was magnetic, and I just couldn’t leave here,” Clarence Underwood tells Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon and Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis on MSU Today. Underwood is a member of the 2017 class entering MSU’s Athletics Hall of Fame.


From NPR News

Another toddler has reportedly been crushed to death by an unsecured Ikea dresser, after the furniture giant recalled millions of chests and dressers over the risk of deadly tip-over accidents.

Jozef Dudek, 2, died in May, according to lawyers for his family, when he was crushed by an Ikea Malm dresser in his parents' room after he was put down for a nap.

Exposure to polluted air, water and soil caused nine million premature deaths in 2015, according to a report published Thursday in The Lancet.

The causes of death vary — cancer, lung disease, heart disease. The report links them to pollution, drawing upon previous studies that show how pollution is tied to a wider range of diseases than previously thought.

Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

This winter is going to be a warm one for the majority of the United States, according to forecasters at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.

They say that the La Nina weather pattern is likely to develop. That means "greater-than-average snowfall around the Great Lakes and in the northern Rockies, with less-than-average snowfall throughout the Mid-Atlantic region," Mike Halpert of the Climate Prediction Center said in a forecast Thursday.

Taliban militants wiped out almost an entire Afghan Army base in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, leaving just two Afghan soldiers there uninjured. This brings the week's toll to more than 120 people killed by the militant group.

The attack, which started late Wednesday, killed at least 43 Afghan soldiers and wounded nine, reporter Jennifer Glasse in Kabul tells our Newscast unit.

MORE FROM NPR
Bobby Murray with band on stage
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Bobby Murray on BackStage Pass! | Ep. 806

Sat., Oct. 21 at 10pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Legendary guitarist Bobby Murray performs the music of Etta James!

Read More

Station News

The NPR show and podcast "It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders" will debut the weekend of October 7 on WKAR. Digital News Director talked with host Sam Sanders about the program. 


New shows include Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, This American Life, Hidden Brain, It's Been a Minute

Watroba to Host New Folk Music Radio Show

Sep 21, 2017
portrait: Matt Watroba
Courtesy / Matt Watroba

Matt Watroba and WKAR bring locally hosted folk, blues and bluegrass to Capital Region listeners. Sundays at 6pm beginning Oct. 1 on 90.5 FM

More Station News

In Your Community

Michigan Vietnam Monument at night
Courtesy / Michigan Department of Military & Veterans Affairs

Thu., Nov. 2 from 12pm to 1pm at the Michigan Vietnam Monument | You're invited to join your community in paying respects to those who served and perished in the Vietnam War. 

2017 MSU Homecoming Parade

Oct 4, 2017
Clifford high-fiving a child on the street
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Friday, October 20 at 6pm in East Lansing | Look for your favorite WKAR personalities in the parade, and be sure to grab some great giveaways! 

Transformations | Pop-Up Stories Lansing

Oct 4, 2017
Pop-Up Stories buttons on books
Amanda Pinckney / WKAR-MSU

Thur., Oct. 26 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at CADL | Tell your story or just come to listen to an evening of storytelling!

More In Your Community

October 16-22

National Estate Planning Awareness Week

Pop-Up Stories: Transformations

Tell your story or just come to listen to an evening of storytelling on October 26!

A Landmark Documentary Event

In Your Community with WKAR

What does WKAR mean to you?

You can add to your support when you SHARE YOUR STORY

Celebrating 95 Years

with Your 95 Classical Favorites

On the Air Now!

New, free 24/7 children's channel and multiplatform services

Today's PBS

Trusted. Valued. Essential.

Marijuana In Michigan

A WKAR News Special Report

GO

The Flint Water Crisis

WKAR coverage from Current State, Off the Record and our media partners

Faces of Flint

Examine Day-to-Day Life During the Flint Water Crisis

StayTuned October 2017

Download the latest and archive issues

Go

WKAR Radio Reading Service

Your support for this special radio broadcast brings news and information to those who have trouble reading