Current State http://wkar.org en Current State #347 | July 9, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-347-july-9-2014 <p></p><p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: Democratic Congressman Gary Peters; MSU Provost June Youatt; the Lansing Vintage Electronics Extravaganza; and Neighbors in Action: Care Free Dental Clinic's Pay It Forward program.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:04:47 +0000 Current State 56426 at http://wkar.org Current State #347 | July 9, 2014 Peters: Still no response from Land about senate debates http://wkar.org/post/peters-still-no-response-land-about-senate-debates <p></p><p></p><p>It’s been four weeks since <a href="http://peters.house.gov/" target="_blank">Democratic Congressman Gary Peters</a> proposed a series of five debates with his opponent in the race for the U.S. Senate from Michigan. He will (likely) face former <a href="http://terrilynnland.com/" target="_blank">Republican Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land</a> in November. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:02:49 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56425 at http://wkar.org Peters: Still no response from Land about senate debates MSU's 'Dean of deans' on Chinese students, online education and sexual assault http://wkar.org/post/msus-dean-deans-chinese-students-online-education-and-sexual-assault <p></p><p></p><p>In April, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved the appointment of <a href="https://provost.msu.edu/" target="_blank">June Pierce Youatt </a>to the position of provost. As provost and executive vice president for academic affairs, she’s in charge of academic initiatives at MSU. She had served as interim provost for more than a year before succeeding <a href="http://chancellor.ucr.edu/" target="_blank">Kim Wilcox</a>, who now is chancellor of the University of California-Riverside. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:53:30 +0000 Mark Bashore & Scott Pohl 56424 at http://wkar.org MSU's 'Dean of deans' on Chinese students, online education and sexual assault Lansing dials up electronics extravaganza http://wkar.org/post/lansing-dials-electronics-extravaganza <p></p><p></p><p>The 29th annual <a href="http://www.lansing.org/includes/events/29th-Annual-Vintage-Electronics-Extravaganza-14-Flea-Market/7793/" target="_blank">Vintage Electronics Extravaganza</a> gets underway this weekend in Lansing. <a href="http://michiganantiqueradio.org/" target="_blank">The Michigan Antique Radio Club</a> spearheads the gathering, which happens to be one of the largest of its kind in the country. Approximately 200 to 300 sellers will have a diverse mixture of vintage radio, telephone and other electronic items on display and for sale. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:52:43 +0000 Peter Whorf 56423 at http://wkar.org Lansing dials up electronics extravaganza Neighbors in Action: Care Free Dental Clinic's Pay It Forward program http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-care-free-dental-clinics-pay-it-forward-program <p></p><p></p><p>It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the <a href="http://www.carefreemedical.com/CareFree.html" target="_blank">Care Free Dental Clinic’s</a> new Pay It Forward program, which offers dental care in exchange for volunteer service in the community. Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:48:25 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56422 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: Care Free Dental Clinic's Pay It Forward program Current State #346 | July 8, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-346-july-8-2014 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: Michigan bass fishing; a look into vocal health; Michigan's native plants; how TV and movies may be affecting your love life; and the history of the original Michigan state fairgrounds.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:30:40 +0000 Current State 56365 at http://wkar.org Current State #346 | July 8, 2014 Michigan lures anglers for bass http://wkar.org/post/michigan-lures-anglers-bass <p></p><p></p><p>Fishing in Michigan is big business. The state DNR estimates that anglers spent $2.4 billion in trip-related expenses and equipment in 2011. Besides Michigan’s Great Lakes and rivers, our inland lakes attract considerable fishing as well. In fact, six Michigan lakes were recently included in a national fishing magazine’s<a href="http://www.bassmaster.com/slideshow/top-100-bass-lakes-2014" target="_blank"> “100 Best Bass Lakes of 2014”</a> list. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:29:34 +0000 Melissa Benmark 56364 at http://wkar.org Michigan lures anglers for bass Talking till it hurts: Tips on how to protect your voice http://wkar.org/post/talking-till-it-hurts-tips-how-protect-your-voice <p></p><p></p><p>Those of us who work in radio have a natural interest in their voices, but lots of people rely on their voices to make a living. A researcher at Michigan State University is looking into the factors that can damage our voices, and how to avoid them. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:24:49 +0000 Scott Pohl 56363 at http://wkar.org Talking till it hurts: Tips on how to protect your voice Beyond beauty, Michigan plants offer environmental edge http://wkar.org/post/beyond-beauty-michigan-plants-offer-environmental-edge <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Bill Schneider has operated <a href="http://www.wildtypeplants.com/" target="_blank">Wildtype Native Plant Nursery</a> in Mason for the past 17 years. As a true native Michigander, Schneider has degrees from both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. He moved to northern California in the 1980’s where he further developed in his growing interest in native plants. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:23:25 +0000 Peter Whorf 55153 at http://wkar.org Beyond beauty, Michigan plants offer environmental edge Viewing love through Hollywood's lens http://wkar.org/post/viewing-love-through-hollywoods-lens <p></p><p></p><p>Love. Is it destiny, something that conquers all, or something that requires work and compromise? Chances are your answer depends on what kinds of TV shows and movies you like to watch according to a new study. A group of <a href="http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/22253-isn-t-it-romantic-movies-tv-shows-strongly-shape-how-we-view-love" target="_blank">University of Michigan</a> researchers recently published a paper that examines the connection between romantic media and real-life perceptions of love and romance. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:21:59 +0000 Mark Bashore 56362 at http://wkar.org Viewing love through Hollywood's lens Original state fairgrounds site of diverse Michigan history http://wkar.org/post/original-state-fairgrounds-site-diverse-michigan-history <p></p><p></p><p>A couple of months ago, <em>Current State’s </em>Scott Pohl visited the president of the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mhc/0,4726,7-282-65121_61084_62918---,00.html" target="_blank">Michigan Historical Commission</a>&nbsp;Jack Dempsey in Detroit’s Capitol Park to discuss his book on the park’s historical significance. We liked the result so much that we’ve sent Scott back to Detroit, where Dempsey showed him a few more historical spots. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:20:15 +0000 Scott Pohl 56358 at http://wkar.org Original state fairgrounds site of diverse Michigan history Current State #345 | July 3, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-345-july-3-2014 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State:</em> Independence Day fireworks; genocide in Rwanda; Andy Warhol's album covers; and Mr. Rover.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:20:04 +0000 Scott Pohl 56168 at http://wkar.org Current State #345 | July 3, 2014 Bigger fireworks, bigger safety concerns http://wkar.org/post/bigger-fireworks-bigger-safety-concerns <p></p><p></p><p>We’re celebrating Independence Day as a nation tomorrow, and that means fireworks. Michigan relaxed its fireworks sales law in 2012, so there are now more roadside stands and large retailers hawking their wares. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:14:31 +0000 Kevin Lavery & Mark Bashore 56167 at http://wkar.org Bigger fireworks, bigger safety concerns A genocide survivor and MSU poet pursue healing through writing http://wkar.org/post/genocide-survivor-and-msu-poet-pursue-healing-through-writing <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While we’ll be celebrating Independence Day here in America tomorrow, halfway around the world the date also marks a national holiday in Rwanda, though it’s a much more somber occasion.</span></p><p>July 4 is Rwanda's Liberation Day and it marks the end of the country’s official mourning period for the more than one million people who were murdered during the genocide there in 1994. And this year, of course, is the 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary of those horrific 100 days.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:08:02 +0000 Joe Linstroth 56169 at http://wkar.org A genocide survivor and MSU poet pursue healing through writing Cranbrook exhibits decades of Warhol album covers http://wkar.org/post/cranbrook-exhibits-decades-warhol-album-covers <p><a href="http://www.warholfoundation.org/" target="_blank">Andy Warhol</a> is perhaps the most recognizable name in 20th century American art. One factor in his popularity is the many album covers he designed. As a graphic design artist, Warhol’s album works date back to the late 1940s. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:04:48 +0000 Scott Pohl 56166 at http://wkar.org Cranbrook exhibits decades of Warhol album covers West Michigan's mysterious Mr. Rover http://wkar.org/post/west-michigans-mysterious-mr-rover <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Harry Wyckom was a turn of the 20th century Grand Rapids insurance salesman...and model. Wyckom posed as the character <a href="http://prezi.com/zqnksk12yjsm/mr-rover-visits-grand-rapids/" target="_blank">“Mr. Rover”</a>, a traveling dandy who was pictured in scenes all around Grand Rapids and Western Michigan in front of notable buildings and scenic areas. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:01:07 +0000 Peter Whorf 56164 at http://wkar.org West Michigan's mysterious Mr. Rover Current State #344 | July 2, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-344-july-2-2014 <p></p><p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: Michigan's role in the Civil Rights Movement; Rep. Joe Haveman on prison reform; the latest Grand River oil spill; and Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:03:36 +0000 Current State 56106 at http://wkar.org Current State #344 | July 2, 2014 Civil Rights Act at 50: Michigan was a pioneer http://wkar.org/post/civil-rights-act-50-michigan-was-pioneer <p></p><p></p><p>On Friday, our nation celebrates its 238th birthday. But today, America is also observing the passage of one of the most significant laws ever crafted in its history.&nbsp; On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law that forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin was born in an era of violence and intolerance in America. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:01:13 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 56105 at http://wkar.org Civil Rights Act at 50: Michigan was a pioneer State Rep pushes corrections reform, prisoner rehab http://wkar.org/post/state-rep-pushes-corrections-reform-prisoner-rehab <p></p><p></p><p>In a recent op-ed, <a href="http://gophouse.org/representatives/westmi/haveman/" target="_blank">Republican State Representative Joe Haveman</a> of Holland describes coming to Lansing five years ago to advance principles of limited government and restrained spending. He goes on to describe how his commitment to those principles unexpectedly led him to advocate reforms to Michigan’s $2 billion a year correctional system. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:54:27 +0000 Mark Bashore 56104 at http://wkar.org State Rep pushes corrections reform, prisoner rehab Environmentalist responds to criminal probe of Lansing oil spill http://wkar.org/post/environmentalist-responds-criminal-probe-lansing-oil-spill <p></p><p></p><p>Last Thursday, an oil spill was discovered in the Grand River near Old Town in Lansing. As crews continue to clean it up, city officials are planning their next moves. Yesterday, Lansing mayor Virg Bernero held a news conference to give an update on the spill. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:50:16 +0000 Mark Bashore & Kevin Lavery 56103 at http://wkar.org Environmentalist responds to criminal probe of Lansing oil spill Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP http://wkar.org/post/neighbors-action-my-lansing-cap <p></p><p></p><p>It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature the Mayor’s Young Lansing Coalition and Partnerships, or <a href="http://www.neonlansing.org/my-lansing-cap/" target="_blank">MY Lansing CAP</a>. The coalition, which was officially announced last week, features a broad array of community partners and stakeholders that are coming together to improve the quality of life for Lansing’s young people of color. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:43:58 +0000 Mark Bashore & Joe Linstroth 56102 at http://wkar.org Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP Current State #343 | July 1, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-343-july-1-2014 <p></p><p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: the Michigan Dream At Risk report; WWII in Detroit; and the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:35:58 +0000 Current State 56048 at http://wkar.org Current State #343 | July 1, 2014 Report alleges disinvestment is costing Michigan http://wkar.org/post/report-alleges-disinvestment-costing-michigan <p></p><p>“We still have miles to go to rebuild Michigan after years of neglect.” That sentence reflects the findings of a new report from the Michigan Economic Center at the <a href="http://primacivitas.org/" target="_blank">Prima Civitas Foundation</a>. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:34:12 +0000 Mark Bashore 56047 at http://wkar.org Report alleges disinvestment is costing Michigan When Detroit made cars ... and tanks http://wkar.org/post/when-detroit-made-cars-and-tanks <p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p><em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</em></p><p></p><p>Dr. Charles Hyde is a former Wayne State University professor and author of the 2014 book <a href="http://wsupress.wayne.edu/books/detail/images-arsenal-democracy" target="_blank">Images from the Arsenal Democracy</a>. The book follows the wartime transformation of the Detroit auto industry into the war machine of the late 1930's and early 40's.<em> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:24:44 +0000 Peter Whorf 56045 at http://wkar.org When Detroit made cars ... and tanks Cooley Law professor breaks down Hobby Lobby ruling http://wkar.org/post/cooley-law-professor-breaks-down-hobby-lobby-ruling <p><a href="http://www.scotusblog.com/" target="_blank">The Supreme Court of the United States</a> ruled yesterday that the craft company Hobby Lobby can be exempted from paying for certain types of employee birth control. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:18:18 +0000 Mark Bashore & Melissa Benmark 56044 at http://wkar.org Cooley Law professor breaks down Hobby Lobby ruling Current State #342 | June 30, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-342-june-30-2014 <p></p><p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State:</em> our June month in review; MSU's Confucius Institute; and this summer's crop of mosquitoes in Michigan.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:45:26 +0000 Current State 55989 at http://wkar.org Current State #342 | June 30, 2014 Month in Review: June's biggest news stories http://wkar.org/post/month-review-junes-biggest-news-stories-0 <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>June has come and just about gone. The Governor signed budgets this month, though not for a comprehensive road funding package as many had hoped. Primary candidates traded jabs, and the Detroit Free Press shined an intense light on the state’s charter schools and it has generated a lot of discussion. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:44:08 +0000 Mark Bashore 55992 at http://wkar.org Month in Review: June's biggest news stories Confucius Institutes come under scrutiny; MSU institute responds http://wkar.org/post/confucius-institutes-come-under-scrutiny-msu-institute-responds <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>As the importance of China’s influence grows, so does the need for people who understand Chinese culture and the Chinese language. To foster that sort of understanding, universities across the United States, including Michigan State University, have established Confucius Institutes. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:39:02 +0000 Scott Pohl 55991 at http://wkar.org Confucius Institutes come under scrutiny; MSU institute responds Expert: Michigan mosquitoes 3x normal numbers this year http://wkar.org/post/expert-michigan-mosquitoes-3x-normal-numbers-year <p>If you live in Michigan it seems like every summer is a time to complain about the mosquitoes being really bad this year, but how bad are they, really? Mon, 30 Jun 2014 15:34:55 +0000 Melissa Benmark 55990 at http://wkar.org Expert: Michigan mosquitoes 3x normal numbers this year Current State #341 | June 27, 2014 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-341-june-27-2014 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State:</em> Democratic legislator says more oversight needed for MI charter schools; a summer film preview; National HIV Testing Day; and marking the 100 year anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the start of World War I.</p><div class="yj6qo ajU"><div class="ajR" data-tooltip="Show trimmed content" id=":tg" role="button" tabindex="0"><img class="ajT" src="https://ssl.gstatic.com/ui/v1/icons/mail/images/cleardot.gif" /></div></div><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 18:38:58 +0000 Current State 55890 at http://wkar.org Current State #341 | June 27, 2014