Melissa Benmark http://wkar.org en MSU study: Brand awareness linked to overweight kids http://wkar.org/post/msu-study-brand-awareness-linked-overweight-kids <p></p><p></p><p>A recent <a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/kids-who-know-unhealthy-food-logos-more-likely-to-be-overweight-1/" target="_blank">Michigan State University study</a> indicates that the more familiar young children are with the brand names of less healthy foods, the more likely they are to be overweight or obese.&nbsp;The study is interesting for several reasons, not the least of which is how you get a bunch of 3 to 5 year olds to express themselves on ideas like brand identification. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 16:24:46 +0000 Melissa Benmark 56727 at http://wkar.org MSU study: Brand awareness linked to overweight kids 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 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 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 Voices of Experience: Pauline Adams dedicates a lifetime to education http://wkar.org/post/voices-experience-pauline-adams-dedicates-lifetime-education <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><div>&nbsp;We all know Michiganians we feel are extraordinary --for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices. &nbsp;Maybe for their success or their service, and for the insights they produce.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Getting acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of <em>Current State’s</em> ongoing series, “Voices of Experience.” Mon, 23 Jun 2014 15:48:17 +0000 Melissa Benmark & Mark Bashore 55629 at http://wkar.org Voices of Experience: Pauline Adams dedicates a lifetime to education MSU's beepalooza offers education ... bee petting? http://wkar.org/post/msus-beepalooza-offers-education-bee-petting <p></p><p>It was inevitable that <em>Current State</em> caught the buzz about <a href="http://www.ent.msu.edu/news/article/spend_a_day_with_bugs_june_22_during_bee_palooza_and_bug_house_open_house" target="_blank">Beepalooza</a>. The free bee education event is this Sunday at Michigan State University’s Horticulture Demonstration Gardens. The main question is, why do we need to be educated about bees? Fri, 20 Jun 2014 17:56:38 +0000 Melissa Benmark & Mark Bashore 55521 at http://wkar.org MSU's beepalooza offers education ... bee petting? Broad celebrates legacy of Sun Ra http://wkar.org/post/broad-celebrates-legacy-sun-ra <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.eljazzfest.com/" target="_blank">Summer Solstice Jazz Festival</a> takes place in East Lansing this Friday and Saturday. There will be live jazz downtown from a variety of groups and the Broad Art Museum is participating as well with a unique event. Thu, 19 Jun 2014 18:44:19 +0000 Melissa Benmark 55453 at http://wkar.org Broad celebrates legacy of Sun Ra World Health Organization concerned about LGBT invisibility http://wkar.org/post/world-health-organization-concerned-about-lgbt-invisibility <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.paho.org/HQ/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=9591:lgbt-health-problems-are-invisible-says-pahowho-&amp;Itemid=1926&amp;lang=en" target="_blank">The World Health Organization </a>and Pan-American Health Organization recently expressed concern about the lack of knowledge of the health problems of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. Many people in these groups are essentially “invisible” to the healthcare community for a variety of reasons including the fear of negative consequences if they are honest with their health providers about their status. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 17:07:26 +0000 Melissa Benmark 55333 at http://wkar.org World Health Organization concerned about LGBT invisibility Memoir explores couple's pursuit of agrarian dream http://wkar.org/post/memoir-explores-couples-pursuit-agrarian-dream <p></p><p></p><p>A new memoir from the <a href="http://msupress.org/" target="_blank">MSU Press</a> looks at what happens when a professional couple decides to get in touch with their agrarian dream of life in the country. Richard Gilbert teaches writing at Otterbein College in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. He’s the author of “<a href="http://msupress.org/books/book/?id=50-1D0-3469#.U5XMhHJdWSp" target="_blank">Shepherd</a>”. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 15:19:52 +0000 Melissa Benmark 54898 at http://wkar.org Memoir explores couple's pursuit of agrarian dream Raphael reviews "Impossible Exile" http://wkar.org/post/raphael-reviews-impossible-exile <p>WKAR's book reviewer Lev Raphael has a look this month at<span class="a-size-large" id="productTitle"> "The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World," by George Prochnik.</span></p><p></p> Fri, 30 May 2014 04:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 54425 at http://wkar.org Finding balance in Lake Huron's fisheries http://wkar.org/post/finding-balance-lake-hurons-fisheries <p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>About a decade ago,<a href="http://www.great-lakes.net/lakes/huron.html" target="_blank"> Lake Huron</a>’s fishing game was not very abundant because of a steep decline in overall fish numbers. To see how the lake is doing now, <em>Current State’s</em> Melissa Benmark spoke with David Fielder, Fisheries Research Biologist for the <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/dnr" target="_blank">Department of Natural Resources</a> and a doctoral student at Michigan State University. Thu, 29 May 2014 18:30:21 +0000 Melissa Benmark 54422 at http://wkar.org Finding balance in Lake Huron's fisheries Lone shipwreck survivor shares his story http://wkar.org/post/lone-shipwreck-survivor-shares-his-story <p></p><p></p><p>On November 29, 1966, 28 men lost their lives on Lake Huron when the freighter, the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Daniel_J._Morrell" target="_blank">SS Daniel J. Morrell</a>, broke apart in a storm. One man survived, and he joins us on <em>Current State</em> today.</p><p>Dennis Hale is in Lansing to talk about his book, “Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole Survivor.”</p><p>Hale says he never questioned the ship's seaworthiness before what was to be the last voyage of the season that &nbsp;year.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:20:29 +0000 Mark Bashore & Melissa Benmark 54028 at http://wkar.org Lone shipwreck survivor shares his story Physician examines doctor-patient communication http://wkar.org/post/physician-examines-doctor-patient-communication <p>Now that the Affordable Care Act has more or less settled into place, people may be in the position of choosing new doctors for themselves. A recent book by <a href="http://www.drleanawen.com/" target="_blank">Dr. Leana Wen</a> looks at ways to improve communication between doctors and patients. Tue, 20 May 2014 16:53:54 +0000 Melissa Benmark 53961 at http://wkar.org Physician examines doctor-patient communication Study links children's spirituality and the outdoors http://wkar.org/post/study-links-childrens-spirituality-and-outdoors <p></p><p></p><p>With more daylight and the end of school, lots of kids will have the opportunity to play outdoors more in the coming weeks and months if they choose to. Outdoors time has decreased drastically for children. A new MSU <a href="http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2014/playing-outside-could-make-kids-more-spiritual/" target="_blank">study</a> indicates that there are benefits to outdoor free play besides the physical exercise. Thu, 15 May 2014 17:37:54 +0000 Melissa Benmark 53736 at http://wkar.org Study links children's spirituality and the outdoors Deadly piglet virus hits farms statewide, nationally http://wkar.org/post/deadly-piglet-virus-hits-farms-statewide-nationally <p></p><p></p><p>Pig farmers in Michigan and around the nation are losing piglets to a virus that is easily spread and almost always lethal to very young animals. So far, it’s killed over six million piglets. Mon, 12 May 2014 15:33:09 +0000 Melissa Benmark 53550 at http://wkar.org Deadly piglet virus hits farms statewide, nationally The risks and rewards of unpaid internships http://wkar.org/post/risks-and-rewards-unpaid-internships <p></p><p></p><p>As the university school year winds down, many students are preparing for summer unpaid internships, hoping to improve their employability.The practice of not paying interns has become increasingly widespread. Fri, 09 May 2014 14:56:38 +0000 Melissa Benmark 53433 at http://wkar.org The risks and rewards of unpaid internships Pomp and Circumstance: How a British march became an American tradition http://wkar.org/post/pomp-and-circumstance-how-british-march-became-american-tradition <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Commencement season is upon us.&nbsp;MSU&nbsp;is sending new graduates into the world this weekend in East Lansing. The only thing more ubiquitous than caps, gowns, and cameras is a military march written by a British guy in 1901.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 02 May 2014 20:04:04 +0000 Melissa Benmark 53104 at http://wkar.org Pomp and Circumstance: How a British march became an American tradition Feeding the Yanks: MSU historian explores Civil War era cookbooks http://wkar.org/post/feeding-yanks-msu-historian-explores-civil-war-era-cookbooks <p></p><p></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-2eb3cb38-b2b3-cd6e-d859-0cb277c48c3c" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">A new book from the MSU Press looks at the cookbooks and foodways of Americans in the 1860s. <a href="http://msupress.org/books/book/?id=50-1D0-342D#.U2Esx6JnB-4">“Food in the Civil War Era: The North”</a> is officially out this week. It’s &nbsp;part of a planned food history series from the MSU Press. </span> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 17:03:57 +0000 Melissa Benmark 52978 at http://wkar.org Feeding the Yanks: MSU historian explores Civil War era cookbooks LSO season finale features Brahms http://wkar.org/post/lso-season-finale-features-brahms <p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The Lansing Symphony Orchestra closes out its regular season with an unusual Wednesday night concert tomorrow. It features Brahms’ final symphony, a near-viral modern composition, and a piano concerto played by <a href="http://www.thegilmore.org/gilmore-young-artist-award/andrew-hsu/">Andrew Hsu</a>, a Gilmore Young Artist competition winner. </span> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 16:47:22 +0000 Melissa Benmark 52923 at http://wkar.org LSO season finale features Brahms Volunteers guard Michigan's spawning sturgeon http://wkar.org/post/volunteers-guard-michigans-spawning-sturgeon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">From now through early June, some volunteers will be standing guard over the Black River in Northern Michigan. They’ll be on the banks of the river making sure that the lake sturgeon, a rare and threatened species i</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">n th</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">e state, are able to leave their homes in Black Lake and successfully spawn in the Black River. Why do the fish need guarding?</span></p><p><strong> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 18:01:21 +0000 Melissa Benmark 52860 at http://wkar.org Volunteers guard Michigan's spawning sturgeon Turkey love: Even birds need a wingman http://wkar.org/post/turkey-love-even-birds-need-wingman <p></p><p></p><p>Here in mid-Michigan we’re finally starting to see signs of spring after the long winter. <em>Current State’s</em> Melissa Benmark has been enjoying the humor, and hopefulness, of a spring ritual she’s been witnessing in her back yard.</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 15:53:27 +0000 Melissa Benmark 52566 at http://wkar.org Turkey love: Even birds need a wingman Autism's mysterious, complex past http://wkar.org/post/autisms-mysterious-complex-past <p></p><p></p><p>April is <a href="http://www.autism-society.org/get-involved/national-autism-awareness-month/">Autism Awareness Month</a>. It’s a condition that’s much examined by the medical community, but still elusive in its causes and treatments.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:27:40 +0000 Mark Bashore & Melissa Benmark 52499 at http://wkar.org Autism's mysterious, complex past Returning to run the Boston Marathon http://wkar.org/post/returning-run-boston-marathon <p></p><p>The <a href="http://www.baa.org/">2014 Boston Marathon</a> is being run today. This longstanding tradition in the running world is even more significant to its participants this year, in light of last year’s bombing of the event. A number of people from mid-Michigan are participating, and <em>Current State's</em> Melissa Benmark catches up with one of them.</p><p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 16:17:54 +0000 Melissa Benmark 52504 at http://wkar.org Returning to run the Boston Marathon Saranac syrup-maker sticks to tradition http://wkar.org/post/saranac-syrup-maker-sticks-tradition <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-abb90942-7573-e7bc-ae31-cd5be70881f1" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">As you drive west from Ionia, Michigan, you’ll come to the little town of Saranac. Its streets are lined with a bountiful number of large old maple trees. And this time of year, it’s not uncommon to see many of them with pails and spouts attached to collect sap for maple syrup. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 17:58:17 +0000 Melissa Benmark 52383 at http://wkar.org Saranac syrup-maker sticks to tradition 'Mobile in Black and White' film encourages racial dialogue http://wkar.org/post/mobile-black-and-white-film-encourages-racial-dialogue <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">http://vimeo.com/80008949&nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">Video courtesy of www.mobileinblackandwhite.org</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;">The <a href="http://capitalcityfilmfest.com/">Capital City Film Festival</a> starts tomorrow and runs through the weekend. On Saturday, a film about race relations in America will air at Dart Auditorium in Lansing. It’s called <a href="http://mobileinblackandwhite.org/">“Mobile in Black and White”</a>. The film, which originally featured four shorter segments broken up by discussions, is directed by Robert Gray.</p><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 20:44:10 +0000 Melissa Benmark 51913 at http://wkar.org NPR's Krulwich cultivates the beauty in science http://wkar.org/post/nprs-krulwich-cultivates-beauty-science <p><span id="docs-internal-guid-b910cd18-2ce5-2bbe-6910-57433ce2a5b2" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The <a href="http://sciencefestival.msu.edu/">Michigan State University Science Festival </a>continues through this weekend. A familiar voice will speak at Kellogg Center as part of the festival: Robert Krulwich. <em>Current State</em>’s Melissa Benmark spoke with him earlier this week. </span></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;"> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 15:56:00 +0000 Melissa Benmark 51693 at http://wkar.org NPR's Krulwich cultivates the beauty in science Lev Raphael reviews "A Darker Shade" http://wkar.org/post/lev-raphael-reviews-darker-shade <p>People who really got into reading “The Millenium Trilogy” are going to have to face up to the truth: most likely no more Stieg Larsson books are coming out in the future. But if you still have a fever for Swedish crime fiction, our book reviewer Lev Raphael has your prescription. The book is “A Darker Shade: 17 Swedish stories of murder, mystery and suspense including a short story by Stieg Larsson.”</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 13:12:41 +0000 Melissa Benmark 51690 at http://wkar.org MSU Museum looks at 'Turtles in Trouble' http://wkar.org/post/msu-museum-looks-turtles-trouble <p>A new exhibit at the <a href="http://museum.msu.edu/">MSU Museum</a> focuses on the plight of turtles around the world. <a href="http://museum.msu.edu/?q=node/1137">“Turtles in Trouble”</a> is meant to boost awareness of the impact humans have on turtles populations worldwide. Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:42:59 +0000 Melissa Benmark 51633 at http://wkar.org MSU Museum looks at 'Turtles in Trouble' LSO to feature American composers Copland, Bernstein http://wkar.org/post/lso-feature-american-composers-copland-bernstein <p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span id="docs-internal-guid-07c86593-08e0-1e6b-bcd2-6f2e31f8710e" style="font-size:16px;font-family:Cambria;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:bold;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">The <a href="http://www.lansingsymphony.org/">Lansing Symphony Orchestra</a>’s next MasterWorks concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. It features music from American composers Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 16:11:17 +0000 Melissa Benmark 51353 at http://wkar.org LSO to feature American composers Copland, Bernstein Lights, camera, pie: film documents town devoted to pie http://wkar.org/post/lights-camera-pie-film-documents-town-devoted-pie <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Art, like life, goes through phases and changes. A longtime mid-Michigan artist who relocated to New Mexico a few years ago is exploring the inspirations there and has just come out with her first short </span><a href="http://vimeo.com/87525403" style="line-height: 1.5;">film</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Many listeners will be familiar with Jane and Dick Rosemont. He was one of the forces behind Flat Black and Circular, an East Lansing record shop, and she was a fine arts photographer.</span></p><p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:56:06 +0000 Melissa Benmark 50771 at http://wkar.org Lights, camera, pie: film documents town devoted to pie