Melissa Benmark http://wkar.org en 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 School closings for Weds., 3/12 http://wkar.org/post/school-closings-weds-312 <p>Here are school closings for Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties: Wed, 12 Mar 2014 10:33:14 +0000 Melissa Benmark 50523 at http://wkar.org School Closings and Delays for Weds., 1/29 http://wkar.org/post/school-closings-and-delays-weds-129 <p>Here are the school closings and 2 hour delays for Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton counties. Wed, 29 Jan 2014 12:53:39 +0000 Melissa Benmark 48598 at http://wkar.org Updated closings for Tuesday morning, 1/28 http://wkar.org/post/updated-closings-tuesday-morning-128 <h2>University of Michigan CLASSES CANCELED</h2><p>Other Mid-Michigan school closings:</p><p><strong>Clinton County</strong></p><p>DeWitt Public Schools &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />Fowler Public Schools &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />Meadowland Preschool &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />Ovid-Elsie Area Schools</p><p>Pewamo-Westphalia Schools &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />St. Johns Public Schools &nbsp;&nbsp;<br />St. Peter Lutheran &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br /><strong>Eaton County</strong></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 01:04:53 +0000 Melissa Benmark 48535 at http://wkar.org School Closings for Monday, 1/27 http://wkar.org/post/school-closings-monday-127 <p>Here are the school closings for Ingham, Eaton and Clinton Counties:</p><p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:05:40 +0000 Melissa Benmark 48493 at http://wkar.org School Closings for Tuesday, January 7 http://wkar.org/post/school-closings-tuesday-january-7 <p>INGHAM COUNTY:</p><p>Dansville, East Lansing, Haslett, Holt, Lansing, Leslie, Okemos, Stockbridge, Webberville, Williamston</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 11:12:40 +0000 Melissa Benmark 47630 at http://wkar.org Raphael Reviews 'Gatsby' Fashion http://wkar.org/post/raphael-reviews-gatsby-fashion <p>WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael has “The Great Gatsby” on his mind…especially the fashions of that era. He recently read “Fashion in the Time of the Great Gatsby” byLaLonnie Lehman. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.</p><p></p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 14:18:36 +0000 Melissa Benmark 45892 at http://wkar.org GR Hogs Help West MI Vets http://wkar.org/post/gr-hogs-help-west-mi-vets-0 <p>In honor of Veterans’ Day, WKAR has a snapshot of one of the many efforts across the state and nation to help those who have returned from duty. This fall, the Grand Rapids Harley Owners Group held an event called the American Heroes Ride to raise money for west Michigan vets. The event included a chili cookoff and raffles, but the centerpiece was a group ride. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark was there to watch, and hear, all the bikes come in after their journey…and she followed up on what the funds have been used for.</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Melissa Benmark 45121 at http://wkar.org GR Hogs Help West MI Vets Raphael Reviews "The Wheel Spins" http://wkar.org/post/raphael-reviews-wheel-spins <p>WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael has been checking out a book with a PBS connection. It's “The Wheel Spins” by Ethel White. He spoke with Melissa Benmark.</p><p></p> Tue, 29 Oct 2013 14:59:53 +0000 Melissa Benmark 44476 at http://wkar.org Raphael Reviews "Detroit City Is The Place To Be" http://wkar.org/post/raphael-reviews-detroit-city-place-be <p>WKAR's book reviewer Lev Raphael has been reading a non-fiction book about Detroit that actually focuses on what’s positive about the city.&nbsp; He spoke with Melissa Benmark.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 04:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 40761 at http://wkar.org Raphael Reviews "Detroit City Is The Place To Be" Raphael Reviews "The Raising" http://wkar.org/post/raphael-reviews-raising <p>WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael is finally done grading student papers and has been reading a book set on a Midwestern college campus. The book is “The Raising” by Laura Kasischke. Lev Raphael spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about it.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Melissa Benmark 35144 at http://wkar.org Raphael Reviews "The Raising" Raphael Reviews "The Raising" http://wkar.org/post/raphael-reviews-raising-0 <p>WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael is finally done grading student papers and has been reading a book set on a Midwestern college campus. The book is “The Raising” by Laura Kasischke. Lev Raphael spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about it.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Melissa Benmark 35145 at http://wkar.org Raphael Reviews "The Raising" Raphael Reviews "The Raising" http://wkar.org/post/raphael-reviews-raising-1 <p>WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael is finally done grading student papers and has been reading a book set on a Midwestern college campus. The book is “The Raising” by Laura Kasischke. Lev Raphael spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about it.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 02 May 2013 16:12:00 +0000 Melissa Benmark 35146 at http://wkar.org Raphael Reviews "The Raising" Ruling On MI Same‑Sex Marriage Ban Will Wait For SCOTUS Decisions http://wkar.org/post/ruling-mi-same-sex-marriage-ban-will-wait-scotus-decisions <p>A decision on whether Michigan’s gay marriage ban is constitutional will wait until this summer. A federal judge in Detroit says he wants to see how the US Supreme Court rules on a pair of gay marriage cases before he makes his ruling.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 08 Mar 2013 14:10:26 +0000 Melissa Benmark 32370 at http://wkar.org Ruling On MI Same‑Sex Marriage Ban Will Wait For SCOTUS Decisions LSO Plays Music Of New World http://wkar.org/post/lso-plays-music-new-world <p>The Lansing Symphony Orchestra’s MasterWorks 5 concert is Saturday night at Wharton Center. Music of Barber and Dvorak is on the program, as well as a piece called “Ancestral Waters” by Brian Gaber. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark checked in with LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt for a preview of the concert.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 01 Mar 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 31909 at http://wkar.org LSO Plays Music Of New World Under The Radar: Raphael Reviews "Savage Continent" http://wkar.org/post/under-radar-raphael-reviews-savage-continent <p>Book reviewer Lev Raphael has been reading a book about the aftermath of World War II in Europe. It's called <em>Savage Continent</em> by Keith Lowe. He talked about it with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.</p><p></p> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 31452 at http://wkar.org Under The Radar: Raphael Reviews "Savage Continent" Ladysmith Black Mambazo Coming To Wharton Center http://wkar.org/post/ladysmith-black-mambazo-coming-wharton-center <p>Ladysmith Black Mambazo is coming to Wharton Center Wednesday to perform their signature South African Zulu-style choral music. They began singing in competitions in the 1970s, and rose to world-wide fame when they appeared on Paul Simon’s album “Graceland” in 1986. They’ve recorded over 50 albums, and their latest tour has a stop in East Lansing. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke to one of the longest-singing members, Albert Mazibuko, about the music his group performs.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 31324 at http://wkar.org Ladysmith Black Mambazo Coming To Wharton Center MSU Symphony plays Beethoven, "Kid," Adams http://wkar.org/post/msu-symphony-plays-beethoven-kid-adams <p>The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s next concert is Friday at Wharton Center. They’ll play Beethoven’s First Symphony, music from Aaron Copeland’s “Billy the Kid,” and “The Chairman Dances” by John Adams. Adams has described the piece as an “out take” from his opera, “Nixon in China.” WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with MSU Director of Orchestras Kevin Noe about the music.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 30687 at http://wkar.org MSU Symphony plays Beethoven, "Kid," Adams Shatner Brings His World To Wharton http://wkar.org/post/shatner-brings-his-world-wharton <P>William Shatner brings his one-man show to MSU's Wharton Center on January 24th. It's called "Shatner's World: We Just Live In It." WKAR's Melissa Benmark speaks with William Shatner via phone from California, about the show, what he's done in his 60-year career, and what projects he still hopes to do.</P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:44:12 +0000 Melissa Benmark 29684 at http://wkar.org Shatner Brings His World To Wharton Raphael Talks About Alain de Botton's Newest Book http://wkar.org/post/raphael-talks-about-alain-de-bottons-newest-book <p>In our Under the Radar segment this month, something completely different. Reviewer Lev Raphael and WKAR’s Melissa Benmark talk about sex. In a G-rated kind of way.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 30041 at http://wkar.org Raphael Talks About Alain de Botton's Newest Book LSO To Play Brahms, "Red Violin" http://wkar.org/post/lso-play-brahms-red-violin <p>The Lansing Symphony Orchestra is resuming its 2012-2013 season with a concert featuring Brahms’ Symphony #1 and music of Corigliano from the movie “The Red Violin.” WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with conductor Timothy Muffitt for a preview.</p><p> Fri, 04 Jan 2013 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 29046 at http://wkar.org LSO To Play Brahms, "Red Violin" 2012 A "Surreal" Year In Michigan Politics http://wkar.org/post/2012-surreal-year-michigan-politics <p>As 2012 winds down, we’re looking back at some of the events and trends of the year. Most people are unlikely to remember 2012 as an uneventful year, politically—especially in Michigan. Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network has been covering Michigan politics for 25 years now, and he says it was a year that surprised even him.</p><p> Fri, 28 Dec 2012 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 28818 at http://wkar.org 2012 A "Surreal" Year In Michigan Politics Looking To A Michigan Tragedy For Perspective On Sandy Hook http://wkar.org/post/looking-michigan-tragedy-perspective-sandy-hook <p>It’s been a week now since the deadly school shootings in Connecticut. People are still looking for answers, and trying to come to grips with what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School. WKAR's Melissa Benmark talked to someone who has written extensively about the worst school massacre in the U. S. to date—one that happened in Bath, Michigan.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 21 Dec 2012 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 28556 at http://wkar.org Looking To A Michigan Tragedy For Perspective On Sandy Hook Raphael Reviews Pearl Harbor Book On 71st Anniversary of Attack http://wkar.org/post/raphael-reviews-pearl-harbor-book-71st-anniversary-attack <p></p><p>Seventy-one years ago today, Japanese forces bombed the U. S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The event led directly to American entry into World War Two. On this anniversary, our book reviewer Lev Raphael talks about <em>Pearl Harbor: FDR Leads the Nation Into War</em> by Steven Gillon. He spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 07 Dec 2012 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 27860 at http://wkar.org Raphael Reviews Pearl Harbor Book On 71st Anniversary of Attack Food Bank Announces New Farming Program http://wkar.org/post/food-bank-announces-new-farming-program <p>WKAR'S Melissa Benmark spoke with Alex Bryan of the Greater Lansing Food Bank about a new program called <em>Lansing Roots.&nbsp; </em>It will be a farm business incubator for people with limited resources.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 27533 at http://wkar.org Food Bank Announces New Farming Program Under The Radar: At Home With Edith Wharton http://wkar.org/post/under-radar-home-edith-wharton <p>This month’s “Under the Radar” segment features a beautiful book about a famous author’s home. Reviewer Lev Raphael spoke with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about <em>Edith Wharton at Home</em>.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Fri, 23 Nov 2012 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 27270 at http://wkar.org Under The Radar: At Home With Edith Wharton MSU Symphony Plays Lorenz, Berlioz http://wkar.org/post/msu-symphony-plays-lorenz-berlioz <p>The MSU Symphony Orchestra’s next concert at Wharton Center features two energetic and supernatural-sounding works.</p><p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 26964 at http://wkar.org MSU Symphony Plays Lorenz, Berlioz Rayl To Conduct 'From London To Germany" http://wkar.org/post/rayl-conduct-london-germany <p></p><p>The Lansing Symphony Orchestra's next concert features a collaboration with choirs from the MSU College of Music.&nbsp; WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with MSU Director of Choral Programs, David Rayl, about the program, which features Brahms' "German Requiem" and Haydn's Symphony No. 104. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 26629 at http://wkar.org Rayl To Conduct 'From London To Germany" Election 2012: Ballot Props Cover Wide Range Of Issues http://wkar.org/post/election-2012-ballot-props-cover-wide-range-issues <p>There are six statewide ballot proposals for Michigan voters to decide in the 2012 election. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s State Capitol Bureau Chief, Rick Pluta about the ballot issues, starting with Proposal One. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 05:00:01 +0000 Melissa Benmark 26337 at http://wkar.org Election 2012: Ballot Props Cover Wide Range Of Issues Gov. Snyder Kicks Off Statewide Tour Opposing Proposed Amendments http://wkar.org/post/gov-snyder-kicks-statewide-tour-opposing-proposed-amendments <p>Governor Rick Snyder sets off on a statewide tour Monday to talk about the November ballot. He’ll be urging people to vote “yes” on Proposal One and “no” on the other five ballot questions. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 13:30:51 +0000 Melissa Benmark 26078 at http://wkar.org Gov. Snyder Kicks Off Statewide Tour Opposing Proposed Amendments