CS130813 http://wkar.org en Current State #141 | August 13, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-141-august-13-2013 <p></p><p>Today on<em><a href="http://wkar.org/programs/current-state"> Current State</a></em>:&nbsp; Michiganders look to increase recycling rates; an update on the wolf hunting debate; an interview with and review of a local author’s new book and a father and son discuss their emotional WWII memorial trip.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:04:46 +0000 Current State 40712 at http://wkar.org Michigan's recycling rate is lowest in Great Lakes region http://wkar.org/post/michigans-recycling-rate-lowest-great-lakes-region <p>At 20 percent, Michigan's recycling rate is 10 percent lower than the regional average.&nbsp; Many people around the state are hoping to change that.&nbsp; In 2012, Governor Rick Snyder identified increasing Michigan's recycling rates as a priority for his administration.&nbsp; Michigan Recycling Coalition executive director Kerrin O'Brien discusses what a comprehensive recycling plan might include.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:04:04 +0000 Current State 40711 at http://wkar.org Michigan's recycling rate is lowest in Great Lakes region Local author explores relationships, dreams and goals with 'The Life List'. http://wkar.org/post/local-author-explores-relationships-dreams-and-goals-life-list <p>A new book by mid-Michigan author Lori Nelson Spielman is getting some buzz. "The Life List" is a novel that explores the relationship between a mother and daughter, and taps into the dreams and goals we have in our youth that somehow got lost with time. Spielman spoke with <em>WKAR's</em> Melissa Benmark about how her career as a homebound teacher started to lead her down the road to writing.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 19:00:37 +0000 Current State 40706 at http://wkar.org Local author explores relationships, dreams and goals with 'The Life List'. Book Review: Lori Nelson Speilman’s ‘The Life List’ http://wkar.org/post/book-review-lori-nelson-speilman-s-life-list <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">I never liked the book description, “women’s fiction.”</span></p><p>It is the literary equivalent of the pink aisle in toy stores, no boys allowed. The funny thing is I have yet to see a book described as men’s fiction, but I am assuming it would involve fast cars, loose women and a lot of laser guns.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:59:24 +0000 Scott D. Southard 40705 at http://wkar.org Book Review: Lori Nelson Speilman’s ‘The Life List’ Father and son make World War II memorial trip http://wkar.org/post/father-and-son-make-world-war-ii-memorial-trip <p>U.S. Army Private Grover Plaunt died in Germany, a month before the end of World War II. &nbsp;That was April 12, 1945. &nbsp;He was laid to rest in a military cemetery in The Netherlands.&nbsp;</p><p>Last week, two of Private Plaunt’s descendants:&nbsp; his son Joe of Muskegon, and Joe’s son Randy, became the first relatives ever to visit his grave in a military cemetery in Margraten, The Netherlands.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 18:56:06 +0000 Current State 40703 at http://wkar.org Father and son make World War II memorial trip