cs131022 http://wkar.org en Current State #184 | October 22, 2013 http://wkar.org/post/current-state-184-october-22-2013 <p></p><p>Today on <em>Current State</em>: living without religion; Michigan's renewable energy standards; the effects of reading literature on the brain; and marketing cars to minorities.</p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:57:14 +0000 Current State 44125 at http://wkar.org National group promotes community of non-believers in Michigan http://wkar.org/post/national-group-promotes-community-non-believers-michigan <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d33e268-e09a-8165-256a-a5e45edd8a5a"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Driving around Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo or suburban Detroit you’re apt to see an interesting new billboard. &nbsp;Alongside smiling, ethnically diverse faces, the boards read: “<a href="http://www.livingwithoutreligion.org/">Millions of Americans are Living Happily Without Religion</a>.”</span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d33e268-e09a-8165-256a-a5e45edd8a5a"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">These billboards and a related website are the work of the secularist organization <a href="http://www.cfimichigan.org/">The Center for Inquiry</a> which is based in New York. &nbsp;</span></span></p><p><br /><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d33e268-e09a-8165-256a-a5e45edd8a5a"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Jennifer Beahan is the assistant director of the Center's Michigan chapter, and she joins us to discuss the campaign and her organization.</span></span></p><p></p><p> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:54:36 +0000 Current State 44131 at http://wkar.org National group promotes community of non-believers in Michigan New report outlines attitudes on Michigan’s energy future http://wkar.org/post/new-report-outlines-attitudes-michigan-s-energy-future <p></p><p><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">In 2008, &nbsp;the state legislature passed Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard. The law requires that by the year 2015, &nbsp;utilities must generate at least 10 percent of their energy from renewable sources. &nbsp;As 2015 approaches, state officials are working to determine the next steps for </span><a href="http://www.michigan.gov/energy" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Michigan’s energy policy</a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Georgia; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">. </span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d33e268-e09f-9982-8e64-2ecfce5efd4e"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Earlier this year we spoke with&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc">Michigan Public Service Commission</a> Chair <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/mpsc/0,4639,7-159-16400-40504--,00.html">John Quakenbush</a>. At the time he was&nbsp;holding public forums on the state’s energy future. The information compiled at the forums and online are part of four comprehensive<a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/energy/re-report-draft_434477_7.pdf"> draft reports</a>. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Georgia; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">John Quakenbush discusses what he’s learned since starting this process. </span></span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:52:09 +0000 Current State 44133 at http://wkar.org New report outlines attitudes on Michigan’s energy future MSU lab examines literature's effects on the brain http://wkar.org/post/msu-lab-examines-literatures-effects-brain <p><a href="http://dhlc.cal.msu.edu/people/natalie-phillips/" style="background-color: transparent; color: rgb(1, 143, 226); text-decoration: underline; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Dr. Natalie Phillips</a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">, the co-director and lead faculty for Literary Neuroscience and History of Mind at the </span><a href="http://dhlc.cal.msu.edu/" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">Digital Humanities and Literary Cognition Lab</a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">, i</span><span style="font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.5;">ntegrates the humanities and sciences in</span><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;"> her </span><a href="http://dhlc.cal.msu.edu/files/7813/5172/8864/Phillips-DistractionAsLivelinessOfMind.pdf" style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">research</a><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; line-height: 1.15;">&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt; line-height: 1.15;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d33e268-e0ac-c594-6049-e0ee0b852f71"><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: rgb(253, 253, 252); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">Through literature and brain scans, she analyzes the developmental impact of reading on complex processes in the brain.&nbsp;Dr. Phillips</span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Cambria; background-color: transparent; vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;"> joins us to discuss her research and findings.</span></span></p><p></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;">&nbsp;</p><div> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:39:21 +0000 Current State 44139 at http://wkar.org MSU lab examines literature's effects on the brain Do car companies perpetuate stereotypes in their ads? http://wkar.org/post/do-car-companies-perpetuate-stereotypes-their-ads <p></p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP_ogpp6_iQ" style="line-height: 1.5;">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP_ogpp6_iQ</a></p><p><em>Jalopnik's Aaron Foley singles out this ad for the Toyota Prius as an example of the auto industry's stereotypical marketing to minorities.&nbsp;</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Target marketing is nothing new. From their cleaning products to fast food to pick-up trucks, companies have been directing their advertising at certain segments of the population for ages. But when does target marketing cross the line from just good commerce into perpetuating stereotypes about certain groups in our society?</span></p><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Aaron Foley, a Detroit-based writer for&nbsp;Jalopnik&nbsp;– Gawker&nbsp;Media’s popular blog on cars – had a&nbsp;</span><a href="http://jalopnik.com/heres-how-automakers-can-reach-out-to-minorities-from-1447797393" style="line-height: 1.5;">post</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;on the subject last Friday in which he wrote, &nbsp;“As a minority, it’s borderline insulting that automakers are over-thinking this.”</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He says that the auto manufacturers are particularly egregious offenders of using stereotypes to market their products to minorities. He joins us to elaborate.&nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> Tue, 22 Oct 2013 18:58:47 +0000 Current State 44140 at http://wkar.org