Cars http://wkar.org en 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 Report recommends factory insurance to stop urban blight http://wkar.org/post/report-recommends-factory-insurance-stop-urban-blight <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><span style="background-color: transparent; font-family: Cambria; font-size: 16px; white-space: pre-wrap; line-height: 1.15;">&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 17:46:04 +0000 Current State 38447 at http://wkar.org Report recommends factory insurance to stop urban blight New solar-powered electric charging stations come to Lansing http://wkar.org/post/new-solar-powered-electric-charging-stations-come-lansing <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">In 2010, the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="http://www.lbwl.com/">Lansing Board of Water &amp; Light</a> (BWL) established its <a href="http://www.lbwl.com/PEV/">Plug-in Electric Vehicle Community Project</a></span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. With funding from the U.S. department of Energy, the BWL installed an array of electric vehicle charging stations across the Lansing area to promote this emerging technology. &nbsp;Now, the utility is taking another step towards building an electric car infrastructure. &nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 18:08:06 +0000 Current State 34653 at http://wkar.org New solar-powered electric charging stations come to Lansing Oldsmobile through the decades http://wkar.org/post/oldsmobile-through-decades <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">The R.E. Olds transportation museum houses a diverse collection of Oldsmobiles dating from 1897 to 2004.</span></p><p>It also includes a wide array of auto and industrial history covering about&nbsp; a century, including a nearly complete collection of Michigan license plates, early traffic signs and a working 1950s-era traffic signal.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bill </span>Adcock<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is the Executive Director of the RE Olds Transportation Museum.&nbsp; He recently joined </span>WKAR’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Peter </span>Whorf<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> for a tour of the museum.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:50:43 +0000 Current State 33774 at http://wkar.org Oldsmobile through the decades