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2:08 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Current Sports #382 | December 18, 2014

Al opens the show with analysis of the reported Jim Harbaugh deal with Michigan football. Alex gets in on the fun later to comment on Michigan State basketball's win over EMU last night and the callers start pouring in with their opinions of Michigan football's coaching search. Later, it's 'Throwback Thursday' to close.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:04 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Current State #443 | December 18, 2014

Today on Current State: The Religious Freedom Restoration Act; Lansing attorney Richard McLellan on normalizing relations with Cuba; the controversy over religious displays at the state capitol; and a preview of the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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Politics & Government
12:00 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

RFRA measure triggers tension between religious liberty, LGBT rights

Protesters took to the streets of Lansing this week to voice opposition to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Credit courtesy photo: Progress Michigan

One of the hot button issues of this year’s lame duck session was the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bill. The bill would exempt people from state and local laws if they can prove those laws violate deeply held religious beliefs. Opponents of the legislation say it amounts to a “license to discriminate”, and they are worried about its implications after a companion bill that would have expanded LGBT protections died in committee.

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Politics & Government
11:47 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Lansing attorney weighs in on new U.S.-Cuba relations

Attorney Richard McLellan (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Americans have been busy discussing President Obama’s call to normalize relations with Cuba. Lansing-based attorney Richard McLellan, a long-time Michigan political insider and a two-time visitor to Cuba, supports the President’s move.

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Politics & Government
11:38 am
Thu December 18, 2014

A legal primer on religious displays at the Capitol

MSU Law professor Frank Ravitch
Credit http://www.law.msu.edu/

A display at the state Capitol sponsored by a group called “The Satanic Temple” is raising eyebrows, even though it hasn’t been put up yet.

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Economy
11:31 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Detroit preps for 2015 Auto Show

The Lansing-built 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe was unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit last January.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Car buffs are revving up for the North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month. More than 800,000 people attended the show at the Cobo Center last January.

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Politics & Government
4:46 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

14 Charged In Meningitis Outbreak

Credit mlive.com

The owners of a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts face federal murder charges for mishandling medical steroids that were distributed nationwide and caused a meningitis outbreak.

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Politics & Government
4:14 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Prospects Of Road Funding Compromise Begin To Look Dubious In Lame Duck

Credit freep.com

State lawmakers are entering the final hours of their two-year session without having reached a deal to boost road funding.

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Sports
2:41 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Current Sports #381 | December 17, 2014

Al and Alex kick off the show previewing MSU basketball's game tonight against Eastern Michigan and touch on the Greg Monroe trade rumors . LPGA golfer Liz Nagel joins in the second half to discuss her pro career and some of the challenges she has faced on her way to success. To close, recent comments about concussions in the NFL are debated.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:24 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Current State #442 | December 17, 2014

Today on Current State: Gov. Snyder discusses lame duck issues; a look at the competing plans to fund road repairs in Michigan; Neighbors in Action with the Southside Community Kitchen; and the invasive faucet snail.

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Politics & Government
11:22 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Gov. Snyder says hope still alive for road funding compromise

Gov. Rick Snyder
Credit http://www.michigan.gov/

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The Michigan legislature is in the eleventh hour of this year’s lame duck session. This week, legislative leaders and Gov. Rick Snyder have been meeting more often to try to hammer out a measure for road and bridge funding in the state. A couple meetings were held yesterday, and the Governor expressed concern over how little time remains. The 2014 session is scheduled to conclude tomorrow.

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Politics & Government
11:18 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Breaking down Michigan's competing road funding plans

The clock is counting down on the lame duck legislature at the state Capitol. Tomorrow is the last full day of the session. Lawmakers are facing a hard deadline to reach a deal to raise more than a billion dollars each year in new revenue to fix Michigan’s deteriorating roads.

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Community
11:07 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Southside Community Kitchen | WKAR

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It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today, we learn about the Southside Community Kitchen that serves meals to hungry residents on Lansing’s Southside.

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Environment
11:02 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Researchers eye spread of invasive faucet snails

Faucet snails are appearing along the Great Lakes coasts.
Credit Courtesy Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth

The populations of an invasive snail in the Great Lakes may be increasing, according to a new study. Researchers from ten universities including Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University have found “faucet snails” in more areas along the Great Lakes coastline than experts previously thought.

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Sports
2:19 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Current Sports #380 | December 16, 2014

Michigan State is heading to the Cotton Bowl and the team addressed the media today with information. Al breaks down the press conference and also dives into the coaching search with University of Michigan. Later, Al and Alex give their top five college three-point shooters in wake of the college basketball season and they close the show previewing the women's basketball game tonight against Alcorn State.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:44 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Current State #441 | December 16, 2014

Today on Current State: Remembering TV newsman Bill Bonds; a look ahead to next year's contract talks between the United Auto Workers union and the domestic carmakers; a new project connects watersheds with green infrastructure; and a Profiles conversation with Lansing Symphony Orchestra maestro Timothy Muffitt.

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Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Remembering Bill Bonds

Longtime WXYZ-TV anchor Bill Bonds played a TV newsman in 'Escape from the Planet of the Apes'. Bonds died of a heart attack over the weekend at the age of 82.

Legendary Detroit TV news anchor Bill Bonds died over the weekend. He led the WXYZ-TV newscast from 1963 to 1968 and again from 1971 to 1995.

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Economy
11:35 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Auto analyst: pay hikes front and center for UAW

New contract bargaining between the United Auto Workers union and American automakers is scheduled for next year. Recently, we’ve been getting a clearer picture of the union’s priorities. UAW President Dennis Williams has indicated members want to eliminate a recently introduced  feature of the autoworker landscape:  “two-tier” wages and benefits.

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Environment
11:30 am
Tue December 16, 2014

New project focuses on watersheds, green infrastructure

Credit Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

The water cycle is pretty simple. Evaporation. Condensation. Precipitation. But when urban areas filled with buildings and parking lots get in the way, the cycle gets interrupted, and that can cause all sorts of problems, from flooding basements to sewer overflows.

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Arts & Culture
11:28 am
Tue December 16, 2014

PROFILES: LSO conductor Timothy Muffitt's music career

Timothy Muffitt leads the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.
Credit WKAR file photo

Timothy Muffitt has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Lansing Symphony since 2006. Muffitt has filled those same roles with the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra since 1999.

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Sports
2:19 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Current Sports #379 | December 15, 2014

The Detroit Lions are coming off a come-from-behind win and Al and Alex break down the successes from the game. East Lansing head basketball coach Steve Finamore joins Al at the second half of the show to talk about the recent transfers and the future games for the year. Closing the show, it's 'Weekend Winners.'


Radio Made in Michigan
11:39 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Current State #440 | December 15, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan's vaccination rates; charity fraud; the "Women of Vision" exhibition at the Cranbrook Institute of Science; and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's "Symphony in D" project.

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Health
11:36 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Ahead of stricter waivers, MI experts discuss vaccination trends

'The Modern American Vaccine Debate' author Mark Largent.
Credit http://jmc.msu.edu/

Before you register your kid in a public school, you have to show proof they’ve been vaccinated against diseases like measles and whooping cough. But parents can get vaccination waivers for medical, religious, or philosophical reasons, and an increasing number of Michigan parents are doing just that. Public health officials say that means preventable, but highly contagious, diseases are making a comeback.

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Politics & Government
11:34 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Michigan AG office warns of holiday charity scams

The Michigan Attorney General's office investigates reports of unsolicited phone calls from people claiming to represent charitable organizations.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

We’re halfway through December, and you’ve probably noticed retailers aren’t the only people competing for your cold, hard cash. ‘Tis the season for charitable organizations to ramp up their efforts to solicit donations. Most groups out there do represent worthy causes, but the holidays also tend to bring out the less-than-legitimate actors hoping to pull off the perfect scam.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Mon December 15, 2014

Cranbrook exhibits works by women behind the cameras at National Geographic

'Women of Vision' can be seen at the Cranbrook Institute of Science through December 30, 2014.
Credit Flickr - Cranbrook Science

For 125 years, National Geographic has documented the world and all that is in it with stunning photography and images that capture the soul of a story. Some of the most powerful and impactful stories of the past decade have been produced by a new generation of female photojournalists. "Women of Vision", currently on exhibit at the Cranbrook Institute of Science features the work of eleven photographers.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Mon December 15, 2014

"Symphony in D" to feature the sounds of the Motor City

Composer Tod Macover is writing 'Symphony in D' for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
Credit http://www.dso.org/

The Detroit Symphony Orchestra has launched an ambitious project with composer Tod Machover. He’s been commissioned to write a piece inspired by, and including, the sounds of the Motor City. “Symphony in D” will debut late next year.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

MSU Today | December 14, 2014

L to R: Russ White, Denise Maybank, Jim Pignataro, Mark Hollis
Credit Jon Whiting

Student-athletes at MSU; Advanced Lighting 101; Kirk Heinze

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:03 pm
Sat December 13, 2014

Protests don't derail MSU commencement, speaker

Protesters gather Saturday morning outside MSU's Breslin Center
Credit Peter Whorf

EAST LANSING   (AP) - About 200 people gathered outside Michigan State University's commencement ceremonies to protest a speech by columnist George Will over his commentary on sexual assault reporting at colleges.

  The Lansing State Journal reports that Will didn't mention the protests during his speech to undergraduates Saturday on the East Lansing campus.

More than a dozen students stood as he spoke and turned their backs to him and several others in the audience did the same or held up newspapers.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Snyder: Road Money Discussions “Constructive”

Credit mlive.com

Governor Rick Snyder met Friday with the Legislature’s Republican and Democratic leaders to try and strike a deal on road funding.

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Sports
2:07 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Current Sports #378 | December 12, 2014

Michigan State is heading to the Cotton Bowl but tickets have still not sold out. Plus, University of Michigan hires a recruiting staff to help find their next football coach. Al and Alex break down this news and a lot more. At the end of the show, MSU wide receiver Tony Lippett joins Al to break down the upcoming bowl game and look back on a lost friend from this year.


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