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9:16 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Current State #403 | October 20, 2014

Today on Current State: Lansing City Pulse associate editor Mickey Hirten on local elections; the Detroit Free Press' Joe Rexrode re-caps the MSU victory over Indiana; the value of video games in the classroom and new technology at MSU's Abrams Planetarium.

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Politics & Government
9:14 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Lansing City Pulse's Mickey Hirten on local elections

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Election day is November 4th, and voters have lots of decisions to make. We have an important state senate race, several local state house races, and there are some important proposals to be decided.

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Sports
9:06 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Rexrode re-caps MSU-IU game, previews U-M

Spartan Stadium will be the site of Saturday's Michigan State-Michigan game.
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The 8th-ranked Michigan State University football Spartans had a great afternoon Saturday. They downed Indiana 56-17 in a game that saw 21 points scored in the fourth quarter alone.

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Science & Technology
9:03 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Video games offer learning opportunities in the classroom

Casey O’Donnell, assistant professor of Media and Information at Michigan State University.
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If you’re a parent living in the 21st century, chances are you’ve had to tell your kids to turn off the video games and go outside to play. But video games aren’t just for recreation anymore. They’re also increasingly being used as learning tools in the classroom.

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Health
4:23 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Report: Lack Of Autism Specialists Creating Long Wait Times For Children

A new report says Michigan needs more autism specialists to help diagnose and treat children with the disorder.

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Politics & Government
4:15 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

For Absentee Voters, Election Day May Have Already Come And Gone

We’re two weeks away from Election Day, but for a lot of voters, it’s already come and gone.

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Sports
2:11 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Current Sports #343 | October 20, 2014

Are the Detroit Lions a legitimate contender? After the victory over the New Orelans Saints, it's the big question starting off the show. Later, callers indulge on discussion of the rivalry game this week in East Lansing. To close, the crew gives weekend winners and touches on the legacy of Peyton Manning.


Science & Technology
12:34 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

New MSU planetarium technology improves stargazing

MSU Abrams Planetarium director Shannon Schmoll.
Credit Scott Pohl / WKAR

Michigan State University opened the Abrams Planetarium 50 years ago.  That's five decades of giving kids and adults from all over the state a glimpse of the solar system and the universe.  As you might expect, the equipment to do that has improved a lot in those 50 years.  Current State's Scott Pohl speaks with planetarium director Shannon Schmoll about the upgrades.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

MSU Today | October 19, 2014

Scott Westerman, left, and Mark Hollis

This Far By Faith and Florida's rising seas

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Politics & Government
4:55 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Snyder Approves “Right-To-Try” Law

Governor Rick Snyder has signed a bill to allow terminally ill patients to try experimental therapies when other options have failed.

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Health
2:17 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Understanding Ebola | PBS

According to the Center for Disease Control, the 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history. Get a deeper understanding of the deadly disease from these programs and news articles from PBS.

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Sports
2:09 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Current Sports #342 | October 17, 2014

Mike Kohon, high school sports reporter from MLive.com, joins Al to analyze the college football season and preview the big games this weekend. Later in the show, Al and Alex recap Big Ten basketball media day and also touch on the Lions and Saints game this weekend. Finally, the crew debates about the Ryder Cup committee intended to improve team USA.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:42 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Current State #402 | October 17, 2014

Today on Current State: Democratic attorney general candidate Mark Totten; MSU develops a "robofish," a cast member of "Once" explains his role and a special deer hunt for disabled sportsmen.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Election 2014: Democratic AG candidate Mark Totten

Democrat Mark Totten is challenging incumbent Bill Schuette to become Michigan attorney general.
Credit Courtesy Mark Totten for Attorney General

If the flyers, phone calls and door knockers haven't tipped you off yet, it's election season in Michigan.

But before you hit the polls, you need to know a little bit about what and who is on the ballot.

As part of Current State's "Election 2014" series, we speak with the Democratic candidate for Michigan attorney general, Mark Totten.

Totten is a former federal prosecutor and a professor of criminal law and ethics at Michigan State University.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:38 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

MSU spawns "robofish" to monitor Great Lakes

MSU is developing a robotic fish to monitor water temperature and other environmental indicators in the Great Lakes.
Credit Courtesy G. L. Kohuth

A lot of sci-fi movies and books feature robots that look like people.  Think the Terminator or C-3PO.

But an MSU engineering professor went in a different direction when he started working on building a robotic fish about 10 years ago.

Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Dr. Xiaobo Tan, an associate professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Michigan State University.  He's been working on a robotic fish that can be used for monitoring water quality.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:36 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Cast member: "Once" role requires stamina, versatility

Stuart Ward and Dani de Waal from the "Once" Tour Company
Credit Courtesy Joan Marcus

The Broadway production of "Once" is running at the Wharton Center at Michigan State University this weekend.  It's a contemporary love story involving a pair of young musicians in Ireland.

Current State's Mark Bashore talks with cast member Evan Harrington, who has a plum supporting role in the cast as "Billy."

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:33 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Michigan hunting program gets disabled sportsmen into the field

Credit Courtesy Tom Jones, Michigan Operation Freedom Outdoors

We're well into deer bow hunting season in Michigan.  While most hunters must wait until November 15 to bag their trophy bucks with firearms, a special event is happening this week for some firearms hunters.

The "Independence Hunt" allows people with physical disabilities to enjoy firearms hunting.  It's sponsored by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Current State's Kevin Lavery speaks with Bryan Wilkinson, a disabled hunter who spent the first day of the hunt at Sharonville State Game Area in Jackson County.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:27 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Current State #401 | October 16, 2014

Today on Current State: checking the claims on education spending in Michigan; the Building Detroit program; a look at the duties of the MSU Board of Trustees; and book reviewer Scott D. Southard considers a biography of Harper Lee.

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Education
1:26 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Clarifying claims on MI education spending

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Education officials in Michigan are crunching the numbers this month, following the statewide student “Count Day” back on October 1. The bi-annual count determines the state’s per pupil funding allocation. Obviously, it’s in every school district’s best interest to turn out as many students as possible on that single day. But teachers and administrators across the state continue to struggle to fund mandatory programs. Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of rhetoric on the campaign trail about school funding. But what story does the data show?

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Economy
1:26 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Distressed Detroit houses: prices low, strings attached

Building Detroit is auctioning this home on Rutland Street today. The program is selling two houses in the city every day for prices starting at $1,000.
Credit http://auctions.buildingdetroit.org/home

One of the biggest challenges faced by new Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan is the poor condition of thousands of houses in the city. People won’t choose to live in a city where they can’t get a decent house. The Detroit Land Bank Authority hopes a new system of auctioning off vacant houses will spur a wave of movement into the city. It’s called “Building Detroit”.

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Politics & Government
1:25 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

ELECTION 2014: former MSU Trustees lend perspective on this year's race

The John A. Hannah Administration Building at MSU.
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Voters in Michigan will elect members of the governing boards of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University on November 4th. At MSU, incumbent democrats George Perles and Faylene Owen are running to keep their seats for another eight years. Republicans have nominated Melanie Foster and Jeff Sakwa; Foster was on the board for ten years, but lost her bid for re-election two years ago, and Sakwa also ran unsuccessfully in 2012. There also are candidates from the Green, Libertarian, U.S. Taxpayers and Natural Law parties on the ballot.

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Arts & Culture
1:11 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Book review: Marja Mills "The Mockingbird Next Door" | WKAR

After the enormous success of her book "To Kill a Mockingbird", the world belonged to Harper Lee. She could have done anything, the possibilities were endless. And yet, all she wanted to do was escape to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama and be left alone. For more than 40 years, the world could only speculate about this important and very silent American novelist. Was she writing? Was there maybe something more serious psychologically going on? Why did she hate the attention so much? It is because of Harper Lee’s long self-exile that makes "The Mockingbird Next Door", a new memoir by Marja Mills, so initially seductive.

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Health
4:11 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

State Launches Effort To Reduce Trauma For Infants In Foster Care

State officials say too many infants experience psychological trauma when they’re removed from their homes and put into foster care.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:28 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Current State #400 | October 15, 2014

Today on Current State: Former Ingham County Commissioner Mark Grebner on the importance of local elections; an MSU-educated engineer works on a project to contain contaminated water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant; Neighbors in Action: the REACH Studio Art Center; and Soup Grant Lansing’s first anniversary.

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Politics & Government
12:27 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Local politico says we ask too much of voters

Along with his decades of service as an Ingham County Commissioner, Mark Grebner runs Practical Political Consulting in Lansing.
Credit WKAR

Much of the interest in next month’s mid-term election involves our national politics. There’s interest in whether the GOP will regain a majority in the U.S. Senate and in the hundreds of millions of dollars of outside spending across the country, often by anonymous groups. It may be good to remember the dictum often attributed to former Speaker of the U.S. House Tip O’Neill:  "All politics is local." So, do voters pay enough attention to local issues? How important are local and regional matters?

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Environment
12:25 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

MSU alum instrumental in Fukushima cleanup

Joe Sopko is working on a project to freeze the area around the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. His company, Mortrench, hopes to contain water contaminated with nuclear material.
Credit Courtesy - MSU College of Engineering

In March of 2011, an earthquake and tsunami in Japan resulted in a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Three of the plants six reactors melted down, and substantial amounts of radioactive material was released. That includes contaminated water that escaped from the three units. Containing that water has proven to be an ongoing problem confronting those who are working to clean up Fukushima.

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Community
12:22 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Neighbors in Action: REACH Studio Art Center

Children work on art projects at REACH Studio Art Center in Lansing.
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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 bring back REACH Studio Art Center, a local arts non-profit in Lansing. REACH is expanding their capacity by renovating an entire block of storefronts in the REO town neighborhood.

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Community
11:34 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Lansing community group celebrates one year of soup and service

Credit Courtesy of Soup Grant Lansing

You may recall a community group featured not long ago on Neighbors in Action. Soup Grant Lansing works to fund micro-grants in our city and gather members of the greater Lansing area for a delicious, homemade, and healthy soup and bread meal. Soup Grant Lansing turned one year old a few weeks ago.

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Sports
8:01 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Current Sports | WKAR | Chiefs Overcome Big Plays to Defeat the Rams, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

HOLT - Okemos coach Jack Wallace emphatically raised his hands in the air as his quarterback, Grant Klaver, kneeled down to finish the game. Once the final whistle blew, the traveling student section rushed the field to celebrate the big win with their fellow classmates and players.

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Sports
7:50 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Current Sports | WKAR | Grand Ledge Football Season Recap

As Grand Ledge football (4-3 overall) prepares for a playoff run, head coach Matt Bird is stressing to his players that keeping the tradition of Comet football in mind is going to be an essential piece of a playoff puzzle.

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