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Radio Made in Michigan
10:57 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Current State #391 | October 1, 2014

Today on Current State: a look at the Great Lakes becoming a transportation corridor for crude oil; we meet some MSU students who’ve made a Bollywood-style movie; and our Neighbors in Action segment this week is with The Davies Project, which provides transportation to families with kids facing serious illnesses. Our guest host today is Scott  Westerman of the MSU Alumni Association.

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Environment
10:55 am
Wed October 1, 2014

New report: oil transportation poses risks to Great Lakes Region

Great Lakes Commission executive director Tim Eder
Credit http://glc.org/

The boom in oil production in North Dakota and Western Canada has turned the Great Lakes region into a transportation corridor for crude oil. The domestic production of oil has become a cornerstone of energy policy in both the U.S. and Canada. But several high-profile spills, including the one into the Kalamazoo River in 2010, have raised questions about the safety of how we transport oil.

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Arts & Culture
10:54 am
Wed October 1, 2014

MSU students produce Bollywood film in India

MSU's 'Beyond Bollywood: Taste of Indian Media' study abroad program made a Bollywood film in India this summer.
Courtesy - Amol Pavangadkar

India has one of the most vibrant filmmaking communities in the world. The Indian movie industry is often referred to as Bollywood. Their movies are known for elaborate musical productions and eye-grabbing colors. What better place to send MSU students who want to learn about the craft of movie-making?

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Community
10:53 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Neighbors in Action: The Davies Project | WKAR

Credit http://www.thedaviesproject.org/

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 feature The Davies Project, a local non-profit that provides transportation to families with kids who have serious illnesses.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

State Lawmakers Debate Bill Aimed At Reducing Homelessness

It looks like a bipartisan bill meant to reduce homelessness in Michigan has stalled.

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Sports
2:27 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Look Back: Current Sports #301 | August 20, 2014

After a close game against Tampa Bay for the Detroit Tigers, Al invites Detroit Free Press writer Perry Farrell on to discuss the status of this team. Seeing that the Tigers are now playoff bound, this offers a special look back on some interesting predictions. Later, the Braxton Miller injury and Brandon Jennings bold claims on Kobe Bryant are reviewed.

  

Sports
2:12 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Current Sports #329 | September 30, 2014

MSU women's soccer goaltender Courtney Clem joins Al to discuss the start to the season. Al also finds out about the Clem family tradition of goal keeping and why Courtney's hair is popular on the twitter sphere. Later, former WKAR radio host and Detroit sports broadcaster  Richard Kincaide discusses all things Detroit Tigers. To close the show, David Brandon and Brady Hoke are in focus.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:21 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Current State #390 | September 30, 2014

Today on Current State: Today on Current State: Our monthly review of Michigan's top news stories; a Great Lakes month in review look at a mayor's summit on water resources at the EPA's update to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative; and a copyright case involving Sherlock Holmes. Our guest host today is Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network.

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Politics & Government
11:20 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Month in Review: September's biggest news stories | WKAR

Credit Flickr - lehooper

Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network revisits several of September's biggest Michigan news stories with state capitol reporters Jonathan Oosting of MLive and Inside Michigan Politics publisher Susan Demas.

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Environment
11:19 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Great Lakes Month in Review: regional mayor's conference, GLRI update

Credit Flickr - NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we talk about a summit on water resources led by the region’s mayors and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s update to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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Arts & Culture
11:16 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Michigan attorney defends Sherlock Holmes copyright

Benedict Cumberbatch (left) and Martin Freeman star in TV's 'Masterpiece Mystery!' series 'Sherlock'.

"The game is afoot". That's one of many recognizable phrases from the Sherlock Holmes stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. John Bursch is a Grand Rapids lawyer who has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court on eight occasions. Now, one of his most unusual clients is the Doyle estate.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

AG’s Office To Investigate Aramark Employee Accused In ‘Murder-For-Hire’ Plot

State Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office will investigate a possible murder-for-hire plot involving a prison food service worker.

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Politics & Government
3:35 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Snyder: US, Not Canada, Should Pay For Customs Plaza

Governor Rick Snyder is expressing frustration that the US government still hasn’t ponied up the money to pay for a new customs plaza to go along with the new international bridge in Detroit.

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Sports
2:09 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Current Sports #328 | September 29, 2014

The crew at Current Sports kicks the show off with Brady Hoke and all of the criticism that goes along with him. Firing Hoke or not is the hot topic of the day. Also, the MSU football game is discussed and Al gets into a quick preview of what to look for versus Nebraska. Later, Al gives a sneak peak to Current Sports TV by airing an interview with Jemele Hill. To close the show, it's Detroit Lions and Detroit Tigers.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Current State #389 | September 29, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan opts out of paying higher home heating subsidies; we learn about the East Lansing Public Library’s new maker spaces; and a conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Isabel Wilkerson prior to her East Lansing visit this week.

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Economy
12:46 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

State cuts to food assistance felt in Lansing

Credit Flickr - Phillip Stewart

The new fiscal year begins Wednesday here in Michigan and for the federal government. It’s the first day that low-income households can apply for home heating assistance funds.

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Arts & Culture
12:42 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

East Lansing tinkerers get new maker spaces

Meg Croft of Woven Art, with East Lansing Public Library director Kristen Shelley, in the library's new Maker Studio.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

For a long time, libraries have embraced change, becoming much more than simply a place to find a book. Music, movies, you name it. Libraries try to keep up with the demands of their visitors. The East Lansing Public Library’s newest effort is a maker studio.

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History
12:37 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

Award winning journalist tells story of Great Migration

Isabel Wilkerson
Credit http://isabelwilkerson.com/

A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist will be at Wharton Center this week. On Thursday, Isabel Wilkerson will discuss her book "The Warmth of Other Suns" in a joint appearance with television journalist Soledad O’Brien. Wilkerson’s book is an epic work of non-fiction that chronicles the great migration northward of Southern African-Americans.

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Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

State Board Completes Detroit EM Wrapup

A loan board has approved some of the final steps that make up the state’s role in Detroit’s bankruptcy.

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Sports
2:20 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Current Sports #327 | September 26, 2014

Alex Scharg steps outside the glass to fill in for Al Martin today, as Al interviews Jemele Hill at the MSU Union. Alex starts off recapping Derek Jeter's walk-off at Yankee Stadium and gives a hard take on the Robin Ventura comments. Later, it's all Big Ten football discussion. The news of Jeffery Taylor and football picks are also touched on.


Sports
2:13 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Current Sports #326 | September 25, 2014

Thursday kicks off with discussion on the recent Bill Simmons suspension by ESPN due to comments made on NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell. Later, Alex chimes in on MSU's upcoming matchup with Wyoming and the recent analysis made by defensive coordinator, Pat Narduzzi. To close the show, it's 'Throwback Thursday' and the team debates about Tony Stewart.


Sports
2:13 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Current Sports: #325 - Barbershop | September 24, 2014

On this Wednesday, Current Sports offers a short snippet into one of the heated debates on 'Barbershop Wednesday.' Join Al, Alex and the rest of the Current Sports team as they discuss when praise goes to far with athletes. Derek Jeter is the focal point of this hot topic discussion.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:06 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Current State #388 | September 25, 2014

Today on Current State: keeping low-income college students in school long enough to graduate; National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen Garcia; local transportation needs; the Emerson Quartet; and for Banned Books Week, a review of Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".

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Education
11:05 am
Thu September 25, 2014

New NEA president promotes 'Degrees Not Debt' initiative

National Education Association president Lily Eskelsen Garcia
Credit http://www.nea.org/

The 3-million member National Education Association has a new president, and she was in East Lansing yesterday. Lily Eskelsen Garcia took office on September 1st. Her trip to East Lansing was devoted to pushing for not only organized labor, but also for making higher education affordable.

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Education
11:05 am
Thu September 25, 2014

MSU aims to boost low income students' success

MSU provost June Youatt
Credit https://provost.msu.edu/

Higher education has long been seen as a ticket out of poverty for low-income students. And in today’s competitive work environment, a college degree is more important than ever for securing a place in the middle class. The number of low-income students enrolling at four year schools has grown around 20-percent over the past several decades. But while more of those kids are making it to college, graduating is still a struggle.

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Economy
11:04 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Planners seek public input on Lansing region's transportation future

What are the Lansing area’s future transportation needs? Three times this week, that’s been the topic of public forums in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties. The Tri County Regional Planning Commission is holding a fourth forum this evening in Lansing.

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Arts & Culture
11:04 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Premier string quartet comes to Ann Arbor

The Emerson String Quartet
Credit Courtesy - Lisa Mazzucco

It’s safe to say that the Emerson String Quartet is among the top such ensembles on the planet. In their more than three decades of existence, the Emerson’s  achievements include more than thirty acclaimed recordings, nine Grammys, the Avery Fisher Prize, Musical America’s "Ensemble of the Year" and collaborations with many of the greatest artists of our time. The Emerson Quartet performs as part of the University Musical Society series at Ann Arbor’s Rackham Auditorium this Saturday night at 8 p.m.

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Arts & Culture
11:03 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Book Review: for Banned Book Week, Mark Twain's "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" | WKAR

American history is not always pretty. Sometimes it’s hard to accept that, but it is true. As Americans, there are blemishes there we don’t like the mirror to remind us of. For over 130 years, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain has held up that mirror and dared us to look at the reflection.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Snyder: Detroit EM Should Maintain A Role With City Through Bankruptcy

Governor Rick Snyder says he’d like to see Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr stick around even if the mayor and city council vote this week to remove him.

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Politics & Government
5:11 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Insurers Would Be Required To Offer Abortion Insurance Under Democrats’ Bill

Democrats in state House and Senate say all Michigan insurance companies should be required to offer abortion coverage.

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