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Televised sports come in all sorts of forms. This time of year, basketball dominates sports broadcasting, but there’s hockey, too, and spring training baseball is getting started. At the Big Ten Network, they’re adding something different to the lineup: League of Legends. Teams from conference schools are competing right now in the popular video game, and the championship will be televised at the end of March.


Werther | Metropolitan Opera

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Sat. Mar. 4 at 1pm on 90.5 FM WKAR Radio |  One of opera’s greatest depictions of impossible love, Werther is based on Goethe’s epistolary novel The Sorrows of Young Werther.

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Michigan's two Democratic senators who have opposed many of the top nominees of President Donald Trump are facing extra heat before the Senate considers perhaps his most important pick of all — Judge Neil Gorsuch for the Supreme Court.

Journalists interviewing St. Rep Jim Tedder
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The chair of the House Tax Policy committee is defending Republican Speaker Tom Leonard’s decision to allow a vote on a failed measure to cut the state income tax.

Leonard’s been criticized for the move after saying he knew the proposal didn’t have the votes to pass.

Representative Jim Tedder says it gave House members a chance to vote their conscience.

“I don’t feel that this was political," he says. "I feel that this was an opportunity for all of us to show our districts where we stood.” 

Current Sports | February 24, 2017

Feb 24, 2017
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Michigan State Men's Basketball; MSU Baseball Preview; Matt Holsworth; Princess Lacey's Legacy Foundation; John Sloan III.


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Democrats have invited immigrants and foreigners to President Donald Trump's first address to Congress in an effort to put a face on those who could be hurt by the Republican's policies.

Is Oscar Racist?

Feb 24, 2017

The 2016 Academy Awards were marred by the accusation that Hollywood was filled with racism and the lack of diversity. 

The 2017 Academy Awards have an entirely different look.

Bill Mechanic is a graduate of the Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters and the producer of Hacksaw Ridge, which has 6 nominations.

Jeff Wray is a professor in the college of Arts and Letters and a film maker. 

After the episode taping concludes, the guest and panel continue to chat.

Watch it at video.wkar.org

Ozay Moore, Mikeyy Austin, and Sareem Poems standing together
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Some new things are happening in Reo Town.

Lansing rapper Mikeyy Austin is one of the minds behind Reo Town Sessions, a monthly event that highlights local artists and connects them to the community.


portrait: Governor Rick Snyder
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Gov. Rick Snyder says the state will wait until May at the earliest to decide whether to close any of the state’s lowest-performing schools.

House GOP caucus divided after income tax cut fails

Feb 24, 2017
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There’s a lot of turmoil among Republicans in the state House right now. That’s after the GOP leadership took a get-tough approach on Republicans who refused to support an income tax rollback.

Students in Michigan and Ohio retire to new homes

Feb 24, 2017
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Three Western Michigan University graduate students moved into their on-campus apartments at the beginning of the fall semester. The campus on which they are living, though, is not Western Michigan's. And their neighbors are not college students — at least they have not been for a long time.

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During Black History Month, WKAR explores issues, events and perspectives involving the black experience.

WKAR’s Jamie Paisley spoke with African-American opera singer Mark Rucker who started in Chicago under a teacher with interesting classroom discipline techniques.


A maize cover crop
Hugh Venables

Warmer weather in February means that insect pests are returning sooner than usual. 

For farmers, these early insects might be a problem for their winter cover crops. 

Current Sports | February 23, 2017

Feb 23, 2017

NBA Trade Deadline; MSU Women's Basketball; Tori Jankoska; Summer Weather; Richard Kincaide.


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