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11:40 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Detroit Auto Show 2015: Printed cars and Cadillacs

The Local Motors printed car at the Detroit Auto Show.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

All this week, we’ve been taking you to the Detroit Auto Show to see what’s new, what’s groundbreaking, and what’s just plain fun. On the main floor of the auto show, you can see a massive 3D printer, and it’s printing a car. And if you venture to Hall E in the Cobo Center, you can see the finished product.

Current State's Scott Pohl talks with Lee Herge, Chief Operating Officer of the Chandler, Arizona based Local Motors.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Fri January 23, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Rev. Robert Jones | WKAR

Rev. Robert Jones performing live from WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s another Live Music Friday here on Current State, and all this hour we’ve been enjoying hearing from Rev. Robert Jones. Along with Josh White Jr., he'll perform at tonight's Ten Pound Fiddle concert. It’s called “Black Fathers of Folk Music: Josh White and Leadbelly”. The show includes the songs of these two pioneering artists, with Josh and Robert in character…Josh as his father.

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Sports
5:08 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

VIDEO: MSU Squeaks By | Current Sports | WKAR

Branden Dawson had 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots to help Michigan State outlast Penn State 66-60 on Wednesday night.

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Sports
2:13 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Current Sports #397 | January 22, 2014

Callers open the show with thoughts on the Patriots' "De-Flate Gate" scandal and if their famous coach knew the balls were inflated. Later, Al and Alex break down the Penn State game last night and delve into 'Throwback Thursday.' To close the show, Brandon Jennings and the NCAA investigation into academics are explored.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:43 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Current State #461 | January 22, 2015

Today on Current State: Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wrigglesworth announces he won't run for another term in 2016; human trafficking; the transformation of Cobo Center in Detroit; guided imagery; and Scott D. Southard reviews Elizabeth Dutton's "Driftwood".

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Politics & Government
11:36 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Ingham Sheriff's job: a family affair?

Scott Wrigglesworth (center) and Gene Wrigglesworth (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Gene Wrigglesworth has worn a policeman’s badge for almost 50 years. For more than half that time, he’s served as the Ingham County Sheriff. But in 2016, an era in the county’s history will come to an end. This week, he announced that he will not seek re-election.

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Community
11:31 am
Thu January 22, 2015

WKAR panelist previews human trafficking documentary, discussion

The WKAR Community Cinema preview of 'A Path Appears' is tonight at 7 p.m. in MSU's Communication Arts and Sciences Building.
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WKAR's next Community Cinema event is tonight, featuring a preview of “A Path Appears". This three-episode series is journalist Nickolas Kristof’s latest collaboration with his wife, Sheryl WuDun, and is a follow-up on the book and movie “Half the Sky.” The subject of both is human trafficking, but “A Path Appears” focuses on the subject here in the United States.

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Business
11:24 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Detroit Auto Show 2015: the transformation of Cobo

New video boards grace the Cobo Center exterior.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

If you’ve been going to the Detroit Auto Show over the years, you know that Cobo Center has undergone an enormous transformation. A $279-million dollar multi-year renovation is nearing its end. Inside, the changes have included new uses for the former Cobo Hall, the former home of the Detroit Pistons and numerous rock concerts. Fixing Cobo up was crucial to keeping the Auto Show in Detroit, but lots of other convention business is heading to the Motor City as a result.

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Health
11:20 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Chilling out through guided imagery

Peggy Crum (center) and Lisa Laughman (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Last week, Current State host Mark Bashore had a chance to witness and participate in a very interesting group exercise. It was his first encounter with guided imagery, a technique that tries to direct and focus the imagination using rich, descriptive sound cues.

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Arts & Culture
11:13 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Book Review: Elizabeth Dutton's 'Driftwood' | WKAR

Literature has always loved a good road trip. From Homer’s "Odyssey" to Tolkien’s adventures in Middle Earth to Kerouac’s "On The Road", the storyline has never left us. These road narratives often follow the same themes. The trip is usually a metaphor for growth and self-discovery. And when the hero returns home, he is a stronger person, more resolute, and ready to take on problems that would have vexed him before the trip.

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Sports
2:10 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Current Sports #396 | January 21, 2014

Al begins today's s how previewing Michigan State's game tonight against Penn State basketball. Later, the hot topic is "deflate-gate," and Al and Alex debate if the Patriots should suffer for having deflated footballs in the AFC championship game. To close the show, they briefly discuss the NCAA investigation into university academics.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:33 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Current State #460 | January 21, 2015

Today on Current State: State Senators Rick Jones and Jim Ananich consider Gov. Snyder's State of the State address; Neighbors in Action: Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care; electric cars at the Detroit Auto Show; and "brownwashing": companies that downplay their environmental record.

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Politics & Government
11:29 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Senators Jones, Ananich respond to State of the State address

Sen. Rick Jones (center) and Sen. Jim Ananich (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder updated his near term goals in the annual State of the State speech last night. The centerpiece was the creation of what the Governor called a “River of Opportunity” that would improve state services, especially those coming Michigan’s Departments of Community Health and Human Services. Snyder plans to combine the two into one. He says their work represents a “failed model” that is too focused on programs than on people.

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Community
11:24 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Neighbors in Action: Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care | WKAR

Rose Zack (center) and Donna Odea (right) of Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care, with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, when Current State features people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we learn about a group of Lansing area women raising money to help Lansing area non-profits thrive, Greater Lansing 100 Women Who Care.

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Business
11:20 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Detroit Auto Show 2015: the electrics

The Chevy Bolt electric vehicle on display at the Detroit Auto Show.
Credit Mark Bashore/WKAR

The Detroit Auto show is in full swing in downtown Detroit. Two very different automakers are grabbing a lot of the electric vehicle attention at the Cobo Center this week. Current State's Peter Whorf has the latest on the electric cars on display at the North American International Auto Show through Sunday.

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Environment
11:14 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Are companies downplaying environmental performance?

Dr. Tom Lyon, University of Michigan Dow Chair of Sustainable Science, Technology and Commerce
Credit http://webuser.bus.umich.edu/

Companies sometimes try to look more environmentally friendly than they are, but a new study indicates they might also downplay their “green” achievements, depending on who’s listening to their message.

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Sports
2:35 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Current Sports #395 | January 20, 2014

University of Michigan athletics received a much-needed boost this week  with the hiring of Jim Harbaugh's son, Jay. The basketball team is still struggling however, so does the Caris LeVert injury mean it's closed curtains on the Wolverine season? Then, Current Sports  invites longtime sports radio host Jack Ebling to the show to discuss his network switch and all things sports. Finally, the show ends with the top five awkward sports moments, a segment that listeners will want to stick around for.  


Politics & Government
12:02 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

MI survey: Snyder's numbers higher than Obama's

Charley Ballard (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Recently, Michigan has been through a Gubernatorial campaign, an election, a lame duck legislative session and an inauguration. And Governor Snyder delivers his annual State of the State address this evening. Amid all this political activity, what do Michiganians think of their top elected officials?

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Business
11:47 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Startup Grind Lansing aims to give entrepreneurs a boost

Michael Labriola of Digital Primates is Startup Grind Lansing's first speaker this week.
Credit http://www.digitalprimates.net/

A national organization designed to inspire and educate entrepreneurs is coming to Lansing. It’s called Startup Grind. The Lansing Startup Grind will hold its first meeting on Thursday night. Startup Grind was formed in 2010 and has grown to 150 cities in 65 countries.

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Environment
11:43 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Are prescription drugs harming Great Lakes fish?

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor Rebecca Klaper
Credit http://home.freshwater.uwm.edu/

Lots of things end up in Great Lakes that shouldn’t be there. Plastic bottles and microbeads, fertilizer runoff from farm fields, and invasive species are only a few. Now, add to that list prescription drugs. Researchers are increasingly worried about how chemicals from prescription medication could be impacting aquatic wildlife.

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Business
11:35 am
Tue January 20, 2015

New Buick convertible, concept car shown off at Detroit Auto Show

The Buick Cascada is on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Credit WKAR/Peter Whorf

What’s made in Poland and is named after the Spanish word for waterfall? It’s the newest convertible from Buick, the Cascada, unveiled this week at the Detroit Auto Show. The North American International Auto Show is in full swing at Detroit’s Cobo Center this week. Current  State will bring you all the latest these next few days in our NAIAS series.

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Sports
2:11 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Current Sports #394 | January 19, 2014

On Martin Luther King day, Al reflects on his own life and recaps the weekend in Michigan State men's and women's hoops. Later, Alex and Al recap the NFL playoffs and discuss Max Scherzer's decision to join the Washington Nationals. To close the show, it's 'Weekend Winners.'


Radio Made in Michigan
11:49 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Current State #458 | January 19, 2015

Today on Current State: Freedom Rider Henry Thomas; a Voices of Experience conversation with Mordechai "Max" Kreinin; Michigan's newest U.S. Senator, Gary Peters; and an essay from Sandra Seaton on civil rights in America.

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Community
11:43 am
Mon January 19, 2015

1961 Freedom Rider keynotes MLK holiday luncheon

Henry Thomas was a Freedom Rider in 1961. He's the keynote speaker at today's luncheon in Lansing marking the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

We remember the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today. Cities across America are holding various events, including in Lansing. In 2015, the day seems to resonate with even greater impact than usual, following a tumultuous year of unrest. We've seen events like the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Eric Garner in New York and Tamar Rice in Cleveland. You could feel the echoes of the 1960’s, when protests and violence were much more widespread.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Voices of Experience: 57 year MSU professor Mordechai Kreinin | WKAR

Professor Mordechai Kreinin retires this week after 57 years on the MSU faculty.
Credit http://econ.msu.edu/

We all know Michiganians we feel are extraordinary for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices. Maybe for their success, or their service, and for the insights that result from those experiences. Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s ongoing series, Voices of Experience. This week, long-time Michigan State University economics professor Mordechai “Max” Kreinin officially retires, ending a 57-year career on the MSU faculty.

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Politics & Government
11:29 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Sen. Peters assesses unfolding congressional agenda

Sen. Gary Peters (left) with Current State host Mark Bashore
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Two weeks ago, Democrat Gary Peters had the honor of replacing Michigan Senator Carl Levin in the U.S. Senate. Peters had already served five years in the U.S. House representing parts of southeast Michigan. Mr. Levin had just wrapped up a 35-year career.

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Community
11:20 am
Mon January 19, 2015

A civil rights essay: Sandra Seaton

Sandra Seaton
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At the start of today's Current State, we heard from Henry Thomas, one of the original 13 “Freedom Riders” who rode through the Deep South in 1961 to defy Jim Crow laws. Now, on this Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, we end with an essay from one of our mid-Michigan citizens who remembers the sting of segregation. Sandra Seaton is a local playwright who spent part of her childhood in Tennessee.

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Sports
8:37 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

VIDEO: Lost for Words - MSU / Iowa Wrap-Up | Current Sports | WKAR

 Aerial Powers had 16 points and 11 boards for the Michigan State women's basketball team in a close loss to No. 22 Iowa Sunday.The Spartans kept the high-powered Hawkeye offense (79.8 points a game) in check but couldn't come up with a final key play down the stretch. Suzy Merchant's team falls to 9-9, 1-6 in the Big Ten.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

MSU Today | January 18, 2015

Mark Phelan
Credit www.freep.com

State of the automotive industry, 2015 Michigan agriculture forecast, Michigan Eco-Traveler

MSU J-school alumnus and Detroit Free Press automotive critic Mark Phelan on the state of the automotive industry; a 2015 forecast for Michigan's agriculture industry from Michigan Agri-Business Association President Jim Byrum, too, and the eco traveler Sally Barber with her guide to sustainable adventures in Michigan.

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Sports
3:33 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

VIDEO: Spartans Making "U-Turn" | Current Sports | WKAR

With three players earning double-doubles, the Michigan State women's basketball team captured its first Big Ten win with a 63-56 win over Illinois Thursday at the Breslin Center. In the midst of such a rocky start to the conference season, the Spartan's are still staying positive. WKAR's Al Martin reports from the Breslin Center on how this team is planning a "U-Turn" as the season rolls on. 

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