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1:05 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Current State #515 | April 10, 2015

Today on Current State: The Capital City Film Festival kicks off and Live Music Friday features Ryan Shadbolt & The Weathermen.

Radio Made in Michigan
1:04 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Capital City Film Festival features more than 80 independent films, music

Credit Courtesy Capital City Film Festival

The fifth annual Capital City Film Festival is underway and runs through Sunday.

This year, the festival features not only about 80 independent films at venues in and near downtown Lansing,  but dozens of musicians coming together for live performances as well.

Current State welcomes the two co-directors of the 2015 event, Payal Ravani and Dominic Cochran.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:04 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Live Music Friday: Ryan Shadbolt & The Weathermen

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Our Live Music Friday guests today are Ryan Shadbolt and the Weathermen.

Ryan has performed extensively as a solo artist, and he’s also been the frontman of the Lansing band Delicious Bass.

The lineup also includes bassist Nathan Smathers, and Ryan Eggebrecht on djembe.

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NewsRoom
10:08 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Raphael reviews travel mystery

Lev Raphael.
Credit Joan Young

WKAR book reviewer Lev Raphael has a look at "Under the Channel" by Gilles Pétel.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:08 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Current State #514 | April 9, 2015

Today on Current State: Michigan Environmental Council policy director James Clift on MSU's coal elimination plan; former Michigan Congressman Joe Schwarz and "Symphonic Cinema" at the Lansing Center.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:07 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

MI enviro praises MSU coal elimination plan

Michigan State University says it will eliminate coal as a fuel source by the end of 2016
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Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has announced the school will stop burning coal at the university sometime next year.  

In a webcast on “MSU’s Energy Future,” President Simon called sustainability a “guiding institutional principal” and said it’s “great opportunity” for the school to continue to reduce its environmental impact.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:07 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Classic cinema, symphony merge at Capital City Film Festival

The Lansing Symphony Orchestra will perform "Symphonic Cinema" Saturday evening at the Lansing Center.
Credit Courtesy Lansing Symphony Orchestra

The fifth annual Capital City Film Festival is underway in Lansing this week.

One of the marquee events pairs classic silent film and classical music, courtesy of the Lansing Symphony Orchestra.

“Symphonic Cinema” takes place at the Lansing Center this Saturday night at 8 p.m.  Admission is Free.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:43 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Current State #513 | April 8, 2015

Today on Current State: an update from the co-producers of "Second Shift: From Crisis to Collaboration", a documentary chronicling the 'Keep GM' campaign in Lansing during the 1990s; we learn about the Life as a Zebra Foundation, which funds research and education efforts for rare diseases; a new mural will soon commemorate the Lansing's Diamond REO plant; and former executive at Kellogg's tells us what life of a lobbyist is really like. 

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Arts & Culture
11:43 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Capitol City film festival to feature ‘Keep GM’ story

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One of the most dramatic chapters in recent Lansing history involved the groundbreaking effort to ‘Keep GM’ that began in 1996.   Former Mayor David Hollister remembers well the day General Motors’ executive Ed Donovan shared with him “some good news and some bad news.” After the 100th birthday of Oldsmobile, the company wouldn't have any new product for Lansing. 

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Community
11:42 am
Wed April 8, 2015

NIA: Life As a Zebra Foundation

Katie Dama Jaskolski experience with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and postural tachycardia syndrome inspired her to found the non-profit Life as a Zebra Foundation to raise awareness and funding for rare diseases.
Credit April Van Buren / WKAR-MSU

Wednesday on CS means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today, we hear about a non-profit in the Lansing area that raises money for research into rare diseases. 

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Sports
7:33 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

MSU Swimming Looking to Build for Future | Current Sports | WKAR

As Michigan State’s swimming and diving teams look forward to the 2015-16 season, they see this past one as a foundation.

In 2015, the women’s team scored 65 points at the Big Ten championship, placing them in 13th. The men’s team, had slightly better results, with 82 points and a 10th place finish.

And although Michigan State produced no NCAA qualifiers in the 2015 season, Matt Gianiodis, MSU’s head swimming coach, feels 2016 holds promise.

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Sports
2:27 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Current Sports #446 | April 7, 2015

  That one shining moment in college basketball belongs to Duke, who defeated Wisconsin 68-63 in Monday night's National Championship. Al Martin covers all facets of the game, including Duke's stellar freshmen and coach Mike Krzyzewski's legacy. Also, the Detroit Tigers start the season with a win against the Minnesota Twins. Al talks about the stellar performance from David Price and addresses his concerns with the bullpen.  Finally, Current Sports beat reporter Dominique Oden interviews Darus Ward, the head coach of the Okemos girls' soccer team.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:29 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Current State #512 | April 7, 2015

Today on Current State: Lansing city council member Carol Wood on the proposed 2016 city budget and an ICE operation at City Hall; a new curator for the Broad Art Museum; the piping plover makes a comeback and Bay City actress Katie Travis stars in "The Phantom of the Opera."

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:28 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Councilmember Wood: ICE operations in Lansing require better communicaton

Lansing City Council member Carol Wood says the city was not pre-informed of an ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) operation at City Hall earlier this year.
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Lansing's elected officials have begun discussions over the city's fiscal 2016 budget.  

Among other items, Mayor Virg Bernero's proposed spending plan calls for the creation new, high-ranking position at the Lansing Board of Water & Light.  

There's also ongoing discussion over pay raises for the mayor, city clerk and city council set to take effect on July 1.

Lansing city councilmember Carol Wood talks about budget issues...and about a recent ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) operation at City Hall.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:28 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

New curator brings international experience to Broad Art Museum

Caitlin Doherty is the new curator of the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University.
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A new curator has begun work at MSU’s Broad Art Museum.  Caitlin Doherty has deep roots in contemporary art, having worked around the world in places as varied as rural Ireland and Doha, Qatar. Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with Caitlin Doherty about her career, her plans, and the recent death of the Broad’s founding director, Michael Rush. She says the job of a curator is to be a bridge between the artist, their creations, their vision, and potential exhibitions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:27 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Piping plovers make comeback in the Great Lakes

The piping plover is a Michigan shorebird found mainly in the northern Lower Peninsula. After nearly becoming extinct, the species has made a remarkable recovery.
Credit Courtesy U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Spring is in the air.

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and the beaches of the Great Lakes are calling.

Well, maybe not for us humans yet.

The piping plover, on the other hand, will be packing its bags and headed for the lakeshore in the next couple of weeks.

The endangered species of shorebird was once almost extinct--with just 12 pairs left in the Great Lakes.

But thanks to conservation efforts, scientists are starting to see a rebound in the population.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:26 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Bay City native stars in "Phantom" at Wharton Center

Bay City native Katie Travis and Storm Lineberger perform in "The Phantom Of The Opera" now running at MSU's Wharton Center.
Credit Courtesy Wharton Center for Performing Arts

"The Phantom of the Opera” is in the middle of a two-week run at MSU’s Wharton Center. A singer-actress from Bay City has the lead role of Christine.  Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Katie Travis about what it's like to perform in the touring company of the most successful musical production of all time.

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Sports
2:19 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Current Sports #445 | April 6, 2015

  The road has ended for Michigan State men's basketball and Al is back with Alex to recap what happened. The two recap the season, preview next year's team and dive into Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers. Towards the end of the show, Al gives his weekend winners and paints the picture for listeners what the atmosphere was like in downtown Indianapolis.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:16 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Current State #511 | April 6, 2015

Today on Current State:  a new Michigan State University survey on sexual assault; protecting baby animals in the wild; a former juvenile offender's prison story highlights flaws with the system and Opening Day for the Detroit Tigers.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:16 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

MSU to gauge sexual assault climate on campus

MSU is distributing a voluntary online survey to gauge perceptions of sexual assault, and to assess how well their programs and services are working.
Credit Courtesy Michigan State University

A survey distributed to all Michigan State University students asks them to offer their opinion about sexual assault.  MSU will use the information to assess the effectiveness of its current programs and services.

We talk with Paulette Granberry Russell, the university's Title IX Coordinator and director of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Baby animals may be best left alone

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Baby animals are making their way into the world as the weather gets warmer.  Here in mid-Michigan we might see fawns, newborn birds and rabbits and more.  But what if you see one without an obvious parent nearby?  Current State's Melissa Benmark talks with MSU professor of zoology Jim Harding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Former juvenile inmate's story highlights justice system flaws

The Michigan Council on Crime and Deliquency is hosting a forum in Lansing Tuesday entitled "Youth Beyond Bars."
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In the 1990s, many states, including Michigan, began getting tough on juvenile crime.

That meant harsher sentencing and sending more youth to adult prisons.

Between 2003 and 2013, Michigan sent thousands of youth under the age of 18 to serve time in adult prisons.

But many are beginning to question the effectiveness of those “tough on crime” policies.

Advocates for reform say that sending a young person to an adult prison can have devastating consequences.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

On opening day, Free Press reporter looks at 2015 Tigers

The Detroit Tigers kick off the 2015 season with a home opener today against the Minnesota Twins.
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Spring only arrived a couple of weeks ago, but spring training baseball is over and it's time for the games to count!

It's Opening Day in Detroit, with the Tigers hosting the Minnesota Twins.  Current State's Mark Bashore talks with Detroit Free Press sportswriter Shawn Windsor.

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Sports
1:50 am
Mon April 6, 2015

A Season of Improbability | Current Sports | WKAR

The Duke Blue Devils topped the Michigan State men's basketball team in the Final Four on Saturday, 81 to 61 the final. Justise Winslow scored 19 points, fellow freshman Jahlil Okafor added 18 and senior Quinn Cook had 17 points for Duke. Denzel Valentine lead the way with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Spartans. 

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Sports
6:42 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

WKAR's "Current Sports" at the Final Four | Current Sports | WKAR

Michigan State is making its ninth trip to the Final Four in school history, including its seventh under Tom Izzo. The Spartans will be taking on the Duke Blue Devils Saturday night at 6:09pm. 

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Politics & Government
2:11 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

Snyder Would Like Energy Grid That Connects Upper, Lower Peninsulas

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Rick Snyder says one of his long-term ambitions is to improve Michigan’s access to electricity by extending the power grid to connect the upper and lower peninsulas.

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Politics & Government
11:44 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Prop 1: more than just roads

In just over a month, Michigan voters will decide the fate of Proposal 1. That’s the statewide ballot initiative that would generate more than $1-billion to repair and maintain Michigan roads. It’s a complex plan with many parts, the implications of which reach beyond highways and bridges. If approved, the measure would enact a constitutional change to the state sales tax, and also trigger a number of statutory changes. The Citizens Research Council of Michigan has been following the developments of Proposal 1.

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Sports
11:37 am
Fri April 3, 2015

From EL to Indy: MSU in the Final Four

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Michigan State will play Duke Saturday night in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Final Four. This team has had an impressive run through the latter stages of the Big Ten season, the Big Ten tournament and now the NCAA tournament. Can MSU beat the Blue Devils and then, either Kentucky or Wisconsin in the championship game on Monday night?

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Business
11:33 am
Fri April 3, 2015

State chamber CEO in sync with Snyder on RFRA, talent development

There are few issues of public importance in Michigan that the Michigan Chamber of Commerce does not weigh in on. The state chamber is the advocate for businesses and job providers across the state. It assists more than 6,000 member employers, trade associations and local chambers in the legislative, political and legal process.

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Arts & Culture
11:31 am
Fri April 3, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Brendan Doherty

Brendan Doherty (right) was joined by Jen Sygit to perform in WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Live Music Friday guest today is Brendan Doherty. He’s an Irish guitarist-folk singer who’s new to East Lansing, after a life of performing all over the world. He’s joined today by a local favorite, Jen Sygit.

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