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Health
5:24 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Talking till it hurts: Tips on how to protect your voice

Hunter says the voice is a key tool of the trade for 25 percent of the working population.
Credit Courtesy - Michigan State University

Those of us who work in radio have a natural interest in their voices, but lots of people rely on their voices to make a living. A researcher at Michigan State University is looking into the factors that can damage our voices, and how to avoid them.

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Environment
5:23 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Beyond beauty, Michigan plants offer environmental edge

Peter Whorf/WKAR

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Part II

Bill Schneider has operated Wildtype Native Plant Nursery in Mason for the past 17 years. As a true native Michigander, Schneider has degrees from both Michigan State University and the University of Michigan. He moved to northern California in the 1980’s where he further developed in his growing interest in native plants.

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Entertainment
5:21 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Viewing love through Hollywood's lens

Lippman says those who view romantic media as close to reality have more romanticized ideas about love.
Credit Flickr - Ho John Lee

Love. Is it destiny, something that conquers all, or something that requires work and compromise? Chances are your answer depends on what kinds of TV shows and movies you like to watch according to a new study. A group of University of Michigan researchers recently published a paper that examines the connection between romantic media and real-life perceptions of love and romance.

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History
5:20 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Original state fairgrounds site of diverse Michigan history

The original state fairgrounds in Detroit later became home to the legendary 24th Michigan Infantry.

A couple of months ago, Current State’s Scott Pohl visited the president of the Michigan Historical Commission Jack Dempsey in Detroit’s Capitol Park to discuss his book on the park’s historical significance. We liked the result so much that we’ve sent Scott back to Detroit, where Dempsey showed him a few more historical spots.

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Sports
3:31 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

LOOK BACK: Current Sports #272 | July 4 Special

Current Sports gives a look back on July 4, where Al, Matt, and Alex partake in the first annual Current Sports hot dog eating contest. The crew has five minutes to eat as many dogs as they can, and there is play-by-play  breakdown of the whole competition. Also, Al has one surprise guest, in the first half of the show, that comes in wake of Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest in Coney Island, New York. Finally, Brooks Laimbeer joins Al to discuss the current status of soccer.


Sports
2:22 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Current Sports #271 | July 8, 2014

On today's show,  Lansing State Journal's Graham Couch joins Al to discuss his recent feature on the Top 50 MSU Basketball players of all-time. Later, Alex and Matt discuss the troubles of Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Brown, and hit on the recent signings of the Detroit Pistons. To close the show, the crew gives their own top five greatest MSU basketball players of all-time.


Sports
2:25 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Current Sports #270 | July 7, 2014

Sam Barclay, a Master of Ceremonies for Major League Eating, discusses some of the greatest sights of all time in competitive eating. Al, Matt, and Alex also touch on the Detroit Tigers and if Justin Verlander and Ian Kinsler were snubbed of making the AL roster. Later, Lebron James and weekend winners are discussed.


Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

MSU Today | July 6, 2014

L to R: Terri Schroeder from Michigan Saves, Russ White, Kirk Heinze
Credit Gabriela Saldivia

A broadcast from the Michigan Energy Fair

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NewsRoom
3:22 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Year-Round Schools Get More Money, But Future Of Program In Question

As most Michigan students enjoy their summer vacations, some schools are using new state funding to add air conditioning and other things so they can teach year-round.

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Sports
2:20 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Current Sports #269 | July 3, 2014

It was a jam-packed show today with all of the recent NBA and NHL recruiting news. But first, Matt, Alex and Al discuss the Detroit Tigers' recent sweep of the Oakland Athletics. Later, they talk about the hard hits taken by the Detroit Red Wings from NHL free agency. To close the show, it's all Carmelo Anthony and Throwback Thursday.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:20 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Current State #345 | July 3, 2014

Today on Current State: Independence Day fireworks; genocide in Rwanda; Andy Warhol's album covers; and Mr. Rover. 

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Business
1:14 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Bigger fireworks, bigger safety concerns

American Eagle Super Store is one of the Midwest's largest fireworks retailers.
Kevin Lavery/WKAR

We’re celebrating Independence Day as a nation tomorrow, and that means fireworks. Michigan relaxed its fireworks sales law in 2012, so there are now more roadside stands and large retailers hawking their wares.

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Arts & Culture
1:08 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

A genocide survivor and MSU poet pursue healing through writing

In Rwanda, July 4 marks the end of the annual mourning period to remember victims of the 1994 genocide.
Credit Flickr/Jolly Jolson

While we’ll be celebrating Independence Day here in America tomorrow, halfway around the world the date also marks a national holiday in Rwanda, though it’s a much more somber occasion.

July 4 is Rwanda's Liberation Day and it marks the end of the country’s official mourning period for the more than one million people who were murdered during the genocide there in 1994. And this year, of course, is the 20th anniversary of those horrific 100 days.

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Arts & Culture
1:04 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Cranbrook exhibits decades of Warhol album covers

'Count Basie', 1955, was Andy Warhol's first celebrity portrait.
©2014 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / ARS, New York, NY. Reproduced by permission of Sony Music Entertainment

Andy Warhol is perhaps the most recognizable name in 20th century American art. One factor in his popularity is the many album covers he designed. As a graphic design artist, Warhol’s album works date back to the late 1940s.

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History
1:01 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

West Michigan's mysterious Mr. Rover

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Harry Wyckom was a turn of the 20th century Grand Rapids insurance salesman...and model. Wyckom posed as the character “Mr. Rover”, a traveling dandy who was pictured in scenes all around Grand Rapids and Western Michigan in front of notable buildings and scenic areas.

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NewsRoom
5:42 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Appeals Court Says No Drilling In Pigeon River Forest

The Michigan Court of Appeals says state regulators were correct to deny a drilling permit to developers who want to put oil wells on private land surrounded by a state forest.

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Sports
2:23 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Current Sports #268 | July 2, 2014

It was a stacked show on Current Sports today. To start, Dan Killbridge from 247sports.com  joins Al to discuss the future of recent NBA draftees Gary Harris and Adreian Payne. He also touches on the latest MSU football recruiting news. Later, Brooks Laimbeer from MSU Impact Sports joins Al to summarize the USA loss to Belgium, and analyzes the state of soccer in the United States. To close the show,  Matt and Alex hit on the most recent news in sports.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Current State #344 | July 2, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan's role in the Civil Rights Movement; Rep. Joe Haveman on prison reform; the latest Grand River oil spill; and Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP.

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History
12:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Civil Rights Act at 50: Michigan was a pioneer

President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law 50 years ago today. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. attended the ceremony.
Credit Flickr - U.S. Embassy New Delhi

On Friday, our nation celebrates its 238th birthday. But today, America is also observing the passage of one of the most significant laws ever crafted in its history.  On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The law that forbids discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin was born in an era of violence and intolerance in America.

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Politics & Government
11:54 am
Wed July 2, 2014

State Rep pushes corrections reform, prisoner rehab

Rep Haveman says that locking people up without concern for their rehabilitation is one of the biggest issues in the corrections system.
Credit Flickr - Todd Ehlers

In a recent op-ed, Republican State Representative Joe Haveman of Holland describes coming to Lansing five years ago to advance principles of limited government and restrained spending. He goes on to describe how his commitment to those principles unexpectedly led him to advocate reforms to Michigan’s $2 billion a year correctional system.

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Environment
11:50 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Environmentalist responds to criminal probe of Lansing oil spill

Powers says that the oil spills have most likely been caused by one entity.
Credit Flickr - Jay-P

Last Thursday, an oil spill was discovered in the Grand River near Old Town in Lansing. As crews continue to clean it up, city officials are planning their next moves. Yesterday, Lansing mayor Virg Bernero held a news conference to give an update on the spill.

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Families
11:43 am
Wed July 2, 2014

Neighbors in Action: MY Lansing CAP

My Lansing CAP aims to provide a variety of services for Lansing's youth through their network of grassroots organizations.
Credit Courtesy of NEON

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 Mayor’s Young Lansing Coalition and Partnerships, or MY Lansing CAP. The coalition, which was officially announced last week, features a broad array of community partners and stakeholders that are coming together to improve the quality of life for Lansing’s young people of color.

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NewsRoom
5:39 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Superintendents Blast Education Budget

Michigan schools begin their new budget year Tuesday.

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NewsRoom
4:55 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Snyder: Prison Food Contract Troubles Are “Unacceptable”

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s about ready to call it quits on a privatized prison food services contract if there are more problems.

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Sports
2:22 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Current Sports #267 | July 1, 2014

Al brings on special guest David Schuman, founder of one of the largest scouting and recruiting football camps in the country. The duo talks all aspects of recruiting and Schuman gives his take on the recruiting process. Later, Matt and Alex join to talk about the recent Detroit Tigers game-winning homer, and close the show with their top five best ways to win a game.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:35 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Current State #343 | July 1, 2014

Today on Current State: the Michigan Dream At Risk report; WWII in Detroit; and the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling.

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Economy
12:34 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Report alleges disinvestment is costing Michigan

The new report opposes the images of "Pure Michigan," drawing attention to some of the harsh realities faced by many.
Credit Flickr - Mike

“We still have miles to go to rebuild Michigan after years of neglect.” That sentence reflects the findings of a new report from the Michigan Economic Center at the Prima Civitas Foundation.

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History
12:24 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

When Detroit made cars ... and tanks

Dr. Charles Hyde's book brings readers nearly 300 archival images of wartime Detroit.
Credit Wayne State University Press

  

  

Dr. Charles Hyde is a former Wayne State University professor and author of the 2014 book Images from the Arsenal Democracy. The book follows the wartime transformation of the Detroit auto industry into the war machine of the late 1930's and early 40's.

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Politics & Government
12:18 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Cooley Law professor breaks down Hobby Lobby ruling

Schindler says the ruling may have some unanticipated consequences in the future.
Credit Flickr - American Life League

The Supreme Court of the United States ruled yesterday that the craft company Hobby Lobby can be exempted from paying for certain types of employee birth control.

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NewsRoom
4:43 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Background Checks Coming For Home-Aid Workers, State Can’t Exclude All Felons

Michigan cannot ban all felons from being caregivers in the state’s Medicaid in-home care program.

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