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10:41 am
Wed March 18, 2015

UM, Cancer Society exhibit promotes colorectal cancer awareness

Visitors can walk through this 14-foot high giant replica of the colon at Briarwood Mall between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Credit Courtesy University of Michigan Health System

March is colorectal cancer awareness month. Health professionals will tell you that kind of cancer can be treated quite successfully, but first it has to be detected. And to be detected, people have to know to get screened for it. That’s why this Saturday you may notice a giant inflatable colon at Briarwood Mall in Ann Arbor.

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Arts & Culture
10:36 am
Wed March 18, 2015

Book Review: Josh Malerman's 'Bird Box'

"Bird Box" by Josh Malerman scared the pants off me. Please don’t think I’m saying this lightly. While horror movies can terrify me for days, horror books rarely have the same punch for me. Usually, they feel predictable, formulaic, like something conjured from an old episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" minus the wit or surprises.  But "Bird Box" was different, and it was terrifying.

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Politics & Government
5:20 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

House Rejects Amendments To Adoption Law

Credit truthandcharityforum.org

The state House is poised to vote Wednesday that would allow faith-based adoption agencies in Michigan to turn away couples based on a religious objection to their lifestyle.

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Politics & Government
4:56 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Democrats Unveil Bills Meant To Make State Government More Transparent

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New bills at the state Capitol seek to make state government more transparent.

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Sports
2:19 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

Current Sports #433 | March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day and Happy Tuesday! There is a lot to discuss on this edition of Current Sports with Al Martin, especially the release of the NCAA Men's Bracket. How far could MSU go and who is going to shock the nation this year? Al brings on Drew Sharp, sports columnist for the Detroit Free Press, to help answer some of the toughest questions about this year's bracket. Also, breaking news on air came out of the MSU football camp concerning MSU running back Delton Williams, who has been suspended from the team.

Lastly,  the top five moments in NCAA tournament history star in today's 'Top Five Tuesday' segment. Let the MADNESS begin!!!


Health
11:29 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Ingham health official on potential impact of SCOTUS ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
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Once again, the future of Obamacare is in the hands of the United States Supreme Court. This summer, the court’s interpretation of four words in the Affordable Care Act will have a significant impact on the future of the law. Many Americans are counting on millions of dollars of Obamacare federal tax credits to pay for health insurance coverage. The high court’s ruling will determine whether those credits will be offered or withdrawn to residents of 34 states, including Michigan.

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Business
11:27 am
Tue March 17, 2015

New LSJ columnist returns to journalistic roots

Judy Putnam (right) of the Lansing State Journal, with Current State guest host Sue Carter.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

A well-established policy advocate in Lansing is beginning a new chapter in her career this week. Judy Putnam has been the communications director of the Michigan League for Public Policy for seven years. This week, she returns to her roots in journalism as a columnist for the Lansing State Journal.

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Environment
11:10 am
Tue March 17, 2015

MSU study finds artificial fertilizers throw off the nitrogen cycle

Credit WKAR file photo

Nitrogen plays an essential role in plant growth, but it’s a scarce resource in nature. Farmers used to have to use beans or legumes to fix the nutrient into their fields. But with the advent of artificial fertilizers, agriculture has been able to bypass that step and put the nitrogen directly into the soil. While this has allowed farmers to increase production of nutrient intensive crops like corn, it’s had some other, not so great, side effects.

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Arts & Culture
11:03 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Grand Rapids celebrates Bach in bars and cathedrals

Grand Rapids celebrates the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach with its biennial Bach Festival this week at numerous venues throughout the Grand Rapids area.

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Sports
2:20 am
Mon March 16, 2015

What Could've Been | Current Sports | WKAR

Wisconsin outscored Michigan State 11-0 in an overtime thriller on Sunday for an 80-69 victory in the Big Ten Tournament championship game.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

MSU Today | March 15, 2015

Kirk Heinze, left, and George Heartwell

Grand Rapids Mayor, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, fracking in Michigan, Pressing the Reset Button

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Sports
7:25 pm
Sat March 14, 2015

Spartans Continue Redemption Tour | Current Sports | WKAR

Travis Trice scored 20 points, Branden Dawson added 17 points and eight rebounds and Michigan State fought back to beat No. 8 Maryland on Saturday in the Big Ten tournament semifinals in Chicago. 

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Sports
4:11 am
Sat March 14, 2015

Spartans Take Care of Buckeyes in Chicago | Current Sports | WKAR

The Michigan State men's basketball team beat Ohio State, 76-67, at the United Center in Chicago, IL, moving on to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament.  

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Audit: MDOT Falling Down On Bridge Inspections

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A state Auditor General’s report has found problems with Michigan’s bridge inspection program.

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Environment
3:08 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Snyder: 30% To 40% Renewable Energy Realistic In Michigan By 2025

Gov. Snyder presented his goals for energy policy in Michigan Friday at an electrician training facility in Warren.
Credit mprn jake neher

Governor Rick Snyder has set a goal for Michigan to get 30-40% of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.

The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher has more.

That number includes energy savings through efforts to be more efficient. The governor says energy efficiency should play a central role in Michigan’s energy future.

“There is no better answer for affordability, reliability, and environmental outcomes than that piece,” he says.

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Politics & Government
1:23 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Interim BWL chief criticizes capital project’s “hidden costs”

Dick Peffley, Interim Manager for the Lansing Board of Water and Light
Credit Credit: Lansing Board of Water and Light

For two months, our first guest has been navigating highly publicized change at the Lansing Board of Water and Light. Dick Peffley’s retirement was interrupted in mid-January when he was asked to serve as interim General Manager of the city-owned utility after the sudden dismissal of Peter Lark. Peffley spent 38-years at the Board of Water and Light in several managerial positions including as Executive Director of Operations and once before as interim General Manager. When he accepted the job, he commented “I want to do what’s best for the BWL and our cu

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Arts & Culture
1:23 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Michigan vaudeville troupe puts modern twist on bygone genre

Lil Darlins Vaudeville members Katie Corr (Kitty Darlin) on the left, Jo Serrapere (Jo Darlin), and Laura Bates (Lulu Darlin).
Credit Credit: Tasha Oltman

  

 

   Fred Astaire. Buster Keaton. Fats Waller. Mae West. 

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Community
1:16 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Mid-Michigan Purple Heart recipient opens his heart to Afghan comrades

Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

    The Purple Heart is the oldest military award the United States of America gives to its service members.  It’s sometimes called “the medal nobody wants,” because it’s given to those killed or wounded in combat.  Now, a mid-Michigan man has joined those ranks.  First Lieutenant William Milzarski is  retired from the U-S Army.  He first enlisted back on August 1, 1990 -- the day before Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait.  He spent just a few years in as a heavy construction operator.  He was injured, got out and eventually went to Cooley Law School.

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Music
1:16 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Donny Brown

Donny Brown, former drummer for the Verve Pipe, in Studio S. Accompanied by Abbey Hoffman on vocals and Kay Rinker O'Neil on flute and vocals.
Credit WKAR/April Van Buren

 

   One of Michigan’s top recording and touring acts over the last 20 years was The Verve Pipe. Their highest charting single was “The Freshman”, which peaked at number 5 on the U.S. record charts in 1996.  The drummer in those days was Donny Brown. Now, Donny's stepped out from behind the drum set and taken up the guitar for his solo act. His new E.P. “Hess Street”, which was named after the Saginaw street he grew up on, came out late last year. 

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Politics & Government
4:53 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Michigan Activists To Launch Marijuana Legalization Initiative

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A group of activists says 2016 is the year to legalize marijuana in Michigan.

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Education
4:43 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Governor Signs Order To Take Control Of School Reform Office

Credit examiner.com

The state office tasked with monitoring Michigan’s lowest performing schools will be put under the direct control of Governor Rick Snyder.

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Environment
4:39 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Snyder To Deliver Second Energy Message

Credit gatescambridge.org

Governor Rick Snyder will deliver an address Friday on Michigan’s energy future.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:07 pm
Thu March 12, 2015

Forger, Moriarty on Music from Studio S

Two of MSU music's first citizens join 90.5 Classical's occasional series, Music from Studio S,  Friday at 3pm.

Dean James Forger and Piano Chair Deborah Moriarty team up for a live preview of Monday's Fairchild Theatre all-Ravel concert. 

Don't miss this chance to hear Forger and Moriarty live on 90.5, Friday at 3pm with host Peter

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Education
11:58 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Report says Michigan hurting from adult ed cuts

Michigan League for Public Policy CEO Gilda Jacobs (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Enrollment in adult education in Michigan has dropped by nearly half since 2001. State funding in adult ed has fallen a whopping 88-percent since the mid 90’s. Those are among the noteworthy findings in a new report that urges reinvestment in adult education.

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Environment
11:53 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Volunteers lend an ear to track Michigan toads and frogs

In the natural world, it’s fair to say that if amphibians aren’t happy, then nobody’s happy. Frogs and toads are incredibly sensitive to water quality, and an upcoming volunteer survey in Michigan aims to check on amphibian well-being in the state.

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Politics & Government
11:50 am
Thu March 12, 2015

MI Film Office director weighs in on subsidy fight

Michigan Film Office Director Jenell Leonard (right), with Current State host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Many Republicans in Lansing are calling for an end to film industry subsidies. They say the program hasn’t been effective in creating jobs in Michigan, and the money would be better spent elsewhere. For instance, eliminating the subsidies is one idea being considered as an alternative to the plan going before voters in May that would increase the state sales tax to raise money for road repairs. Yesterday, the state House approved a bill eliminating the video industry tax incentives in October.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Thu March 12, 2015

MSU music faculty to revel in Ravel

Deborah Moriarty
Credit http://music.msu.edu/

The next Joanne and Bill Church West Circle Series concert from the MSU College of Music happens on Monday. It’s called “Maurice Ravel, Man of Mystery", and features a number of MSU faculty musicians, including the head of the College’s piano area, Deborah Moriarty.

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Politics & Government
5:40 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

State House Approves Ending Michigan’s Film Incentives

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A bill to end Michigan’s tax incentives for the film industry has cleared the state House.

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Sports
4:58 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Current Sports #431 | March 11, 2015

  Alex Scharg fills in for Al today as host. He recaps the Haloti Ngata signing and gives analysis on whether it was a good or poor trade for the Detroit Lions. Later, MSU Impact Sports hockey reporter Brian Bobal joins Scharg to give more perspective on the MSU hockey season following Tom Anastos' appearance on the Current Sports radio show yesterday. Finally, Scharg touches on the Detroit Pistons and the Big Ten basketball tournament.

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Environment
4:09 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

House Committee Opens Energy Hearings

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A state House committee opened hearings Wednesday on overhauling Michigan’s energy strategy.

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