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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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Sports
2:11 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Current Sports #266 | June 30, 2014

On this Monday, Al kicks off the show discussing the Detroit Tigers and Houston Astros three-game series, and speaks his mind on the recent Jason Kidd trade. Later, Lansing United head coach Eric Rudland joins Al to discuss the current standing of the team as well as the community support. Finally, the crew debates about penalty kicks in soccer and touch on weekend winners.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:45 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Current State #342 | June 30, 2014

Today on Current State: our June month in review; MSU's Confucius Institute; and this summer's crop of mosquitoes in Michigan.

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Politics & Government
11:44 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Month in Review: June's biggest news stories

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June has come and just about gone. The Governor signed budgets this month, though not for a comprehensive road funding package as many had hoped. Primary candidates traded jabs, and the Detroit Free Press shined an intense light on the state’s charter schools and it has generated a lot of discussion.

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Education
11:39 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Confucius Institutes come under scrutiny; MSU institute responds

As the importance of China’s influence grows, so does the need for people who understand Chinese culture and the Chinese language. To foster that sort of understanding, universities across the United States, including Michigan State University, have established Confucius Institutes.

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Environment
11:34 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Expert: Michigan mosquitoes 3x normal numbers this year

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If you live in Michigan it seems like every summer is a time to complain about the mosquitoes being really bad this year, but how bad are they, really?

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun June 29, 2014

MSU Today | June 29, 2014

Russ White, Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon
Credit Mackenzie Mohr

MSU President Simon, MSU Museum, agricultural exporter of the year, pasture-raised pigs

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:38 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Current State #341 | June 27, 2014

Today on Current State: Democratic legislator says more oversight needed for MI charter schools; a summer film preview; National HIV Testing Day; and marking the 100 year anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and the start of World War I.

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Education
2:36 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Dem legislator says more oversight needed for MI charter schools

Rep. Ellen Cogen Lipton (D-Huntington Woods)
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For over a week, The Detroit Free Press has been exploring the impact of Michigan’s two decades with charter schools. 

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Entertainment
2:33 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Summer film preview: the good, the bad and Michael Bay

Earlier this year Current State’s Emanuele Berry previewed the first half of the summer film season with John Serba, M-live entertainment reporter and film critic. Emanuele found out what the rest of the summer films have to offer.

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Health
2:27 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Awareness, prevention highlight National HIV Testing Day

Scanning electron micrograph of HIV particles infecting a human H9 T cell, colorized in blue, turqoise, and yellow.
Credit Flickr- NIAID

Today is National HIV Testing Day. Across Michigan this weekend there will be events and opportunities for free HIV tests, including Ingham County, which has one of the highest HIV prevalence rates in the state.

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History
2:25 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

A century ago, two bullets sparked the 'Great War'

The arrest of Gavrilo Princip, who murdered Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914.
Credit Flickr- Ruslan

It’s been a full century since the event that triggered what the world once believed to be “the war to end all wars.” 

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