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3:31 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Current Sports #439 | March 26, 2015

 Spring football quickly approaches, so Al and Alex give listeners what to watch for during the spring game and analyze positions on the football roster. Later, Al gives listeners a sneak peak into tonight's Current Sports TV episode with Okemos' head hockey coach. Closing the show, Lauren Verrusio, a Google Trends expert, breaks down the most searched topics during March Madness.


TV Made in Michigan
1:49 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Off the Record | March 27, 2015 | #4440

Rep. Harvey Santana, (D) Detroit, appearing on Off the Record.

The panel discusses Republican opposition to the Governor's education agenda. The guest is Rep. Harvey Santana (D), Detroit, who serves as the minority vice chair of the House Budget Committee. Kyle Melinn, Emily Lawler and Chad Livingood join senior capitol correspondent Tim Skubick. 

   

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Health
11:37 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Report: Almost 2m in Michigan struggle to find healthy food

Credit Flickr-Masahiro Ihara

When you need to stock up on milk or fresh fruits and vegetables for the week, you probably just drive a couple miles to the nearest Kroger or Meijer. Or maybe you take a trip to your local farmers market and load up your trunk with groceries. But for 1.8-million Michiganders, it isn’t quite so easy to find healthy food. That’s the number of people living in so called “food deserts”, according to a new report from the Philadelphia based organization The Food Trust.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Thu March 26, 2015

MSU Theatre presents psychological thriller “Bug”

The MSU Department of Theatre’s production of “Bug” starts tonight and runs this weekend and next. It’s a psychological thriller by Tracy Letts, who wrote “August: Osage County.” The show deals with themes of trauma, paranoia, and trust.

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Health
11:26 am
Thu March 26, 2015

MSU grad student authors personal account of sexual assault and PTSD

Apryl Pooley will talk about her book 'Shadow Brain' at 7 p.m. tonight at Everybody Reads in Lansing.

A Michigan State University doctoral student in neuroscience has written a book about sexual assault and how post traumatic stress disorder affects women. Apryl Pooley is the author of “Shadow Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Journey Through PTSD and Womanhood”.

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History
11:21 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Shipping out for the summer: life on a Great Lakes freighter

Roger LeLievre on the deck of the Ernest R. Breech.
Credit Courtesy Roger LeLievre

Michigan’s Soo Locks opened on time yesterday as the mighty one thousand foot Edward H. Gott sailed through at 11:25 a.m. Ann Arbor’s Roger LeLievre is very familiar vessels like the Gott. LeLievre spent his childhood near the Soo and  grew up watching immense freighters sail the lakes and locks. At age 17, he spent a summer working aboard the Ernest R. Breech.

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Politics & Government
4:21 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

MI Jobless Rate Drops To 5.9%

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Michigan’s monthly unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in 14 years.

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Education
4:12 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Flanagan: Charter School Authorizers No Longer At Risk Of Being Suspended

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State Superintendent Mike Flanagan says seven institutions no longer risk losing their ability to open new charter schools in Michigan.

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Sports
2:37 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Current Sports #438 | March 25, 2015

  The game of the century took place last night with Muskegon and Lansing Everett. MLive reporter Chris Hauler recaps the game with Al to start and then former Lansing Catholic coach Darren Zwick comes on the show to discuss his move to Florida. Later, Alex joins in to touch on the Detroit Pistons and concussions in sports.


Education
11:34 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Incoming MI Superintendent: adults must help students "take ownership" of learning

Brian Whiston has been chosen to be Michigan's next state School Superintendent.
Credit dearbornschools.org

Public education in Michigan will have new leadership this summer. Last week, the state board of education voted 7 to 1 to hire Dearborn schools chief Brian Whiston as the next State Superintendent. He will replace Mike Flanagan, who will retire in June after 10 years at the helm of the Michigan Department of Education. Whiston’s appointment is pending formal approval from the state board, which is expected soon.

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Arts & Culture
11:22 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Steppin’ In It frontman Joshua Davis steps out on “The Voice”

Joshua Davis of the band Steppin' In It is a contestant this season on NBC's 'The Voice'.
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One of Lansing’s top bands in recent years has been Steppin’ In It. For a long time, they played a weekly gig at The Green Door. Now, fans are following the exploits of singer Joshua Davis. He’s competing on NBC’s “The Voice” this season.

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Community
11:16 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Neighbors In Action: Helping Women Period

Wednesday on Current State means it’s time for Neighbors in Action, when we feature people and organizations working to make Greater Lansing a better place. Today we talk to a new Lansing organization, Helping Women Period, working to help homeless women with an often unmet need: feminine hygiene supplies.

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Education
11:12 am
Wed March 25, 2015

Spartahack-ers use computer skills for good, not evil

Spartahack is this weekend at MSU.

Say the word “hack” or “hacker” and the impression you create is likely a negative one. Organizers of Spartahack are quick to point out their hacking event is about building and creating websites, apps, anything that’s connected to the digital world. It takes place beginning this Friday evening here at Michigan State University. Spartahack is expected to attract about 300 participants.

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Sports
11:35 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Everett Punches Ticket to the Breslin Center | Current Sports | WKAR

Trevor Manuel had 24 points as the No. 9-ranked Lansing Everett Vikings boy's basketball team posted a 75-52 victory over defending state champion and No. 2 Muskegon in front of a capacity crowd in a Class A quarterfinal at Eastern's Don Johnson Fieldhouse.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Legislative Project Would Repeal Outdated Criminal Offenses

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The state House has begun an effort to scrub outdated laws from the books and shrink the size of Michigan’s criminal code.

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Politics & Government
4:42 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Model Civil Rights Ordinance For Local Governments Includes LGBT Protections

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The state Civil Rights Commission hopes to help local governments draft non-discrimination laws.

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Sports
2:23 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Current Sports #437 | March 24, 2015

  It's a busy Tuesday, with discussion centered on one of the biggest Michigan high school hoops games of the year, Lansing Everett vs. Muskegon. We also have sound-clips from MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio and msu men's basketball coach Tom Izzo from their morning press conferences. "Current Sports with Al Martin" has all of the big stories covered!

Also, Chris Solari of the Lansing State Journal chats with Al to talk about the success of Michigan State men's basketball team in the tournament and their chances against Oklahoma. Finally, the show closes out with the 'Top 5 Michigan State Tournament Moments." Listen here! 


Health
12:13 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Lansing health professionals share decades-long perspectives on fighting cancer

Credit Flickr/surroundsound5000

Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns is back with his latest production. “Cancer:  The Emperor of All Maladies” is described as the most comprehensive documentary ever made about a single disease. It airs in three installments on WKAR-TV next Monday through Wednesday nights. This Thursday evening, WKAR is hosting an abbreviated look at the film. The gathering will also include presentations from local health professionals who’ll offer various perspectives on the disease.

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History
12:05 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

The Michigan Meridian mapped the Mitten 200 years ago

The Michigan Meridian, which marks the state's original north-south survey line, was drawn in 1815. It's the baseline from which many political subdivisions in the state were drawn. In Meridian Township, named for the Michigan Meridian, a 14-foot metal sculpture called 'Meridius Prime' commemorates this bit of geographic history.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

For many of us in the Lansing area, U-S Highway 127 is our gateway “Up North” to the more idyllic Michigan to which we all dream of escaping. But decades before the highway was built, surveyors drew an imaginary north-south line that would become the basis of countless maps of the state. It’s called the Michigan Meridian, and 2015 marks its 200th anniversary. The Michigan Meridian runs right through Meridian Township.

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Environment
11:44 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Slimy microorganism increasing in northern Michigan lakes

Holopedium glacialis is being increasingly found in upper Michigan waters.
Credit Courtesy - Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Scientists are noting increased numbers of a zooplankton in some inland lakes that are just plain slimy. Holopedium glacialis is a mucus-coated microorganism that, in groups, makes a ball of slime something like clear tapioca pudding. The slime can clog water pipes and disrupt the food web.

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Arts & Culture
11:33 am
Tue March 24, 2015

MSU Opera director preview's Handel's "Xerxes"

Melanie Helton is directing the MSU Opera production of Handel's 'Xerxes'.
Credit Courtesy - MSU College of Music

George Frederic Handel's opera "Xerxes" comes to the Fairchild Theatre stage this week. The MSU College of Music opens the production tomorrow night, with additional performances Friday through Sunday.

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Sports
4:20 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Gene Orlando Builds Legacy at MSU | Current Sports | WKAR

MSU head men's tennis coach, Gene Orlando, providing instruction.
Credit Spencer Impellizzeri

EAST LANSING – For the last two decades, Gene Orlando has been the face of tennis in East Lansing. Orlando is in his 24th season as the Michigan State men’s tennis coach and he has made his mark on the program.

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Politics & Government
2:30 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Requiring Police To Wear Body Cams, State Lawmakers Could Try Again

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A bill in the state House would require on-duty police officers to wear body cameras.

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Health
11:47 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Two rural Michigan counties make progress on suicide prevention

In Michigan, there are 191 areas designated as having a mental health care health professional shortage. Only and Texas and California have higher numbers of shortages, and that has devastating consequences. New research from the Child Health Institute found that young people in rural areas are twice as likely to commit suicide than their urban peers. In two northern Michigan counties, state and local officials are trying to hard to improve mental health care access for its rural residents.

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History
11:42 am
Mon March 23, 2015

“Great Girls” of history inspire Michigan author

When you think of the great women of history, your mind probably goes to people like Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and Rosa Parks. These are women who’ve done brave, trailblazing things as adults. But what about the role that girls have played in our history? A new book is looking at Michigan girls who accomplished incredible things before they turned twenty.

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Politics & Government
11:39 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Lansing PAC teaches winning campaign strategies

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There’s been a lot of attention this year on the road funding proposal that will go before Michigan voters in a special election on May 5, but later this year, many political jurisdictions including the city of Lansing will hold primary elections in August and a general election in November. The Lansing Regional Chamber Political Action Committee is teaching techniques for candidates preparing to campaign. It’s a non-partisan group that endorses candidates with a pro-business, pro-economic development platform.

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Arts & Culture
11:32 am
Mon March 23, 2015

EL exhibit features Spike Lee movie posters by MSU grad

'Movies and Messages: The Movie Posters of Art Sims' can be seen at the MSU Museum through April 30th.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

When a new movie comes out, one of the crucial marketing elements is the poster. The images, the words, even the fonts can be crucial to the studio’s hopes of getting moviegoers into the theatres. The MSU Museum currently has an exhibition of posters designed by Art Sims, a native Detroiter who has worked extensively with filmmaker Spike Lee on posters for his movies. Along with the posters, you can see books filled with Sims’ earliest visions for each of the projects, and how those ideas evolved into the final product.

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Sports
11:26 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Izzo takes another Spartan team to the Sweet 16

Coach Tom Izzo's Spartans have knocked Virginia out of the NCAA tournament two years in a row.
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The MSU men’s basketball team has beaten Georgia and Virginia to advance to the NCAA tournament’s Sweet 16. MSU will play Oklahoma in the next round of the tournament. The game will be Friday night in Syracuse, New York.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun March 22, 2015

MSU Today | March 22, 2015

L to R: President Simon, Heather Swain, AD Hollis

Branding and Marketing MSU and Congresswoman Candice Miller

Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon talks about branding and marketing MSU with Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis and CABS VP Heather Swain.  And Kirk Heinze talks Great Lakes issues with Congresswoman Candice Miller.

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Sports
1:17 am
Sun March 22, 2015

DeWitt Falls to Marian in State Title Game | Current Sports | WKAR

The No. 4-ranked DeWitt girls basketball team fell to No. 1-ranked Bloomfield Hills Marian in the Class A state championship game, 51-37, on Saturday afternoon at the Breslin Center. 

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