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Radio Made in Michigan
12:28 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Current State #400 | October 15, 2014

Today on Current State: Former Ingham County Commissioner Mark Grebner on the importance of local elections; an MSU-educated engineer works on a project to contain contaminated water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant; Neighbors in Action: the REACH Studio Art Center; and Soup Grant Lansing’s first anniversary.

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Politics & Government
12:27 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Local politico says we ask too much of voters

Along with his decades of service as an Ingham County Commissioner, Mark Grebner runs Practical Political Consulting in Lansing.
Credit WKAR

Much of the interest in next month’s mid-term election involves our national politics. There’s interest in whether the GOP will regain a majority in the U.S. Senate and in the hundreds of millions of dollars of outside spending across the country, often by anonymous groups. It may be good to remember the dictum often attributed to former Speaker of the U.S. House Tip O’Neill:  "All politics is local." So, do voters pay enough attention to local issues? How important are local and regional matters?

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Environment
12:25 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

MSU alum instrumental in Fukushima cleanup

Joe Sopko is working on a project to freeze the area around the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. His company, Mortrench, hopes to contain water contaminated with nuclear material.
Credit Courtesy - MSU College of Engineering

In March of 2011, an earthquake and tsunami in Japan resulted in a nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. Three of the plants six reactors melted down, and substantial amounts of radioactive material was released. That includes contaminated water that escaped from the three units. Containing that water has proven to be an ongoing problem confronting those who are working to clean up Fukushima.

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Community
12:22 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Neighbors in Action: REACH Studio Art Center

Children work on art projects at REACH Studio Art Center in Lansing.
Credit Flickr - REACH Studio

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 bring back REACH Studio Art Center, a local arts non-profit in Lansing. REACH is expanding their capacity by renovating an entire block of storefronts in the REO town neighborhood.

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Community
11:34 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Lansing community group celebrates one year of soup and service

Credit Courtesy of Soup Grant Lansing

You may recall a community group featured not long ago on Neighbors in Action. Soup Grant Lansing works to fund micro-grants in our city and gather members of the greater Lansing area for a delicious, homemade, and healthy soup and bread meal. Soup Grant Lansing turned one year old a few weeks ago.

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Sports
8:01 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Current Sports | WKAR | Chiefs Overcome Big Plays to Defeat the Rams, Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

HOLT - Okemos coach Jack Wallace emphatically raised his hands in the air as his quarterback, Grant Klaver, kneeled down to finish the game. Once the final whistle blew, the traveling student section rushed the field to celebrate the big win with their fellow classmates and players.

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Sports
7:50 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Current Sports | WKAR | Grand Ledge Football Season Recap

As Grand Ledge football (4-3 overall) prepares for a playoff run, head coach Matt Bird is stressing to his players that keeping the tradition of Comet football in mind is going to be an essential piece of a playoff puzzle.

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Education
4:38 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

State’s Top Education Official Will Not Weigh In On Education Funding Issue

The state’s top education official is refusing to weigh in on the debate over school funding ahead of the November election.

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Sports
2:53 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Current Sports #339 | October 14, 2014

On this edition of Current Sports, Al goes into depth as he evaluates MSU football halfway through the season. On that topic, there are also clips from Mark Dantonio's press conference and some great questions posed from a caller and for "Top Five Tuesday", Al and Alex each give their top five takeaways from the Spartan football season thus far. The show finishes up with some good, old-fashioned NFL banter and even a little bit of golf talk. 


Sports
2:40 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Look Back: Current Sports #303 | August 22, 2014

In this show from Friday, August 22, Al invites the head coach of the Dewitt Panther football team, Rob Zimmerman, on to chat about the incredible progress of his program in recent times. The Spartan football team also released the names of the captains for the 2014-15 season, and Al gives his take on that. Finally, predictions are made for the Lions and Jaguars preseason football  game. 


Radio Made in Michigan
12:21 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Current State #399 | October 14, 2014

Today on Current State: A look at the U.S. Supreme Court session; an Asian carp update; a profile of transgender law student Cadence Custin; and Current State says farewell to producer Joe Linstroth.

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Politics & Government
12:21 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Job Discrimination, 4th Amendment highlight SCOTUS session

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington D.C.
Credit Flickr - David

The U.S. Supreme Court has begun its new session, and the cases the court has decided not to hear have been getting a lot of attention. The cases the court will hear are highlighted by issues related to unreasonable searches and seizures, and employment discrimination.

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Environment
12:18 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

DNR official explains recent Asian carp DNA find

Officials hope to keep the Asian Carp out of Michigan waters.
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Stopping new invasive species from taking hold in the basin has become a top priority for Michigan and other Great Lakes states. At the top of their hit list: Asian carp. The non-native fish have already infiltrated the Mississippi River system, crowding out native species and creating a nuisance for boaters.

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Community
12:13 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

PROFILES: One transgender woman's journey

Cadence Custin
Credit Courtesy - Cadence Custin

A few weeks ago, we kicked off a new series called Profiles, where we sit down for extended conversations with people in our community. Today, Current State's Joe Linstroth speaks with a young woman to find out what it was actually like for one transgender person to undergo the transition from being a man to a woman.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:10 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Farewell, Current State producer Joe Linstroth

Joe Linstroth
Credit WKAR

Current State bids a reluctant but fond farewell today to the founding producer of our program. Joe Linstroth returns to his Ann Arbor alma mater as he leaves WKAR for a position at the University of Michigan's public radio station.

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Sports
2:10 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Current Sports #338 | October 13, 2014

Alex Scharg fills in for Al today to break down the MSU football game from Saturday. He debates with a special caller if MSU is losing focus at the end of games. Later, Alex recaps the Michigan football game and gives a Big Ten analysis in light of the four-team playoff. To close the show, Alex debates with one of the interns what moves to make if you were Dave Dombrowski.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:03 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Current State #398 | October 13, 2014

Today on Current State: a recap of last night's town hall debate between Gov. Rick Snyder and challenger Mark Schauer; a talk with Patricia Schultz, author of “The New 1,000 Places to See Before You Die”; juvenile justice reform in Michigan; and a candidate forum that will be led by young people.

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Politics & Government
1:02 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

In only debate, Snyder, Schauer address familiar themes

"Monday Morning Quarterbacking" around the state involves more than football today. Michigan’s main Gubernatorial candidates squared off in a town hall style debate last night. Republican incumbent Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer appeared before a TV studio audience of undecided voters in Detroit. Viewers in mid-Michigan saw the town hall on WKAR-TV.

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Politics & Government
1:00 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

State to make recommendations on juvenile justice reforms

Credit Flickr - Michael Coghlan

A lot has changed when it comes to the way we approach juvenile justice in the past couple of decades. In the mid 1990s, Michigan was one of a number of states that took a “tough on youth crime” stance, enacting laws that locked up more kids, even for non-violent crimes. Activists and academics alike challenged harsh sentences in favor of community based alternatives.

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Arts & Culture
12:59 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

A thousand (more) places to see before you die

Travelers across the country and around the world have been using the book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die” as a guidebook for more than a decade now. The book is author Patricia Schultz’s effort to encourage people to get out there and see the great big world around us. Now, there’s a second edition of the book, and she will talk about the new edition of her book on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Schuler book store in the Meridian Mall.

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Politics & Government
12:51 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Local candidate forum gives voice to youth issues

Tonight, candidates for three state House and two state Senate districts will meet in Lansing for a candidates’ forum. These public events are fairly routine in the weeks leading up to a big election, but this one puts a twist on the usual format. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports that the candidates who’ll face this group of questioners will not be getting their vote on November 4. This forum will be run by middle and high school students from grades 7 through 12.

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TV Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Mon October 13, 2014

WATCH NOW: Analysis - Gubernatorial Town Hall - an OTR Special

Tim Skubick and colleagues provide analysis of the 2014 Gubernatorial Town Hall Forum with Governor Rick Snyder and Congressman Mark Schauer.

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TV Made in Michigan
11:35 am
Mon October 13, 2014

WATCH NOW: Michigan Gubernatorial Town Hall Forum

Featuring Republican Governor Rick Snyder and Democratic Congressman Mark Schauer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

MSU Today | October 12, 2014

Ken Hayward
Credit www.michigan.org

Lake Erie algal blooms; Grand Hotel

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Sports
2:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Current Sports #337 | October 10, 2014

Trevor Manuel, a University of Oregon basketball commitment from Lansing, joined Al on the televison show last night. Al re-airs his favorite segments, and Manuel breaks some big news to Current Sports. Later, Al and the gang recap the Red Wings win over the Bruins last night and preview the big games this weekend for Michigan and Michigan State football. To close the show, it's 'Reflection Friday.'


Radio Made in Michigan
11:14 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Current State #397 | October 10, 2014

Today on Current State: ArtPrize finalist Henry Brimmer; part two of our conversation with Michigan Supreme Court justices Robert Young and Bridget McCormack; and our Live Music Friday guest is Jon Brooks.

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Arts & Culture
11:14 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Local artist's provocative work in ArtPrize finals

Henry Brimmer's ArtPrize entry this year is called 'there’s something happening here…'
Courtesy - Henry Brimmer

ArtPrize is probably Michigan’s top arts event. It began in 2009 in Grand Rapids as what organizers describe as a “radically open international art competition”. The event takes over three square miles of downtown Grand Rapids for 19 days each year and draws hundreds of entries and thousands of visitors.

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Politics & Government
11:11 am
Fri October 10, 2014

MI Justices Young, McCormack on courts' roles

The Michigan Supreme Court chambers
Credit http://courts.mi.gov/courts/

The seven justices of the Michigan Supreme Court are hearing oral arguments this week in cases ranging from public school employee pensions to rules governing damages awarded for personal injuries. Most of the time, the justices do their work away from the media spotlight, re-surfacing to announce their  decisions. Earlier this week, Current State spoke with two members of the High Court: Chief Justice Robert Young and Justice Bridget McCormack.

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Music
11:09 am
Fri October 10, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Toronto's Jon Brooks previews Pump House concert | WKAR

The Pump House concert series in East Lansing presents Jon Brooks Saturday night. He performs live on today's Current State from WKAR's Studio S.
Credit http://www.jonbrooks.ca/

It’s Live Music Friday today and we have a very special guest, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Jon Brooks. His new album, which is a collection of murder ballads, is called “The Smiling and Beautiful Countryside.”

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Sports
2:22 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Current Sports #336 | October 9, 2014

MSU reportedly has the third best chance of any college football team to make the playoff. Al and Alex debate this report and also touch on the start of the Detroit Red Wings season tonight. Later, Al chats with head coach of Grosse Pointe South men's basketball, Kevin Richards, regarding Krossover and the coaches event in Lansing for coaches across the state of Michigan. To close the show, Al and Alex discuss the outlook for the Detroit Pistons this season.


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