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2:11 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Current Sports #265 | June 27, 2014

On today's show, Al invites Brooks Laimbeer from MSU Impact Sports to discuss the latest updates of the World Cup. Laimbeer also gives his analysis of USA head coach, Jurgen Klinsmann. Later, Matt and Alex join and grade the NBA draft picks, and discuss the surprise of Gary Harris. Finally. reflection Friday moments are revealed.


Sports
2:27 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Current Sports #264 | June 26, 2014

Al invites Bob Every to discuss the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame and other happenings. Later, the show is focused mainly on the NBA draft that airs tonight, and the panel discusses where Adreian Payne, Gary Harris, and Nik Stauskas will go. Matt, Alex, and Al give their mock drafts, and debate how far Embiid will fall.


Politics & Government
1:42 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Bridge Magazine assesses Detroit's Duggan at six months

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
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Among Detroit’s many challenges, one painful reality is the decreasing population. The city’s become known for surreal, sparsely settled ‘urban prairies’ that thousands of residents used to call home. 

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Economy
1:34 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

MSU economist maps U.S. cocaine trafficking

MSU professor Dr. Siddharth Chandra has devised a map that tracks cocaine trafficking across U.S. cities. Red circles indicate cities where cocaine is least expensive. These are often hub cities from which cocaine is distributed. Blue circles show destination cities where cocaine is most expensive.
Credit Siddharth Chandra

Last month, a federal judge sentenced a 90 year old Indiana man to three years in prison for his role in transporting more than 1,200 kilograms of cocaine into Michigan. The man’s age spurred new attention to an old problem.  Illegal drug trafficking is an ongoing epidemic across the United States. Now, a Michigan State University professor has created a new way to track the flow of cocaine into the country.

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Economy
1:34 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

State to look at passenger rail from Holland to Detroit

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Last week, the Michigan Department of Transportation announced that it plans to study the viability of a passenger rail service that would connect Holland, Grand Rapids, Lansing and Detroit. The study has been mandated in the state’s 2015 budget.

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Politics & Government
1:32 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Canadian Consul: new Detroit bridge a priority

Consul General Douglas George
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Canada has a new Consul General in Detroit. Douglas George has more than 30 years of experience in Canada’s foreign service, including working on the creation of the World Trade Organization and representing his country in places like Jamaica and Kuwait.

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Arts & Culture
1:31 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Book Review: 'Love in the Time of Cholera' by Gabriel García Márquez

“It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love.” And with that poignant line, Gabriel Garcia Marquez begins his masterpiece “Love in the Time of Cholera.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:34 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Current State #339 | June 25, 2014

Today on Current State: Tensions rise in 8th District race; building a Great Lakes coastal trail; the history of the Stormy Kromer; and Neighbors in Action: 2020 Girls.

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Politics & Government
2:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Eighth District candidates reflect GOP differences

Pluta says republican primary voters are being asked to make a choice between a classic 'bring home the bacon' legislator and a more ideological congressman.
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We’re down to fewer than six weeks before primary elections in Michigan. Michigan Public Radio Network Managing Editor Rick Pluta updates Current State on some of the races and other stories.

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Environment
2:24 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Effort underway to build coastal Great Lakes trail

The Great Lakes Coastal Trail is designed to span 7000 miles of Lake Michigan's coastline.
Credit http://www.lmwt.org

Throughout the Great Lakes region there are many wonderful biking, hiking and kayaking trails. Imagine if all these pathways were connected into a giant international trekking system, a Great Lakes Coastal Trail.

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Arts & Culture
2:21 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Hats off to Michigan-made Stormy Kromers

The Stormy Kromer draws a crowd of unique and devoted visitors to its store in Ironwood, Michigan.
Credit Courtesy of Stormy Kromer

While many of us are enjoying summer after this year’s long and harsh winter, others are using the season to prepare for the coming cold.

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Education
2:16 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Neighbors in Action: 2020 Girls

2020 Girls hopes to involve 100 girls per year in programs that inspire interest in STEM subjects.
Credit Courtesy of 2020 Girls

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 2020 Girls, a Lansing-based program that aims to grow the next generation of professional women in the STEM fields by introducing young girls to the wonders of robotics, game design, and more.

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Sports
2:14 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Current Sports #263 | June 25, 2014

On today's show, Al invites Rico Beard from Detroit 105.1 to discuss the recent decommitment of Jayru Campbell and give his take on the NBA draft. He also talks about Denzel Valentine as the new team captain, and why he does not watch the World Cup. Later, Matt joins Al to discuss the recent trade rumors of the Detroit Pistons. And finally, the tandem debates whether the soccer audience and viewership will decline after the World Cup is over.


Sports
2:14 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Current Sports #262 | June 24, 2014

Al opens up today's show with Mateen Cleaves, as the duo discusses the recent news of Lebron James and other NBA transactions, including what the Pistons should do for the upcoming NBA draft. Later, Matt joins in to discuss his thoughts on the Lebron news and the recent NHL Hall of Fame inductions. Finally, Alex joins in for the top five worst athlete-celebrity relationships.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:59 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Current State #338 | June 24, 2014

Today on Current State: the debate on charter schools; a Michigan environmentalist's reforestation efforts; the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Inititative; and the mystery of Northwest Flight 2501. 

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Education
12:56 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Free Press' charter school review triggers varied reactions

Amber Arellano and Brian Shaughnessy discuss transparency and other issues at the heart of the charter school debate.
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The tension between advocates of traditional and charter schools in Michigan has intensified. That’s because of recent stories in the Detroit Free Press which raise serious doubts about the operation and oversight of the state’s nearly 400 charter schools.

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Environment
12:53 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Michigan environmentalist champions reforesting with old growth trees

The Archangel Ancient Tree Archive travels country by country to archive the genetics of old growth trees.
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This weekend, the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association will hold its 10th annual Michigan Energy Fair at the Ingham County Fairgrounds. There will be exhibitions and workshops on energy efficiency, alternative energy, and sustainable living practices.

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Environment
12:40 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Great Lakes Month in Review: Mayors take on Great Lakes issues

Wilson says Great Lakes oil transport is one of the many issues being discussed at the meeting.
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At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review we focus on the Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative. The group includes 114 mayors of cities throughout the Great Lakes Basin.

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History
12:37 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

What happened to Northwest Flight 2501?

NWA Flight 2501 went down over Lake Michigan 64 years ago today and is still missing. This memorial service took place in 2008.
Credit flickr - msra images

On June 24th, 1950, Northwest Airlines Flight 2501 left New York City for Seattle. The state of the art DC-4 aircraft was to stop in Minneapolis for refueling, before proceeding to the west coast. Monitoring the plane in threatening weather over Lake Michigan, air controllers lost track of the flight. The aircraft was never recovered, nor were any passengers or crew. Further wreckage discovered some days later indicated a total loss.

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NewsRoom
5:24 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Michigan Welcomes Office To Help Skilled Immigrants Get Jobs

There’s a new office in Michigan dedicated to helping highly skilled immigrants find jobs.

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Sports
2:30 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Current Sports #261 | June 23, 2014

In wake of the Portugal and United States World Cup game, Al invites Impact Sports reporter Brooks Laimbeer on the show to discuss the recent matches. They also touch on the results from Lansing United over the weekend. Later, Al throws some strong opinions at Matt and Alex regarding ties in sports, specifically soccer. To close the show, they talk about the Detroit Tigers and their heroes from the weekend.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Current State #337 | June 23, 2014

Today on Current State: MSU's rare corpse flower set to bloom; why Americans call it "soccer"; Voices of Experience with Pauline Adams. 

    

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Science
12:30 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

MSU's rare corpse flower comes to life

Curator Frank Telewski (left) and Peter Carrington, assistant curator, await the stench of the soon-to-bloom corpse flower from Sumatra, Indonesia.
Credit WKAR/Marie Steinbock

The Michigan State University campus here in East Lansing is often described as one of the most beautiful in America.

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Sports
11:54 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Why do Americans call it 'soccer'?

Is this a soccer ball or a football?
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Football is played with your hands, soccer is played with your feet. Here in the U.S., that’s something that has been ingrained in our culture regardless of any international criticism of its absurdity. However, a recent study reveals that the word "soccer" isn’t American at all. It’s actually British. 

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History
11:48 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Voices of Experience: Pauline Adams dedicates a lifetime to education

Pauline Adams with a portrait of her husband, former MSU president Walter Adams.
Credit WKAR/Nancy Kelly

 

 We all know Michiganians we feel are extraordinary --for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices.  Maybe for their success or their service, and for the insights they produce. Getting acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s ongoing series, “Voices of Experience.”

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NewsRoom
4:24 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Snyder Signs Detroit Rescue Package, Stresses City’s Recovery

Governor Rick Snyder has signed the legislation that authorizes the state’s $195 million contribution to the Detroit bankruptcy settlement.

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Sports
2:16 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Current Sports #260 | June 20, 2014

The hot topic of today's show is Lucy Li, and the crew debates about the pressure of playing as a sixth grader in amateur and professional golf. Later, a heated discussion ensues with the Washington Redskins and a potential name change. One caller suggests the potatoes, another suggests the skins, and Matt and Al suggest a different name. To close, they reflect on their favorite storylines from the week.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:57 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Current State #336 | June 20, 2014

Today on Current State: A city attorney for East Lansing; Beepalooza at MSU; Michigan's role in modern architecture; and LIVE MUSIC: Marshall Music's Friday Jazz Lunch Bunch.

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Politics & Government
1:57 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

EL city attorney position stirs emotion

Jeff Hank
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Voters in East Lansing may decide whether to alter policy involving the city’s attorneys. Two East Lansing activists claim the city could save money and avoid potential conflicts of interest by hiring a full-time municipal lawyer. The East Lansing City Council already has that option, but often opts to contract legal work hourly to private firms.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

MSU's beepalooza offers education ... bee petting?

Credit Flickr-Janet Sharp

It was inevitable that Current State caught the buzz about Beepalooza. The free bee education event is this Sunday at Michigan State University’s Horticulture Demonstration Gardens. The main question is, why do we need to be educated about bees?

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