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2:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Community rallies to rebuild EL park

Volunteers work on the new playground equipment at Patriarche Park.
WKAR/Kevin Lavery

A popular East Lansing park is in the midst of a major transformation. All week, dozens of volunteers have been hammering, lifting and drilling sections of what will soon be a new playground at Patriarche Park. They’re expecting to wrap up work today, and Current State’s Kevin Lavery has been following their progress. 

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Sports
2:16 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Current Sports #259 | June 19, 2014

Al kicks off the show with a Current Sports TV sneak peak by airing an interview with Dan Jimenez. Later, Matt joins Al to discuss the most recent comments made by Brad Ausmus and they debate about the alarming Detroit Tigers. To close the show, it's Throwback Thursday, and football recruiting is discussed too.


Sports
2:10 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Current Sports #258 | June 18, 2014

In preparation for tonight's taping of Current Sports TV, Al interviews MHSAA Assistnat Director Mark Uyl to discuss high school officiating in wake of some of the most recent national referee tragedies. Later, Matt joins Al to discuss the recent rumors of Greg Monroe. To close the show, Matt and Al go back and forth on the future of Lebron James.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:45 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Current State #334 | June 18, 2014

Today on Current State: Neighbors in Action: Kids Read Comics; K-Pop music; the 2014 Train Expo in Owosso; and Tommy Thompson on obesity as a medical condition.

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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Kids Read Comics

Kids Read Comics is a free event and offers a variety of activities such as workshops and panels about reading and making comics.
Credit http://mlatcomics.com

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 Kids Read Comics, a Michigan nonprofit that promotes comics for building youth engagement and creativity. This weekend marks their fifth annual Kids Read Comics celebration at the Ann Arbor district library.

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Music
11:44 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Exploring the alternative musical universe of K-Pop

In recent years the world has seen an explosion in the popularity of K-pop. There are K-pop fans all around the world, even in places like Eastern Europe, South America, and the Middle East. K-pop’s carefree dance and hip-hop songs provide this energy that transcends language and even cultures, and you can see this in the recent phenomenon of Psy’s “Gangnam Style” song and music video. It’s not uncommon for K-pop stars to sing in Japanese, English, and Mandarin Chinese, and some K-pop stars are not even Korean, like Nichkhun from 2PM who is a Thai-American, Amber from f(x) who is a Chinese-American, and on and on and on, and there are many Korean-Americans in the industry as well.

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History
11:38 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Owosso Train Expo celebrates planes, trains and cars

Train Expo coordinator Terry Bush climbs aboard the 1225 locomotive. Hollywood modeled 'The Polar Express' on the 1225.
WKAR/Nicole Strobel

The sound of trains can be commonly heard in Owosso. This weekend, steam whistles will be added to the clickety-clack of steel wheels during the Steam Railroading Institute’s Train Expo 2014.

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Health
11:36 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Classifying obesity as medical condition alters treatments, perceptions

Former Governor Tommy Thompson says that treating obesity as a disease can better treat patients and reduce healthcare costs.
Credit Flickr - Paola Kizette Cimenti

One year ago today, the American Medical Association made news when it said that obesity should be considered a ‘disease.’

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Sports
2:25 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Current Sports #257 | June 17, 2014

The show opens with Director of Marketing for Hawk Hollow, Terry Kildea. He recaps the recent U.S. Open and discusses some interesting golf tidbits. Later, Alex and Matt join Al to recap the latest World Cup action and discuss the recent woes of the Detroit Tigers. Finally, the decommitment of Jayru Campbell is discussed.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Current State #333 | June 17, 2014

Today on Current State: BWL Commissioner Louney on reforms; LGBT invisibility in health care; fertilizer's effect on climate change; and remembering the Freedom Summer of '64.

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Business
1:10 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

BWL Commissioner supports extension for GM Lark

Lansing Board of Water and Light General Manager and CEO J. Peter Lark
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

The discussion over reforms to the Lansing Board of Water and Light has continued in recent days. One topic up for debate is whether or not to extend the contract of embattled General Manager J. Peter Lark. A BWL committee has recommended another year for Lark. However, some critics have repeated their view that Lark should leave after the utility’s botched response to last December’s widespread, storm-related power outages.

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Health
1:07 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

World Health Organization concerned about LGBT invisibility

The new WHO study shows that a lack of health information about LGBT people in the Americas has led to a poor understanding of their health needs
Credit Flickr - Eric Wagner

The World Health Organization and Pan-American Health Organization recently expressed concern about the lack of knowledge of the health problems of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people. Many people in these groups are essentially “invisible” to the healthcare community for a variety of reasons including the fear of negative consequences if they are honest with their health providers about their status.

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Environment
1:06 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The other greenhouse gas, how farming impacts nitrous oxide levels

A new MSU study shows that using more precise measurements in fertilizer could help slow global warming.
Credit Flickr - Ken Hawkins

Most people are aware of the “sexy” greenhouse gas CO-2. Fewer know of its co-culprit nitrous oxide. The third-largest greenhouse gas, after carbon dioxide and methane, nitrous oxide is released in soil during a natural process. However, the increased use of nitrogen fertilizer in agriculture has resulted in a rise of nitrous oxide emissions.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Remembering the Freedom Summer of '64 with Lynn Jondahl

Preview the documentary 'AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Freedom Summer' Wednesday June 18 at the Communication Arts and Sciences Building.
Credit George Ballis/Take Stock

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of a tragic and historic turning point in the fight for civil rights. The night of June 21, 1964, three young civil rights workers were shot and killed near the community of Philadelphia, Mississippi.  They were there organizing and working to register African-Americans to vote during 10 violent and controversial weeks remembered as the “Freedom Summer.” 

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Sports
2:13 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Current Sports #256 | June 16, 2014

Brooks Laimbeer, a Lansing United and MSU soccer beat writer for MSU Impact Sports,  joins Al to recap the weekend of World Cup action and to spit some knowledge of Lansing United and the game of soccer. Later, Alex joins Al to debate the big three model and the NBA finals. To close the show, Al recaps the performance of Leah O'Connor in the Steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoors, and gives some final thoughts on Tony Gwynn.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:23 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

LISTEN NOW: Grand American Fish Rodeo

Credit courtesy

Current State broadcast live on Saturday, June 14, from the inaugural Grand American Fish Rodeo at Adado Riverfront Park in downtown Lansing. Listen to the full two-hour special here.

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NewsRoom
5:16 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Lawmakers Decide Against Docking MSU $500k For Labor Courses

State lawmakers have backed down from penalizing Michigan State University over controversial courses about organized labor.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:54 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Current State #332 | June 13, 2014

Today on Current State: LCC president Brent Knight; Michigan kayaker, author on state's best paddling; Michigan may authorize new uses for toxic coal ash; beyond beauty, Michigan plants offer environmental edge; Live music with the DJ Clarinet Combo.

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Education
2:37 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Lansing Community College works on renovations amidst budget, tuition discussions

The $31-million renovation of LCC's Arts and Sciences Building was completed last fall.
Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College President Brent Knight arrived six years ago at a time when the college was troubled by strife between the school’s Board of Trustees and the administration. Those days seem to be long gone, as the board works with Knight on projects like the Gannon Building project with a certain amount of unanimity.

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Environment
2:36 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Michigan may authorize new uses for toxic coal ash

Coal ash is the byproduct generated by coal-fired electric power plants. It's commonly mixed with concrete as a road construction filler, and it's also sometimes spread on farm fields. Some studied have linked coal ash exposure to lung cancer.
Credit Flickr Creative Commons / CheshireCat@TO

One of the bills that cleared the Michigan legislature this session was a provision that allows certain bio-waste materials to be re-used for beneficial purposes. These substances include things like cement kiln dust, wood pulp and coal ash. Coal ash is the leftover residue from coal burned by electric power plants.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:36 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Michigan kayaker, author on state's best paddling

Michigan is famous for being the Great Lake state, but is also permeated by hundreds of rivers and streams.  According to the state Department of Transportation, there are 36,000 miles of streams in Michigan.

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Sports
2:09 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Current Sports #255 | June 13, 2014

On today's Current Sports, Al invites Julie Dombrowski from Michigan State  Women's Basketball to talk about her recent transition from to Oakland. Also, Al and Alex debate if Max Scherzer's performance last night will get the Detroit Tigers out of a funk, and later talk about the NBA finals and if Lebron James is truly a leader. Finally, it's funky Friday, and the team  has all of the funky throwback music for listeners.


NewsRoom
5:10 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Michigan Supreme Court Takes Two More Medical Marijuana Cases

The state Supreme Court has agreed to hear two more medical marijuana cases.

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Sports
2:14 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Current Sports #254 | June 12, 2014

Al gives listeners a sneak peak to tonight's Current Sports TV show, as he airs the interview with Mateen Cleaves. They relive some of the greatest MSU basketball moments, and talk a little bit about some of his charity work with  One Goal, One Passion. Later, Al gives some throwback thursday moments in sports history, and debates with Alex if Justin Verlander is an average pitcher this year.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:19 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Current State #331 | June 12, 2014

Today on Current State: the state Senate works on road funding; the technology of asphalt; the Grand American Fish Rodeo; beer with Richard Branson; and mead made in Michigan. 

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Politics & Government
1:16 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

After marathon session, MI senate takes final shot at road funding

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The Michigan Senate struggled late into the night Wednesday, working on a comprehensive road funding measure.

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Politics & Government
1:10 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Michigan roads: Is the solution in the asphalt?

Consultant Rahn Bentley explains how asphalt cement is blended with crushed rocks and other aggregates to form road pavement. Lansing Asphalt in Delta Township heats the mix to more than 300 degrees Fahrenheit and can produce up to 400 tons of asphalt each hour.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

The $1-billion road funding package that Michigan lawmakers have been struggling to pass in the final days of the session failed to achieve consensus last night. As of this morning, the Michigan Senate will have just a few hours to try to cobble together  a plan to raise the revenue to fix the state’s roads.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:08 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Fish Rodeo takes over the Grand River

Credit grandamericanfishrodeo.com

Dr. Kirk Heinze is host of the regular feature “Greening of the Great Lakes” on WKAR’s MSU Today. Some of those conversations make their way to Current State. In a recent segment, Heinze spoke with Terry Terry, co-founder and president of the Michigan Institute for Contemporary Art and organizer of the new Grand American Fish Rodeo. The Lansing event takes place this today through Saturday at Adado Riverfront Park.

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Business
1:06 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Social media helps Michigan entrepreneur land beer with Branson

Credit BeerwithBranson.com

We’ve all heard of 6 degrees of separation, the idea that everyone in the world is connected through links of acquaintances. Bugsy Sailor  believes that with social media, the degrees separating people are even smaller.

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Business
12:42 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Michigan brewer part of mead "renaissance"

One of the offerings from the B. Nektar Meadery, Kill All the Golfers.
Credit Aaron Young/WKAR

Michigan is quietly carving out a place in the world of mead. Mead is an alcoholic beverage brewed from honey. Just like wine, it can be sweet or dry. It can be carbonated or still.

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