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Environment
1:15 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

MI adds killer shrimp, others to banned species list

Killer shrimp have been added to Michigan's banned species list.
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Killer shrimp might sound like the name of a B-grade horror film you’d see on the Syfy channel. But unlike Sharknadoes, the tiny crustacean poses a real threat, especially in the Great Lakes. Its voracious appetite has earned it a spot on the state’s recently updated banned species list, which identifies potential invasive aquatic pests.

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Education
1:11 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

National Guard academy challenges MI youth to make a change

Raina Miller (right) is one of more than 100 cadets now attending the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy. After suffering bouts of anxiety and depression, Raina voluntarily entered the academy. Her mother, Robyn, is a retired military police officer.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

Two months into the traditional school year, Michigan students are already thinking about Thanksgiving break. That includes students who are taking a less conventional route through their studies. Right now, more than 100 teenagers from communities across the state are participating in the Michigan Youth Challenge Academy, a program sponsored by the Michigan National Guard.

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Politics & Government
5:14 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Bill To Overhaul Michigan’s Electoral Votes Blasted In Committee Hearing

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A plan to change the way Michigan awards its electoral votes for president got largely panned at a state House hearing Monday.

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Politics & Government
4:43 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

DeBoer Case Appealed To SCOTUS

Marsha Caspar and Glenna DeJong with Frizzy. They were the first same-sex couple married in Michigan on March 22, after a federal judge struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. The ban was restored by the US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals.
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The legal team for April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse filed its appeal Monday with the US Supreme Court.

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Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

DeBoer Asks SCOTUS To Strike Down Michigan Marriage Ban

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A lesbian couple from metro Detroit has asked the US Supreme Court to strike down Michigan’s same-sex marriage ban as unconstitutional.

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Sports
2:07 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Current Sports #362 | November 17, 2014

Al and Alex kick off today's show with MSU football discussion as they defeated Maryland in primetime on Saturday. Later, they touch on University of Michigan's Frank Clark and what his release means for the football program. 'Weekend Winners' closes the show along with MSU men's and women's basketball analysis.

  

Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Current State #423 | November 17, 2014

Today on Current State: A proposal to leave transgender people out of Michigan's  Elliot-Larsen anti-discrimination law; an update on our "Moviemaking in Michigan" project; a deer hunting season look at helping private land owners plan for habitat care; and sportswriter Joe Rexrode on MSU's football victory over Maryland.

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Politics & Government
11:39 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Transgender community fights for Elliot-Larsen protections

Rep. Adam Zemke (left) and Amy Hunter
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Discussions continue at the State Capitol over whether to expand protections offered by Michigan’s Elliot-Larsen anti-discrimination law. That’s the landmark 1976 measure which legally bans discrimination in the state based on religion, race, national origin, age, sex, height, weight, familial and marital status. Several factions have emerged. Democrats and some Republicans appear to be united behind an expansion that would protect lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender persons. Other Republicans favor a measure that would not include trans persons, but include the others.

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Arts & Culture
11:39 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Moviemaking in Michigan: Flooding causes a setback

Rich Goteri of the Michigan Actor's Studio in Ferndale wrote 'Eastern Market' and plans to star in the independent film.
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This year, we’ve been following a project by a team of filmmakers hoping to make a movie called “Eastern Market” in Detroit. We’ve met the writer, co-writer, producer and director, with hopes of being a part of the action from start to finish.

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Environment
11:38 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Helping Michigan landowners improve deer habitat

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Many Michigan deer hunters consider the opening day of firearms season a state holiday. Thousands of sports-people joined the hunt starting this past Saturday. Last year 43-percent of Michigan hunters were successful, for a total of about 385,000 deer harvested.

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Sports
11:37 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Winning weekend for MSU football, basketball

MSU football coach Mark Dantonio. His Spartans beat Maryland on Saturday.
Credit WKAR

The Michigan State football team got back on the winning track Saturday, beating Maryland 37-15. The win moves MSU’s record to 8-2, 5-1 in Big Ten Conference play. Next Saturday, the Spartans will play their final home game of the season, hosting Rutgers.

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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

MSU Today | November 16, 2014

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Geography Awareness Week, Michigan Advanced Lighting Conference

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Sports
2:09 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Current Sports #361 | November 14, 2014

Al brings in his weekly Friday crew of MSU Impact Sports soccer beat writer, Brooks Laimbeer, and MLive.com sports writer, Mike Kohon. The two break down high school football and college soccer games this weekend. Al and Alex also preview the Michigan State and Maryland football while closing the show with 'Reflection Friday.'


Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Current State #422 | November 14, 2014

Today on Current State: Human trafficking in Michigan; the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra accompanies the film "Singin' in the Rain"; Canadian First Peoples and clean energy; and Live Music Friday with singer-songwriter Cris Williamson.

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Politics & Government
11:38 am
Fri November 14, 2014

New laws will add teeth to MI human trafficking enforcement

Activists refer to human trafficking as “modern day slavery,” wherein people, often young and often female, are subjected into work, prostitution or other dehumanizing behavior. Michigan will be strengthening efforts to combat human trafficking in 2015. Twenty-one new laws are scheduled to take effect on January first.

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Arts & Culture
11:36 am
Fri November 14, 2014

GR Symphony accompanies classic Gene Kelly movie

Gene Kelly stars in the classic movie musical 'Singin' in the Rain'. The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra will accompany screenings of the film this weekend.
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Tonight through Sunday, Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor come to life on the big screen in the Hollywood classic "Singin' In The Rain". The Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra will perform live accompaniment to the HD screening at Grand Rapids’ De Vos Theatre.

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Environment
11:32 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Canadian First Nations take lead on clean energy

Chris Henderson, author of 'Aboriginal Power: Clean Energy and the Future of Canada’s First Peoples'.
Credit www.aboriginalpower.ca

In recent years, Canada has included its First Peoples populations in its efforts to expand renewable, clean energy projects. Lumos Energy president Chris Henderson has spent the last two-and-a-half decades working, as his website states, “at the intersection of clean energy, sustainable development, environmental action, economic development, and Aboriginal communities”.

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Arts & Culture
11:30 am
Fri November 14, 2014

LIVE MUSIC FRIDAY: Folksinger Cris Williamson headlines EL Women in the Arts Festival

Singer-songwriter Cris Williamson performs live from WKAR's Studio S.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Cris Williamson has enjoyed a remarkable career in music. Back in 1975, she recorded an album called “The Changer and The Changed”, and released it on her own label, Olivia Records. Olivia was the first woman-owned, woman-focused record company. To this day, “The Changer and The Changed” remains one of the best-selling independent records of all time.

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Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Snyder Says Electoral College Overhaul Should Wait

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s not on board with changing how Michigan divvies up presidential electors.

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Sports
2:24 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Current Sports #360 | November 13, 2014

The barbershop discussion from yesterday continues, as the typical, college student-athlete is discussed. Where is the line between schooling and money raised by the University? Later, Al gives listeners a sneak peak of tonight's Current Sports TV guest and Al closes the show with 'Throwback Thursday.'


Sports
2:23 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Current Sports #359 | November 12, 2014

Starting hump day, the new college football rankings are out and Al gives analysis. Midway through the show, Al chats with MSU alum Alex Yavaraski who works for the Carolina Panthers Television Network. The two talk journalism and fantasy football. To close, it's 'Barbershop Wednesday' and the student-athlete is debated.


Radio Made in Michigan
10:59 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Current State #421 | November 13, 2014

Today on Current State: Criminalizing homelessness; the Turner-Dodge House reopens; Graham E. Fuller on his new book, "Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East"; and book reviewer Scott D. Southard considers Gregory Maguire's "Egg and Spoon".

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Economy
10:57 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Advocates say homelessness shouldn't be a crime

Eric Hufnagel is executive director of the Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness
Credit http://mihomeless.org/

A group of pastors and volunteers for a local non-profit in Ft. Lauderdale are facing jail time and hundreds of dollars in fine after a run-in with police last week. Their crime? Passing out food to the homeless in a city park. Advocates for the homeless says these kinds of ordinances are part of a larger trend of cities criminalizing the activities of homeless people. Here in Michigan, a number of cities have ordinances restricting vagrancy and panhandling.

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History
10:56 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Historic Turner-Dodge House repaired in time for holidays

Michael Beebe (L) and Brett Kaschinske compare original wallpaper in the boys room at the Turner-Dodge House to wallpaper made to match it.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The Turner-Dodge House in north Lansing is one of the city’s most historic structures. It’s almost 160 years old, and over the years, it has hosted hundreds of events ranging from tours and music events to wedding receptions. Last January, a burst pipe caused extensive water damage at the Turner-Dodge House, and things are only now getting back to normal.

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Politics & Government
10:55 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Ex-CIA official talks Turkey, Arab Spring at MSU

Graham E. Fuller is a former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, a former senior political scientist at RAND, and a current adjunct professor of history at Simon Fraser University. He is the author of the new book, "Turkey and the Arab Spring: Leadership in the Middle East".

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Arts & Culture
10:52 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Book Review: Gregory Maguire's 'Egg and Spoon' | WKAR

Have you heard the story of Dorothy Gale from Kansas? Either you know her as the spirited young lady who is swept off to a magical land where she has to face a wicked witch; or you know her as a governmental tool used to attack a revolutionary leader with a green face. The first example is from the pen of Frank L Baum, the genius behind Oz; the second is by Gregory Maguire, author of the very popular "Wicked" series, which is arguably the most successful fan fiction ever.

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Politics & Government
5:24 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

LGBT Rights Debate To Pit LGB Against T

A debate is shaping up in the Michigan House on whether Michigan’s civil rights law should be expanded to protect gays, lesbians, and bisexuals from discrimination.

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Politics & Government
5:20 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Democrats Blast Legislation They Say Protects “Dark Money” Donors

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Democrats in Lansing worry Legislation in the state House would make it easier for political organizations to hide their donors.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:52 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Current State #420 | November 12, 2014

Today on Current State: The Knapp's Centre reopens; East Africans facing unwarranted Ebola profiling; Neighbors in Action: Youth Service Corps; how the media impact perceptions of climate change; and the demolition of a burned-out house in Flint.

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Business
11:51 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Lansing art deco landmark reopens Thursday

The Knapp’s Centre is on the corner of South Washington Square and Washtenaw Street in Lansing.
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An historic corner in downtown Lansing has been revitalized. Tomorrow is the grand re-opening of the Knapp's Centre. The event caps a $36-million redevelopment of the five-story art deco structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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