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Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

MSU Today | June 1, 2014

MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon, Jack Lessenberry

Jack Lessenberry and STEM opportunities at MSU

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Sports
2:20 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Current Sports #245 | May 30, 2014

In wake of the Scripps National Spelling Bee competition, Al and the crew take their shot at becoming the best spellers on Current Sports. Listeners have a chance to win Lansing Lugnuts tickets by calling in and spelling the words correctly as well. Other topics discussed on the show are Jayru Campbell, NBA Playoffs, and MSU Football.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:16 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Current State #327 | May 30, 2014

Today on Current State: Lansing Schools superintendent Yvonne Caamal Canul; teaching first aid for mental health; a Mackinac conference wrap-up; and our live Friday Music Series features The Spragues and the Pumpstock Music Festival.

Education
1:13 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Lansing Schools superintendent on budget, arts ed, and future of Eastern

Eastern High School is Lansing's oldest remaining high school building.
Credit Flickr- New City One

The Lansing School District is facing a projected $6-million budget deficit next year. The school board has authorized privatization of the district’s bus system and the layoffs of up to 95 employees.

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Health
1:08 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Teaching first aid for mental health

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For decades, organizations like the American Red Cross and local fire departments have offered courses in basic first aid. Many Americans who are not in the medical field have a working knowledge of how to perform CPR. But few people are trained to give mental health first aid. That’s the aim of an ongoing training series being held this summer in Lansing.

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Politics & Government
1:08 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Mackinac wrap-up: Land/Peters, Detroit, LGBT rights

Governor Snyder at the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference.
Credit Flickr- Detroit Regional Chamber

The 2014 Detroit Regional Chamber Conference on Mackinac Island is winding down. The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta has been there for the duration and he provides us with a recap of what has been a fairly eventful conference.

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Music
1:07 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: The Spragues and Pumpstock Music Festival

The Spragues perform live in WKAR's Studio S on Current State.
Credit WKAR/Aaron Young

Saturday, June 7th is the date of the fifth annual Pumpstock Music Festival. The annual gathering in East Lansing’s Bailey Park features live American roots music and local food.

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Support WKAR
12:23 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Moments to Remember

Sun., June 1 - 9:30 pm on  WKAR-TV | The McGuire Sisters are among the artists in Moments to Remember. Watch and call or Give Now for special offers.

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NewsRoom
12:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Raphael reviews "Impossible Exile"

WKAR's book reviewer Lev Raphael has a look this month at "The Impossible Exile: Stefan Zweig at the End of the World," by George Prochnik.

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Sports
3:12 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Current Sports #244 | May 29, 2014

It's Throwback Thursday, and it was quite a busy day on May 29 for the crew. Al kicks off the show with a sneak peak of the Shilique Calhoun interview that airs tonight on Current Sports at 10 p.m. Later, Matt and Alex chime in on the Joe Nathan's blown save last night in Oakland, and lastly argue if the Pacers have any shot at beating the Miami Heat.


Radio Made in Michigan
2:33 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Current State #326 | May 29, 2014

Today on Current State: Congressman John Dingell on 58 years in D.C.; exhibit celebrates 125 years of local innovation; living with a severe mental illness; and finding balance in Lake Huron's fisheries.

Politics & Government
2:32 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Michigan's iron man: Congressman Dingell on 58 years in D.C.

Congressman Dingell in the 112th Congress.
Credit Flickr-dingellmi15

Congressman John Dingell holds the record as America’s longest serving elected official, representing Michigan’s 12th district since 1955. He has served 21,000 days during which he cast 25,000 votes, alongside 11 U.S. Presidents. 

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History
2:31 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Exhibit celebrates 125 years of local innovation

The 1901 Oldsmobile Runabout being transported in Lansing this past week.
Credit WKAR/Kevin Lavery

If you’ve found yourself passing through Lansing City Hall these past couple of days, you may have noticed a treasured piece of the city’s past. In the lobby now sits a 1901 Curved Dash Olds Runabout. It will be on display there through October as part of a new exhibit entitled “Made in Lansing.”

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Health
2:30 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Living with a severe mental illness: One Lansing woman's story

Despite her severe mental illness, Lansing resident Jerri Nicole Wright has a part-time job, owns a home, and has been married for 20 years.
Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and to commemorate, Current State’s Joe Linstroth speaks with longtime Lansing resident Jerri Nicole Wright about what it’s like to live with a severe and persistent mental illness.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
2:30 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Finding balance in Lake Huron's fisheries

Credit Flickr - American Legacy Fishing Co.

About a decade ago, Lake Huron’s fishing game was not very abundant because of a steep decline in overall fish numbers. To see how the lake is doing now, Current State’s Melissa Benmark spoke with David Fielder, Fisheries Research Biologist for the Department of Natural Resources and a doctoral student at Michigan State University.

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NewsRoom
5:12 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Land, Peters Disagree In First Appearance

The Republican and Democratic candidates for Michigan’s open US Senate seat pitched themselves to business people at a conference on Mackinac Island Wednesday.

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NewsRoom
4:36 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Campaign To Raise Minimum Wage To $10.10 Per Hour Turns In Petition Signatures

Members of the Raise Michigan Coalition say they gathered more than 300,000 petition signatures. The group submitted those signatures to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office Wednesday.
Credit mprn Jake Neher

Activists have turned in petition signatures to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

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Sports
2:27 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Current Sports #243 | May 28, 2014

DeWitt girls assistant soccer coach Darus Ward joins All to discuss the upcoming postseason games, the last win over Williamston, and back story of his journey with soccer. Later, Matt and Alex weigh in on the recent comments by Dan Gilbert on moving the Detroit Pistons from Auburn Hills back to the city of Detroit. Finally, they team weighs in on the NBA playoffs and the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:23 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Current State #325 | May 28, 2014

Today on Current State: the Open Science movement; Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville on the minimum wage, road funding, and EAA; volunteers fighting cyber crime; and The Homeless Angels.

Science
12:21 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Open Science movement challenges status quo

The Open Science movement attempts to break down barriers both inside the science community and with the general public.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Studying the final frontier of space got a little bit easier this month. On May 5th, a group of scientists launched an online simulator that allows users to explore our galaxy in incredibly accurate detail in a span of billions years. But what’s the most innovative part of this new project? Anyone can use it whether you’re getting your doctorate in astrophysics or you’re just a curious websurfer.

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Politics & Government
12:21 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Senate leader Richardville on minimum wage, road funding, and EAA

Sen. Randy Richardville (R-Monroe)
Credit www.senatorrandyrichardville.com

On the heels of a measure signed into law last evening by Governor Rick Snyder, hourly salaries of Michigan’s lowest-paid workers will go up on September 1st. Whether to raise the state’s minimum wage has been one of the most debated issues so far in 2014, and Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville has been closely involved in the discussion.

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Business
12:19 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Volunteers enlisted to protect state from cybercrime

Lohrmann says that the need for an emergency response team was at the center of the Corps' creation.
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Anyone who ever uses a computer gets hit now and then with e-mail spam or the occasional computer virus. Many are just minor hassles that try to derail our plans, but some do cause significant damage. Now imagine how often large companies and government agencies get hacked by those seeking to inflict harm. To address this, the state of Michigan is creating an all volunteer defense team, the Cyber Civilian Corps.

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Arts & Culture
11:47 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Neighbors in Action: The Homeless Angels

The Homeless Angels aims to share the stories of the homeless with the larger Lansing community.
Credit The Homeless Angels

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 The Homeless Angels, a new Lansing-based organization that does outreach and referrals primarily for street-based homeless people.

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Sports
2:24 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Current Sports #242 | May 27, 2014

Coming off Memorial Day weekend, there was plenty to talk about on today's show. Al and Alex dive into the skidding Detroit Tigers and what they need to get back on track. The duo later debates where Gary Harris will go in this year's NBA draft, and finally give their top five worst excuses when it comes to sports.


NewsRoom
2:18 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Hunters’ Group Files Petitions For New Hunting Law

The controversy over wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula is headed back to the Legislature.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Current State #324 | May 27, 2014

Today on Current State: A review of May's top stories from the Great Lakes Basin; expensive re-hospitalization and how to avoid it; grappling with Lansing's pro wrestling scene; and a preview for The Moth Mainstage.

Environment
1:31 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Great Lakes Month in Review: Army Corps of Engineers, Asian carp and Waukesha's water troubles

Wilson discusses tensions between the Army Corps of Engineers and environmental groups over the Asian carp problem.
Credit Flickr - michiganseagrant

At the end of each month, we check in with Great Lakes commentator and Chicago-based journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the Basin.

For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we have more on the efforts to keep Asian carp and Waukesha, Wisconsin out of Lake Michigan.

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Health
1:26 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Michigan providers address costly hospital readmissions

Moving from an authoritarian to a collaborative model of healthcare is one of the many issues being discussed at the 2014 Care Transitions Statewide Summit.
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Nationwide, a significant number of people who leave the hospital return within days or weeks for another stay. The reasons for this are varied. A conference taking place Wednesday at Michigan State University seeks to address how to implement better transitions between health care settings

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:20 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Pinning down Lansing's pro wrestling scene

The IROG's next event is on June 13 at the Green Union Hall in Lansing.
Credit Courtesy of Danny Shay

Before the International Ring of Grapplers (IROG) was founded in Lansing two years ago, the best chance of seeing moves like a piledriver and a Double Chickenwing, and the high-flying wrestlers who perform them, was likely on TV.

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Arts & Culture
1:17 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

'Moth' brings true storytelling to Wharton

'The Moth Mainstage' comes to the Wharton Center May 28.
Credit themoth.org

A group of outstanding storytellers will be in East Lansing for a show at Michigan State University’s Wharton Center Wednesday night. "The Moth Mainstage" brings a live performance of The Moth Radio Hour program to audiences all over the country.

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