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1:13 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Lindsay Lou & Joshua Rilko

Josh Rilko and Lindsay Lou performing live in studio on Current State.
Credit Marie Steinbock

This week’s Live Music Friday featured Joshua Rilko and Lindsay Lou of Lindsay Lou and the Flatbelly’s. They played several new tracks from their most recent EP, "Here Between". Their first record was released in 2010 and they have been touring for two years, playing 200 shows within the last year.

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NewsRoom
5:17 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Clears First Big Hurdle

The $195 million dollar state contribution to the Detroit bankruptcy settlement cleared its first major hurdle Thursday as the state House approved the payment by a wide margin.

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Sports
2:12 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Current Sports #240 | May 22, 2014

On today's episode, Matt kicks off the show with the latest headliners and delves into the most up-to-date Diamond Classic results, as well as the CAAC Track and Field results. Later, Al joins in to discuss the disappointing series the Detroit Tigers endured, and weighs in on the comments of Ndamokung Suh in regards to his future with the Detroit Lions.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:11 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Current State #322 | May 22, 2014

Today on Current State: Schertzing touts 'problem-solving record' in 8th District bid; Okemos fourth graders lobby for state amphibian; experts convene in Lansing to rethink education funding; and local bird watching opportunities.

Politics & Government
1:10 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Schertzing touts 'problem-solving record' in 8th District bid

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For 14 years, Eric Schertzing has served as Ingham County Treasurer.  About six weeks ago, he began charting a new path in representing Michigan’s 8th Congressional district, which includes Lansing and East Lansing. 

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Politics & Government
1:01 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Okemos fourth graders lobby for state amphibian

Northern Spring Peeper
Credit paherps.com, Bob Hamilton

Some elementary students in Okemos are wrapping up their school year with a crash course in political lobbying.

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Education
12:55 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Experts convene in Lansing to rethink education funding

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Among all the issues facing American education, such as school choice, assessments, teacher evaluations, chronically low-performing schools and others, funding closely impacts all of them. 

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:38 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Local bird watching opportunities

Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

May is an important month for birdwatchers. "Birdwatching in our Parks" is a series of walks presented by Meridian Township Parks and the Capitol Area Audobon Society. The final walk of the season takes place Sunday at 8 a.m. at the Davis Foster Preserve on North Van Atta Road.

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Sports
2:15 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Current Sports #239 | May 21, 2014

Al kicks off the show with Dan Kilbridge from 247sports.com, who discusses the recent news of Russell Byrd and Alex Gauna, and touches on some of the latest recruiting news for Michigan State football. Later, Al and the crew discuss the misfortune the Detroit Pistons received in the NBA Draft Lottery, as they lost their pick to the Charlotte Hornets.


Radio Made in Michigan
12:21 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Current State #321 | May 21, 2014

Today on Current State: the lone survivor of a Port Huron shipwreck; the new Lansing city budget; and Neighbors in Action features memorial for Rite Aid shooting victim Michael Addo.

History
12:20 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Lone shipwreck survivor shares his story

Dennis Hale tells his story of survival in his book 'Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole Survivor.'
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On November 29, 1966, 28 men lost their lives on Lake Huron when the freighter, the SS Daniel J. Morrell, broke apart in a storm. One man survived, and he joins us on Current State today.

Dennis Hale is in Lansing to talk about his book, “Shipwrecked: Reflections of the Sole Survivor.”

Hale says he never questioned the ship's seaworthiness before what was to be the last voyage of the season that  year. 

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Politics & Government
12:19 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Councilmember Wood on new Lansing budget

Lansing City Council members approved 2015 budget on Monday.
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The Lansing City Council approved a 2015 fiscal year budget totaling $118 million on Monday night. The budget debate was less intense than in recent years since the city did not face a deficit. The document was essentially the same one proposed by Mayor Virg Bernero back in March.

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Arts & Culture
12:14 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Memorial fund for Rite Aid shooting victim

Michael Addo was killed last Monday at the Rite Aid pharmacy in Frandor.
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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 local effort to raise funds for the funeral and family of Michael Addo, the pharmacist who was shot to death at the Rite Aid in Frandor last Monday.

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NewsRoom
5:21 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Committee Vote On Detroit Bailout Expected

A state House committee is expected to take up legislation tomorrow Wednesday to provide $195 million as the state’s part in the Detroit bankruptcy settlement.

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NewsRoom
5:15 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Bill Boosting Minimum Wage To $9.20 An Hour To Get Hearing In State House

A bill that would boost Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.20 an hour will get a hearing Wednesday in the state House.

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Sports
2:28 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Current Sports #238 | May 20, 2014

Coming off a 10 medal team performance, junior Leah O'Connor from Michigan State Track and Field joins Al to discuss her motivations as a runner and her performance on the track this season. Later on, Al and thew crew hit on the NBA draft lottery coming up tonight, and give their top five favorite race horses of all time. Plus, they debate if Ndamukung Suh is pulling a political move with his recent change in action.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:05 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Current State #320 | May 20, 2014

Today on Current State: Flint teetering on bankruptcy; Michigan's morels; a doctor's advice on avoiding unnecessary medical tests; and dark sky parks in Michigan.

Economy
1:03 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Lawsuit triggers threat of Flint bankruptcy

Flint struggles with new lawsuit that may end in bankruptcy.
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Flint is renowned as the birthplace of General Motors and for the prosperity it once enjoyed as “Vehicle City.” More recently, that success has been overshadowed by troubles that have trailed the decline of auto manufacturing such as population loss, blight, crime, drugs, and debt.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:00 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Morels: Hunting and cooking the spring delicacy

May marks the beginning of morel season in Michigan.
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During the month of May, a different type of hunter takes to the Michigan woods. Their prey is now low-lying honeycomb shaped fungi, morels. The woodlands mushroom is highly coveted by chefs and known for its unique taste. Current State spoke with Phil Tedeschi, President of the Michigan Mushroom Hunters Club and Ruth Johnston, author of the book "The Art of Cooking Morels".

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Health
12:53 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Physician examines doctor-patient communication

Improving doctor-patient communication is the subject of Dr. Leana Wen's book 'When Doctors Don't Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests'.
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Now that the Affordable Care Act has more or less settled into place, people may be in the position of choosing new doctors for themselves. A recent book by Dr. Leana Wen looks at ways to improve communication between doctors and patients.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
12:38 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Stargazers drawn to Michigan 'Dark Sky Park'

This month marks the three-year anniversary of Michigan's first International Dark Sky Park.
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Three years ago this month, a curious “first” unfolded in Michigan. That’s when a 600-acre county park just west of the Mackinac Bridge became our state’s first International Dark Sky Park.

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NewsRoom
5:18 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

State Senate could Triple road funding increase passed by House

Republican leaders in the Michigan Senate have a plan to boost state road funding by up to $1.4 billion a year.

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Sports
2:26 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Current Sports #237 | May 19, 2014

In the heart of NBA and NHL playoff action, Al and the crew break down the latest matchups. They also break down the latest NBA replay rule and what it means for basketball. Later, they get into a tussle regarding California Chrome and the Triple Crown quest. Al and Matt are sold on Chrome because of the recent addition of Nasal Strips, but Alex thinks otherwise.  Plenty of conversation for a Monday.


Radio Made in Michigan
5:00 pm
Sun May 18, 2014

MSU Today | May 18, 2014

Michigan Recycling Coalition executive director Kerrin O'Brien, Greening of the Great Lakes host Kirk Heinze

A report on the state of recycling in Michigan

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:30 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

Current State at the 2014 East Lansing Art Festival

Current State broadcasts live from the 2014 East Lansing Art Festival on Saturday, May 17, 2014

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NewsRoom
3:52 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Conyers Asks Secretary Of State To Put Him On Ballot

Congressman John Conyers is asking Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to put his name on the August Democratic primary ballot.

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Sports
2:18 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Current Sports #236 | May 16, 2014

Today marks the evening of Lansing United's home opener, as the new minor-league soccer team for mid-Michigan. Owner Jeremy Sampson discusses the jitters behind opening day, as well as the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes leading up to the historic day. Later on, Matt and Alex join Al to discuss the NBA Draft Combine and the new Michael Sam documentary on the Oprah Winfrey Network.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:58 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Current State #319 | May 16, 2014

Today on Current State: an East Lansing Art Festival preview; education assessments; Lansing United FC soccer; and historic preservation.

Arts & Culture
11:57 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Director previews 51st EL Art Festival

The 51st annual East Lansing Art Festival is Saturday and Sunday.
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The East Lansing Art Festival returns this weekend for its 51st run. The two-day event in the city’s downtown core features more than 180 artists and musicians. For many long-time attendees, the East Lansing Art Festival signals the unofficial start of summer.

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Politics & Government
11:57 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Senate Education Committee chair on assessment, EAA disputes

Debate continues at the Capitol over teacher assessments.
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For many months, Michigan legislators have battled over education. Often, it’s been over the "Common Core" curriculum standards that Michigan and more than 40 other states will adopt soon. The ongoing dispute has taken a number of turns in the past week.

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