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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.
Credit http://elartfest.com/

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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Sports
11:57 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Lansing United kicks off inaugural season

Earlier this month, Lansing United beat the Ann Arbor Football Club 4-0 in a preseason 'friendly' match.
Credit lanunited.com

Interest in soccer will soar this year when the World Cup is played in Brazil. With that in mind, if you were going to start a new minor league soccer franchise, a World Cup year would seem to be a good time to do it.

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History
11:56 am
Fri May 16, 2014

Place-making with historic preservation

The Michigan Historic Preservation Network is involved in the restoration of the Knapp's building in Lansing.
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Historic preservation stakeholders from across the state are convening in Jackson, Michigan this week for the annual Michigan Historic Preservation Network conference. The network works to recognize and conserve Michigan’s architectural culture.

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NewsRoom
5:23 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Michigan’s Economy Improves, But At a Slower Pace

The long, harsh winter slowed the state’s economic recovery.

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NewsRoom
5:15 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

State Senate Votes To Raise Michigan’s Minimum Wage To $9.20 An Hour

The state Senate has voted to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $9.20 an hour by 2017.

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Sports
2:29 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Current Sports #237 | May 15, 2014

Al sits down with Ron DeLeon, local boxing promoter and CATA bus driver, to discuss his journey throughout the years and his upcoming fights. The duo also dive into some personal questions regarding favorite boxers of all time and favorite Rocky movies. The team also talks about the recent conversation of potentially adding beer to college stadiums, as well as the investigation of High School concession stands by Ingham County.


Radio Made in Michigan
1:41 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Current State #318 | May 15, 2014

Today on Current State: a state budget update; children's spirituality and nature; Mike Whorf's "Kaleidoscope", part two; a review of "In the House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods" by Matt Bell; and the Board of Water and Light's falcons.

Politics & Government
1:39 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Capitol Update: Revenue, Detroit bankruptcy and minimum wage

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At the state capitol yesterday, Michigan’s latest set of revenue estimates were unveiled. It’s an important twice-a-year gathering with often serious implications for state government spending, budgets and taxes.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
1:37 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Study links children's spirituality and the outdoors

Dr. Gretel Van Wiren
Credit http://msutoday.msu.edu

With more daylight and the end of school, lots of kids will have the opportunity to play outdoors more in the coming weeks and months if they choose to. Outdoors time has decreased drastically for children. A new MSU study indicates that there are benefits to outdoor free play besides the physical exercise.

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Entertainment
1:33 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Mike Whorf's 'Kaleidoscope' gets revival on AM-870

Mike Whorf.
Credit Peter Whorf/WKAR

Mike Whorf interview, part 1.

Mike Whorf interview, part 2.

Mike Whorf is known to countless Michigan and mid-western radio listeners as the long-time Detroit radio host of "Kaleidoscope". The daily program which aired from the mid-1960s to the late 90s won the coveted Peabody Award in 1968, as well as numerous other honors.

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Arts & Culture
1:32 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

Book Review: Matthew Bell's latest novel

Credit http://www.mdbell.com/inthehouse/

Sometimes the literary world can suffer from a case of The Emperor’s New Clothes. We all know this story made famous by Hans Christian Andersen, of the ridiculous Emperor tricked into wearing nothing and the underlings around him too afraid to point out that he is only in his underwear. In the mind of the Emperor he is adorned in the greatest attire, but in reality there isn’t much left for the imagination.

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Environment
1:30 pm
Thu May 15, 2014

BWL falcons expecting

Baby falcons are on the way at the Board of Water and Light's Eckert electric generating plant.
Credit http://www.lbwl.com/falcon.aspx

There are many expecting parents around Mid-Michigan, but few will produce offspring as rare as Eckert and Viper’s. The peregrine falcons are waiting for three little ones to hatch, after nesting at the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s Eckert electric generating plant.

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Sports
3:01 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Current Sports #236 | May 14, 2014

Al chats with USA Today NFL columnist Jarrret Bell about the NFL draft, the Detroit Lions and his thoughts about Magic Johnson and Donald Sterling. Al and the team also discuss the Detroit Pistons hiring of Stan Van Gundy.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Current State #317 | May 14, 2014

Today on Current State: the impact of tax-cutting; gun legislation; ibuprofen warnings; Neighbors in Action: The House of Promise; and Lansing's new food truck court.

Politics & Government
11:28 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Report suggests Michigan tax cuts have hampered prosperity

Michigan ranks 49th in the country in terms of the percentage of state and local taxes paid by business.
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A recent report casts doubt on the impact of two decades of tax-cutting in Michigan. It suggests that the resulting cuts in public revenue have seriously prevented greater prosperity.

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Politics & Government
11:27 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Moms rally for gun background checks

Weapons for sale at a gun show.
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Today as Michigan lawmakers make their way to their offices, they’ll be offered some treats, from a group who is sweet on gun sense. Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America will rally at the Michigan capitol.

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Health
11:26 am
Wed May 14, 2014

MSU physician discusses risk of ibuprofen and related drugs

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Ibuprofen is one of the most widely used over the counter pain medications in the United States. Most consumers know it under such brands as Advil and Motrin. The labeling on these products purport to treat a variety of pains, from headaches to arthritis to the common cold. A growing body of research in the last few years suggests those labels should contain stronger warnings.

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Arts & Culture
11:25 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Neighbors in Action: House of Promise

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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 one woman’s effort to turn her passion for addressing the horrors of human trafficking into action.

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Lifestyle & Recreation
11:24 am
Wed May 14, 2014

A new kind of food court comes to Lansing

Frank Tigninelli has been making pizzas for over 40 years.
Scott Pohl, WKAR

It seems that no matter where you go, grabbing a meal at a food truck is a growing phenomenon. At this point in the Lansing area, if you want to patronize a food truck, there probably is one running somewhere. You just need to figure out where they are from day to day. New to the food truck trend, though, could be the idea of a food truck court. One of them has sprung up in Lansing.

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NewsRoom
5:23 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Minimum Wage Supporters Call Richardville Bill “Dirty Trick”

The petition campaign to raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour says it won’t be thwarted by a Republican attempt to derail it.

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NewsRoom
5:13 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Detroit Committee Opens Legislative Hearings On Bailout

A state House committee is trying to decide if taxpayer dollars should be part of the solution to get Detroit out of bankruptcy.

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NewsRoom
4:41 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

State Senate Leader Plans To Up The Ante On Road Funding In Coming Weeks

The debate over fixing Michigan’s crumbling roads moves to the state Senate this week.

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Radio Made in Michigan
4:08 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Current State at East Lansing Art Festival

WKAR comes to the East Lansing Art Festival this weekend, with a live Current State broadcast on Saturday, May 17th  from 11am to 1pm.  Join host Mark Bashore and watch the show as it unfolds with musical guests Wisaal, and more music and conversation with festival artists of all kinds.  Come see us this weekend right in front of East Lansing City Hall on Abbott Road...

Sports
2:15 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Current Sports #235 | May 13, 2014

Al and the team discuss Donald Sterling's interview and his mind boggling comments. They will also talk a little Tigers and talk about Joe Louis turning 100.


Radio Made in Michigan
11:17 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Current State #316 | May 13, 2014

Today on Current State: an update on shootings that left two dead; containing health care costs; a Detroit bankruptcy update; and a child health study.

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