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.
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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.
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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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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.

See You at the Festival!
10:44 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Summer Solstice Jazz Festival and WKAR in Your Community

Look for WKAR in Your Community at the Summer Solstice Jazz Festival, June 2o-21, in Downtown East Lansing.

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

LISTEN NOW: Grand American Fish Rodeo

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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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Juana Summers is a blogger for NPR's education project.

Prior to coming to NPR, Summers spent nearly four years as a reporter for POLITICO, where she focused on political and campaign coverage, primarily the 2012 Republican primary and general election. She has also extensively covered defense policy and veterans affairs, and authored POLITICO's morning defense newsletter.

Before that, she covered statewide and local politics for the Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, as well as KBIA-FM. Her work has also been featured in the Austin American-Statesman and The Washington Post.

Felix Contreras is co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's web-based program about Latin Alternative music and Latino culture. It features music as well as interviews with many of the most well-known Latino musicians, actors, film makers and writers.

Previously, Contreras was a producer and reporter for NPR's Arts Desk and covered, among other stories and projects: a series reported from Mexico introducing the then-new musical movement called Latin Alternative; a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and helped produce NPR's award winning series 50 Great Voices.

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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5:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

In Your Community at Grand American Fish Rodeo

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Look for WKAR this weekend at the Grand American Fish Rodeo! July 12-14 Adado Riverfront Park in Downtown Lansing.

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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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