The annual One Book, One Community program, co-sponsored by the City of East Lansing and Michigan State University, encourages the city and university communities to read the same book and talk about it in a variety of settings. This fall’s selection is “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo.
The Great Lakes Folk Festival is getting under way in East Lansing, with the music, dance, and cultural activities that have been a such an essential part of summer in mid-Michigan for 11 years. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark has the story of one of the Festival’s Heritage Award Winners.
Michigan voters go to the polls on Tuesday to cast their votes in the state primary election.
WKAR's Melissa Benmark sat down recently with MLive.com Lansing bureau reporter Angela Wittrock. They talked about Lansing ballot proposals to sell the Waverly Golf Course, and to reduce the number of times the Lansing City Council meets each year.
There's a new ‘placemaking’ project in the Lansing area. It’s called the Lighter Quicker Cheaper Challenge, and it’s run by the Greater Lansing Association of Realtors and several other state and national organizations. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with Gil White, past president of the Michigan Association of Realtors, about placemaking, and the program.
The 2012 Common Ground Music Festival starts next week on the banks of the Grand River in downtown Lansing. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with the co-executive director of the festival, Scott Keith, for a preview of the Festival.
Rick Pluta is the Capitol Bureau Chief for the Michigan Public Radio Network, and you hear his reports on state politics every morning here on 90.5. Between an eventful few weeks in Lansing and the approach of the August primary, it seemed like a good time to get his perspective. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark.
Fifty years ago this weekend, a group of students at a Michigan camp finished writing the Port Huron Statement, which was the manifesto for the activist group, Students for a Democratic Society. The principle author was Tom Hayden, who continued his activism throughout his life as well as being a legislator, teacher, and editor. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with Hayden about the occasion.
A Michigan State University scientist is the lead author of a paper that outlines MSU's work in manufacturing a protein that's showing promise as an effective agent against serious flu viruses. MSU performed the study in partnership with the Baker Laboratory at the University of Washington and the Wilson Lab at the Scripps Research Institute.
Tim Whitehead is an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science as well as Biosystems Engineering at MSU. He spoke with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about the research.
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra played its final concert of the season last week at MSU’s Wharton Center. Music director Timothy Muffitt took a few minutes to speak with WKAR’s Melissa Benmark about the lineup for next season. One of the concerts they talked about was built around the story of composer Antonin Dvorak’s visit to America.
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra closes out its season this week with a rare Thursday night performance. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with music director Timothy Muffitt about the program, which features piano soloist Charlie Albright.
NPR Religion Correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty will be in mid-Michigan next Wednesday to talk about the intersection of religion and science. She wrote a book on the subject recently, and WKAR’s Melissa Benmark asked her about the response so far.
MSU Director of Orchestras Leon Gregorian is retiring. He’s led the MSU Symphony for 28 years. He'll soon conduct his last concert with the orchestra at Wharton Center. WKAR’s Melissa Benmark spoke with him last week, and asked him what music he’d be leading at his farewell concert.
A leading expert on stem cell research and in vitro fertilization has visited MSU. Alan Trounson was the first scientist to freeze human embryos for womb implantation. He is now the president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, or CIRM, the stem cell research agency funded by California voters a few years ago. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with him yesterday and asked him first about the lag between lab research and actual medical cures.
The Lansing Symphony Orchestra plays music of Debussy, Brahms and Strauss for the upcoming MasterWorks 5 concert at Wharton Center. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with Lansing Symphony Music Director Timothy Muffitt about the program, starting with the Brahms Piano Concerto #2.
WKAR's Melissa Benmark talks with Lansing Symphony Orchestra music director Timothy Muffitt and MSU professor of Tuba and Euphonium Phil Sinder about the next Lansing Symphony Orchestra concert. Sinder is the soloist in a Tuba Concerto by TV and film composer, Bruce Broughton.
Comedian and author Mike Birbiglia is coming to MSU's Wharton Center. WKAR's Melissa Benmark spoke with him about his appearances on public radio's "This American Life," teen angst, and what medium he is most comfortable working in.
EAST LANSING, MI (WKAR) - MSU Professor of Music and Director of Orchestras designate Kevin Noe speaks with WKAR's Melissa Benmark about the next MSU Symphony concert at Wharton Center, beginning with a piece by American composer Pierre Jalbert.