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Radio Made in Michigan
12:14 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Clock ticks for residents of condemned Lansing trailer park

Residents of the Life O'Riley mobile home park in Lansing are facing a 5 p.m. deadline to vacate. The eviction order came from the Ingham County Health Department, which deemed the facility unsafe.
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Last Tuesday, the Ingham County Health Department notified residents of the Life O’Riley Mobile Home Park and Campground that they had 10 days to find another place to live. A failing sewage disposal system and other issues have created an urgent health hazard.

This evening at 5 p.m. is the deadline for all 85 households in the park to be vacated. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:13 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

CMU professor from Lansing launches bid for Congress

CMU professor Susan Grettenberger is seeking the Democratic nomination to unseat incumbent Congressman Mike Rogers (R-Brighton).
Credit Susan Grettenberger for Congress

Another Democrat has announced her candidacy to represent Lansing and East Lansing in Congress.

Susan Grettenberger is the director of Central Michigan University's Social Work Program and an associate professor in the department.  In a news release about her candidacy last week, the Lansing resident discussed "a theme of economic populism and giving voice to everyday Americans."

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:12 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

NASA project detects 715 new planets

Kepler's Supernova is named for 17th century German astronomer Johannes Kepler. The deep space telescope named for him recently discovered 715 new planets.
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Last week, NASA announced its latest findings from the Kepler mission.  Kepler is a space telescope that was launched in 2009 to look for habitable planets.  Current State’s Emanuele Berry sat down with Michigan State University astronomer Megan Danahue to learn more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:12 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Kalamazoo duo Red Tail Ring

Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp comprise the Roots Americana duo Red Tail Ring.
Credit Joe Linstroth / WKAR

Michiganders Michael Beauchamp and Laurel Premo are the duo known as Red Tail Ring.

Last year the "roots/Americana" duo released their third full length studio album, "The Heart's Swift Foot."  They play tonight at the Ten Pound Fiddle concert series.

With instruments like the fiddle, banjo, mandolin and even the jawharp, Premo and Beauchamp blend their harmonies into a clean traditional sound.

Red Tail Ring joined us in the studio to talk more about their roots and their writing process.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:07 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Current State #269 | March 6, 2014

Today on Current State: the debate over whether juvenile offenders should receive life without parole; a new CEO at the non-profit Prima Civitas Foundation; the bygone era of the passenger pigeon and Detroit's jazz legacy.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Breaking down the debate over juvenile lifers

The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing arguments on the fate of more than 350 prison inmates sentenced to life with no chance of parole as juveniles.
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The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments today on what should be done with more than 350 prison inmates sentenced to life with no chance of parole as juveniles.  The Michigan case follows a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision declaring life without parole sentences for minors violates the U.S. constitution’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. 

Current State speaks with the Michigan Public Radio Network’s statehouse bureau chief, Rick Pluta.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

New Prima Civitas chief seeks to enhance mission

Arnold Weinfeld is the new Prima Civitas CEO.
Credit Courtesy Prima Civitas

Since 2006, East Lansing's Prima Civitas has been a catalyst for economic and community development --initially in mid-Michigan and eventually across the state.  The non-profit brings together business owners, entrepreneurs and Michigan State University resources to spark economic growth.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

When passenger pigeons filled Michigan skies

Seven passenger pigeons from the aviary at the University of Chicago, 1896.
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Later this year, we mark the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon---the last being a resident of a Cincinatti zoo.  The well-publicized event capped the annihilation of a species whose population at one point was so overwhelming that one ornithologist believed there were more passenger pigeons than all other species combined. 

Efforts to bring the population under control began back in the mid 19th century, in part because enormous flocks wreaked havoc on trees and farms.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:06 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Detroit's jazz legacy from ballrooms to Motown and beyond

McKinney's Cotton Pickers

In the 1920’s, ballrooms popped up across the United States, including in Detroit. The music that filled Detroit’s dance halls was Jazz.

Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with Jim Gallert,  a veteran jazz broadcaster, researcher and writer. Together with Lars Bjorn, he wrote “Before Motown: A History of Jazz in Detroit, 1920– 1960.”

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:08 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Current State #268 | March 5, 2014

Today on Current State: Lessons from Pennsylvania on road funding; Neighbors in Action with The Listening Ear; training aspiring Michigan politicians; and cello rock.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:03 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Pennyslvania offers lessons on clearing road funding hurdles

Pennsylvania's situation regarding roads and politics are similar to Michigan's.
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With an intense pothole season beginning to unfold in Michigan, debate is intensifying over how to repair and better maintain state roads and highways.

Republican Governor Rick Snyder has favored a longer-term, comprehensive approach that would invest over a billion dollars a year in the effort. However, fellow Republicans in the legislature have withheld support for the tax and fee increases that would fund the Governor’s plan.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Neighbors in Action: The Listening Ear

Spring orientation for new volunteers begins the first week of April.
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Each Wednesday for our  Neighbors in Action segment,  we feature people and organizations working to make our community a better place. Today we feature The Listening Ear, a Lansing-based all-volunteer organization that boasts the longest-running crisis hotline in the nation.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:53 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Program trains Michigan's aspiring political leaders

State Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan.
Credit WKAR/Joe Linstroth

The Michigan Political Leadership Program, or MPLP, is designed to promote diversity and dialogue in how our communities, our state, and our nation are run. It started in 1992 and is administered by the  Institute for Public Policy and Social Research at Michigan State University.

Every year, 24 people from across the state and across the political spectrum are chosen for the 10-month program. They develop skills to help them win elections, address the media and serve their constituents. The latest group has just started the program.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:09 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Cello Fury forges rock and classical

From left to right, David Throckmorton, Nicole Myers, Simon Cummings, and Ben Muñoz make up Cello Fury.
Credit courtesy of Jeff Swensen

Cello Fury, a Pittsburgh rock band featuring three classically trained cellists and a drummer, combine their sounds to form a unique, progressive style.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Current State #267 | March 4, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan's fresh water future; when civil wars end; the Great Lakes Book Project; and women in construction.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:04 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Could Michigan do more with its water resources?

The Great Lakes Compact bans freshwater exports, but as Dale Buss explains, there are opportunities to positively exploit shipping freshwater to areas in need, such as California.
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With snow piled deep across the Great Lakes region, there are hopes that the upcoming melt will push lake levels higher. It’s a scenario envied by many in the American west, especially in California where residents are being hammered by the severest drought in three decades. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:59 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Hurting while helping: Outside aid often undermines post-civil war democracy

Michael Colaresi researched 136 civil wars from 1936 to 2007 for his recent study, “With Friends Like These, Who Needs Democracy? The Effect of Transnational Support from Rivals on Post-Conflict Democratization.”
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There’s probably never been a time in history when there wasn’t war and conflict going on somewhere in the world, but amid the Arab Spring and the situation between Russia and Ukraine, right now seems like an especially good time to talk to an expert on international conflict.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:39 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Exploring the magic of the Great Lakes through personal stories

Walter Blake Knoblock says that he chose to center his project around the Great Lakes because there is nothing quite like them in the world and everyone can relate to stories about the lakes.
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Most people who live in the Mitten State have fond memories of time spent at one of the Great Lakes. Those memories are what fuel The Great Lakes Book Project. The book captures over 20 personal stories about life along the shoreline, exploring the powerful bond people across the region and the world have with the Great Lakes. Current State's Emanuele Berry speaks with the books publisher and editor Walter Blake Knoblock.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:32 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Lansing organization offers support, training for women in construction

As of 2011, there are approximately 800,000 women working in the construction industry across the country, which is about nine percent of the total workforce.
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The National Association of Women in Construction, or NAWIC, has built a support network of more than 140 chapters around the world to assist women in the largely male-dominated construction fields. The organization was founded in 1953 by 16 women working in the construction industry in Fort Worth, Texas. NAWIC’s Lansing chapter became Michigan’s first in 1971.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:20 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Current State #266 | March 3, 2014

Today on Current State: assessing the state's final MEAP scores; Michigan suffragist Anna Howard Shaw; a new clinic opens for Lansing's homeless population; and a documentary about Elderly Instruments.  

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:11 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Final MEAP scores show mixed results at best

In spring of 2015, Michigan will switch to an online testing system that will have more rigorous standards than the MEAP.
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Last Friday, the state released the results of the Michigan Educational Assessment Program, better known as the MEAP. The statewide tests were administered to Michigan students in grades 3-9 last fall for the final time, as the state will move to an online assessment, which is likely to be more aligned with the Common Core standards in the spring of 2015.

Sarah Lenhoff, the director of policy and research for the Education Trust – Midwest, breaks down some of the numbers and outlines how the new test will work. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:10 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Book chronicles Michigander's role in woman's suffrage

Anna Howard Shaw graduated from Albion College in 1875.
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March is Women’s History Month, and Current State’s Scott Pohl talks with the author of a new book about one Michigan woman's role in America’s suffrage movement. 

Anna Howard Shaw was born in England in 1847. Her family moved to America and she grew up in Michigan. After an isolated farm upbringing, Shaw enrolled at Albion College, which became a springboard to a life as a minister and medical school studies in Boston, and ultimately to work in the reform movements of that era.

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:59 am
Mon March 3, 2014

New clinic opens doors to Lansing's homeless

Joe Ruth, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Sparrow Health Systems, said the clinic will run like a family practice and be open to anyone in the community that needs care.
Credit Courtesy of Sparrow

  Today marks the very first day that homeless individuals in the Capitol region will have a medical clinic to call their own.

The new $900,000 project, which is located at 430 N. Larch Street, is a collaboration between the area’s largest healthcare provider, Sparrow Health System, and the region’s largest homeless services provider, Volunteers of America Michigan. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
10:40 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Documentary celebrates legacy of Lansing's Elderly Instruments

Elderly Instruments was founded by Stan Werbin.
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If you strum, pick or fiddle, chances are you've come across Lansing's Elderly Instruments.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:36 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Current State #265 | February 28, 2014

Today on Current State: a spring weather preview; canoeing legend Janet Moreland; America's self-help culture; live music with the Bard Owls; and remembering Harold Ramis. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:34 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

When will it end? Spring weather preview

Provenzano says that Michigan can expect one more heavy snowstorm before spring arrives in March.
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How much longer?  That’s the question on most of our minds as March 1st and “meteorological spring” arrive.  Current State got a spring forecast preview from WILX’s Andy Provenzano.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:30 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Paddling pioneer discusses life on the water

Janet Moreland completed the kayak journey alone, but made countless friends along the way.
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Last year, Janet Moreland became a legend in the world of kayaking. She became the first woman ever to solo paddle what’s called "Source to Sea," the full length of Missouri River-Mississippi River system, from Brower’s Spring, Montana to the Gulf of Mexico. The 38-hundred mile journey took almost eight months to complete.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:23 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Author explores America's self-help culture

Lamb-Shapiro talks about the complexities of self-help at the individual level, as it is both empowering and a tremendous responsibility.
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From the supermarket check-out, to any bookstore best-seller section, to TV seminars and your smart phone, Americans are deluged with opportunities for self-improvement. We spend in the tens of billions of dollars annually, hoping to end co-dependency, cultivate our spirituality, improve our sleep. The list is endless.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:19 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Lansing's The Bard Owls

Bard Owls from left: Kirk Mason, Chris Foster, Linnea Jimison, and Meredith Brown.
Credit WKAR/Anthony Cepak

For today's live music, Current State was joined by the Bard Owls, an old-time folk group based in Lansing. The ensemble discussed their musical inspirations, the Bard Owls group dynamic, and more.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:14 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

POSTSCRIPT: In memory of Harold Ramis

Harold Ramis's best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in 'Ghostbusters' and Russell Ziskey in 'Stripes'.
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Current State salutes the life and works of Harold Ramis. This brief tribute features a rare recording from the National Lampoon Radio Hour.

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