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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.
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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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Radio Made in Michigan
11:50 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Current State #264 | February 27, 2014

Today on Current State: this month in review; a review of Jim Harrison's latest book; and Voices of Experience with Rabbi Morton Hoffman.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:45 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Month in Review: February's biggest news stories

Skubick, Pluta, and Ballenger discuss Michigan same-sex marriage ban going on trial in Detroit, early skirmishes over the state budget, snow removal, and more.
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We’re so eager to get February behind us, we’ve scheduled Current State’s “Month in Review” on the next-to-last day of the month. Joining Current State to review the month’s top Michigan news stories are state capital correspondent and guest host Tim Skubick, Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network and Bill Ballenger of the ‘Inside Michigan Politics’ newsletter.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:37 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Book Review: Jim Harrison's 'Brown Dog: Novellas'

Southard says the character Brown Dog is representative of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Credit Grove Press

In Michigan one of the things we all accept are the supposed differences between the Upper Peninsula and the Lower Peninsula. The stereotypes haunt the residents of both regions: rural versus urban; those who are stressed versus those who are relaxed; those happy with money versus those happy in long underwear.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:32 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Voices of Experience: Rabbi Morton Hoffman of East Lansing's Shaarey Zedek Congregation

Rabbi Morton Hoffman says there's now a pattern of intermarriage between Jewish individuals and people from other religions, or even with no religion at all.
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We all know people in our community who we feel are extraordinary for their memorable life experiences or their sacrifices.  Maybe for their success or their service, and for the insights that result from those experiences.

Getting better acquainted with extraordinary people is the focus of Current State’s ongoing series, Voices of Experience.

Rabbi Morton Hoffman was the head of Congregation Shaarey Zedek from 1983 until 2000, and then again for a few years until 2003 when he re-retired.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Current State #263 | February 26, 2014

Today on Current State: a proposal to restore tax revenue; Conflict Resolution Services of Central Michigan; the Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates 75 years; and a Detroit Tigers 2014 season preview.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:42 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Proposal would restore tax revenue for Michigan communities

Fowler says that there are no more tax incentives for companies relocating to Michigan, but as former tax credits expire, it creates revenue in the state.
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Fourteen months ago, Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation eliminating the state personal property tax levied on business equipment. The move was heralded as welcome change by business owners who said the tax put them at a competitive disadvantage and inhibited job growth. However, local governments are worried about how they will replace the revenue that kept their vital services running. Now, a series of bills introduced this week in the Michigan Senate seeks to preserve that funding.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:40 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Resolution Center of Central Michigan

Credit Courtesy of Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan

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 Resolution Services Center of Central Michigan (RSCCM). The Lansing-based non-profit offers peaceful conflict resolution services for businesses, individuals and schools in six Mid-Michigan counties.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:35 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Staying afloat: Coast Guard Auxiliary celebrates 75 years

Coast Guard Auxiliarist Tony Pizzo stands watch during the 2013 Tall Ship Celebration in Bay City.
Credit Courtesy of the Coast Guard Auxiliary

The weather is cold outside, but the boating season is not that far away.  In just two months, many boaters will be out on the water.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Voice of the Tigers previews 2014 season

Dan Dickerson says that in just ten years, the Detroit Tigers have gone from the team that never wins to the team that everyone expects to see in the post season.
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As the Detroit Tigers start off their training season this year in Lakeland, Florida, fans and commentators alike are keeping an eye out for updates. This will be the Tigers 44th year at Joker Marchant Stadium for spring training.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:23 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Current State #262 | February 25, 2014

Today on Current State: Michigan same-sex marriage ban on trial; an update on the Kosgar Lado case; the Great Lakes month in review; attorney Benjamin Crump speaks in Lansing; and the 1491s, a Native American sketch comedy group.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:22 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Research on parenting to figure in federal same sex marriage trial

Conservatives are supporting research that they argue explains why a biological one man, one woman household is the optimal situation for a child.
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A federal judge in Detroit will hear opening arguments today on a case that could potentially overturn Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage. In 2012, two lesbian nurses sued Governor Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette. The couple is raising three special needs children, but they cannot legally adopt them unless they are married.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:15 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

What's next for Kosgar Lado?

The Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry near Ann Arbor
Credit courtesy of the Michigan Department of Community Health

Last week, an Ingham County judge ordered Kosgar Lado, a 21-year old Lansing resident, to be held in the state psychiatric hospital in Kalamazoo for up to 15 months or until he can be deemed competent to stand trial for a felony charge of lying to police.

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Radio Made in Michigan
1:01 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Great Lakes Month in Review: Algae blooms and Gov. Snyder's record

Wilson says its perplexing and frustrating that Snyder has not mentioned the Army Corp study on invasive Asian Carp.
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At the end of each month we check in with Great Lakes commentator and journalist Gary Wilson for updates on environmental stories from around the basin. For today’s Great Lakes Month in Review, we’re focusing on Governor Snyder’s environmental efforts and algae blooms.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:59 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Trayvon Martin's family attorney on latest 'Stand Your Ground' cases

Crump says that Michael Dunn, like George Zimmerman, was able to escape criminal liability.
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 Tomorrow is the second anniversary of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman shot the unarmed teenager while on a neighborhood watch patrol. Claiming self defense under Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law, Zimmerman was ultimately acquitted of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. Attorney Benjamin Crump has represented the interests of Martin’s family. He has a speaking engagement tonight in Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:52 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

1491s tap Native American heritage for laughs

The 1491s is a sketch comedy group based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma.
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The 1491s describe themselves as “a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire.” The five Native American artists create work that will make you snicker, but will also make you think.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:37 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Current State #261 | February 24, 2014

Today on Current State: the U.S. Supreme court and the EPA; Detroit's water wealth; a Google Glass Explorer; violinist Vilde Frang and the St. Petersburg Orchestra; and a Michigan eatery in Vegas.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Supreme Court hears arguments on EPA's reach

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments today about the EPA's ability to regulate certain kinds of emissions.
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The U. S. Supreme Court hears arguments today that will help determine the scope of what kinds of emissions the Environmental Protection Agency can regulate. The outcome could have a big effect on industrial facilities nationwide.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:32 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

A wealth of water could shape Detroit's future

A view of Lake St. Clair
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While the city of Detroit works to overcome its financial troubles, some see a bright future for the city because of  Detroit’s location.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:30 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Looking at Google Glass through the eyes of an early user

Ari Adler is a Google Glass explorer from Lansing.
Credit Joe Linstroth/WKAR

One of the newest gadgets that is fascinating and disturbing to people is the Google Glass. You wear it on your face like a pair of glasses, and you’re able to get information, take pictures, and all kinds of things, mostly through voice and touch commands. Google has asked people to become “Explorers,” to get feedback on the product, and we found one right here in Lansing. Ari Adler is the Michigan House GOP press secretary, and also a Google Glass Explorer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:28 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

St. Petersburg Philharmonic to feature fiery Russian composers

Musician Vilde Frang
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From the icy depths of mother Russia, the St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra comes to the Wharton Center. The orchestra has played in Ann Arbor and Chicago and now will visit East Lansing tonight. Norwegian violin soloist Vilde Frang will accompany the performance, which features works by Rachmaninov and Prokofiev.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:25 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

Coney Dogs in The D... in Vegas

Chris Sotiropoulos (left) and his sister, Grace Keros with their staff.
Credit WKAR/Scott Pohl

  

Along with gambling and big production stage shows, Las Vegas is known for fine dining. Everywhere you look, you’ll find a restaurant with a different theme, many of them run by celebrity chefs. Travelers from Michigan, though, might want to consider a more humble spot to grab a bite in Vegas.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:16 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Current State #260 | February 21, 2014

Today on Current State: changes in the Holt School district; cinematographer Dan Kneece; Michigan Board of Education president John Austin on the Education Achievement Authority; live music with classical pianist Ralph Votapek. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:15 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Changes at Holt schools stir opposition

Holt High School. Under 'the plan', seniors would move across the street to the current 9th grade campus next academic year.
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In the Holt School District, students, families and other stakeholders have been embroiled in a debate over changes in the district.  Recently, a dispute over a district reinvention plan has intensified.  Opponents of the plan now threaten to replace members of the Holt school board, which approved it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Steadicam pioneer discusses long Hollywood career

Dan Kneece (right) with Yousef Linjawi in the Serengeti.
Credit Norm Torp

Cinematographer Dan Kneece has had a long career in movie-making, commercials, and music videos. He learned how to handle a Steadicam from inventor Garrett Brown, and has a track record of nearly three decades that earned him the Steadicam Guild’s first ever lifetime achievement award.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:14 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Michigan School Board President: EAA not ready for expansion

John Austin says that the EAA is making headway in some schools, but there has been a host of problems in other schools.
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Michigan’s failing schools will be expanding future turnaround efforts by collaborating with various partners, not just the state’s Education Achievement Authority.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:13 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

LIVE MUSIC: Votapeks reunite for Lansing Catholic benefit

Ralph Votapek
Credit Christian Steiner

 

Current State is pleased to welcome Michigan State University music professor emeritus Ralph Votapek to provide today's live music.

Votapek’s daughter Kathryn is a violinist on the faculty at the University of Michigan and associate concertmaster of the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. The Votapeks will play a benefit concert for Lansing Catholic High School on March 9th.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Current State #259 | February 20, 2014

Today on Current State: Utility assistance struggles; the annual MSU Comics Forum; American attitudes towards science; and the MSU Wind Symphony at Carnegie Hall.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:50 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Lansing official: New state legislation exacerbates energy assistance shortage

Utility assistance this winter is the worst Dr. Johnson has seen since she has been in Michigan.
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This winter has been brutal for all of us; the extra snow, cold, and ice that we’ve been having this season have taken an especially rough toll on those who are living on low and fixed incomes.

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