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Radio Made in Michigan
12:07 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

MSU educator explains growing importance of early childhood education

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Last week, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder recommended another increase in government spending on early childhood education in the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Net neutrality ruling could alter online landscape

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A federal appeals court recently ruled that internet service providers can give preference to some content and even block it if they choose. The “net neutrality” case has received a great deal of attention since the ruling.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:05 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Public Poetry Announcement: Michelle Boisseau

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Today's public poetry announcement: Current State contributor Stephanie Glazier reads "The Fury That Breaks" by Michelle Boisseau.

Radio Made in Michigan
12:04 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Green cars take backseat at NAIAS

The Tesla Model S electric car boasts zero tailpipe emissions.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The 2014 North American International Auto Show is not the greenest, according to journalist and author Jim Motavallo, who focuses on environmental issues and transportation. He’s a contributor to the New York Times, NPR’s Car Talk, the Mother Nature Network and author of the book "High Voltage: The Fast Track to Plug In the Auto Industry".

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:01 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Chevy adds smaller pickup option

The Chevrolet Colorado
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The North American Truck of the Year,  the Chevy Silverado, isn’t the only pickup attracting attention at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Chevy’s midsize Colorado is also all-new for 2014.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:17 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Current State #236 | January 20, 2014

Today on Current State: the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and Chevy's sweep of the Car and Truck of the Year Awards; young people and cars; MSU's Project 60/50; Sites of Conscience; and a Broad Art Museum documentary airs on WKAR-TV.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:13 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Chevy takes top prizes at this year's NAIAS

The Chevrolet Silverado was named North American Truck of the Year last week at the Detroit Auto Show.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

The North American International Auto Show is underway at Cobo Center in Detroit. Hundreds of thousands of people will visit the show to see the latest cars, trucks, and prototypes.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:10 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Auto industry eyes shifting transportation priorities

Some millenials are putting off the decision to buy a car.
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Michigan’s surging auto industry is front and center this week at the Detroit Auto Show, but young Americans may be a shrinking part of the hoopla.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:09 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Project 60/50 kicks off year-long human rights conversation

This year marks the anniversary of two crucial moments in our country’s long history of inequality. Sixty years ago, the Supreme Court handed out its landmark decision in Brown versus the Topeka Board of Education, which effectively ended legal segregation of our nation’s public schools. And 50 years ago this year, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:08 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Project to map local civil rights history

The MSU Museum's Marsha McDowell is working on a project to identify local sites associated with human rights.
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"Today, human rights are under attack in many parts of the world. But there is a pathway to building a just, humane, and peaceful future: The power of the past." That's how the organization Sites of Conscience explains its mission on its website.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:05 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

New documentary chronicles the making of the Broad

The angular lines of the Broad Art Museum are embraced by some and disliked by others.
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Just over a year has passed since Michigan State University opened the Broad Art Museum. Through its design phase, construction and opening, the angular structure has been embraced by some and detested by others, while bringing worldwide attention to MSU.

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Radio Made in Michigan
9:25 am
Mon January 20, 2014

See the cars and trucks at the North American International Auto Show

The 2015 Cadillac ATS Coupe will be built in Lansing.
Scott Pohl/WKAR

The North American International Auto Show is open to the public at Cobo Center in Detroit through Sunday. Here are just a few of the cars and trucks on display.

Hear Current State's coverage of the Detroit car show all this week.

Radio Made in Michigan
11:42 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Current State #235 | January 17, 2014

Today on Current State: Sen. Gretchen Whitmer and Off The Record host Tim Skubick review the State of the State address; linking science education and hip hop; and AP reporter and singer-songwriter Jeff Karoub.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:41 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Sen. Whitmer responds to State of the State

Gov. Rick Snyder
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Last night, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder gave his fourth State of the State address. He encouraged action on immigration and more support for state schools, among other issues.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Fri January 17, 2014

E=MC: Teaching science through Hip Hop

Dr. Christopher Emdin
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How do you make science fun and approachable for youth? One theory is to use hip hop. The project Science Genius BATTLES (Bring Attention to Transforming Teaching, Learning and Engagement in Science) attempts to do that.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Project aims to expand Detroit house concerts

Jeff Karoub
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Dearborn's Jeff Karoub provided Current State's live music in Studio S today. He's a reporter for the AP in Detroit, and a singer-songwriter.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:29 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Current State #234 | January 16, 2014

Today on Current State: recent Flint emergency manager Michael Brown returns to Prima Civitas; a post-antibiotic era; roasting coffee beans in Lansing; and a review of “Our Picnics in the Sun” by Morag Joss.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:28 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Former EM: Flint will take time

Michael Brown is back at Prima Civitas after two years as Flint's emergency manager.
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For two years, Flint native Michael Brown served as the city of Flint’s Emergency Manager. He has recently returned to Prima Civitas in East Lansing as president.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:27 am
Thu January 16, 2014

MSU scientist considers perils of a post-antibiotic world

Dr. Christopher Waters
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The U. S. Centers for Disease Control has published an assessment of the threat Americans face from antibiotic-resistant germs, and it’s a bit sobering. The report is the first time hard numbers have been reported for deaths and costs related to fighting diseases that no longer respond to antibiotics.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Lansing's Craft & Mason pursues a different type of microbrew

Friends Eric Craft and Jeremy Mason together form Craft & Mason Coffee. They currently roast three types of beans: a coffee called Bodhi Batak from Sumatra, a bean from the La Concordia farm in El Salvador, and a decaf from Colombia.
WKAR/Emanuele Berry

Microbreweries have been popping up all over the state, but what about micro roasters?  Current State’s Emanuele Berry recently took a trip to visit the founders of Craft & Mason Coffee, a new micro roaster in the Lansing area.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:25 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Book Review: Morag Joss' 'Our Picnics in the Sun'

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We live in a loud world. Our movies are loud. Our TV shows are loud, and the commercials are even louder. And sadly now, even our books are loud, filled with as many explosions and gunshots as any blockbuster film could ever hope to have. So in a bombastic world like ours, how does a quiet book like “Our Picnics in the Sun” by Morag Joss find publication?

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:47 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Current State #233 | January 15, 2014

Today on Current State: U.S. Senator Carl Levin; an FRIB update; Ingham County housing; the Capitol Area Literacy Coalition; and WKAR-TV's 60th birthday.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:46 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Senator Levin talks spending: unemployment insurance, FRIB

Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)
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Host Mark Bashore spoke with U.S. Senator Carl Levin about a variety of topics today on Current State. They began with a look at yesterday’s failure to hammer out an extension of benefits for over a million long-term unemployed Americans.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:44 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

FRIB director responds to clearing latest budget hurdle

An artist's rendering of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at MSU.
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This week we learned that the new appropriations bill drafted in the U-S Senate includes $55-million to continue the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) project at Michigan State University. The project will feature a large particle collider that smashes subatomic matter together to create elements that scientists say are the building blocks of the universe as we know it.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:43 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Hertel Jr. talks housing and Senate

Ingham County Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr.
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Ingham County officials have announced good news about the area’s housing market. Register of Deeds Curtis Hertel Jr. reported that home sales last year were up and that foreclosures were down.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:40 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Neighbors in Action: Capitol Area Literacy Coalition

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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 the Capitol Area Literacy Coalition.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:39 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

WKAR-TV celebrates 60 years

WKAR General Manager Gary Reid and TV Station Manager Susi Elkins.
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Our television colleagues here at WKAR are celebrating a milestone today. Six decades ago today, WKAR-TV went on the air.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:50 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Shooter captures hoops across America

The book also includes stories from top basketball players and coaches. Athletes featured include Lebron James, Pat Summitt and Shaquille O'Neal.
Credit Robin Layton

  

  A new book of photography explores the pastime of basketball at its most basic level - the hoop. The book  “hoop: the american dream” is filled with pictures of baskets from around the U.S.. The books creator, photographer Robin Layton, captures hoops nailed to trees, beneath highway underpasses, and the childhood baskets of various basketball stars. Current State’s Emanuele Berry spoke with Layton about creating the book.

 

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:41 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Current State #232 | January 14, 2014

Today on Current State: the legacy of Connie Binsfeld; recommendations for Lansing School District buildings; leaking water infrastructure; and comedian Mike Birbiglia.   

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:34 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Remembering former LT Governor Connie Binsfeld

Connie Binsfeld was not an obvious choice for running mate when John Engler picked her in 1991.
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Connie Binsfeld, who served in the Michigan House and Senate, as well as two terms as lieutenant governor, died Sunday at the age of 89. The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta covered Binsfeld in the State Senate and then as Lieutenant Governor, and Susan Demas, an MLive columnist and publisher of the “Inside Michigan Politics” newsletter also joins us to remember her legacy.

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