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Radio Made in Michigan
11:08 am
Mon October 21, 2013

Wild game always on menu for chef-turned-hunter

Wild foods expert Hank Shaw calls himself an 'adult onset hunter,' starting at the age of 32.
Credit Holly A. Heyser

Wild foods expert Hank Shaw has a new cookbook out called “Duck, Duck, Goose: Recipes and Techniques for Cooking Ducks and Geese, Both Wild and Domesticated”.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Current State #182 | October 18, 2013

Today on Current State: Lansing city council candidates Brian Jeffries and Judi Brown Clarke; "Boogie" Bob Baldori; and Australian blues musician Harper.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:14 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Election 2013: At-Large candidates Clarke, Jeffries outline priorities

Lansing city council at-large candidates Brian Jeffries (left) and Judi Brown Clarke (right), with host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Our Election 2013 coverage continues today with two of the candidates for the Lansing City Council: Brian Jeffries and Judi Brown Clarke.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:10 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Baldori takes his 'Boogie' to Vladivostok

'Boogie' Bob Baldori (left), with Bob Seeley.
Credit www.boogiestomp.com

A boisterous documentary about boogie woogie music featuring Michigan musicians continues to pick up accolades.  “Boogie Stomp!”, featuring Okemos pianist Bob Baldori and partner Bob Seely, has won awards at preview screenings around the country.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:08 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Harper brings Aussie blues to East Lansing

Harper brings his harmonica and didgeridoo to a Pump House concert in East Lansing on Sunday.
Credit http://www.harper.biz/

Musician Harper’s music is often described as “World Blues.”  Harper’s mix of roots music and soul are all part of his unique sound.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:57 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Current State #181 | October 17, 2013

Today on Current State: Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum on gay marriage; state Rep. Andy Schor on year-round schooling; the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame; Johnny Mathis; and observing Kristallnacht in Eaton Rapids.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:56 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Ingham Clerk Byrum decries gay marriage delay, blasts AG

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum had hoped to issue marriage licenses to gay couples yesterday.
Credit ingham.org

Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriages remains in place. Yesterday, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman chose to hold a trial in February in the case in which a lesbian couple from Hazel Park is seeking to overturn the state’s laws that prohibit same-sex couples from marrying and entering into joint adoptions.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:51 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Lansing State Rep. Andy Schor pursues school reforms

State Rep. Andy Schor (D-Lansing) proposes letting schools open before Labor Day, and would let at-risk schools stretch instruction days throughout the year.
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Rep. Andy Schor is in his first term representing Michigan’s 68th House District.  The Lansing Democrat recently introduced two bills involving schooling in the state.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:46 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Lansing leaders inducted into Michigan Women's Hall of Fame

The Michigan Women's Historical Center in Lansing houses the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.
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Tonight, the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame in Lansing will induct six new nominees to its ranks.  Two are high-profile women from Lansing.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:42 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Eaton Rapids student project commemorates Holocaust

The Eaton Rapids High School Holocaust memorial features several handmade displays, including this replica of a concentration camp.
WKAR/Kevin Lavery

On  November 9 and 10, 1938, Nazi soldiers ransacked Jewish homes, synagogues and hospitals across Germany and parts of Austria.  The event 75 years ago came to be known as “Kristallnacht”, the night of broken glass. Historians widely view it as the beginning of the Holocaust.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:28 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Crooner Johnny Mathis looks back on five-decade career

Johnny Mathis (front, right) with the people who helped him record his upcoming album 'Sending You A Little Christmas'.
Credit www.johnnymathis.com

Singing legend Johnny Mathis comes to MSU's Wharton Center tonight. His career began at age 19 and has spanned decades’ worth of popular favorites.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Current State #180 | October 16, 2013

Today on Current State: State Treasurer appointee Kevin Clinton; Lansing's aging school buildings; women in science and technology; and One Love Global.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:35 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Incoming State Treasurer prepares for new role

Gov. Rick Snyder has chosen Kevin Clinton to replace Andy Dillon as state Treasurer.
Credit File photo/WKAR

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has tapped the state's top financial and insurance regulator to become its next Treasurer.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:31 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Women in STEM fields look to increase their ranks

The enrollment of women in the MSU College of Education is up 30% this year.
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This fall, Michigan State University’s College of Engineering enrolled some 1,300 freshmen.  More than 200 of those students are women.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:26 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Lansing Schools task force seeks plan for aging buildings

A new 'Facilities Task Force' is considering Lansing Public Schools infrastructure needs decades into the future.
Credit File photo/WKAR

The Lansing School District is again trying to figure out what to do with dozens of aging buildings.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:15 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Neighbors in Action: One Love Global

Peace and prosperity movement leadership training is one example of a One Love Global program.
Credit http://www.oneloveglobal.org/Photos.php

It’s Wednesday and time for our Neighbors in Action segment, where we feature people and organizations working to improve our community. This week, we feature One Love Global.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:20 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Current State #179 | October 15, 2013

Today on Current State: The U.S. Supreme Court hears a Michigan affirmative action case; Lansing city council candidates Jessica Yorko and Chong-Anna Canfora; and an emerald ash borer update.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:18 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Michigan again at center of nation's affirmative action debate

The U.S. Supreme Court Building, where a Michigan-based affirmative action case is heard by the nation's highest court.
Credit Rick Pluta/MPRN

For the second time in a decade, the Supreme Court of the United States will scrutinize the use of race in admissions policies at Michigan’s public universities.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:09 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Election 2013: Yorko, Canfora vie for Lansing's 4th Ward

Chong-Anna Canfora (left) and Jessica Yorko discuss the campaign for Lansing's 4th Ward city council seat with host Mark Bashore.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Today on Current State, we have the first of a series of segments related to the important decisions to be made by voters next month. The focus is on Lansing’s 4th Ward.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:01 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

MSU researcher updates fight against ash borer

MSU researcher Deborah McCullough says the emerald ash borer might have arrived in Michigan as early as the 1980s.
Credit http://www.ent.msu.edu/

The emerald ash borer has killed acres of ash trees across Michigan since 2002.  However, new research suggest the invasive beetle from Asia may have arrived in Michigan even earlier.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:46 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Current State #178 | October 14, 2013

Today on Current State: East Lansing's long-range comprehensive plan; author John Rosenberg on how the Tigers inspire Detroit; Susan Demas buys "Inside Michigan Politics"; and the MSU football win over Indiana.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:45 am
Mon October 14, 2013

East Lansing asks residents for input on long-term plans

The city of East Lansing's 'Bigger Picture Planning Team' is holding a public session from 5 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Hannah Community Center.
Credit Flickr/Home in East Lansing

City officials in East Lansing are asking citizens to look at “The Bigger Picture.”  That’s the name of East Lansing’s long-range comprehensive plan. The city will study its land usage to come up with the best strategies for residential and retail development.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:40 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Tigers' playoff past has offered respite from city woes

The Detroit Tigers will host the Boston Red Sox in the American League Championship Series, starting Tuesday night. Each team has won one game in the best-of-seven series.
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Detroit Tigers fans are again wrapped up in the drama of October madness, as the Tigers pursue another American League pennant against the Red Sox. Author John Rosengren talks with Current State's Peter Whorf about how past and recent Detroit Tiger baseball teams have provided inspiration and unity for the Motor City during trying times.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:34 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Columnist Susan Demas takes over Capitol newsletter

Columnist Susan Demas is taking over publication of 'Inside Michigan Politics'.
Credit MLive.com

There’s been a change at the top of an established Michigan political publication. Since he founded it in 1987, Bill Ballenger has been the publisher and editor of "Inside Michigan Politics."

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:30 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Recapping a big weekend in Michigan sports

Al Martin hosts 'Current Sports' on WKAR-AM and 'Current Sports TV' on WKAR-TV.
Credit Credit Stacy Landry / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State's football team put up big numbers on offense during Saturday's homecoming victory over Indiana. The Spartans next host Purdue. In baseball, the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox are tied a 1-1 in the American League Championship Series.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:08 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Current State #177 | October 11, 2013

Today on Current State: National Coming Out Day; comic book writer Geoff Johns; and Airstream owners gather in Eaton Rapids.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:07 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Newly out MSU freshman shares his experience

MSU LGBT Resource Center director Deanna Hurlbert, with MSU freshman Ian Jacobs. Jacobs recently came out as gay.
Credit Scott Pohl/WKAR

Today marks the 25th anniversary of National Coming Out Day. The  day not only celebrates members of the LGBT community who publicly disclosed their sexuality, but it also brings attention to the challenges still facing  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:04 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Comic innovator makes superheroes more human

Comic book writer Geoff Johns graduated from MSU. He's known for revamping the image of the Aquaman character.
Credit http://www.dccomics.com/

Comic book writer Geoff Johns did what many thought impossible. He made Aquaman cool, a feat that only a Spartan could achieve.

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Radio Made in Michigan
11:02 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Close encounters of the Airstream kind in Eaton Rapids

Dave Schuman of Airstream brought this Bunkhouse model to Urban Air in Eaton Rapids.
WKAR/Scott Pohl

Recreational vehicles come in all sorts of sizes and shapes, but of all the RV’s out there, none is as easily recognizable as the Airstream. Always metallic silver, an Airstream looks a lot like an airplane without wings.

Airstream lovers from across the country are converging on Eaton Rapids for a weekend gathering called Urban Air. Main Street will be filled with Airstreams, and visitors will be able to check them out and meet their owners.

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Radio Made in Michigan
12:55 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Current State #176 | October 10, 2013

Today on Current State: Gov. Rick Snyder on Detroit's bankruptcy; political polling; and a new book about the link between Detroit and the U.S. Nazi movement in the past.

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